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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.
MONTY - HIS PART IN MY VICTORY by SPIKE MILLIGAN | BOOKS
The book recounts a period when the Germans have been defeated in Africa and Milligan is not fighting. The book mostly describes Milligan's activities on leave, playing in a band and minor adventures and tribulations while on duty. Events span from May to September 1943: just after Operation Torch, the liberation of Africa in World War II, to Milligan's embarkation in Salerno, Italy.
Terence Alan Milligan KBE (b.16Apr1918 – d.27Feb2002) was a British-Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright and actor.
Milligan was the co-creator, main writer and a principal cast member of The Goon Show, performing a range of roles including the popular Eccles and Minnie Bannister characters.
HINTERLAND (TV-SERIES) | FICTION TV CRIME DRAMA
Y Gwyll in Welsh but otherwise titled 'Hinterland' (a.k.a. 'The Dusk'). It is a Welsh 'noir' police detective drama series broadcast on S4C in Welsh. I watched it on BBC Four in May (mostly).
The main character, DCI Tom Mathias, is played by Richard Harrington. He is a troubled man,
A conversation with the moody and brooding DCI Mathias is like drawing blood from a stone, but DI Mared Rhys seems to be able to connect with him at times.
In November 2013, 2nd series was announced by S4C. An English language version, with brief passages of Welsh dialogue, aired on BBC One Wales. When it was aired on the BBC in 2014, it was the first BBC television drama with dialogue in both English and Welsh. The same formula was applied the Series 3.
The 3rd series of the show began filming in January 2016 and debuted on S4C in October that year.
Content Series 1 (7 episodes: 1 pilot and 6 episodes broadcasted as part 1 & 2)
.On his very first day in his new job in Aberystwyth, DCI Tom Mathias is called out to investigate a suspicious disappearance. In a quiet seaside bungalow he discovers a bathroom covered in blood but no sign of the owner. His investigation into the disappearance of 64-year-old Helen Jenkins leads him to the cascading waters of an ancient ravine at Devil's Bridge, and uncovers the cruel history of a long-closed children's home.
Content Series 2 (again one starter and 6 episodes part 1 & 2)
.Mathias is under pressure. Meg Mathias, his wife, has turned up in Aberystwyth, and he's under investigation by the IPCC following the death of Mari Davies in the last episode. When a bus driver's body is found shot on an isolated mountainside, the investigation provides a welcome escape for DCI Mathias. The team have a suspect to question, but Mathias believes he is an unlikely killer. In his current state of mind, Mathias is fascinated by the lifestyle choices taken by ex-soldier John Bell. He also knows that he cannot avoid Meg for much longer.
Content Series 3 (4 episodes)
.Still suffering from the injuries inflicted by an attacker (his stalker) who burned down his mobile home, DCI Mathias and his colleague DI Rhys are informed that the body of a well-respected preacher has been found in his chapel. DC Owens leads an investigation into the attack on Mathias and his home. Prosser faces an old rival.
Magnificent series and I hope it will be continued..!!!
WIE ZIJN WIJ - MAARTEN VAN ROSSUM | BOOKS WORLD
The Dutch show pride in their country but are unable to list critical aspects of our national identity. Aspects that would prove to be the fabric of our nation and perhaps define rules for Dutch immigration in our law making.
Wie zijn wij? by
Maarten Van Rossem
1864 (TV SERIES) | WAR DRAMA DVD
'1864' is a 2014 Danish television historical drama series, written and directed by Ole Bornedal.
Against a backdrop of factual history (e.g. Danish prime minister D. G. Monrad and Prussian prime minister Otto von Bismarck) a story develops describing the horrors of 19th century combat (esspecially brutal in those days), interwoven with political naivety & -conniving, family dramas and romance.
Allegedly it is the most expensive Danish TV series to be made so far, produced by Miso Film for DR and
Both spectacular as well as dramatically moving at times, not to forget fascinating for its history and sheer proficiency to recreate this on film.
NAARDEN FOTOFESTIVAL | PHOTOGRAPHERS PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
For many years now I have been visiting this biennial event: Naarden Fotovestival in Naarden-Vesting (Netherlands). I thought the level of photography really high and enjoyed so many brilliant exhibitions in this 2017 display.
I have 80+ images on my Flickr.com account, including information on many, if not most, photographers.
MUREN VAN ALLE TIJDEN by FIK MEIJER | BOOKS TRAVEL HISTORY
Fik Meyer is rightly called an authority on the Ancient Greeks, etc. He studied classics and ancient history at Leiden University and graduated in 1973. Leading tour groups is only a sideline for he is an emeritus professor of ancient history at the University of Amsterdam.
While I like history, I am not too keen on ancient history. While I have visited several sites in England, Tunesia and Italy (e.g. Rome), I have never read up enough to gain any level of knowledge on the history so far in the distant past.
THE LEVEL (TV-SERIES) | CRIME FICTION DRAMA
The Level is a British crime drama, which began broadcasting on ITV on 30Sep2016.
Having been present at the scene of the murder of Frank Le Saux, Nancy struggles to keep her involvement during the investigation a secret, whilst working under the watchful eye of boss DCI Michelle Newman (Lindsey Coulson).
One night, Frank Le Saux arranges to meet DS Nancy Devlin, who has been protecting him from prosecution on several occasions. Their meeting is cut short when they are interrupted by the arrival of an unknown gunman. Frank is shot dead, and Nancy receives a wound from a ricochet.
The investigation brings her back to where she grew up. She is confronted by her father, who she tries to avoid since he abused and neglected his family; gradually she finds out more of her own past and the reasons of her father's abusive conduct.
Nancy also meets up again with a friend, Hayley, daughter of Frank (the beautiful Laura Haddock).
Nancy is romantically approached by her colleagues Kevin O’Dowd (Rob James-Collier) and Gunner Martin (Noel Clarke), but her secrets requires her to keep her distance - which lead to distrust and mixed signals to all those involved.
Plenty of drama and entangled involvements to make the 6 episodes very entertaining, while the 'whodunnit' focusses on who killed Frank Le Saux'.
JIMMY LAFAVE R.I.P. | MUSICIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER
Jimmy LaFave (b.12Jul1955 – d.21May2017) was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician. I already had several CD’s by him when I watched him play in Utrecht,NL.
LaFave crafted a musical style called Red Dirt music and became a disciple of the state's most famous folk musician: Woody Guthrie.
Mixing blues, jazz, and country influences he wrote songs inspired by J. J. Cale, Chet Baker, Bob Dylan and Leon Russell.
After traveling to several other cities, LaFave relocated to Austin,TX in the 1990s.
In 2007 at Nora Guthrie's invitation, LaFave spoke and performed at Woody Guthrie's induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
LaFave's 14th release, 'Depending On The Distance', was released on 18Sep2012. Backing musicians include Austin's Eliza Gilkyson and John Inmon. The 13-track release includes 3 Dylan covers, including a version of’ 'Red River Shore' that runs more than nine minutes.
At the time of the public announcement that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, The Austin Statesman announced that a concert to honor LaFave would be held at the Paramount Theater in Austin, TX on 18May2017. LaFave helped in the selection of friends and musicians who would perform that night.
According to the The Austin Statesman: "A sold-out audience heard artists ranging from Austin artists including Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves and Ruthie Foster, plus some from out-of-state including Nashville’s Gretchen Peters, Boston’s Ellis Paul and Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, primarily playing songs that LaFave wrote or were part of his repertoire.
A legend and one of my favourite singer-songwriters has left us.
Here's a photo I made during his performance at Ramblin's Roots 2015 in Utrecht,NL
Karen Miller of TMTHT made a fine tribute HERE; look for podcast #631
GREGG ALLMAN R.I.P. | MUSICIAN SONGWRITER
Gregory LeNoir ‘Gregg’ Allman (b.08Dec1947 – d.27May2017) was an American musician, singer, keyboardist and songwriter best known for performing in the Allman Brothers Band.
The Allman Brothers Band began to reach mainstream success by the early 1970s, with their live album At Fillmore East representing a commercial and artistic breakthrough. Shortly thereafter, Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971. The following year, the band's bassist, Berry Oakley, was also killed in a motorcycle accident very close to the location of Duane's wreck...
For his work in music, Allman was referred to as a Southern rock pioneer and received numerous awards, including several Grammys; he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Over decades Gregg Allman struggled with drugs and alcohol addictions, the band split up, re-united, band members left (by choice, illness or death) and were replaced.
The last incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band, after 2000, was well-regarded among fans and the general public, and remained stable and productive.
The band released their final studio recording, 'Hittin' the Note' (2003), to critical acclaim.
Since Haynes and Derek Trucks desired to depart the group, the Allman Brothers Band performed their final concert in 2014 and the band was disbanded.
In 2016, though he kept it private, his liver cancer had returned. In April 2017, he denied reports that he had entered hospice care, but was resting at home on doctor's orders. One month later, Allman died at his home in Richmond Hill,GA on 27May2017 due to complications from liver cancer, aged 69.
THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES OVER THE HILLS by CHARLES BUKOWKSI | POETRY
Bukowski is special, expresses things in his own light; surely someone who could claim the theme of "I did it my way!".
That said, I didn't like 'The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills' as much as other Charles Bukowski poetry I have read, though it got better towards the end (I read it over a length of time so it could have been due to the mood I was in).
I found on this title that it is his first published collection from back in 1969. Only 8 years later he would publish 'Love is a Dog from Hell', which was the first one I read by him and which blew my mind!.
In that collection he had found his own voice and developed cadences and rhythms that were distinct to him and also pleasing to read.
Still, in 'The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills' a fair number of the poems are to be recommended and even in average poems one can usually find a gathering of good lines.
I will keep it available for occasional rereads!
1950s & 1960s AMERICAN ROADTRIP by TOM VAN DEN BROEKE | PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY
HOUSE OF SILK by ANTHONY HOROWITZ | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
Horowitz is the only writer officially sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate to write the Sherlock Holmes sequels.
I very much like the style of Anthony Hotowitz' writing, the narrative of Dr Watson looking back after decades on this particular case. The plot twists and turns and (spoiler alert!) not even Holmes manages to put all villians behind bars. In fact it is Holmes who is put behind bars at some point and even his brother Mycroft is unable to help here...
DICTE, SEASON 3 | FICTION CRIME DRAMA DVD
Dicte (broadcast in the UK as 'Dicte – Crime Reporter') is a Danish series starring Iben Hjejle as crime reporter Dicte Svendsen.
I have seen both series I & II and while Iben Hjejie plays a dramatic, stubborn and at times a quite irresponsible Dicte Svendsen, I also am fond of the role (police inspector) John Wagner by Lars Brygmann; he worked as a contraweight to the emotional Dicte (but I also liked the nerdy role he played in Unit One).
But also Rose Svendsen (Emilie Kruse), Anne Skov Larsen (Lærke Winther Andersen) and her husband Torsten (Lars Ranthe) see their life in turmoil.
There are 10 episodes in these Dicte 3, each a double episode of one mystery while certain plots continue through the series, e.g. Dicte's wedding on the rocks before it got started, Rose's pregnancy, Dicte getting acqainted with her father but finds she also has a sister by him (at first presumed dead), Anne & Torsten's problems and Nina's problems at work.
Dar Salim, here as Bo the news photographer and married to Dicte, is seems to be doing well in his acting career; I have seen him appear in The Bridge (Bron/Broen - 2013) and Springvloed (NL; orig: Springvloden).
In the 10 episodes of 'Dicte 3' a lot happens: some sad, dramatic even while there is happiness, adventure and romance as well. All against issues and conflicts of modern society.
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER (VOL. I & II) | PHOTOBOOKS HISTORY
In 2015 Frans and Theo Barten, professional Dutch photographers, published two photobooks on a wonderful project: dealing with their visits to 52 control towers in the UK, their 'All Along the Control Tower' Volume I provides 218 pages of hi-quality photos and stories how Frans & Theo found them.
The book depicts their history (e.g. open: 1942 - closed: 1946), aircraft based and possible present use.
The book contains excellent photographs of 52 remaining control towers at RAF airfields in the UK (and one Luftwaffe tower in the Netherlands), left over after WW2.
When I got hold of a Dec.2016 of the (Dutch) photography magazine 'Focus' I found Volume II in a review and immediately set out to order both volumes of 'All along the Control Tower'.
Volume II has 220 pages in full colour, hardcover (ISBN 978-90-817110-4-3) and its dimensions (much the same as Vol.I): 22 x 25 cm.
MAGNUM MAGNUM | PHOTOBOOKS PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOJOURNALISM
To mark its 60th birthday, the world's greatest picture agency has published a 'best of' chosen by its own warring members.
Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices in New York City, Paris, London and Tokyo. According to co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually."
In 1947, Capa founded the cooperative venture Magnum Photos in Paris with Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Vandivert, David Seymour, and George Rodger. It was a cooperative agency to manage work for and by freelance photographers, and developed a reputation for the excellence of its photo-journalists.
Magnum is one of the first photographic cooperatives, owned and administered entirely by members.
The Magnum family is unique in that it gets to choose its next of kin. This is not a burden that it dispenses lightly.
Admittance to Magnum is no easy matter; only after a two-year period of initiation may photographers be considered as candidates for full membership.
The book has many of my heroes, iconic photographers with inspiring photography even so many decades after their demise. But it is also an excellent book to become acquainted with many other photographers and the wide range of styles in documenting human activity in the world we live in.
A book I treasure!
DEPARTMENT Q | FILMS CRIME DRAMA
I had read all these three books by Jussi Adler-Olsen, but found it no objection to enjoy these films immensely. Brilliant stuff.
FOLLOW THE MONEY (SERIES 1) | SCANDI NOIR DVD CRIME DRAMA
Cast from Imdb (in part):
KING'S DAY 27APRIL2017 | NETHERLANDS TRADITION FOLKLORE
National Holiday in the Netherlands: King's Day. A day of jubilation and celebration (festivals) but for many (if not most) the day of the 'free market' (items can be sold without sales tax, flea market style) and walking around with paraphernalia in relation to the Dutch royalty, the House of Orange.
Images on MyFlickr
FLOWER PARADE 'DUTCH DESIGN' 2017 | NETHERLANDS
SIGMUND by PETER DE WIT | HUMOR CARTOON
BOEMAN by UNNI LINDELL | BOOKS CRIME NOVEL
'Boeman' is the Dutch title of the original Norwegian 'Mørkemannen' novel and was published in 2009; this Dutch translation by Carla Joustra was published in 2010.
Unni Maria Lindell (b.03Apr1957) is a Norwegian writer. She is best known for her crime novels (whodunits), but has also written a collection of poems and several children's and young adult
The plot of this novel starts simply enough. A woman becomes very frightened when she hears someone whistling a children's song; it brings back scary memories.
Not exactly five star material but if and when I come across another Unni Lindell crime novel I will certainly acquire it.
RAJ by GITA MEHTA | BOOKS NOVEL HISTORY
At the time of the first British colonies, India was ruled by 565 princely states. These states were most remarkable, perhaps, for their multiplicity and diversity.
Among the princely rulers were hedonists and ascetics, scholars and sportsmen, tribal chieftains and Oxford graduates, despots and reformers.
This novel describes how the Maharajah's succumbed to the rule of the British, voluntarily from a selfish or progressive point of view, or because their was little option.
The book decsribes in a very readable way the progress to independence. One reads about the British offering self-ruling to India provided the Kingdoms could all come to an agreement on the conditions, the Maharajah's ducking the responsibilities and uncertainties (to their own interests) of such a change, the rise of the Nationalists, the awful response of the British military to uprisings, the fighting between the Moslems and Nationalists...
Probably not the greatest book on India's history but a most readable one and I enjoyed it.
TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TROPICS | MANUAL INSTRUCTIONS TRAVEL
Probably the only book my father, Jan Leeuw, ever published!
While working for what is now called the Human Resources Dept, he was designated with the desk for employees working overseas.
He published this comprehensive manual in 1977 for those sent out for detachments to countries in the tropics with some 126 pages filled with advise on food, drinking, cockroaches and rats and such, illnesses, etc.
The health issues were part of his work and he was in frequent contact with experts such as the Institute for the Tropics.
I treasure it as fond memory!
SUSPECTS (TV-SERIES) | TV CRIME DRAMA
Suspects is a British police procedural television series first aired on Channel 5 on 12Feb2014.
Most of the show's dialogue is improvised in order to make it seem natural, the actors have a detailed story document and perform from there.
I esspecially liked the high paced plot lines and dynamic way of filming.
WERNER BISCHOF IN LIBERATED NETHERLANDS | PHOTOBOOK HISTORY
The book has 96 pages (31.5 x 24cm), 40+ large size photos and copies from Du magazine.
The photographs are not only about destruction and damage, as was Bischof's signature, he shows people objectively in the streets, children posing for the photographer, a woman cleaning a house from flood damage, etc. Life goes on, there is hope among the rubble.
A valuable document indeed.
BACKSTORY - WERNER BISCHOF | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK PHOTOJOURNALISM
Werner Bischof (b.26Apr1916 - d.16May1954, died aged 38) was a Swiss photographer and photojournalist. He became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1949, the first new photographer to join its original founders.
'Backstory' was published in celebration of Werner Bischof's 100th birthday. It contains 400 photos plus contact sheets, personal letters, quotes from his diaries and sketches, as well as magazine features as published in Du, Paris Match and Life.
The reader also sees that, with time passing, Bischof expresses doubts about his work as a photojournalist and subsequently struggles with his role as an artist and his frustrations with magazines and the short attention span of the media.
A SENSE OF FREEDOM by JOEP BERTRAMS | BREXIT CARTOON HUMOR POLITICS
Published in De Groene Amsterdammer 6.4.2017
PILLARS OF THE EARTH | HISTORY DRAMA DVD
'The Pillars of the Earth' is an 8-episodes 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.
In 1120, the White Ship catches fire in the English Channel, killing the only legitimate son of King Henry I, and seemingly leaving no survivors. Henry, who is close to death, requires his court to pledge loyalty to his daughter Maud's unborn son. However, Henry's nephew Stephen of Blois, who enjoys close ties with the Church, makes a deal with the Archbishop of Canterbury to be crowned instead. The battles for the English throne is a plot through all episodes.
Aliena manages to set up a wool business in Kingsbridge, thus finding funding for her brother Richard to buy a horse and weapons to start a career as knight and he manages with his fighting fame to be invited to the royalty surrounding King Stephen. Both await their chance to strike, but this is not without stumbling blocks.
Meanwhile, Tom Builder has found work in repairing the abbey of Kingsbridge; he has brought his family but his wife died on their way. Tom and his son & daughter strike up a friendship with a woman and her son living in a cave in the woods as outlaws. They have a story connecting to that ship that went up in flames.
Cast (from Imdb):
A very entertaining series!
'POINT OF VIEW' - WERNER BISCHOF | PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
Swiss Magnum photographer Werner Bischof (1916-1954) worked as a photojournalist for legendary magazines like Life and Picture Post. Over the two decades prior to his premature death in 1954, he produced a memorable and multifaceted oeuvre.
This exhibition was already shown in Munich and Lausanne. For the Dutch showing (until 07May2017),
JORDSKOTT | SCANDI CRIME DRAMA
Recorded this from tv and wathched it over the past few weeks. Expecting a run-of-the-mill Scandinavian crime drama, but found myself in for a surprise!
Jordskott (EN: 'earth shot' or 'subsoil shoot') is a 2015 Swedish TV series, which is broadcast by SVT.
Police inspector Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel) returns to the village of Silverhöjd, 7 years after her daughter Josephine disappeared beside a lake in the forest. Josephine's body was never found and it was presumed that she had drowned.
When I found that the series dealt with 'unhumans' and other alien creatures (never seen, sometimes heard with their shrill, piercing noise unbearable for the human ears), I had difficulty in adapting from the usual crime drama at first to something with a twist. In the end I enjoyed all 10 episodes.
ONE SUMMER IN AMERICA 1927 by BILL BRYSON | BOOKS HISTORY
How much can happen in one summer and how interesting can it be compared to the present time? Well, in 1927 a lot happened and indeed much of great interest while the facts that have vanished in the grey past are fortunately put back in the limelight, dusted off by Bill Bryson.
The memorable summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh's historic flight across the Atlantic and ended with the release of The Jazz Singer, which ushered in sound cinema, and Babe Ruth's record-setting 60 home runs for the New York Yankees.
It is educational to read how rampant racism and legal inequality prevailed in those times. The person Lindbergh, from hero to fallen icon, becomes even more fascinating while the subject of 'eugenics' (a set of beliefs and practices that aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population) is positively shocking!
I also appreciated to read about so many aviation pioneers who strived for the same ambition as Linbergh, but failed and many lost their lives in doing so but their efforts and courage largely forgotten.
In spite of natural disasters such as the devastating flooding by the Mississippi river and the stock market crash, optimism prevailed in that summer of 1927. And rightly so, because Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic, his promotional tour during months throughout the United States (and afterwards also a tour through Latin America), built the foundations of aviation as an industry in the USA and gave them the headstart in global aviation.
It is a hugely entertaining book and I am grateful Bill Bryson brought all his fine research into this excellent book; one can only be grateful to people who undertake such monumental task.
Sarah Churchwell on Bill Bryson's fun, encyclopedic rattle through the memorable summer of 1927:
LOOK (NEW BLURB BOOK) | MY PHOTOGRAPHY
BY SHIP AND STEAMTRAM ... | HISTORY INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE
Changing from steam transport to historic ship
Yesterday we enjoyed 'travel in time' on the steamtram 'Medemblik' by rail from Hoorn to Medemblik and after a lunch there travelled on the historic (built in 1956) MS Friesland from Medemblik to Enkhuizen.
We started at the 'Hoorn Museum Steamtram' and stepped on board for a thrilling journey through time.
The locomotive 'Medemblik' was built in 1943 by Arnold Jung in Jungenthal (Germany).
The MS Friesland is old-fashioned steamer with a fantastic saloon-deck, it sails along the coast of lake IJsselmeer.