• Upcoming trips

    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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Mt. Sinai (the hospital) and Gratitude

Now that I am back home and more-or-less fending for myself, I would like to give a mighty thank-you to my  wonderful, caring, daughter, Susan, who, with firmness and charm, led my fickle anxiety through the myriad procedures of intensive care, and, suffered the interminable hours of waiting for something to happen (or not) which is much of the character of hospital stays.

And, my gratitude to the to the host of well-wishers, friends and family, who, by their thoughtful messages of encouragement, have made me proud to think that the vital interest I have found in the lives of  other humans (of all walks of life) who have crossed paths with me in my own journey through life, has, indeed, been reciprocal!

To the precision miracle workers of the Mt. Sinai heart unit, Dr. Danglas and his valve-replacement team and Dr. Choudry and his pace-maker insert team who intervened in the natural ageing process and have given me an extension of the life of interest and wonder, of which I have already had my fair share, my heart felt thanks!

As a result of the amendments to my internal works, there will be a few necessary alterations to my lifestyle. For example, battery-powered, cordless drills and the like will have to be used sparingly and at arm’s length; I will not be able to use my electric razor less than six inches from my face, and, sadly, the visiting nurse warned me that I must now give up electric welding altogether! Greetings to you all, Ben.






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