• Upcoming trips

    May 3-16 visiting London. We will be staying at the President Hotel, 56-60 Guilford street, Russell Square, London WC1N 1DB. Ph. 0207 837 8844. Hope to cacth up with you then

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

  • Theatre and Concerts

    April 17 Saw Renee Fleming in the role of the Marschallin In 'Der Rosenkavalier at the Met. She is retiring from the role at the end of this season. The production was a new, modernized version featuring a brothel and a Greek frieze. Baron Ochs was played by Gunther Groissbock dressed as an SS officer. Nothing could spoil the music for me, however--the three female voices together made an exquisite sound.

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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



Spring arrives in the Park!

Meer turtles competing for a sunny spot on the rock. Observe that the one at the rear has a length of fishing line protruding from its mouth!





















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