My Italian connections are an ex-colleague in Turin and a fellow Lancista and his wife who we met in Turin at an anniversary Raduno weekend for the Gamma coupe 18 years ago and we’ve been in contact since. They live in Rome but have a couple of places in Tuscany. They’ve just been permission to move to the countryside where they’ve got a swimming pool which is medically good for their son who’s recovering from cancer of the femur.
Besides driving an Italian thoroughbred most of the manufacturer’s I deal with in work are Italian so I spend a fair bit of time around Verona, Treviso, Venice area during the year. Doesn’t feel like work, I love it.
As a designer I looked into working in Italy but was asked by a head of Design in a well known company and he said “you know about the money here?” , rapidly followed by “there isn’t any”. I had a three year foreign placement planned , with money, but made the mistake of telling a colleague by the coffee machine. He pleaded with the boss it should be him and I didn’t go, he did.
Lessons learned..? Yes.
We all know the well shared examples of this immutable law. Toast landing butter side dow and the like. But I'm sure there are many examples of less often considered instances. For instance:
Whenever I put a measuring jug in the microwave, the timer always stops it with the handle facing away...