Amsterdam is the story of a euthanasia pact between two friends, a composer and a newspaper editor, whose relationship spins into disaster.
The book begins with the funeral of artist Molly Lane. Guests at the funeral include British Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and composer Clive Linley. The three share certain attributes: each has a very high opinion of himself, each was at some time Molly's lover, and each regards the dead woman's husband, George, with a mixture of amusement and contempt.
Clive and Vernon muse upon Molly's death. It seems she had some kind of rapid-onset brain disease (not specified) that left her helpless and mad. Neither man can understand her attraction to Julian Garmony, the right-wing Foreign Secretary who is about to challenge his party's leadership.
Clive returns home to continue work on a symphony he has been commissioned to write for the forthcoming millennium. Much of the work is complete, save the crucial signature melody. He resolves to go walking in the Lake District, as this tends to inspire him.
Brel worked on the song at his house overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the house he shared with Sylvie Rivet, a publicist for Philips; a place she had introduced him to in 1960. "It was the ideal place for him to create, and to indulge his passion for boats and planes. One morning at six o'clock he read the words of Amsterdam to Fernand, a restaurateur who was about to set off fishing for scorpion fish and conger eels for the bouillabaisse. Overcome, Fernand broke out in sobs and cut open some sea urchins to help control his emotion."
Holland and Ukraine were involved in the match of the tournament so far in Amsterdam, with the hosts squandering a 2-0 lead with 15 minutes to go only to snatch victory late on ... Holland almost blow return to the big stage. Relief all round in Amsterdam as Holland snatch a late win (Olaf Kraak/AP).
Holland almost blow return to the big stage. Relief all round in Amsterdam as Holland snatch a late win (Olaf Kraak/AP) ... an 85th-minute winner to beat Ukraine3-2 in Amsterdam ... Denzel Dumfries settles five-goal Euros thriller in Amsterdam after late fightback.
The Netherlands will have home-field advantage but faces a tough test against Ukraine as the teams kick off their 2020 UEFA European Championship group-stage campaigns Sunday in Amsterdam. Ukraine went unbeaten (6-2-0) to win its group in Euro 2020 qualifying, which took place more than 18 months ago before the tournament was postponed ... No ... ET ... N ... .
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Staging the European Championship in 10 different countries during a pandemic poses serious security risks for police officers across Europe, police agency Europol said on Thursday. Read full story ... .
AMSTERDAM. Staging the European Championship in 10 different countries during a pandemic poses serious security risks for police officers across Europe, police agency Europol said on Thursday. "The Euro 2020 championship is of an unprecedented complexity", Europol executive director Catherine de Bolle told a news conference ... .
UEFA have scrapped the traditional format of bringing the continent's best players to one country for a festival of football and, instead, will stage the competition across Europe. From Glasgow to Baku and Seville to Saint Petersburg, some teams are having to travel thousands of miles in such a short space of time over the course of the group stage.
Families of people who died in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 said they were preparing to hear painful details when a critical stage of a trial over the crash starts on Monday. MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down by a missile ...
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