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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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NY Day – Spring arrives at last!

I donned my shorts, wandered down to the Armoury in Central Park to pick up our Tennis permits for the coming season, and basked in the 75-degree sunshine.  Spring flowers  miraculously shot out of their sad-looking state and  started their job of inviting the insects to polinate them and to lighten the spirits of winter -weary New Yorkers. The park’s gardeners began planting the annuals.

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A good planting day . . .

A good planting day . . .

 

This young sea lion cavorted with a something he found in his pond

This young sea lion cavorted with a something he found in his pond

 

Spring brings thoughts of the sea . . . .

Spring brings thoughts of the sea . . . .

 

. . .  or, just basking in the open air.

. . . or, just basking in the open air.

 

Anyone for a sail?

Anyone for a sail?

 

Alice glinted in the sunlight . . . . .

Alice glinted in the sunlight . . . . .

 

. . . and even the Mad Hatter smiled!

. . . and even the Mad Hatter smiled!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. I enjoyed the photos welcoming in springtime. My welcome was our grounds keeper showed up to mow the lawn.

    • John. You’re lucky! The green stuff growing on my balcony is far from being a lawn–The proper term for it, I think, would be: moss! Are we ever going to see you in New York? Best wishes to you both, Ben and Ethel

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