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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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New York Day – A bird in the hand . . . .

Hum-drum days in New York city–the weather hasn’t helped much. These are a few pictures I had in my ‘temp’ file:

Click on them for better detail.

A bird in the hand . . . . . .

A bird in the hand . . . . . .


 . . . . . . is worth two in the bush!

. . . . . . is worth two in the bush!


Sparrow look-out  post?

Sparrow look-out post?


Finches a'feeding

Finches a’feeding


Re-gilding at Grand Army Square

Re-gilding at Grand Army Square


Nasty bang on Second Avenue and 95th Street

Nasty bang on Second Avenue and 95th Street


Happy camper at Coldspring Station Restaurant

Happy camper at Coldspring Station Restaurant


2 Responses

  1. Gorgeous pictures, Ben! And, you are looking quite marvelous! Have a wonderful time in London. Love you! Bonnie

  2. I was very happy to see that the wrens have re-occupied their house on the huge pine-tree in the front of our house. They have been coming back for about 5 years now. Their busy-ness and chirping are very welcome and also much fun to see the new generation appear after the eggs have hatched. It is a little early for me to put up my humming bird’s feeder. When the vines on my back fence produce their huge orange blossoms the little hummers will be there and also to sip the sugar water in their feeder. I believe spring is here at last.

    John and Claire

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