Well Met

Today’s random musing has been on the usefulness of context for disambiguation. In thinking about what I was going to write here I was struck by the fact that two of New York’s greatest cultural institutions have the same nickname, yet the occasions upon which this causes confusion seem to be few and far between.

This probably shouldn’t be at all surprising. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been to both the Met (Museum) and the Met (Opera), to an exhibition entitled Jerusalem and a performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and I don’t really see how it would be possible to mix up the two (although of course that didn’t stop me double-checking that Tom knew where he was going on each of the two evenings concerned). Continue reading

Fiendish facades

So I was going to write about how we marked the Columbus day* holiday with a visit to both the Neue Galerie** and a special exhibition at the Met***, and then go on to describe an impromptu night at the opera****, but recent wanderings around our neighbourhood gave me a much more entertaining idea.

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A little bit of culture

February was a rather uneventful month for us here in NYC – Tom has been keeping busy with work and my knee injury has been a bit limiting. That said, I am very much enjoying volunteering at a local library, have joined two committees and we’re both now singing with a church choir, so it hasn’t been too dull! However, we both agreed that a little more culture would not go amiss, so last Sunday found us in a very chilly queue outside the Frick Collection.

Gratuitous skyline shot from Central Park

Gratuitous skyline shot from Central Park

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