GIULIO ANDREOTTI: THE DIVINE PERFORMER OF ITALIAN POLITICS

INTRODUCTION Most people associate Il Divo with the multi-national classical crossover vocal group. Il Divo is Italian for “divine performer”. The term “divo” is often associated with notable people in cultural professions. The term is also linked with Italian politician and statesman Giulio Andreotti. Many consider Andreotti a true divine performer in Italian politics because he has held numerous ministerial positions in the last 40 years. There’s a bit of irony in the religious … Continue reading GIULIO ANDREOTTI: THE DIVINE PERFORMER OF ITALIAN POLITICS

WHY ARE WE THE BYZANTINE TIMES?

I like the words. Unfortunately, my vocabulary in English is not extraordinary, perhaps not even in Italian, my native language, but I like to know origins and play with words. In this playful effort of mine, I hope I’ll never become like Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, to the best known as John Conrad (I am modest, I know), a man with a very interesting life, but with … Continue reading WHY ARE WE THE BYZANTINE TIMES?

THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD (ISN’T A JOKE)

The story of generals gathered in their masses is going on, but this time our character isn’t a stupid war pig, and he is not a general. He was Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet lieutenant colonel at the time of the late Cold War, when the frictions between USSR and the US was about to collapse, the nuclear collapse. A model soldier, planed in the Soviet Air Defence Forces, in the … Continue reading THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD (ISN’T A JOKE)

ROTARACT: CONNECTING THE WORLD IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

I met Rotaract in 2012 and in that year I also joined it. Honestly, before, I had never heard of it and I joined it for a rather absurd reason, linked to a dictionary of Kashubis downloaded with my first laptop, but it is a long story with which I will not bore you. Rotaract is an association promoted by Rotary International, in the past, it represented the pure youth … Continue reading ROTARACT: CONNECTING THE WORLD IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

THE HISTORY OF STARTERS

A CULINARY JOURNEY INTO THE TASTIEST FOOD: THE STARTERS Starters, starters and STARTERS! The same idea of starters has something joyful and attractive. A riot of colours and flavours that invite us to participate in the banquet. The image and the conception of starters recalls a moment of happiness, with friends or family, a moment of pure conviviality and sharing. The role of starters has crucial importance: to introduce the guest … Continue reading THE HISTORY OF STARTERS

CULTS OF THE DEAD

My family is atheist, I think I can define myself as agnostic, but I really appreciate Gnosticism (as much as it might seem a literal inconsistency), especially the Islamic one. After all, agnosticism can also oscillate between rigour and laxity. I undoubtedly prefer the latter, in which I can even see a certain Darwinism, with the emphasis that some currents place on adaptation. Maybe that’s why … Continue reading CULTS OF THE DEAD

FIVE BIZARRE FOOD TO TASTE

For Hinduism, 5 is the number of Shiva. The divinity is in fact (also) represented with five faces, to symbolize mastery over the five elements and the five senses. To satisfy its varied palate, I have collected five very special dishes. Five dishes from five different cultures. Five different dishes, regardless. Because diversity is a value. Scientific, political, social, economic values (especially on the plate). Here they are: … Continue reading FIVE BIZARRE FOOD TO TASTE