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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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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.

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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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