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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

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • 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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Life at the Limits

 

 

As a member I was invited to a preview of the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit featuring the extraordinary organisms which have developed survival strategies for living in the harshest environments the earth can devise. As it happened, hoards of members made a meaningful viewing impossible on the preview day, so I returned to the exhibit last week and had it all to myself except for a few kids  having fun with the full scale interactive screens.

As usual, AMNH mounted a skillfully designed educational display; a delight for ageing laymen as well as the newly enquiring minds of the very young. The films, in particular, helped one understand the history of  the violent changes in environment which brought about the extraordinary adaptations of the organisms on display.

Click on the pictures for detail

Deep water jewels . . . .

Deep water jewels . . . .

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Rafflesia, a parasitic flower which feeds off its host vine.

Rafflesia, a parasitic flower which feeds off its host vine.

Scary disguise

Scary disguise

Microscopic Tardigrades can even live in outer space!

Microscopic Tardigrades can even live in outer space!

Giant 'Stink" flower which lives on the insects enticed into its well.

Giant ‘Stink” flower which lives on the insects enticed into its well.

Highly specialized wing structure

Highly specialized wing structure

Living Nautlius (Jet -propelled).

Living Nautlius (Jet -propelled).

Stag beatle

Stag beatle

Flying Fish

Flying Fish

Beetle

Beetle

Transparent Shrimp

Transparent Shrimp

Transparent Spider

Transparent Spider

Tube worms and clams survive next to underwater volcanos

Tube worms and clams survive next to underwater volcanos

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