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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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Kim’s Visit

 Kim’s time with us coincided with her birthday and the first anniversary of her nuptuals with Tom. The seven days disappeared like magic but we did manage to crowd in a fair amount of activity.  Susan and Craig brought the great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Zoe,  for a day and Kiowa and Christie brought baby Kelsey to join us for an hour or two.  We saw a play (See widget on the right), viewed , in detail, the “Brain” exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and I escorted the Scots around the bits of the United Nations buildings which are still visitable. Other than this, eating out and shopping filled the remaining moments.

Tom, Rebecca , Susan and Kim

Kim, Kelsey and Rebecca

Kiowa (father), Susan (grandmother) and Kelsey herself

Susan, Kelsey and the cameraman


A bit of the brain (enlarged)

Tom talks to The Mad Hatter (Wearing hat) in Central Park

Lobster and oysters in "Fish" (Bleeker Street)

Rebecca takes the podium in the General Assembly

New piece of art in the UN garden.

One of the uninspiring debating chambers temporarily housed in a block built in the UN garden

Rebecca bidding us farewell wearing her latest purchase


Finally, Kelsey was so overcome during her visit that she tried to hide under the bed


4 Responses

  1. Thank you again for your generous hospitality! We all had a great time – and I even managed to enjoy a Winter visit to NY without developing pneumonia! (just a cold, obviously). Thanks to Ethel for introducing us to NY Theatre Experiment, a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment. Regards to all.

  2. Thanks Tom. We really do not see enough of Kim and you so we were mightily happy to have you all for the brief visit. We hope that you will be able to stay longer next time?

  3. The baby is beautiful and photogenic. Scenes are lovely. So cheering and nice to receive.



  4. Sandy. Many thanks. After reading your comment, I realized that two pictures I had prepared were missing somehow. I have now repaired the page. Best wishes, Ben and Ethel

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