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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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The Queen’s transport

On our London trip, Christine and I made a special journey to the Queen’s gallery in Buckingham Palace to see the famous drawing collection. Unfortunately, the permanent collection has been replaced by an alternating one and the gallery was closed for the installation of a Canaletto exhibit. Not to be outdone, we visited the Royal Mews nearby to see the Queen’s carriages.  These pictures were taken on Christine’s pocket camera:

Plain . . . . .

 

. . . . . and fancy . . .

 

. . . detail . . .

 

. . . .  craftsmanship . . .

 

. . . . power train . . . .

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5 Responses

  1. did you and Christine take an imaginary ride?

    • Not exactly, Amy. We practiced our royal hand waves and decided that we were not up to scratch yet!

  2. The fancy carriage reminds me of Cinderella’s carriage .Nereida

  3. Amazing! We will have to see on our next visit.

    Craig A. Charters 10 Wetherburn Court York, PA 17404 (443) 831-6529 (Cell)

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