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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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Wall Street Warriors–Their place, their faces

The area around Cedar Street was packed with tourists and media people yesterday (Oct. 28). Groups of, mainly, far eastern tourists led by their tour directors carrying little flags, broke ranks periodically to photograph everything remotely connected with Wall Street. The media mob; reporters, cameramen and microphone handlers, etc., hung about listlessly waiting for something newsworthy to happen.

Strangely, Wall Street itself and the surrounding financial district was more or less empty–barriers were up in every street, Nearly all the interest was, of course,  confined to the park in Cedar street where the occupiers have set up their camp. The tent village is chaotic, and, perhaps reflects the vastly disparate discontent of the protesters. Whether, individual, national or global in outlook, all seemed to have one idea in common: a dissatisfaction with the lot the social system has meted out to them, and the vague feeling that Democracy is not working and ought to be replaced by something else.

         Be sure to click on the pictures. All but a few I had to crop will show so much more detail

This is the sculpture which was occupied by one of the protesters recently. Behind it are the resurging towers of the WTC

Declaration of decent behaviour

Artist explains his point of view . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . and shows the influence in his work.

Bored media

RH and his unhappy men

RH and MM

 

The End

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5 Responses

  1. Great photos Ben, as usual.

  2. Wow, Ben. You captured the faces of the 99%. People like me….anxious and extremely disgruntled. Great job…

  3. These are great photos Ben! You did a good job showing the diversity and mind-set.

    I’m especially moved by the diabetic young man holding his sign. No job equals no insurance. Not having a universal healthcare system in this country is criminal!

  4. You should be (you are) a photo journalist. What a sign of the times. Wall street with the dog nipping at its ankles. Maybe it will draw blood.

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