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    January 19. Started the new year off with a visit to the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Centre. It was a wonderful outing; I felt much of the excitement of yester-year! Now-a-days there are no exotic animals, like elephants and tigers, to catch the imagination but disc-catching dogs and beautifully groomed horses and ponies performed with as much enthusiasm as their audience applauded their performance.

    The highlights of the evening were the aerialists, trapeze artists and jugglers; competition to out-perform has honed these performer’s skills to incredible heights and, in order to awe their audience, requires them to take enormous risks.

    One contemporary take was a reversal of roles; a slightly framed female contortionist bore the weight of a 200lb muscleman balancing on her shoulders and torso!




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The Launch of the Pumpkin Flotilla

On Sunday afternoon, while Christine was in Philadelphia celebrating her sister’s birthday, I took my camera to Central Park to watch the Launch of the Pumpkins–A spectacle put on by Central Park Conservancy. The event drew hoards of New Yorkers and their kids, who were having a great time in their Halloween costumes–chasing each other all over the park and wielding their mock weapons!

Many people brought their own carved pumpkins to join the fleet of professionally carved ones. We had to wait until 6.30 in the sharp breeze so that it was dark enough to show off the candle-lit flotilla, but the wait was worth the excitement.

Click on the pictures for detail:

Fancy carving!


Artist’s concentration . . . .


preparing the fleet – Each string was rowed around the lake by a witch on a skiff


The staff joined in the fun . . . .


. . . .as did the Mums and Dads . . .


. . . . as well as all the kids . . .


. . .not forgetting the pets . . . .


. . . . .


Pre-launch activities . . . .


. . . .  even the MTA got into the act! . . . .


headdresses were varied . . .


. . . . .


. . . . . .


Awaiting the off!


. . . the Off!. . . . .


. . .the float-by . . .



The background to all these dark goings on!


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