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    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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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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