Queen Victoria

Young Queen Victoria

Hallooo, dear Dodopadlers!  Miss Peabody here again.

What a busy week we are having here at Dodo Towers!  Those of you organised individuals who are using your 2010 Dodo Pad diary (or, alternatively, those of you on an academic year schedule who are using your Acad-Pad) will notice several exciting things going on in this week’s pages.

Our first item of note is on Monday this week, when our American friends celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Dr. King worked tirelessly for civil rights and is perhaps most famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington DC on August 28, 1963.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated in America on the third Monday in January, which falls near his birth date of January 15 (1929).

This Friday commemorates the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.  Her passing marked the end of an era.  (The Victorian Era, to be precise.)

Also on this week’s page is the reminder that National Doodle Day is coming up soon!  You have some time to practise your doodling in time for your entry (entry form can be found opposite 1st – 7th March in your Dodo Pad and/or Acad-Pad).  Your entry will greatly benefit the (too) many people affected by epilepsy and neurofibromatosis in the UK.  Have a look at http://www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk for more information.  Lord Dodo always loves to see your sketches and is especially looking forward to witnessing your artistic genius for the sake of a very worthy charity.  So sharpen up those pencils, whip out your Dodo Pad, and get doodling!

Here at Dodo Towers we are preparing for Burns’ Night next Monday.  As usual I am in charge of preparations for the supper, which is always terrific fun.  I keep all my recipes for haggis, neeps-n-tatties, and my special Burns puddings in my Dodo Book for Cooks for easy reference.  Every year at our Burns Supper we have a fine selection of Scotch whisky from the Dodornoch Distillery, which is located near Lord Dodo’s Highland seat.  The distillery has been in the Dodo family for generations and produces the finest libations, which will be thoroughly enjoyed during the many toasts at the supper.  A good time shall be had by all!

Do write in and let me know your happenings and whereabouts.  I hope you are having a fine January!

Toodle-oo for now!

Miss P

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