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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!

     

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Canterbury Windows and Mediaeval Mayhem at The Cloisters

Took the M4 bus to The Cloisters museum at Fort Tryon to view the stained-glass windows on loan from Canterbury Cathedral and, perhaps, listen to the ecclesiastical singers performing in the Chapel where the windows are being exhibited.

In the event we were too late for the singing but the  remarkable craftsmanship of the stained-glass was well worth the visit  alone. To contemplate that these same windows were installed in  Canterbury Cathedral at the time  when Thomas a Becket was the archbishop nearly 9oo years ago was a very sobering thought!

With time to spare, I explored some of the less obvious artifacts and found myself fascinated by a whole series of painted glass roundels, of which, the following pictures are about two thirds the number exhibited. They are remarkable, not only for the quality of their amazing modeling and craftsmanship but also for their subject matter which is often downright macabre. Take, for instance, the scene of the man kneeling serenely on the bleeding stumps of his legs while his remaining extremities are being hacked off! Or the ladies who appear to be dining off a fetus while their male visitor (the father?) looks about to vomit? The curator has provided explanations for each of  the roundels but I preferred to let my own lurid imagination do the work:

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Mediaeval sci-fi

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