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COLLAPSE by JARED DIAMOND | BOOKS NON-FICTION ENVIRONMENT
'How Societies Choose To Fail Or Survive'
Every other year or so I come across a non-fiction book that has a huge impact on me, for the subject(s) adressed and/or the way it was written. 'Collapse' is such a book, both for the subject as well as the clear style of writing.
In Collapse, Jared Diamond first defines collapse: "a drastic decrease in human population size and/or political/economic/social complexity, over a considerable area, for an extended time."
Considering the astonishing cavalcade of different peoples and cultures from across the planet adressed here, I was constantly amazed by the clarity of the author.
Soo what caused some of these societies (such as the Mayan civilisation or the people of Easter Island) to collapse, while others facing similar challenges managed to survive? And what can we learn from history here?
Diamond is at pains to stress the objectivity he has brought to bear on a sequence of collapse scenarios that often continue to generate serious controversy.
The diversity of the case studies he uses (both past and present) is extraordinary.
For those interested in the role of big business, Diamond devotes a whole chapter to examining the behaviour of oil, mining and forestry companies around the world. Again he steers well away from an accusatory tone, mentions 'sinners' and ' saints', expands on his own experiences in Papua New Guinea for both the good and the bad.
Diamond reserves his most insightful analysis for the more 'irrational' reasons why we are not as yet responding to the scale and urgency of today's converging environmental problems.
Interestingly, however, Diamond chooses not to conclude his arguments on that apocalyptic note. Reverting to the inference of his subtitle ("how societies choose to fail or survive"), he briefly reviews the intriguing history of the Netherlands, the country with the highest level of environmental awareness and membership of environmental organisations anywhere in the world.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY BOOKS
BELOW THE SURFACE | CRIME FICTION DRAMA DVD-BOX
'Below the Surface' (Danish: Gidseltagningen) is a Danish action hostage thriller drama tv-series.
BULLETPROOF | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
The series follows National Crime Agency (NCA) detectives, and best friends, Aaron Bishop (Clarke) and Ronnie Pike Jr. (Walters). They investigate some of the country's most dangerous criminals, including traffickers, drug dealers and armed robbers, whilst being overseen by their boss Sarah Tanner (Lindsey Coulson).
Walters and Clarke commented to Deadline Hollywood that the series was inspired by films such as Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys, quoting that "the humour and funny moments come from the relationships between the characters."
The series opening theme, "All Goes Wrong", was also personally chosen by Clarke and Walters.
The series is fast-paced and much more focussed on entertainment (fast cars, explosions, raids with guns drawn) than an attempt on being realistic or even an interesting mystery plot.
I would say too American rather than British. Barely entertaining to my taste, perhaps 2 stars out of five.
WILFUL BEHAVIOUR by DONNA LEON | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
The murder of a young woman draws Commissario Brunetti into buried secrets dating back to WW2.
DEVENTER BOEKENMARKT | BOOKS
Pleasant & rewarding visit to the 'Deventer Boekenmarkt' yesterday!
IN ENGLAND by DON McCULLIN | PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS
Published by Jonathan Cape, Random House UK (2009?)
RIVIERA, SERIES 1 | TV CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Riviera is a television drama which premiered on Sky Atlantic on 15June 2017.
INFORMER | BBC TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
The six-part (I watched it in 3 parts) series stars Nabhaan Rizwan and Paddy Considine.
Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan) is a young second-generation British Pakistani man from London who is
coerced into informing by Gabe (Paddy Considine), a counterterrorism officer for the fictional Counter-Terrorism Special Unit (CTSU).
Gabriel or 'Gabe' is haunted by his past undercover work for the Met's Special Branch, he struggles to balance his workload with time for his wife and daughter and is not doing too good, esspecially when his past is catching up with his alter ego: Charlie Goodwood.
DS Gabe waters is assisted by DC Holly Morten (Bel Powley); the latter has difficulty dealing with Gabe's attitudes which seems to have a Jekyll and Hyde momentum.
Parallel to the inquiry of a bomb plot there is this inquiry into a coffeeshop shooting, the backflashes we are treated with create a secondary thrilling plot and gradually the drama deepens. While the how and why remains unclear for a very long time, it is clear that Gabe's wife Emily Waters (by Jessica Raine) is
at the scene.
RETOUR NEW YORK - AMSTERDAM by SACHA DE BOER | ART PHOTOGRAPHY
’Retour New York-Amsterdam’ is a book by photographer Sacha de Boer, published in 2009.
Amsterdam has a real pull for American artists: various painters, sculptors, photographers and other visual artists call the Dutch capital home.
Sacha de Boer is a photographer, journalist and former news anchor for the Dutch broadcaster NOS.
BLOOD HUNT by IAN RANKIN | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
We have here Gordon Reeve, ex-SAS soldier, now operating a survival course for weekend warriors on Skivald, a small island off South Uist, Scotland. He lives there with his wife and son Allan. The marriage seems to be progressing so-so but we have to make our own guesses as to why this is. Most likely because Gordon still struggles with PTSD ('red mist') from an assignment in the Falklands War and is less communicative than he should be.
THE FLATEY ENIGMA | ICELANDIC CRIME DRAMA TV SERIES
Set in 1971, the series follows Jóhanna, a professor of Nordic Studies, returns to an island community from her home in France to bury her father and deal with his estate. She travels with her nine years old son Snorri but is known in the community as an unmarried mother: a taboo in those days.
Her father was retired but worked obsessively on solving a mystery: a medieval manuscript 'Flateyjargátuthe' containing a 600 year old mystery of the last Norse King's grave hidden on one of the many islands, important in Icelandic culture and folklore.
But then a visiting Danish scientist is murdered on one of the neighbouring islands; he had stolen a document, a map, from Joanna's father upon his visit to the wake, believing it could be where the warlord's grave is.
The police officer Brynjar is sent from Reykjavik to solve this murder.
When Brynjar meets Jóhanna and finds out he (himself from an unloving foster upbringing and craving a family) was unknowingly a father for 10 years, he tries desperately to implicate Jóhanna for the murder and thus claim her son. His unsympathetic character becomes apparent.
The murder seems to be related to the Flateyjargát and Jóhanna makes every effort to find the solution.
Based on a bestseller by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson.
Margrét Örnólfsdóttir wrote the scenario of the 4-episode mini-series based on the book; she was also involved in the other Icelandic series 'Prisoners' (Fangar), 'Trapped' and 'Case'. The first two were discussed elsewhere on my blog, including other Icelandic crime series.
Cast (a.o.): Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir (Jóhanna), Stefán Hallur Stefánsson (Brynjar), Hilmir Jensson (Kjartan), Sigurður Sigurjónsson (Grímur Hreppstjóri).
FOLLOW THE MONEY, SERIES 3 | SCANDI CRIME FICTION DRAMA
'Follow the Money' (Danish: Bedrag, 'Fraud') is a Danish financial crime thriller that has now run for three seasons.
FOTO FESTIVAL NAARDEN (FFN) 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION