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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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Canterbury, Chaucer and the Cathedral (Part 1)

We spent many hours in Canterbury before we had to catch our late afternoon train back to London. Christine was fascinated by the ancient Cathedral. Even after severe culling, we have far too many views of interest we would like to share for one post. I will put up the city pictures on this one and the Cathedral views on one following.

The old Butter Market . . .


A river runs through Canterbury. It’s now contained and supports sight-seeing boat trips . .


Chaucer’s monument –We pilgrims come to see him now! . . .

. . . The base . . . (Hot metal type which I used to set by hand when I was an apprentice). . .


Bustling Tudor street . . .


Jo and the West gate of the old walled city


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Outside a Burgate restaurant where we had a nice lunch . .


Historical interest galore in this ancient city which was originally a Roman settlement . . .


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First sight of the beautiful Bell Tower.




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