Avanti La Musica – The Italian Flop

There’s good news, and bad news, coming from Rome. The good news is that Italian coalition governments don’t last that long. Since WWII, there have been 19 general elections, but more than 60 different governments. The chances are, then, that the latest coalition will not last very long. Now for the bad news. The latest […]

Emmanuel Macron Cannot Change French “Strike Culture”

SNCF

There is another culture that the French are proud of, besides the “cultural exception” represented by their language, in the face of Anglo-Saxon dominance. It is the right for you to strike, regardless of whether your actions will close schools, disrupt the business commuter, or leave the unsuspecting tourist stranded at Charles de Gaulle airport. […]

Kicking Balls – From Doha To Paris, With Love

Neymar PSG

Brazilian footballer Neymar’s £200m release clause – allowing his transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) – places him at 206th in the United Nations’ list of nations by GDP, ahead of the Marshall Islands and Palau… Football transfers are fast becoming like fake breasts – over-inflated and ridiculous. I mean, how can so much […]

Rotten Apples

A few weeks ago, my iPad suffered a premature death. For my beloved tablet, it wasn’t a crash that transformed him to ash, it’s the update that sealed his fate. Or rather, it was the lack of updates that finally killed him. In fact, he wasn’t even dead yet, but I was forced by Apple […]