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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

  • theatre and Concerrts

    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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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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