Saturday Scenes

Thu 24 December 2009

The Ghost of an Idea

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 21:14

On the 19th of December in the year 1843, “A Christmas Carol” was published. Charles Dickens said that he had endeavoured to raise the Ghost of an Idea … which he hoped would haunt his readers’ houses pleasantly.

If you are looking for something quiet to do at the computer, you can read the whole book online: A Christmas Carol at

The well-known Yuletide story begins like this:

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

It is one of my favourite stories ever, even after all this time.

Just over 18 months ago, I had the Ghost of an Idea to ask people on Twitter to take a snapshot, everyone on the same day so we could compare our days and activities. Since then, there have been 1,113 photographs shared on Saturdays from people all over the world.

And on the 19th of December, in the year 2009, I received Saturday Scenes from England, Israel, Switzerland, Egypt, USA, and Spain. I’m simply amazed by all the great photographs that show up every week. Take a look!

See the twitter streams to go with the photographs:

Or follow the Saturday Scenes list which includes all of our recent participants.

If you’d like to be included, just take a photograph on a Saturday and send the link to @SatScenes with your location. We’d love to see what you see!

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