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."
ArgentEnergy, which has been producing biodiesel made from waste organic fats and oils since 2005, reports the expansion in Amsterdam will increase production capacity in the Port of Amsterdam by 440,000 tons of biofuel per year with the expansion of its manufacturing facility.
By Aditya Kalra and Dmitry Zhdannikov ... The event is scheduled for Jan ... “The survey data clearly show that trust in the WEF is closely related to the larger crisis of trust,” said Martijn Lampert, research director at Amsterdam-based Glocalities. (Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov and Aditya Kalra; Editing by Alexander Smith). .
Alan Pergament. There will never be another “This Is Us,” the hit NBC series about the Pearson family that ends with Tuesday’s episode at 9 p.m. on WGRZ-TV after six seasons ...There are even some laughs ... Alan Pergament ... NBC’s “New Amsterdam,” which hasn’t had the best of seasons, is on the fall schedule but reportedly will end its run after 13 episodes.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Prosus, the Dutch-based technology investor, said on Friday it would seek a buyer for its Russian online marketplace Avito... Prosus is controlled by Naspers of South Africa ... Prosus shares traded 2.4% higher at 46.61 at 0715 GMT in Amsterdam on Friday. (Reporting by TobySterling; editing by Jason Neely, Robert Birsel). .
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Alleged gang leader Shalom-Lior "Shali" Azoulay was released on bail from prison in Poland after being detained under harsh conditions for over a year, Walla! reports. . Azoulay, 40, was arrested in October 2020 at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam amid an international arrest ...
Protestors from Greenpeace blocked the lock leading to the port of Amsterdam on Wednesday to call attention to their demands that the European Union should enact a stronger anti-deforestation law ... They reported that more than 60 protestors met at the Ijmuiden lock gate which leads into Amsterdam at around midnight on May 11.