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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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NY Day – Giant bubbles in the Park and Garbage

How’s this for entrepreneurship? This New Yorker entertained the crowds with two sticks, a length of rope and a bucket of suds!

He used them to make giant rainbow-colored bubbles float free as the air in Central Park, to the delight of young and old. They lasted a surprisingly long time if they didn’t strike a snag–He must have used some glycerine or the like in his suds.

Bubbles xxl to order

Bubbles xxl to order

One floats gossamer-like  over the Park wall:


A less edyfing result of the 2nd Avenue Tunnellers’ work is the haphazard trash piles which have appeared and have to be relocated according to the progress of the construction. They are often neglected. The irony of this picture is the MTA billboard supporting the businesses behind it.

Little feet marks around the this pile are made by Starlings and rates

Little feet marks around the this pile are made by Starlings and rats

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