In a further missive from Marjorie Billington-Marjorie to friend Doris Endersely-Kindersley at the DHRA, members of the Dorset literary organisation have been updated on news from the sharp-end of TOAST's North American tour. It confirms that though the party did not attend an opera at Lincoln Centre ["as likely as Shergar guest appearing at the Charmouth donkey-derby"], they did visit the Metropolitan Opera House itself, if only to stand and pose for photographs outside the billboards. According to TOAST's Head of Ticket Purchasing - Ed Perch-Aser - "The majority of the posters appear to have been advertisements for musicals by a man called R Wagner who apparently wrote in German. Musical as many members of the party are, they are not fluent in German and couldn't tell a Versetzungszeichen from a Grundkadenz which is tricky enough in a Singspiel let alone a Gesamtkunstwerk. So we looked in the gift shop and left".
Some members were however greatly affected by the Chagalls - "We'd never come across them before, but then we don't travel a lot and, as my mother used to say, "If you will go abroad, you have to expect to pay the price. You're bound to catch something or other". I think it's probably the water - either that or the soap. I mean they don't do hygiene like we do, do they? Fortunately, Edwina had a travel kit and after we'd rubbed on a bit of cream and had a sit down we were almost as good as new".
The tour party are expected to arrive on the Massachusetts coast in time for an organised lobster hunt on Sunday.