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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.

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Bermuda cruise

While we were in Bermuda we were lucky enough to see the visit of the Tall Ships to Hamilton. The celebrations started the day after we left but we did see some of them arrive–disappointingly under the power of their inboard motors, not under sail. I will put up some pictures of them in a separate post.

Modern discards--old fort

Modern discards--old fort

 

King's Wharf

King's Wharf

King's Wharf harbour

King's Wharf harbour

Hamilton housing

Kings' Wharf downtown

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Hamilton Housing

Hamilton Housing

 

Down town Hamilton

Down town Hamilton

The empty plate

The empty plate

The locals' view of the tourists

The locals' view of the tourists

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2 Responses

  1. If I wrote all the comments that are in my head, I would need a website all to myself. Suffice it to say, I do check your blog quite often, and continue to be in awe of your talents, your interests, and zest for living. Now, I think you might have a chance for a new career….report-photographer…on the Manhattan beat. Great work.
    I intend to send a personal email as soon as I have a chance to sit down. In the meantime, I have shared your POW experiences with my Florida friends at Lake Port Square..
    YOU are well-known now to everyone down there….and the interest in your article was overwhelming. I sent it to one of my friends…and she has shared it, and continues to do so.
    Now..Hope you have time away from blogging to check your emails! Mellicent

    • Mellicent. Thank you. I have just taken advantage of the economic climate to buy a new camera with a 300 mm lens. Look out for better pictures to come. Ben

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