It was yesterday 26.12.2012, after
I can't remember how many years.
Don't scream and shout: it was just a private party, no playing
no singing. But reunion it was.
From left to right:
Guitar (Emiliano), Bass (Ciro), Drums (Antonino), Keyboards (Michele),
Thanks to Michele
and to his beautiful family, who organised it, and to all who
made it possible.
and illogical things
Time is Neverending because Regine exists. I realized this, had
this intuition, the other evening, while staring into her eyes.
It sounds like a love quote, but it is a deduction theorem about
love and time whose proof of validity is in the definition itself
of its terms. The ones who haven't studied mathematical analisys
or logic will have to believe my words, but the ones who know
me well they know how much I am reliable on this logic and mathy
PS. I don't eat
cherries. I am not sure why, I've decided not to eat cherries.
knows me too well
glaube, du hast Angst glücklich zu sein, Charlie Brown.
Meinst du nicht, dass dir ein klein wenig Glück gut bekommen
nicht...was sind denn die Nebenwirkungen?"
was here with us in Berlin for 5 days. A memorable event, in a city
completely covered by snow.
than 1 and a half years of inconstant attendance, I've completed my
online German course at Deutsche Welle. The final exam, level B1, was
successfully passed and I have received a Certificate.
The results are quite a true mirror of the reality: I feel able to fluently
talk to people now and understand a good percentage of what I listen
to, though my grammar knowledge remains a step behind.
recently had to remove the following post from my Facebook page, as
it was generating a fight between those who commented.
"Le bandiere che sventolate
sul web sono come le pellicce fatte con pelle di animali, servono solo
a farvi belli e a nascondere tanta ipocrisia. E pensare che le guerre,
le lotte all'immigrazione clandestina, le forze dell'ordine che tanto
criticate non servono ad altro che a proteggere i vostri privilegi,
le vostre case di proprieta', i vostri smartphone a tariffa internet
flat, i vostri abbonamenti a tv satellitari, le vostre auto e moto,
le vostre vacanze, cene fuori, scarpe da 200 euro e tutte uguali. I
vostri tenori di vita che spesso neanche vi siete guadagnati. Le vostre
vite finanziate da genitori e da chi (come magari parecchi poliziotti
o simili) prova a mandare avanti questa societa' con il lavoro e pagando
tutte le tasse, mentre voi abbracciate bandiere in cerca di un po' di
gloria sul web o in piazza. Ipocriti! " L. C. (PS. Chi tocca
i miei fratelli e' mio nemico)
Imagine, I was neither really aware of
what was going on before a dear friend took the phone and called me
and told me to have a look. And I also had to write a denial of people
comments who were trying to interpret my thoughts, while most of their
comments were really out of the track I meant. Luckily, this website
witnesses how my mind on certain things has always been. For who cares
for smartphones? Who loves the wars or cares about police? Not me. But
our lifestyles are an acting part of the unfair reality, and some lifestyles
more then others. And they are frequently accusing the reality to be
unfair or someone to be guilty of it, while they are helping this reality
to sustain, consciously or not.
music I love is the best, ever. And one evidence are the many
music lovers that have been and still are (consciously or unconsciously,
directly or indirectly) strongly influenced by my tastes. Whether
they admit it or not, it is like that.
I loved Max Raabe's concert last night: the more
time I spend here, the more I understand German lyrics and humor.
And I´ve just finished reading Bukowski's Pulp, in English.
I couldn't stop laughing while reading. And it would not have
been the same thing in Italian.
Knowing another language and/or culture is like having an additional
dimension available for your senses. You simply can feel more,
understand more, you simply can taste more and more things, you
simply can see or hear more and more things. You're simply a better
one. Regine was right. And I've always known.
Ho preso a scrivere in italiano
perche' vedo che di recente mi riesce piu' di slancio. Certo,
poi devo tradurre (perche' il web e' una finestra sul mondo
tutto) (quasi quasi questi testi li frullo nel google translator
e via! tanto alla fine il senso si capisce, e lo stile lo lascio
ai parassiti), ma almeno lascio qualche traccia in piu' su questo
diario ed i miei lettori (!), quelli non ferrati con l'inglese,
si sentono meno in soggezione.
Sto leggendo Bukowski ultimamente.
Ho letto 'storie di ordinaria follia' ed ho di recente
acquistato 'pulp' e ' taccuino di un vecchio sporcaccione'
su Amazon (mi piace Amazon!). Bukowski e' come
Lou Reed: scrive di se, lo leggi/ascolti e ti piace,
e credi di poter fare qualcosa del genere anche tu.
Domenica scorsa, dopo piu' di
2 anni, ho dinuovo giocato a calcio. In un parco a Wedding,
nord di Berlino, con Regine, L. e M.. Certe cose non le disimpari,
certo puoi essere fuori forma, ma il tocco di palla resta a
Ah, prima che me ne dimentico.
Mi ero sempre chiesto dove vanno a morire gli uccelli di citta'.
L'altro giorno ne ho trovato uno bello grosso morto fuori al
mio balcone, un piccione o forse una cornacchia! Lo ha tirato
via Regine, io non ne avevo il coraggio. Grazie amore mio, se
solo penso al tuo sorriso quando mi guardi capisco di avere
il senso dell'Esistenza proprio in casa mia. Resta comunque
per me un mistero dove vanno a finire tutti gli altri uccelli
di citta' quando muoiono. Resta tutto molto Pulp!
Lately I have started to write in Italian: it comes out more fluently.
Of course, then I have to translate (because the web is a window
on the World) (or should i just let them convert this lines with
a google translator and that's it! the meaning is quickly understood,
and the style I leave it to the society's parasites), but at least
I leave some more traces in this diary and my readers (!), those
who're not so fluent with English, they feel less intimidated.
I'm reading Bukowski lately. I've red 'Erections, Ejaculations,
Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness' and I recently
bought the 'Pulp' and 'Notes of a dirty old man' on Amazon (I
love Amazon!). Bukowski is like Lou Reed: he
mostly writes about himself, you read/listen to it and you like
it, and you think that you too can do something like this.
On Sunday, after more than two years, I've played football again.
In a park in Wedding, north Berlin, with Regine, L. and M. Some
things one never forget how to do, surely I was not trained as
the good old times, but the fine touch still remains.
Oh, before I forget. I always wondered where all those city birds
go to die. The other day I found a big one died outside my balcony,
perhaps a pigeon or a crow! Regine carried it away, I did not
find the courage. Thank you my love, if only I think of your smile
when you look at me I remember the real sense of Existence is
right here in my house. It's still mystery to me, anyway, where
all other city birds go when they die. It's still all very Pulp!
11-18 October 2012
dal ‘bar 103’, bellissima giornata, splende il sole
a berlino. di rientro da napoli dove ho trascorso una settimana
tra gli affetti. ho visto quasi tutti i napoletani, qualcuno manca
sempre all’appello, anzi a volte neanche lo faccio per intero
l’appello tanto il tempo per vedere tutti come si deve mancherebbe,
ed allora niente, appello ridotto all’indispensabile. e
tralaltro stavolta non ero neanche in vacanza, ma lavoravo durante
il giorno, quindi il tempo a disposizione si riduceva alle sere
e weekend. pero’ ho fatto tante cose, dalle passeggiate
con papa’ ai pranzi e cene con mamma papa’ e dario,
uscite con dario e alessandra, con salvio & co, randevouz
con maurizio, barbara, ale(s) e consorti, ho persino rivisto enzo,
e qualche parente vicino. ora ho in programma altre 2 tappe a
napoli nei prossimi mesi, natale e marzo per il compleanno di
dario. il distacco da napoli e dall’italia e’ sempre
nostalgico e triste, vedere papa’ che mi lascia all’aeroporto
ed io che mi allontano. triste. ma lo sanno che sono felice qui,
e che regine ed io dobbiamo stare vicini e tutto il resto. lo
sanno, lo sanno. ma resta difficile farlo accettare al cuore.
oggi ho pure ripreso la palestra, dopo la pausa napoletana. mi
tengo in forma! soprattutto tengo allenata la mente, vedo spazi
diversi da quelli in cui lavoro durante il giorno, cammino per
arrivarci ed attraverso un pezzettino di mitte che mi piace, un
po’ di movimento e di esercizi li faccio pure, e mi sento
parte di qualcosa che si muove, si muove tanto e bene.
I write form the 'bar 103', a beautiful day, the sun shines in
berlin. just back from naples, where i spent a week among my dears.
i've seen almost all the neapolitans, someone always misses the
call, sometimes i dont' even make a call for the entire possible
audience for there won't be anyway enough time to see everybody,
so it's been a call reduced to the minimum. furthermore this time
i was not even on vacation, i was working during the day, so the
time available was limited to evenings and weekends. but i have
done many things, long walks with my father, lunches and dinners
with mom and dad and dario, going out with dario and alessandra,
with salvio & co, randevouz with maurizio, barbara, ale(s)
and spouse(s), i've met enzo as well, and some close relatives.
i have now scheduled two other visits in naples in the coming
months, christmas and march for dario's birthday. levaing naples
and italy is always nostalgic and sad, dad that leaves me at the
airport and me walking away. sad. but they know that i am happy
here, and that regine and i have to stay close, and all the rest.
they know, they know. but it is difficult to make the heart accept
that. today i also went to the gym again after the neapolitan's
break. i stay fit! mostly, i keep my mind trained, i see spaces
different than those in which i work during the day, walk through
a piece of mitte i like, and little excercises i do as well, and
i feel part of something that moves, and moves so well.
It has been a wonderful Summer.
I think back at all these sunny moments, and I look down to this page
at all the nice things I have been experiencing in Berlin and all around...
I am very satisfied of this Summer, I feel that we have enjoied the
And I look in front of me, because Autumn and Winter are approaching
and here this is a serious stuff; a cold cold time, but a very romantic
I feel like I want embrace the days
behind me and in front of me, in a love gesture.
Riviera and Provence (26th August 2012 - 14 September
...where we spent our wonderful 3 weeks of holiday.
seen the Beach Boys live.
More than 2 hours of beautiful songs, without endless solos or
Only songs, and each one better than the previous one.
A wonderful gift (by Regine).
The Music that I listen to, pop
Music, has always been the best.
My friends from the German language course
came to our place for a Spaghetti based Dinner (Spaghettata).
Ingredients were directly imported from Naples. Participants came from
all over the World: Italy, Germany, India, France, Brazil.
(In respect of people's privacy, normally I am not publishing pictures
of people outside my family on my website, at least until I have been
authorized to do it).
Dario and Alessandra
finally came to Berlin to visit the City and to stay with us in our
wonderful Zionskirchstraße place. And we have a new cappuccino
machine now, directly from Italy. Thank you guys!!!!
My German level now is B1 and I am attending
a B2 course in July. This means that I can be defined as an Independent
User and I can manage in most situations that one would encounter
when traveling in the regions where the language is spoken. I can report
experiences and events, I can also describe my dreams, hopes and goals
both in writing and orally.
It's nice to enjoy my German language's improvements in new Cafes and
in the sunny days that July and beautiful Berlin are offering to us.
My passion for the Oberinspektor Derrick continues. I am discovering
new episodes on Youtube and improving my German at the same time watching
them in original language.
An I am proudly a member of the Facebook's
Say it with pictures (when you don't
find the words).
Italy - England
: 4 - 2
Italy - Germany
: 2 - 1
waiting for my...pizza!
...by the way, I was lucky enough to
watch Italy - England with my Father, as he and Mum were in Berlin during
Just like the good, unforgettable, old times.
beginning of June is fantastic, with warmer temperatures and a
city completely gone mad with this football 'public viewing' mania
during the European Championship just started. We hardly found
a place to sit last saturday during the first match of Germany
in the tournament. But it's nice; I can breath this joy of life,
this willingness to enjoy the living.
And I am feeling good. And I like this picture taken on a sunny
weekend outside our balcony, while having breakfast.
and Christoph visited us for a week, the first time for
them in our house here 'beim Zionskirch'. And now we are waiting
for Anna and Ugo. This June will definitely be
all about football and our wonderful parents.
week of vacation in Naples and Sorrento has just gone. Upon our
arrival my Mother was waiting for us with my favourite dish: the
neapolitan 'Genovese'! We staied at the Esperidi
Resort while in Sorrento for about 5 days,
where we enjoied food, a swimming pool, the beautiful views of
Sorrento and Positano and for the last 2 evenings the good company
of Dario and Alessandra. And then we joined the wedding of Rosario
and Marika on saturday the 26th.
And we are back here now in Berlin again. And today, 30.05.2012,
is the first anniversary of our house here 'beim Zionskirche':
I am blessed, I have Regine.
I have been in Madrid recently, on a business
trip from 9.5 to 11.5. And it was the occasion to meet the Ciro
and Alessandra again. Warm temperatures and people in the streets
untill late. On the way back, the only cloud in the whole Europe
was parked over Berlin.
of these days is Lou Reed´s Legenday Hearts.
Like my Universe, Lou's neverending; like my Life, Lou's never
happened in the second half of April?
We had a great long Week
end in Schwerin, with Regine's family. It was a great
time, a great idea.
Schwerin is the capital of the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern;
I am discovering so many beautiful places in this Country.
While I was already aware of this beautiful people since a long time…
And my thanks go to all of them, especially to Marie Luise and Christoph
who invited us and planned it all. I won’t post any picture because
of privacy reasons and because they are stored in Regine’s camera,
which probably means that they will be available not before 2013/2014.
After almost 2 years
of stop I am again playing Ping Pong and after 1 year I have again driven
a car (the last 2 years anyway I have been driving really sporadically,
the only time I remember was last Spring in Binz). This little things
have their important meanings for me, like Einstein and a ball (see
Spring is never sincere around here in
Berlin, “…but when it comes We all fall in love …”
. A fantastic weekend was the last one of April. Warm temperatures,
Sun, colors, people, and beautiful Berlin and Mitte-Prenzlauerberg:
how beautiful is the Place where we live.
My German is improving all the time:
I have just passed the online test certification for A.2.2. Level and
had many hours training on B.1. level: … communicate in simple routine situations where I can describe
my background and education, say how I spend my free time, where I live,
what it looks like there and what a typical day in my life looks like.
I have had about 225 hours of German language tuition and have a vocabulary
of about 1500 words. A 2.2
… communicate in routine situations, describe my education, say
what my profession is, what I do in my free time and describe my city,
talk about my travels and what happened to me during my travels. I have
had about 300 hours of German language tuition and I have a vocabulary
of about 2000 words. B 1.
This is a usual title I use form my blogs after a quite long time of
absence or after a period full of activities and happenings which had
been not reported. I would say we are now in the second category, as
my latest post is dated mid March. But yes, indeed things to report
happened lately, and I guess you may want to know. And here most of
them are, not in order of appearance but in a random sequence driven
by this tired and consumed brain… ...Gianfranco and Canio
came in Berlin and visited us, and there would be much to say among
homemade Pretzel, an half Marathon, 103 and Schwartze Pumpe, so many
Baci Perugina and my discovery of Felafel. And they made new pictures
of me and my beautiful Girlfriend after almost 8 years from the first
Gianfranco’s masterpiece... ... Requiem @ Gendarmenmarkt... ...Visiting
Schloß Rheinsberg with Regine, L., M., T., R. and little V.
And two things reappearing in my life: Einstein and a ball.
PS. Spring slices of
March were a bluff. And yesterday it was snowing here! Never trust Berlin’s
weather, I should have learned so far.
17.03.2012 Almost an entire day spent
outside on our balcony, and the only thing I had on (except underwear
and pants of course) was my T-shirt! Can you believe this? Spring (Frühling)
is approaching Berlin, and we are getting ready. And I definitely need
a new hairdo!
(click on the picture...)
prende il cuore mio e poi lo butta la in un fosso..."
I am burning inside, I am happy for the gold he left to me, you made
me the tallest man in the World.
I am breathing my childhood, I am breathing my soul while listening...
How can I
Notte, notte, notte, noooooooooooo.....
01.03.2012 Lucio Dalla.
Tu eri il piedistallo dal quale guardavo il Mondo. Grazie Lucio.
(You were the pedestal from which I watched the World. Thank you Lucio.)
18.02.2012. You may wonder what these
3 images have in common.
They are about the first half of February.
It's been really cold ´round here
and we were almost freezing, especially me of course. My body is not
made for that, or it is just my mind, but anyway there is something
about this weather that does not fit with me... And when it is so cold
outside I find myself retiring in a lethargy position, working mostly
from home, fighting against my sense of responsibility which pulls me
towards the gym, and drastically reducing my social interactions with
the World outside. The good thing is that this freezing wave is finally
stepping backward (or so it seems), leaving the scene to more acceptable
And it was time to go to Amsterdam for
some days and finally meet my team colleagues, from Europe, Asia and
U.S.A.. And it was good indeed!
And, hey! Look at the last picture on
the right.You see the guy on the right end? He is waiting for me. He
is Brian Wilson (and the Beach Boys)! We'll meet next August here in
Berlin!!! Regine has arranged this, my Regine. My wonderful,
...und Kino (beim KulturBrauerei).
...and we've just watched 'Drive' in the Cinema
at KulturBrauerei. Regine did not appreciate it at all, while me...
I did. I have a good feeling about it, don't know what exactly but there
And it was not just the Soundtrack.
stuff's just arrived here...Inn Berlin @ Zionskirchstrasse.
I am returning in Berlin after a Christmas time spent in Naples.
Before arriving in Naples, I spent a couple of days in Rome where I
met some of my friends and my colleagues. My former daily life is among
the things I miss the most: the shining colours of Rome, the smiling
faces of my friends and colleagues.
Now that I am back here I think of those beautiful days in Napoli with
my friends and my family.
Waiting for me, in our nest here, I found
Regine's embrace: a better welcome could not be imagined.
1st of January 2012 also means to me one year of Berlin, and entire
2011 spent here in the Hauptstadt and in my new Life. I would not be
able to summarize this, but I hope the little notes in this web diary
could help a little to give you a flavour of all this fresh air coming
into my life.
People around me have been so patient and generous, and I know that
some of them are waiting for a better me to come back. And I thank them
all. As all the good kids do at the beginning of a new year, I promise
to be a better man than the one I have recently been.
Post Scriptum. I have a Super