• Upcoming trips

    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

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • 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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Latest still life

Returning to my paints again. Here is the latest effort:

"Still life with Portuguese marble". 11" x 14" on Bristol Board


8 Responses

  1. Ben, beautiful still life. Quite lovely! I expect you are packing your paints for the cruise. I look forward to seeing you and Ethel very soon.



    • Thanks, Sandy. My travel set is at the ready! We can’t wait until we see you again in the old familiar QM2 places. Ben and Ethel

  2. Thanks for sharing this beautiful painting Ben. Love to you and Ethel.

    • Valerie. So glad you like it. I thought the sketch had turned out better than my usual stuff, especially the rendering of the marble pieces. So, particularly happy to have your approval. Love, Ben and Ethel

  3. This is exquisite, Ben! Sending you and Ethel much love this Thanksgiving Day.

  4. Dear Ben
    Lovely to see and talk to you on Skype the other day. You do look good. We are also impressed with your painting. As promised I will send you samples of Don’s efforts. For now we wish you and Ethel a wonderful trip, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
    Here’s to Berlin next year!!!
    Lots of love to you both from
    Don & Inge

    • Inge. Can’t wait to see what Don is doing these days. Or, to see you both in Berlin next year. All the very best for 2012. Love, Ben and Ethel

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