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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking


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London Reunion, 2012

Thanks, largely, to the organisational skills of  my niece, Gillian, the annual family get-togethers in London are becoming a tradition. May is a good month for us to travel trans-Atlantic because the Queen Mary 2 fares are cheaper and it happens to be the month in which my birthday occurs. This seems to encourage (given the elevated figures) participation, even from long distances, I am very happy to say! Here are some pictures of this year’s London visit and the reunion: (Don’t forget to click on the individual pictures for the best detail):

New York. Discovering the ways around the QM2 as it sets off

Parting view of Manhattan

Casualty before the mast! This Indigo Bunting must have hit a ship’s cable before falling to the deck.

Before one of the cocktail parties in the Queens Room

Note the surprised expression of the passenger on the right

Tea Dance with scones, cream and strawberry jam

Trafalgar Square with St. Martins-in-the-field in the background

Candlelight Concert in St. Martins-in the-field. (See widget on the right)

View from the South Bank

Two Londoners chatting outside The Festival Hall

One Newyorker battling the breeze–also in front of the Festival Hall.

A passing Londoner took this picture as we were leaving the National Theatre–Myself, Ethel, Ian and Pam

Mobile in the British Museum

Beautiful lady displaying her attributes in the BM. . . . . . .

. . . . . . the other side

Having a bit of a ding-dong?

Carvings on Bush House, Aldwich

Cartoon Network in Trafalgar Square

One of London’s legion of historical plaques

Scottish contingent in Russell Square. Rebecca and Kim with me and Ethel. Tom, who took the picture, inserted himself into it through the back door

Dining in Soho. Tom, Rebecca and Gillian with Ethel opposite

. . . . . . .Kim and Tom

Reunion Lunch

Denise and Alan

Jenny, John and Kim

Keith. Gillian and Margaret

Maureen (Penny), smiling as usual

Lower table

Our waitress



Gillian with Dennis and Ian

Holly, who is currently having a show of her photography work in a London gallery, with her friend hiding behind her

After the reunion, Ethel and I travelled by train to Orpington in Kent to see our old friend, Ted, who has been having a series of health problems but is now recovering nicely. He took us to one of his favourite country restaurants for lunch

Ethel and me with Emma and Ted

Ted and Emma

Dining room of a new-style pub near Russell Square

Southampton docks. The Cunard’s Queen Mary2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will all be docked together here for the Queen’s Anniversary celebrations


One Response

  1. Fabulous pictures, Ben. I’m glad you and Ethel had such a wonderful trip! Love, Bonnie

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