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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.

    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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New York Day

An insistent alarm siren, rather like the blasting signal,  sounded two weeks ago and all the tunnelers scrambled out of their various burrows and assembled at the Chase Bank across the road and at the corner of 96th Street.  After  ten minutes or so, they sauntered back underground. One of them thought there had been some problem in the Tunnel but I suspect it was just a drill. Anyway, it occurred to me that, while the MTA was most properly solicitous of its employees’ safety, what of the pedestrians on the sidewalks and the residents of the buildings poised above the excavation? This week, the exercise was repeated. But this time there were four fire engines in attendance!

Tunnellers assembled

Tunnelers assembled

. . . . .  But in Central Park all was lazy and  serene

 . . . .cool duck . . .

. . . .cool duck . . .

 

. . . on a languorous day .. .

. . . languorous day (cool chick?) . . .

 

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 idyllic place for a nap . .

idyllic place for a nap . .

 

The click of the camera on the still air caught the napper napping!

. . .  the loud click of the camera on the still air caught the napper napping!

 

. . . . cool sculpture in an enclave cut off from the main park by the 97th Street transverse--rarely visited except by the local dog owners.

. . . . cool sculpture in an enclave cut off from the main park by the 97th Street transverse–rarely visited except by the local dog owners.

 

Hippos sighted in a children's playground in the park

Hippos sighted in a children’s playground in the park.

 

Street vendor on Broadway.

Street vendor on Broadway.

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2 Responses

  1. As always, I feel as if I was with you, walking …. Most enjoyable . Nereida

  2. Two white unicorns !

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