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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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Snow-less days and Coastguard to the rescue

Most fortuitously, (for us), the departure of the NCL ‘Gem’ from New York coincided with the arrival of the biggest snowstorm of the season. Our thoughts were with all those unfortunates left behind as we donned our shorts on the second day of cruising!

Click on the pictures for detail:

View from old San Juan

View from old San Juan

Old San Juan has a very special attraction for us. It is the home of the Old Harbor Brewery and we make a beeline for it whenever we dock there. It brews the best custom beer you have ever tasted. Here is Christine chatting to the manager:

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Our package deal included dining at any of the specialist restaurants. Here we are being fed and entertained at the "Teppanyaki"

Our package deal included dining at any of the specialist restaurants. Here we are being fed and entertained at the “Teppanyaki”

Christine in her "Queen Mum" hat

Christine in her “Queen Mum” hat

Overlooking St. Maarten

Overlooking St. Maarten (Taken with Christine’s phone)

For the second time in the last two years, a passenger or crew member has been taken very sick on a cruise I was on and had to be evacuated from the ship to the nearest hospital. The ‘Gem’ has no deck large enough for a helicopter pad, so this time it was a much trickier procedure.

Coastguard to the rescue . . . ..

Coastguard to the rescue . . . ..

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Hovering, dangerously over the moving deck behind the basketball court  . . . . .

Hovering, dangerously over the moving deck behind the basketball court while lowering a basket and hoisting the patient aboard . . . . .

Patient safely aboard and heading to hospital 200 miles away!

Patient safely aboard and heading to hospital 200 miles away!

This incident provoked serious thought . . . . which is never good for one!

This incident provoked serious thought . . . . which is never good for one and should be avoided whenever possible

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