‘A Couple of Europhiles’ welcome Victor Janusz to play a few tunes and tell a lot of touching and funny stories.

We like to focus on Europe and politics but every now and then we stray and today – it’s all about the music. (Links available below) For your listening pleasure we welcome Seattle’s Premier Piano Man – Victor Janusz – including a few of his most romantic, jazzy and playful tunes. Through funny and touching […]

A little film about an extraordinary woman and her tiny food factory; a place where dreams come true.

Some stories are told through food. Soon, I’ll share the story of this extraordinary woman and her famous restaurant located in Cessole, Piemonte. It’s called Ristorante Madonna delle Neve. It’s known far and wide….and soon you’ll know about it too : ) For now, a little film about an amazing woman and the business she […]

Italy and campanilismo; it’s provincial and parochial and it can also be charming and understandable.

What is campanilismo? It’s excessive civic pride, it’s an exaggerated attachment to the customs and traditions of one’s own town. It’s localism, parochialism, similar to provincialism. And here in Piemonte it’s intense, perhaps more evident, than other parts of Italy. It can inspire rivalry and discourage people from working together. It’s also charming and quite […]

Should I stay or should I go – ‘A Couple of Europhiles’ welcome back our man in Scotland: Patrick Evans

Are the Scots truly tired of having their country run by the country next door? At the moment it’s on a knife’s edge. Hopefully the question is put to the Scottish people. Hopefully the facts are put in front and the people can overcome the misinformation that was so prevalent in 2014. We’re happy to […]

In the land where pasta is al dente and the coffee tastes like a milkshake

Italy’s often considered a country of artisans. What they do well they do better than most – just watching Massimiliano Poggio make a Caffè Shakerato offers an example. Tomorrow Italy begins to open up. I wonder how tourism will unfold. Here in Piemonte they don’t rely on services and tourism, instead they spend most their […]

The Gary Lachman Interview

“Lachman writes about philosophical and mystical ideas with exceptional grace, forcefulness and clarity.” – The Washington Post. ” The NYT – “Gary Lachman makes ideas thrilling”. Once upon a time Gary played bass guitar for Blondie. Today he’s a fantastic conversationalist and speaker; he continues to entertain, writing for the Guardian and other literary magazines. […]

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