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    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.
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    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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London Day – The elephants have arrived and whimsy on the South Bank

We spent a very full six days in London befor we went to Southhampton to board the ‘Epic’ for its inaugural voyage back to New York. We took in a performance of the ENO’s ‘Pearl Fishers’; Saw three wonderful plays; Met up with friends and family and listened to a (for me) very nostalgic concert in the National Portrait Gallery.

 New York had its cows, now London has its elephants. Here are a few of them:

The herd arrives! In two days they were all gone. Probably to that secret place where elephants are said to go to die

There was more London whimsy at the South Bank outside The National Theatre–giant furniture upholstered in imitation grass:

Two kind Londoners lifted Ethel up on to this comfortable chair

Lilliputians relaxing on a sunny afternoon

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