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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Feeding Frenzy in the Park

On my way to the tennis courts to see Christine play, I came across this robin’s nest precariously balanced on the smooth limb of a Plane tree.  There was so much frenetic fluttering whenever the mother or father flew in with a beakful of insects that a hand-held camera was out of the question. I returned the following day with my tripod, fully expecting the nest to be on the ground and the nestlings dead–but there they were, as active as ever, giving my auto-focus a terrible time. These are the best of a poorly-focused bunch. Click on them for the best view:

Anticipation is high . . .

Anticipation is high . . .

 

Here's dad . . .

Here’s dad . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

   ? . . . . . .

? . . . . . .

 

FOOD!

FOOD!

 

Get some more!

Get some more!

 

Where is it then?

Where is it then?

 

MORE FOOD!

MORE FOOD!

 

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

 

That's the ticket!

That’s the ticket!

 

Stuff it right down.

Stuff it right down.

 

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