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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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Bermuda aboard the NCL “Escape” — Historic St. George

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Christine and I squeezed in a week’s cruise to Bermuda. We were both, just about recovered from the London trip jet-lag and needed an r and r break. By chance, the ship making the voyage was a new addition to the NCL fleet, the “Escape”. At 180,000 tons plus, the “Escape” is one of the super large class of vessels on which we would not normally sail; we hate the noisy, crowded facilities and the impossible activities, like: monstrous water slides, rope-climbing structures and bungie-jumping–none of which appeal to we mature passengers much, nor do they appeal, I imagine, to the increasing number of wheelchair and walker equipped travelers one encounters on these cruises now-a-days. We prefer the much more intimate “Gem” class.  However, we were offered a balcony stateroom for the same price as an outside view one and this gave us a chance to escape(?) the crowds when we wanted. And, the ship did have a piano bar serving 25 draught beers!

The “Escape” — a floating city of 6,000 souls . . .

 

Like all NCL ships, the hulls are decorated by contemporary artists. The Escape’s was designed by Guy Harvey, an artist my memory had denied completely until a passenger from another ship pointed out that I was wearing one of his designer shirts and that his logo was stitched on both back and front of it!

 

Dinner at the Captain’s table — pictures courtesy of Bobbie, dinner companion and now our friend . . . .

 

Photo op with the Captain and His Mate . . .

 

Bobbie with the officers. (picture taken with her tablet)

An unexpected plus from taking the “Escape” was, while docked in The Royal Dockyards, it ran a free ferry service to St. George. We took it together on the first day at port and I went again while Christine was at  Horseshoe beach the next day. The whole town of St. George is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is complete with a ducking stool and stocks. These reproductions get much more use than the originals; Tourists line up to take selfies in them!

St. George was settled in 1600 or thereabouts and became Bermuda’s first capital. Now it is a picture postcard town of pastel-colored buildings with startling white roofs. St. Peter’s church with its historic churchyard is a draw; the present structure stands on the site of the original wooden one which was erected by the first settlers in 1612.

Inside St. Peter’s a simple wooden enclosure has been added. It is named ‘The Queen’s Chappell’ and has the Royal Coat of Arms on the front. Queen Elizabeth II visited the place of worship a few years ago!

 

When I first visited Bermuda, 45 years ago, the roofs were all flat with walls built round them to capture the rain–the only source of water in the islands. Now, by law, they are all peaked with diagonal runnels to direct the rainwater into underground storage vats and painted white . . ..

 

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Somers dock

 

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This is the last picture of the St. George visit but I will complete the Bermuda story with “Festive Hamilton” in the next post.

THE END

 

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2 Responses

  1. Just remember the Brit Com line about “having to eat with the help”!

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