All posts tagged death


Published December 7, 2013 by Tony


Nelson Mandela

On December 5, 2013, the world lost one of its most visionary leaders in the fight to protect and promote human rights. The passing of Nelson Mandela is not just a loss for South Africa. It is a loss for people all over the world who are fighting for freedom, justice and an end to discrimination.
Nelson Mandela has been an example and a lifelong inspiration to so many of us. His dedication to political struggle, his grace under pressure, his self-sacrifice, and his courage and integrity were remarkable. Thanks God, his legacy as a human rights defender lives on.
For me personally, his humility and the way he responded to injustice with love, forgiveness and reconciliation – along with his unwavering belief in our shared humanity – has provided a vision of what is possible in the world. And we all, politicians and national leaders first of all, always should share this philosophy, as long as injustice and inequality persist in our world.

In memory of a great man!

Margherita Hack death

Published June 29, 2013 by Tony

Today, at 91 years, Margherita Hack, is dead, an Italian scientist considered an icon and a reference to the world of astrophysics. Born in Florence June 12, 1922, Hack was one of the most brilliant minds of the Italian scientific community. She was the first woman to direct an astronomical observatory in Italy, played an important activity of disclosure and gave a considerable contribution to the search for the study of many different types of stars’ spectral classification. The scientist is member of the Accademia dei Lincei, the International Union of Astronomers and Royal Astronomical Society.
A warm farewell to her that on TV has always tried to put in a simple way each topic not easy to understand for the general public.


Published April 17, 2013 by Tony



In regard to the two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, I just wanted to say that regardless of whether it’s a terrorist act or a madman enterprise, whenever innocent people are killed, it becomes a crime against humanity, insanity that has any explanation or justification. This event, which took place in a city deemed peaceful and at a sports event, which in itself is an event of peace, should give pause to all and in every nations, because now the madness has no limits, and whatever the reasons for this act, we got to the “pure” madness, where human life has no more value.
The death of the eight year old child, who at the finish line was waiting his dad to share with him the joy of his participation, should serve as a warning to those who commit such heinous acts, and I hope that Martin Richard’s face will remain forever in the mind of his killer.

Margaret Thatcher

Published April 13, 2013 by Tony

Margaret Thatcher Valediction

As always it happens, after the death of celebrities, then many speak well and even turn them into saints and heroes.
Death does not like anyone and sorry to everyone, including myself, that someone leaves us, but about the recent death of Margaret Thatcher “The Iron Lady“, I do not share some posthumous opinions that so many national and international politicians are saddling her with, making she rise to the role of the great stateswoman.
For me, considering her work, however, can be considered a symbol of capitalism, which has not hesitated to attack the British workers to assert the interests of capital through exploitation and desertification of entire production sectors. She was responsible for the destruction of the Trade Union and unfortunately other politicians in other countries tried to follow her examples, as well as in Italy and the tragic result is today under the eyes of everyone.


Published March 19, 2013 by Tony


krokodil preparation

The desomorphine is an opiate derived from morphine and used in medicine for its strong analgesic effect, far superior to morphine.
This substance is coming to the fore in 2010 in Russia due to a sharp increase in its illegal production, because of its relative ease of synthesis from codeine. In fact, it can easily be obtained using codeine, iodine and red phosphorus, which give rise to a drug similar to desomorphine, but highly impure and contaminated with toxic and corrosive elements. In Russia such a “street drug” has been called Krokodil (crocodile) because it produces severe tissue damage, phlebitis and gangrene, but a cheaper alternative to the expensive and unavailable heroin.
The damage caused by krokodil is so devastating  that the life expectancy of drug addicts who use it seem to be not more than three years, bringing serious skin lesions from the first use. Liver, kidneys and heart are the first organs that are affected by the drug already after the first injections.
According to what heroin-addicts say, its effects only lasts a few hours, but three times most powerful than heroin, and causing more dependence.
Only 1 of 100 addict would be able to detoxify.
This drug easily produced at home should be injected intravenously, because if accidentally injected intramuscularly leads to the total destruction of flesh and muscle, if not even the bones. Once in the bloodstream, it causes holes on the skin, like cigarette burns, that, slowly over time, become open sores. “The flesh is burned but we bear because cannot do without it, we’re addicted“, says a young krokodil-dependent.
The first cases of use and abuse of handmade krokodil were reported in eastern Siberia in 2002, but since then its use has spread throughout Russia, in the neighboring former Soviet republics and have arrived in other countries too. Years ago a sporadic use of the Krokodil were reported in Germany, while some media reported krokodil addictabout some deaths.
In Russia is estimated that 100,000 persons die every year because of drug, with an estimated number of drug addicts 2.6000000-6000000. All are young, with an average age under 30 years, but teenagers also are involved. The city with a high rate of drug addicts is Tolyatti, in the center of Russia, which, due to economic problems, crisis, unemployment and more, has the highest rate of consumption of hard drugs in the world.
Russia is one of the central hubs of the international drug trade from the Far East and Central Asia. Its territory serves as a bridge to Europe, but very often is the main destination of the Afghan drugs. According to estimates of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, in Russia is consumed more than one-fifth of the drugs in circulation globally. Seventy tons of Afghan heroin arrive in the country each year, killing an average of 80 victims per day.
The Russian authorities have long been aware of the problem but have not yet been adopted appropriate measures to solve it because they consider drug-addicts as criminals, and because, as always, large economic interests at stake by the pharmaceutical companies that produce medications (such as codeine), from which addicts obtain the single substances to prepare the deadly mix.



Published March 3, 2013 by Tony


Lucio Dalla

“Large sheets to cover ourselves I do not have…. and if life has no dreams I’ll take them and give to you”

Today is your birthday… best wishes to you, Lucio!

Lucio Dalla (Bologna, March 4, 1943 – Montreux, 1 March 2012) was a musician and a popular Italian singer-songwriter.
Nobody expected it and the morning of 1 March 2012, by a heart attack at age 69 in the Ritz Hotel in Montreux, where he had performed the night before, Lucio left us, with discretion but too soon!

Throughout his long career, which reached fifty years of activity, he has also performed as a keyboardist, saxophonist, and playing the clarinet, his passion from an early age.His extensive artistic production has gone through many phases, from the beat to the rhythmic and musical experimentation, from the songwriting till the boundaries of classical music and opera. Lucio Dalla was also an author known abroad with some of his songs translated and brought to success in several languages, in addition to many duet with artists, nationally and internationally.
Its success takes root in 1971, when for the third time he participated at the Festival of Sanremo with the song “4/3/1943” (his birthdate), a censored song initially called “Gesù Bambino” (Baby Jesus), and that talks about a girl mother, who has a son with an unknown ally soldier.
The success was consolidated the following year when still in Sanremo he sang the touching “Piazza Grande“, dedicated to a homeless man in Bologna, his beloved hometown where he lived. The city that in 1999 gave him an honorary degree in “Arts and Lucio DallaPhilosophy”.
During his career he has worked with numerous artists, Gino Paoli, Luigi Tenco, Roberto Roversi, Francesco De Gregori, the Stadio, Ron, Gianni Morandi, through whose collaboration many of his songs were born.
In March 1986 the tour with the group “Stadio”, for a series of concerts abroad, culminated with performances in the United States from which the double live album “Dallamericaruso.” arose. In this album is the song “Caruso”, that recounts the last days of the great tenor, and that will give to the singer from Emilia-Romagna, an extraordinary success. The song, which has sold nearly 9 million copies worldwide, is now considered a classic of Italian music. Over the years, the song has been interpreted by many artists of various nationalities, including Mercedes Sosa, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Lara Fabian, Julio Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti. The song translated into several languages, to date, has sold over 38 million copies worldwide. The singer has repeatedly explained the genesis of this song: “a song of the heart,” born from an intense and unexpected trip in Sorrento. Because of a boat broken, he was forced to stop along the Sorrento coastline, in the same hotel and room where years before the great tenor Enrico Caruso had died.
Lucio’s mother was originally from Puglia, where the singer often went, and here his love for the South and especially for the sea was born, to the point to spend every summer at Tremiti Isles, as well as Lucio loved Naples, where often he docked his boat. In fact, in 1997 he was awarded the “Honorary Citizenship” from the town of Sorrento. Once he said: “I have been influenced by the existence of Totò (note, the Neapolitan artist Antonio De Curtis Gagliardi), in all its forms, for me he was a myth. The beauty of Totò is the beauty of Naples. Naples, not easy to say, seems a city, but is not, it is a nation, a republic….. the admiration I have for Naples’s people was born out by this love for Totò…. Naples is the mystery of life, good and evil are mixed, but pulsate however“. About his love for the South, in an interview he said: “It was during these vacations as an emigrant backwards, which took place in me the split between two different ways of living. So today I have two souls: the northern one (orderly, efficient, futuristic, perfectionist, demanding to themselves and to others) and southern (disorganized, wild, sensual, dreamy, mystical), it is in the south that I became religious, of a religion frantic, irrational“.
Marco AlemannoFrom February 2007 began a collaboration with Marco Tutino, artistic director of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, for the preparation of some opera and theater works, and it is here that the long-lasting friendship with Marco Alemanno, becomes more apparent. The Lucio Dalla “different” sexual orientation was known to his few close friends and not to the public, at least not officially. Although because of his success he had the “prigs” (fucking moralists) in the palm of his hand, Lucio remained silent, refusing to declare his homosexuality, fearful of the moralists’ judgment, as if, on the contrary, they were to have him on a string. That is why he had to “disguise” his feelings in the songs, sometimes inventing female names and faces of fantasy. He gave and inspired emotions, hiding his own ones.
Marco Alemanno, born in 1980, left his small town to pursue his passion for art in the city of the great Lucio Dalla, where their paths crossed to then separate tragically on March 1st of 2012. Marco followed him in every show and in every battle. In 2007, Marco appears on Lucio Dalla album “Il Contrario di me” (The opposite of me), as producer and co-author of some texts. The following year, he publishes “Gli occhi di Lucio” (Lucio’s eyes), a book with a DVD-written with Lucio and containing Dalla photographs and unpublished writings. Marco appears again in 2009 as artistic producer and co-author of some songs in the album “Angoli nel cielo” (Angles in the sky), and the year after participated in Dalla & De Gregori tour “Work in progress”, as singer and narrator.
Marco Alemanno has gained a lot of notoriety for the moving words with which he reminded Lucio on the occasion of his funeral in Bologna. His talk brought some controversy about the fact that the singer had never formalized his relationship with him, while the Catholic Church has condemned his intervention during the funerals in church. In his funeral speech, Mark has played some verses of the song by Lucio “Le Rondini” (The Swallows): “I would like to understand, in short, what love is, where is that you take and give it”.  Then, before bursting into tears, adding: “For some time now I had the pleasure, honor and privilege to grow alongside Lucio, singer, musician, filmmaker, and above all the man, eternal child, to whom I owe so much.

Since the singer did not leave a will, his inheritance, estimated at approximately 100 million euros, will be divided between his five first cousins. In the absence of a specific bequest, Marco Alemanno, intimate partner and resident in the same house for several years, has no legal rights.

I want to highlight that, although the ‘coming out‘ is a something useful and liberating for themselves and for those who are less strong, we cannot expect it to be a mandatory practice. People are different, have different thoughts and stories, and there are no rules with regard to their privacy. It would be nice and fair that we all take for granted that love, joy & sorrow’s sharing, and humanity were fixed rules regardless of our beliefs. And then “everyone will love how it goes,” as our dear friend Lucio sang and hoped.

Although the discography of this great songwriter includes twenty-two studio album for the Italian market, a Q Disc, nine live albums, several books and albums for the foreign market, among the many beautiful songs that Lucio has left us, and in addition to those already mentioned, I want to mention: L’Anno che verrà, Attenti Al Lupo, Anna E Marco, Tu Non Mi Basti Mai, Come E’ Profondo il Mare, Caro Amico Ti Scrivo, Stella Di Mare, Disperato Erotico Stomp, L’Ultima Luna, Telefonami Tra Vent’anni, Un Uomo Come Me, Cara, Nuvolari, Il Gigante e La Bambina, Balla Balla Ballerino, Futura.  (The Year to come, The Wolf, Anna and Mark, I Just Do not You Never Come and ‘Deep Sea, Dear Friend I am writing, Star of the Sea, Erotic Stomp, The Last Moon, Call me Between Twenty years, A Man Like Me, Honey, Nuvolari, The Giant and The Child, Dance dance Dancer, Futura).

Here’s the literal translation of his words showed in the picture below the title.

“Of many houses, not any one that has no windows, any shred of sky over the roofs of the city, where I lived and where I listened, checked, tried the beating of your heart, your breaths, your curses, the noise of your dreams, the mysterious small daily killings and the miraculous births that every day God sends us and which take place under the skies of all countries and of all the cities on overcast nights of stars. It is from there that have fallen words, stones, stories and sounds that arrive to me by the beautiful deception of love that never ends, or the sensuality of the best encounters, those dreamed, those where there are no more break ups, where you don’t die or die is just disappearing under a sweet, lovely snowfall. It is from that glimpse of heaven and heart that I will listen to you even when no one will listen to me, that I’ll still be looking for you although you will not be looking for me anymore. And from up there, until there will be a window, my heart will sing the life and story that takes it.”


Dear Lucio, although I respect your discretion and silence, I would have liked if you had had the courage to shout to the world your “diversity“, because coming from a great man like you, this would tell someone else that there is no “diversity” as these others still think.