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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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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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