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[MOR posts once a week. Which doesn't  mean all sort of writings, re-posts etc. may not turn up in between]

Man of Roma, aka Giorgio, aka Giovanni (his real name)

Man of Roma, aka Giorgio, aka Giovanni, his real name (pic shot end of 2008 in San Francisco)

Man of Roma is a 60-year-old Italian from Rome [2014 update: 66] who prefers anonymity in order to be able to talk freely about all.

This blog should:

A. be multilingual: English at its core; Italian as SL (albeit MoR‘s mother tongue); French & German as 3rd L’s; fragments of ancient Greek and Latin (don’t get scared: it’s in English.)

B. Merge reflection with anecdotes and elements of autobiography.

Why autobiography?

  1. Because as a living specimen of a Roman identity Man of Roma must somehow talk about himself.
  2. Because Man of Roma is unassuming, his model being Michel de Montaigne.
  3. Because having lost all faiths Man of Roma sees here an opportunity to cling onto the only religion left to him: narcissism (Woody Allen’s jest, not MoR’s.)

Now (more seriously?) further info can be found in the first post which is like an introduction to this blog and provides an idea of its general inspiration.

Job activities

  1. Professional teacher in Italian high school for 16 years (ancient history & Italian literature.)
  2. IT systems and networking Engineer in the last 14 years, working with networking planning, implementing and training projects, in Italy and abroad.
  3. Composer of soundtrack electronic music, playing piano and guitar and liking every kind of music: classical, contemporary, jazz, world (especially Indian and Arabic,) rock, pop etc.
  4. Freelance journalist with articles published in major Italian newspapers and magazines.

Note. Activities at 1 and 3 overlap, or MoR would be 95.

 

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L’uomo de Roma will gradually (and cautiously) retire in the course of the next 10 years.

He sees this blog as an opportunity to brush up humanities back, to teach something to others (and mostly to himself,) to rewire his synapses and mix up all together (including science & technology) into a hopefully consistent, not too bizarre chunk (called synthesis, or σύνθεσις, by ‘those who know’.)

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The little I know and the little I am I almost entirely owe to Magister, my Master or διδάσκαλος.

This blog, from the bottom of my heart, is dedicated to him.

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  1. I thought you would be a teacher..but networking engineering professional too ..hmmm..

    Well, dropped in to say that I have subscribed to your blog..now I should be keeping up with your blog. :)

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  2. Thank you Poonam Sharma. I told you we had similar interests. As far as my about page and my profession(s), all is truthful, no doubt about it.
    One detail only is missing: I am totally nuts.

    All the best from Roma :-)

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  3. or ManofRoma would be 95.
    Mwahahaha! Lol.

    I never saw this post [me lazy to click links in post.] I’ve completed the CCNA coursework and will be giving the exam soon so I’m an entrant to the networks race too! :D

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  4. 1ofURitSTUDentS

    I can vouch that the ManofRoma is totally nuts. His real life conversations can make you laugh, cry and ponder your exsistence all while learning how one computer in Rome can find another computer in Guam in the blink of an eye because…

    What was I saying?

    Oh yeah, he is nuts!!!

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  5. @Ashish
    Very interesting. Cisco is of course Cisco. “In bocca al lupo” (in the mouth of the wolf) being our bastard Latin expression for wishing success before an exam or any challenge in life.

    @1ofURitSTUDentS
    They will think I *pay* you for such comments… thanks bud ;-)

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  6. buongiorno manofroma

    very interesting blog. i am thankful that i bumped into this, through alex’s blogfromitaly. i stay in delhi and was in milano till last year and so i feel connected with italy in some way.
    i loved some of your posts, but will surely do comment on them sometime when i am more free.

    ciao..arrivederci for now.

    gaurav

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  7. @Gaurav
    Thank you Gaurav. You’re too kind. Having been in Milano you then know the modern industrial core of Italy.

    will surely do comment …when i am more free.
    As you probably noticed, Indians and Romans seem to be establishing a very good connection. I’ll love your comments too

    i stay in delhi

    I know Bombay better, so hope you might help me understand the differences.

    All the best
    e arrivederci a presto, dunque, caro Gaurav

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  8. I am he Sir. Quite liked the post and the writing… will surely come back for greater reading. Didn’t know u were working in networkin field.. Quite intresting and may I add very surprising…

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  9. Since u mentioned the various civilizations in ur post.. I have always had a query for which I have yet to find a suitabvle explaination thought u could help?

    Indus civilization which collapsed arround 3250-2750 BC (if i remember correctly) had a peculiar feature. The city was built in two ditinct levels. The higher one being the citadel was almost always several feet above ground having only one and only one route of enterance was usually at the end of the city and i8s believed tobe the place of residence o9f the king.

    After its collpse this feature remains absent (as per my knowledge) in the civilizations half way across the globe until it suddenly crops 2000 years later in the Europe Castles in the medivial age.

    Could u provide me answer to that? IS in’t it amazing!!!

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  10. falcon: I’d say that humans were more travelers then [like they are now after a huge lapse in time]. Nomads if thats correct. In fact us Indians are Aryans [well some of us at least].. Indo-Europeans so it isn’t surprising that our city system might be found on the other side of the globe. Sort of like Pyramids. Plus can we discount “Great minds think alike?” ;)

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  11. @Falcon
    Sorry if I didn’t reply earlier, dear Falcon.

    will surely come back for greater reading
    I like when people come back because being an ex arts teacher, it is like I am living again in a classroom, like in the good old times, which were the happiest. Only, now we are all peers, my only preminence, so to say, being this is my blog. We of course both give and take (well, my classroom was the same actually lol, teaching is always two-ways).

    After its collapse this feature remains absent (as per my knowledge) in the civilizations half way across the globe until it suddenly crops 2000 years later in the Europe Castles in the medieval age.

    Well, my knowledge of Indian history is so limited I’ll have to do something about it soon. If I understood your question I think Ashish already replied to you. We are both Indo-European related.

    In any case, people sometimes are amazed that in different and totally far-away parts of the globe similar elements of culture did arise. Sometimes it can be by hazard, but most of the time it is communication, even if transportation was primitive. When thousands of years are concerned people have time to get in touch, even thru great oceans, it has been proven in the Pacific ocean for ex. We know for sure the Ancient Romans (–>Europe) and the Ancient Chinese had contacts both by land and sea. Of course Romans with Indians too, but Indians were a bit closer. We of course know that Greek Alexander the Great conquered parts of northern India. I saw some amazing statues in a Mumbai museum where Indian Gods (Goddesses?) were represented the Greek way. But this happened in the 4th century BC. Much later than the Indus civilization and much earlier than medieval castles. I lack a grid for Indian history, in any case … :-(

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  12. First of all my appologies for starting a discussion over here. It was actually supposed to be on another post of this site but i guess No specks and 2 days of trek make u do such goof ups.

    I think u all got me wrong here!!!

    The question is not of its rediscovery but more of its delay in rediscovery!!!
    As you might have known that the defence and arms and armourant industry has been the world’s fastest growing industry till we came to the IT revolution. Even Industrial revolution was slow campared to the defence growth. (just shows how barbaric we all have been)

    @ Ashish
    I do not agree to ur suggestion exacty!!!
    >>. In fact us Indians are Aryans [well some of us at least].. Indo-Europeans so it isn’t surprising that our city system might be found on the other side of the globe.

    True, But Indus civilization was not of Aryan,It was the world’s first urban civilization where as Aryan was rural one. In fact one line of thinking is that Aryans in fact destroyed the Indus civilization.

    Secondly, It is widely believed that Aryans originated from the region near Caspian Sea somewhere in modern Iran and from there they migrated towards Ural and India and other parts. So it is really difficult to digest that some Aryans came to India learnt the technique went to Europe and implemented it … That too a thousands of year late.

    The question is that this concept of high walls fortified residence, with only one line of attack and which makes an stealth attack impossible is simply too important and advantageous to be lost for centuries.

    In case of Aryan it is understandable for they were rural culture which was primarily agriculture. More over their cites were built across rivers or on hills which provided them natural defence.

    @ManOfRoma
    The greatness of Indian culture has been its abilty to adapt, tolerate, assimilate and evolve new line of ideas and practices.( like Ashish Even I think that this feature has of late been missing ) So when Greeks cae to India, they won but their religious zeal was not strong enough to stand the onslaught of the Indian ideas. Similarly was true for the Huns, Kushans, Zoorashtrians and all those who came whether as conquerors or as shelter seekers with the exception of Islam. So they won land but Indian won mind.

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  13. (Continued) The Greek style states u see is not surprising for our interaction with the greeks led to the various school of arts of which Gandhara School of art and the Satahavana (sic) school of Art were the most famous ( Satahavana – I don’t exactly remember the name haven’t touched history in last 7 years)

    The Gandhara School had Indian Spirit and Greek hand( if i remember correctly )As a result their stautes showed Indian gods with more greek features like curly hairs etc.

    Now that I have blabbered all the history I know about greek affect on Indian arts … I request u to excuse me for my half baked and half forgotten knowledge.

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  14. Merry christmas. Sir don’t be lonely this day it’s an occasion to share with joy with others.

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  15. @Falcon
    Thank you Falcon and Merry Christmas to you too. You are a gentle soul and I hope you are happy too. Though do not worry. Love is all around, circling back …..

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  16. Ciao, come stai?

    History is one of my life’s passions. Well, more history 15th century onwards, but I did like some of the Pompeji and Greek history.

    How does a teacher turn to networking?

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  17. @Cat
    Io sto bene. Parli Italiano? Io capisco il tedesco, aber Ich kann nur lesen (und verstehen), nicht unterhalten (oder schreiben)
    (Translation: “I am well. Do you speak Italian? I can understand German, but I can only read and orally understand, not speak or write”.

    How does a teacher turn to networking?
    Well, my salary as a teacher was not good enough, so I did something about it. At first I didn’t like the change, then I started to get more and more motivated. Basically I am still teaching (IT), plus I am consultant for IT projects (planning and implementation). It helped the fact that in the last school I was working in as an Arts teacher many intelligent IT colleagues showed me the path.

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  18. Parlo un po Italiano. Ho imparato a scuola latina e sono stata per mesi in Italia quando un bambino.

    That probably didn’t make any sense! I learned Latin at school for four years [sadly never paid enough attention though] and I used to visit my family when I was a child. We used to spend 1-2 months a year in Bibione. Sadly that’s a long time ago and last time I was in Italy I found I could make it up as I went along and got by. Barely.

    Your German is pretty good though. :)

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  19. Alright, as Sam Gamgee says this German and Italian is a fair bit of tongue cracker. :P

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  20. @Falcon
    When I say that Alexander conquered part of India I am just talking about a fact. Exactly like when I am saying that at present Indian firms are growing greatly and are starting to buy all everywhere. I am no nationalist. I hate silly nationalists. I try to stick to facts. The fact that I love my Roman heritage means only that 1) this is a matter closer to my heart, especially now that I am getting old, and 2) in the field of the Roman heritage I can hope to say a smaller number of stupidities than in other fields.

    @Cat
    As far as my German, pls read what I am telling Ashish below. What you said in Italian makes perfect sense. I have been to Genoa in the last few days and I asked a friend to show me where Bibione is. I was curious. Now I know. Not far from Venice actually.

    @Ashish
    Tongue cracker? Sam Gamgee? what the heck do you mean, dear man lol? Of course, it was fun to talk to Cat in Italian and German. Italian-German people fascinate me (like Busoni). I told her: “I am well. Do you speak Italian? I can understand German, but I can only read and orally understand, not speak or write”. Well, i can also speak and write a bit, tho in horrid broken German. But I do not care. In Russia my broken German was of great help.

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  21. Well that Italian German exchange was a tongue cracker to me. [Hard to understand or even speak those words! lol ]

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  22. @Man Of Roma

    If u are referring to the statement
    >>So when Greeks came to India, they won but their religious zeal was not strong enough to stand the onslaught of the Indian ideas. Similarly was true for the Huns, Kushans, Zoorashtrians and all those who came whether as conquerors or as shelter seekers with the exception of Islam. So they won land but Indian won mind.

    I too, am stating a fact…MUGGED THE STATEMENT in My 7th STD from my history book or was it 6th. It had nothing to do with nationalism whatsoever. It was supposed to be an answer to the question: Why don’t we usually see statues of Greek Gods even though we see their style?

    >>I hate silly nationalists… I would appreciate if u had preferred the word abhor..Hate becomes too strong a word for comfort…
    I am staunch nationalist myself… Nation before everything else… LOL Though this does not include false sense of pride… But does include more than generous amount of pride…I believe u can progress only if u believe that there is a scope of improvement. And that can happen when u accept that u r not the Best but can become so.

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  24. @ Man of roma
    http://india.targetgenx.com/2008/04/14/i-want-my-right-to-education/

    This article deals with one the areas where India is being Hypocritical… More will soon follow..

    Sorry for being late… Though it does not have any term as hypocrisy..

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  25. Bravo Man of Rome…. keep up the good work.
    buon lavoro e buon divertimento – Joe

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  26. @Joe
    Grazie Joe. And welcome to my blog.

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  27. Friend,

    I have linked you to my blog. It is too irresistible to not do so. You are under no obligation to reciprocate. My linking does not come with a money back guarantee.

    I have responded to the espresso post on my blog and hope to hear your opinion on the question.

    Ciao

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  28. @ The Commentator

    Dear Canadian Commentator,
    whoever you are, I will link you to my blog as well because we have similar interests, because your write so well and because your nation, Canada, fascinates me (no need to reciprocate for mere kindness or any utilitarian reason, our roots being both non utilitarian, I believe.)

    I like your blog, I enjoyed many posts you wrote (I am actually lurking) – for example the one where you show how the Italian and French cuisine are connected thru the De’ Medici Lady. Plus I have already added a comment to your last post where you refer to my blog, tho more on the German-Italy thing, because, though I’m talking a lot about the ancient Romans’ self-control, my mind is sometimes wild and has a will of its own.

    Ciao

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  29. Wow!! a multi talented man!! A wonderful blog u have got here. U know i m a teacher too though only since 3.5 yrs and of engineering.

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  30. @Reema
    Thank you Reema. Engineering? Wow. Very hard stuff. I am not a real engineer. I am only a computer systems engineer via certifications and my graduation is in arts. I sent you birthday wishes at your blog!

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  31. Hello Man of Roma, I am a Man of Romagna, I found your blog today while browsing blogfromitaly.com….I like it very much and found your idea brilliant! keep on Man of Roma!

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  32. @Man of Romagna
    Thank you very much Man of Romagna! Romagna – and the name itself proves it – has a lot of links with Roman history. A fascinating place with wonderful people, among the best in Italy. I often go to Bagno di Romagna (Roman Balneum), a great thermal bath.

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  33. Hello Man of Roma,
    I found your blog through the link in your comment. I am impressed with the interesting writing, distinctive style and amazing visual beauty of your blog! I am blog rolling you and will return to read all your past posts too.
    I am fascinated by Rome, and though it is impossible to know Rome without spending a few years, I plan to see Rome for a few days next year, if all goes well.
    My compliments to you again for a beautiful blog.

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  34. Thank you, you are too kind and praise me too much.

    Who knows, when you read more of my posts you might change your mind! A person who travels so much around the world like you must surely be open-minded. I believe a lot in a sort of brotherhood between folks and cultures. I guess it’s the legacy of my generation, who did many silly things but we weren’t at least that divided by religions, mores, clashes of civilizations like some people tend to be now. Or maybe it’s just a myth :-)

    I wish you all the best from Rome!

    And who knows, we might also meet when you come to Rome. ‘Woman of Roma’ is also very fond of India and of meeting foreign people.

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  35. Thank you.
    Yes, Man of Roma, I grew up in a place which is a very multicultural and pluralistic town, and was extremely open minded even before I left home. I believe, having an open mind and having friends who speak different languages and come from different cultures (even within India) and also from different walks of life has helped me to see and understand the world and its people in a clearer and enjoyable way and has taught me to love diversity and celebrate differences. I know in spite of not having many material assets to call my own, I am happier than those who build walls and successfully guard them, because I have less boundaries inside my mind. :)
    Best wishes.

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  36. @Nomad

    Less boundaries inside the mind … I have unfortunately to say that in Italy people are instead provincial and not much open to the external world. One evidence of this is that foreign languages here, and even English, are not spoken much. This creates a barrier (and problem for the foreigner), but it is the result of provinciality rather than the cause, I believe.

    India is another world. First of all it is much much bigger and richer with different cultures and Indian languages (500?), it is also huge in population (1 billion compared to 56-57 million here!) and besides hundreds of millions speak English, Indian English being an internationally recognized variety.

    And what is sad, Italians are starting to be racist, while they weren’t before (many foreigners are arriving, being provincial Italians are not prepared, and now forget we have migrated all over the world out of poverty).

    This is why I was saying that the world seems sort of closing up.

    Happy to have met another like-minded person.

    Best regards and wishes :-)

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  37. And who knows, we might also meet when you come to Rome. ‘Woman of Roma’ is also very fond of India and of meeting foreign people.
    Thank you, I hope so too. :)
    now forget we have migrated all over the world out of poverty
    I appreciate your candor and courage, most Europeans I think would be unwilling to recall their colonial past or emigration from their countries.
    Wish you and Woman of Roma a Merry Christmas very Happy New Year.

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  38. I am looking forward to Strasbourg, as I am told Christmas is beautifully celebrated in Strasbourg. I love to watch and celebrate (but I dont like people to go overboard financially or religiously) all festivals of all religions and communities. Sort of in a laïcité way. We grew up knowing that festival (not necessarily our festival, it can be of a friend who is a Telugu/ Buddhist/ Christian/ Jain/ Marathi etc etc ) means NICE foooood…. We never felt threatened by ‘others’. So, I appreciate your thoughts. Nice meeting you too :)

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  39. @Nomad

    most Europeans I think would be unwilling to recall their colonial past or emigration from their countries.

    I try to be honest and frankly I find it ridiculous that Italians, who were emigrants for centuries, are now racist with emigrants. Unfortunately sometimes I am blunt and make mistakes when absent-minded, but I try to moderate myself.

    I am looking forward to Strasbourg

    Don’t know if you were there before. I like both the French and the Germans very much, and Strasbourg is very German-looking. I was there only once, when I was 26. If you have been there I’m sure you’ll agree it sadly gives an idea of how beautiful Germany could have been if it hadn’t been almost totally destroyed by the war.

    Ahah, yes, festival means wonderful FOOOOD! (no matter its religious significance).

    I also wish you and your husband a Merry Christmas very Happy New Year!

    MoR

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  40. @man of roma

    Sir,

    Sorry for not keeping up with the updates….And as always wishing u a very Merry Christmas…
    It’s time to spread joy around !!!

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  41. @Falcon

    Don’t worry Falcon. Yes, joy is spreading all around. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you too!!

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  42. happy new year..

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  43. @Falcon

    Happy New Year dear Falcon!! Hope 2009 is wonderful and peaceful for you!!

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  45. Man of Rome,
    I have been missing Rome so much I can’t stand it.
    I don’t know how did I get to your site, but I must congratulate you.
    Can you post a small poem by Trilussa?
    Thanks,
    GL

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    • Welcome Pino, and thank you for your appreciation. Yes, I will in the next days (now I’m preparing my next post). It might be by Belli: is it the same? Ciao

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  46. Hi Man of Roma,
    Clever blog you have, I’ll be following it!
    Yours,
    womanofroma(andamerica)

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    • Thank you Regina, and welcome here! Many years ago I met a Woman of Roma (and America) with your name. I saw your blog. Tons of interesting posts on Roma. I’ll follow you too.

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  47. Hello Man of Roma, you have some very interesting posts, as I would expect from somebody who is forward thinking, while revering the past. I currently live in North America, but as a citizen of Italia who speaks the language, I intend to move and to live there in a couple months time (I have only visited in the past). When I arrive I will be TEFL certified and would appreciate any direction, connections or leads that I can find on the road to employment as a teacher of the English language. As you have years of teaching experience in the eternal city, I’m sure that you have valuable advice to lend. I love Roma with all of my heart and am excited to see what opportunities the mother wolf holds for her lost children. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at rsfederici[at]gmail[dot]com if you feel generous enough to take the time to share your expertise.

    Best regards,

    Ricky

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  49. Hm … thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving lovely comments. I’m checking yours out now and feel compelled to leave a link: http://sandrahanksbenoiton.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/why-do-i-write-thee-let-me-count/

    Although I understand the desire for anonymity, I have issues. But, then again, I have many issues, which is just one reason I have a personal blog where I can leak angst.

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    • I opted for anonymity because my wife and my two daughters – who read my blog – asked me to do so. But WordPress knows my real identity, and also my readers after a while they frequent my blog.
      I understand your issues and respect them.

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  50. Hello,

    We just wanted to stop by and let you know that we love what you’re doing with Man of Roma. We also wanted to offer up a way for us to work together.

    Who we are? We’re two London based editors with deceptively French sounding names. We travel, read and engage in projects across the board a lot and we know how difficult it can be to find inspiring content be it music to politics, arts to science.

    So we’re doing something about it by starting ChorusandEcho.com. C+E is way to give our readers informed access to ideas and cities across the World, while at the same time giving our family of contributors a far larger audience and an opportunity for them to make a little bit (but hopefully a lot!) more money from their content.

    We have spent months pouring over thousands upon thousands of blogs and sites and have decided to launch in 20 cities with a handful of blogs in each. We would love to work with you here in London, in Rome and beyond. We would use the content you post up on your blog, so there’s no extra work for you at all. At the same time you would be credited for any content, which means extra traffic for Man of Roma.

    Please could you let us know your email address, so we can send you the information deck which covers all things C+E in more detail.

    Let us know if you’re up for getting involved!

    Jean-Robert.

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  51. You blog but big difference! Definitely interesting, thanks for taking time to create such art-y page.

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  52. merry christmas…!!!

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    • There is this weird tradition, Falcon, of you popping up at Christmas :-)

      [I didn't forget your wishes on Dec 24, 2007: see above]

      So, again, merry Christmas to you too, friend – although I know Hindus do not celebrate it.

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  53. But Indians Do… And So do my friends…

    I am not coming to ur blog often… becoz I have lost almost all of my grey matter ( if ever there was any during my illness..) so I am quite unable to comprehend your intellectually stimulating discussions..

    So till the time I become the same irreverent idiot kindly excuse me…

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  54. been very busy today… so it’s a little late..merry christmas

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  55. @Falcon
    You don’t seem to forget it is a tradition between us that you wish me merry Christmas. Thank you for that, Falcon. I send Christmas wishes back, even though you are Hindi :-)

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