Cambridge, February 2019

Cambridge, 27th February 2019
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Pulcinella in Cambridge

It’s been a while since last time I wrote here, ‘sorry about that’ , as they say here. The end and the beginning of the year have been quite complicated for me and winter has been more severe, darker and colder than ever…so I am so happy to be here.

I feel good today despite the Monday will be soon upon us. I’ll just give a little summery with some pictures. 👉 it looks like spring is here with all this higher temperature and more light. Cambridge and life take on a different aspect and immediately I fell lighter and more enthusiastic.

At work, it’s going well. The people I work with lately are special, endowed with an emotional sensitivity that I feel akin to. It does make a difference ..! This is the latest Radio Dante show that we recorded on Thursday with two of them, Felicea and Daniele. The subject: Venice, Tintoretto and the amour!l After having uploaded the podcast online on Friday afternoon a sweet little curly angel came to see me…my Poppy! ❤️ The next one will be a quite hard week, so I’ve been very lucky to recharge the batteries with the positive and magical energies of this amazing girl. I am grateful to have among the ‘beautiful souls’ who are part of my life here she and her mothers ( I am always lucky!)

Then, on Saturday (yesterday) I had a long day at work cheered up by the guy you can see in the picture below with me 👇

Luca Luciano, Neapolitan, is a successful clarinettist and composer here in the UK as well as in Italy. I interviewed him on the radio and also in video. It has been a nice breath of fresh air. The lively, dark and intelligent eyes of the Neapolitan people are unmistakable. I do not understand what it is. It is that land, it is as if burning charcoal from Vesuvius are in the eyes of every Neapolitan. Anyway, what a city of art and beauty is my Naples! 💙One hour later, I was able to attend his concert where he was in duo with Yuko Osedo at the piano at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge. Wonderful.To take the edge off , I have had a glass of prosecco with Giulia from above, at the Six Brasserie (what a beautiful discovery!)This morning, ☀️ sunny again. Lunch at the Thai restaurant ( here I am in the toilet of the restaurant) ☝️☝️☝️

and a walk around … (I will have this absurd bell ! I will bring it to my mum!) 😎

-For now, over and out. I hope I have made up for the absence. 💋  

While Christmas is approaching in Cambridge

There have been many things going through my head recently, and I have been experiencing a sort of writer’s block.. which I would rather define a ‘total expression’s block’. I am working on that. Meanwhile, when I need to fight against the short days of the winter here and against my cold thoughts, I go out for short walks. A small excerpt below 😜👇

Napoli (Naples) is known in the whole world but no one knows the truth

A hit-and-run mission to my beautiful and disastrous Naples, and now I’m flying back ‘home’, to Cambridge, which I’ve been calling ‘my temporary home’ for almost 4 years now..( “I am going back in a while; yes, in a little while we’re going back to Naples..”). Cambridge has given, and keeps giving, me so much, and I am grateful for that. In Italy I wouldn’t have had such opportunities, especially in this crazy period. In the end, they, Italy and Naples, kicked all of us out unjustly. This fact pisses you off, and anyway the feeling is clearly mutual, it makes you tell both of them to go to hell. But, there’s nothing to do with certain loves. No matter how long you try to resist, you cannot oppose too much, they exist and that’s it. You cannot govern certain things. There’s no reason – or job – for that. After so long I have understood this thing clearly. The saying ‘out sight out of mind’ works..but, whatever it is, it always keeps staying in your heart, despite you shifting the focus away.

While I was looking at Naples from above, I was thinking of that, of how much we fall in love with this city, and about the fact that the Neapolitans only can properly understand the meaning and the extent of this passion. The others can appreciate Naples, can envy it, but as Pino Daniele sings “no one knows the truth” , only those who are born and has lived there can. Even I fully realised that only after emigrated to England. And since then I’ve felt even more proud of being from Naples (before, I did not even know I really was). The heart, a certain sensitivity, and the intelligence that you get from that place cannot be found anywhere, not even in people from other Italian cities.

I left last Sunday to run some important errands in Naples in less than four days. Recently it’s been a good period for me in Cambridge, a weird ‘hot’ summer period, and a very positive period at work too. So I thought “oh well, it is going to be less painful than the usual, it will be very quick and in a little while I will be back to my life and to my nice job in Cambridge which I really love. I am going for a moment to the chaos of my cities in the south which doesn’t work, and then I’am coming back super quick.’ Today is Thursday. The last four days just flew, and at the same time they’ve been so rich of things, beauty and warmth..in short it’s that again as usual, the magic that only Naples always gives you in the middle of its thousand problems. So it is clear, I will always love it, and always miss it, my beautiful disastrous Naples.