Friday, May 6, 2016

Wolfgang Hampel, Betty MacDonald and her very witty niece

Betty MacDonald's very witty niece Alison Beck 
interviewed by Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel
Betty MacDonald in the living room at Vashon on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Wolfgang Hampel - and Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

it's so very sad that Alison Bard Burnett's daughter and Betty MacDonald's niece Alison Beck passed away two years ago at the age of only 65.

Alison Beck is the sister of Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck. 

Many Betty MacDonald fan club fans from all over the world know very witty and intelligent Alison Beck because she shared her fascinating memories and thoughts on Alison Bard Burnett CD/DVD. 

We can't wait to see the new Alison Bard Burnett CD/DVD.

New  Betty MacDonald documentary will be very interesting with many new interviews.

Alison Beck,  Darsie Beck, Alison Bard Burnett and other Betty MacDonald fan club honor members will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project Vita Magica.
Enjoy breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli is  very busy solving all the problems and we have lots of them.

Wishing you a very nice Friday,



Alison Beck Obituary

Alison Beck, 65, passed away on July 19, 2014 of natural causes at her home in Tucson, Arizona. She is survived by her son Oliver Saul of Tucson, Arizona, brothers Darsie Beck and Bard Beck of Vashon Island, and her nieces, nephews and second cousins. 

Alison was born in Seattle July 26, 1948 to Alison Bard  and Bernard Beck. She grew up on Vashon Island and Mercer Island. Graduating from Helen Bush School in 1966, she attended Mackinac College, and obtained a BA in English from the University of Washington in 1992 where she worked as Editor of the Newsletter for Institute on Aging. After several years in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico, Alison bought a home in Tucson in 2004. She worked at St. Ambrose School and Temple Emanuel, and volunteered at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Her passions and delights were: her writing as published in Sun Magazine, brightly colored quilt making, remodeling her home and garden, her son, family and friends, and her devoted dogs.
Those who knew Alison remember her ability to see the humor in things and her memorable laughter. Inquisitive, she enjoyed having long conversations. Her artistic talents were expressed in her writing, quilt making, creating a home filled with color, and cooking and hosting for others. 

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 - Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Wikipedia ( English)

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

            Very exciting ESC 2016 news

Romania expelled from the Eurovision Song Contest
(Picture: YouTube)
For the first time in the 61 year history of the Eurovision Song Contest, a country has been expelled from the competition. Romania has been thrown out of the competition after its national broadcaster TVR failed to make payments to the European Broadcasting Union (the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest) that date as far back as 2007. Romania have one of the strongest Eurovision Song Contest records, having a 100% record for qualifying for the Eurovision final. They were due to take part in the Second Eurovision Song Contest semi final on Thursday 12th May. The running order of the show will not be recast following Romania’s elimination.
Ovidiu Anton was due to represent Romania with his pop-rock entry Moment of Silence. Romania will be silent for a lot longer than a moment. Ovidiu promoted the song at the London Eurovision Party on Sunday and was expected to reach a strong position in the Eurovision final on May 14th. In a statement released moments ago on the European Broadcasting Union website, it says:

TVR will now no longer be able to participate in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and will lose access to other EBU member services including the Eurovision News and Sports News Exchanges, the right to broadcast specific sporting events, legal, technical and research expertise and lobbying services.
Romanian national broadcaster TVR’s debts to the EBU date back to 2007 and with no other Romanian broadcaster a member of the European Broadcasting Union, it is unlikely that Romania will return to the Eurovision Song Contest for a number of years. ‘This is of course disappointing for the artist chosen to represent Romania, for our colleagues at TVR who have prepared their participation so well this year and, not least, for Romanian viewers and the many Eurovision fans in the country,’ says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU. Asked what this means for host broadcaster SVT, Sand replied: ‘As with all participants, SVT has been preparing for Romania’s act thoroughly over the past weeks. To take an act out at such late stage is of course a little disruptive, but it will not negatively affect the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in any other way.’ Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest Romania have twice finished third at the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2005 with Luminita Anghel & Sistem with the song Let Me Try and in 2010 with Paula Selling & Ovi and their entry Playing with Fire. Their 2006 entry Tornero by Mihai became one of the biggest summer chart and club hits across Europe in 2006. Mihai took part in the Romanian national final again this year, losing out to Ovidiu. In 2011, Romania was represented by Hotel FM featuring British singer David Bryan. They campaigned extensively in the United Kingdom but failed to pick up any points from the UK, finishing 4th in their semi final, but only 17th in the final.

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Donald Trump backs Brexit: Britain would be better off outside EU, says Republican candidate

Cameron Trump
Donald Trump has waded into the Brexit debate by stating that Britain would be "better off without" the European Union. 
The Republican presidential candidate, said "migration has been a horrible thing for Europe" and that Britain should leave. 
His statement came as David Cameron vowed to oppose Mr Trump's Muslim ban if the billionaire becomes president.
"I think the migration has been a horrible thing for Europe. A lot of that was pushed by the EU," Mr Trump said.
"I would say they are better off without it, personally, but I'm not making that as a recommendation, just my feeling.
"I know Great Britain very well, I know the country very well, I have a lot of investments there.
"I would say that they are better off without it, but I want them to make their own decision."
Mr Trump's comments came two weeks after President Barack Obama, writing in The Daily Telegraph, urged Britain to stay in the EU when it votes on June 23.
Earlier this week, Mr Trump criticised Barack Obama for supporting Mr Cameron in his campaign for Britain to remain in the EU.
"I didn't think it was a good thing for him to do it," he said.
Mr Trump had previously indicated he would not take sides in the Brexit debate.
He said in March: "I don't want to make a comment about the UK leaving, but I think they may leave based on - I'm there a lot, I have a lot of investments in the UK and I will tell you that I think they may leave based on everything I'm hearing."

Mr Cameron said at a press conference on Thursday that he "respects" Mr Trump for “making it through the gruelling nature of the primaries” and becoming the Republican candidate at November’s election.
Mr Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the US came in response to the Isil-inspired terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.
He called late last year for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” until “we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses”.
He went on to claim that parts of London are "so radicalised" that police officers are "afraid for their own lives".
Appearing at a press conference with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe in Downing Street, Mr Cameron was asked if he owed Mr Trump “an apology”.

Mr Cameron replied: “I have to say that knowing the gruelling nature of the primaries and what you have to go through, anyone who makes it through that extraordinary contest to lead their party into a general election deserves our respect.
"What I said about Muslims, I won't change that view, I'm very clear that the policy idea that was put forward was wrong, is wrong and will remain wrong."
Number 10 sources said later that Mr Cameron was likely to hold off congratulating Mr Trump until the result of the November Presidential election in America.