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That was fun, thanks for posting!

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On 3/3/2015 Fona said:

..... I cannot remember ever enjoying a TV show more than I have enjoyed Downton Abbey.

I could not agree more. I only need to here the introduction theme song and I get excited.

I cried a number of times during the finale but at least this year was not left sobbing like in season 3 when Matthew died. That must have been brutal for those watching on Christmas night.

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At the end of the show, Bates returned and the last frame was Bates picking up Anna. I thought he had to use a cane due to an injury so wondered how he could pick her up.

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Hi Downton lovers. I am chiming in here a bit late as I had recorded this and watched it last night. Sure did feel like many endings, didn't it? I read somewhere that Julian Fellowes (hope I got his name right?) is starting a new series on NBC called The Gilded Age which starts next year. See below. If that is the case, I look forward to it...LM

"What is the chief end of man?--to get rich. In what way?--dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must."

-- Mark Twain-1871

During the "Gilded Age," every man was a potential Andrew Carnegie, and Americans who achieved wealth celebrated it as never before. In New York, the opera, the theatre, and lavish parties consumed the ruling class' leisure hours. Sherry's Restaurant hosted formal horseback dinners for the New York Riding Club. Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish once threw a dinner party to honor her dog who arrived sporting a $15,000 diamond collar.

While the rich wore diamonds, many wore rags. In 1890, 11 million of the nation's 12 million families earned less than $1200 per year; of this group, the average annual income was $380, well below the poverty line. Rural Americans and new immigrants crowded into urban areas. Tenements spread across city landscapes, teeming with crime and filth. Americans had sewing machines, phonographs, skyscrapers, and even electric lights, yet most people labored in the shadow of poverty.

To those who worked in Carnegie's mills and in the nation's factories and sweatshops, the lives of the millionaires seemed immodest indeed. An economist in 1879 noted "a widespread feeling of unrest and brooding revolution." Violent strikes and riots wracked the nation through the turn of the century. The middle class whispered fearfully of "carnivals of revenge." For immediate relief, the urban poor often turned to political machines. During the first years of the Gilded Age, Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall provided more services to the poor than any city government before it, although far more money went into Tweed's own pocket. Corruption extended to the highest levels of government. During Ulysses S. Grant's presidency, the president and his cabinet were implicated in the Credit Mobilier, the Gold Conspiracy, the Whiskey Ring, and the notorious Salary Grab.

Europeans were aghast. America may have had money and factories, they felt, but it lacked sophistication. When French prime minister Georges Clemenceau visited, he said the nation had gone from a stage of barbarism to one of decadence -- without achieving any civilization between the two.

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DH and I watch very few American made shows any more. With a few exceptions they are mindless idiotic pablum for those who like to sit in front of the tube and not have to think about anything. The "reality shows", are the worst. We watch just about everything we can get of the British programming on PBS and the BBC
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Certainly agree Kathy: I generally go directly to PBS when I turn the TV on. Very little of value anywhere else, in my opinion anyway, especially the reality shows. Can't imagine having the desire to watch the Kardashians for one..

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Lulu2 said: "That must have been brutal for those watching on Christmas night" (regarding Matthew's death last year). You are quite right, Lulu. My sister living in England told me that people were horrified that his death was aired on Christmas night, and there were loads of complaints.

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On 3/3/2015 Fona said:

Lulu2 said: "That must have been brutal for those watching on Christmas night" (regarding Matthew's death last year). You are quite right, Lulu. My sister living in England told me that people were horrified that his death was aired on Christmas night, and there were loads of complaints.

I think the death was two years ago.

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TaxyLady: Yes, my mistake and you are right. How time flies...!!