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    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

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Birthday Lunch in Russell Square

Gillian arranged a meeting  of the Thompson clan in the lobby of the President Hotel in Russell Square where we were staying. Circumstances this year, kept the meeting short and the number of people able to come, much lower than previous years. So, after a drink in the hotel bar, we went to lunch  in an Italian restaurant nearby. The pictures came mainly from various smart-phones.

Men’s talk in the hotel bar . . . (Ian, myself and Tony)

 

Here am I being presented with a cake sporting just one candle–The full number would have burnt the place down! . . . .

 

. . . . Surrounded by my wonderfully caring family and friends . . . (Christine, Jo, Tony and Ian)  . . .

 

. . . . daughter Kim . . .

 

. . . . Pam . . . . .

 

. . . . jo .

 

Artwork in the restaurant mall–daytime . . .

 

Nighttime

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Ben
    Good to see some Birthday pictures we certainly enjoyed the day.
    Did you get Tony’s e-mail? Anyway we have booked our trip and arrive in New York on September the 7th for eight nights! Looking forward to seeing you again. Love Tony and Jo x

    • Thanks, Jo. I did reply to Tony’s e-mail–looking forward to seeing you both in September. Love, Ben

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