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Welcome to my Blog!
Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to
talk about himself. -
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.) back in the day.
GEORGE S. ZIMBEL - R.I.P. | PHOTOGRAPHER
George S. Zimbel (b.15Jul1929 – d.09Jan2023) was an American-Canadian documentary photographer.
DIARY OF AN INVASION by ANDREY KURKOV | BOOKS WORLD
NL: 'Dagboek van een Invasie' - Andrej Koerkov (2022)
Kurkov’s on-the-ground account is packed with surprising details about the human effects of the Russian assault. Not just the highlights we learn from the media on the telly or from newspapers in our respective countries, but also minor (however important) issues people in Ukraine encounter in daily disrupted routines. Plenty of sorrow but this books also has upbeat moments, a wry smile may even occur to read about the resolve and ingenuity of the Ukranian people!
The diaries begin 29Dec2021, two months before the war did, and include items that might not seem pertinent: power cuts, Pushkin, Covid, drink-driving, hipster bookshops, school meals and whether Ukrainian is a sexier language than Russian.
Kurkov’s line on the war, as "ageing Putin’s last chance to fulfil his dream of recreating the USSR", is familiar. So is his riposte to the allegation that Ukraine is anti-Russian and antisemitic: if it were, why would a Russian-speaking Jew be elected as its president with 73% of the vote?
What the book offers that international reportage can’t is surprising detail: Ukrainian farmers sowing seed – rape, buckwheat and rye – despite the risk from Russian shelling and landmines; an 85-year-old woman taking her rooster with her when she’s evacuated and the rooster waking her exhausted fellow evacuees at 4am; thousands of people buying tickets to a zoo they can’t visit because they want the animals to be fed; passages on dentistry, petrol scams, dolphins and "little graves days", when people tend to their loved ones’ resting places.
Kurkov writes in a fluent style, easy to read, though the subject is heartbreaking and strengthens the resolve that Russia can't be allowed to win this war.
Andrey Yuryevich Kurkov (b.23Apr1961-, Leningrad,USSR) is a Ukrainian author and public intellectual who writes in Russian and Ukranian.
His first novel was published two weeks before the fall of the Soviet Union.
EDWARD WESTON | PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTOBOOK
Originally published by 'Aperture in the Masters of Photography'-series in 1988, reprinted by Könemann in 1997 with text by R.H. Craven (english, german and french). Contains 44 photographs and a brief chronology.
Edward Henry Weston (b.24Mar1886 – d.01Jan1958).
GEERTRUIDENBERG, NORTH BRABANT | HISTORY NETHERLANDS
In 1213, Sint Geertruidenberg (EN: "Saint Gertrude's Mountain") received city rights from Count William I of Holland.
During the Eighty Years War the city was captured in a surprise attack by an English, French Huguenot and Fleming force in 1573 . In 1589 however the city was betrayed to Parma by its English garrison.
Today, Geertruidenberg is part of the province of North Brabant, but it was once part of the county of Holland.
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE HOUSE OF MEDICI by CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT | HISTORY
Extensive INDEX pages 350-368
At its height Renaissance Florence was a centre of enormous wealth, power and influence.
Hibbert's writing is enormously dense and compact in terms of names, locations, positions of power, relations, battles, lifestyles, trade, art & artists, enemies & allies, war & peace, papal intrigues, et cetera.
Beginning in the early 1430s with the rise of the dynasty under the near-legendary Cosimo de Medici, it moves through their golden era as patrons of some of the most remarkable artists and architects of the Renaissance, to the era of the Medici Popes and Grand Dukes, Florence’s slide into decay, decadence and bankruptcy. And finally, the end in 1737 of the Medici line.
Christopher Hibbert, MC, FRSL, FRGS (b.05Mar1924 - d.21Dec2008) was an English writer, historian and biographer.
JACOB OLIE JBZ | PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY
Jacob Olie (b.1834 – d.1905) was a Dutch photographer from Amsterdam.
Olie was born in Amsterdam and was trained as a carpenter and draughtsman. He became a teacher at the local school for craftsmen known as the 'Ambachtsschool', converting it to be the first ever vocational school of the Netherlands for boys.
WINDKORENMOLEN DE HOOP | WINDMILL HISTORY
The windcornmill 'De Hoop' in Giesbeek (Glederland) is a round stone scaffolding mill.
GRAFFITI @GELDERLAND | URBAN ART
A demolished restaurant with a lot of tiles on the ground, tricky as they were very slippery.
Google maps shows a large parking lot around it.
VIEWS ON THE RIVER IJSSEL by FOTOCLUB DEVENTER | PHOTOGRAPHY
Ten photographers from the 'Deventer Fotokring' documented the river De IJssel, each in their own way.
CODA Dok Zuid also has a library.
GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA - R.I.P. | IN MEMORIAM PHOTOGRAPHER
Luigia 'Gina' Lollobrigida (b.04July1927 – d.16Jan2023) was an Italian actress, photojournalist, and politician.
By the end of the 1970s, Lollobrigida had embarked on what she developed into a successful 2nd career as a photographic journalist.
1979 by VAL McDERMID | BOOKS PAPERBACK CRIME FICTION
Val McDermid’s take on the year 1979 begins with the birth of a baby on a snowbound train between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It’s an exclusive for young reporter Allie Burns, who happens to be on board. She is the protagonist of '1979'.
Burns is determined to make a serious journo career and to be taken seriously at 'the Clarion'. She's clever and with plenty of moxy, she has read Tom Wolfe and Joan Didion, and she soon finds herself working with fellow reporter Danny Sullivan on a tax fraud scandal involving some of Scotland’s seediest businessmen.
McDermid’s 35th book is the first in a series of 5 tracking Burns through 5 decades of journalism.
McDermid comes from a working-class family in Fife. She studied English at St Hilda's College, Oxford,where she was the first student to be admitted from a Scottish state school.
MAGNUM ATLAS | PHOTOHTAPHY PHOTOBOOKS MAGNUM
Celebrating Magnum's photographic excellence in this captivating tome of a book, readers will travel around the globe with the world's finest photographers through 365 images.
As readers flip the pages they will find themselves traveling from west to east across the globe. Each country is represented in 3 or 4 images captured by a single photographer. While renowned figures such as Robert Capa, Bruce Davidson, and Martin Parr are included, readers will also find younger photographers such as Olivia Arthur, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and Mikhael Subotzky, all of whom present dazzling new views of our changing world.
NIEMAND HOUDT ZIJN HART ZO VAST ALS IK by H. DORRESTIJN | BOOKS HUMOUR
The title of Dorrestijn's new book already reveals that the author is omnipresent in this new work. But he also speaks on behalf of all those contemporaries who do not feel at home in this century, who cannot and do not want to keep up with developments..
Those who have nothing to do with toxic dangers on land and in the sea, referring to 'windmills'. In the past, a windmill was a beautiful and purely natural thing..
Hans Dorrestijn (b. 16Jun1940- ) is a Dutch comedian and writer. His look on life, objects, customs, traditions, nature, environment, people young & old, et cetera is often wry bordering to 'noir' plus his verses styled not the way one may be used to.
ICE SCULPTURES @ IJSSELHALLEN | ART
During this Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival one makes a magical journey along dozens of life-size snow and ice sculptures.
Much more on www.flickr.com/photos
DROOMLAND ITALIË by ROSITA STEENBEEK | WORLD AFFAIRS
From Aleppo to Turin
In "Dreamland Italy"( subtitled 'From Aleppo to Turin') Dutch author and Rome resident, travels through Italy and sees how the situation of immigrants is hardening, but also how resistance is rising from the churches, among others.
Increasingly, it seems, criminal actions against refugees are becoming legal and acts of solidarity criminal. Has Europe sold its soul to the devil?
Rosita Steenbeek (b.25May1957- ) is a Dutch writer and occasional actress. After spending her childhood in Amersfoort, she now lives in the Italian capital Rome.