• Upcoming trips

    3 December to 12 December Kim visits New York

    November 14 to 29 Nicaragua with Susan and Craig

    5 January to 11 January London with Susan Jeremy and Kiowa

  • Theatre and Music

    4 December Kim and I went to the Town Hall to hear the first Peoples' Symphony concert of the season there. Violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Joyce Yang gave brilliant performances of a very nice program. We both enjoyed the afternoon

    October 29The incomparable Garrick Ohlsson gave the Peoples Symphony concert on Saturday. His program of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin was out of this world!

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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



Breakfast on the Balcony

It was fortunate that some of New York's best weather coincided with Gillian's visit. We were able to have breakfast on the balcony most days

It was fortunate that some of New York’s best weather coincided with Gillian’s visit. We were able to have breakfast on the balcony most days . . .


 . . . . . .first things first!

. . . . . .first things first!


















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