One year

From one year I am fighting with English by way of this blog.

I travelled in Haiti, Ivory Coast, many times in Bruxelles, different regions of Spain, probably Paris, Picerno.

I have bought a car, some orchids, wooden masks and produced a new collection of Cravates d’Afrique, multicoloured swimsuits, jewellery.

There was the evacuation from Abidjan, the Tsunami, the failure of Volare, too many kidnapping in Iraq and, last and actually least, Berlusconi’s new government.

I wonder if my English improved. For sure, my attitude towards this idiom has changed, I am more confident, the idea of having to start a note or a letter does not worry me excessively.

I have the impression I know when I am writing something wrong, but I don’t always have the capacity, time or patience to look for a better alternative.

In any case, it is a pleasant exercise. And it was not a bad year.


Risk on line

Since some weeks, I’ve found a new occupation to keep myself busy.

It started when I wrote to friends asking for digitalised gifts for my birthday.

Researching the net (by google, of course) and scanning several discussion groups, I eventually located the good site to play Risk (Risiko!!!) on line.

I’m getting used to play a game before dinner. Sometimes it is fast and silent, others it goes on for longer and the fighters exchange comments, suggestions, insults.

I like it. I like to play.

Riferimenti: Try it ……….

Bravo Mbeki

We were not really impressed by Mr. Mbeki’s mediation, that seemed to be based on a incomplete comprehension of the scenario and to have no impact on the situation.

Later on, there have been the letter that he sent to the Ivorian community, that touched some delicate issues and used a positive and constructive language.

And now the success (of course, under verification) of the meeting in Pretoria and yesterday’s settlement of the question of candidatures for next elections.

This last one is a good piece of diplomatic literature, paying attention to the different susceptibilities and anticipating the possible questions and objections.

We are not on the edge of the peace, but it is a good try. And the final responsibility remain on the Ivorian leaders.

Riferimenti: Find the text here