• Upcoming trips

    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking


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I foolishly opened an e-mail last week warning me of  parcel misdirected byDHL. Within a short time my screen was covered with dire notices of attack. Further notices purported to be able to stop the infection if I gave credit card information, etc. I cut my losses and dumped the computer. I needed a new one anyway, and one is on the  way this week.

I lost some files since the previous backup and 5 or 6 days of e-mails. So, if anyone is wondering why I have not responded please resend your last message.


3 Responses

  1. We have just completed arrangements for a river trip from Amsterdam to Vienna in September. Also will have a four day stay in Vienna at the end. We have always wanted to go there and now the chance has come. Hoping to see my cousin Fritz at the Frankfurt stop. He lives about 45 miles NW of there.Glad to be able to keep aware of the two of you through this great site.


  2. John and Claire. Great to hear from you. Ethel and I have made the same trip more than once (usually at Christmas time) and we are sure you will enjoy it. What river boat will you be going on? It’s an added bonus for you having a chance to to catch up with a relation–lucky for you. Ethel is visiting her relations in Portland, Oregon this week.

  3. Have not received ship assignment yet. We are traveling with Grand Circle.

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