Space tourism

The flight to Mars is now boarding at gate 34… A review of some of the projects designed to take ordinary people into space. This article was published in LUXOS Spain spring/summer 2014, before the crash of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise on 31 October 2014. “Sooner or later, we must expand life beyond…

Gene Cernan

The day the Lunar Rover got a parking ticket

Gene’s Lunar Rover has been parked on the moon for 42 years without any particular administrative problems, but Milan is a whole different kettle of fish. On 28 October 2014, Cernan was driving the electrically-powered Lunar Rover – the one that he had driven for 35 km on the moon in 1972 – in Via…

10 reasons why cycling is good for you

It has its down sides. When you get to the office, you need to freshen up and perhaps put on the fresh shirt that you’ve brought with you in your bag. Your bag has to be a backpack. You’ll get a few bumps and grazes over the years. But all considered, you’re better off cycling.…

Officialdom in Italy

This is the true story of how I applied for a place at an Italian academy of fine arts, quite a long time ago: 1980, when I was 19. Things have changed a lot in Italy since then – well, a bit – but it is an example of the way in which a certain…

Te aspettano interi continenti

This is a poem by Maria Luisa Spaziani (born Turin 1922) Non ha colonne d’Ercole il pensiero. La tua anima piccola, diabolica pigrizia, se le crea. Né Ulisse né Colombo sospettavano le mille e mille isole in attesa. Te aspettano interi continenti. Dormono dentro il tuo cervello: osa! Il mondo è da creare.

Information is for real

Information is all that stuff around us, in books, on TV and the radio, on the web, that helps us make sense of the world. As journalists, we have the task of processing information and presenting it as effectively and originally as possible. If we want people to take notice of what we are saying,…