Kleve in the Lower Rhine region is the home of my mom and her husband and also of the late Joseph Beuys, the first German artist to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim museum. A bike ride through the meadows will take you to the Moyland castle which hosts most of Beuys’ work. After you dive into the dark hermetic madness that is his art you come up gasping for air and looking forward to the fresh breeze flowing through windmill country.
Having friends in Berlin is the best reason to travel to the home of Germany’s most delicious Döner Kebab.
Ignoring the fact that the price of a cup of coffee in Oslo will cover a meal for two including a 2000 vintage Bordeaux elsewhere, it is a fascinating city. Every casual tourist will stumble across and be amazed by the Vigeland Sculpture Park. A city commissioning an artist to spend years to create some 200 sculptures examining the human condition and thus a world class destination? Those crazy socialist Europeans …
Billy enjoying another fine September night.
James and Daniel near Antelope, Oregon circa 1995.
Looking for the style of the original ‘Office’, with a touch of ‘Wag the Dog’ and ‘Love Actually’ sprinkled in? Go see ‘In the Loop’. You’ll probably recognize James Gandolfini from somewhere …
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Canon sent the $28 replacement part in no time. This can hardly be
called a repair, loosening the five screws was easier than replacing
the battery of an iPod.
Not often do you see film crews in Portland during the summer. The Oregon known to film is self-destructive (My Own Private Idaho), scary (The Shining) and rainy (The Hunted). So the east-coast police ‘cah’ ‘pahkd’ down-town can only be explained with sunny Portland being a stand-in for Boston. I don’t know how they will edit all our bicyclists out and replace the ubiquitous local coffeeshops with Dunkin Donuts in the chase scenes.