This dialogue has been created entirely combining original messages from the semaphore flag waving system. Letters in brackets indicate the flag corresponding to each sentence. I am disabled, communicate with me (F) You should stop, I have something important to communicate (L) My engines are going full speed astern (S) I require assistance (V) I have a doctor on […]Read more "You should stop, I have something important to communicate"
It’s the half-embarrassed faces of the workers that make the clip of Bill Murray reading poetry at a construction site so compelling. The camera moves from Murray to the workers, Murray his usual cool and self-deprecating self (that man, the older he gets, the more I like him), the workers, in their safety helmets, taking videos with […]Read more "Bill Murray reads poetry at construction site"
People don’t whistle anymore. My father was a great whistler, like most Italian men of his generation, I think. Dad was also a great singer, he used to sing all the time (he also loved opera, this is why I know many arias for tenor and none for female voices) but his real passion was […]Read more "The lost art of whistling"
The map of Italy that I grew up looking at, from my primary school desk, presented me with a patriotic but quite distorted version of my homeland. In the map, Italy occupied almost the totality of the available space while Africa appeared in the tiny bottom corner, almost as an after thought. It’s not that […]Read more "It’s the map’s fault if Italians are arrogant"