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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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London odd bits

I am still pleasantly surprised by odd bits of London I encounter if I  have the time to wander as I did on this last trip. For instance, walking on the pedestrian path alongside Charing Cross Bridge and looking down on the crowded street below we saw throngs of tourists and Londoners sitting around listening to band music coming from the Embankment park behind:

music for all

Hayward Gallery tucked away in the South Bank complex

Architecture at the top end of Regent's Street. The New BBC building is behind and to the left


More Mews

Peter Pan in Hyde Park


Sculpture in the park

 Here is a picture of a London Superstore! Behind it is an old pub called the ‘Swan’. the Swan was packed and there was a line waiting to get in because it was World Soccer week and England were playing. The green screen in front of the pub served to prevent football enthusiasts from watching the games without popping inside for a pint or two.


Latest artwork in Trafalgar Square

Sun sets over London Town

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