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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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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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