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Chapter 25 - Artful Dodger - Lodger

Back to my first flat in Leytonstone.

Long before The Artful Dodger became a cockney rhyming slang for lodger he was a young rogue by the actual name of Jack Dawkins, even though he didn’t really exist. He first appeared way back in 1838 in the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist. Despite his tender years he was taught by Fagin to become a highly skilled pickpocket, or bank manager as we know them today.

Charles Dickens went into a pub with great expectations. When he ordered a martini the barman asked if he wanted an olive or twist.

To continue reading this chapter click on this absolutely stunning picture I painted not unlike Pollock.


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