• Upcoming trips

    3 December to 12 December Kim visits New York

    November 14 to 29 Nicaragua with Susan and Craig

    5 January to 11 January London with Susan Jeremy and Kiowa

  • Theatre and Music

    October 4 Put on a tie and went to the Met for our first opera of the season: Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri". A nostalgic surprise was that James Levine conducted it from his automated wheel chair! My neighbour had written in one of his pieces for the Financial Times that the maestro's worsening illness had made it impossible for him to continue. And that he had decided to retire completely! The production hammed up the action more than I liked but the music was as clever and amusing as ever.

    October 7 Took Gillian to experience the off-off Broadway theatre of New York. We went to the Actors Studio presentation of Pinter's "Old Times". As one would expect, the acting was superb--Pinter's subtle themes were progressively developed and revealed with fascinating art. We had a great start to her visit.

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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



Breakfast on the Balcony

It was fortunate that some of New York's best weather coincided with Gillian's visit. We were able to have breakfast on the balcony most days

It was fortunate that some of New York’s best weather coincided with Gillian’s visit. We were able to have breakfast on the balcony most days . . .


 . . . . . .first things first!

. . . . . .first things first!


















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