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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.
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    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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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!

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2 Responses

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


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