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    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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NYD – NY Marathon 2009

I can see a corner of First Avenue from my apartment window. Keeping a strategic eye on the activity there, I waited until the first participants reached that point, then, taking the camera and picking up a Starbucks coffee on the way, I walked over to 5th Avenue and stationed myself between 94th and 95th Streets. I calculated that this would be approximately the 23 mile mark. I chose the spot to give a nice Fall backdrop for the runners.

I had about 40 minutes to wait before the first competitors reached my spot. The wheelchair racers  were the first to appear. Then came the leading women followed shortly thereafter by the leading men.


The agony of the long-distance runner and the resilience of the human spirit . . . . . .



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The leading women . . . .


Derartu Tula (behind, left, at this stage) from Ethiopia went on to win the womens' tiltle

 The leading men  . . . . . .


Meb Keflezighi, (left), went on to win the mens' race. The first American to do so for more than twenty years!


One of 45,000 starters, Mayor Mike Bloomberg went on to win his race for a third term, but not by as big a margin as was expected . . . . .


Determination . . . . .


Still striding beautifully after two hours or so . . . .


. . . . and closely recorded . . . . .


. . . . could that be a hare following me?


. . . but the tortoises were already home!

 After the leaders, the pack . . . . .


. . . . but still determined to win a place . . . .

And then the stragglers . . . . This is a view of First Avenue two hours or more after the leaders passed me on Fifth Avenue. And the runners will continue to pass  by for hours more . . . . each determined to finish the course


. . . to be able to say "I finished the NY Marathon" is a proud achievement . . . . .


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