26.12 @ Scarlatti
Garage concert in Torre del Greco
- I have a bit criticised the choise of the new single from the new
Album, as I was more oriented for the easy-listening of "Dimentica
l'America". But "Il
Freddo Addosso" is not only a good one;
it is better representing the latest shift of the band to a more impacting
and angry rock sound. It is a good choice, the best one.
Trauzeuge - I am proudly the Best Man of my friend Matthias
I have followed The Voice of Germany, yes I
like this song and I have liked this moment
I must admit this espresso
tastes really good, and I am lately preferring it to my cappuccino.
'Arpeggio', 'Ristretto' and 'Decaffeinato Intenso' have won the
My first time at a bachelor's party in Germany. It was a great
evening with M. & friends.
Back from a 4 days business trip in Amsterdam.
It was nice, but I do not like when I am too often away from
home; I am missing Regine and Berlin in this period.
And the Scarlatti
new video is out today, the first single taken from
their new album coming in January.
: Most of my internet activity during these weeks
is about Lou's legacy. This
is a kinda lost VU song, I guess never recorded in studio by
the VU, here covered by Dean & Britta (from the '13 Most
Beautiful... Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests' soundtrack).
A 5 days business trip in Malta, where I've finally met again
- after almost 10 years - my Maltese friend Paula and where
I've had fun with my friends and colleagues from all over EMEA.
think of all the things I've done and I know that it's only just begun.
Those smiling faces, you know I just can't forget 'em, but I love
you - When I think of all the things I've seen and I know that it's
only the beginning. You know those smiling faces, I just can't forget
'em but for now, I love you" (Lou Reed - 'I love you')
Saperlo in qualche modo
presente ad occupare uno spazio fisico nel mio stesso spazio fisico
mi dava sicurezza, non so come dirlo, ed avverto un senso di solitudine
adesso. Ma la sostanza, anima, universo che conosco ed in cui e con
cui mi muovo, che Lou contribuisce ad illuminare e modellare, sempre
la’ sta’, sempre dentro di me e’, nelle azioni che
compio e nelle gioie che vivo.
Qualcuno che amo mi ha detto che Lou lo sa e ne e' contento, ed io ci
Knowing that somehow he was occupying a physical space in my same
physical space gave me a sense of security... I do not know how to say
it... and now I feel a sense of loneliness. But the essence, the soul,
the universe that I know and in which and with which I move, that Lou
helps to illuminate and to shape, is still there, always inside of me,
in the actions that I make and in the joys that I live.
Someone I love has told me that Lou knows it and and is happy about
it, and I believe it is true.
I have spent some days in Napoli.
I was missing from there since a too long time.
# Dario, Alessandra, and Tea
# Mamma e Papa and their 40th Anniversary!!! # Seiano #
# Friends # Pizza (you not-neapolitan friends...you can't understand,
I'm sorry) # La
Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer), too sad by the way #
Giuliano # Bell' Rosa' # Summertime temperatures! # DimenticA
l'AmericA, bAbeee # walking through San Giorgio... and
two of us learning to dance Swing.
An entire weekend dedicated to this music and dance.
Simply joyful, light, beautiful.
Cool cool stuff!
Here's the video
of our teachers taken from the lessons of these days, with the
steps that we've been learning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-CaXeHb1pA
(PS ... I am a mess, but I try hard.)
return from holidays, I was so enthusiastic to start again with my habits
and routine....but this
is the surprise that I've found: my gym closed for insolvency! One
can hardly guess that things like this happen also in Germany nowdays.
It is the
end of an Age for me, so used I was to that little walk
through Kastanienalle, that little time in the Kulturbrauerei. I have
just found (after a little Via Crucis) a replacement. I hope this new
place will work (and I am confident it will after the first visits that
have positively impressed me), becoming important and good part of the
autumn/winter season in front of us (the Berlin's romantic season) -
after a summer full of Sun still alive in our memories.
(8-27 September 2013)
#Murávera or Muravéra?#Porto Cervo Marina#La Pelosa
beach#Montalbano#Napoli vs Borussia Dortmund#Alghero#Vento di
Maestrale#Arcipelago della Maddalena#Incredible blue sea#Napoli
vs Milan (@ pizzeria Dante in Porto Cervo...)#my 39th birthday#Marco
& Mariangela & Lara#Rossopomodoro#The little port of
Stintino#The boar!#The beach of Capriccioli#etc...
And we stayed @ www.4mori.it
great to have some of my Italian colleagues and my friend and mentor
A. here in Berlin during the first week of the month. The office has
been extra-populated and noisy and the evenings have been relaxed, hilarious
and cheerful, like the good old
times in Rome.
posted on Derrick
Fanclub's page. QUIZ: Welche Zimmernummer hat das Büro
von Derrick? What room number has the Derrick's office? (solution
at the Liepnitzsee,
Pizza, BBQ, Karaoke: starting August with the right attitude.
I am following the SSC Napoli
summer´s football market every day! It is exagerated, sick,
I know, but it's fun. After many years of lethargy, my favourite
Team is massively shopping, and we hope that it's going to turn
This is one main topic of my conversations with my Neapolitan
friends. And with the warm, hot temperatures invading Berlin during
these days....it feels like being in Italy again!
: If you ask me where I come from... I come from a place where
people are able to write things like this
: When I think about this song
I think of this picture, and
I had to
wait a few months...but finally this was the perfect time to redeem
my 2012 birthday's present.
A trip to Warnemünde,
a sunny day, with Regine and ... Anna and Ugo! in this beautiful little
city on the Baltic Sea during one stop of their cruise through the Nordic
is after me this month. But this time with very good intentions:
home made Sushi, BBQ and good company at the birthday party
of my Japanese friend M..
This site is
about Life. And Life means Love.
is your eyes when they look at me, is you while
caring about flowers and plants, is your smile appearing everytime
you meet my look since 10 years, is you going to work at morning,
is you doing nothing, is the picture of you appearing on my
phone when you call me.
I am listening to your last present, the CD of R. Mey. I am
looking outside the window, there is our 'Zionswalker'. And
I am laughing and thinking of you, and how you are able to mutate
every thing into an act of love.
Love is you and
everything you do.
it looks like I managed to embed my 'Gfont' on my website! Thanks to
I've been on a one week business trip
in Amsterdam where I've met my friends/colleagues : very nice.
And I've recently moved to a new job
||Well, I've tried. Too
extreme for me, sorry. (Sushi)
Ping Pong season has just began... and these on the right
are 2 of the public places in Berlin that I visit more often,
at Weinsbergpark and Arkonaplatz.
There are so many free ping pong tables that one can discover
in Berlin; they're mapped at a Worldwide level at pingpongmap.net,
where we've recently submitted registration for the one that has
been for long time our place in Rome...
I like complaining and I am so
conservative sometimes. But Regine is so patient and she is
often pushing for something new to do or to see.
This time was the time for me to discover something about the
beautiful Berlin' surroundings: the Wannsee lake (beautiful)
and the Strandbad
Wannsee, an open-air lido which was probably built without
a great sense of aesthetics but is very efficient, practical,
essential and affordable... very German.
We have spent a beautiful day and have enjoied, for the first
time this year, the pleasure of walking barefoot on the sand,
of lying down on the beach, feeling at the Se(e)aside.
Some more pics.
night! We invited some of our friends to spend an evening together
in our apartment on Friday 10.05. With the gnocchi coming directly from
Naples, from the family pasta company of my mother's uncle, I prepared
'Gnocchi alla Sorrentina' for 10 persons (which was a real challenge),
and Regine made antipasti and Tiramisu' for everyone. Friends, multiple
cultures, food, wine: I like this things
This is a story about betrayal and about falling in love.
I went out for a date with Bono and U2 at San Paolo stadium in Naples...and
there I met Lou Reed, and
I fell in love.
07.05 ... but instead the weather was fantastic! Three full days
of sun and warm temperatures, and we could enjoy the places and
the holidays of my relatives in the best possible way. I hope
they had a good time, like we had. And everytime I meet them I
realize how lucky I am to have such fantastic parents.
And my previous post, below, will remain as a witness and example
for me on how useless and wrong it is to worry about things that
have not yet happened and that anyway I can't change.
02.05. My parents
and my aunt will come to visit us in Berlin
these days. And obviously the sky is turning from that sort of shy and
pale blue to gray. I don't think I can stand another 'Berlin spring/summer
weather' like the last one...
"...maybe I should get a farm in southern France, where the
winds are wispy and the villagers dance..." (Modern
Dance, Lou Reed)
Post Scriptum. 77 consecutive days!
ended on 31.04 (this is a sort of a coded message)
of Crime concert @ Lido
Berlin. One cool evening.
Now in my living room.
Temperatures are rising, finally, also here in Berlin. We've had a sunny
weekend (that most of the people here have defined 'wonderful'...),
but this morning it started raining. It's anyway warmer, we've had lunch
and dinner outside after many months and we start feeling confident
that Spring is here (or somewhere near) or that, in any case, Winter
stands now behind us being defeated also this year.
Doesn't seem that big news, I know. But sometimes one needs to redefine
the scale of values his life.
March 2013 has been concluded
in Herrenberg, swimming, walking, eating,
being lazy, visiting friends and the Ritter Sport Museum....and
spending Easter time with Regine, P., C. and M.L. ... Peace.
Another icon has disappeared.
Franco Califano has given me good emotions
with some of his songs.
Introduced by my Indian friend
C., I am attending some of the events organised by Internations
We love singing.
Me, Regine and friends singing and having fun at Monster
Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke. And me and Regine repeating
this last Saturday, with 3 hours of non stop singing, countless
songs and just one drink each: challenging people like the Rolling
Stones or the so called great performers who would have at least
asked for a bit of more alcohol.
a pose! My friend and former German teacher S. is photographer,
and she asked me to pose for a project she is working at on immigrates
living in Berlin and their stories. And there I was, like a movie
star, in one of my favourite bars (Hilde) which so much represents
my first intensive times in this city.
something. I am in Italy these days for my brother's birthday.
There is a Tzunami something going on here and who knows if
this could be a right path to salvation. Just after reading the political
election outcome last week I felt desperate, afraid, incredulous. But
warm, hot blood doesn't help a good thinking. The bunga bunga part is
still strong. It exists, you cannot kill them. But it could be made
powerless now. And the other part is stronger, but disunited. I hope
they will be able to make the right choices.
PS. One year ago my idol and guiding star left our World. Lucio Dalla
is up there now, where I look at.
12.03 ... And they were 8 beautiful
days full of love, good food, friends, partially sunny weather (but
in any case warmer), and my wonderful Mamma acting in a comedy Arezzo
But unfortunately also too much talking about politics and pseudo-politics,
too much television, like a collective hypnosis, with these TV news
which are only "...did you see what she did to him, did you
hear what they said, Just a New York conversation rattling in my head,
did you hear who did what to whom, happens all the time...".
From this part I need a break now, I need to detoxify myself.
My friends, watch less TV!
is the most dangerous period here in Berlin. First glances of sun and
all the desperate people after a 5 months of grey sky invade the streets.
And you are tempted to go out and enjoy the light. But it's cold. Damn
cold! And you get a cold.
of Scots. I've attended a Whisky tasting event with my
friend M. and with N. on a friday evening in Prenzlauerberg at
Market Berlin. "How cool was that!" me trying to
understand the German words from the guy there trying to explain
the sense of it and the taste of it and the how-to-make-it, how-to-mix-it
with water, how-to-smell-it etc... me trying not to get drunk
or sick to vomit as my stomach was not really full of solid food
and me I'm not that used or resistant to alchool (but I behaved
well I must say). It was all about Whisky from Scotland, of course.
Single malt, of course. And I liked it, and also purchased one
of the Whisky tasted: Arran. |
Bildungsurlaub! (11.02 - 15.02.13)
One week intensive Deutschkurs @ GLS
Sprachen Zentrum in Berlin. An entire week all for myself, immersed
in a high school feeling and environment, and with my mind focused exclusively
on learning and enjoying at the same time.
It has been fantastic!
I have spent some few days in Rome at the beginning of the month. It
was the occasion to see again some of my old friends/colleagues and
the Urbe. The lights of Rome are always taking me, I don't know, there
is something special in that brightness during the day and the atmosphere
of the city center at night. I remember I wanted so much to go to live
there, I said to my cousin that I would have accepted every job that
would have been offered to me just to be and live there. In Rome. Sometimes,
during those 10 years I had been daydreaming of living in a city that
was there since thousands years. Actually, the feeling was that it had
always been there. Still today sometimes I close my eyes and think of
Rome, especially of those warm summer nights in Rome wearing my shorts
and walking through the old town streets, especially of the bright sky
and colours of the EUR. Rome is my second hometown. I have lived there
for 10 years. While Naples is the city where I was born and where I
grew up, Rome is the city I choosed at a certain point of my life. It
is like family, that you love but you did not choose, and wife/partner,
that you love and did choose. But me and Rome we never really divorced
or split. It is just that things sometimes go in a direction that you
cannot forecast, or they simply do not last forever (only Rome seems
to do), or that every now and then I need a change, move away, leave
things and persons behind me and try something new. But I will always
love you Rome.
I am sitting in my room and watching outside the window. It's snowing
here. Looks cold and white. I find the scenery very romantic. And solitary.
good samaritan has posted many Derrick episodes in Youtube.
I did obviously subscribe, to demonstrate at least my gratitude.
This is not only making me happy and excited about the new espisodes
that I am going to discover, but is also going to be very helpful
for the improvement of my German. I have been lazy with that in
the recent period, Christmas time in Italy and intensive work
lately have not really helped. And in February I am going to attend
one week of intensive training. |
some time ago) Me and Max in Berlin
picture was taken more than one and a half years ago.
I like it, and wanted to post it sooner or later, but I forgot.
Accidentally I have seen it again on my desktop, and here it is
It is me with Max Raabe, and it was taken in Metzer strasse, just
outside the building where we lived.
It reminds me of the first times in Berlin.
I went to that concert in the Waldbühne.
After the short conversation
with Reservoir Dogs' Mr. Orange in June
2010 (a.k.a. Tim Roth), my occasional encounters with Tarantino's
characters continue. This time there was no great conversation, but
I've been just few meters away from Pulp Fiction's Jules Winnfield
(a.k.a. Samuel L. Jackson), Inglourious Basterds' Col. Hans
Landa (a.k.a. Christoph Waltz) and Django Unchained's Django
(a.k.a. Jamie Foxx). And I saw Tarantino too, from longer distance though.
... I am so lazy, we were in Potsdamer platz the other evening, I only
wanted to go away since we had decided to have dinner at home. Regine
had to insist 'come on Gianni, don't you want to have a look?. They
must be around here, I hear people screaming'. So we went. I was
happy we went. It's always like that, Regine always needs to insist
with me. I am too conservative, she is the explorer in our family...
It was at the Berlin premiere of "Django Unchained". They
were on the red carpet signing autographs. I wasn't able to catch their
attention, though I was waving my hands and almost breaking my sternum
again reaching out from the protection fence. I guess Jules noticed
me, even for just a second, I crossed his look: I felt awe, really,
for that second. He does not need to point a gun on you in order to
scare you, that look is enough. "Jules Winnfield!,
our man in Inglewood." I took some shots
of this encounter, bad pictures. But the red carpet is clearly visible.
important note. Schrippen
sind teurer geworden! Local 'panini' here in Berlin have
become more expensive from January. That's what I've just learned as
I bought some at the usual backery 'round the corner before coming here
where I sit now, at the table by the great window of one of my bars
'round the same corner between Kastanienalle and Zionskirchplatz. Last
year schrippen price was 20 cents each, now is 23 cents.
Christmas Holidays in Naples,
and I'm having breakfast every morning with the movies of Toto' and
Vittorio De Sica, thanks to local TV channels which transmit these classics
all day long. Wonderful.
Actually I have muesli for breakfast, not cornflakes. But the title
sounded better that way, "cornflakes and classics",
a Bernie Taupin quote from Elton John's "Captain
Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy".
PS. My Timeline
(the original one, not that cheap social network stuff) is now updated
with year 2012, a good year.