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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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Atlantic City Revisited – death on the beach


The car needed an outing after a winter perched on its elevated parking platform and a drive to AC  seemed like  the ideal place. Not too far away, and Ethel could indulge herself at the black-jack table while I strolled up and down the Boadwalk. The Casino businesses are not thriving. Some of them are looking sadly short of customers and the lack of revenue seems to be affecting the maintenance of the municipal facilities. There is more garbage on the beach than I have seen for years and the winter storm damage is not being repaired in a hurry.

The Taj Mahal is still a wonder--but pieces of the gilt are beginning to drop off the walls!

Winter storm damage. Many of the beach access steps have been washed away

The gulls are optimistic, but they have had a long wait this year

Surfboarding is free!

Native resident

Lest we forget--there is a fine memorial on the boardwalk

Comfortable shopping--no crowds to fight

Fallen visitor. From far-off lands maybe and overwhelmed by the journey?

But the cats thrive. Their "Meals on wheels" has arrived



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