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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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NY Day – FIRE! FIRE!

Whenever I roast a chicken or broil a chop,  a nerve-wracking screech assails me from my kitchen ceiling: Fire! Fire!   Fire! Fire!  And it continues until the chicken is done or I decide to eat it half raw.

I have threatened the fire alarm with dire consequences many a time but yesterday evening I was given to reconsider my options. More than 40 pieces of  fire-fighting equipment turned out to battle an apartment blaze in the building opposite. Most of them arriving after the first two had put the fire out. I put myself in the place of that apartment dweller and thought of all those years of sentmental keepsakes that must have been lost in the fire and subsequent water damage. I decided to go out and buy myself a state-of -the-art fire extinguisher.

Some of the 40 or more pieces of equipment deployed

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