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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

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  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Queen Mary 2, Round-trip and Formal wear

The drama of Ethel’s hospitalization has not only delayed the posting of this  subject but it has  driven the details of the cruises clean out of my mind! Including, I’m afraid, the names of our cruising companions. And I am without Ethel’s prodigious memory for names and faces.

We have travelled on the QM2 so many times that there was very little left for me to photograph. A great disappointment was that the watercolour class, which I have always enjoyed, was taught at a very elementary level and there seemed little leeway for free-lance working. In the event, I skipped the classes both ways and produced nothing. But I spent the time profitably: Ethel and I took in three piano recitals, RADA’s modern version of “Much Ado About Nothing”, the Planetarium displays and many talks by the guest speakers aboard.

Click on the pictures for detail

Outward Bound

Serious choices

Serious choices

 

Dinner companion

Dinner companion

 

The Commander and his officers bid us welcome aboard

The Commander and his officers bid us welcome aboard

 

At the theatre

At the theatre

 

Afternoon tea with scones and cream

Afternoon tea with scones and cream and music

 

Frenetic decoration

Frenetic decoration

 

Stage Show

Stage Show

 

Dinner companion

Dinner companion

 

 . . . also amateur talent artiste . . .

. . . also amateur talent artiste . . .

 

 . . . and very talented they all were   . . . .

. . . and very talented they all were . . . .

 

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Not a competitor, just an appreciative audience member.

Not a competitor, just an appreciative audience member.

 

Pianist Halida Dinova

Pianist Halida Dinova

 

Stairway art

Stairway art

 

Stage finale

Stage finale

Homeward Bound

SONY DSC

Farewell Southampton

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Searching for the best of the day's programmed events

Searching for the best of the day’s programmed events

 

Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

 

Dinner companion

Dinner companion

 

Waiting for the dinner bell

Waiting for the dinner bell

 

Critical choices . .

Critical choices . .

 

Our Dinner table friends

Our Dinner-table friends

 

Formal night! Susan gave me the Dress Shirt in appreciation of the specialist talent I bring to her horse Rides.

Formal night! Susan gave me the Dress Shirt in appreciation of the specialist talent I bring to her Horse Rides.

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One Response

  1. The shirt looks great on you. Can’t wait to put your skills to work!

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