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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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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!

 

AND SO TO BED

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