Remembering female resistance members: Mona Parsons

The first week of May, some European countries honour those killed during WWII. Some of these countries first remember the dead and celebrate Liberation Day afterwards. These countries are finally paying some attention to female resistance members.

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Book review: ‘Red Notice’ by Bill Browder

Ever wondered what the Magnitsky Act is about? Why it became a US law Putin wants rolled back – at all costs? Why Canada recently implemented its version? Why Putin got Interpol to put Bill Browder on its ‘wanted’-list? Why Mr. Browder’s US visa were revoked, then reinstated?

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Should this be news?


Perhaps, I shouldn’t have, but the article’s content really irked me. The Guardian’s columnist Hadley Freeman today posted a “stirring” piece. Usually, I skip the Guardian’s opinion articles. Unfortunately, the headline caught my eye, so I read the piece.

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Hollywood rehash of “Toni Erdmann”

Oh dear: Hollywood has woken up to the fact that the German-Austrian film “Toni Erdmann” is raking in many awards and making money. “Toni Erdmann” was the sensation of last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It can currently can be seen in art house and other cinemas in and outside Europe. It has also been released on DVD.

Now Paramount has officially announced there will be a Hollywood remake. It says a lot about the USA film industry, that it needs to remake yet another excellent and award-winning European film. Recently, Meryl Streep lent her star-status to rake in money for Hollywood, by turning up in “Florence”. This is the American remake of the hilarious French film called “Marguerite”.

In the not that distant future, those who have not enjoyed “Toni Erdmann” in the original version by Maren Ade, can have a look at an American rehash.

Apparently, Jack Nicholson – a mere eighty years old – was persuaded to quit semi-retirement to imitate Peter Simonischek. Kristen Wiig will copy-cat Sandra Hüller. Let’s hope Hollywood will manage not to bungle the affair.

If the announcement of an unnecessary remake is not screaming pathetic and all about the money – what is?

The news is also quite hilarious, for it stresses on of “Toni Erdmann” ‘s messages: some folks are prepared to go to extreme lengths to further careers and make a whopping amount of money. Though the latter – in the case of the Hollywood rehash – will remain to be seen.

Variety: Paramount to remake “Toni Erdmann”

Book review: Huffington’s “Pigs at the trough”

With so much happening in the US under a leader who is not exactly known for business and other ethics, I decided to read a few golden oldies. One of these is Arianna Huffington’s “Pigs at the trough: how corporate greed and political corruption are undermining America”.
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The Sherlock hack

While the Dump is still screaming murder, causing mayhem, denying everything and especially a certain report, there is a new headache. Was the BBC to blame? Were the Russians to blame? This latest hack was of such staggering importance, it was reported by the BBC six o’clock news this week – followed by NBC and the rest of the media circus.

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Labour MP becomes V and A director

Dr Tristram Hunt, currently  Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, will become the new Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The V&A is one of the world’s most important art and design museums.

Various UK papers and the V&A have announced the news on their websites. The papers concentrate on the political side of this latest resignation.  This is not the first resignation and more are expected. This latest resignation triggers a second “perilous by-election”, while Labour is experiencing an all-time-low in polls. The news caused Nigel Farage, former Ukip leader and MEP, to boast on twitter “Labour is doomed”.

The V&A seems to be elated. On it website it point out “... A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Victorian urban history. … Tristram’s support of the ceramics industry, together with the Art Fund, played an important role in saving the Wedgwood Collection in 2014. The collection was gifted to the V&A and is on long-term loan to the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent. … He brings widespread expertise across education, industry and politics to the V&A, and a keen awareness of the important role of major public institutions in the UK, having been at the forefront of political, cultural and public life for the last decade. …

According to Rob Merrick of the Independent, Dr Hunt resigns immediately.  The exact date Dr Hunt will start as V&A Director is not mentioned in the papers, nor on the V&A award-winning website.

Telegraph Laura Hughes Tristram Hunt quits Labour
Independent Tristram Hunt stands down
V&A Dr Tristram Hunt announced as new Director

Exhibited treasure must be returned

A while ago, the Amsterdam Allard Pierson Museum hosted a brilliant exhibition. It was called “The Crimea, gold and secrets of the Black Sea”. The Amsterdam museum worked with several museums located in the Crimea and precious pieces went to Amsterdam. On visiting this exhibition, my friends and I were thoroughly impressed.

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Shakespeare and UK politics

The turmoil which followed the Brexit shows no sign of abating. The turmoil in British politics, I mean. Developments follow each other so fast, it is unbelievable. What seems to be the situation between breakfast and lunch, changes before lunch, again before dinner and kind of remains the situation between dinner and breakfast the next day.

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Theatre review: “Since Maggie went away” by J. Nolan

“Since Maggie went away” is written by writer-journalist Jacqueline Nolan. The play is based on personal experiences and recently uncovered family history. Being familiar with press reports on its topic and having recently read “The Baby Thief”(see “Thief”), I attended an impressive performance.

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