Saturday, 27 March 2010

Dickens of a Dragon

It isn't widely known, but before he was a best-selling novelist, Charles Dickens worked as a writer for the London Times.

Back then, there was a huge dragon that was living in the Thames river, chewing up little boys who didn't obey their mothers' orders to stay away from the river. Finally they convinced a brave knight to slay the dragon, but then they had the huge carcass to deal with. So they decided to chop it up and convert it into spicy German sausages.

So Charles Dickens dutifully penned the headline: "It was the beast of Thames, it was the wurst of Thames".

C Sachs

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