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City of horses

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Leeks and burgers on leeks

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Great minds look alike

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Felt spaced out since

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A windsor of scandals

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Friday afternoon

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Signs of Philip

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Tomato sauces with varying degrees of carrots celery and cucumber

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8-bit wheelchairs only

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Birthday planets with Pluto addition

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When the cake maker has been a GBBO finalist

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Birthday, Happy Madison style. Uranus eating included.

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Behatted bacon and leeks

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Red London sky

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Dirty cars epidemic

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2021: Beppe Grillo organizza il Vaffanmarte Day

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London ghost town

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When everyone knows you have not delivered in time

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Mars mittens

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Fish and battered potatoes and squash

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You say “potayto”, I say “powtahto”, he zayz Patato…

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Mozzarella in bacon boats. The new frontier of carb free

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My first fish and chips without the chips and with courgettes instead

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Unexpected large holes are everywhere in Hayes Common

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Massimalismo Virale

Ma perché sul virus bisogna essere tutti massimalisti?

1. Bocelli non sa di nessuno che è stato ricoverato per il COVID-19. Plausibilissimo.

2. Fedez conosce uno che ha subito il trapianto dei polmoni per il COVID-19. Plausibilissimo

3. Il virus è ancora in giro e infetta più che può. Vero.

4. Il numero di morti è diminuito. Plausibilissimo.

5. Alcune terapie sono state sbagliate. Fra queste l’uso di ossigeno in quantità inappropriate. Plausibilissimo.

6. Le terapie sono migliorate molto negli ultimi sette mesi. Plausibilissimo.

7. Meglio portare la mascherina in presenza di altri in luoghi chiusi. Ovvio.

8. La mascherina da sola non protegge più di tanto. Vero.

9. Tenere chiusi in casa milioni di persone giovani e sane per un virus che colpisce duramente soprattutto i malati e gli anziani è una esperienza difficilmente ripetibile a distanza di mesi, perché il rischio è la povertà e la fame. Plausibilissimo.

10. Fare finta di niente è molto stupido. Vero.

11. Pensare che sia una cospirazione di Bill Gates è una stronzata. Ovvio.

12. Fidarsi ciecamente degli esperti è da idioti. Ovvio.

13. Dire che gli esperti non capiscono niente è da idioti. Ovvio.Alla fine, l’unica cosa seria è ammettere che di questo virus ne sappiamo troppo poco per avere più che poche certezze, e l’unica cosa da fare è restare cauti e curiosi.

ADDENDUM

14. Spegnete quella maledetta televisione

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L’Alphabet de Maurice – a COVID reflection

We have a service-wide internal newsletter at work. They asked me to write the entry for last Friday. This is the result

L’Alphabet de Maurice

17 July 2020

A for Aldgate– I miss you Aldgate. All those lunchtime walks and the myriad of hidden details around (see below). Yes, I am probably the first person in recorded history to miss Aldgate…

B for Bananaman – My faithful, caped (and tie-sporting) on-camera replacement when there is one meeting too many

C for COVID-19 – if You truly resist sunshine, rain, wind, sand, social distancing, handwash, masks, lockdowns…well then…COME FRIENDLY VIRUS, AND FALL ON ME!

D for Drivel Detection – most useful rules – (a) Extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence. (b) Truth has consequences. (c) If a child can’t understand it, it is not well explained.

E for the Bank of England Death Mask – one of the hidden details of Aldgate. It says “душа” on the side (Slavic for “soul”) – if anybody knows what this is about, do let me know!

F for food cooking – aka Extemporaneous Brit-American-Latin-Indian Soon-to-Expire-Items Cuisine. Best so far: Courgette Pie with Rest Meats and St Agur. Most adventurous: Cabbage-based Sweet Cake. You can see the results at instagram.com/omnologos (without the Facebook / Twitter political rants, promise!).


G for Google MyMaps – much unknown app where you can mark the places you’d like to visit, and then see them on Google Maps as you walk/drive by. Got thousands of them all over the planet. If you ever go anywhere, ask me for a list.

H for be helpful – reach out to people. Some of them live totally alone, and don’t know how wrong it is.

I for feeling isolated – looking at Skype’s mocking screen at the beginning of a meeting… “Looks like you’re the only one on the call”…yeah, right!!

J for Jazz – now 90% of my life since Junior (aka Lorenzo) is a professional double bass player at not-even 18. And I can’t tell a trumpet from a saxophone…

K for 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum – the 1983 home computer (now connected to a TV, again!). You don’t know what computer memory is if you haven’t tried using just 49,152 bytes (48Kbytes) of it (p.s. yes I had the ZX81 before that…)

L for Lines of empty desks in the office. What if nobody actually exist and office life be an episode of Block Mirror?

M for Mentoring- everybody should give it a try – it is a two-way learning experience. This being 2020, the first suggestion to my new mentee has been…a recipe (Clafoutis cake –try that one too!)

N for New desk – after a series of trials and errors I am now moving to a new “desk” every day – kitchen, (sunny) garden, home library, sitting room, even the office. Change of scenery, no RSI, a fresh start. p.s.: working in the sunshine makes you brindle.

O for organise your knowledge – without a good wiki, team knowledge is an inefficient religious mystery.

P for D O N’ T  P A N I C – in large friendly letters. Never worry about what you can’t change. I said, never!

Q for Quiz – I recently designed my first quiz, for English friends. All about Italy. With friendly references to four world cups. So friendly.

R for Reggio Calabria where I come from and you can see these extremely rare (and non-derivative!) Greek bronze originals – a tad subdued compared to some indigenous specimen, of course. p.s. it’s at the tip of the boot of Italy

S for the Indian Sitar – another instrument played by the above-mentioned Junior. Too many strings, too many fingers…I am learning to play the Tanpura instead. Four strings, two fingers (and only one string and one finger at any one time!).

T for Talking as little as possible – please! – It might not be their first or last meeting of the day. Don’t say anything that is not absolutely needed to be said!


U for finding your Unique Selling Proposition – a lifelong struggle. What can you do that millions could not do even if they had your knowledge and expertise, or more?


V for an eulogy to the Smart Virus – the one(s) that use our cells for replicating but do not make us feel bad, breathless or dead. My vote for Coronavirus to get smart!!

W for Wear the mask – beach towns regularly impose a T-shirt (in town) and they have no problems with speedos (on the beach). Put on that d**n piece of cloth!! It’s not an instrument of tyranny!!


X for Ibex House– it’s in Minories, minutes from the office. Highly likely the Nazi HQ if they would have won the Battle of England. (aka “The Man in the High Aldgate”)

Y for the Y underground junction under the large bus station in Aldgate – and the reason why there are no buildings there. If you would like a tour of the Aldgate / Tower Hill / Whitechapel areas, just ask – they are on AirBnB too!

And finally…

Z for Juventus FC’s zebra toy – my other faithful on-screen companion. And the plastic dinosaurs – a success when children stop a meeting. And the “hawk” Carnival mask – causes stomach cramps and incontrollable laughter in all viewers, don’t know why!!

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Technicolor Jesus

Please someone give Justin Welby some crayons so he can represent Jesus in any other colour.

In other news: the Archbishop of Canterbury is a theological genius…

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Impeachment Scampeachment

I’m unsure how many understand that the impeachment hearings could spectacularly backfire on the Democrats, so close to 2020. Nothingmueller has been forgotten already despite magniloquent proclamations and the promise of deeply damaging revelations against Trump, something that never happened.

With Biden a collection of liabilities and Hillary idiotically toying with another loss, the field is now a race about who could be more of a socialist, Bernie or Warren. Trouble is, the number of previous Socialist presidents is zero, and it’s doubtful that the people who elected Trump in 2016 will all of a sudden favorably look at the shining path of Karl Marx.

In other words Schiff’s Hearsay Circus ironically smacks of a total surrender to Trump, whose policies are not even debated, let alone criticized.

He can bank on a strong economy, fantastically good employment figures, new pinnacles in Wall St, and the sense that the USA are very well feared the world over – even China having to negotiate where previously they could just steal American IP, unpunished.

Plus of course not a new war in sight. Ford aside, probably one has to go back to Coolidge to find a President not keen on warmongering.

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Brexit e democrazia

Lo EU Referendum Act 2015 (che stabilì il referendum) fu approvato in Parlamento con 544 voti in favore e 53 contrari (91% vs 9%) – tutti i partiti erano a favore, tranne SNP (Parlamento eletto nel 2015).

Tutti i partiti tranne SNP hanno detto di sì alla domanda del referendum con due sole possibili risposte, alla richiesta di farlo entro il 2017 e al fatto che i cittadini UE in UK e i cittadini UK in UE non avrebbero avuto voce in capitolo.

Hanno anche detto sì alle regole stabilite dalla Electoral Commission, e al non allargare il voto ai sedicenni.Lo EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 (che fece partire l’Art. 50 e il processo di uscita) fu approvato in Parlamento con 498 voti a favore e 114 contrari (81% vs 19%) (Parlamento eletto nel 2017).

D’altronde quelli erano in numeri di coloro che si sono fatti eleggere in Parlamento per implementare la Brexit. Sono insomma andati di fronte agli elettori promettendo, promettendo e promettendo che l’uscita dalla UE sarebbe successa.

Adesso non esistono maggioranze del genere in favore del Deal che garantirebbe l’uscita. Si parla di un secondo referendum – qualcosa che non è stata prevista nel primo Act, non è stata proposta che dai Lib Dems e Greens nella campagna elettorale del 2017 e non è stata inserita nel secondo Act.

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Questo vuol dire che tra i 50 e 100 parlamentari che hanno votato per entrambi gli Act sono dei bugiardi matricolati.

Perché altrimenti chiedere agli elettori di esprimere un parere non vincolante (il primo Act), approvare poi quanto deciso dagli elettori con un voto vincolante (il secondo Act) e ritrovarsi adesso a non voler fare il prossimo passo?

Non fare una domanda con due possibili risposte se una delle risposte è per te intollerabile.

Non parlare di democrazia se fai una domanda al popolo, accetti per iscritto la risposta dopo aver promesso di accettarla, e due anni dopo fai di tutto perché accada il contrario.

O no?