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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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Canterbury Cathedral

Continuing from the last post, these are some of our impressions of the ancient cathedral. Chaucer’ Pilgrims made their way here in 1387–mainly to see Thomas a Becket’s shrine–It was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1536, however, and modern pilgrims can only see a symbolic candle which marks the spot where it was originally.

The cathedral is a massive structure. It took more than 500 years to build– The mind boggles at the craftsmanship and solid labour involved in its making!

 

. . it is undergoing extensive repair and a good deal of the exterior is obscured by scaffolding . . .

 

Those old craftsmen left not a piece of stone uncarved . . . .

 

Beautifully carved stone columns support the massive ceiling . . .

 

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The cloisters . . .

 

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Stark symbol of the age . . .

 

. . .someone left their hat and coat behind–too late to retrieve them now, I should think? . . .

 

The gloves don’t look very comfortable? . . .

 

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Guardian sculptures

 

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The stained-glass windows are magnificent works of art . . .

 

. . .as is the ceiling . . .

 

Ceiling of the bell tower . . .

 

The choir begins to form . . .

 

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The song commences.

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