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People you knew introduce you to people you knew

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An old literary friend of mine, from the time when I had literary ambition myself, just messed me by a recommendation from another friend whom I met long ago in the world of classical language studies, during the time when I thought of a scholarly career. It turns out that the link between all three of us is an interest in India. This series of coincidences could have happened IRL (as they say), but that would have taken much more time.
Since I started using the internet I always see it as an extended life. You may be unable to see much people because of work or economy, but you can “see” them all anyway. Now go and see these two interesting writers that I have talked about here:
Tomas Löfström of Sweden and Francesca Diano of Italy.
Someday we may meet again – in Chennai?

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June 11, 2011 at 09:19

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50’s and 70’s

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In the fifties, my uncle visited the US a couple of times and brought home amazing wide ties like the one to the left, Windsor of California Hand Painted. Then in the seventies wide ties were again in the rage. Here are three specimens, Seta Made in Italy, Cambridge probably US, and Castello Chatillon of Italy.

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January 26, 2011 at 14:55

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The “ad hoc” tourist

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In past times, when I was going to travel somewhere, I used to do homework before, looking up facts, making day plans and such. Nowadays I don’t, because I have found that the surprises I get while touring are quite as interesting as the things I planned.
About Milan I knew that, like other cities of northern Italy, it has a great renaissance heritage. But I did not see Leonardo’s Cenacolo because you have to book your visit to it months in beforehand. Neither did I go inside the Duomo during the short time available between choir practice and concerts during the trip. The first morning I walked to the Giardini Pubblici just because it is a green space near our hotel, and close to it there was the modern art gallery, admission free, let’s go inside and check!
Inside there was Antonio Canova, neoclassic, not very modern one could say, but a great artist whom I knew only by name earlier, though I like neoclassicism very much.
The homework I do afterwards, following up the surprises. I found that Canova, though he spent all his life in Europe, has an interesting connection to the US. Read about it here!

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November 6, 2010 at 12:41

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A trip to Milan

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We walk the park in the morning …


and find the Gallery of Modern Art with a sculpture show by Angiola Tremonti, then we go inside …

and meet this lovely marble girl by Antonio Canova. Now you understand, in an Italian perspective “modern art” begins with the neoclassicism of the 18th century.


Canova himself was sculpted by Raimondo Trentanove.


A plaster sketch of the goddess of youth, Hebe, of which Canova made some different marbles.


Canova occasionally worked in bronze too. This is Emperor Napoleon I.

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November 4, 2010 at 17:45

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EUshi

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eushi

Produced in the European Union: polenta from Italy, herring from Sweden.

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March 30, 2009 at 01:00

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My opinion on monarchy

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I am glad that we have a King of Sweden, and a successor who is Crown Princess today. Thus we avoid the hysterical business of presidential election that they have in some countries, and the dull unknown representative figures that they have in other countries.

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March 2, 2009 at 13:36

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Other names, other languages

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I thought about nicknames, that kind of nickname which is your first name in another form. In Swedish we prefer them to have two syllables. A guy named Bo becomes “Bosse” and a girl named Josephine is spoken of as “Jossan”. The English-speaking however,  most often they have only energy enough to speak ONE syllable: Ed for Edward, Meg for Margaret, and so on. How are the customs in German, French or Italian, I never really thought of it before?

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February 20, 2009 at 17:03

Posted in Germany, Italy, Stockholm