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    • Meg, that is really disturbing, will the police maybe do a nightly patrol around your neighbourhood to keep an eye on things?  Your husband was very brave to venture out there - if it had been our house in years gone by Dave would have sent me out.   If we heard something and we were in bed he would nudge me and say maybe you should go and have a look to see what that is.  I guess maybe I'm more confrontational than he is or dumber. 
    • At 8 o'clock yesterday evening we had a visit from the police. Apparently, at sometime during the day, one of the bungalows opposite us had been burgled (note: not burglarized!). Had we seen/heard anything unusual? As it had been icy cold all day we had not been out of the house, other than in and out of the back door to the garage, and our living room and kitchen windows face the back garden - so no, we hadn't   Then, at 4 o'clock this morning the phone rang - a neighbour  to tell us she had seen someone messing about near our car. Mr meg bravely went out in his dressing gown and had a few words with a young woman sheltering (hiding?) behind our garden wall. No sign of any interference to the car, and she (and her male companion who had walked off sharply before Mr meg saw him) were probably never on our drive, but doing something on the other side of the wall.  What? At that time. and in those temperatures?   I did go out first thing this morning to look for 'evidence' for a reason they were there (eg a pool of vomit) - but all I found was a five pound note!   Hoping for a quiet evening and an undisturbed night tonight.  
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    • Review of Dance By The Canal by Kerstin Hensel, translated by Jen Calleja   This book originally published in Germany in 1994 and translated in 2017 (hence why I have put it the 20th Century) The main character is Gabriela, a homeless woman living under the bridge beside the canal (hence the title) in the early 1990s after the reunification of Germany, as she is occupying herself by writing her memoir while doing so.   The novel starts in early with her life,  Gabriela is the daughter of a highly esteemed surgeon. For an early birthday, she receives the present of a violin which she thinks was a dachshund. Her schooling days are marked that she goes to school with children of day labourers and such, she is the only student whose name is annotated with the letter I (meaning Intelligentsia). Her father is proud of the fact that he descends from Altahinian nobility (definitely spelt that wrong)   This is quite a short novel (The publisher Peirene Press market their books as being equivalent to film using the quote from the times supplement "Literary cinema to be devoured in 2 hours" though it did take me 4 hours, I guess I am a slow reader). The novel shifts between present and past, the past being her growing up, involving her relationship with her parents, violin teacher, school friend Katka) and the present, her life under the bridge and writing and relationship with other homeless people.   Overall I really liked the voice of Gabriela in the novel, this is humourous at times but there is also a very present dark side.   * * * * *
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