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    December 9. The MSM mounted two one-act operas: I Due Timidi by Nino Rota and Suor Angelica by Puccini. The sets, acting and voices were superb  – an infinitely better experience than the Met’s from the back of the Family Circle. We were enthralled.


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Turmoil on the River Thames shoreline (Part 1)

The Thames river banks are undergoing feverish change; sky-line abusing architects’ whims are being frantically constructed and ancient Inns, homes and docks are being restored or recycled, creating, in this ancient viewer’s mind, a mixture of pride, nostalgia and plain disgust. In the next two posts, I have put up some of the pictures I took on a return ferry journey from Greenwich to Westminster Pier. Two posts because there are too many representative images for one.   CLICK  ON EACH IMAGE FOR DETAIL:


Wheel of unfortunate change


interim sky-line


The latest sky-line . . .

Pregnant couple with offspring


. . . .


American style apartment blocks


Enduring London


Cutty Sark at Greenwich


More and more construction


Completed new blocks


Old jewels repolished


All mod. con


Squalid old docks awaiting recycling . .


Recycled . . .


Enduring London — Top of one of the towers of Tower Bridge . . .


More and more construction!


Recycled . . .


HMS Belfast, cruiser of the 2nd World War–now part of the Imperial War Museum. Tower Bridge in the background . . .


Ugly flats . . .


London’s new hub.



3 Responses

  1. Great photos of the old and the new! Looks like beautiful weather for London. Brings back fond memories of past birthday cruises on the Thames with you.

  2. Thanks, Craig. I enjoyed the unusual sunny day — the lighting was near-perfect for my obsolescent camera. Cheers! Ben

  3. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!!

    What more could I say!

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