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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

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  • 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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Three Peaks Challenge

Well done Lucy!

Gillian is so proud of her daughter, Lucy’s, accomplishment!. She sent me this note and pictures which I am delighted to post. Here’s what she says about it:

“Ben. Pleased to confirm that Lucy has achieved the 3 Peak challenge with the Group supporting the Charity, “Fighting Blindness”.  She climbed Mount Snowdon on Tuesday, Scafell Pike on Wednesday and finally she reached the top of Ben Nevis at 1 pm today!  She also helped guide blind and partially sighted people on the 3 Peaks too. So proud of her – it is a wonderful achievement! ”  Here! here! (Ben)

Click on the pictures for detail

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Lucy on top of one of the peaks

Lucy on top of one of the peaks

Lucy and friend on top of another . . . .

Lucy and friend on top of another . . . .

Lucy on her way up . . .

 on her way up . . .

Lucy's view down . . . .

Her glorious view down . . . .

One of the blind climbers

One of the blind climbers

Ben Nevis . . . .

Ben Nevis . . . .

 . . . at the top!

. . . at the top!

Footnote: Such are the ironies of this lottery we call “life”, Gillian tells me that her other daughter, Debby, (Lucy’s sister) was declared legally blind in June!



One Response

  1. Congratulations Lucy. A great accomplishment

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