Wednesday, November 06, 2019


Earlier this week I was handling some official business and noticed that at a nearby desk an Italian man and his local translator were up to something similar. 

Except Italians can almost never deal with anything independently, can they? Collectively they are like a flesh and bone refutation of the philosophical transgression known as solipsism. 

Soon there were three more of them, chairs had been pulled up and the entrance to the office pretty much blocked. 

They were either all talking (and gesticulating) at once at either the official or the translator, standing up to have a loud conversations in Italian in the middle of the room, or to temporarily depart in peremptory fashion in order to make a mobile phone call just outside, also loudly. 

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