• Upcoming trips

    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 – UN under repair – Central Park – Tunnellers’ progress

I have just had a visit from the daughter of my predecessor at the United Nations accompanied by her husband Ivan. Rosemary wanted to see the places where her father used to work. Little did I know that the Headquarters building is already undergoing a comprehensive repair and that many of the Chambers and rooms are temporarily closed or relocated! The Delegates’ Dining room is now situated on the first floor in the space of the old cafeteria and the eleventh floor where the office of  Rosemary’s father used to be is now completely filled with stored office furniture. However, we did enjoy the lunch:

Ethel and myself in the Delegates' dining room which now overlooks the East River

Ivan and Ethel exchanging views

The General Assembly seems to be unaffected yet - Here a meeting is just about to take place

Ivan and Rosemary in the General Assembly

Decoration well known to General Assembly visitors and delegates

Meanwhile, the weekend turned out to be bright and sunny and throngs were out to enjoy the Park:

Bird and turtle watchers

Romance too!

Throngs watching the boaters from the bridge over the boating lake

Torture in the park? No, a visitor getting a Chinese massage!

Your transport awaits!

The tunnellers reached an important milestone on Saturday, May 15th

The 2oo tonne drilling head was set up in the hollowed -out section of Second Avenue and is ready to start the first bore. They held a small ceremony to commemorate the event but only Media could get close-ups underground. the only shot I could get is this one from above showing the small children who were invited. They will consider themselves very lucky to be part of New York’s history later on, I imagine.

Invitees for the Drilling Head ceremony



2 Responses

  1. My transport awaits! Hold it for me, I’ll be there soon. I’m flying home with Ethel in her luggage.

  2. Valerie. The door is open!. Ben

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