• Upcoming trips

    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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Atlantic City – Post hurricane

The beach is back in its proper place with hardly a ripple in it; the dunes have all been reformed and planted with serried rows of dune grass and the boardwalk (as  far along as the Revel) is  like new!

There has been another sea-change: several casinos, including the wonderfully designed and decorated “Revel”, are in bankruptcy proceedings–Gambling doesn’t pay so well anymore. So Atlantic City is becoming a family resort. Children are everywhere, including in the casinos. Panhandlers and lay-abouts are nowhere to be seen and food (which used to be a casino loss-leader) is now offered at obscene prices.

Click on the pictures for detail:

The colour is back

The color is back


Tropicana casino where we stayed

Tropicana casino where we stayed


Caesar's pier

Caesar’s pier


Caesar's . . . . .

Caesar’s . . . . .


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Smooth beach- early morning start!

Smooth beach- early morning start!


Notice, if you can, the optimistic King Canute on the left!

Notice, if you can, the optimistic King Canute on the left!


Pipe perspective

Pipe perspective


Tropicana shop

Tropicana shop


Cairo? No, old Atlantic City

Old Atlantic City from our window


Beach party

Beach party








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