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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.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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My watercolour  painting has languished; falling  victim to the ‘Sturm und Drang’ of Ethel’s move over the last four months. Now we have reached calmer waters, I have hefted brush again and a picture of the ouput follows.

It is an impression of susan’s horse, ‘Playdoh’.  Aptly, It is painted on the 300lb Arches paper which Susan bought for me as a gift!

I have tried to show young  ‘Playdoh’ free from all restraints and feeling his oats.

I hope to be joining the painting class in the hold of the QM2 next week  and  on th return voyage!

Click on the picture for detail



‘Playdoh’,  12″ x 16″

2 Responses

  1. Papa, I love the painting. I know I am a little biased because of the subject matter but I think it is your best ever. You have captured his face really well including the fact that he often looks just slightly worried even when he is having fun. Must have gotten the Thompson anxiety gene by osmosis

    • Susan. Smuggly gratified that I got a good likeness for you. I’m now agonising over the choice of a frame. Love, Ben

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