Oliver Stone Responds to Critics of Putin Series

This is what can be found in youtube:


“Published on Jun 23, 2017

Oliver Stone Responds to Critics of Putin Series
American film director and producer Oliver Stone disputed a question on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin had showed him fake news in an interview at Starmus International festival in Trondheim on Wednesday.
‘Why would he fake it?’ Stone asked, before going on to say, “the Russians did very well in terms of damages to ISIS [Islamic State] in Syria, they bombed the shit out of Syria, and they did destroy the financial ability of the ISIS Empire to run oil to Turkey.”
Journalists pressed the American director on his recent documentary, ‘The Putin Interviews’, asking specifically about a sequence in which Putin shows Stone footage on an alleged Russian aircraft attack on an alleged IS position in Syria.
“I researched it [the documentary], I did the best I could and I think that it proves the old adage that there are two sides of every story”, Stone said.
The American director warned of the dangers of taking a “tough” approach as a journalist, thereby pushing away interviewees, arguing that “you cannot break the news into black and white”.
“America in its media desires, has made it into a huge money making enterprise, huge, I mean the amount of money is beyond belief, and a lot is at stake”, he concluded. . . .”


I like it how Stone says that he thinks that it proves the old adage

“that there are two sides of every story.”

 I think it would be good if people could think about this a bit more!

Nato Exercises in Romania

Our second stop on the way back from Ballina, Victoria, was at Gundagai, NSW, Then started the long, boring drive to Goulburn. This stretch of road is less than 200 km, but as I said, it is absolutely boring! I had trouble getting a station into the radio that was close enough to listen to without disturbances.
Finally I found an ABC News station. The woman News reader had what sounded to me a wonderful clear voice, . I had just started listening to her, when she said something about  Nato exercises in Romania.. I asked Peter, who was sitting beside me and was driving, could he hear these news. He couldn’t. I asked, did he have his hearing aid switched on. Yes, it was on. So I thought I’d have to turn it up a bit more so he could understand what was being said on the news.
It turned out, he did  not want to listen to this ‘terrible’ voice.  HE JUST DID NOT LIKE THIS VOICE. Before I was able to turn the volume down, he SCREAMED at me, It was such  a big scream. It made me feel absolutely devastated. Not only did I find it hard to cope with this news about Nato but on top of it I found myself blasted with this enormous screaming. How on earth would I relax now? I just did not feel like sitting in the front of the car any more, eyes open all the time, not being able to listen to the radio, not being able to talk to Peter.
Well, I know now, it was wrong of me to turn the radio on at all. Before we had reached Gundagai I had been able to always get some station in that was close, First we listened to this:
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/australiaallover/, ” Spend your Sunday mornings with Macca as he travels around Australia, speaking to Aussies at home and around the world.”
 Later on we found a station with some country music.
Of  course I switched the radio off immediately when Peter screamed at me so horribly. I never dared to turn it on again on the whole way back  to Dapto.
I have been concerned for a long time about what is going on with NATO in  Europe. None the less,  I cannot help getting more and more concerned. Just now I googled “Nato Exercises in Romania”.  Voila, there were about ten different publications about it!
These entries are from different sources all dated from recent weeks.
How about this one:



Books by Australian Author Liane Moriarty

I just copied a review of a book by Liane Moriarty and published it here:


In the review it was said that the novel “What Alice Forgot” is going to be made into a movie to be released in 2017. I have already read this novel and I do hope that I soon may be able to see this movie, when it comes out this year.

Apparently there are also some other books by Liane Moriarty that might be made into movies:


So far the only other book by Liane Moriarty that I’ve read is:

Truly Madly Guilty

The following is taken from a review about Truly Madly Guilty:


Clementine is haunted by regret. It was just a barbeque. They didn’t even know their hosts that well, they were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no.

But she and her husband Sam said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn’t do that Sunday afternoon.

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One playful dog. It’s an ordinary weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?

Marriage, sex, parenthood and friendship: Liane Moriarty takes these elements of our lives and shows us how guilt can expose the fault lines in any relationship, and it is not until we appreciate the fragility of life that we can truly value what we have.”

You find the review here:


In both books by Liane Moriarty that I have read so far, Liane depicts people that live in contemporary Sydney. What she writes about the characters’ Australian lifestyle seems very true to me. It makes me think about the way we live and what our priorities are. I am quite a bit older now than most of Liane’s characters. And I am a migrant to Australia who settled here nearly sixty years ago. As migrants my family had overall somewhat different lifestyle experiences from Liane’s characters on the North shore of Sydney. Still, a lot of the problems she describes in her books, problems that families may come up with, seem to be universal. I think the author herself is a young married woman with two young children. She would know first hand how demanding but also joyful marriage and the raising of young children usually is.  Often in a young marriage there is a lack of time to do the things together that bind together. And all too often the stresses of modern life may lead to divorce and great upheaval for the children.



“What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty

I, Uta, have already read the book and agree, that it is “infectiously good” and that this novel may be in my head months after I have finished reading it. So I am here  going to copy what was published last year in the Huffington Post about this book “What Alice Forgot” by Australian author Liane Moriarty. This copied review was written by Julia Naughton. While reading this book, I thought all the time that it is very suitable for being made into a movie. I hope, I’ll soon have a chance to see the movie. 



Here now is the copy taken from the above link:

“You mean, you haven’t read the book?!”

09/06/2016 11:37 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST

​The anticipation of waiting for the film release of a book you cherish can sometimes be too much.

What if they cast the protagonist with an actor you hate? Or worse, they change the ending?

Blame it on the two-hour time limit or the soulless pursuit of box office cred, changing the plot happens all the time and sometimes, it’s really not fair.

The good news? These books are not only qualified to be on your cherished list, but you’ll only have to wait a few months for the movie, one year at most.

Sadly, we can’t vouch for how true they’ll stay to the book, but as far as we can tell, the actors already confirmed get our tick of approval.

What Alice Forgot

Amy Einhorn Books

By Liane Moriarty

Movie release: 2017

Imagine if you woke up one day only to realise you’d lost a big chunk of your memory from the past decade? Set in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot centres around Alice, whose last memory was being pregnant with her first child and completely head over heels in love with her husband, Nick. Now, years later Nick looks at her with disdain, she’s lost contact with her sister (who is going through her own infertility struggles) and is lost as to where it all went wrong. With hopeful vulnerability, Alice, who is living in the mind of her 29-year-old self surprises her husband, kids and later, even herself as she desperately tries to salvage her marriage. Infectiously good, this novel will be in your head months after you’ve finished it.


Berlin in 26 Days from the 4th to the 30th of June 2016





I just noticed a blog about our first Sunday in Berlin in June 2016:


There is a video that was taken in the Volkspark am Weinberg.

I did write the following:

We had arrived on Saturday, the 4th of June. Ilse’s sons had come to Tegel-Airport to pick us up and drive us with all our luggage to our apartment in Rubensstrasse. It was so good to have the two cars waiting for us. Klaudia as well as Ilse and Finn had also come along and we took off on the Autobahn that took us from the airport to our apartment in just a few minutes! Once we were settled in our apartment, we were given huge amounts of food, especially Ilse and Finn had brought a lot of food along. So all of us stayed together for quite a while, talking about lots of things and having a nice meal.

Strangely enough we did not feel too tired to go out to the Brandenburg Gate after our Berlin family had left us. So it was the five of us from Australia, namely Martin, Caroline, Matthew, Peter and me, exploring Berlin on our own on our first day in Berlin after we had only just arrived after our very long trip all the way from Australia.

The following morning we went out for breakfast. Die “Wolke” was just around the corner. They were doing pretty good business on a Sunday morning. We noticed a constant stream of customers. So we had a good breakfast sitting down in the Wolke Cafe.


Steak tartare is a meat dish made from finely chopped or minced rawbeef

I seem not to have taken any pictures from that afternoon we spent near Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and where we had gone to by public transport.
But on Sunday the five of us did – also by public transport –  go to Alexander Platz and from there on the U-Bahn to Rosenthaler Platz to meet my niece Corinna and her son Carlos for lunch.

After lunch and coffee at the place that had been a cindema in the past,  we were heading for Volkspark am Weinberg. where – as Corinna promised – there would be some dancing on display together with great swing music from the 1940s. Carlos had made his good-buys in the meantime. (After all, it is only a certain amount of time a fifteen year old is willing to spend with the ‘oldies’!)

Peter and I found the music quite electrifying. It reminded us of old times and the swing music that we used to like. During the 1950s, when we would often go dancing, swing was still quite popular.On that Sunday afternoon in the park inspired by the music  Peter and I actually tried a little bit of dancing of our own. To our amusement, somebody videoed us while we were doing this! (See video at the beginning of page) We found this absolutely hilarious. Later on we watched for quite some time the dancing of the very young people. They seemed quite familiar with this type of dance music and danced very well indeed. A lot of these young people had dressed up in the 1940s style. There was even one young guy who had dressed in something that reminded us of the post WWII period when the young Americans of our occupation forces looked in their  uniforms a bit like this guy did. Quite amazing!

The above is taken form my post from Jul 26, 2016 with this URL:


First thing when you go to this URL there is this video that was taken in the Volkspark am Weinberg. I think Matthew was the one who made this video of us and titled it “Adorable Dancing Couple”

Photos from June 2016, Berlin Memories

Quite a few years ago this place used to be a cinema. Now it is a cafe with lots of books for customers  to read.



Among people at Berlin Alexander Platz  on the first Sunday in June 2016
Here is Peter with our son on the left, next to him our daughter, and the daughter’s partner on the right

Yes, this picture is taken by me, also at Alexander Platz. The five of us had arrived  from Australia only the day before! After our first night at the apartment we all went to a nearby baker for breakfast. We talked the other day about what had been available there  for breakfast. One very memorable thing were the bread rolls  with fresh raw minced meat!

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I think we had an early breakfast at The WOLKE, WHICH WAS A BAKERY and also  a coffee shop. Later on we went by S-Bahn from Bahnhof Friedenau to Alexander Platz. Did we have a Curry wurst at Alexander Platz? We definitely had something to eat and a drink. Then we went by U-Bahn to Rosenthaler Platz where we met my niece Corinna and her son Carlos. So, we went with them on a tour of the neighbourhood. This district, called Prenzlauer Berg, is popular with  tourists. Actually, this is the district, where Corinna went with all of us to have coffee in that converted cinema. Before that we went with Corinna and Carlos for a Mexican lunch. Then after coffee we went to a park where there was music and dancing. By that time Carlos, who was already pretty grown up, 15 I think, excused himself and went off somewhere else, probably to spend time with his friends.

Here we came out of the underground.




The above pictures are taken in the park where the music and the dancing was. Oops. I forgot the pictures from our Mexican lunch. Here they are:


Peter with Corinna and Carlos at the Mexican place where we had lunch.



Peter’s Iphone Pictures from our Berlin Visit in June 2016

I want to start rebloggen some blogs from our visit to Berlin just one year ago! Looking at all these pictures brings back memories.


Haxenhaus in Tegel (Northern Suburb of Berlin) Haxenhaus in Tegel (Northern Suburb of Berlin)


Matthew, Caroline and Martin Matthew, Caroline and Martin

Inside of Haxenhaus Inside of Haxenhaus



House in Tegel A House in  Friedenau

Caroline in Klaudia's apartment Caroline in Klaudia’s apartment

Klaudia and Caroline Klaudia and Caroline

Martin in Klaudia's apartment Martin in Klaudia’s apartment

Sakorn, Matthew, Caroline and Daniel in Alt-Spandau   Sakorn, Matthew, Caroline and Daniel in Alt-Spandau (Western Suburb of Berlin)
Sakorn, Matthew, Caroline and Daniel in Alt-Spandau (Western Suburb of Berlin)

It had been Daniel’s birthday and he invited all his family for lunch in Alt-Tegel.



Some more pictures of that family lunch I’ll publish in another blog.

We had tickets for the Komische Oper in Berlin. We had tickets for the Komische Oper in Berlin. We saw a modern production of the “Magic Flute”


This sign we saw outside a charity shop in Rubensstrasse. This sign we saw outside a charity shop in Rubensstrasse.

We went with Martin to U-Bahnhof Rathaus Schoneberg. We went with Martin to U-Bahnhof Rathaus Schoneberg.

Quite a collection close to where  we came out of the underground station. Quite a collection close to where we came out of the underground station.

View down Innsbrucker Strasse towards Inssbrucker Platz. View down Innsbrucker Strasse towards  Bayerischer Platz.

It was a rainy day. None the less we walked passed the duck pond through the Stadpark towards our destination: Die Pusteblume Cafe!

This duck pond is close to where I used to live as a child. This duck pond is…

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Eggs Benedict


We shared a serving of Eggs Benedict with spinach leaves. They were as bit like the recipe in the above link. but the leaves were not  sauteed, which is all right by me. The hollandaise sauce that went with the poached eggs was just perfect, simply delicious!

We had also some flat white coffee, very good Campos coffee.




We thought to go to the Campos Cafe for Brunch in the Warrawong Shopping Centre was a good choice. We had left out car for service at the K-Mart Service Centre. This was at 9 o’clock in the morning. We thought we would use the time while the car was being serviced to go to the GALA Cinema. The movie we wanted to see was to start at 10 o’clock. That gave us one hour to have a bit of a bite before the movie started. The movie was “The Zookeeper’s Wife”.

Books I read in June 2017

Fletcher, John, 1934- Dust of the land

March, Mia The Meryl Streep movie club

Coelho, Paulo Adultery

The library sent me an email to remind me that I have to return the above three books by Thursday, the 8th of June 2017.

They say:

” Please return them, by the due date, or renew at: . . . . ”

And there is the URL of the Wollongong Library as well as their phone number. That means it is possible to renew by email or phone.  I can renew the books if I have not finished reading them by next Thursday.

It is a reminder only as follows:

“04 Jun 2017

Dear borrower,
Reminder Only:Your items are due soon”


The reminder was sent off 4 days early, which is quite helpful in case I want to renew.

To me these emails are a good record to see what sort of books I have been borrowing. All the above books happen to be large print books. I find large print is so much easier for me to read. When I read something on the computer,  I usually enlarge the print. To read small print, tends to tire my eyes.

The novel “Dust of the Land” by John Fletcher I did borrow for a second time, since I  very much liked reading it when I borrowed it the first time. I was happy to read it once more! It is an epic novel set in Australia. I am always on the lookout for good Australian novels.

I find Paulo Coelho is a very good author. I like his style of writing very much. The main character in the novel “Adultery” is a married woman,  who is going through a major depression. This is psychologically very interesting and written in a very sensitive way.

Mia March’es novel shows me something about contemporary life in America. For instance how a certain family deals with a tragic car accident,  cancer treatment, single motherhood and adultery. It is all there. And some interesting discussions about Meryl Streep movies!


And of course I recently read “The Dry” by Jane Harper as mentioned in this post:


Uta’s June 2017 Diary

Today is Saturday, the 3rd of June. In Australia this means we are officially well into winter. The temperature here is right now definitely wintry.

Despite the ‘freezing’ temperature, we very much enjoyed today our visit to Berry. Here are some highlights from:




“Berry is a rustic yet sophisticated village surrounded by rich dairy country and is home to some great food and markets. Enjoy the fresh produce and award-winning restaurants that have built a reputation for outstanding cuisine. . . . ”

Yes, it is rustic all right. It has a very special atmosphere. We regret now, that we had no chance to show it to Peter-Uwe and Astrid when they were here in Australia a few weeks ago. I mean, we were able to take them to quite a few great places in our area, however their stay here just was not long enough to cover everything. There are overall too many fantastic places to show to visitors, and time was running out much too soon.

So, today Peter and I drove to Berry to have Brunch at this cafe:


We had been to this cafe a few years ago and loved it. Today we were not disappointed. This cafe is still as good as ever.

This what it says in the write up about the cafe:

“The Berry Sourdough Bakery and Cafe isn’t your average bakery. They have an Alan Scott oven, a mixer, a crew of talented bakers on the bench and all loaves are hand crafted with no moulding machinery used. The bakery makes the most of the location, maintaining a relationship with other local organic food producers. . . . ”

So I must say, it is very much worth a visit. The drive from Dapto to Berry is mainly along some freeways, a lot of them having been constructed fairly recently.  Today we noticed a lot of workers very busily working on some more roads that are to  offload some more of the increasing holiday traffic going through towns down south. Soon the heavy traffic through Berry is going to be a thing of the past. It means, people driving into Berry are to be mainly residents and visitors only. All other traffic further south will bypass Berry on some additional freeway.

Our ancient AUDI very much liked the drive along freeways and accordingly used fuel extremely sparingly which Peter enjoyed tremendously!

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This is a very busy corner with all the traffic going through Berry.
This is our Brunch.

I had a bowl with barley porridge, fruit, nuts and a bit of cream. Delicious! Peter liked his bacon and eggs and tomatoes on some fresh rye bread. We both had flat white coffee out of soup bowls! I think a large cup of coffee like this for breakfast is a French tradition.


I think to discourage the use of plastic bags is a great idea.


Love Eating Asian Food – LEAF = is in this building


Some more pictures from Berry we took today:


When we stood here, we had a choice which way to go to the toilet.

And here some pictures from this morning before we left home:


Yesterday afternoon I had four friends over for our games of Scrabble and Rummy. I took some pictures before the ladies arrived:

I left some snacks on the box with the Rummikub tiles.