• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

  • theatre and Concerrts

    June 9 Christine  lined up for tickets to the Public’s production of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park. This politicized version sported a look-alike Trump as Caesar, hoards of frenetic protesters and a slight female (with no Shakespearian diction) as the wily Marc Antony. But where oh where was the Shakespeare? The highlight of the event was, for me, the sight of an impudent baby raccoon wandering around the apron of the stage!

    June 11 Saw “Cost of Living” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Wonderfully acted by the four-member cast, the play concerns two couples; one, a caregiver and a double amputee and the other a caregiver and a paraplegic. The scene-changing  accommodates the two wheelchairs very well but the multiplicity of the changes required, makes the story line difficult to follow.
    June  Barbara managed to get 3 seats  in the 59e59th theatre to see “Invincible” by Torben Betts. It is a British story about two neighbouring couples meeting socially for the first time. One couple is  young, avant-garde and activist and the other is typically London east-end. The four actors are marvelous in their parts and the writing of the characters is supurb.

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“Age of Empires” at the met Museum

The Met Museum has mounted an exhibition of Qin and Han dynasties artifacts from 32 sources in China. It includes a few of the famous ‘Terracotta Army’ figures which Dorothy and I  admired in situ so many years ago. Viewing this (very comprehensive) exhibit, I was struck by the range of  expressions the ancient artisans  were able to portray in their human sculptures–many were quite hilarious. One would never believe  that the Han dynasty people of two thousand years ago would have a sense of humour? In contrast, their animal sculptures were mainly fierce and scary. Here are few pictures (taken without flash, of course) to illustrate the point:          Enlarge to full screen for the best detail.

Han dancer strutting her seduction routine . . . the severe and reproachful countenance was reserved for those men who did not appreciate her art.


Full frontal nudity was common 2,000 years ago and was taken quite seriously .  Headgear of some kind was, however, mandatory.


A mass of happy Han faces. Only the bull seems to be unamused.


This Han gentleman looks quite severe– perhaps his hat is not fitting as well as he had hoped? . . .


. . . . on the other hand, this air-borne enchantress with her offering bowl looks quite content with her lot.


Two Han comedians doing their sign-off routine.


Row of manikins . . .


Row of horses . . . .


. . . . . all equally content  .. . .


. . . as is this one . . . .


. . . this one is fierce and fiery though . . .


. . . perhaps because he is being set upon by this awesome lion ?


Unsuspecting herd of cows–unaware of its impending fate!


After an exhausting day in the galleries, nothing can beat a leisurely lunch in the museum’s café overlooking Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park!




2 Responses

  1. I still haven’t gotten over you and Dave seeing the terracotta soldiers on exhibit in Montreal. I was so envious.

    • Amy. Thank you for reminding me. Dave and I were not just fishermen!–No. We crowded in as many adventures as we could in our trips to, and from Cochrane. Love, Ben

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