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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.

    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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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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Crew mayhem . . . .

Crew mayhem . . . .

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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”

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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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