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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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Not-so-White Cliffs of Dover and Ramsgate

While Christine was chatting with Tony at the birthday lunch, she mentioned that she had never seen the White Cliffs of Dover, or, Canterbury cathedral. Tony told her “I live there! Why don’t you come and visit us?”. We, of course, jumped at his kind offer and took a train out of St. Pancras Station to West Folkston on the south coast where Tony picked us up and drove us to his state -of-the-art home in Hythe. Tony is my cousin and his father, my uncle, was famous among we kids for his imitations of Charlie Chaplin at the family parties–he narrowly survived WWII.

Hosts, Tony and Jo were generous to the nth degree–They gave us a tour of southern Kent which included a visit to Ramsgate, a seaside town, nostalgic to me, as I mentioned in the prior post, because that was where I spent many happy holidays with my parents and, sometimes, cousins.

Christine gets her wish . . .

 

The Cliffs are best seen from the sea, of course. The headland corner seen here look a bit grubby . . . Interestingly, from this point, both Tony’s and my cell-phones began to act up. Only 21 miles away, the French telecoms emissions began to interfere–we both got messages which said: “Welcome to France”!

 

Tony, Jo and Christine toiled down one of the paths to get a closer look . . .

 

Memorials to the adventurous ones who got too near the edge . . .

 

toiling back up

 

Resting after the climb . . .

 

Jo sat nearby . . .

RAMSGATE- Memories of my childhood:  

Ramsgate beach–that paradise of sand-castles and little crabs skittering under the seaweed at low tide!

 

The old pier from which one could take 10 shilling day trips to France has gone–burnt down many years ago, I believe. And, with it, went the coconut shies , the pin-ball machines, the goldfish in bowls and everything that excited a little boy’s imagination! But, the Bed and breakfast places on the hill, where we stayed a lifetime ago, are still there, overlooking the harbour which used to be home to shoals of mullet which defied all attempts catch them . . .

 

. . . but, the High Street is much the same . . .

 

. . . . .

 

. . . and, thank heaven, so is the cockles and jellied-eels emporium!

 

End of this post – Canterbury cathedral visit will be the subject of the next post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. I always feel as if I’ve been on vacation after viewing your pictures!
    Glad you had a successful holiday.

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