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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!

     

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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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