Thursday, April 14, 2016

Betty MacDonald and her fifth autobiographical book

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

we have a very special  Betty MacDonald fan club gift.

As already mentioned we are going to share very exciting info on Betty MacDonald's fifth autobiographical book.

Betty MacDonald fan club research team recently got very interesting info on this subject.

The most important item is a letter by Betty MacDonald.

She describes in detail her fifth autobiographical book.

We have a Betty MacDonald fan club surprise for you.

You can order our new Betty MacDonald and Alison Bard Burnett CD and DVD!

DVD and CD are different. You can see Betty MacDonald, her sister Alison Bard Burnett and other family members and friends in front of the camera for the first time! 

We can offer you new wonderful Betty MacDonald Fan Club Items and a new Betty MacDonald and Alison Bard Burnett CD and DVD. 

Alison Bard Burnett shares the most interesting stories about Mary, Betty and the Bard family. 

CD and DVD interviews are different ones.

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

Alison Bard Burnett and other Betty MacDonald fan club honor members will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project Vita Magica.

More exciting news about Betty MacDonald's filmed interview will come soon. 

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli will be back soon.

I guess our beloved darling is going to share a very exciting Betty MacDonald fan club surprise too. 

Let's have a new breakfast with Brad and Nick today.  

You'll enjoy it very much.

We are going to visit Vashon Island.

We are looking for the Betty MacDonald fan club ESC winner 2016.

You can win two tickets for ESC Grand Final 2016 in Stockholm.

Dear Betty MacDonald fan club ESC fans, thank you so much for sending your votes.

We are publishing our third Betty MacDonald fan club ESC 2016 TOP 10 in alphabetical order:


Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy,  Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain and Ukraine.
We are going to publish the next Betty MacDonald fan club ESC voting result very soon.

Wishing you a very nice Thursday,


Don't miss this very special book, please.

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

Germany mulling Turkish demand to prosecute comic

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is considering a request from Turkey to prosecute a TV comedian who wrote a crude poem about the Turkish president, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Monday.
The request poses an awkward choice for the German leader as she relies on Turkey to reduce the influx of migrants to Europe.
Turkey sent a diplomatic note making "a formal request for criminal prosecution" of comedian Jan Boehmermann, Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2012 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, address the media dur...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2012 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, address the media during a joint press conference after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Germany is considering a request from Turkey to prosecute a TV comedian who wrote a crude poem about the Turkish president, Chancellor Angela Merkel¿s spokesman said Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Boehmermann read the poem on ZDF television two weeks ago to illustrate what he said wouldn't be allowed in Germany, contrasting it with another channel's satirical song that also poked fun at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Germany's ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry in Ankara last month to hear a protest over that song.
Mainz prosecutors told the dpa news agency late Monday that Erdogan had also filed his own complaint accusing Boehmermann of slander, adding that it would be considered as part of the ongoing investigation.
While the German government defended the song as legitimate free speech, it has strongly distanced itself from the poem. Seibert has said that Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu agreed the poem was "deliberately offensive."
Germany's criminal code provides for up to three years in prison or a fine for insulting a foreign head of state. However, it stipulates that such offenses are only prosecuted if the country in question seeks prosecution and the German government allows it.
Seibert told reporters Monday that officials would take several days to decide whether to allow prosecutors to proceed in the case, but stressed that Merkel holds free speech in high regard. It is "negotiable neither at home nor abroad," he said.
German officials have appeared at pains to avoid causing further friction with Erdogan, steering clear of direct criticism of the president in recent weeks amid Turkey's sharp response to German satire. Merkel championed the European Union-Turkey deal for Ankara to take back migrants who travel illegally to Greece.
Seibert said he was stressing Merkel's dedication to free speech "to counter the impression that the freedom of opinion and art ... no longer has the necessary high value for the chancellor just because she, along with other Europeans, wants to resolve the refugee question in partnership with Turkey."
In Turkey, Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that "this kind of attack, including insults and rude statements to a country's president and also targeting a society, has nothing to do with freedom of expression or with press freedom."
"It is an insult everywhere in the world, and it is a crime," he said, adding that "those who publish this kind of ugliness ... apparently are annoyed with improved relations" between Germany and Turkey.
A senior German opposition lawmaker called on Merkel to reject the Turkish call for Boehmermann's prosecution.
Left Party parliamentary caucus leader Sahra Wagenknecht noted that in Turkey, more than 1,800 cases have been opened against people accused of insulting Erdogan since he came to office.
"If Merkel caves in in the Boehmermann case, he will be able to strike at will in Germany as well in the future," she said.
Frank Jordans in Berlin and Dominique Soguel in Istanbul contributed to this report.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right,  listens  as Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left,  speaks  duri...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, listens as Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, speaks during a joint press conference after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Germany is considering a request from Turkey to prosecute a TV comedian who wrote a crude poem about the Turkish president, Chancellor Angela Merkel¿s spokesman said Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

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Benfica vs Bayern Munich live score and goal updates from the Champions League quarter-final

Bayern take a 1-0 lead to Portugal after Arturo Vidal's early goal in the first leg, as Guardiola's men go gunning for their five consecutive semi-final

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Big clash: Bayern take a 1-0 lead to the Estadio da Luz

Full-time: Bayern Munich progress 3-2 on aggregate

Bayern Munich are into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Tonight’s 2-2 draw in Lisbon was more than enough for Pep Guardiola’s men.
They will face either Manchester City, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid next.

89' - Tame effort from Lewandowski

Substitute Robert Lewandowski is set free through the middle but puts his effort straight at the goalkeeper.

85' - Talisca goes close again

Talisca almost curls in another free-kick as he has Manuel Neuer clambering towards his near post.
Fortunately for the Bayern stopper, the effort goes just wide.

76' GOAL! Benfica 2-2 Bayern (Agg 2-3)

Talisca curls a rasping free-kick past Manuel Neuer and into the corner of the German’s net.
Benfica need two goals in the last 14 minutes to make it through - and they’ll feel as if they should be attempting to achieve that feat against 10 men.

74' - Martinez cautioned

Javi Martinez brings down Raul Jimenez as the Benfica striker bears down on goal but is only given a yellow card.
Benfica’s players begged the ref to brandish a red.

71' - Vidal almost gets his second

Arturo Vidal comes close to getting his second of the night in very bizarre circumstances.
The midfielder runs onto a Thomas Muller pass but sends a tame effort straight at Benfica’s goalkeeper, who somehow contrives to fumble the ball narrowly past the post and out for a corner when he should’ve gathered it with ease.

Pizzi and Philipp Lahm battle for possession

68' - Bayern goal disallowed

Thomas Muller thinks he’s got his second goal of the night but the offside flag is up.
Franck Ribery finds David Alaba with a neat pass and the Austrian fires the ball across the face of goal for Muller to tap into the empty net.
The flag was raised for Ribery’s pass to Alaba though, and replays show it was the correct decision.

60' - Costa hits the post

A marauding run into Benfica’s half sees Douglas Costa open up a shooting opportunity for himself on his favoured left foot.
The Bayern winger lets rip and sees his effort go beyond the keeper but cannon off the post.

55' - Ribery blazes over

Pep Guardiola berates Franck Ribery as the Frenchman blazes over from distance.
Clearly the former Barcelona boss had something else in mind.

Guardiola wasn't too pleased with Ribery

51' GOAL! Benfica 1-2 Bayern (Agg: 1-3)

Game over.
Thomas Muller turns the ball home from a Javi Martinez header to make it 2-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.
That was too easy for the German champions and Muller’s strike is surely enough to seal their place in Friday’s last four draw.

Back underway...

The referee has blown the whistle for the start of the second half.

All square at the break

The whistle has gone at the Estadio da Luz and it’s been a good half for Bayern.
Pep Guardiola’s side have had the better of it and, despite going behind, bounced back to score the away goal their play deserved.
Benfica have an uphill task to make the semis from here.

Elsewhere in Europe...

As it stands, Barcelona are heading out.
The defending champions are losing 1-0 at Atletico Madrid after Antoine Griezmann’s strike for the hosts.
Last week’s 2-1 result at the Nou Camp means Diego Simeone’s side stand to go through on away goals.

Antoine Griezmann has put Atletico a goal up against Barcelona

38' GOAL! Benfica 1-1 Bayern (Agg 1-2)

Arturo Vidal restores Bayern’s advantage with a vital away goal for the Bavarians.
The Chilean drills home from just outside the box with a sweetly struck left-footed effort.
Benfica now need to score twice to stand a chance of progressing into the last four.

Arturo Vidal celebrates Bayern's equalising goal

30' - Jimenez fluffs his lines

Raul Jimenez has a chance to put his side ahead just minutes after equalising but scuffs his effort and Neuer collects the ball with ease.

27' GOAL! Benfica 1-0 Bayern (Agg: 1-1)

The tie is all square as Raul Jimenez meets a cross from the left-wing.
Manuel Neuer was caught in no man’s land there.

Jimenez celebrates his opener

22' - Vidal denied

Arturo Vidal breaks into the box from midfield but directs his header from a Thiago Alcantara pass straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.

19' - Muller goes close

Phillip Lahm marauds down the right wing before putting in a cross to centre-forward Thomas Muller.
The German striker doesn’t connect with the ball cleanly but it almost spins into the bottom corner.

Pep Guardiola gives instructions from the touchline

14' - Bayern dominating possession

Unsurprsingly, Pep Guardiola’s side are enjoying the lion’s share of possession against Benfica.
An early away goal will go some way to ending the tie, as that will leave the hosts needing to score three times.
Neither side have come close to breaking the deadlock as of yet though.

7' - Slow start in Lisbon

We’ve had five minutes of action in Lisbon and not much is happening.

Alexander Hassenstein
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We're off!

The referee has got the game underway in Portugal...

Our teams are in...

We have our team news for tonight’s clash in Portugal.
Here’s how they’ll be lining up:

  • Benfica: Ederson, Almeida, Jardel, Lindelof, Eliseu, Fejsa, Renato Sanches, Salvio, Carcela, Pizzi, Jiménez Benfica subs: Paulo Lopes, Semedo, Luisão, Samaris, Talisca, Guedes, Jovic
  • Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Kimmich, Javi Martinez, Alaba, Alonso, Vidal, Thiago, Douglas Costa, Ribéry, Müller
  • Subs: Ulreich - Lewandowski, Rafinha, Bernat, Götze, Rode, Coman

Can Benfica stop an inevitable-looking clash between Pep Guardiola’s current and next teams, but overturn their first-leg deficit at the Estadio da Luz?
Arturo Vidal’s early goal was enough to give Bayern the lead at the half-way stage, as Benfica look to topple their German opponents for the first-ever time in Europe.
A win for Guardiola’s side will see them reach their fifth consecutive Champions League semi-final, while the Portuguese side have not troubled the last four of Europe’s biggest competition since 1990.
If they are to do that, they will have to make do without 32-goal striker striker Jonas, who is suspended. Midfielder Nicolas Gaitan is also a doubt with a muscular problem.
Kinglsey Coman should return for Bayern after missing this weekend’s win at Stuttgart, but should be available after a knock.
Arjen Robben and Jermone Boateng are both missing for Bayern
We’ll bring you all the action from Portugal as it happens, so stay tuned...