• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

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

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • 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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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

As part of my Christmas treat, Craig drove me from  his house in York to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum  in Virginia. I wanted to  compare it with the hands-off attitude of the disappointing ‘Intrepid’ Museum in New York. In fact, the Smithsonian was no more hands-on than the Intrepid museum but the vastness of its aeronautical scope with half the exhibits suspended  from the ceiling in flying attitudes excluded any touching.  The museum contains the history of flight from its very beginning! I was excited to see the planes from my era–WW2– The spitfire, Black Widow, B29 and even “Enola Gay” which  flew too high for me to see but, never-the-less, saved my life as well as the thousands of other  Japanese, POW’s.

The ‘sticks and string’ contraptions show the intrepid beginnings of human’s lift-off from mother earth but the IMAX  film ‘Hubble’ shows how incredibly far he has reached! The sharp images of suns being born millions of light-years away are amazing–mind-boggling! And it is clear that the pace of change is being led from space research and that we will learn infinite times more in the next decade or so than we have since ‘flight’s’ beginning.

The following pictures are a sample of a vast array of aeronautical stuff and will, I suspect, be of interest only to airplane and space buffs. Don’t forget to click on the pictures for detail:

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Space creatures?

Space creatures?

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Life-saving tiles

Life-saving tiles

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The atom-bomber

The atom-bomber

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Distillery?

Distillery?

Rocket range

Rocket range

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Travel-worn "Discovery"--Here to rest!

Travel-worn “Discovery”–Here to rest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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