During The Chimes of Big Ben, was Nadia sure about
, and the Village being 30 miles from the Polish border? I mean the conversation between Nadia and No.6 went as follows; Lithuania
No.6: Where are we Nadia?
Announcer: Curfew time, one minute to curfew.
Announcer: Sixty seconds.
NO.6:.... In the Baltic. That means, making for
, West Germany , that's er, three hundred miles at least. Denmark
Nadia: No it doesn't mean that.
No.6: Why not?
Nadia: Well, nearer, in
, Poland Danzig.
A little later the conversation continues as follows
Nadia: Thirty miles, that's all.
Nadia: Yes, that's how far we are from the Polish border. Beyond, on the coast there's a little fishing village, Maniewo, they resist them.
Well if you have a glance at the Atlas, you will see that the village is far from being 30 miles from the Polish border, in fact there is no coastal border at all between
and Lithuania , because of Poland of Russian State in between, which has a coastline of some seventy five miles. Kaliningrad
The reason for getting it wrong, could be when in working out the plot of ‘The Chimes of Big Ben,’ Vincent Tilsley got his geography wrong.
The Author knew it was wrong and scripted Number 8 to make the mistake, by ignorance or on purpose. After all, the whole "escape" was a set-up and the Village presumably not really meant to be in
. However No.6 didn't spot the mistake. Lithuania
Kalliningrad is an isolated part of
A seaport city and the administrative centre of Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea Russia, and has a coastline of some 98 kilometeres, aproximately 73 miles!
Or the Prisoner is set at an unspecified time period where this might be the case.
One further mistake as No.6 and Nadia make their escape by sea, is that they were supposed to have been sailing from
to Lithuania , the land is on their right. However, they would have been sailing west in the Poland Baltic Sea and the Polish shore would therefore have been on their left - unless they were in the Zalew Wislany and making for the spit of land to its north.
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