Friday, January 15, 2016

Betty MacDonald and exciting stories

Linde Lund shared KOMO News's photo.
KOMO News with Clinton Ingram.
An island icon that has weathered six decades in the woods has apparently fallen prey to vandals. Someone has stripped and stolen parts of Vashon Island's iconic 'bike-in-a-tree,' leaving it without a front wheel, a back tire, and more --

Did you ever see anything like this?
Betty MacDonald in the living room at Vashon on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter January will be available next week.

We got new info and a photo regarding Betty MacDonald's very exciting story about Dorita Hess.

Anita and Eartha Kitt II are going to share their research results including new info on Betty MacDonald's beloved grandmother Gammy.

We are looking for Betty MacDonald's favourite flower.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

International Betty MacDonald fan club events are outstanding and you shouldn't miss them.
As much as I enjoyed Betty MacDonald fan club event in London I'll vote for Stockholm because of Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Stockholm is a magical city. 

Hurry up, please.

Don't miss the chance to win the most interesting collection of Betty MacDonald's  unique handmade Christmas cards.


today: January 15, 2016

You only have to find a document or a letter in Betty MacDonald fan club letter collection.

In which year did Betty MacDonald create this Christmas card?

Great Vita Magica news!

Wolfgang Hampel's new Vita Magica guest is a very famous TV lady, author and singer. 

We can't wait to learn more.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli  is back.

I adore our darling and would like to meet him.

Don't miss breakfast at the bookstore with Brad and Nick. 

Betty MacDonald magical Vashon Island is one of my dream  goals.

Onions in the Stew is the best one of Betty MacDonald's books according to my opinion.

A very hot favourite for ESC 2016 in Stockholm!  

Weekend is near!

Enjoy a very nice Friday,


Don't miss this very special book, please.

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

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Wolfgang Hampel in Florida State University 

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel 

Betty MacDonald fan club interviews on CD/DVD

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Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund 

How the Indonesia Terror Attack Unfolded

Jakarta attack began at a shopping mall when a bomb exploded

Deadly explosions and gunfire struck Indonesia's capital Jakarta on Thursday in what authorities have called a terrorist attack.

JAKARTA—The terror attack that rocked Jakarta and killed at least seven on Thursday unfolded on a busy street in front of the Sarinah shopping complex, an aging mall that was once popular with tourists looking for batik shirts or cheap Indonesian knickknacks.
In the late morning, a man exploded a bomb at a Starbucks cafe across from the mall as a crowd sipped coffee. The explosive device killed the bomber and caused panic among the patrons. Two gunmen outside the Starbucks opened fire, and a Canadian man was struck and killed, police said. His identity was not disclosed.

Shortly after, two more suicide bombers exploded devices at a small police traffic post at the nearby intersection of busy Thamrin and Wahid Hasyim streets, police said. The concrete huts, where officers park their motorcycles and take a break, are spread around the capital. The bombers killed themselves and at least one officer was injured, police said.

The blasts were heard throughout the area. Crowds of people milled in front of nearby office buildings, trying to understand what was happening. Others fled down the street. Many reflexively looked at their phones. More explosions went off at security gates near the Starbucks and at a nearby Burger King.
“I heard the first explosion at around 10:30. A few minutes later, I heard a second explosion and saw [a policeman] in the police post, his clothes are ripped apart,” Mega Silviyanti, a student, said. “I heard a total of six explosions.”

The attack began when a bomb exploded at a Starbucks in Jakarta. Photo: adi weda/European Pressphoto Agency
A gunbattle then raged for the next quarter-hour at Thamrin street, with the gunmen taking cover behind parked cars, police said. Witnesses described the gunmen as being clad in black and carrying backpacks, armed with at least one assault rifle and one pistol. Both of them were shot and killed, police said.
Hundreds of shoppers and office workers sought cover on Sunda, a cross street about 50 meters from the Sarinah shopping complex, or down the restaurant-lined Sabang street. Police cordoned the area as helicopters hovered overhead. 

People called and texted loved ones and shot photos and videos.

Jakartans turned to Twitter to draw comfort and show defiance. Hashtags #prayforJakarta and #KamiTidakTakut, or “We’re Not Afraid,” became world-wide trending topics on the social network.

Security forces swept the area and turned up six more explosive devices, most of them the size of a fist, police said. A tremor went through the crowd thronging Sunda street at about 12:40 p.m. when another explosion was heard, which turned out to be a device being disarmed.

Antiterror police with bulletproof vests and assault rifles later swept the Lotus department store near the Starbucks, seeking more attackers but didn’t find any, police said. Apart from the milling crowds, the normally packed central city was eerily devoid of cars as police rerouted traffic. They announced the all-clear around 4:30 p.m. Nerves stayed on edge, however, and an exploding car tire caused momentary panic in the area hours later.

Officials said the militants came from an Islamic State-linked group in Solo, a city on Indonesia’s main island of Java, and had been in contact with terrorists in Syria. Islamic State said it carried out the attacks in an Arabic-language statement distributed on social media.
The attack was the worst in the capital of the world’s most-populous Muslim majority country in many years and left all five attackers dead, plus the Canadian and an Indonesian national. A Dutch citizen and a German man were among the 20 people injured, some of them critically.