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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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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?) . . .


. . . . . .

. . . . . .


 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.






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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