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  • Theatre and Music

    April 4 Saw "Placebo" by Mellissa James Gibson at Playwrights Horizons. An interesting theme is played out (in spite of the title) on the edge of the action: the agony of study subjects over whether they are on the placebo or the trial medication! Centre stage is taken up with a modern couple's spat which develops into an old-fashioned love story. Very well written.

    March 18 For Susan's birthday celebration, Craig, Christine and I went with her to the Met Opera to see "Tales of Hoffmann" It wasn't really Craig's cup of tea (golf is his passion) but he endured it bravely for Susan's sake. The rest of us had a thoroughly enjoyable evening--the singing was great, the production had some interesting treatments and the position of our Family Circle seats, surprisingly, provided excellent sight and sound!

    March 13 Saw a revival of "Da" by the Irish Rep Theatre at its temporary new home at the DR2 Theatre. The play holds up amazingly and the cast gave a first-class performance. The dialogue is funny and draws the exasperating characters wonderfully. It also reminds us of darker days when the Irish cozied up to Hitler!

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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

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Susan is now officially retired and free to fill her time according to her own whim.  Thus she spent a couple of days in New York celebrating her grandson’s 17th birthday and her own non-denominated one. The former in a Japanese restaurant and the latter in the Met Opera where we saw “The Tales of Hoffmann”.

Me and Susan in the Family Circle

Me and Susan in the Family Circle


Craig, me and Susan outside the Met--Christine took the picture

Craig, me and Susan outside the Met–Christine took the picture




3 Responses

  1. Hi Ben, it’s Paul here (Margaret’s husband). When we met a few weeks ago I didn’t realise that our families have something in common – my father was in a Japanese PoW camp for four years (around Ambon and Jakarta). Best regards, Paul

    • Paul. so nice to hear from you and Margaret. Your flying visit didn’t allow much time for conversation–next time, perhaps? My time as guest of the Emperor was spent in Hong Kong and Japan itself. Best wishes, Ben

  2. I very much enjoyed your photos from Dresden. One city in Germany that I have not been to. Claire and I have no trips planned in the near future, but the wanderlust will get to us I am sure.

    John and Claire

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