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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.
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.