Yesterday after MUCH reading I decided to treat myself to a movie - The Jane Austen Book Club. I remember when this book came out but for whatever reason it did not fully appeal to me. Shame. The movie was brilliant. Not just a movie about a book club - the characters of the book are living out the lives of the women in Austen novels.
Still enough is never enough. If you haven't heard of the little thinkers - OH MY GOD WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!? (Probably reading a slight bit more often than I who all too often falls victim to shopaholism)
Jane Austen Little Thinker
The little thinkers can be found on many sites such as unemployedphilosphersguild.com and shakespearesden.com (BTW they have some of the better prices online)
You can procure your own little thinker in such people as:
Edgar Allen Poe
Van Gogh (WITH detachable ear!)
there are more but I'd hate to spoil the surprise
I must admit - I had to wiki Oddfellows:
These various organizations were set up to protect and care for their members at times when there was no welfare state, trade unions or National Health Service. The aim was (and still is) to provide help to members when they need it.
The friendly societies are non-profit organizations "owned" by their members, not by shareholders. All income is passed back to the members in the form of services and benefits.
The Oddfellows are fund raisers for both local and national charities. Branches raise money for local good causes and the Societies as a whole raise large amounts for charities.
Oddfellows Writers CollectionFor any six degrees of separation game, comes the Oddfellows Writers Collection. Virginia Woolf and James Joyce were both born in 1882 and both died in 1941. Joyce had great difficulties getting his controversial book Ulysses published but finally had success with a bookshop named “Shakespeare and Company.” Both Shakespeare and Mark Twain were fond of tales of mistaken identities, such as Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper . Mark Twain was a harsh critic of Edgar Allen Poe and referred to his poetry as “unreadable.” Both Poe and Woolf suffered from bouts of depression, which led to their eventual deaths.
The Oddfellows Writers Collection includes Woolf, Poe, Twain, Shakespeare, and Joyce. Each figure measures approximately 2.5" tall. Unsuitable for small children.
These I have pretty much only seen at shakespearesden.com