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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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NY Day – Late Fall in the Park, etc.

I love the changing seasons and the infinite mood changes they bring to towns and countryside. Especially my countryside: Central Park. I could never get used to the permanent summer that many of our friends hanker after. I suppose it comes from being born in Britain which used to be a land of  very distinct seasons until global warming began to interfere with them.

Here are some random pictures taken during the last two or three weeks:

Ethel about to leap over the net in celebration of the end of the tennis season. An ambulance was standing by.

Late Fall in the Park

Fall plantings around the trees on 86 Street

Fall bargains on 86 Street. The line started the night before the shops opened!

Left behind! This chap is still suffering from an over-indulgence on Haloween.

And finally, here is a cute little bee to remind us that Spring is not far behind! Picture was sent by proud grandmother, Jenny orchard.

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One Response

  1. Love the pics, Ben. The Halloween chap is hysterical, the little bee is adorable and Ethel, you look fantastic! I hope you have a wonderful time on your upcoming cruise. Much love, Bonnie

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