Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Betty MacDonald and a very sad day

Betty MacDonald in the living room at Vashon on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,
a Betty MacDonald fan club fan is going to share one of Betty MacDonald's outstanding artworks - her unique handmade cards for family and friends.

A wonderful friend of  Betty MacDonald celebrates his birthday in March.

Tell us the name please and you might be the winner of a Betty MacDonald documentary. 

We got so  many birthday cards from Betty MacDonald fan club from all over the world.
The winner who sent the best and most original birthday card will be our Betty MacDonald honor guest of the next International Betty MacDonald fan club event.  

A Betty MacDonald fan club birthday exhibit with many very special birthday cards by Betty MacDonald's family and friends.

You'll be able to see wonderful cards for Betty MacDonald with very touching messages for example by her daughter Joan MacDonald Keil or her good friend Monica Sone.  ( see info below ' Betty MacDonald and The plague and I )

There will be a Betty MacDonald fan club birthday event DVD available.

I agree. Jealousy is a very serious illness. These persons have no self value feeling. They act like angry childs, destroy everything and have a miserable life. Very negative persons, indeed!

I feel sorry for our beloved Betty MacDonald because there was lots of jealousy in her life.

You can find comments of other writers for example:

Betty MacDonald only wrote about herself and boring chickens. I can't understand the reason why THE EGG AND I is so successful.

It's so typical for jealous persons.

I'd like to change this sad subject now.  

We'll have several International Betty MacDonald fan club events  in 2016.

Join us in voting for your favourite city, please. 

I'd like to vote for Seattle.  

Don't miss this video, please.

You can see brilliant Brad Craft. 

"This is Me," by Bad Kid Billy. [Official Music Video]

Seems I'm in this for a hot second.  I remember being asked to participate one day on the street in front of the bookstore where I work.  I didn't think to ask what it was for, or even so much as the name of the song or the band.  Didn't want to be late coming back from lunch.  Silly bugger.  The very nice young woman with the green hair also featured herein happens to work at Magus Books.  She mentioned she'd seen me.  Told me the name of the band, and here we are.

Wolfgang Hampel's  Vita Magica guest was a very famous TV lady, author and singer and she is our new Betty MacDonald fan club honor member.

I bet  Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli  adores our new Betty MacDonald fan club honor member. 

I've read some of Tatjana Geßler's books and I like them very much.  

We are so happy that Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli is back.

Let's have breakfast at the bookstore with Brad and Nick. 

Enjoy Betty MacDonald's very beautiful Vashon Island, please. 

Jamie-Lee might be the next ESC  2016 winner.
My ESC  favourites are Poland and Norway.

Take care, 


Don't miss this very special book, please.

Vita Magica
Betty MacDonald fan club

Betty MacDonald forum  

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( English ) 

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( English ) - The Egg and I 

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( German )

Vashon Island - Wikipedia ( German )

Wolfgang Hampel - Monica Sone - Wikipedia ( English )

Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( English )

Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( French )

Wolfgang Hampel in Florida State University 

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel 

Betty MacDonald fan club interviews on CD/DVD

Betty MacDonald fan club items 

Betty MacDonald fan club items  - comments

Betty MacDonald fan club - The Stove and I  

Betty MacDonald fan club groups 

Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund  


Rita Knobel Ulrich - Islam in Germany - a very interesting ZDF  ( 2nd German Television ) documentary with English subtitles

The situation in Germany and Sweden with many refugees is rather difficult.  

Brussels attack: Surveillance footage, cab driver offer clues in investigation

Updated 0056 GMT (0856 HKT) March 23, 2016 | Video Source: CNN

Story highlights

  • A taxi driver tips off authorities after seeing surveillance footage
  • Prosecutor: Of three men pushing airport luggage carts in photos, two are probable suicide attackers and one is at large
  • Two explosions rock Brussels Airport, another rips through a subway station in the Belgian capital
(CNN)In a grainy image from surveillance footage, he's a man dressed in light-colored clothes, wearing a hat and pushing a baggage cart through the Brussels Airport.
It's one key piece of evidence authorities are looking at as they search for suspects after two explosions at the airport and another at a busy metro station in the Belgian capital Tuesday killed at least 30 people and wounded 230 others.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, but authorities said it's too soon to say for sure whether the terror group was behind the blasts.
Belgian authorities say the man in white is one of three suspects tied to the airport attack.
The other two died in the explosions, Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon told CNN. But investigators believe the man in white planted a bomb at the airport, then left.
"The third man left a bomb in the airport, but it didn't explode. ... And we are now looking for this guy," Jambon said.
A photograph released by investigators shows the three suspects side-by-side. 

Police say they are looking for the man on the right in connection with the Brussels attack.
Federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said the two men wearing black in the photograph were likely the suicide attackers.
Video shows the men exiting a taxi and moving through the airport, according to two U.S. officials. The man dressed in white left the airport after accompanying the other two, they said -- a move the officials said appeared to be planned.

Taxi driver tips off investigators

A break in the investigation may have come from a taxi driver who took the suspects to the airport.
The driver contacted authorities after seeing surveillance footage and gave them the address where he picked the men up, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
That information prompted authorities to raid the residence after the attacks, the officials said.
Several witnesses told CNN they had seen police special forces combing through the northeast Brussels neighborhood of Schaerbeek, cordoning off a train station there.
Investigators found a nail bomb, chemical products and an ISIS flag during a house search in the neighborhood, Belgium's federal prosecutor said in a statement.

Ties to Paris attacks?

A Belgian government representative told CNN that 10 people were killed and 100 wounded at Brussels' international airport. At least 20 people died and 130 were wounded at the Maelbeek metro station, officials said.
The blasts sent wounded people fleeing into the streets, spurred evacuations of nuclear plants and transit hubs and led to raids in some areas as authorities searched for suspects and evidence.

Authorities in Belgium have been trying to crack down on terror threats for months as they raided homes in the area in search of suspects. Tuesday's violence came just days after investigators closed in on Europe's most wanted man, Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who was hiding out in a Brussels suburb.
The "working assumption" is that the attackers came from the network behind November's massacres in Paris, which left 130 dead, Belgian security sources said, while cautioning it is very early in the latest investigation. ISIS also claimed responsibility for those attacks.
As doctors treat the wounded and authorities search for suspects, a key question remains unanswered: Could the attacks have anything to do with Abdeslam's arrest?
On Tuesday, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel deflected a question about whether there is any link between the attacks and the Belgium-born French citizen's capture, saying it is too early to tell.
Michel said Tuesday he had "no information" about who was responsible for the attack, adding that authorities will find that out, but now their focus is on caring for the victims.
Two senior U.S. officials told CNN they believe the Belgium attack is tied to the same network as Abdeslam.

'We were fearing terrorist attacks'

One of the two airport explosions happened outside security checkpoints for ticketed passengers and near the airline check-in counters, an airline official briefed on the situation said.
The subway station blast happened about an hour later in the Brussels district of Maelbeek, near the European Quarter, where European Union institutions are based.
"We were fearing terrorist attacks," Michel told reporters Tuesday. "And that has now happened."
Belgium is no stranger to terror. "The Belgians have been sitting on a ticking time bomb," a U.S. counterterrorism official said, given all those who have traveled from the small European nation to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS, then possibly come back home.
But for survivors of Tuesday's blasts, the repeated warnings from officials in recent months didn't dull the shock of seeing the carnage.
"You cannot believe it; you cannot believe it," said Jef Versele, who was in the airport's departure hall when bombs exploded there. "It was so insane. Not in my backyard."
The second blast inside the airport blew out windows, created a lot of smoke and caused parts of the ceiling to fall, he added.
"People were on the floor," Versele said, estimating he saw 50 to 60 who were thrown to the ground and didn't seem to be able to walk.
Anthony Barrett saw the wounded carried out on stretchers and luggage carts as he watched from his hotel across from the terminal building.
"I could see people fleeing," he said.

'We remain united'

After the attacks in Brussels, the home of NATO and the capital of the European Union, leaders inside Belgium and beyond vowed not to back down in their fight against terror.
In Belgium, where officials declared three days of national mourning, Michel offered a resolute message to those who supported and cheered the attackers.
"To those who have chosen to be barbarous enemies of freedom, democracy and fundamental values ... we remain united as one," Michel said. "We are determined to defend our freedoms and to protect our liberties."
In its message claiming responsibility, ISIS noted that Belgium is one of the nations "participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State."
A Twitter post widely circulated by prominent ISIS backers Tuesday featured the words, "What will be coming is worse."