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    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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Bermuda on the “Breakaway”

The itinerary for the NCL cruise out of New York is: two days at sea, two days docked at the Royal Dockyard and two days at sea on the return journey. In other words, a completely relaxing, lazy, week in the sun! A great many passengers spoiled their trip by taking shore excursions, like, sight-seeing tours, waffling around in glass-bottomed boats, snorkeling and the like. But we sat out on our little balcony during the sunlit hours (and some of the lighted evening hours)  and did absolutely nothing, with the authority of well-informed travelers.  The ‘nothing’ did not exclude the raising of the occasional glass of Malbec to the occasional flying fish!

Here are the few pictures I took. Click on them for detail:


View of the bridge . . . . . .

View of the bridge . . . . . .


View from the bridge . . . .

View from the bridge . . . .


 . . . . views of the Royal Dockyards . . . . .

. . . . views of the Royal Dockyards . . . . .


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 . . . future painting subject . . . .

. . . future painting subject . . . .


The most picturesqe docks in the whole Caribbean!

The most picturesque docks in the whole Caribbean!




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