"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." - Charles Dickens, reviewing The Times.
Yes, just in case you've been living under a rock, or are 11 years old, the world is today marking the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens.
Google has a celebratory logo, Prince Charles is leading a service in Westminster Abbey, and Simon Callow - star of that Dickens classic, Four Weddings And A Funeral - is heading up events in Portsmouth. (Because Charles Dickens was born there. It wasn't just a random choice.)
Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in on Twitter... in the form of jokes. Below is our pick of the best of them
the worst of them... Blimey, this is catching for you to enjoy - while raising a glass of punch to our mutual friend. God bless us, every one!