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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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“Gem” — The ship

We always take the cheapest cabin on our cruises. The money we save buys the next cruise and, any case, we spend as little time in the state room  as possible. But, since there is no indication of night or day in inside cabins, we are always anxious that we don’t miss breakfast or  early morning exercise so we carry our watches to the bathroom during the night so as not to disturb the other if it turns out to be some ungodly hour. In addition, it take us a week to learn which way to turn out of our room!

NCL ships are painted all over with the theme of their name

Fellow passenger, Jaquie from New York, with Ethel

Theatre curtain

Amethyst ceiling and LED screen in the main lobby

Leader of the resident string quartet

Overstuffed passengers can take advantage of the overstuffed furniture in the Spinnaker Lounge

Dozing chairs

These ugly chairs are as uncomfortable as they look

Festive lobby

Dcorative Amazons

The “Gem” sports a brothel-like night club which, incongruously, includes a 4-lane ten-pin bowling alley. The fairly rough Atlantic crossing allowed very little bowling but here is Ethel making use of one of the exotic beds:

. . . . . . . .waiting for her gin and tonic

Night Club decor

Here we are at dinner enjoying the atmosphere, food and conversation


4 Responses

  1. Hi, what blog platform is this? Is it working for you or..? I would really love it if you could answer this question! Thanks in advance!

  2. Viola. It is a platform where I can put in my ‘twopennyworth’. It gives me mental exercise, an absorbing interest and much satisfaction if things turn out as well as I anticipate. Other than this, I am not quite sure whether I have understood your question completely? What does your platform do for you?

  3. Enjoyed your photos of the Queen. I had no idea of the appearance inner and outer of the ship. Our harbor here at Atlantic Highlands is slowly freezing over, but not enough yet to stop the Manhattan ferry boats from sailing.
    Claire and in good health and keeping warm.

    The best in the New Year to you and Ethel.


  4. John and Claire. Nice to hear from you. In the latest NYDay post, I have included a shot of a snow-covered Ellis Island with your NJ as a backdrop. We will wave to you on our next trip out of NY! Happy New Year to you both. Ben and Ethel

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