Metropolis 3. “11-11-11”

Another day is steadily rising over the City. It is dawn and I am hopping out for a run. The air is particularly fresh this morning as I get a shiver, winter is approaching and not too early either this year but still, I can hear the gentle chanting of birds greeting the day from higher up on those trees. There is this beautiful full moon but also something very sinister about it. It is completely gray and I mean gray, which is so uncharacteristic of it, and devoid of its usual brightness. I have never seen a moon like this one. I start running down the road with this moon right in front of me and I find myself hoping that it doesn’t notice me today. I shake this uncomfortable sensation off and go on with my jogging. As I head back home a while later the sound of crows pierce the silent stillness of the morning. It is Friday, November 11th 2011.  –  Please Keep Reading @

Un nuovo giorno si alza sulla città. E’ l’alba ed esco a fare una corsa. Stamani l’aria è particolarmente pungente, mi viene un brivido. L’inverno si stà avvicinando e neanche con troppo anticipo quest’anno anche se sento ancora il dolce canto degli uccelli in cima agli alberi che salutano il nuovo giorno. C’è una bella luna piena, ma ha un qualche cosa di sinistro. E ‘completamente grigia e intendo dire grigia, cosi diversa dal solito e priva della sua caratteristica lucentezza. Una luna cosi non l’ho mai vista. Inizio a correre con questa luna proprio davanti a me e mi ritrovo a sperare che quest’oggi non si accorga della mia presenza. Mi scrollo questa spiacevola sensazione di dosso e vado avanti a correre. Poco più tardi, rincasando, il suono di alcuni corvi scuote la silenziosa immobilità del mattino. E’ Venerdi 11 Novembre 2011.   –  Continua  a Leggere @

Metropolis 2. “Looking Busy”

“Paul get back in there for a while longer, I’ll be right with you. It is best if you’re not seen idling”. I was running some errands around town when I saw this shoe shop offering interesting rebates. I had just set one foot inside that 4 out of 5 attendants had already ran up to me asking if they could be of help. Felt so pressured I wanted to leave. But I was keen on checking something that had caught my eye not to mention someone who was so terribly attractive sitting inside. Besides, I do understand it’s their job so I thanked them, saying I just wanted to browse around a little.  …..  Keep reading @ (thank you!)

nervewracking experience… it’s killing me! :-D

Year 1, Week 1 Coming up next week : “the World in a Kaleidoscope” , my very first piece. I’m very excited about it and a tad nervous too. ! Please don’t miss it on

Il via settimana prossima con : “Il mondo in un caleidoscopio”, il mio primissimo pezzo. Sono emozionata e un tantino nervosa! mi raccomando, venite numerosi @

Stieg Larsson – Millenium Vol.2

The Girl who played with Fire – Vol.2 – Millenium -Blomqvist is working on a most demanding  job and could really do with Salander’s help but as it is, she has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from his life. Lisbeth will not return his calls or emails. Mikael is really baffled by her behaviour and starts fishing around trying to find out what on earth is going on. Luckily for Lisbeth, he will find her proving yet again his outstanding professional skills and true friendship towards Salander. But, will he get there on time?…. read through  @

La ragazza che giocava con il fuoco  –  Vol.2 – Millenium -Blomqvist è profondamente amareggiato. Ha per le mani un lavoro che “scotta” ed ha bisogno di Salander. Ma Lisbeth ha interrotto bruscamente e senza apparente motivo i contatti. Fortunamente per lei, Mikael indispettito dal questo comportamento inzia ad indagare e da bravo segugio e vero amico, la troverà. Ma arriverà in tempo utile?  leggi il seguito @

“where boundaries have no meaning”

Sunday, 10th of April 2011

The alarm goes off at 5am as usual.. but today is not an ordinary day … I lay in bed for a while. I’m listening to silence, so familiar on sunday mornings. The first thought crosses my mind – “will I take the bike or the tube?” – my destination is RHO, Milano (Italy), some 15 km away, where, a few hours from now,starters will give way to the Milano City Marathon 2011.  I make my way to the kitchen and put some coffee on.  – “I’ll take the tube” –  turn on my laptop, check the last details  – “have to be out by 7.30, take the red line” –

I’m not hungry. I get dressed. I’m so damn calm I wish my heart were beating faster by now. The bag is ready, I am ready, time to go. I kiss my cat goodbye, I always do.

As I walk towards the tube station wondering whether I made the right choice, I see other runners on their way. I’m not alone. I begin to sense a hint of tension in the air, kind of pleasant. There’s quite a few of us now waiting on the pier. We’re all checking each other out. I feel like laughing! Energy starts flowing. Finally our tube arrives. It is already packed with runners! As we get nearer to our destination, and at every stop we make, other runners get on. The wagon turns into a madhouse. So much energy it could blow!

– “We’re here!! I wish I did have breakfast after all!” –

I take myself over to the location along with everybody else. So many of us – “I must find the truck on which my bag will travel”- I give my bag in. Am now hands free.  All around runners are stretching, warming up, singing, charging themselves. There are people from all over the world – different colour, culture, language, age;  champions warming up amongst amatorial runners – The place is absolutely unique and electrifying – “I love it!” – camera crews are filming left and right, photographers grabbing as many shots as they can trying to get us to look at them  – “they seem to like having us running towards them with a real nice smile on  – YO, take this bit of ENERGY!” – One of them as I run past him tells me “Buona Forza!” – “thank you, I love you too!” – “I need to go the toilet before it starts!” – apparently I’m not the only one.  Never ever saw such a long queue. I feel like busrting out laughing again, but manage a very stretched smile – “Gee, I do hope I’ll get a chance, only 30 minutes to GO”.

The marathon goes off – “another 10 minutes and it’s our turn”- I place myself behind the start line with all my fellow relay runners. The area gets really cramped. I’m slowly being pressed left right and center. Music is blasting, speakers are motivating us and the crowd for cheers – “oh my!” –  screams sweat heat dizziness growing – “I’m not going to resist this pressure for long, I know it!” – Confusion, noise and suddenly it’s

                                                           – “GO!” –