19 Apr 2018 […] vìx bene càstaliò Cadmùs descènderat àntro ìncustòditàm lentè videt ìre iuvèncam nùllum sèrvitiì signùm cervìce gerèntem […] Ovid., Met., III.14-16 …why do I find it interesting? Because the metric, in particular the line in the middle, movingly mirrors the meaning like great music. Ovid’s exametres – like those of Homer or […]

Jersey loophole? “Dutch sandwich”? No, just a good old British toast! Last year, in the run-up to Christmas, I organised a special event to mark Krescendo’s XVth anniversary. I worked hard to make a two-day commitment for my employees and their close families, at a time of the year where weekends are at a premium, […]

…Where does the Iliad’s timeless appeal (to different people and for different reasons) come from? This kind of question is what inspired me to go back to Uni in 2012 for a one-year postgrad diploma in Classics. I since found out that many of my friends and acquaintances from all walks of life have been touched […]

“Let’s go for a drink”. Thank goodness for Bacchus’ international language. I am escorting @original_stig (yes, the first one, the one wearing the black suit) Perry McCarthy, F1 driver, Le Mans racer – now motivational speaker – to my old school in beautiful Naples, Italy. A beer and a glass of wine at the airport […]

Deep-diving into Cicero’s book 1 “On Oratory” (De Oratore I*), I found a few 2,000-year-old pearls for sharing. I then matched them up against photos from a spectacular old-school event that took place a couple of years ago, on 23 Aug 2014, at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. I think the result is pretty cool. * […]

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, […]