• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Tunnellers’ Progress

The Second Avenue Subway report. The drilling head is now more than  1100 feet into the rock– I calculate that it is just about level with Ethel’s apartment at 87th Street!  Service pipes and cables are being rerouted at each Station site. Poor Second Avenue, it all looks such a mess and pessimists feel that it will be never-ending.

Marking out where NOT to drill

Busy day!

Between 20 and 30 trucks such as this one are loaded from the elevator machine each day

. . . . this one is being loaded from the hopper as we speak!

And this a view of the supply hole showing the beginning of the tunnel and the tracks for the hauling equipment about 60 feet down

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