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There, children make life-sized Guy Fawkes dolls and carry "the Guys" through the streets. When darkness falls, there are major fireworks displays and "the Guys" are thrown onto bonfires.

Hi,
Is 'dolls' in the above equivalent to "dummies" and "figurines?" Thanks.
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"topical personalites" = people who are in the public eye and who may be disliked for some reason or another.
An "effigy" implies that the dummy is meant to represent a particular person. Originally it was an effigy of Guy Fawkes but any topical personality can now be represented.
Feebs11"topical personalites" = people who are in the public eye and who may be disliked for some reason or another.

An "effigy" implies that the dummy is meant to represent a particular person. Originally it was an effigy of Guy Fawkes but any topical personality can now be represented.

Thanks, Feebs.

Is "topical personalities" also called 'public figures?"

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Possibly. Barak Obama is both a public figure and a topical personality.
A film starlet or a media figure such as Amy Winehouse is a topical personality rather than a public figure.
Feebs11 Possibly. Barak Obama is both a public figure and a topical personality.

A film starlet or a media figure such as Amy Winehouse is a topical personality rather than a public figure.

Thanks, Feebs.
Based on your post, there seem to be some differences between a public figure and a topical personality. I wonder whether "a topical personality" refers to "a controversial person."
For what it's worth, I have never seen the phrase "topcial personality" before and have certainly never used it.
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Hi,
How about 'a minor celebrity', eg Joe the Plumber?

Or just 'a person in the news'?
Clive