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    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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Pterrifying Pterosaurs

AMNH has opened its  state-of-the-art exhibit on the subject of the extinct flying reptiles, pterosaurs. Their coming and going is told mainly in the labels to the relatively few fossils that have been found but there are two mini film theatres and microscopes  to help explain it all. Best of all, for kids of all ages, there are four giant interactive screens where you get to fly your own pterosaur! You can make him flap or glide as you will and even make him dive for fish. Or, (On another screen) you can do the flapping and gliding and the screen animal will follow your movements! Careful! though. Some of them had wing spans of 30 feet or more and the largest had a wing bone bigger than an elephant’s ankle:

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No canary tones here!

No canary tones here!

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Brilliant panorama from the imagination!

Brilliant panorama from the imagination!

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Biggest flying monster of all time

Biggest flying monster of all time

 

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