Category Archives: Italy

Delirious Venezia.

Thirty-one years, all of which in possess of a passport marked “Repubblica Italiana”, and I had never been to Venezia. I visited Hanoi, Dušanbe and Charlotte, North Carolina, but never made it to the city at the end of the Veneto … Continue reading

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Licensed to Ill: driving your teenage roads, twelve years on.

Unlike many of my peers, I wasn’t given a car as a birthday present when I turned 18. Publicly I was saying I didn’t want it but I knew it was a case of fox and grapes with a numberplate, … Continue reading

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Modern art

I don’t often go to modern art fairs, mainly because I don’t get it at all, and I have a tendency to express scorn and not-so-educated scathing comments  out loud when everyone else is silent (it’s a family gift, Dad … Continue reading

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Where the woods are returning.

On paper, it was an easy ride. About 9 klicks, roughly 600 meters in elevation, and a smooth return to the waiting car, through the woods, up the ridge and then back again into the woods. The signs at the … Continue reading

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“It’s all they’re asking these days”.

“Is it organic?” The scorn, on Alberto’s face, was evident. “These days they don’t even check if the wine’s good or not, if it isn’t organic no one wants to give a euro for it”. We scanned the view from … Continue reading

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A rowing regatta

The stretch of the Po river that flows past the city of Turin, in Northwest Italy, is normally quiet: a few rowers, two boats doing a sort of public shuttle service, countless ducks and swans. This weekend, though, things were … Continue reading

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Properly out of office now.

The last e-mails have been sent, the polite reminder has been set up, my drawers have been bolted shut and I made a dash for the door; for a week, I shall be nowhere to be seen. If only the … Continue reading

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The closest thing to “Out of office”

So, the last three weeks have been hectic. I’m inbetween projects and that means that I’m living dreaded moment when you’re being squeezed like a lemon from your old team and new commitments flooding in. Hopefully it’ll all be over … Continue reading

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Bologna people watching

People watching in Bologna was refreshing. Renowned for their frank, no-nonsense attitude, I found the Bolognese a nice, unassuming, welcoming bunch. Our permanence was short, but it gave me the distinct impression of a city fundamentally at ease with itself, … Continue reading

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Red roofs and ochre arcades

It is often said that Bologna is la dotta, la grassa e la rossa or the erudite, the fat and the red. Erudite, for its university had been established in 1088 AD, making it the oldest in the world. The fat, … Continue reading

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