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Cover by Paolo Calloni
London. The capital city ofthe United Kingdom. The city of business and tourism. One ofthe most important metropolis in the world.
Trafalgar Square. National Gallery. Sunday. It is nine o’clock in the morning, just an hour before the opening of the big gates. The square is quiet: Nelson Column in the centre, the two lions alert on both sides. Buses and taxis all around. Usual life in London: chaotic traffic, busy roads. A cry! “WhereisLeonardo’s masterpiece? There is not the painting on the wall !!!”
Russell Square. British Museum. Sunday. It is 9.05 in the morning. It is a very quiet place in the green. Just trees and flower beds all around. The colonnade is not yet crowed with tourists and scholars up and down the stairs.
A Cry!! “The chess…Where are the Lewis chess!!!”
Tate Gallery, now Tate Britain. Millbank, along the River Thames. Sunday. It is 9.10 in the morning. There are boats on the river and people, many tourists, along the banks. The city is already totally alive.
A cry!!! “Beata Beatrix, Beata Beatrix …Where is Beata Beatrix!!!”
City of Westminster. Marylebone Road. Not far from Regent Park and Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes House, and from London Zoo. Madame Tussauds, the famous Wax Museum. It is 9.15 on a Sunday morning. The gates are not open yet, but there is a long queue of people at the entrance ready to go in.
A cry!!! “The queen…Where is the queen? There is not her statue!”
New Scotland Yard. The phones are busy. Chief Inspector Leroy is on the phone with London Mayor. Policemen, agents and inspectors: Londoners are extremely puzzled. London is shocked!