• Upcoming trips

    I have booked flights to London and will be staying at Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London from 2nd May to 14th May. The Hotel telephone no is: 020 7637 2488. Hope to see you all during this time.

  • Theatre and Music

    19th and 20th April Thanks to Ethel's friend Barbara, who gave me the tickets, I was able to see three of the most satisfying plays that I have seen in a very long time. The first two were a double bill of two short plays entitled "Clean" and "A Respectable Widow takes to Vulgarity" and the third was a an emotional volcano entitled "Don't Wake Me" with the sub-title: "The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong"

    All three were part of the on-going "Brits off Broadway" series being played at the 59E59 Theatres.

    "Clean", a great, fast-moving, comedy by Sabrina Mahfouz, concerns the exploits of three lady crooks played with skill and obvious enjoyment by Jade Anouka, Emma Dennis-Edwards and Chloe Massey. The second of the double bill is equally funny and is concerned with the hilarious efforts of a respectable lady to join the mainstream by leaning to swear convincingly. It was written by Douglas Maxwell and played to perfection by Joanna Tope and Gavin Jon Wright.

    "Don't Wake Me" is a different story! It was written in verse by Rahila Gupta and is (surely?) an autobiographical account of a desperately devoted mother's fight to have her handicapped son's talents recognized only to see him die when his progress became obvious! The mother was played by Jaye Griffiths with such unrelenting force that both she her audience were completely drained at the end of 90 minutes!

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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


The three Graces

Dorothy, Susan and Kim (Photo from my archives)

Dorothy, Susan and Kim (Photo from my archives)



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