• Upcoming trips

    August 23 - 25Gone fishing - Montauk

  • Theatre and Music

    August 20 Saw the Russian Arts Theater's production of Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment". It is a fast-moving play by twelve accomplished actors who manage to compress the massive work of Dostoevsky into play, of a little over two hour duration. Well worth experiencing!

    August 11 Saw some very exciting Shakespeare in the Park last night. It was the Public's production of "Troilus and Cressida". Although in modern dress (which usually presages a miserable interpretation of the Bard's work) it was masterfully directed by Daniel Sullivan who dressed his Greeks in desert fatigues and his Trojans in black; both sides making frequent and loud use of the automatic rifles with which they were armed. In spite of this, and the constant sound of bombardment, the director was at great pains to ensure that the Shakespeare came over loud and clear

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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



Encounter on the C Line

In these days of politician- and pious-generated trouble and strife, here is a refreshing picture of two ordinary people enjoying their encounter on the downtown platform of the C line at 96th Street.

Christine was practicing with her new compact camera and needed extra height to avoid the glare of the overhead lights. She was helped out by a passing New Yorker ;

                                          Traveling the C line . . .

Traveling the C line . . .















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