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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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Memorial Day at the Waterford

Since the weather forecast was not propitious for a long drive out of the city, Christine had a spur-of-the moment urge to invite a few of our friends over for a Memorial Day barbecue. I concentrated on concocting a large bowl of my world-famous Sangria, which I set out on the balcony, while she went hammer and tongs at a table laden with corn-on-the-cob, sliders (mini hamburgers) and hot-dogs. To go with them, she made bowls of tomato salad and cucumber salad and a mixed fruit and berry platter–Cheeses and crackers to start with. All the guests brought lots of wine and some of them brought extra food! Enlarge the pictures for detail:


Margaret,  Barbara (Christine’s friends) and Christine look over her handiwork


Tuck in!


My friend, Barbara standing, Stuart her husband and Nereida sitting


Genie and her mum, Nereida


Nosh galore!


Genie samples the barbecued fare– She cooked, and  brought to the party, a dish of spicy chicken wings and drumsticks which greatly added to the variety of food–they were HOT and delicious!


Christine and Genie swap recipes?


Barbara and Nereida (Courtesy Nereida’s camera)


Viewing the artwork . . .


What’s up there?


The three tennis ladies . .


Barbara and . . . .


. . . husband, Stuart (Courtesy Nereida’s camera)


Margaret and Barbara


Paula and me (Courtesy Nereida’s camera)


Genie . . . .

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you, Ben, we all had a lovely time at your place, as Genie says, “The Art Museum at Ben’s”! Yes, the food was picnic-style by Christine and quite yummy and sangria excellent!

    What will you concoct for July 4th!???


    • Thank you! Nereida for the Malbec and your banana bread — they are going down with great pleasure. I’m glad you all enjoyed the party. On July 4th, I hope to concoct a brilliant ‘Thank-you’ note!, Love, Ben

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