How to make a Neapolitan happy in Cambridge

Happy short post

Naples, San Martino – 16th May 2017

(*while you’re feeling happy ūüĎÜ)

Coffee break!

pausa-caffc3a8Today I did not even have time to put on the¬†coffee machine because of all the work I had to do. So, between working at my laptop¬†and a quick grocery shopping,¬†I allowed¬†myself a STRICTLY¬†single espresso take away from Caff√® Nero.¬†¬†I can introduce it to you: this is the most similar to the Neapolitan espresso coffee, the most decent they make¬†here in Cambridge (and in Uk in general.) Less watery than others and hence the most “single” there will ever be here. Be warned, if you come around here and begin¬†to despair¬†from the airport for the first few¬†sips and tries¬†of coffee, do not get discouraged and enter the first Caff√® Nero you find.¬† [N.B.¬†this is also the only coffe-shop chain¬†which¬†offers water here… as usual in every caf√© and bar in Naples ¬†ūüėČ]

My work experience at the BBC

If there’s one thing that has kept me incredibly alive and happy here in Cambridge that was¬†working for a short time at BBC Look East. This is something I will always be grateful for to¬†this place.

Here in the Uk the best way to get access to the television industry is through these work experiences, kind of  voluntary, unpaid placements (for this reason brief).

Let’s say the truth, in Naples the bachelor’s and master’s degree earned through¬†blood, sweat, and tears, along with my work experience as a journalist and press officer at no time would have let me gain to get somewhere¬†even¬†close to¬†the BBC.

That¬†can give an idea of¬†: 1) ¬†my surprise when I knew I had got hired¬†ūüėā [reading the word “HIRED” gives you such a good¬†feeling]

 

2) ¬†the “advanced civilization”, ¬†I would say, ¬†and meritocracy that make England and its economy so strong … and their absence that makes our poor Italy, on the contrary, ¬†so¬†messed up.

Such a pretty place, isn’t it? * _ * ¬†I am showing you the venue and the entrance to the newsroom. Below you can see my happiness captured¬†in a selfie in the bathroom ūüėĀ (I tried to pull myself together in front of my colleagues … for most of the time at least)

Gi happy BBC

I admit it, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt so happy ! And these are my desk and one side of the newsroom I shot at the end of the day after the Evening News.

My schedule¬†allowed me: ¬†to join the morning editorial meetings, the production meetings, the debriefings straight after the evening News¬†with technicians, producers and journalists; ¬†and to¬†follow¬†journalist and cameraman out filming, ¬†to shadow them in the¬†editing¬†room alongside with technicians¬†and graphic designers. Moreover, I was allowed to watch¬†broadcasts from the gallery and to work on a story¬†searching interviewees. A blast! Besides, given my little bit of luck, I also had a chance to film and find¬†a story…So my pictures¬†have run on the Evening News and online. ūüėé (Top stuff! they said! ūüėĀ ) [It was about a police chase – of a stolen car we found out the next day. – The¬†car crashed into a construction site after being stopped by a police stinger.¬†¬†ūüöĒūüöėūü镬†I was lucky enough to found myself¬†in the taxi of a witness of the story, a very nice and chatty indian guy¬†who I asked¬†to take me to the place. There, I asked some information to the¬†policemen¬†and made my footage with the Iphone and tripod I always bring with me.]

A happy experience with happy , competent and professional people. I also had the incredible fortune of having hit one of the best weeks of recent times.  In addition to being the week of the triggering of Article 50 by Theresa May and of the days immediately after the terrorist attack in London , that one was also the week of warm and beautiful weather, almost like the Italian kind.