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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

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  • 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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QM2’s Caribbean

Tumbling pastels and shopping fields

The Caribbean is rapidly becoming the exclusive domain of the big cruise vessels. The Island administrations are furiously developing deep water docks to accommodate the increasing number and size of the ships and, of course,  the contiguous shopping precincts with their strings of  jewellry, perfume and liquor boutiques to attract the passengers as they disgorge  from their floating hotels– Spending just a short hour or two before sailing on the next island port. The idyllic vision of  a sleepy, palm strewn,  paradise has long faded. Minor features , such as a twenty foot waterfall or a 1,500 foot peak are touted as if they were the Niagara Falls or Everest!

I avoid the shopping mills like the plague– Content to wander on foot around whatever bits of the old places that are left. Otherwise, I stay on board and enjoy a leisurely view from the the bridge (Or an upper deck, anyway).

Curacao, though, is still worth disembarking for. The pastel tints of the buildings tumbling from the hills to the water’s edge are a painters’ heaven–A postcard subject at every turn! Most of the following views are from Curacao.

Title theme


The old is making way . . . . . .

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Local enterprise

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Construction on-going

Nestled up to the island

Added attraction!

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Even the modern bridge conforms!

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Lost passenger?


Conch shells still fascinate!

Changing mood

View from the bridge (nearby)

Surviving entrepreneurs

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