• Upcoming trips

    Nov. 10 to Nov.24 Susan, Craig and I are going to Nicaragua. Susan is hiring a car at the airport and we will drive to their apartment in the south. Perhaps dropping off here or there to see the sights

    September 20 to 27 Off to Bermuda on the NCL "Breakaway"
  • Theatre and Music

    July 29> The Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" at the Delacourt Theatre in Central Park makes for a thoroughly delightful evening. Hamish Linklater , like many of the cast, doubled up on his role; his, though, was the almost impossible pairing of Cloten, the braggart lout, and Posthumus, Imogen's husband! In spite of the program notes, the audience was unaware that these two characters were played by the same actor! Patrick Page, Kate Burton and Lily Rabe were among the very strong cast.

    July 25 Louis Langree conducted the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in a programme of Mozart and Brahms. The audience had a good afternoon out.

    July 23"The International" by Tim Ruddy, playing at the Peter Jay sharp theatre, is a biting indictment of our uncaring Society. Timothy Carter, playing the naïve UN peacekeeper, Ted Schneider playing the New York loser and, not least, Cary Van Driest playing the bewildered victim are all superb in their roles.

    July 11 you would have to be approaching my age to have seen "Arsenic and old Lace"; I last saw a production of the play about sixty years ago! A famous film of Kesselring's play was made later, but I never saw it. We did , however, go to see the Epic Fog's revival at John De Sotelle Studio. It was very well done and the dialogue was as funny as ever.

    July 1 The "Guards at the Taj" is a powerful new play by Rajiv Joseph and it is performed by two superb actors: Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed.

    The play is about the aftermath of the building of the Taj Mahal and is the goriest since Titus Andronicus! A spell-binding tale but not for the faint-hearted.

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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


Horse  laugh!

One of the tenants in Richie and Vicky ‘s stables (Where Susan keeps Playdoh and Lulu) amuses human visitors by poking his head out of his stable and making funny faces at them. Here he is performing:

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4 Responses

  1. 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

  2. Had a great time discussing and solving the world’s problems with you. Your daughter is absolutely wonderful. Still would like to get to Scotland with you. Tom Cook

    • Tom. Wasn’t it a marvelous trip? We enjoyed ourselves and everybody’s company so much. Did you find your picture in one of the posts? Ben

  3. I was sorely tempted to supply the names of the orchids at the botanical gardens. Fortunately for all, I resisted. Dave would not have done so!

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