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    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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NY Day -Jeremy at the Cloisters – Art in Lincoln Center

Susan sent me an e-mail to let me know that great-grandson, Jeremy, would be visiting the Cloisters Museum with a group of his class-mates last Thursday (17th Oct.). Interestingly, Susan and I had spent a little time at the same museum only a few weeks previously, when Jeremy was having his operation at Columbia  University Hospital! The museum is only a mile, or so, north of the hospital so we spent time between visiting hours there.
I thought he might like the surprise of a totally unexpected visit from his oldest mentor and, perhaps, not be embarrassed by it. I arrived before the museum opened and met the group’s leader and teacher, Steve, at the entrance. I told him my plan and he graciously invited me to join his group’s guided tour. When the class arrived at the entrance, Steve called out Jeremy and announced our relationship. There was spontaneous applause from the group and Jeremy came out beaming!

He said that he was doing reasonably well after the op. but was not recovered enough to start playing sports games yet and still feeling pain occasionally.

On another note, Ethel, her aid and I went to the excellent exhibition of Al Hirschfeld’s work put on by the NY Public Library at Lincoln Centre. Photography was not allowed in the Gallery but I did get pictures of the humorous artwork in the plaza.

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Jeremy among Capitals

Capitals and Jeremy

Camera battery firing  . . .

Camera battery firing . . .

In for the kill - Tapestry

In for the kill – Tapestry

  Medieval treasures

Medieval treasures

Jeremy under a watchful eye

Jeremy intent . . . . . . .

 . . . . . guide holds forth.

. . . . . and guide holds forth.


"Does this hat really suit me?" "Frankly? Not at all" . . . . . . .

“Does this hat really suit me?” “Frankly? Not at all” . . . . . . .


 . . . . "perhaps, you would like to borrow mine?"

. . . . “perhaps, you would like to borrow mine?”



After the talk, we all boarded the school bus and were dropped off at 181st St. and Broadway to forage for lunch. Jeremy and his friends opted for a Chinese take-away. I really enjoyed myself.

Current Plaza art at Lincoln Center

Current Plaza art at Lincoln Center

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Mila is pushing Ethel at the foot of this one . . . .

Mila is pushing Ethel at the foot of this one . . . .

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This racing car was also exhibited but I'm not quite sure why. I am sure, though, that many a male would love to find it in their Christmas stocking this year!

This racing car was also exhibited but I’m not quite sure why. I am certain, though, that many a male would love to find it in their Christmas stocking this year!

The end of a fine day--sundown in the living room!

The end of a fine day–sundown in the living room!


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