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    October 14 to 21 Cruise - Bermuda
  • theatre and Concerrts

    June 13 Picnicked on The Great lawn in central Park to the music of The New York Philharmonic led by James Gaffigan. Great program with spectacular fireworks after the concert. The concert included two pieces composed by students from its education program — remarkable works (Bernstein style) from composers  11 and 12 years old respectively! They took their bows from the stage!

    June 20 The forecast rain didn’t happen so, having lined up for senior tickets in the morning, we were able to see an uninterrupted ‘Othello” in Central Park last night. The set and costumes were magnificent and the actors did their best but the direction gave  a somewhat bland production. I personally thought that some players were miscast and this distracted from the illusion.

     

     

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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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Toy lander . . . . .

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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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