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What's on in Monaco 14-20 May 2020

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May 14th Newsletter

I would rather be a lab girl in Scotland. (1)

What's new

Following the reopening of shops last week, schools welcomed back a few students on Monday and Monte Carlo SBM is now encouraging punters back into the casinos. Masks are of course de rigueur, only one in two slot machines are operational, and gaming tables have been rearranged to comply with physical distancing.

More restaurants and cafes are offering takeaway and delivery services, but the outlook for the industry is less than optimistic. In Monday's Monaco Hebdo there's an interview with Monaco Restaurant Group's Riccardo Giraudi who talks about how his business empire is coping. One of the major problems is that "in Monaco we lose money 8 months of the year and make money 4 months of the year". The sector is just emerging from its low season and with no guarantees for summer there'll be nothing in the bank to see restaurants through next winter.

Monaco libraries also remain closed to visitors, but the librarians have launched a "pret a emporter" service by which members can order and collect loans from the Louis Notari library at a pre-booked time. If you're already a library member you can use the online form to request an item, otherwise phone +377 93 15 29 40 for information about joining by distance.

And so to this weekend's theme, which is literature, or more specifically, short stories. I've found four of my favourites that you can listen to. Enjoy!

What's in the diary ....

Thursday: Break It Down, by Lydia Davis.
Friday: Sredni Vashtar, by Saki.
Saturday: Eveline, by James Joyce.
Sunday: Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad, by M.R. James.

Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

(1) This week's quote is by German geneticist Charlotte Auerbach, born this day 1899. She left Germany in 1933, taking up her research career in Edinburgh. 

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