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    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

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  • 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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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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