• Upcoming trips

    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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NY Day at Long beach and a deja vu all over again?

Christine’s long-time friends, Basha and Neil drove us out to Long Island’s Long beach, as a treat. And treat it was! The weather forecast for the day was uncertain but we ignored it and set up our armchairs on the hot sand while the ladies donned their stylish bathing suits. (The water was really warm). Neil brought his beach umbrella to shield us from the sun, which, as it happened, hadn’t read the forecast and was obstinately blazing down upon us.

After a nice long sit-down chat and a nice long paddle in the warm sea water(avoiding the waves as best we could) we packed up our gear and Neil drove us to their favourite lobster restaurant in the area “Jordan’s Lobster”. There we leisurely dissected a one-and half lb. lobster apiece, together with some fresh oysters, a  sweet corn and some home-made coleslaw, washed down with a glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc. (Not Neil. He was driving).

We certainly had the best of the day; by the time we arrived back in Manhattan, the clouds had rolled in!

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Neil happily settled . . . . . .

Neil comfortably settled


 . . . . the elegant ladies discussing Donald Trump's antics . . .

. . . . the elegant ladies discussing Donald Trump’s antics . . .


 . . . . continuing their long-term friendship . . . . .

. . . . continuing their long-term friendship . . . . .


First impression of this next picture could be that Neil  is mounting  a one-man re-enactment of the heroic raising of the flag on Iwo Jima? A small crowd of beach-goers were so misled . .  . . but. to the contrary . . .


. . . . Neil is trying to hold back the remains of his flag, which, buffeted by a gust of wind, was threatening to collapse upon him!

. . . .  rather than pushing it up, Neil is trying to hold back the remains of his flag, which, buffeted by a gust of wind, was threatening to collapse upon him!


We returned to Manhattan as the weather was making one of the summer’s surprise changes; here is a picture I took from the balcony that evening:










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