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."
During a shareholder meeting Tuesday, investors overwhelmingly backed the proposal — which would see the world’s largest music label complete its listing on the Euronext Amsterdam in late September. The proposal involves distribution of 60 percent of UMG’s share capital to shareholders through the public listing in Amsterdam.
Vivendi has long been planning an initial public offering of the music firm in Amsterdam by late September, and that plan is still on, with the SPACPershingSquare Tontine Holdings telling shareholders Sunday that they will receive the shares in UMG later this year after the IPO.
Lott Holdings of Amsterdam is under contract to purchase the 15,000-square-foot building used for maintenance purposes during the prison era; its plan is to renovate and reuse the structure ...A 15,000-square-foot vocational training center is attached.
Instead, PershingSquare Tontine will distribute the newly acquired, Amsterdam-listed UMG stock to its shareholders, while Ackman will continue to pursue another deal with the blank-check company’s remaining cash ... Pershing Square Tontine Holdings’ shares closed at $22.06 on Friday, down 12%.
Mr Ackman’s special purpose acquisition company, called PershingSquare Tontine Holdings, raised $4bn in a July initial public offering - a record-setting amount for a SPAC... Vivendi plans to distribute 60 per cent of the music business to its shareholders later this year and list it in Amsterdam.
Hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman of PershingSquare made a splash last summer when he sponsored the largest-ever blank-check initial public offering, with some unconventional terms that differed from other special purpose acquisition companies on the market ...Instead, Pershing Square ...
New York collector Stuart Pivar says the painting, Auvers, 1890 in its original condition and signed on the back by Vincent is a once-in-a-lifetime find. And the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has requested he send it to them for immediate authentication ... a square format.
New York collector Stuart Pivar says the painting, “Auvers, 1890” — in its original condition and signed on the back by “Vincent” — is a “once-in-a-lifetime find.” And the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has requested he send it to them for immediate authentication.
And in Amsterdam, about 3,000 people protested against Israel on the Dam Square, a central square that is the country’s main monument for victims of World War II, including the Holocaust... About 50 people, mostly Jews and Christian supporters of Israel, staged a support rally for Israel about 500 yards away from the Dam Square event.