with or without

The main reason why I don’t agree with Brexit or whateverecountryexit, neither with the way the EU is reacting, is that it’s a destructive aut-aut. either you take it all or you reject it all…
(well, all but the tariff-free deal that Farage is looking for..he’s trying to get to both reject and take)..
the leave is the result of lies and miscalculations, a game that went too well for a few players, while the others may end up regretting it, or just don’t share any good… on the other side EU is closing up in a defense of the whole system that obviously had failures.. no room for changes.. no room for friendship…no room for new rules???
Indeed the myth has faded down of the monetary union, the market union, a protection from globalisation and from internal competition that has always led to wars within EU….the EU well-advanced regulation on environment, climate change, citizens protection, customer security, minority protection, quality, culture, diversity ad richness,..and much more., is not enough .. the Great EU has forgotten the small one..
I’m just back form a trip to France and Tuscany, where I met with international project partners from Finland, UK, France, Kenya, me the only woman in a group of men backed up by strong Institution..a meeting in a wonderful, vibrant, multicultural city become the major hub for agriculture science in EU thanks to a visionary and open-minded major..well, EU (not only the Institution but also the “soul” of it) has supported and allowed all this, including me being present .. on the day I was back the referendum stated the first big break in this huge mechanism..On my way back I thought about it with my mind of “international worker” , but then I recalled the lady living in the shopping mall in Montpellier, helped by some assistance personnel during a crisis..the “international workers” (migrated or escaped from wars) traveling between Spain, France, Italy by bus at night (I was with them),.. the many people living on the streets I met in France and then in Genova,  Firenze and Milano  on the return trip…homeless people publishing  a journal in Florence, calling for attention and houses.. The same people I met in the Uk while I was living there.
the great EU has forgotten the small one.. global markets, free circulation and trade,  university exchange, shops, wealth, this is not for everybody, people are struggling for the basic and cannot stand the plutocracy of Brussels, or at least what they all know about it..what politician like Farage are using to undermine an idea that could be much more than a market. I still believe in that as a mean to reach a better world.
But we should not follow those who have always stood apart…we’re in, in a different way, and we should take it all, and enjoy it and make it work for us…

The snow ball

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There is a very common trick on snowballs play fields, somebody told me a few days ago. Somebody launches a ball up in the air towards someone else. While the fellow is focusing on the ball coming slowly down from the ski, for few seconds totally forgets about the “enemy” and then receives another ball, faster, bigger and worse, right on his/her face.

This happened in Paris, and today again in Brussels. And actually it happened even in New York.

The circle is getting closer, many friends of mine were there today, and luckily I know everybody is fine. Not the same for some tens of people and families. Casualties are between 25-30 declared by European authorities and 230 claimed by the so-called IS.

The first ball was at the airport, so many people in line at the desks, any security at the entry doors. It’s weird that you can’t enter the airport in Nairobi, Tripoli, Addis Abeba, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, as far as I know..before you passed the security check, but you can almost everywhere in Europe.

The second ball was after one hour, in a crowded and narrow metro station close to the EU buildings, right in the face, not at the heart, of Europe.

Ils parlent tous jour de securite’ mais je crois ils ne savent pas ce que’ils font..

But the point is that this game is not fair, there aren’t only two snowballs, but many, and many players against a team looking totally lost and naive, like the Brazil team at after 5 scores in 30 minutes from Germany.

Can we predict the next one? Can we stop it? can we fence everything out? Je ne crois pas.

Can we stop the causes? the weapons traffic? the neutral governments selling weapons? those making business with the worse criminal government? the greed for power and money? the abuse of religious and political pretext?

Can we make everybody feel so good that he/she would never support anything like this?

I’m tired of these discourses.

Anni di piombo

Un incontro casuale con un giornalista in un noto magazzino di mobili svedesi (io non lo avrei riconosciuto ma qualcuno me lo ha presentato :)) richiama in superficie le trame di vicende che negli anni 70 dilaniarono l’Italia, e tra stragi e vendette coinvolsero gente comune, anarchici, poliziotti, politici, giornalisti, servizi segreti, criminalita’.. mandanti, esecutori, vittime e innocenti…sembra la trama di un libro giallo, ma la realta’ fu piu’ complessa e piu’ feroce

noi eredi di quella realta’ quasi non ne sappiamo niente, studiamo gli egizi e Napoleone, ma non conosciamo i nostri piu’ diretti “padri” ..”Tutti siamo figli di qualcuno”, ma siamo anche figli di coloro le cui azioni cambiarono il corso della storia.

la nostra preoccuazione moderna e’ invece il condominio e anche un famoso conduttore televisivo ha affermato che di questo dovrebbero trattare i talk shows..

Senza aver capito gli anni di piombo, attentiamo contro gli altri … per il colore delle tende da sole.





Once upon a time, there were farmers in Engaruka, Tanzania, who created a very efficient and articulated irrigation system from the river Engaruka, but at one point the society collapsed. WHAT happened? Archeologist and environmental scientists have been studied it for the last 30 years, but a conclusive explanation has not been found yet…climate change, environment degradation, population growth, conflicts..what happened??

"Engaruka map" di Ignoto - http://www.ntz.info/gen/n00162.html. Con licenza CC BY-SA 3.0 tramite Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Engaruka_map.jpg#/media/File:Engaruka_map.jpg“Engaruka map” Unknownn author – http://www.ntz.info/gen/n00162.html. licence CC BY-SA 3.0 at Wikimedia Commons –

we chose this story to show up the our research group activities at Yornight, the European night of researchers and engage kids in playing with water and an irrigation model, to simulate the effect of rainfall (climate) and forest on water flow..

can the study of the past teach us something about the future?

“forested” sponges worked perfectly as gates to divert the water, showing the importance of forests in draining water.

No surprise, lots of fun in playing with water!!

can young generation find solutions for the planet Earth?



my first 40s ..

Mamma mia!! here I am…

mid-way of my life, according to my country life length expectancy even less..

I achieved this target after 2 very intense and tiring months in Eastern Africa, and I wouldn’t be sure I really wanted to have more years like that!!


A dip into contrastingly wonderful Italy has cheered me up, specially for being with my family, old and new friends, and looking ahead into my future life where maybe the bundle of home, job, family and love in 3 different continents will be sorted out (..UK is a separate continent).

I’ve lived some different lifes in quite different places to date..but I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, probably because what was lost is forever and will never come back.

But I understood that what I have here and now is more important than whatever was in the past or could be elsewhere in the future…

Unusual Africa

This use to be the face of Africa in the 70s-80s: Zaire is there, Eritrea is not. africa

Landscape in the highlands  looks more similar to northern Europe than to Africa


German mission: the gas station


Italian mission: old machines park

trattore A tea plantation at sunset teaplantation

Little Britain

After living in England continuously for 3 months  I start understanding many things..

the British longing for exotic places, where the sun shines, food is colorful and tasty, life is alive, streets are crowded and people greet and smile..


the British commitment to conserve wildlife and nature all over the world..


the British passion for an alcoholic drink (beer) that was invented just because at Viking time people used to shit just next to their water sources (which pushed civilization backwards more than 1000 years compared to what achieved by Greek and Romans, who used to build aqueduct and sewers)

the British sense of decency that just disappears after 5pm….

try to buy a pair of shoes..and then you understand the meaning of “Italians being the best shoes designer in the world”..

try to buy some (local or not) fruit..and then you understand why brownie, scones and rice crisps biscuits are the favoured sweets..

try to buy bread..and then you wonder why they don’t share the common trait of wonderful bakeries across northern Europe ..

try to buy local and independent, and then you just realise what globalisation and corporations are..

try to rent a house, and then… you just can’t understand ..

On the other hand, I can try all this because this  country is giving me an opportunity, despite of my origin, sex, religions, background, recommendation, or however I go dressed to work..


Here you feel that certain constraints of religion, tradition, nepotism, don’t matter at all.

if my country did not know what to do with my skillls, those my government actually payed for, here it’s the opposite. and that’s why many Italians and other nationalities are here (14 nationalities in this gathering).IMG-20150510-WA0009

but Little Britain is changing also on this side, and last election results are scaring. It seems the “CCTV control, safety and security” wing is winning on the “intellectual freedom and transparency”.