• 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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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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