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In 2013 I started a series of photo albums on Blurb.com, named '36Exp' (a subject adressed in 36 exposures, a reference to the exposures on most common rolls of 35 mm film: 12, 24 & 36.). The books can be ordered directly from the Blurb.com website.
THE EAGLE 'THE TRACE OF CRIME' | DVD BOX CRIME DRAMA
Further below this page this series has been explained.
Box 3 has 2 dvd's, 4 episodes.
Characters of the cast see little changes nor great development. We get to learn more about Hallgrim's problematic relation with his father, while he gets romantically involved with a friend from the past.
ANDERMANS ROTZOOI by THEODORE DALRYMPLE | BOOKS
Anthony (A.M.) Daniels (b. 11Oct1949), who generally uses the pen name Theodore Dalrymple, is an English writer and retired prison doctor and psychiatrist. He worked in places including a number of Sub-Saharan African countries and the east end of London.
The above book was my first taste of Mr Dalrymple's writing, translated in Dutch, the English title being 'Litter. How Other People's Rubbish Shapes Our Lives.'
Travelling the 400 miles from Glasgow to London recently, Theodore Dalrymple noticed that the roadside was littered with food and drink packaging.
I'll be reading more of his writing!
SEPTUAGENARIAN STEW by CHARLES BUKOWSKI | BOOKS
Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; 16Aug1920 – 09Mar1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer.
There's some excellent poetry in this collection and quite a few good short stories as well. This is work from later in Bukowski's life.
REIZEN ZONDER JOHN by GEERT MAK | BOOKS
This is one of those very rare books, which upon ending the last page, I wanted to start again all over..
Geert Mak is a Dutch journalist and non-fiction writer on history subjects; he had to travel to the Unites States for work and from an early age he became thoroughly fascinated by it.
In American literature he also became fascinated by John Steinbeck, who made a vast tour through the USA in 1960 and wrote a book about it, 'Travels with Charley', which was published in 1962.
Geert Mak took Steinbecks lessons seriously and planned his trip more wisely, travelling almost the same route over a longer period of time. Hence the title, which translates as Travels without John.
KELLY JOE PHELPS | MUSIC
My photos of this gig on Flickr.com
CARTOON | NEWS & MEDIA
Cartoon says: "The theme tonight is: 'Satire & Religion'."
By Tom, in Haarlems Dagblad today.
THE HARD WAY by LEE CHILD | BOOKS (CRIME)
Read my first Lee Child crime novel, The Hard Way. I concur with the review (below): '...I really shouldn't like this. But I do.'
Ex–military cop Reacher sees more than most people would (he remembers seeing a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away; that car contained one million dollars in ransom money..).
What started purely as a witness report, is followed by an investigation, to save 2 innocent lives involved in a kidnap.
A crime novel typical of the American way, he's Superman and inspite of a few blemishes (he admits he has killed a high ranking military official), he's a bit of a stumbling saint too. But never doubt his character, resolve or strength.
"JE HEBT HET NIET VAN MIJ, MAAR... by JPRIS LUYENDIJK | BOOK (DUTCH, POLITICS)
THE EAGLE 'THE TRACE OF CRIME' | DVD BOX CRIME DRAMA
Enjoyed another series of Ørnen or as it is internationally know: The Eagle. Box 2 has 2 dvd's with 2 episodes each each. These are Ares 1, Ares 2, Nemesis and Hades.
The series debuted on 10 October 2004 in Denmark. It won an International Emmy Award from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for best non-American television drama series in 2005.
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TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY by JOHN STEINBECK | BOOKS
As a prelude to the recently published book by Geert Mak, 'Reizen Zonder John', I read Steinbeck's 'Travels With Charley'.
Travels with Charley is a one-man, one-dog account of the expedition in which he tries to recapture his familiarity with America. He set out with some misgiving, not sure his health would stand up to the 10,000-mile journey he envisioned.
SIDETRACKED - A KURT WALLANDER NOVEL by H. MANKELL | BOOKS
Kurt Wallander and his team of police in Ystad suffer a hot Swedish summer, but most are comforted by the idea they will be enjoying vacation soon. Kurt too, he is expecting Baiba to fly over to enjoy holidays together.
MARTINE FRANCK (1938 - 2012) REMEMBERED | PHOTOGRAPHY
Martine Franck, R.I.P.
For her that soon changed and she started to approach people for portraits.
Martine became a photographer in Paris, during the post-WW2 era; at the time she specialized in portraits of artists & writers. She met Henri Cartier-Bresson when she was 27, he was 30 years older and famous as a photographer. They married.
Most of the above learned and translated from article by Merel Bem in Volkskrant, 18aug12.
PUSSY RIOT | NEWS
Media got a hold, head of the Orthodox felt insulted (he apparently played a role in re-election of Putin) and Putin felt insulted. As much about male ego's as anything else. The unsavoury re-election of Putin shouldn't be protested against, not in 'Democratic' Russia.
Now there is even a Wikipedia page on Pussy Riot!
'On 21Feb2012, four members of the group staged a performance on the soleas of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, motivated by their opposition to the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the politics of the Russian Orthodox Church...'
ØRNEN (THE EAGLE: A CRIME ODYSSEY) | SCANDINAVIAN CRIME DRAMA
Having seen occasional episodes on German and Belgian TV, I became interested in these series. It took me over two years to find the (legal) international releases on DVD.
THE BRIDGE | CRIME DRAMA (DVD)
The Bridge ("Bron" in Swedish or "Broen" in Danish) is a Scandinavian crime drama television series, co-produced by Danmarks Radio and Sveriges Television. The series follows a police investigation following the discovery of a dead body on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. The series was first broadcast on DR1 and SVT1 during the autumn of 2011.
Ten 60 minutes episodes, reminiscent of The Killing, bound to clean your agenda and keep you spellbound for a few nights..
The Bridge of the title is the Oresund bridge that connects Denmark and Sweden, Copenhagen and Malmö; a body is found exactly in the middle of the bridge and it is decided that police inspectors Saga Norén from Malmö (Sofia Helin) and Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) from Copenhagen work together on this; esspecially since the murderer continues murdering and victims fall in both countries.
Saga's boss, Hans Petterson, is played by Dag Malmberg who also features in the Irene Huss series (below).
Magnus Krepper plays a social worker, Stefan Lindberg, and we've seen him as Inspector Winter in another series.
The acting is excellent, but Sofia Helin really excels, playing Saga Norén who is a brilliant analyst but falls short socially; this creates an unbelievable contrast to the likable Martin Rohde though he is found during the series to have lived a very self-centered, egotistic life and will pay a high price.
So we have the murder plot, the murderer who communicates through an immoral newspaper columnist at Aftonposten in Malmö (Christian Hillborg as Daniel Ferbé), interesting character development of inspectors Saga Norén and Martin Rohde, Martin's relation with his wife Mette (played by Puk Scharbau) and his estranged son from a previous relation who has started to live with them again, August (Emil Birk Hartmann)... Just to name a few!
I don't know yet if The Bridge is as good as the first series of The Killing, but it comes close.
It's Nordic Super-Noir!
ROBERT HUGHES R.I.P. | WRITER
Decades ago I read this book, Fatal Shore, and it made a big impression on me.
IRENE HUSS VOLUME 2 | CRIME DRAMA (DVD)
In these second series, of six episodes, Angela Kovács again plays the role of Swedish police inspector Irene Huss. And again inspector Irene Huss is confronted a series of crimes set in or around Sweden's Göteborg.
ARNE DAHL VOL.1 | DVD CRIME SERIES
ALASKA by JAMES MICHENER | BOOKS
In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us across Alaska’s fierce terrain, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling technological present, as his characters struggle for survival.
In a book this size and span of time there are obviously parts less interesting to the individual reader, but I particularly liked the episodes of the discovery by the Russians, US involvement )resulting in lawlessness), the goldrush and early aviation.
I´ve always, faithfully, put my photos in an album, from the earliest days since I took up photography.
My photos were and still are fruits of labour, a treasure to preserve in a worthy condition. And striving for a sense of order too probably.
But these printed albums are more than ever a creatice process and I cannot wait to see the result!
WAR IN SYRIA | NEWS
This cartoon, by Riber Hansson, was published in July 2012 in Dutch newspaper NRC.