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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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Titanosaur and Crocs at AMNH

We visited The Museum of Natural History to see the mighty Titanosaur exhibit. Unearthed in Patagonia, it is the largest skeleton, substantially complete, ever found. And the donor of the bones was not even fully grown yet! The full-size reproduction of the fossil bones is too large for the exhibition room–the head protrudes through the doorway into the corridor! The following pictures give some idea of its immense bulk. Imagine the terror of the early Hominids who encountered one of these?

Click on the picture for full effect.

 

The head part . . . . .

The head part . . . . .

 

the neck part . . . .

the neck part . . . .

 

The body part . . .

The body part . . .

 

Underneath part--compare the size of the viewers . . . .

Underneath part–compare the size of the viewers . . . .

 

complexity of the casting . . .

complexity of the casting . . .

 

SONY DSC . . . . .

. . . . .

 

Here, for comparison, is a couple of normal sized dinosaura

Here, for comparison, is a couple of normal sized dinosaurs

 

THE CROCS

Interesting though it was, this exhibit did not invite photography– It was mainly  of a caption-reading and hands-on format. There were a number of live animals in  environmental tanks, but these are commonplace in zoos. Here are the only two pictures I took:

This smallish croc reminds us that these animals cannot be taken for granted. Witness the 4-year-old who was dragged away and killed at Disney World in Florida this week.

This smallish croc reminds us that these animals cannot be taken for granted. Witness the 4-year-old who was dragged away and killed at Disney World in Florida this week.

 

This one would have found Christine a tasty morsel!

This one would have found Christine a tasty morsel!

 

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