Hallooo dear Dodopadlers! Miss Peabody here.
I managed (just!) to dig myself out of snowy Glen Dodoe and return home to Dodo Towers. My goodness! I won’t reveal my age by saying quite how many winters like this I’ve seen in my life, but certainly not many. The snow and cold are making it jolly difficult for many of us. The fires are burning in the hearths throughout the house and Lady Dodo’s darling pet cat Tinks stays close to the range in the kitchen. I hope you are all staying warm and cozy! How is the weather affecting you?
It’s a good time for me to wrap up by the fire with my new 2010 Dodo Pad and plan my year. January is such an exciting time, so full of possibilities for the new year!
Those of you who are organised and are using this year’s Dodo Pad (you HAVE started your new Dodo Pad, haven’t you?) and/or the Acad-Pad will notice on this week’s page the anniversary of the publication of J’accuse. What an amazing bit of history this is! Alfred Dreyfus was an officer in the French army who, in 1894, was falsely accused of espionage and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island. Sacre bleu! The novelist Emile Zola was outraged not only at Dreyfus’s false conviction but also that the real perpetrator was free to commit more crimes. Zola wrote serious accusations against the French government in his (in)famous letter J’accuse! which was published in the French newspaper L’aurore. This began what came to be known as the Dreyfus Affair. Zola himself was convicted of libel but escaped to England before he could be jailed. Less than a year after Dreyfus was eventually freed and the whole affair exposed, Zola returned to France in time to see the collapse of the French government. What a fascinating series of events!
Don’t forget, you still have a couple of days to get 15% off the Dodo Travel Log! Perfect for those of you who are planning a winter break to warmer climes. See the post below for details.
Keep warm! Toodle-oo for now.