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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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Bermuda, 2012

Bermuda is, by far, the best of the Island destinations to cruise to out of New York. Although tourism is  a very important part of the economy, tourists don’t feel hunted. The islanders are independent and  have their own thing to do. They have as, as a result, an excellent public transport system and visitors are welcome to use it. Fast and efficient ferries run to Hamilton and the old town of St. George and buses criss-cross the island taking in beaches and attractions en route. A 2-day pass costs $20 and allows unlimited travel, system wide–the best bargain a tourist could ever wish for! The ferry rides are great outings in themselves. Today’s cruise ships are too large to anchor close up to Hamilton as the smaller ones used to, instead, new deepwater docks have been built next to the old naval dockyards. These dockyards are a fairly well preserved bit of old naval history and deserve a UNESCO rating, I think. But, they are situated far from the main towns, and this is where the public transport system scores. Click on the pictures to see more detail.

Bermudan Headache?

Part of the old naval dockyards seen from the docked ship

Snow white roofs of Bermuda. 40 years ago, all the roofs were flat with container walls around their perimeters since the only source of water then was the rainfall!

Waiting for the next bus

Welcoming breezes fanned the island from time to time

Heroic statue (Russian-like?)

Marine detritus by the old fort wall

Self-taking a pose under the wishing arch at the dockside

View from the St. George’s ferry boat

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