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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.


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New Year’s Fun on the QM2

Christmas celebrations on our voyage were lower keyed than I had anticipated, I should have realised  that the list of passengers included all nationalities and creeds.  But, we were served Xmas Pudding and Custard and everyone received a cracker containing a snap, motto, funny hat and a present! My present was a magnetic compass and I was reminded that the pace of change has overtaken even the Xmas cracker–The advent of GPS will make the humble compass obsolete before long, if it hasn’t done so already?.

However, the QM2 went to town on New year’s Eve when everybody could join in the fun. Great sacks of balloons wafted over our heads ready to rain down at the stroke of twelve and the noise from the noisemakers was deafening. The British New Year and several others, according to the nationality of the passenger group was celebrated in various parts of the ship as midnight rolled around the earth!

Who would guess that, inside this stately vessel, throngs were carousing and wearing funny hats?

Preparations for the party


Who could this be?

The tables are set

Famous celebrant with instruments

Adjustment needed!

Gingerbread village

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3 Responses

  1. Ben – you look great in that tux! Looks like you and Ethel had a great time.

  2. Susan. It was real fun. Perhaps you and Craig will join us next time?

  3. Loved looking at the photos of the QM2 and the Gem – it looks as if you both had a great time. I was going to so You look so handsome in your tuxedo Ben but I see Susan had the same thought!

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