• Upcoming trips

    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.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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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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