wins the Supercoppa Italiana!
Watching the breathtaking game with Alessandro, Barbara,
Maurizio and the little Alessandra.
Masataka now calls it his
"Karaoke syndicate international"
in Berlin. It was a very happy special night on December
Masataka and friends @ Monster Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke!
Some hits of the night: Daydream
Believer (The Monkees), Rock'n'Roll
(Led Zeppelin), Don't
know why (Norah Jones).
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At the office in Lützowplatz
we do not have a cafeteria. We go out
for lunch. Very often the choice is the Möebel
Hübner kantine, sometimes we walk up to Nollendorfplatz
and Winterfeldtplatz and stop by the market or by one of the
little restaurants there (like today by Sao
Mai), sometimes (especially when I am alone) the choice
is the italian 'tavola calda' around the corner.
I like this. I can experience another area of the city, Schöneberg,
which I think is more genuine and berliner than Mitte and
Prenzlauerberg. In Schöneberg I still feel being in the
Berlin I met - and I fell in love with - some years ago when
I started exploring it.
guitar solo of Dire Straits' Tunnel
of Love was taking possession of
my head and obsessively going around it day and night...
...this week I ve been going out with my friend Chaitan
at one Internations event @ Supermarket
@ Bikini Berlin ...and visited again, this
time with Regine, Dominique and Sascha, the little Italian
where they make lasagne the way I like it
| A cool week...
because it is really getting cold and because I've been often
around with my friend Matthias, a night at Schwarze
Pumpe (and we agreed on a biweekly Wednesday's men's day!),
again at gym after a long absence, and lasagne and more Italian
food lately (which is always good)
is my new... Shure PG48 ->
15.11.2014 Coming back home after 4 days in Istanbul.
I have seen nothing of the city, only hotels and restaurants; but
many nice friends and colleagues faces.
And soon upon my return, to the Cinema to see Interstellar.
Nothing special, nothing really new, a mix of 2001 Space Odissey,
Armageddon etc... but a trip in the space, into the future, into the
unknown, in the Universe, is to me always worth seeing. They should
do more of this sci-fi movies (I recently saw Prometeus
which also stimulated my fantasy and dreams a lot).
It has been memorable... walking along the
Berlin Wall's path made of white balloons
to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its fall.
If what happened 25 years ago wouldn't have happened many
things would be so different today, that's banal to say,
who knows what and how. And I would hardly had such a Compare,
such a friend.
Thank you Matthias for this beautiful day!
(via iTunes): Buffalo
66. Super good!
I've been sick
some days of the last week, actually we both felt not good
in the last period, must be the winter approaching...
My parents were here in Berlin
for a while, having sightseeing tours with their friends
and spending evenings and weekend with us at our place.
about shrinks (psychiatrists).
I am re-reading Pulp these days.
"Last dream I had I was laying under this elephant, I couldn’t
move and he was releasing one of the biggest turds you ever saw,
it was about to drop and then my cat, Hamburger, walked across the
top of my head and I awakened. You tell that dream to a shrink and
he’ll make something awful out of it. Because you are paying
him excessively, he’s going to make sure to make you feel
bad. He’ll tell you that the turd is a penis and that you
are either frightened of it or that you want it, some kind of crap
like that. What he really means is that he is frightened or wants
the penis. It’s only a dream about a big elephant turd, nothing
more. Sometimes things are just what they seem to be and that’s
all there is to it. The best interpreter of the dream is the dreamer.
Keep your money in your pocket. Or bet it on a good horse."
Headless Our Simple Song 2014
Gianni On Trial 2014!
video Marco recorded for my birthday moved me a lot.
And made me do this brave gesture of recording again, after
20 years, my old songs with my headless guitar. Like in
the good old times, I am too lazy to try hard so I just
recorded once with a cheap mic and kept it as it came out.
I am still On Trial!
Simple Song 2014
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Effects: Flanger & Room
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been PoP or 16Beat, Effects: Comp & Room
And if you would like to
have the full versions: 1) call a doctor, because there's
something wrong with you; 2) contact
me and I will send it to you
Starting October with my
colleagues visiting me in Berlin,
with a sunny and long weekend,
with coffee and cakes at my
favourite 'kuchen' place in Berlin,
with pizza with Masataka (about Rod Stewart and the Faces,
bass and guitar, karaoke in Japan and more),
with my headless guitar.
And with my Regine of course.
She's been a bit sick with cold and cough and fever in this
days. But together we stay cool.
Happy birthday my Regine!
A very nice weekend in Helmstedt,
with my compare Matthias' family
with my Japanese friend Masataka. A
I am Turning 40.
It's been forty years full of Life!
it's been celebrated with overwhelming beautiful emotions!
from south to north! (end
of August - beginning of September)
Dubrovnik + Mlini + Makarska + Brac Island + Milna + Pakostane
+ Zadar + Vrsar + Porec
Beautiful Regine & me + Anna & Ugo (the last 4 days
Avantgarde, Mlini (good) + Illyrian
Resort, Brac Island Milna (lovely) + Camping
Kozarika, Pakostane (nice) + Campsite
Valkanela, Vrsar (incredible! beautiful! immense!)
things happened last weekend.
- Regine's present for my next birthday, a new bicycle for
me - black, cool, comfortable. And we hope this time it will
last more than 3 weeks!
- Regine and me we went cycling round here, and we went to
the cinema to see the latest Eastwood's movie Jersey Boys
- Regine proposed to watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
as a late movie before falling asleep, and despite I thought
I had already seen this movie a thousand times... I realized
that I had never really seen it with the eyes of a man, but
I always had with the eyes of a boy. A great movie...
me of the Guinnes
slogan: Regine is good for Gianni!
I love this city, Berlin, at least
the part of it without the Baustellen (construction sites). What's
goin' on here is ... too much! You can't walk 500 meters without
passing by an excavator or a crane. There's a guy who made a website
about it, wow!
Last year they worked in our innerhof to build the balconies for
the neighbors, and before that they started working and are still
working to a kinda shop or street bureau in the building next door
(what are they doing there? what are they searching for?). And,
I don't remember when (last year?), the Baustellen
invaded the Zionskirchplatz: they say they received funds to
renew the whole square,..., and this week they started working at
our sidewalk. Few weeks left and it sould be ready, they say. Let's
see. To me, it didn't look like it needed a renovation, but maybe
it is just my conservative nature.
in Berlin @ Langer
See with my friends and
18.07 @ Clärchens
Ballhaus for pizza and dance....but
it was too hot to stay in the ballroom! But we didn't give
up, and moved to Monbijou
Park for open air dancing
: swinging (and
sweating) the night away.
13.07.2014 Germany is Football
Finally, this very well deserved achievement.
And I am happy I was here in Berlin when this happened, to
see this joy in the eyes of Regine and of my friends and dears.
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Italian player at the World Cup
and Papa' were here in Berlin for a long weekend,
20-25-06. We went at Weißensee, visited Markthalle
in Kreuzberg, celebrated my name-day. And we watched Italy's
debacle against Costarica and Uruguay: my World Cup is already
Ghana – Germany : 2 – 2
Dave Lombardo bar (1st half) and then home
18.06 in Haarlem (the Netherlands),
watching Holland defeating Australia with friends and colleagues.
In the orange crowd. pic
1 - pic
– Portugal : 4 – 0 @ Kapelle
Saturday @ midnight. Exactly 00.00
Cup 2014 started for real: Italy
vs England 2 - 1.
Watching it at home with Regine, Almi and Sebastian!
(collecting Panini World
Cup 2014 stikers)
Incredibly hot temperatures considering
we are at the beginning of June, and in Germany! We've enjoyed
some free days and the lively streets at evenings and nights,
and meeting friends coming from Italy, Francesca, Vincenzo and
(24-31) 1 week in Kos,
Relax. Pool. Book. Ping
Pong. Sun. Swimming. Beautiful Regine. Champions League
final. Souvlaki...and food in general. Collecting Panini
World Cup 2014 stikers. Beach. Hippocrates.
Atlantica Marmari Beach. Apartment 606. All inclusive.
This is what I recently declared
to the Polizei: "Ich parkte das Fahrrad in der Station
am Morgen und fuhren mit dem Zug zur Arbeit zu gehen. Wann Ich nochmal
am Station war am Abend nach dem Arbeit, hatte Ich nicht das Fahrrad
My bike was stolen at S-Bahn
Nordbahnhof on May 14th! Only 3 weeks, or even less: it was born
under a bad sign!
Introducing my new Steinberger Spirit GT-pro Deluxe and Vox
and F. visited Berlin from 9 and 12 of May, and we spent good
hours together during the weekend.
1-4.05 In Hamburg
Visiting Almi and Sebastian (and great home-made food!), and
celebrating Peter's birthday.
SSC Napoli wins the
After almost 3,5 years in Berlin...
I have a bike!
(and an helmet which makes me look really ridiculous)
Inn Berlin @ Zionskirchstrasse
@ the Horse Race
idea Regine! www.hoppegarten.com
As an additional
sign of how the weather this year has been so unusal warmer
and more gentle, the Ping Pong
Season has already started on Easter day (20.4),
more or less 2 months earlier than in 2013.
Starting end of
January from year zero of the Foundation Era (0 F.E.), on
10.04 I've reached - once again - the end of the saga (Foundation
Golan Trevize should have get rid of Fallom!
now, back to the Robots novels...
Shouldn't I read something new? (Bukowski
was an alternative, but his novels are so few)
again I was restless in my sleep. This time I was enrolled in
a military mission, I was supposed to personally protect the
Marshal. And it was useless to scream how I had nothing to do
I woke up late the morning of the blitz and so I skipped this
responsibility, but I was still afraid of the Marshal's anger.
Before running away from the military base I had a stop at the
warehouse for one of their cool jackets.
Dinners @ Zionskirchplatz with
AK, JT, colleagues and beautiful Regine.
This is the Menu of the night with colleagues "Meet the
Qui continuano le giornate
col cielo limpido, e durano anche piu' a lungo con l'ora legale
etc... E cosi' oggi dopo il lavoro c'era ancora luce e non
faceva freddo ed ho passato un po' di tempo seduto su una
panchina in un parco. In questa foto ascolto 'Marmellata'
di C. Cremonini, e si intravede il brufolo che mi rispunta
proprio sulla punta del naso con una certa regolarita'. Cremonini
mi ricorda il mio amico Domenico P., boh... credo si somiglino.
"Ah... da quando Baggio non gioca piu'...".
sunny weekend in Berlin.
Almi came to
visit us. I enjoyed this spring days relaxing and reading
@ Weinbergspark . We walked in Kollwitzkietz, and were in
Charlottenburg at the opening party of our friend new vegan
Cafe'. Saturday night we went to "Irma
and the bird" concert @ Bflat.
night I dreamt of my favorite Italian pizzeria in Berlin being
run by Russians. I was crying in my sleep.
Salvio, Regine, D., G. and N. @ “O' Braciuolo è
Nata Cosa (!) # La Genovese di Mamma da portare a Berlino
# Napoli-Roma uno a zero # Family # Pizza
# Dario #
& Portici # Pub with Regine, Ale & C. # Walking
in San Giorgio # too many espresso #
I am a successful
Marshal of the old (and declining) Empire @ foundationgame.com
un recente viaggio di lavoro ho comprato un panino all'aeroporto
ed ho pagato con 20 Euro. Ho fissato interdetto la banconota
di resto pensando "ma guarda che particolari gli
Euro che hanno qua!". Evidentemente il tipo mi ha
visto perplesso e mi ha spiegato "Sir, I cannot give
you Euro - we don't use them here".
L'immediata sensazione e' stata quella di essere capitato
a Frittole, prima di realizzare di essere a Zurigo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86wWSdWsxHM
e' iniziato con una festa, che si e' consumata
un po' all'aria aperta - aria fredda riscaldata in parte dal
fuoco in un bidone, dove e' stata anche bruciata una bambola
come rito di augurio per scacciare l'inverno ed i cattivi
pensieri - un po' in una grande tenda Mongola (!) ad ascoltare
musica dal vivo (molto bella) di violini, chitarre, basso
Mi affascina sempre constatare come in occasioni/contesti
di questo tipo non manchi MAI la ragazza
coi rasta e il cane.
| And the last
night of February we went to Mehringdamm and Bergmanstrasse,
had dinner at Marheineke
Markthalle. Like we did as turists and explorers, before
we definitively moved here at the end of 2010.
afternoon @ Schloss Charlottenburg.
Exploration of Berlin continues (started in Prenzlauerberg
beginning 2011, remember?).
Eiffel Tower #
The Seine #
we went to the cinema
in the Hackesche Höfe to see American
A super night, with SSC Napoli defeating AS Roma 3-0 and conquering
the final of Coppa Italia.
a San Paolo Stadium where Diego Maradona appeared again like
he did in the good old times, this time among the publicum.
headline of an
Italian newspaper :
not sure if on the team, but on me Diego's influence is still
with G., L., M. and M.. One of my hits of the night: Love
Lies Bleeding (sing it!)
online game appears abandoned like the Galaxy
suburbs in which it is set... We can finally be Hari Seldon and
We wento to the cinema
in Kreuzberg this
to watch 'La
Grande Bellezza' starring a great Tony Servillo.
I am reading
Trilogy, once again (not a big news, times I read it are
becoming countless...but I am taking notes here, so that
next time I'll read it I'll know when the previous time
me to another Universe, literally.
problem with it is the edition I have: one big volume which
contains 'Foundation', 'Foundation and Empire', 'Second
Foundation' and 'Foundation and Earth': too big to bring
it with me to Amsterdam, during a recent short business
@ La Cueva, Berlin. Another concert
of my Japanese friend Masataka, this time with a German
18.01.14 "...My Life was
saved by Rock'n'Roll...". That's why this is one of my
favorite places in Berlin. pic
1 - pic 2
summer in Sardegna, when we spent some beautiful evenings
watching Moltalbano's new episodes, I am enjoying the series
of Il Commissario Montalbano, Il giovane Montalbano and
of L'Ispettore Coliandro via internet.
connects me to my Italian roots, usually before I fall asleep
free stuff available on the web site of Rai
@ The concert of my Japanese friend Masataka and his band @ CamBa-La-Che
An unexpected encounter
with Lou Reed, in Berlin.
was only hangin' 'round, waiting for a man tonight on the
way back home, and this picture appeared from the window of
the next shop.
I had the feeling that Lou was waiting for me to come back
home in Berlin.
I had the feeling that I owe him a lot.
I had the feeling that I love him very much.
congested Christmas and New Year's Eve 2013
# Salvio @ Santa Lucia # Bell' Rosa' # Scarlatti
Garage, their music # Family # Pizza
# M&M&beautiful L @ Trattoria Medina # Friends
# Ascot & Shirts # nights @ Dario&Alessandra' place
# Ale(s) in San Giorgio # Scarlatti Garage, the night @
their concert # having a cold # lot of food # Regine, joining
in the second half # Salerno & old friends # Giuliano
& co. and the Paninopolis' tales
updated with 2013. Happy 2014!