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What's on in Monaco 3-9 Dec 2020

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Dec 3rd Newsletter

We want ... places where the long summer evenings or the Saturday afternoon may be enjoyed without effort or expense. (1)

What's new

The Who gave us Tommy, Rice & Lloyd Webber gave us Jesus Christ Superstar, and now Fabrice Alibert and Nicolas Duchemin bring us Triton. It's a rock opera set in an enchanted, underwater world, featuring psychedelic creatures, gods and nymphs. The Monegasque writers have set up a facebook page where you can listen to extracts: Triton Opera Rock.

We're all hoping that by next summer the global pandemic will be on its way out, especially since construction work at Plage Larvotto should be completed by June 2021. We can look forward to shady trees on the prom, more shops, and more interior space for restaurants so they can remain open all year round.

With the Christmas village and ice rink opening this weekend our thoughts have turned to Christmas presents. A new Antoine le Pilote graphic novel has just been published that sees the eponymous French racing driver compete in the Grand Prix de Monaco. Real events in the race's history have inspired the story, which features Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque Ferrari driver, as well as past Grand Prix champions. It's available in Fnac, on Amazon, and in book shops and newsagents in the Principality.

In brief

Stella Almondo, the 14-year-old pianist from Monaco will compete in the finals of France-2 TV program, Prodiges, on Tuesday 8 December.

Boris Herrmann (see 29 Oct 2020 newsletter) was one of four Vendee Global sailors who made a detour to search for fellow competitor Kevin Escoffier, who had to abandon his yacht around the Cape of Good Hope.

And finally...

Flu vaccines are available in Monaco pharmacies. The government is encouraging us all to have one so that if you fall ill, diagnosis will be faster, hospitalisation for normal flu will be avoided, and days off work or school will be reduced. Have a great weekend!

What's in the diary...

Thursday: Human health & the oceans.
Friday: Folk pop in the library.
Saturday: Verdi opera.
Sunday:  Charlie Chaplin x 3.

(1) This week's quote is by English social reformer Octavia Hill, born this day 1838.

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