Distant Voice – California dreamin’

What sort of place do you imagine California to be? Golden beaches, palm trees, movie stars walking along Hollywood Boulevard… and perhaps, if you listen to Katy Perry, a place where perfectly tanned girls stroll around in “Daisy Dukes, bikinis on top”. It’s not completely wrong, but every time I tell people that I’m from […]

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La dolce vita or la dolce morte in the infernal city?

Italy is a rather peculiar place. Its history of sovereign republicanism ensures travelling even for an hour or so becomes a uniquely transformative experience. There is nonetheless, the Italian stereotype. A people united in their attitude to living, loud voices, expressive gestures, echoing laughter and appreciation for carbohydrate-based foods. Inasmuch, perhaps, through a particular set […]

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