Action Speak Louder Than Words

“Love is a silent film: remove the volume and concentrate on gestures.” Massimo Gramellini In the last year I’ve been thinking a lot about this thing of speaking actions. Gramellini explains it well in his book, I will try to make a summary. We remove the volume of words and look at the expressions, actions and gestures of the people around us. If someone tells us “I love you” every moment but then is absent, treats us like we were a piece of furniture bought and placed in the corner of the room (bright and airy, but always a corner) maybe it’s not love. At lowered volume his lips may have pronounced anything rather than I love you, like: “iron

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Cittiglio’s Waterfalls

I know it is too long that I do not write, way too long. Two months in Italy to recharge the batteries. Two months of holidays, food, friends, relatives, love, sighs, laughter, sports, sea, faces, talks and even a few teardrops. Two months of places visited. Many things have happened to me: intense, unexpected and in the middle of a pile of shit (excuse me for the French), I felt extremely alive, happy and loved. It is true that life is not programmed, there are no Excel files with times and dates, events, phrases, people to put in a column. Life is more like a moving ocean, a giant blender, a summer storm. And this year I decided to close

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The Fiji Islands

Fiji is an archipelago of 333 paradisiacal islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, far from everything and everyone. Fiji is an archipelago of 333 paradisiacal islands located 36/45 fly hours away from Milan, with two stopovers. Fiji is an archipelago of 333 paradisiacal islands located with a difference of twelve hours, time zone from Italy. Fiji is an archipelago of 333 paradisiacal islands that can be reached with a flight that costs between 1600 and 2500 euros. Fiji is an archipelago of 333 paradisiacal islands, unfortunately they are in Farawayville and you cannot go there. However, if you live in Hong Kong, with a ten hours direct flight, only five hours, time zone and 500 euros, you

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Sociological Experiment – Chapter 2

I admit, the sociological experiment (for those who do not know what I’m talking about, read HERE) is proceeding slowly. It’s my fault. I am becoming a horrible Hongkonger who looks at the phone and does not talk to anyone. In my defense I can say that people are not very helpful, the few times I have been brave and I started talking to someone, I did not get great results. Here is a list of my failed attempts and those that have almost been successful: Asian girl in her 20s at the Vietnamese restaurant: “Hi, can I sit next to you? You know I do not like eating alone.” Moment of silence. “I love eating alone”. Moment of silence.

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