A primary school leaver, Niccolò, and his teenage sister Maia cycle 1,000 miles – from John O’Groats to Land’s End – with their parents Anne and Gabriele.  Was it a fun summer holiday? This is Dad’s daily diary of the JOGLE adventure.  Posted on Facebook at the end of each day, it provides evidence of […]

Preface Jan 2, 1992 was the first working day in which Free Movement of Labour applied across Europe. That day I started my first job at a big company in London.  Despite being a 22-year-old Italian, the zero-paperwork requirements made this very easy. At that time, Britain was no El Dorado: stuck in a deep recession, […]

A poetic riddle I ruminate in thought I ruminate in action I ruminate in love I ruminate in passion That’s why they call me Drew I wish they called me Dexter

Today we can box-in another year. And then place this box – after giving it a couple of good kicks to exorcise the bad stuff and raising it a few times to celebrate the good stuff – right in front of us, and use it as a step, a higher vantage point for looking to […]

Before you read the post, look and listen to this. Prima di leggere, guarda e ascolta: http://youtu.be/Y0_DeHSTLHU   This is what I see.  Ecco cosa vedo: The path from the left is life proceeding from the past. Il cammino da sx è la vita che incede dal passato. The path from the right are the […]

Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis, e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem; non quia vexari quemquamst jucunda voluptas, sed quibus ipse malis careas quia cernere suavest. Sweet, when the winds turn the wide sea to maelstrom Here from the shore, is the sight of  the trouble of others Not because it is nice to rejoice […]

Lorenzo the Magnificent is to Florence what yeast is to bread. Firenze Magnifica, pulsating heart of the Renaissance, is a monument to beauty. It is also thanks to Florence that I enjoy a magnificent existence today, made all the more so by magnificent friends. One of them recently asked me about Firenze, for he was planning […]