• Upcoming trips

    9-10 March Atlantic City break
  • Theatre and Music

    February 22 at the Town Hall Pianist Denes Varjon played a very nice programme.

    February 21 Revival of Clifford Odets's "Rocket to the Moon" at the Theatre at St. Clements. The performance was very well done by The Peccadillo Theatre Company and very well led by Ned Eisenberg

    February 19 Saw The Pearl theatre company's production of "The Winter's Tale' in preview. It was played in modern dress, which is economical but always susceptible to incongruences with Shakespeare's text. One of these had the whole cast prancing about in bearskins at one stage! It was a reasonably satisfactory performance but some of the cast did not project well and were difficult to hear.

    February 14 The Hermes Quartet's rendering of Haydn's "Emperor" String Quartet was spell-binding--a perfect gift for Valentine's Day! The program continued with Beethoven and, after the break, Schumann quartets. The sparkling playing of the young group so refreshed my old ears and eyes!

    February 8 Listened to a brilliant piano recital at the Town Hall on Sunday afternoon. Ran Dank gave a virtuoso recital for the "Peoples' Symphony Concert series. The audience was spell-bound by his performance and gave him a standing ovation at the end of his program!

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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


When I have nothing planned, I often walk over to the Metropolitan Museum and wander around. About two hours is my looking tolerance now–Any more and my eyes begin to complain. Here is a view which, for me, captures the scope and grandeur of the wonderful place. It is a view of the grand staircase taken from the balcony.

The view is not diminished by the little-known fact that if one visits the cubby-hole exhibit under the stairway, one can see that the massive slabs of granite are very crudely hewn and filled with rubble! Out of sight is out of mind.

Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase

Atlantic City is an ideal R & R destination in the off season. A brisk walk on the beach on a bright day brings roses to the cheeks and the fresh sea air resuscitates the lungs after the battering of New York’s soot and  2nd Avenue dust:




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