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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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Picturesque Perth

My fishing partner, David, and I discovered Perth  several years ago on our way back from the far north in Ontario. We were struck by the charm and beauty of this quiet backwater. Originally a defensive outpost on the Canadian river Tay, it developed into a stone-built industrial town using the river for its power. It prospered further when canals were built connecting it with the larger towns of the area. Now, the industry has faded away and the town has transformed itself into a visitors paradise. David was also struck by the quality of its icecream! Here is our photographic impression of Perth. Perhaps this will inspire you to visit it? Click on the pictures for greater detail.

Tribute to a champion jockey and his mount–a partnership of many years

This imaginative table is among the artifacts in Perth Museum. It must have been carved from a slice of a large tree trunk.

Don’t touch! Ethel was intrigued by the old doll’s house in the museum.

There are enormous carp in the canal

Nymphs arise!

Nymphs aloft

Ethel testing her bird recognition

The old mill

At the duty-free shop at the Candian border. We purchased a tee shirt, a lady’s winter jacket and a bottle of gin.


6 Responses

  1. A gorgeous place beautifully photographed.


    Sandy Troy

  2. it is beautiful, sorry i have not been to canada,when are you coming to visit the museum of the city of n.y. and me best regards ela shapiro

    • Ela. Nice to hear from you again. In between cruises, I have been in the museum several times but have not coincided with your days at the desk. What is your schedule? Ben

  3. A verybeautiful town. I had never heard of it.

    • John. Perth is oly about 40 miles north of the 1000 Islands. Just continue over the 1000 Islands bridge! Well worth the trip. Ben

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