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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.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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NY Day – Columbus Day Parade

The Columbus Day parade this year seemed to be very much affected by the economic downturn. I chose myself a strategic perch on 85th Street only to discover that most of the parade was turning off on 79th! I was not alone,  a number of camera-carrying visitors were asking “Where’s the Parade?”.   The politicians were getting the lions share of  attention  by the Press but I missed them. Here are a few pictures I thought worth posting:

A much-needed reminder this year

Hair-do

One-eyed and cracked but still able to enjoy the day

After the parade, I popped into the Met Museum then wandered back to Second Avenue:

A favourite view in the Met--The Spanish courtyard

Complicated machine for drilling and inserting the long freezing pipes into the unstable rock. Notice the unorthodox style of hard-hat!

Back home to the kitchen - The Triboro/Kennedy bridge

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