• 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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The woes of Altantic City

In addition to the financial woes which are becoming more obvious with each visit, except, perhaps, on the Pier at Ceasars, last winter’s storm damage is much more serious than it looked. The cost of repairs is likely to add substantially to AC’s problems. the Boardwalk is closed from the site of the new casino (which shows no sign of being completed).  And the Garden Pier, which is home to the municipal Art Gallery, is closed to visitors. I popped under the tape and saw that the deck is completely buckled–probably a result of the underlying piles being disturbed by the storms. Right next to the Garden Pier, a new storm water pipe is being installed. These pictures give an idea of the difficulties involved:

Garden Pier. Even more misshapen

Backhoe on the beach

Backhoe in for a dip

Backhoe in for a swim

Can the tunnelers complain about their working conditions after this?


But visitors made the best of what was left

And the surf-boarders experienced no difficulty

. . . . and Ceasars Pier still looks like an opulent cruise ship

But, most important, Ethel’s favourite eating place, ‘The Irish Pub’ is thriving. Here she is pouring over the gin-and-tonic menu:


4 Responses

  1. Ethel knows how to have fun, even in a bad economy!

  2. Ben,
    Gin and tonic must have some hidden restorative ingredient. Ethel nver looked more lovely. It still keeps Ann well oiled.

    • John and Ann. The gin combined with the sea air and the casinos is a marvellous pick-me-up for Ethel. We are returning to Atlantic City for two days starting November 1st.

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