• Upcoming trips

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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New York in Summer 2012 – Space Shuttle ‘Enterprise’

The highlight of this post is the arrival of the space shuttle ‘Enterprise’ at its last resting place aboard the ‘Intrepid’. Marking the end of  a fantastic endeavour by the American people. Other technological achievements will speed the pace of change, but, surely,  none so profoundly as the Space Shuttle project? New York is lucky to have one of the fleet as a memorial. Click on the pictures for better detail.

A fitting end to a great adventure

Three epoch-making giants slip into history together – ‘Enterprise’, ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Concord’

. . . . . . protected by colourful, but, deadly birds . . . . .

. . . . . and armed submarine.

Have you ever wondered what you look like at the other end of Skype? Here is the view of me which daughter Kim sees on her PC in Scotland:

. . . .meanwhile, in  Carl Schurtz park, a lazy afternoon . . . . .

. . . . . appreciated by beast and man alike.

50 miles up river from Carl Schurtz park, life in Cold Spring was just as lazy . . . . .

. . . .. . .strenuous boat watching. . . . .

. . . . and here is a picture of a faun who, with his mother, lives in this Cold Spring copse. Unfortunately, they had both dashed off by the time I got the camera set up

A rooftop summer party. (Taken from a higher rooftop)

Wrecked 93rd Street. In front of The Waterford looking towards Second Avenue.


4 Responses

  1. I enjoyed your great shots of the shuttle.
    We had hoped to see it on it’s piggyback flyby, but it was too far east for our little bayshore town of Atlantic Highlands. We have a trip planned, sailing from Barcelona in the fall. Our journeys this summer will probably be mainly to the swimming pool. Already have been there once and the water has warmed up nicely from the early heat spell.

    • John. I, too,wanted to see the fly-by but, at the thought of jostling with hoards at ground level, my resolve evaporated. As it happened, I had a comfortable perch on the upper decks of the “star’ but, of course, I missed the piggy-backing. Be careful in Barcelona-Keep a tight hand on your passports.

  2. Another great set of photos Ben. Xx

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