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Friday, October 14, 2016

Bob Dylan Nobel Prize

"For creating new poetic expressions within the great tradition of American song"

With this motivation the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016 to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

I am an admirer of the American singer-songwriter for a long time. I have worked  since the early seventies in the translation of his songs.

I considered his lyrics highly poetic, dreamlike and visionary as befits a great poet.
 I ‘m talking not only of Blowing in the Wind, The times are changing and Mr Tambourine Man.

 I’m  talking about much of its poetic production.

But I must confess that as a young man did not consider him a great musician, but a minstrel (in the best and highest of the possible meanings).

Today perhaps my judgment on its stylistic musician figure should be revised.
Nevertheless I prefer to continue to consider as a great poet.

 For decades I wanted  to see in our school anthologies lyrics  by Bob Dylan, Fabrizio De Andrè, Francesco De Gregory, Leo Ferre and many others; I say this has to be done without taking away  Leopardi ,  Carducci , Pascoli and D'Annunzio (Leopardi in particular is my favorite poet).

 I’m  only saying  that the anthologies of where our boys study should be updated  allowing the entry of these new poets.

Perhaps with the Nobel literature to Bob Dylan, something is going to  change.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Waiting for parity

In your life you can be what you want.
You can be a dreamer, waiting for the ideal world to come or you can be a money maker, a business man, applying your knowledge to increase your incomes.
Of course most depends on the opportunities that someone calls the fate or the destiny.
If you were born in a rich family which starts you to economic studies; if your father is a millionaire who already knows the way to make money is more likely you become a money maker on your turn.
It's easier to be a dreamer when you belong to the land of dreamers; i mean that if your background is class working is most likely you become a dreamer, fighting for more equal distribution of the national richness or national income.
Nevertheless i believe that everyono has got inside some instances of equality which lead him toward a certain direction.
I mean that if someone believes all the men are equal in fornt of God, and of course believes in _God, unlikely he'll be spending his life or setting up his own time just to make money.

Of course being  a dreamer does not mean you are a stupid or a silly man.
I mean tha t the fact you haven't sold your soul in the temples of business it does not mean you are not able to cdhoose the right moves to improve your life and the life of those who depend upon you.
 For instance, if you want to buy a house in London you  better wait until the prices go down, as they are expected to do in the next years. And if you need to sell a property in Europe and its price go up when you sell it;  and if you want to change the euros income into pounds; and the pound gets the parity with the european currency when you exchange them with the pounds, well, all that is pure fortune, not skill for sure!
Eventually I believe that fortune plays a great role in your life; may be more than that 50% is believed to play by common beliefs.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Are you a potential freeholder or a leaseholder?

If you want to buy a house in London you must first know a few things to manage it in the best way.

There are three ways you can own a property: freehold, leasehold or commonhold.

Let's first of all say that for a continental mental habit (I mean specially for an Italian, but I think the same can be said for a French, a German or a Spanish buyer) only the first and the third patterns are quite normal to understand and to be accepted as normal way of buying a flat, or a house or other kind of living estates.

As matter of fact as a freeholder you get the outright of a property and you become the absolute owner of the compound you are going to buy, both in good and in bad sides (I mean that being the freeholder the owner of the ground where the property is built, you 'll to pay all the taxes and all the expenses due for maintenance, such as external walls, ceiling, basement, roof and so saying). Of course you won't pay any rent to anyone, such has the leasholder to the landlord.

In fact when you buy as leasholder, you are in charge for an amount of time (usually from 80 to 999 years) and you recognise several duies to the freeholder, who becomes a sort of landlord.

In Italy this kind of contract resembles from one side the ancient usufructus and from another side the renting contract. It's a sort of mixture, difficult to accept more than to understand it.

Of course you're going to pay less for a leashold house than you pay for a freehold one.

Recently a third kind of buying has been introduced in England (in Scotland the leashold is not very spread): the commonhold.

By the commonhold you buy a flat in a block, buying at the same time the soil where your flat stands, the walls, terraces and roofs and all the common parts which belong to the other owners of different portions of the block (flats or commercial shops or deposits or whatelse the block has been divided in when built on.

In Italy such a buying is almost the rule when you buy a flat in a big town, where buildings are made of so many floors, while in the small towns you usually buy as a freehold.

My personal advice is to contact a professional reference, such as a solicitor and/or an agent in order to acquire all the knowledge you need in a such expensive and definitive field.

A special way of acquiring a flat in Englad is with the scheme "buy to let". It's a good way for investors by which you can pay the fractions of your mortgage by renting your property.

In Italy recently has been introduced another interesting formula called "rent to buy", which is almost of the previous scheme. In such agreement the buyer asks the freeholder who wants to sell the property, to start with a rent's contract. 

The canons you pay as a tenant will be deducted form the final price you'll pay to redeem the property as yours for ever.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Just a searcher of love

“Ubi sunt qui ante nos in mundo fuere?”
This question grows in my mind, from time to time;

 “Where are those who lived the world before we did?!”

It’s a question I make searching for God or investigating on Him!

One day I discover that other people have questioned God
 or themselves about the same matter: 
surely Kindleben
 and before him some unknown poet in 1271 
or maybe a classic latin poet…

Is that to be a poet?

Asking all the time the same questions?
We need something new in the world…
I just wanted to be happy, not a poet…

If I were happy would not be a poet…
But a poet is not just a rhymer, or a versemaker…

A poet is a searcher for love!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Like Poseidon in the Atlantic Ocean

You might think that the New Neptune God (Poseidon for the Greeks) is a long beard man with a trident in the right hand, as the iconography represents him everywhere. But the New God of the Seas is actually a  Triton submersible, called Nomad, piloted by Patrick Lahey, co-founder of Triton Submarines from Vero Beach, FL, U.S.A..

Jim Clash has interviewd him for under 1,000 feet under the surface, in the deepness of Atlantic ocean.
You can read the hole interview through the link below.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Forty years ago

Forty years ago, more and less, I was leaving home. I had London in my mind and a lot of dreams in my head.

My mother cried after my departure, complaining with father that I had left because I didn't have enough money for myself, or may be not enough appreciation. As matter of fact it was hard, in those days, to find my own place in a pathriarcal family like mine was; I was the  sixth of eleven sons, the older brothers all engaged in the family commercial activity, and the youngers still at school; I have been the first in my family, as far as our living memory arrives, to start university and not alawys my fatigues were valueted for what they were (and they still are for those who have a full time engagement at University).

But it was not that. It might also have been that situation but there was a force inside my soul that pushed me away to travel around, to make aknowledge of the things of the world.

The same force that compelled my daughter. 

Now she's in London, spending  summer time, bound to attend at University in September.

I didn't find what I was looking for in London though I remember meeting a lot of good people over there.

And after London I tried to peace my search of unkown travelling around for a while before getting back home and finish my University.

That's what makes a great difference between my own story and that of my daughter. She's registered at University over there and there she will be searching, I might suppose, her future.

Yet it's a strange feeling, after almost forty years,  to see my daughter facing in London her lot.

Good luck my dear and might God watch after you.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

And now the United States of Europe

I hope our English friends (also for the memory of our dear MP Jo Cox) will have a thought back on their self harm decision to go out the EU, but now it's the time to close our ranks and make a political stronger European  Union.
The single states must put apart their selfishness (specially Germany and France) and understand that the the transfer of portion of sovereignity to the European Union is in the interest of all.
Please leave off your antiquated ideas of "grandeur" (if we measure with that comparision, each one of us can recall a shadow of greatness from the past; the Italians with the Roman Empire, the Austrians with the Asburgic Empire, not only the French with Napoleon) and please start working for the United States of Europe.