• 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

  • theatre and Concerrts

    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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London’s changing skyline

London’s serene domes and spires are no longer the symbols of permanence which have captured the eye for lifetimes (mine included); its skyline changes with each visit. New monstrosities bludgeon the eye and there seems to be no end to the pursuit of architectural ugliness!

Fortunately, the building  is mostly confined to a small area of the north bank of the Thames but, disturbingly, the latest have sprung up from an area on the south bank. Happily, the newest ones are beginning to obscure the view of the earlier ones. Londoners regard their shapes with scornful amusement and label them with derisory names like: The Gherkin, The Shard and The Cheese Grater!

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Nostalgic view from the South Bank

Nostalgic view from the South Bank

 

The sublime  . . . . . .

The sublime . . . . . .

 

 . . . .  to the ugly!

. . . . to the ugly! (The cheese grater)

 

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Looking up-river from Charing Cross

Looking up-river from Charing Cross

 

Odd complex?

Odd complex?

 

The Eye is ever watchful

The Eye is ever watchful

 

Nostalgic view up-river from the South bank

Nostalgic view up-river from the South Bank

 

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