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Lockdown in Monaco 16-22 Apr 2020

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April 16th Newsletter

Nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament. (1)

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  • I don't know their names. I've never heard their voices. I don't even know them by sight, strictly speaking, for their faces are too small to fill in with identifiable features at that distance. Yet I could construct a timetable of their comings and goings, their daily habits and activities. They are the rear-window dwellers around me.

    Sure, I suppose it is a little bit like prying, could even be mistaken for the fevered concentration of a Peeping Tom. That's not my fault, that's not my idea. The idea is, my movements are strictly limited just around this time.

So begins Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder", with a few minor alterations. It inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 movie, "Rear Window", which in turn has inspired this week's newsletter. For each day of the diary below, I've chosen either a film or a UK television production that was primarily set in one room. Click on the links for a Youtube video.

And so, with the news that no new cases of Covid-19 have been logged this week, as of writing, I hope you all had a happy Easter and are looking forward to a healthy weekend.

What's in the diary ....


Thursday: Do you believe in the perfect murder? (1954).
Friday: It's my favourite. It's Forever and Ever. (1977).
Saturday: I will take good care of you. I'm your number one fan. (1990)
Sunday: It's only a tin full of people. (2014).

Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

(1) This week's quote refers to French writer Anatole France, born this day 1844, and was how the 1921 Nobel Prize for Literature jury referred to him. 

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