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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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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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