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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking


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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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