• Upcoming trips

    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

  • theatre and Concerrts

    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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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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