• Upcoming trips

    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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New York Day

The changing face of the tunnellers workforce.  She and her mates have already bridged over my side of Second avenue as far as midway between 92nd and 93rd.

The changing face of the tunnellers workforce. She and her mates have already bridged over my side of Second avenue as far as midway between 92nd and 93rd.

The big guns are being dismantled which implies that the surface work will be completed in a month or two.

The big guns are being dismantled which implies that the surface work will be completed in a month or two.

A charming shot sent by Gillian. The feeding hand is her daughter's, Lucy.

A charming shot sent by Gillian. The feeding hand is her daughter's, Lucy.

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4 Responses

  1. Just back from a GCT trip to the Canadian Maritimes. Enjoyed it very much. Had been there on a camping trip with our young family in 1966 and much had changed, but not the beauty of the sites re-visited.

    Claire and I are pleased that we can still stay in touch with you and Ethel. In August we are off to Russia on a GCT river cruise.

  2. John and Claire. Great to have you back. Ben and Ethel

  3. Ben, please send me an e-mail – I need your new one??
    thanks,
    WE like your new blog.

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