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    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.

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Reception in a York, PA, Museum

When I arrived at Susan and Craig’s house (Thursday, March 28th) in preparation for the Fair Hill trail ride, they invited me to join them at a reception to which they previously committed. The reception was given by the local branch of the “United Way” of which, Susan is a committee member. It was held in the York Industrial and Agricultural Museum.

York has been a manufacturing centre since colonial times and the diversity of its output is truly amazing–I had no idea that so many different products emanated from from a town which,  now-a-days, is far from the major manufacturing centres of the USA. Everything from massive agricultural machinery through cars, pianos to cigars and  artificial teeth has been made in York down the ages!

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This group graces the entrance to the museum

This group graces the entrance to the museum

Myself, great- granddaguter Zoe, Daughter Susan and great grandson Jeremy

Myself, great-granddaughter Zoe, Daughter Susan and great-grandson Jeremy

Elegant reception among the artifacts

Elegant reception among the artifacts

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Massive ice-making machine of the day--compare with the size of the ones in our refridgerators today.

Massive ice-making machine of the day–compare with the size of the ones in our refridgerators today.

Son-in-law Craig samples the fare

Son-in-law Craig samples the fare

The ice-machine

The ice-machine

Lower gallery

Lower gallery

Artworks for the road

Artworks for the road

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Do you remember these old petrol pumps?

Do you remember these old petrol pumps?

More leisurely transport

More leisurely transport

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This cow is suprised that milking was no longer a hands-on proceedure!

This cow is suprised that milking was no longer a hands-on proceedure!

Cigar, anyone?

Cigar, anyone?

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This was my forte (See memoir: "26 Soldiers of lead"

This was my forte (See memoir: “26 Soldiers of lead”

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. . . . . . . and here, I indulged myself, picked up a composing stick and set this line . . . . . .

This is how an old-time compositor read his work. No prize is offered for correct readings of the line!

This is how an old-time compositor read his work. No prize is offered for correct readings of the line!

This is Susan's link with the reception--Densply, the corpoartion she labours for is represented in the museum. It has supplied refills and enhancement for mouths out of York for many, many years!

This is Susan’s link with the reception–Densply, the Corporation she labours for is represented in the museum. It has supplied refills and enhancement for mouths out of York for many, many years!

Susan explaining her work to her grand-children

Susan explaining her work to her grand-children

Ultra-safe safe

Ultra-safe safe

Wall-paper printing machine

Wall-paper printing machine

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Finally. This is what people looked like when the wall-paper machine was new, (apologies for the glare).

Finally. This is what people looked like when the wall-paper machine was new, (apologies for the glare).

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