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Talking of lighthouses: – a week or so ago my wife and I were on the coastal walk near Fowey in Cornwall and rested at the old lighthouse at the top of the hill called Gribbin Head. There we read a plaque stating that not only were we near Menabilly, said to be the real Manderley in Rebecca, but that it was in the very area we were then standing in that Daphne du Maurier got the inspiration for The Birds. How interesting, we thought, and then noticed the seagulls circling above us. Us. They kept circling. Let’s press on, we thought. We pressed on.

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