We are staying on Broadway, on the Upper West Side. In a day of rituals, N° 1 sprog and I got up early (New York is in the middle of a heat wave) and ran into Central Park and around the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir together, it seemed, with about half of New York. (If the number of joggers and walkers is any indication, New York is a seriously fit city.) Later, we took a bus tour around the city’s main sights (our wise-cracking New York guide was good on the nuances of the city’s language – ‘downtown’ for example is somewhere you go but you can never arrive; it is a direction and not a place) and then, inevitably, a boat trip out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. N° 1 sprog, a dancing fanatic, had been advised to visit a well-known dance school, Steps, whilst in New York. Lo and behold,it transpired that Steps is just opposite our hotel and so this afternoon she had a work-out there. This coincided with the grandaddy of all storms, so that, for an afternoon at least, New York cooled down a little (just a little). We have been badly infected with New York’s incessant, frenetic activity!