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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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The Good Ship “Allegro” and Her Merry Crew

 

My multiple posts on the subject of the shore excursions we made in the towns along the Elbe have largely ignored the  fun and relaxation we enjoyed on the “Allegro” itself. Especially in the evening when the labour of the sightseeing was done. Dinner on the ship was always a joy—wine and conversation flowing freely and the after-dinner entertainment (most often provided by the crew after their hardworking day), excellent.

We were extra lucky! Not only did  our Captain, Jurgen Luderer, drive the ship with consummate skill  but, surprise!, surprise! he had also been a professional guitarist and singer in his time and  used this talent to entertain us  when he had a free moment!

Click on the pictures for detail:

Captain Jurgen Luderer and his crew. A copy of this picture was presented to each passenger when leaving the ship.

Captain Jurgen Luderer and his crew. A copy of this picture was presented to each passenger when leaving the ship.

The Captain, senior staff and the resident pianist

The Captain, senior staff and the resident pianist

 

Refreshment in the lounge

Refreshment in the lounge

Program Director, Martina in conversation with a passenger

Program Director, Martina in conversation with a passenger

 . . .  now with the one on her left, as good hostesses will.

. . . now with the one on her left, as all good hostesses will.

. . . secrets?

. . . secrets?

The Captain performs . . . . .

The Captain performs . . . .

. . . to great applause including that of the two program Directors, Peter and Martina

. . . to great applause including that of the two program Directors, Peter and Martina

Virtuoso performance by the resident pianist, he play the guitar with the instrument perched on his head!

Virtuoso performance by the resident pianist, he plays the guitar with the instrument perched on his head!

Crew member dressed to kill . . . .

Crew member dressed to kill . . . .

Pirate service did not include rum, just wine . . .

Pirate service did not include rum, just wine . . .

Kim and Gus

Kim and Gus

Dinner partner . . .

Dinner partner . . .

 . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

Happy pirate . . . .

Happy pirate . . . .

Comfortable library for those seeking a quiet spell . . .

Comfortable library for those seeking a quiet spell . . .

Night-club performer . . .

Night-club performer . . .

Performer . . .

Performer . . .

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

Crew mayhem . . . .

Crew mayhem . . . .

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

The Captain 's hat

The Captain ‘s hat

Local conjurer . . . .

Local conjurer . . . .

Kim with our two German visitors - -Ruth (on the right) and her companion.

Kim with our two German visitors – -Ruth (on the right) and her companion.

Gus . . . .

Gus . . . .

 . . . with Kim and Tom

. . . with Kim and Tom.

Baked Alaska night . . .

Baked Alaska night . . .

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. . . . . .

Kim was close enough to home to be able to use her phone from the ship[

Kim was close enough to home to be able to use her phone from the ship.

Florence

Florence

"Port Talk"

“Port Talk”

 . . . .

. . . .

Peter councils one of his group . . . .

Peter councils one of his group . . . .

Kim's latest look at our river boat before we drove to Prague

Kim’s latest look at our river boat before we drove to Prague

THE END

THE END

 

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