• Upcoming trips

    May 12 Nothing planned at the moment

  • Theatre and Music

    May During our action packed time in London, we managed to fit in two plays; "A Play That Goes Wrong" which I had previously seen in an off-off-Broadway theatre and wondered how the wild farce would work on a full-sized stage. It worked very well and Susan Craig Christine and I laughed our heads off! The second was "Flick" another import from Broadway. Although Craig bought us expensive orchestra seats, our hearing was not up to catching much of the philosophical dialogue until we (Christine and I) borrowed hearing aids at the intermission

    Since we returned, we enjoyed a musical at the Manhattan School of Music called "Defying Gravity" and listened to the last "Peoples" concert of the season at the Washington Irving High School. The program was given by ECCO in their usual enthusiastic style.

    May 21 Took in the matinee performance of "In The Secret Sea" at the Becket theatre. A powerfully written and acted work about a modern problem ; whether to abort a defective fetus or not! Only a few years ago, parents had to accept whatever came out of the womb. Now, medical science has given them an agonizing choice! A great play.

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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



London’s changing skyline

Old v New

Old v New. View from the Thames.

I read somewhere that the ugly shape of the “Cheese Grater” building was due, in part, to objections made by local residents; they claimed that the original design interfered with their view of St. Paul’s cathedral!


Coming up to Tower Bridge

view from the river, coming up to Tower Bridge.










5 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!

  4. Happy Birthday for tomorrow Ben. loads of love from Penny, Dennis and all the girlsxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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