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9th Oct 2017
Honk Parade, Quakers, Movie and MIT

Today (Sunday) there were two street parades held in Boston. The traditional St Columbus Day Parade took place downtown but Geoff went to the radical alternative: the Honk Parade, where political activists and marching bands come out to make a noise together. (Moira: just like the Riff Raff band). He has taken LOTS of photos for you. At the same time I attended a Quaker meeting at Cambridge - a much quieter option in a lovely setting. Lots of kids, who stayed with parents in the choir loft above the main Meeting Room for 20 minutes before going off to their own activities.

After lunch we saw a great new movie called “Lucky” which hasn’t yet been released in Australia. It’s about a rather cranky old man coming to terms with his mortality in a desert town somewhere in the US. Highly recommended by me and a 97% score on the Rotten Tomatoes website. We followed that up with a stroll around the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the other great university of Boston, where there is a quirkily tipsy new building by Frank Gehry. It is still surprisingly hot and humid here and we definitely have the air conditioning going.

We were disappointed to read this morning that Tim Minchin’s musical “Groundhog Day” (for which we have tickets for a performance later this month) has closed on Broadway. It was nominated for 7 Tony’s and won the Olivier Award for best musical this year in London - so why? I’ve just written to Ticketmaster to ask for some alternatives and an explanation of why we haven’t been told already!

Next: The American Cathedrals
Previous: Our day at Harvard

Diary Photos

HONK fesitval kicks off in Davis Square, Somerville.

Politics all the way

While Peter was at a Quaker meeting, the school was out having fun.

Some interesting characters

Love the pose.

Blow that trumpet gal.

Hoola dancing

Plenty of noise

Many a trumpet - but, no, not as good as the BSO.

And the veterans

Big and small

All ages

Pro Trump.

I kept getting drawn back to this boy.

A lot of African Americans around.

And another angle.

The USA is a very diverse country.

Nearly over.

And they just kept coming.

Try this for exercise.

The ubiquitous pumpkin.

All over the world - can we do anything?

His father is white and his mother was latino.

I was intrigued by this boy.

Get that expression right.

I had great fun taking photos

America shines.

Trump would agree?

Better than the BSO last night?!

Can we have a Canberra march like this?


Will that baby be musical?

Plenty of enjoyment

Having fun.

I love the expressions.

Try this!

That's a bike

On the other side

One one side

I love his archtiecture - beats BORING.

Gehry building at MIT

MIT Frank Gehry building

MIT main building


Harvest festival at MIT

MIT chapel

MIT chapel

MIT chapel

Gorgeously dressed couple at MIT

Hindu pose at MIT

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