Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Yes, we can (Part I) - Children see, children do

(originally posted by Zampe)

Simple, true, powerful:
children see, children do.
You watch, you behave?

Yes, we can. If only we try

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

We only recruit sensibly mad people - Calcetto Special Edition

A collective edition, for our fans.

Not only do we recruit them, but we get them to do sensibly mad things together, too!

This edition is a tribute to the Value Partners official 5-a-side football team, put together by Capitan Melani for the prestigious Champion's Chip. Despite incredibly poor fitness levels, no clue on roles and tactics (there's 25 of us in the team, and 5 playing at a time!) and no training whatsoever, we are at the top of the scoreboard after two matches! Two solid wins against two of the strongest teams in the league!

To prove we are truly sensibly mad, Foscarina played as goalkeeper for the first half of our second match, replacing injured No.1 Valerio. Not only did she emerge unscathed (yes, we finished the first half up 3-0), but was also nominated "player of the week" by the authoritative (?!) Zabetta dello Sport!

Will the record hold after tonight's match!?

Disclaimer: I am a proud member of the team, with no impact whatsoever on performance. That's a good thing, because I am useless! ;-)

Sunday, 16 November 2008

In the digital age, does censorship work?

Campaign by Telefono Donna against women abuse.

Censored by the Milan local council, blogged all over Italy

I guess more children have seen this because the campaign was censored than if fifty posters were put up on walls around Milan

Monday, 10 November 2008

I am Davide Saviano

A great initiative in support of Roberto Saviano, the writer threatened by the Camorra. Already noted, among others, by and

Started off in Milan, now spreading to towns throughout Italy.

“Sapere, capire diviene una necessità. L'unica possibile per considerarsi ancora uomini degni di respirare.”

Roberto Saviano, Gomorra

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Wazzup!? Obama!

Back in 2000, Budweiser produced a great ad showing five friends "watching the game, having a bud..." - cult for anyone living in London or New York at the time.

Eight years later, the same five guys are back - and brilliant! Life hasn't been good, "lost my home, looking for a job...", but now there's hope for change.

Frua: that was so Brechin Place!

Monday, 3 November 2008

An honourable man (irrespective of whether he's elected)


Statement from Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro-Ng on the death of their grandmother, Madelyn Dunham:

"It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.

"Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer."

Yes, I do hope Obama is elected President of the United States just like 87% of the world (according to the Economist's poll). But this is not the point of this post.

This is a tribute to a Presidential candidate who, during the most stressful time of his life, took two days off to go visit his grandmother.

Chapeau, Obama.

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