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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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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 . . .







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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