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."
Amsterdam, (UrduPoint / PakistanPointNews - 21st Jul, 2021 ) .Thousands of mourners on Wednesday filed past the coffin of slain Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, paying final respects to the national "hero" who was gunned down in broad daylight in an Amsterdam street two weeks ago ... He died in hospital nine days later ... "He was our hero ... ....
Thousands of mourners have filed past the coffin of Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, paying final respects to the national "hero" who was shot dead in broad daylight in Amsterdam two weeks ago ... He died in hospital nine days later. "It's important to say goodbye," said a mourner Brenda van Coevorden ... "Peter R ... .
Mark Rutte, the prime minister, decried a “shocking and incomprehensible” attack, not only on “a courageous journalist” but also “the free press that is so critical to our democracy.” Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, hailed de Vries as a “national hero”; even the monarchy put out a supportive statement.
Everyone from European leaders to the Dutch king Willem-Alexander and Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema have expressed their shock at the ambush of “national hero” De Vries as he walked back to his car on Tuesday after recording a chatshow, on a busy street in broad daylight.
... in the heart of the tourist district of Amsterdam ... The mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, called him “a national hero”, while the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, said the shooting was “an attack on free journalism which is crucial for our democracy, rule of law and society”.
Peter R de Vries was shot in central Amsterdam after making one of his regular appearances on a current affairs television show ... “He was seriously wounded and is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said in a televised news conference. “He is a national hero to us all.
A well-known Dutch crime reporter was shot in the head on Tuesday night after leaving a TV studio in the centre of Amsterdam, the police said ...Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, called De Vries “a national hero for all of us”, at a news conference, describing the attack as a “brutish, cowardly crime”.
A prominent Dutch journalist known for investigating the criminal underworld has been shot and seriously wounded on a street in central Amsterdam... The mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, described Mr de Vries as "a national hero to us all" and as "a rare, courageous journalist who tirelessly sought justice".
AMSTERDAM — ... de Vries is for all of us a national hero, an unusually courageous journalist, tirelessly seeking justice,” AmsterdamMayorFemke Halsema said at a hastily convened news conference at the city’s police headquarters ... A third suspect was detained in Amsterdam, he said ... How a young Nebraskan became an Iranian hero.
Mr de Vries was gunned down on a busy street in central Amsterdam as he left a TV studio on Tuesday night, leaving him fighting for his life ... 'A national hero to us all' ... The case has put the Netherlands on edge after Nabil B's previous lawyer, Derk Wiersum, was assassinated in front of his Amsterdam home in September 2019.
De Vries was leaving the studio of Dutch broadcaster RTL just after 7.30PM local time when two men approached him near Amsterdam’s LeidsepleinSquare, according to CCTV and witness statements collected by Dutch police... He remains in critical condition in an Amsterdam hospital. ... "He is a national hero to us all.
Mr de Vries, 64, was shot on Tuesday after leaving a TV studio in Amsterdam... Amsterdam MayorFemke Halsema described Mr de Vries as "a national hero to us all" and as "a rare, courageous journalist who tirelessly sought justice" ... De Vries is shot in Amsterdam.