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."
Spagnola described some of the other aspects of Amsterdam’s HometownHeroes program ... Amsterdam also posts online narratives about many of the Hometown Heroes at amsterdamny.gov/our-city/amsterdam-heroes. Spagnola said in Amsterdam the Hometown Heroes banners stay up ...
The annual ceremony around the statue — this year’s was limited by social distancing measures — once was Amsterdam’s main Holocaust commemoration event ... Shortly after the bridge scuffle, occupying authorities rounded up about 400 Jewish men in Amsterdam, all of whom were deported and murdered except for two survivors.
AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Eighty years ago on Thursday, this city was silent ... The annual ceremony around the statue — this year’s was limited by social distancing measures — once was Amsterdam’s main Holocaust commemoration event ... the February arrests indeed terrorized Amsterdam’s Jews.
There are some phone calls you just never forget. It was Good Friday morning in 1995... SEE ... So how can I help you?” ... Why Closing The Amsterdam Coffeeshops To Tourists Is Counterproductive. I think of the real heroes on the frontlines in our ICUs, risking their lives to save us all, and I think of the AMA and its quackery and I need a powerful antiemetic.
In May 2019, when he was launching his campaign for the big job, he accepted an invitation to speak in Amsterdam about his hero and clearly hoped the media would draw obvious parallels. He described his hero as “a compulsive gambler” who often was proved “triumphantly right” – even if it took some time ... the UK and the EU, and deal or no deal ... .
30. Save the Day (2020) ... the real power is in Carey’s heartfelt vocal. 29 ... 25 ... Vision of you … Carey, pictured in Amsterdam, 1996 ... Hero (1993). According to Spotify, Hero is one of Carey’s most popular songs ... That said, it gained serious emotional heft when performed at the Tribute to Heroes 9/11 charity show and President Obama’s inauguration gala.22 ... 20 ... .
AMSTERDAM — James Glorioso Jr. said he doesn’t feel like a hero ... Glorioso Jr., a 42-year-old actor and former deputy and Montgomery CountySheriff’s candidate from Amsterdam, was named a CarnegieHero last Tuesday for his heroic swim, along with 16 others who risked their lives to save others.
Adib told reporters he was stepping down after it became clear that the kind of Cabinet he wished to form was “bound to fail.” ... Billhimer said ... 11 ... Oct. 8 ... James Glorioso, Jr., a 42-year-old actor from Amsterdam, received the award from the CarnegieHero Fund Commission for entering into mortal danger to rescue another, the commission announced Tuesday.