Category Archives: Music review

Song(s) for the Road 5 – Waylaid by the War on Drugs

It was meant to be a busy afternoon. I’ve spent the day delivering a course, the first time in my life being a trainer rather than a trainee (if only my mother could’ve seen me!) and I’ve returned to 60 … Continue reading

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Four years and two days.

I nearly missed, I must confess. Had it not been for the urge of seeing Shut Up and Play the Hits that, at regular intervals, comes to haunt me I’d have probably missed it altogether (and you’d have escaped this post, possibly). … Continue reading

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Widening my cultural horizons – classical concert night

Have you ever read those jokes where books, historical events or theatre plays are synthetized in one or two sentences? You know, those where Homer’s Odyssey is condensed in something along the lines of “A man leaves home for twenty … Continue reading

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Songs for the Road 4 – A slightly introspective Christmas

This year will be an odd Christmas, at least for me. In the last 12 months, in facts, my biological family has shrunk – through deaths and inheritance-caused greed – from 8 members to two, my brother and father. It … Continue reading

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Travelling through a country’s music – Mali

It all started with two groups and neither of them were Malian. Ofo The Black Company was the first and I discovered them in the Botswana special of Top Gear: James May was overtaking, in a old and battered beige … Continue reading

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Video review – “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways”

I was about 8 years old when Kurt Cobain decided to kill himself. I had just bought Bleach, a record that to me, a Catholic boy from smalltown Italy, managed to induce tremendous excitement, shock and horror at the same … Continue reading

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Songs for the road No. 3

It’s been a while since I found the inspiration to write down something about music I’m listening to, but finally here we are. I haven’t stopped listening to stuff, but I guess a bad blow to my habits has been … Continue reading

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Songs for the road No. 2

I’m currently cruising at some 30,000 ft between London and Budapest, with a funny 9-months toddler sitting next to me, his dad profiting of the empty middle seat between us… And what’s bangin’ in my eardrums? Read on. Left Lane … Continue reading

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Overlooked places – Moda, Istanbul’s Asian side

“Çai tea Çai tea…” the litany resounds from aisle to aisle in the open deck of the ship, echoed above by the tremulous shrieks of seagulls trailing in our wake. The ferry waiter, immaculate in his white shirt and blue … Continue reading

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Songs for the road No. 1

Are you one of those people who cannot stop from humming a tune whilst en route, or that associate a record to a particular trip? Then you’re not alone! These are the albums I’m listening to while travelling these days, … Continue reading

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