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."
The national weather service has warned of the likelihood of people suffering slips and fall injuries in one of the first icy periods of the winter ... The Amsterdam-bound service departed London St Pancras as scheduled at 8.16am but broke down around half an hour later near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Kent.
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Eurostar services from Amsterdam to London will be suspended for almost six months from June next year due to a major refurbishment at the Netherlands capital's Centraal station. Outbound services from London to Amsterdam will continue, but the renovation works at the station in ...
Europe however has been hit with two major train travel blows of late – the cancellation of the northern leg of HS2, the UK’s new high-speed rail link, and the suspension of Eurostar services to Amsterdam for six months next year.
Passengers wanting to travel from Amsterdam or Rotterdam to London by rail will be required to take a train to Brussels and change on to a Eurostar service ... But passenger numbers for services from Amsterdam are currently restricted due to limits on how many can pass through passport and security checks at the station.
The refurbishment of Centraal station will lead to the suspension of the high-speed services from Amsterdam between next June and early 2025, the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), said ... residents and the economy of Amsterdam and surrounding areas.”.
Eurostar services between Amsterdam and London will be suspended for almost six months next year, despite intense negotiations to save the service. Dutch Railways said the services would be axed while Centraal station, in the capital, undergoes a major refurbishment.Sponsored.