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Not even I understand everything I am ¬Aurelius Augustinus of Hippo
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 HUNTERS / JÄGARNA | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Erik (Rolf Lassgård) returns to the northernmost of Sweden after a lifetime with Stockholm police, as portrayed in 2 previous (prequel) films, Jägarna (1996) and Jägarna 2 (2011).
A NEW BEGINNING by ÇIGDEM YUKSEL |PHOTOGRAPHY WORLD
In Amsterdam on the Mercatorplein is a new exhibition with refugee youth in their search for identity.
'A new beginning' is part of a project Shadow Game by Eefje Blankevoort and Els van Driel, in coöperation with Zuhoor al Qaisi. The project consists of a long documentary, a series of short follow-up doumentaries, an impact campaign, an adventure game and the exhibition in coöp with Çigdem Yüksel.
HUIS TE HEEMSTEDE - HEEMSTEDE CASTLE | CASTLES HERITAGE HISTORY
On this location there actually once was a castle: the 'House in Heemstede' or Castle Heemstede.
It was founded ca. 1280 by Dirk Heemstede, who catually hailed from Vlaardingen.
The 'craftsmanship' Heemstede was leased to him by Count Floris V. Dirk van Hoylede and his descendants started to call themselves 'van Heemstede'.
The House was destroyed a few times and each time subsequently rebuilt.
In 1620, the Amsterdam merchant and later council pensionary Adraan Pauw, bought this country estate. He restored and decorated the medieval castle to a Renaissance manor house.
As negotiator for The States of Holland, Pauw played a major role in the creation of the Treaty of Munster in 1648, which ended the 80-year war of the Dutch with Spain.
As a reminder, Pauw replaced the wooden access bridge by the still existing Peace Bridge or Poncis Pacis.
The castle was demolished in 1811 due to dereliction, with the exception of the 'Nederhuys' (the house 'Het Oude Slot'), the Peace Bridge and the 'Duivenpoort' dating from around 1630.
The shape of the small island, surrounded by a moat, with dimensions of 40 x 25 meters, are identical to those of the map of the actual castle in 1645.
Translated from the sign photographed above.
CLAUDIO ETHOS | URBAN ART MURALS
Claudio Ethos is from São Paulo in Brazil, a concrete metropolis of 21.5 million inhabitants.
THE TEMPTATION OF FORGIVENESS by DONNA LEON | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
'The Temptation of Forgiveness' by Donna Leon is the 27th novel in the Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series, where a suspicious accident leads Brunetti to uncover a longstanding scam with disturbing unintended consequences .
Guido Brunetti is a detective ('commisario') in the state police stationed in Venice.
While Brunetti treats the case with the seriousness he does all his investigations, he doesn’t think it much above the level of petty crime—until a man is found unconscious in the dead of night after what looks like a violent altercation at the foot of a bridge. The victim is Tullio Gasparini, Crosera’s husband.
Some things don't change in these Brunetti novels, nor do they seem to change in Italy...
ANTIQUES MARKET @HAARLEM | STREETPHOTOGRAPHY
An excellent location to browse for antiques ('brocante' / 'curiosa') and perform the art of street photography!
More pix on Flickr.com
VERTEN. DISTANCES by LOEK RAEMAKERS | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOK
'A clear wish as a starting point for a new project is 'seeing a distance' is an explainable follow-up to a previously realized series of photos that started at the front door and had as a starting point: the immediate surroundings, the proximity.
Glad I purchased the book and hope I get to see more of Loek Raemakers' photography!
LOOK, MY BOOK SERIES | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOKS
It gives me great pleasure seeing people enjoying the art expressions (e.g. paintings, photography, graffiti) I enjoy myself so much.
In other instances it is about other subjects, e.g. documenting history or photojournalism: the interest is equally shared, appreciated and documented.
I also include other forms of 'Caught the gaze'.
BOREALIS - LIVE IN THE WOODS | ENVIRONMENT PHOTOGRAPHY
"Because a forest is much more than a bunch of trees together."
The importance of forests to our planet is more apparent now than ever before.
Toirkens’ images bear witness to the ancient mythical appeal of forests, but they also show how the inhabitants of the boreal zone manage and protect their habitat.
BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES (S4) | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
The Brokenwood Mysteries is a New Zealand detective, drama tv-series that premiered on Prime in 2014. The programme is set in the fictitious New Zealand town of Brokenwood and was filmed in the greater Auckland region. Tim Balme conceived the series and is lead writer with Philip Dalkin, James Griffin and Greg McGee.
This 3rd series I recently watched was as good as the 1st and 2nd series: a good plotline and fast & funny interchanges between the main characters.
HAM TOREN | HERITAGE HISTORY
Ridderhofstad Den Ham - The Hamtoren (EN: Ham Tower) is the remains of Den Ham castle in Vleuten in Utrecht. The tower is located north of the Utrecht - Rotterdam railway line, on an old road to Harmelen.
In 1481 it was partially destroyed, afterwards it was expanded to include a second tower. In 1536 the States of Utrecht recognized it as a city of knights, the residents were then admitted to the Knighthood.
In 1642 the gatehouse, which provides access to Den Ham, was rebuilt.
The tower, surrounded by a moat, has 1.5m thick brick walls, of about 27 meters high. Among other things, a walkway has been made on top and the total height is approximately 35 meters.
COUNTRY ESTATE GROENEVELD (LANDGOED GROENEVELD) | HERITAGE
Castle Groeneveld is an estate in the municipality of Baarn. It is used as a 'Country Estate for City and Country' of Staatsbosbeheer.
DE HAAR CASTLE | HISTORY HERITAGE
De Haar Castle (nl: Kasteel de Haar) is located in Utrecht, Netherlands. Date of visit June 3rd.
BOVEN WATER - ARNADUR INDRIDASON | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
Arnaldur Indriðason is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction; he estalished his name and fame as a thriller author with the main the protagonist Detective Erlendur. He then switched to the younger years of Erlendur.
His first book, 'Sons of Dust' (Synir duftsins) came out in 1997, the first in the series with Detective Erlendur. I consider the books with Erlendur still his best work, containing much Icelandic folklore and properties; perhaps my preference is linked to the first enjoyment of Indriðason's writing.
Retired police officer Konráð gets a call from an elderly couple worried about their granddaughter. He doesn't know them to well, they knew his wife Erna.
SHADOWPLAY | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Max McLaughlin is an American NYPD cop who has arrived in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. The backdrop is immediately captivating, Berlin bombed to rubble and people often living among the ruïns.
No institutions. No order. No laws. Post-war Berlin is a chaotic place where no-one can be trusted and nothing is sacred.
Brilliant series; morally complex and compelling… A vivid portrait of a complex time and place.
SAND SCULPTURES @ZANDVOORT | ART
The sand sculptures in this coastal beach resort have been linked to Zandvoort for several years now. This year the European Championship was held for the 10th time here. Alas, it has been announced that this will also be the last time the City Council sponsors the annual event.
The competition is organized by the World Sand Sculpting Academy WSSA, the leading organization that initiates and conducts sand sculpture activities worldwide. I love to visit them.
The winner of the European Sand Sculptures Championships 2021 was announced on Sunday May 9th. The Rotterdam artist Martijn Rijerse has been named European Champion by the professional jury.
RIVIERA, SERIES 3 | CRIME FICTION TV-SERIES
Riviera is a crime fiction tv-series created by Neil Jordan. It premiered on Sky Atlantic on 15Jun17.
While Georgina attempts to restore order to her life by reinventing herself as an art restitution lecturer, noted expert Gabriel Hirsch has other ideas. He convinces there is more fun and adventure tracing stolen art during WW2 by the Nazis and returning them to the rightful owners.
The first action takes them to an auction in Venice, for a stolen Picasso. Gabriel sees a trinket and steals it, unbeknown to Georgina.
We learn that Gabriel has a bit of a chequered, adventurous past but learn no specific details. He likes his drink. They move among jet set people, visit parties not for the hoi polloi and stay in luxurious hotel suites. Georgina frequently changes in designer dresses and always walks elegantly on stylish heels.
Georgina is kidnapped and wakes up in a remote psychiatric unit, owned by Alex. She is convinced she has been put there because she knows too much.
Georgina escapes and rejoins with Gabriel, they flee. They know their enemies are now all too aware that they're getting closer to the truth. Georgina decides to meet their trouble face on and though Gabriel has his misgivings, they travel to Buenos Aires together.
In Buenos Aires, mayor Victor and his sons Dario and Cesar are busy with the campaign but also with the progress of Victor's degenerative disease.
The fallout from a drive-by shooting sends shockwaves through Buenos Aires.
BERLIN NOIR by MIRON ZOWNIR | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOBOOKS
I did not know of Miron Zownir's work, but the title 'Berlin Noir' flagged it for me as I enjoyed Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir Trilogy. So how would this title translate to photography? I ordered a (signed) copy at Bildband Berlin and was not disappointed, far from it!
Zownir took up photography in the late 1970s, during the hey-days of the punk-phenomenon in West- Berlin and London, delivering a tight portrayal of the movement and its peculiar attitude towards life in limbo between a utopian vision of anarchy and nihilistic self-destruction.
In 1980, Miron Zownir emigrated to the USA, where he lived for the next 15 years; first in New York, then in Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh.
In the summer of 1995, Zownir traveled to Russia.
In BERLIN NOIR, Miron Zownir documents the timeless urban melancholy and the WILD life of Berlin...
THE BATTLE OF HÜRTGEN FOREST by ARMANDO JONGEJAN | PHOTOBOOK HISTORY
The Battle of Hürtgen Forest (German: Schlacht im Hürtgenwald) was a series of fierce battles fought during 19Sep44 - 16Dec44, between American and German forces on the Western Front during World War II, in the Hürtgen Forest (Hürtgenwald). It is a 140 km2 area about 5 km east of the Belgian–German border in 'the Eifel'; which is part of the Rhenish Massif and within its northern portions lies the Eifel National Park.
Armando Jongejon documented the overgrown bunkers, which reminded me of some of the temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
A MAN WITHOUT BREATH by PHILIP KERR | BOOKS FICTION
Philip B. Kerr (b.22Feb1956 - d.23Mar2018) was a British author, best known for his Bernhard 'Bernie' Gunther series of historical detective thrillers. 'A Man Without Breath' is one of them (#9), set in 1943, mainly in Smolensk.
Berlin, March 1943. A month has passed since Stalingrad and morale is low. Then Berlin learns of a Red massacre of Polish troops near Smolensk.
Kerr's way if weaving facts with fiction is remarkable, based on impeccable research. The 'backdrop'
UNFORGOTTEN (SEASON 4) | CRIME FICTION DRAMA TV-SERIES
'Unforgotten' is a British crime drama tv-series, which initially aired on ITV on 08Oct2015. It is written by creator Chris Lang and directed by Andy Wilson.
The programme follows a team of London detectives, led by DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar), as they solve cold cases of disappearance and murder
The music each episode of this series
starts off with is the most melancholy you'll find!
The refrigerator and corpse are traced back to where one Rob Fogerty lived. Fogerty had died and the house was cleared out. The team investigate Fogerty's remarkable driving offence, decades ago.
Cassie and Sunny interview each of the four suspects, who all deny knowing the victim. They also say they haven't kept in touch afterwards. Dean and Fiona had left the police soon after.
Walsh was cautioned three weeks before his death, after a fight in a bar. The pub in Ifield was a regular watering hole for police trainees. Walsh had sexually assaulted Fiona and Ram intervened, only to suffer a good pasting by Walsh.
Cassie and Sunny discover Walsh was chased by all four suspects on the night in question. They stopped the car, Ram and Rob first got out chasing the running Walsh, then Dean followed in a slow pace and last the two women, obviously checking where the guys had gone to.
The pathologist identifies Walsh was murdered, by a fountain pen stabbed into the head.
Besides this ' whodunnit' narrative, there is the fact that it is known that this is the last season of Unforgotten...
LINE OF DUTY, SEASON 6 | CRIME FICTION DRAMA TV-SERIES
LIES COST LIVES
Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) still heads AC-12, though since ending the previous series he is damaged goods for the higher police hierarchy. DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) considers a career change within the police force, but puts that on hold when he becomes Detective Inspector (DI).
AC-12 suspect a cover-up as an officer on DCI Davidson's team appears to have sabotaged the inquiry into journalist Gail Vella's murder. The leads to Organised Crime slowly become apparent.
DCI Jo Davidson faces increasing pressure from all sides as AC-12 make major breakthroughs in the investigation, but an attempt to interview a key witness goes horribly wrong.
It was announced that Season 6 was the final season, but remarks by Hastings in the closing scene makes you wonder it that is true...
HET IS OORLOG, MAAR NIEMAND DIE HET ZIET by HUIB MODDERKOLK
Huib Modderkolk (b.1982) has been working at the Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant since 2015; before that he worked at NRC Handelsblad for many years.
The book details the struggle for a journalist, at first not at all very knowledgable about IT hacking, to breach that walled-off world of hackers and those who fight it. A very slow progress, also into understanding the terminology, the scope and ramifications of hacking.
Hacking can effect individuals for their personal level (disruptive or for ransom software, but also as a way into the job environment) but has evolved to a much higher level, attacking countries for democratic elections, electricity- and nuclear powerstations (resp. Ukraine and Iran), disrupting economies (e.g. the 2021 Colonial pipeline shutdown in the US).
The book also shows the weaknesses, the lack of alertness of management and politicians, to this danger.
We've seen town councils and hospitals shut down by ransom software, using old browser lacking the proper updates. We see agencies internationally and nationally (e.g. AIVD versus MIVD) withholding coöperation because of rivalries.
POLDERTUIN | FLOWERS BOTANICAL GARDEN TULIPS
On May 12th we visited the 'Poldertuin' @Anna Paulowna (Noord-Holland).
HET HOF ('T OUDE HOF) | COUNTRY ESTATE WALKABOUT
The history of this place dates back to the Middle Ages, when a fortified mansion stood on (what is now)
Van Zurck was not of nobility, but aspired to achieve such a status.
So, the 'Oude Hof' was built in 1643 on behalf of Anthonis Studler van Zurck; he was a broker in shares
DNA | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Now this is a thriller I enjoyed watching!
This superb series follows Rolf Larsen (Anders W. Berthelsen), a Copenhagen police detective whose life is torn asunder when his baby daughter goes missing.
There are 2 narratives, always a bit confusing, with a timelapse of circa 5 years.
This timeline continues with a 19-year old girl in Poland who is pregnant and set to marry her boyfriend Tadek, a student in Warsaw.
The other timeline is five years later.
New DNA input, of some material on Minna's case Rolf had kept at home, in a database leads to an inquiry from the French police.
After clues point to Poland, Rolf and Claire visit the location to where Rolf and his friend Oliver were headed until Andrea's missing and that trip was abandoned.
A video materializes and the kidnapper of Minna is identified. Another lead is a Danish couple, living on a farm with several adopted young adults who are identified as the foster parents of the girl Victoria travelling with the kidnapper of Minna.
Rolf and Claire, with aid from the Polish police, don't get much help from the nuns in two Polish monasteries of a Catholic order. But Rolf nevertheless gets hold of valuable material that reveals a connection to a fertility clinic in Paris.
In Paris, two gay men, Grégoire and Fabien, are found to have paid for an adopted baby boy in Denmark. A Danish agency named Bliss seemes to have been involved.
Meanwhile we see the narrative, five years earlier, of Julita taking dramatic turns. She goes into a convent for pregnant single mothers, but she finds that after having given births the babies are taken away from their mothers ' for a better future'. Julita cannot prevent her baby being taken away, but follows the kidnappers to Denmark.
In Lolland, Neel visits the foster parents of Melanie and her slain sister, Victoria. There is an overwhelming feeling that there's more than meets the eye at this isolated farm.
Simply fantastic series!
KEEPING FAITH | CRIME FICTION DRAMA TV-SERIES
Keeping Faith (Welsh: Un Bore Mercher, 'One Wednesday Morning') is a thriller tv-series, filmed and set in Wales, and first broadcast in Welsh on S4C from 05Nov2017.
Faith Howells (Welsh actress Eve Myles) is a small-town Welsh lawyer. Her husband and former business partner, Evan, is released from jail. Their divorce and custody battle goes from bad to worse. Faith continues in this 3rd season to struggle being both a (single) mother and a lawyer.
A high profile medical case lands at the firm Faith and Cerys (Hannah Daniel) have set up, seperating themselves from the family firm Tom Howells, Evan's father, still runs. And where Evan has found a job too.
Unsettled by Rose's reappearance in her life, Faith struggles to keep everything together and focus on Osian's case.
Evan decides to keep a closer eye on Faith's every move and he manages to activate a tracker on her phone. He continues to treat Faith as a possession. He lives with his mother, who is seperated from Evan's father Tom.
As Faith's mind is on helping Mike and Osian, while keeping Rose away from her family, she loses sight of the effect the divorce is having on her children.
Rose, failing in getting closer to Faith, puts the second stage of her plan into action, putting Steve and Evan's futures in jeopardy. Evan is sacked by his father Tom, for making a mess of his work.
The histrionics by Faith were quite a bit overdone to my taste, I liked Cyres as a character much better and realistic. Much drama, interesting plot, crime blended in but hardly any display of violence, emotions sometimes overdone (Faith, Evan) and not sure if I could stomach a 4th series.
DUIN EN KRUIDBERG | ESTATE PARK WALKABOUT
The estate that stretches as a strip from Santpoort-Noord to the sea coast is part of The South Kennemerland National Park.
On the estate is the monumental country house 'Duin en Kruidberg which is used as a four-star hotel (a.o.).
The estate was created by merging 'Landgoed Duin en Berg' and 'Landgoed De Kruidberg'.
The estate turns north into the 'Landgoed Midden-Heerenduin' and south into the nature reserve 'Kennemerduinen'.
MADE IN CHINA by ARMANDO JONGEJAN | PHOTOBOOK PHOTOGRAPHY
In China I have a special interest, which was peaked when I saw mention of it pass on Facebook. It isn't my first book on China and it won't be my last. I have visited China a few times but never in the intensity to warrant a photobook of my work. Perhaps one day...
Visiting China as a tourist, Armando used small camera bodies in a non-threatening way to capture the moments of everyday life which he encountered on his journeys.
The photos show a quality which I lack: able to approach the people and get a smile on their face. The photos show people relaxing in the street, at work (often a particular craft), doing chores, preparing food, at the market, in conversation, children playing,playing cards or a boardgame, doing sports, in reverie, allowing close up portraits, et cetera.
The books contains 134 pages (30cm x 30cm), over 100 photographs printed on firm '160gsm Biotop paper'. There may still be copies available, contact him through Facebook.
Armando Jongejan (b.1960; Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands).
In recent years, 7 photo books by Armando Jongejan have been published: Egmondse dorpsportretten (1996), Van binnenuit (2000), Licht uit, deur op slot (2001), Een zoektocht (2004), Thuiskomen (2011), Monnikenleven (2018) en MADE IN CHINA (2020).
ZHENG HE by MAAT BUTTSWORTH | BOOKS HISTORY
Zheng He (b.1371 - d.1433 or 1435) was a court eunuch, explorer, diplomat, Chinese mariner and fleet admiral, during China's early Ming dynasty.
Zheng He was castrated as a boy at the palace court in Xian and castrated men were generally not very appreciated in China in the past, in spite of this he rose to a revered leadership as a general of an army as as an admiral of his fleet.
This book by Dr Matt Buttsworth details his youth (according to the book by then known as Ali Mustafa) in Kashgar ('The place where it all began')), how he lost his father when Chinese forces besieged the town he lived in. The book continues with his life among the eunuch at the royal court, his career in the army and at sea.
Zheng He was born Ma He (no mention in the book) to a Muslim family of Kunyang, Kunming, Yunnan, during the Ming dynasty of China, according to Wikipedia.
A few notes from Wikipedia again-
In his capacity as Admiral, Zheng He had an epitaph engraved in honour of his father, in the third year
When the old general Zheng Liu is summoned to the emperor's palace in Xian, the emperor Zheng Fang insists Zheng He stays behind at his court as a playmate to his son; he does not want the general to train further his adopted son and become a threat to the royal throne.
After the narrative of Zheng He rising to become a successful leader of the Ming army and developing economic skills for developing trade in Yunnan, he receives a new assignment ffrom the young emperor, which is designed to let Zheng He fail.
While the emperor is distracted by army battles with the mongol Timur the Lame, Zheng He sets about his task to build a fleet. He allies with pirates, developing a shipyard in Guangdong and renewed trading along the coast.
Viewed in terms of time, Zheng He's voyages to the Western Ocean was far ahead of European seafarers as Christopher Columbus (1451- 1506), Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) and Ferdinand Magellan (1480- 1521). Zheng He's first voyage was in 1405. This means that each 87, 92 from 114 years earlier than sailors such as Columbus (who arrived in America in 1492), Gama (who arrived in Calicut, India in 1497) and Magellan (which started around the earth since 1519).
The book describes two voyages in detail. Wikipedia has ' Zheng He travelling in 1424 to Palembang in Sumatra to confer an official seal and letter of appointment upon Shi Jisun, who was placed in the office of Pacification Commissioner.'
Even before the voyages, according to this book, Zheng He falls in love with a slave girl and makes her pregnant: his castration had not been successful. To avoid the jealousy of the emperor, this relation is kept secret.
In terms of scale, Zheng He's fleet must have beenquite impressive.
Brought home by Zheng He's fleet to China, among others were pearls, crystal, gem jewels, ivory, lion, giraffe, leopard, ingredients such as clove, frankincense, rhino horn, antelope horn, perfumes, spices, various types cloth and wood.
Back to the book.
While in fact, according to Wikipedia, on 07Sep1424, the Hongxi Emperor indeed terminated the undertaking of further treasure voyages but appointed Zheng He, in 1425, as the defender of Nanjing and ordered him to continue his command over the treasure fleet merely for the city's defense.
In 1430, the new Xuande Emperor appointed Zheng He the command over a 7th and final expedition into the 'Western Ocean' (Indian Ocean).
Traditional and popular accounts of Zheng He's voyages have described a great fleet of gigantic ships far larger than any other wooden ships in history.
One theory is that Admiral Zheng He died in 1433, during or shortly after the s7th voyage. Another is that Zheng He continued to serve as the defender of Nanjing, dying in 1435.
THE BAY, season 2 | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
After dealing with the repercussions of her actions (having had sex with a prime suspect and thus suspended from active duty, at the 1st series ending), DC Lisa Armstrong is given the opportunity to step up when asked to assist a murder investigation in Morecambe.
Determined to ignore her ex Andy's unexpected arrival the night before, Lisa throws herself into the case and discovers a significant lead from her only eyewitness.
As the team press on with the investigation, Lisa and Med dig deeper into the family and discover not all relationships with the victim were amicable.
The Bay is an ITV crime drama series produced by Tall Story Pictures, first aired in March 2019.
A 3rd and final series will begin filming in summer 2021. Christie decided to leave the show following production on the 2nd series, sad not to see her returning..
ZILVEREN CAMERA 2020 | PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY
'The Zilveren Camera' is the most prestigious prize for photojournalism and documentary photography in the Netherlands.
Unfortunately there was no exhibition to visit this year, for the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Hopefully we get a raincheck later this year.
I got the impression that things went a little out of control for the organizers of this award.
TULIPS OF AMSTERDAM
More photos on flickr.com
HIDDEN SEASON 2 | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Some three years have gone past since I saw Hidden, season 1.
In this series DCI Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) and her sisters mourn the death of their father, in the first series his care was a cause of disagreement between the three of them. Now the disagreement is about disposing their father's personal things.
And in the first series the wife of DS Owen Vaugh (Sion Alun Davies) was pregnant, now their relation is under strain because of the newly born baby; a murder inquiry plays havoc to the hours Owen works.
So, series two..
Cadi and Owen look into the dead man’s background and discover there are reasons behind his reclusiveness.
The community gathers to mourn the passing of Geraint Ellis, but previously they all ignored him for unsubstantiated allegations that Mr Ellis, a teacher, had improper relations with a student (Karl Lewis, an older brother of Lee). Mr Ellis took early retirement, gradually fell in isolation while his family also avoided him.
Some night, Mia and her friends visit an old ruin with a dark history. Mia draws Connor closer to her because she feels Connor is about to confess to the police.
Then Cadi is informed that another body has been found at a remote petrol station outside Blaenau Ffestiniog. Suspecting the worst, she issues a warrant for Mia's arrest, but all efforts to trace her fail.
'Hidden' (initially broadcasted in the Welsh language as 'Craith') is a Welsh television drama serial, first broadcast on the Welsh language channel S4C in January 2018.
A very entertaining series, interesting narratives and filmed on fascinating locations.
RED-COLOR NEWS SOLDIER by LI ZHENSHENG | PHOTOBOOK HISTORY
Li Zhensheng (Lǐ Zhènshèng; b.22Sep1940 – d.June 2020) was a Chinese photojournalist who captured some of the most telling images from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (a.k.a.the Chinese Cultural Revolution).
His employment at the Heilongjiang Daily, which followed the party line, and his decision to wear a red arm band indicating an alliance with Chairman Mao Zedong, allowed him access to scenes otherwise only described in written and verbal accounts.
His 2003 book Red-Color News Soldier exhibits both the revolutionary ideals and many of the atrocities that occurred during the Cultural Revolution.
A private museum, dedicated to Li's life and work, was opened in 2017 in Sichuan Province as a part of the Jianchuan Museum Cluster.
The Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) was one of the most catastrophic political movements of the 20th century.
An excellent review (by John Gittings) of this book can be read on TheGuardian.com¬
"No one has heard before of Wu Bingyuan, a Chinese worker executed with a bullet in the back of his head during Mao Zedong's cultural revolution, but this review of the book should really be dedicated to him.
Wu was one of those, a technician at the Harbin Electric Motor Factory who, with a colleague, wrote a pamphlet called Looking North.
Similar events happened all over China and (minus, in most cases, the public execution) still happen today...
This collection of photos, taken by Li in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang, where he worked for the official Communist party newspaper, is unique for a simple reason. Although the post-Mao Chinese government has labelled the cultural revolution "10 years of chaos", it still tries to suppress any real inquiry into the countless human tragedies it caused. More...
FENIKS by DEON MEYER | BOOKS THRILLER
Deon Meyer - Feniks (EN: Dead before Dying). Mat Joubert #1.
Someone in Cape Town has chosen a conspicuous murder weapon: a century-old German handgun, with ancient bullets that tear through flesh and bone creating large and cruel holes.
Captain Mat Joubert is still grieving over the death of his wife, a colleague in the police force, almost
Captain Mat Joubert is an interesting character, who has some redeeming qualities, but he is preoccupied with his crumbling self esteem and spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about sex, especially when there is a single female in his presence: his therapist, a serial killer consultant and a young woman only 18 year old, the daughter of his neighbor.
It was interesting to see him grapple with his life starting to fall apart and striving to regain some control over it. It was also interesting to see how, even though he is extremely flawed, he does look out for his friends, especially Benny Griesel who has a drinking problem.
Deon wrote his first book when he was 14 years old, and bribed and blackmailed his two brothers into reading it. They were not impressed. Heeding their advise, he did not write fiction again until he was in his early thirties, when he started publishing short stories in South African magazines.
In 1994, two years before this book was pulished, he published his first Afrikaans novel, which has not been translated.All later novels have been translated into several languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Romanian, Slovakian and Bulgarian.
KILLING EVE, SEASON 2 | CRIME FICTION DRAMA TV-SERIES
After a series of events, the lives of a MI.6 security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.
AVIATION SLIDES | BINNED FAREWELL
HEEMPARKEN AMSTELVEEN | BOTANICAL GARDEN
FARGO SEASON 4 | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
This is the 4th season of 'Fargo', an American black comedy-crime drama tv-series created by Noah Hawley which premiered in 2020. It consists of 11 episodes, a rather odd number.
As an anthology, each Fargo season possesses its own self-contained narrative, following a set of characters in various settings and eras, albeit in a connected shared universe.
This 4th season has an excellent performance by Chris Rock, as a leader of a black crime group, fighting the Italians with mob connections.
BECK SEASON 8 | TV-SERIES CRIME FICTION DRAMA
Based on the crime novels and characters created by the Swedish writing couple Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, the popular Beck series stars Peter Haber as the Stockholm-based, crime-fighter Police Inspector Martin Beck.
The conniving police boss Klas Fredén continues to play his intrigues, trying to oust Martin Beck, even tries to convince Alex Beijer to make him a scapegoat in a mired investigation.
Series 8 (2020-2021)
In Undercover, the murder of a boy leads Beck's team to a drug network.
In The Fall Guy, a macabre discovery in the trunk of a car appears to lead to a cold-blooded killer.But is that really true?
In Death In Samarra, a Nobel Peace Prize candidate is brutally stabbed to death in central Stockholm.One of the witnesses worked with Alex when she was in the Middle East. This is the episode that we get to understand more about Alex, when we see the burn scars while she looks in the mirror.
In The Prodigal Son, a jawbone is found in the middle of a forest. If the rest of the body is found, it turns out it belongs to Viktor Eklund, who has been missing for five years. Incest plays a role here.
Will we see Martin Beck return? The closing scene of the series shows Beck being wheeled into the operating theatre for a life threatening brain surgery...
A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES by IAN RANKIN | BOOKS CRIME FICTION
This is the 24th Rebus novel (or the 26th in the 'franchise' if one includes the two standalone novels featuring Malcolm Fox). I've read them all and am indeed a fan of Mr Rankin's writing, so forgive me when I am not entirely objective.
I am glad that after the two standalone Malcolm Fox novels, Rebus was reintroduced again as his 'rogue qualities' are so much more appealing than the rather civil servant characteristics of Malcolm Fox.
'A Song For The Dark Times' is a very good novel, but the inevitable seems ever closer for John Rebus.
There are two crime stories here, one with Clarke and Fox in the main naarative and one with Rebus on a murder inquiry up north, where his daughter Samantha is the main suspect of the murder of her parner Keith.
Obviously, the question arises: are these cases in any way connected, and if so, how? Rankin sets multiple hares running, and the various suspects and causes zig-zag just like a hare on the hill.
I particularly like how Rankin details the relationships between all involved, the weary coöperation between Clarke and Fox, Rebus chasing the investigating DS Robin Creasey from Inverness, the difficult relationship Rebus versus his daughter Samantha, Rebus and the pub owner May Collins, et cetera.
I did find the narrative of Rebus' investigation and the plot of those involved in the days of Camp 1033 (fictional, though such POW camps did exist in Scotland) rather blurry and unclear.
Btw, nice to see Canadian singer/songwriter R. Dean Taylor mentioned...