• Upcoming trips

    1st and 2nd October Atlantic City

    November 16 to28 Berlin to Prague on the Elbe river with Kim.
  • Theatre and Music

    8th July "Just Jim Dale", written and performed by the multi-talented Jim Dale is a performance that just cannot be missed. Partially autobiographical, the show is one hilarious romp from beginning to end. Born in the east end of London in the forties, his career has spanned much of my own music hall and play-going years. I recalled with great pleasure many of the old songs he sang and I was delighted to be reminded of the simple entertainment those days!

    5/6 August Sometimes, the pleasures of good theatre can be marred by discount or poor seating. It happened to me on two consecutive nights this week. On Tuesday I went to hear the Irish Rep. Company give a reading of Yeats' poetry. It was something of an occasion because the theatre is being closed down for a year while it is being modernized. I was seated in the last back seat at the side of the stage, looking directly at the backs of the actors as they spoke their pieces! My failing hearing lost about ten percent of the words no matter how much I concentrated.

    At the wonderful production of King Lear in Central Park on Wednesday, The problem was not one of hearing (The actors were all miked but, in any case, their diction was great). Our seats were at the side of the great stage and we viewed the massive cast like a forest of trees, all facing forward and at waist level. It was occasionally difficult to see which character was talking!

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Ben’s Page


The content of this bBenbloglog is directed mainly, but not entirely, towards friends and travelling companions who may now still be numbered among the hundreds in spite of the attrition of the years . Their varied interests cover the world’s spectrum. The aim is a personal one,  it is to keep the conversation and exchange of ideas going for as long as I am able. The blog, then, will give viewers a fairly continuous idea of where I am and what I am up to so that they can respond when an interest is sparked. I hope that my camera will help prompt your comments and e-mails

The “Recent Posts” widget (sidebar) on the right will give you an idea of the travels I have  just made and of  my New York impressions. Below this is an index of my ‘Memoirs’ chapters which can now be read in the order in which they were written.

On the left-hand side you will see a notice of my upcoming trips followed by a notice  of my theatre- and concert-going and what my thoughts of the performances were. Below this, there is  a widget which allows those interested to register and receive notices of new posts automatically.

Notes:Click on the pictures, most will enlarge to full screen and give much greater detail


East River and Harlem Meer events

I looked out of my kitchen window to see the East River crowded with coloured dots–on closer inspection, they  evolved into canoes! That part of the East River can be treacherous for flimsy craft such as these so, I suppose, they were racing to get through to the Hudson River before the tide turned. I have no idea what the race was about?

mass gathering

mass gathering




While we were half-listening to the Sunday  jazz concert at Harlem Meer last week, I noticed this  young lad proudly showing off his fancy cycle to an admiring group:

You don't see too many bicycles like this one  on the roads!

You don’t see too many bicycles like this one on the roads!











2 Responses

  1. Hey Ben…this is Vicki! Ritchie and I really enjoyed your wonderful pictures. He told me he so very much enjoyed his visit with you and what a pleasure it was to meet Christine. For those of you that don’t know, Ben is an incredible artist…his sculptures and art work are gallery quality! Again, Rich thanks you for your hospitality and can’t wait for his next visit to the city! Hopefully all of you can get together and get to see Gerry’s Star Boat and spend the day at the club. Cheers!

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