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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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A Chilly May in London (Part 3)

In the last week of our time in London, we continued to see as many plays as we could fit in, to peer into museums and galleries  and to greet welcome visitors from the family before we boarded the Queen Mary 2 for the return voyage.

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Breakfast in Russell Square-- Ethel, little Ben and Mum, (Debby), Gillian and Lucy

Breakfast in Russell Square– Ethel, little Ben and Mum, (Debby), Gillian and Lucy

Little Ben and Grandmum (Gillian)

Little Ben and Grandmum (Gillian)

Guardians of the "Ice Age" exhibit at the British Museum

Guardians of the “Ice Age” exhibit at the British Museum

London's changing skyline

London’s changing skyline

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Emma, friend of Ted

Ethel, Pam, Ian and me

Ethel, Pam, Ian and me

Trafalgar Square as lively as ever

Trafalgar Square as lively as ever

Me and Ethel taken by our new friends, the Bajaj's at breakfast in the Royal National

Me and Ethel taken by our new friends, the Bajaj’s at breakfast in the Royal National

Emil and his Dad,Vivek Bajaj

Emil and his Dad,Vivek Bajaj

. . . . The Bajaj's and us

. . . . The Bajaj’s and us

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Emil--a son every father would be proud of

Emil–a son every father would be proud of

Royal Horse Guard

Royal Horse Guard

Horse Guard's museum . . . . .

Horse Guard’s museum . . . . .

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Mess silverware

Mess silverware

WWI gas mask

WWI gas mask

Lucky soldier!. This bullet went right thro8ugh his cigarette case, through his note book and imbedded itself in his diary!

Lucky soldier!. This bullet went right through his cigarette case, through his note book and imbedded itself in his diary!

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Parade inspection

Parade inspection

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This what you see . . . . . .

This what you see . . . . . .

 . . . .and this is what you get!

. . . .and this is what you get!

Static photo op!

Static photo op!

The view up Whitehall is much the same as ever

The view up Whitehall is much the same as ever

A bit of history . . . . .

A bit of history . . . . .

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Set of"The play that went Wrong"  The audience was was asked not to step on the carpet since it was part of the set!

Set of”The play that went Wrong” The audience was was asked not to step on the carpet since it was part of the set!

 

On the last day of our London stay, we were thrilled to meet up with Jenny and John who had travelled from Salisbury to be with us

On the last day of our London stay, we were thrilled to meet up with Jenny and John who had travelled from Salisbury to be with us

 . . .and so back to the ship . .

. . .and so back to the ship . .

The  End

The End

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One Response

  1. I enjoyed seeing photos of your trip. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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