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 GreatBubbleBarrier (currently used in Amsterdam) pushes river plastic and debris to the surface and collects it, without obstructing ships or wildlife ...The bubble “curtain” is angled diagonally, which uses the natural flow of the waterway to push the waste to a waiting catch area to collect it for proper disposal.
But others were not so sure ... 'They haven't got the manpower.' ... In 2016, academics published research which suggested that cocaine use in parts of Teesside was higher per person than in major European cities including Amsterdam, London and Paris. The results were found by analysing domestic waste water and measuring residue of the Class A drug ... .
Deliveries are a challenge in cities like Amsterdam where water covers over 20 percent of its surface area—its waterway system of over 60 miles of canals is a main source for transportation ... Amsterdam could potentially use these prototypes as a delivery service as well as for waste collection and water taxis to reduce traffic congestion.
In the Netherlands, the City of Amsterdam... The partners hope this autonomous network will fill the canals and waterways of Amsterdam with a modular vessel that can be outfitted for household waste removal, logistics movement and ferry operations, all based on the same hull design.
Minimalist. Classy ...Digital Trends spoke to Hansen and Dr ... The institute was formed in 2010 and has head offices in Oakland, California, and in Amsterdam ... “It means there is no concept of waste, everything is a resource for something else, and that waste can be designed out of products ... We see declining product life cycles, so they become waste earlier.
Portland design reporter Damon Johnstun recaps highlights from the last fair. Design a more elegant ending ... Formafantasma, an Italian duo working in Amsterdam, took on the problem of electronic waste by disassembling old technology and demonstrating the complex systems required to recycle each discard ... -- Damon Johnstun. @DamonJohnstun. Note to readers.
Image. Bethesda Game Studios/Xbox Game Studios ... One of those locations is a kind of SpaceAmsterdam, a destination named Neon where visitors go to get completely wasted on fish. Neon, a “pleasure city” built on a massive fishing facility, is home to a breed of psychotropic fish that creates a naturally occurring drug known as Aurora ... 11, 2022 ... ....
To facilitate life in cities, humans have constructed systems to connect with the goods and services required for survival — many of which are sourced outside the city itself — and to ameliorate waste streams ... Like in nature, there is no such thing as "waste" in a circular economy ... The bioeconomy in circular Amsterdam.
By Karolin Schaps / Thomson ReutersFoundation, AMSTERDAM. Artist and tour guide Louke Spigt makes ends meet by offering tours to some of the millions of foreign visitors who pour into the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, each year seeking culture, cannabis and excitement ...Others living in Amsterdam’s city center are less happy.