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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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Battered Dunes of Atlantic City

Hurricane Irene and its aftermath played havoc with Atlantic City’s  highly-protected dunes. There are only vestiges of them left and great mounds of sand have been shifted. In the event, I suppose, they did their job of keeping the sea back from the boardwalk and the businesses and Casinos behind it. The latter seem  not to have suffered any water damage.


Vestiges of thickly-planted sand hills

But, there is now an unrestricted view of the Taj Mahal from the beach!

We used to use the underside of this beach structure for welome shade in the summers, but not now. . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . we would have to tunnel first!

. . . . . . a long way!

The day before we arrived, highjackers had murdered  the husband of a family just returning to their car in the parking lot of the Taj Mahal. Channel 7 and others were  busy getting the views of visitors on the Boardwalk. The cameraman at one time, seem to have his lens pointing at me on my bench. Perhaps some of you may have caught a glimpse of me?

Channel 7 interviewing people on the Boardwalk



4 Responses

  1. What terrible news, but love your photos as always!

    • Valerie. Thank you for your comment. Not to worry, though, the dunes will soon be rebuilt. Do you view the pictures full-screen? They show so much more detail when enlarged by clicking on them.

  2. Dear Ben,

    I’ve been remiss in responding (it’s difficult on my iPad and I don’t turn my computer on very much, anymore), but I was struck by the destruction (albeit temporary) of the dunes. It makes me appreciate even more, the glorious painting that you did of said dunes and is now hanging proudly in our home!

    Much love,

    • Bonnie. Late or not, I am always pleased to have your thoughts on my small efforts. Wild dunes are evocative and make compelling painting subjects. When I looked at the storm-smoothed sand banks that they have now become, I put my paints away, uninspired! There is still a lot of damage to the boadwalk at the southern end– It is impassable in places, but I have the impression that, whatever money there is, it will be used to repair the dunes first of all. Love, Ben

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