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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.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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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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