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  • Theatre and Concerts

    May20 My dear friend, Barbara, invited me to a play reading at the Roundabout Theatre Company. The play is by Greg Pierce and is entitled: The Decoys. the storyline has, as a base, the tale of the two escapees from a high-security prison some years ago. They engineered their exit with the help of electric tools supplied to them by a prison guard who was also the girl friend of one. I seem to remember that one died, somehow, shortly after the escape and the other recaptured. I do remember that the girl friend was arrested and charged. However,the main theme of the play seems to be the conflicted emotions of father and son. I found the reading, interupted by scene settings by the Director, somewhat rambling and difficult to follow. My short-term memory failed to reinforce my imagination.
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Turmoil on Thames (Part 2)

Continuing the “Thames’s banks” story, here are some more pictures of the rapidly changing skyline: Enlarge the pictures to full screen for essential detail:   

Upholding her 350 years, St. Paul’s Cathedral defiantly faces off against the upstarts!


A  Dome in Greenwich. The old Royal Observatory is now a museum.


A B&B on the river


Historical plaques at Greenwich . . .


New flats on the river . . .


One wing of the Royal Naval College with a glimpse of The Queen’s House in the background


Luxury flats to be . . . . .


Luxury flats that were (Note the wonderful chimney stacks and think of the pollution they used to emit!) . . . .


Greenwich — Royal Naval College . . .


. . . south wing showing obelisk


Sinking problem?


Crowding-in and battling for space


Some modern, some recycled


The monstrosity on the right is nicknamed “The cheese grater building” by Londoners — It should have been used on the architect first! The people walking over the footbridge are on their way to the ‘New Tate Gallery’ which is housed in an old power station complete with industrial chimney. It makes an ideal space for large exhibits.


All that remains of the old ‘Blackfriars’ railway bridge


Town Hall. now a theatre and shopping centre


Poor Westminster Palace a.k.a. Houses of Parliament. It is undergoing yet another round of renovation–Big Ben will be silent for , at least, a year!






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