Article in The Epoch Times on Venice and tourism with contrasting views, including my own

This insightful and perceptive article by Angela Giuffrida was published on 31 May 2017 in The Epoch Times, which is based in the USA but is published in 21 languages and 35 countries. It includes different interpretations of how tourism is impacting Venice today and its historical role, including my own comments. Click on the … Continue reading

The mobile dam system in Venice is delayed by four years, but claimed as being six months late.

After an agreement on Wednesday 29 March 2017, an article in the newspaper Corriere Del Veneto claimed on 30 March 2017 that the delivery of Venice’s MOSE mobile dam system had slipped by six months. Yet the very same newspaper published an article on 28 April 2015 in which it was stated that the same … Continue reading

New book; ‘More than Cricket and Football: International Sport and the Challenge of Celebrity’

This book has just been published and explores different personalities in sport who have also generated media reputations outside their home countries. The book can be ordered from the publishers by clicking on the link below; http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1992   It is principally a sociological anthology with contributors from many different parts of the world. It includes … Continue reading

Italy’s Constitutional Referendum ‘No’ Vote and Renzi’s Resignation

On Sunday, 4 December 2016, Italians voted in a referendum to reject constitutional reforms supported by previous Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his government. This vote led to the resignation of Renzi and the establishment of a caretaker government with new elections likely in February 2017 after the Constitutional Court examines a new electoral law … Continue reading

Balloon Debate: what’s the best invention ever? I proposed language & debated other ideas. View this ‘Battle of Ideas’ festival film.

Filmed at the Battle of Ideas and expertly chaired by Timandra Harkness, this incredibly engaging balloon debate sees panelists attempt to convince the audience of their choice for the best invention ever. At the end of each round, the least popular invention is eliminated – and its proponent thrown out of the balloon. The debate … Continue reading

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