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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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NY Day – A touch of Spring

70 degrees in the Park and Spring was evident all over! And more of the Tunnelers.

. . . . . crocuses are already giving way to daffodils and

 > . . . .  and the turtles are fast a-mating!

. . . . not at lightning speed, perhaps

. . . . joined by the squirrels . . .

ever posing for the cameras . . . .

 . . . .  . and, of course the bird-watchers . . .

. . . . who sometimes get in front of the camera rather than behind it . . .

The tunnelers are a little behind schedule , I think. They were supposed to have completed  the blasting phase by February but lately they have been firing one blast each day at about 8.30 in the evening. They make it a good one! The warm weather allows me to keep the balcony door open and the roar of the rolling blast thunders like a string of bombs hitting the City!

They have, however, started the underground stucture they will need to get the drilling debris to the surface.

This huge mecano-set structure is being assembled above ground. It is, I am told, part of the conveyor belt hoist which will bring the drilled rock to the trucks waiting above.

presumably, they will have to undo it all in order to get it underground?

 . . . . but this uni-cyclist who has chosen the ideal vehicle to get around the remnants of our sidewalks, was completely unimpressed by the activity . . 


2 Responses

  1. Beautiful day and photos. I especially liked the one showing you and Ethel in the squirrel attire.

  2. Shucks! Valerie, you recognised us! It was always our ambition to get a part in “Law and Order”.

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