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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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Irene’s Silver Lining

My grand-niece, Debbie (Gillian’s daughter) and her friend Nichola were due to visit me from 23rd to 28th August. As a result of my uncertain surgery timing and the mandatory five-year facade repairs which filled my living room with balcony fencing and the furniture, they had to stay in a mid-town hotel. In addition, we were committed to visit Susan in York, PA for the weekend before she took a vacation in Rome.

The drive down to York coincided with the dire predictions of devastation likely to be suffered by NY city as a result of hurricane Irene! In the event, we saw very little change when we returned on the Monday. The only fall-out was that all flights had been cancelled and the two ladies could not fly home until the 4th September! They took the wrecked living room in their stride and camped out in sleeping bags on my settee.

This gave them the chance to explore our neighbourhood as natives as well as doing tourist duty. And gave Ethel and me a week extra to enjoy their company. We showed them some of our favourite haunts; Cooper Hewitt gardens; West Point via the Pallisades Parkway, Bear Mountain; Cold Springs, via the Bear Mountain Bridge and some of the Hudson Valley:

Debbie taking a respite in the Cooper Hewitt gardens

Nichola, also in the CH gardens

We were watching this man repairing his Irene-damaged roof while we all ate icecream on the river front at Cold Springs

The ladies' view of the Hudson from the Bear Mountain bridge look-out Our visitors were, of course, fascinated by the New York night scenes. I took the following two pictures from ground level. But they took dozens from the top of my building and other high vantage points


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