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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

    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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New York Days

Miscellaneous impressions taken over the last couple of weeks during periods of filing my IRS return:

This resolute character in the Park bolstered my resolve. Alexander Hamilton.

Bryant Park, next to the NY Public Library, was a den of drugs, thugs, crime and violence until the Giuliani years. This is what it looks like now:

The City of New York Museum has opened another branch in the South Street Seaport. It is not fully set out yet but the potential is evident and there is plenty to occupy an hour or two. The short films are fascinating to those interested in the history and development of the city in recent times. And for model ship enthusiasts, this is the Mecca!

Vast collection of wood-working tools. (With interactive screens to tell you how they were used)

Contradictory eras! This is not the view of Manhattan an ancient mariner would not have had!

BMW. Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges all in a row

Progress of the 9/11 Memorial as seen from Fulton Street

Modern art outside the Guggenheim

Trompe-l'oeil stained glass window in the Museum of the City of NY uptown

Times Square pedestrian way

My Cockney friends will appreciate this picture more than most, I imagine!

Click on the pictures for the greatest detail


2 Responses

  1. Every photo is a work of art. Truly beautiful.


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