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    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

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  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Big Bird at the NYPL

The New York Public Library has mounted an  exhibit at Lincoln Centre to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the  founding of “Sesame Street”. It is a fascinating history for current Mums and Dads and, I suppose, some current Grandmums and Granddads! Certainly it is  a nostalgia trip for the enlightened parents of the 1970’s.

It is interactive and there are chairs of all sizes to fit all ages. Take your children for an hands-on experience they surely will treasure all their lives.

Here are some of the denizens of Sesame Street–Click on the pictures for detail:

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 . . . . . .  Cookie Monster, that is disgusting!

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