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    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.

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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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