Amsterdam is the story of a euthanasia pact between two friends, a composer and a newspaper editor, whose relationship spins into disaster.
The book begins with the funeral of artist Molly Lane. Guests at the funeral include British Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and composer Clive Linley. The three share certain attributes: each has a very high opinion of himself, each was at some time Molly's lover, and each regards the dead woman's husband, George, with a mixture of amusement and contempt.
Clive and Vernon muse upon Molly's death. It seems she had some kind of rapid-onset brain disease (not specified) that left her helpless and mad. Neither man can understand her attraction to Julian Garmony, the right-wing Foreign Secretary who is about to challenge his party's leadership.
Clive returns home to continue work on a symphony he has been commissioned to write for the forthcoming millennium. Much of the work is complete, save the crucial signature melody. He resolves to go walking in the Lake District, as this tends to inspire him.
Brel worked on the song at his house overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the house he shared with Sylvie Rivet, a publicist for Philips; a place she had introduced him to in 1960. "It was the ideal place for him to create, and to indulge his passion for boats and planes. One morning at six o'clock he read the words of Amsterdam to Fernand, a restaurateur who was about to set off fishing for scorpion fish and conger eels for the bouillabaisse. Overcome, Fernand broke out in sobs and cut open some sea urchins to help control his emotion."
Reporters are not the only ones targeted. The IranianHuman RightsOrganization, a nonprofit based in Norway, has reported that at least 83 protesters have been killed and thousands arrested ... The independent Persian-language news organization is based in Amsterdam ... Divsalar, who spent eight years reporting in Iran before leaving for the U.S.
A report from SomersetLive says that if the individual breaches the ban, they could face arrest and jail time ... Earlier this year, police shut down an illegal rave that was being held in an under-construction police station in Amsterdam. Around300 people were reportedly in attendance.
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Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer said two alleged victims, identified only as Paulo and Roberto, reported being abused by Belo and said other boys were also victims ... Roberto later moved to Dili, where the alleged abuse continued at the bishop's residence, Groene Amsterdammer reported ... Meilana reported from Dili, East Timor.
In an interview with Hunger magazine, Moretz revealed that she became suddenly aware of her fame when she was 18. “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” she said ...Christian Bale 'isolated' himself from Chris Rock on Amsterdam set because he was too funny. Alec Baldwin's lawyer responds to reports actor could be charged in Rust shooting case ... .