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The collected opinions of an august and aristocratic personage who, despite her body having succumbed to the ravages of time, yet retains the keen intellect, mordant wit and utter want of tact for which she was so universally lauded in her younger days. Being of a generation unequal to the mysterious demands of the computing device, Lady Bracknell relies on the good offices of her Editor for assistance with the technological aspects of her journal.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Rear Window

When you read as much crime fiction as I do, you soon start to recognise that the fact that your mobility is impaired renders you invaluable to the average detective. (See? And you thought it was all bad...)

Those of us who don't get out much are evidently unable to make our own entertainment, with the result that we are thrown back on the hardly-at-all clich├ęd expedient of staring out of our windows and watching the world go by.

Until very recently, I have proved to be something of a failure in this role. Living on the first floor as I do, I would actually have to stand in front of the window in order to get a good view of what is happening on the street. Given that

a) I am very bad at standing;

b) I am far from convinced that much of any real interest happens on my street; and

c) on the occasions when it actually does, the police helicopter appears to have everything pretty much covered,

my sense of civic duty doesn't compel me to spend my days with a thermos flask of weak tea in one hand and a pair of binoculars in the other.

However, it is now clear to me that not all suspicious behaviour happens at ground level. Oh no.

I was sitting at my work computer the other day when my attention was distracted by movement across the street. What had caught my eye turned out to be a sash window being raised on the first floor of one of the old Victorian houses opposite. Once he had the window open far enough for his purposes, a man wearing a white vest and blue boxer shorts reached out for something small, shallow and round which was sitting on the windowsill and took it back inside with him.

Admittedly, I couldn't see what the something small was, but that's got to be suspicious behaviour, right? I mean, if you lived in a first floor flat, what would you store on your windowsill? (Other than possibly a pint of milk, and this definitely wasn't a pint of milk.)

Suggestions on a postcard, please, to the usual address, marked for the attention of: "No, I am really not turning into my mother. Honest."

The Editor


Blogger Marcelle Proust said...

Butter dish? Er, saucer, not the usual oblong type.

5:32 am  
Blogger DD said...

For the attention of: "No, I am really not turning into my mother. Honest.",
Ottery St Mary,

What we see here is really interesting to a forensic psychologist. Note that the witness is able to describe the clothing of the suspected pigeon poisoner (for certainly it must be poison pellets in the shallow dish), but not the physical attributes. We have no idea if the man was balding, ginger, bearded, bespectacled or possibly all four. The witness is obviously more interested in habiliments than looks.

H. Cracker

11:42 am  
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

Or, the witness was not wearing her spectacles, so the relatively bright colouring of the criminal's underclothing was all that she could see with reasonable clarity.

Pigeon poison, though, is at least a tad more sinister than Ms Proust's butter dish. Particularly if you are a pigeon.

12:01 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

"small, shallow"

see me fight the temptation to say "my sister". Why yes, waiter, I did order the saucer of milk.

Maybe he is trying to catch a cat to make friends with?

1:42 pm  
Blogger DD said...

Curses! Another theory down the drain!

Dame FitzCracker

4:53 pm  
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

Skilfully resisted, Mary, if I may make so bold.

5:26 pm  
Blogger Melissa said...

Elementary Dear Lady. Ashtray.

12:40 pm  
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

Yeah. I know that's probably what it is.

But that would be disappointingly non-sinister... :-(

6:05 pm  
Blogger Melissa said...

Oh well in that case:

"Alien transmission device that is secretly collecting sensitive information, as well as data on the local population, including their innermost thoughts and desires. Every so often the device must be retrieved so that said data may be uploaded to the mothership."


6:43 pm  
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

Oh, much.

Did I mention you're welcome on this blog any time...? ;-)

9:15 pm  
Blogger Melissa said...

Why thank you :)

10:46 pm  

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