The Dickens Museum has received a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund to buy the desk and chair where Dickens wrote his final three books, for permanent display at the museum. The Guardian,BBC News, and Fine Books & Collections have the story.
There's something humanizing, even a little comforting, in the thought that the young Charles Dickens, when in love, was as prone to outbursts of weak poetry as the next person. What he'd say if he knew those poetic attempts were now on display to museumgoers, though, is perhaps better left to the imagination.
An article in Centennial Parklands traces the long and fascinating history of the Dickens statue in Sydney, Australia (at one point it lost its head!), and talks about the annual birthday celebrations held there. There are lots of nice photos.