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."
There was drama in Thursday's UEFA Europa League round of 32 return legs as a number of big names were eliminated ... A record 102 goals were scored in the #UEL round of 32 ... The Ligue 1 leaders travelled to Amsterdam feeling a sense of injustice after last week's 2-1 loss but suffered the same score this time and end French interest in the competition ... .
He has traveled internationally on mission trips ...Kelly’s background In the pretrial services report included with court documents in Washington, Kelly told officials he has lived the majority of his life in Cedar Rapids and has traveled internationally for short missionary trips, including to China, India, Amsterdam, France and Spain.
CANAJOHARIE — The Canajoharie Cougars trailed after three quarters at home Monday but rallied in the fourth to beat the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Wolves 55-48 for their first win of the season ... Canajoharie shot 18 free throws while outscoring Oppenheim-Ephratah-St ... Oppenheim-Ephratah-St ... More ... Canajoharie travels to Amsterdam Thursday ... .
David Hockney, however, has apologised for missing the coming opening, citing Covid-19 travel problems ... Hockney, who is now working in Normandy, dislikes travel these days—and he would have hardly been encouraged to come to another Van Gogh opening after an unfortunate incident at his Amsterdam hotel in 2019.
The above quote is used by JosephRosendo’s Travelscope; Joseph is a well-known world traveler with videos of his trips around the world ... Armchair Travel ... When we were planning to travel to Amsterdam, a Street view gave us a preview of what we would see when we walked from the train station to our hotel.
Britain's coronavirus-ravaged economy shrank 9.9 per cent in 2020, the biggest annual fall in output since modern records began ... Read More. London loses share trading crown to Amsterdam in 'symbolic' post-Brexit shift. UK sacrifices international travel to win Covid battle ... ONS deputy national statistician for economic statistics Jonathan Athow said.
The travel for competition limited to the county lines under COVID-19 restrictions, Montgomery County has a five-week, five-school schedule ... Johnsville drew the opening night bye and starts its seasons Friday when the girls travel to Amsterdam and the boys square off at home against the Rams ... AMSTERDAM 78, FORT PLAIN 16.
The four Western Athletic Conference schools will be joined by Amsterdam from the Foothills Council... Amsterdam’s platform has not been announced. The season, already shortened by the coronavirus pandemic and reconfigured with travel limited to the county, could be interrupted ...
And what better way to take that skill into this year than with a spot of train travel? ... Here are some of the best train journeys to take this year, when we’re allowed to travel again. Amsterdam to Austria ... What is slow travel and how can I embrace it? ... Train travel is even better when you combine destinations.