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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Queen Mary 2 – Artwork

One of the first things I did after boarding the vessel was to register for Cliff Fleenor’s watercolour class. Two sessions per day on the sailing days (none on the Port days). The materials included in the $35 fee were  mostly unusable, but, armed with a brush I borrowed from Cliff and a dinner plate borrowed from the dining room I happily painted away for hours on a covered part of deck 12. Here are the results:

4 Responses

  1. well done ben. trust you both enjoyed the trip, love pnd

  2. D & P. We love the ship. This was our third voyage on the QM2, and since it travels out of New York within a short taxi ride of our apartments, we will probably be taking many future trips on her.

  3. Please note E-mail address change. Wonderful trip. Claire and I have thought of a Christmas cruise, but haven’t taken one yet. Your pictures and story of the voyage make it very tempting. Lucky you to have missed the big blizzard. Still lots of snow on the streets of our little town and some due tomorrow. Happy New Year to you both. John and Claire

    • John. E-mail change duly noted. Your comment is posted on last year’s cruise–I have just posted this year’s report. Happy New Year to you both. Ben and Ethel

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