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Vivement Dimanche NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
We first saw Vivement Dimanche, the great François Truffaut’s very last film, in 1983, in the Roman theatre in Fiesole (which is transformed into an outdoors cinema in the summer months) and loved it. The film is quirky (filmed in black...
The Tenant NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Roman Polanksi’s 1976 The Tenant, the third and the last of his ‘apartment’ trilogy (after Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby), is a horror film of sorts but it is above all an unnerving portrayal of an outsider’s descen...
Total Recall NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 23 Hours ago
This evening we watched Len Wiseman’s 2012 remake of Total Recall. Like the 1990 original, with good old Arnie, the remake is based on a typically ingenious Philip K. Dick short story, ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’. Were th...
Judas NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
I have been thinking a lot about treachery and betrayal in the recent past. André Philippe, mentioned in a previous post, lost his whole family and an important part of his youth because of a hideous act of betrayal that resulted in many...
André Philippe and Gilberte Degeimbre NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Not long ago I had the pleasure and the privilege of meeting the couple in the picture. The man, André Philippe, had a most dreadful experience during the Second World War. His family hid a Canadian aviator who had parachuted out of...
The Host NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Since we were all badly in need of some escapism, N° 1 daughter was dispatched this evening to choose a DVD that would please ‘everybody’. She returned with a 2006 blockbuster, The Host, which, the blurb told her, was ‘seco...
Welcome Croatia, 28th EU Member State, and the first Lithuanian Presidency! NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Today is a red-letter day for the European Union and another symbolic embodiment of the enlargement process. On the one hand, Lithuania, which acceded to the EU in 2004, today takes up the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and, on the o...
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
My father was a great fan of Prokofiev, and my mother of Chopin. But my love from an early age was always Debussy’s piano pieces, probably, I suspect, because of the six movements of Children’s Corner. So it was a great thrill when I...
A timeless Leonard Cohen NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 10 Minutes ago
It was at the Rainbow Theatre in the early 1970s (1972?). I went to a concert with ‘a girl’ for the first time (oh, Brigid Whelan where are you now?). Rod Stewart was then enjoying an extraordinary double career with the Faces and as...
Secret Sanction NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Some time ago a generous friend gave me a collection of audio books that he had used to wile away the hours during various long-distance road trips. There’s been a bit of driving recently, and so I have at last got around to listening to some o...
Elie Wiesel’s Night NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Today I finished Elie Wiesel’s slim, but never slight, Night - his terrifying account of how he and his family were swept away by the Holocaust to Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The book is up there with Viktor Frankl’s Man’s S...
Game of the Lord of the Thrones of the Potters Gormenghast Trilogy (Prequel Part One/First Series) NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 1 Minute ago
It has been a tense and intensive two months, with school exams and first year university exams to be crammed for (or maybe not, as the case may be) but today all exams were at last out of the way and so this evening, as a special treat to we parents...
An unthinkable jaunt? NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
One of our number is an American screenplay writer, and I have been encouraging him to think about the following episode as a potential play of some sort. It is the eve of the election of a President of the United States. The polling booths...
Holzminden and the Jonckheeres NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
This is one of those posts that might lead somewhere – or otherwise it won’t.  Recently, in a Famennes antiques shop, I came across a framed painting of a young girl with the masts of a ship behind her and ‘gothic’ decora...
When friends kill out of kindness… NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Though perhaps apocryphal, there is a Russian proverb (beloved of Economist editorialists, for some reason) about a bird buried in a cowpat that pokes it head out and starts singing. A fox, hearing the singing, pulls the bird out and eats it. The thr...
Kandinsky and Russia NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 27 Minutes ago
To the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts this morning to catch the Kandinsky and Russia exhibition before it closes at the end of this month. The organisers would have slightly more accurately entitled the exhibition Russia and Kandinsky...
An Inspector Calls… NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
About a month ago I had lunch with a friend, Julian Priestley, who was for ten years Secretary-General of the European Parliament, which is a massive achievement. Julian is now, among other things, an accomplished author of several boo...
Paperless meetings – the momentum grows NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 42 Minutes ago
Regular visitors to this blog will know that I have been pushing for the use of less paper in our meetings. The push has included pioneering the use of PCs/tablets in our management board meetings. At political level, the Committee’s quaestors...
Croatia; flashes of diversity NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
This evening I accompanied our Vice-President, Jane Morrice, to the opening of a fine photographic exhibition organised by the Committee in order to celebrate the imminent arrival of the European Union’s 28th Member State – Croatia &ndash...
Six Crises NEW
Martin Westlake 1 Year, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
I have at last finished Richard Nixon‘s extraordinary 1962 Six Crises. He wrote the book after his loss to J.F. Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential election (which came after eight years’ service as Vice-President) and on the eve of his equa...