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    October 14 to 21 Cruise - Bermuda
  • theatre and Concerrts

    November 3rd. Saw the much acclaimed “The Nap” by Brian Bean. By coincidence, Christine and I watched the world snooker championship on the BBC while we were in London last May; the play is about an elaborate con pulled on the championships. Billed as a comedy, it has, in the cast, a transvestite Mrs. Malaprop. The actor/actress playing the part did not have the timing to make the most of the mis-pronounced humour. There was a very clever coordination between the real table on which the contestants played (one of whom was a real snooker champion) and the screen above  it showing the action. The con included a somewhat unconvincing fake execution which scuttled the comedy in my view.

    October 3. Attended a beautiful memorial to the late Robert Mann at the Manhattan School of Music. The highlight was  sandwiched  between Mozart and Faure – Robert Mann’s setting of The Swedish Match Girl. The story was narrated By his 96 -year-old widow, Lucy. The piano quartet included Nicholas Mann, Robert’s son.

     Ocober 8. Susan and went to the 92nd Street Y to see a pre-screening of the film “The Oath” followed by a question and answer period by the author/director and a well-known television personality. Susan was,  I think, impressed–it is an obvious Liberal political piece–I was put off by the gratuitous violence and expletive-heavy dialogue.

    October 9. Susan, Christine and I saw a most-marvelous production of Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya” at The Kaye Playhouse. The action was brilliantly played out by the actors in the pit of the theatre with the audience rising in tiers all around them.

    All the actors were superb, but Jay O. Sanders in the title role gave a commanding performance and the audience was spell-bound from beginning to end.


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Antigua and Christine’s New Gown

The Caribbean islands have still not recovered from the severe hurricane season. The cruise out of New York occupies more time at sea than that spent visiting the fewer ports which are able to accommodate the cruise ships. This is fortuitous for us because we get an extra day in the sun when the ship steams directly south, and one can even don shorts one day out from the wintery NYC!  However, the time allotted to each island is short and, in the case of St. John, the ship had to use its tendering boats to ferry passengers back and forth for lack of docking space.

I was not phased by this since I have toured most of the islands multiple times over the years and now prefer to stay on the ship and idle the shore time away with a good book and a tranquil glass in the sub-tropical sunshine. But, we did decide to take a photographic tour of Antigua organized by NCL and led by Mark Hubbard, a professional photographer living on the island. Mark had previously lived in London so he and I had more in  common to talk about than just photography.

As is usual in the Caribbean, the island had little to see that was really spectacular — the “sights” are generally exaggerated in order to  encourage the tourists — but Mark did his best to make them interesting and we took a few pictures. Upon our return to the ship, we had a little adventure–we ran into a police road block and when it was our turn to be passed through it was already way past the ship’s sailing time! Fortunately, one of the crew was also taking the same tour and he called ahead to report that we would be delayed. When we eventually arrived at the ship, The gangplank was up and the captain of the massive ship was waiting on the dock for us.

Part of our perks as Latitude members of NCL is a dinner with one of the ship’s officers. Christine decided that her fancy new gown would be the appropriate attire for the occasion. I have a feeling that she is practicing for a more formal Cunard cruise later on. Here we are with our dinner host, Staff Chief Engineer Stanko Jovicic (Picture taken by ship’s photographer and presented to each of us as a souvenir):

Our host and dinner companions . . .


Stanko and Christine

Like many of the Caribbean islands, Antigua’s economy used to be based entirely on sugar-cane production and processing. It is now a relic of the past and Tourism is king. The derelict sugar mills are now museums and are included in the “sights”:


Abandoned mill machinery . . .


. . . . . .


Peregrine Falcon uses the tower of an old windmill as his look-out post


Informal couple . . .


. . . . . formal couple

Myth has it that disgruntled sugar workers used the “Devil’s Bridge” to escape the island — Very unlikely, I would say:


Devil’s Bridge . . .


. . . . .


Christine. Happy in her element . . . .


. . and showing off her new gown.


. . . in ‘Half Moon’ bay


Beach carving


‘All that glistens on these islands . . . .




Not too many tourists visit this Caribbean island.











2 Responses

  1. Christine’s gown is beautiful, as is she!
    You? I guess a little bit of all right.

  2. Ben, you and Christine look marvalous! Handsome couple.

    Antigua was my first vacation back in 1984, I went with my cousin for one week. We had a ball! But like you said, due to the storms it is not as it was.

    Thank you for sharing.


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