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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.).
ONS SOORT AMERIKA | BOOKS WORLD CURLTURE
ARCTIC CIRCLE (IVALO) | SCANDI NOIR TV CRIME DRAMA
'Arctic Circle' (Finnish: Ivalo) is Finnish-German crime drama, which premiered on Finnish streaming service Elisa Viihde on Christmas 2018 and later on Yle. I watched it on NPO3.
Set in snow covered Finnish Lapland, police officer Nina Kautsalo (Iina Kuustonen) finds a nearly dead prostitute in a cabin in the wilderness. The case takes a surprise turn when a deadly virus is found in the prostitute's body. Nina and German virologist Thomas Lorenz (Maximilian Brückner) start investigating the case.
Nina is a single mother with a small child who has Down syndrome. The father, Esko, is a truck driver and small criminal; he refuses to acknowledge Venla for he never wanted children from the relationship.
While Thomas wants to set up a large scale bloodtest to analyse how widespread the virus (deadly for pregnant women) is in the remote Lapland area, he encounters opposition from the KRP (Keskusrikospoliisi, Nat'l Bureau of Investigation) for not seeing 'the bigger picture', from those who exploit Russian prostitutes (they travel on 'whore busses' through the North) as well as from religious sects.
The scenery of Lapland in winter is breathtaking and various aspects such as the humor sets this series 'Arctic Circle' in a league of its own. The ending would make a 2nd series possible... I hope so!
IN EXTREMIS: MARIE COLVIN | BIOGRAPHY JOURNALISM
Lindsey Hilsum, a friend and fellow war reporter, details Colvin's hard-drinking, hard-living decades and her impressive career covering one humanitarian disaster after another.
Superbly written and highly informative!
HUIS KINESIS - HOME FOR PHOTOGRAPHY | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
Today I visited 'Huis Kinesis', a new adress for me to enjoy photography on display.
I found most documentaries very interesting, e.g. four photos showing expats having breakfast: that is a pretty unique subject I thought. And I liked the elderly couple (91 + 89 years old, top, in photo above)
DELFT - HISTORIC CITY | NETHERLANDS
Delft is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland, Netherlands. It is located between Rotterdam, to the southeast, and The Hague, to the northwest. Together with them, it is part of both Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area and the Randstad.
72th FLOWERPARADE (2019) | TRADITION CULTRURE NETHERLANDS
DARK HEART | TV CRIME DRAMA FICTON
The dark side of DI 'Staffe' is an interesting one as well as his relation to the women surrounding him: his sister Juliette ('Jules', role by Charlotte Riley), his colleague Josie (Anjli Mohindra) and Sylvie with whom he has a noncommittal sort of relationship (played by Miranda Raison, whom I remember from the series Spooks).
ENDEAVOUR MORSE | BRITISH TV CRIME DRAMA
Endeavour is a British television detective drama series. It is a prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse (starring John Thaw) and, like that series, is set primarily in Oxford.
Shaun Evans portrays the young Endeavour Morse beginning his career as a detective constable, and later as a detective sergeant, with the Oxford City Police CID.
This is the 6th season and it numbered 4 episodes.
The storyline starts in July 1969, with Morse sporting a moustache for the first time. We see the news dominated by the Apollo moonlanding.
Morse has been given a uniform post out in the sticks. He investigates a report of a missing horse and a report of someone sleeping rough, allegedly an addict. But the death of a schoolgirl brings Endeavour back in contact with the Oxford constabulary.
DS Jim Strange (Sean Rigby) pursues the murder of the young DC George Fancy (finale of series 5) on
his own. He tries to involve Morse in his own investigation but Morse is bitter and unwilling. Nevertheless, Strange uses his influence to get Morse back to the Oxford police and the young detective is assigned a desk in the basement (' the bunker') of Castle Gate Police Station.
While seperate murder investigations dominate each episode, there are continuous plotlines: the investigation into the murder of George Fancy and deaths of addicts out on the streets due to bad drugs, while Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) gets drawn into the influence of his superior DCI Ronnie Box meanwhile Fred's marriage is becoming bleaker and bleaker (his wife Winnifred blaims him for squandering their savings, however noble the cause, without consulting here).
Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers) makes her appearance in about each episode but the relation between Morse and Fed's daughter seems to have lost the required chemistry. Morse seems more introvert and morose than in previous series, growing to the character portrayed by John Thaw?
PCS Reginal Bright (Anton Lesser) is assigned to Traffic and features in a tv commercial for the police, featuring a pelican. At the staion he is the butt of many jokes but he finds himself popular and recognized in the streets. His wife is terminally ill which very much effects Bright's outlook on life and his career.
DCI Ronnie Box and his sidekick DS Alan Jago seem to run a racket on the sly.
Dr. Max DeBryn (James Bradshaw) recognizes a special confidentiality among the group of former Cowley police station (although Fred Thursday is kept out of the loop at times for a quantity of distrust) and shares his findings accordingly. DeBryn is made hostage in the last episode and the finale is a showdown much akin to that of the O.K. Corral!
CHIN.IND.SPEC.REST. by MARK VAN WONDEREN | PHOTOBOOK CULTURE
As a reporter in Noord-Holland Mark van Wonderen travelled criss-cross through the province for many years. Walking through neighbourhoods he noticed that even the smallest village had a church, a local pub but also a Chinese-Indonesian Restaurant.
The Chinese-Indonesian restaurant is a very Dutch cultural phenomenon, might even be considered a cultural heritage!
However times, they are a-changin'...
MISSING (SAKNAD) | TV CRIME DRAMA FICTION
Police superintendent Maja Silver (Helena Bergström) goes back to her old hometown Bogesund, in the Swedish Bible belt, to see her daughter and enjoy a well deserved vacation. Nothing much happens in this small town, until...
Many of the close knit community are involved in the deeply religious conservative congregation and everybody eyes each other, gossip is widespread and plentiful. The congregation is led by a popular, enthralling young priest, Stein.
Four episodes of drama and interesting twists in the plotlines.
BIRDING | PHOTOGRAPHY BIRDS
Exploring the possibilities of 'birding', photography mainly. Not yet sure if this will work for me.
RECHTER TIE (JUDGE DEE) MYSTERIES | HISTORY CRIME FICTION NOVEL
Ever since China sparked my interest during the 1980s, I find occasion to read or explore something on the subject, in whatever form. The 'Rechter (=Judge or Magistrate) Tie Mysteries' by Robert van Gulik offer an easy insight in China in historic times.
Dutchman van Gulik wrote historic crime novels in English; the translations into Dutch (including the name of the magistrate change from Judge Dee to Rechter Tie) are mostly by others.
Judge Dee (also, Judge Di) is the eponymous protagonist of Robert van Gulik's series of detective novels. The series is set in Tang Dynasty China and deals with various criminal cases solved by the upright Judge Dee (judges often play the investigator role in ancient Chinese crime stories).
Robert Hans van Gulik was born in 1910, in Zutphen,Netherlands and spent most of his youth in the Dutch East-Indies.
About this particular book, The Phantom of the Temple (Het Spook van de Tempel):