Londontopia

Here is how London might look like in a couple of decades. The project, called Skycycle (137 miles, 220 Km of superhighway for cycles only) has been presented few weeks ago by Foster and Partners, the same firm of the Gherkin and the millennium bridge. It’s backed by Network Rail, which is increasing year after year rail fares (last one few days ago, +3.1%) making the UK transports network the most expensive of Europe. In few words, commuters will wait 20 years to find a reasonable option.

Twenty Fourteen resolved

My issue with the 2014 theme grid has been resolved. As you can see from the blog main page here. You can also check the support forum post linked here (well, it was me not really understanding how featured posts work, by the way).

Airworld

A couple of more days. And I will be back to Airworld (from Up in the Air). London, Paris next week. London and Milan in two weeks. This is the plan. For now.

To know me, you have to fly with me. Sit down. I’m the aisle, you’re the window. Trapped.

Planes and airports are where I feel at home. Everything fellows like you dislike about them – the dry, recycled air alive with viruses; the salty food that seems drizzled with warm mineral oil; the aura-sapping artificial lighting – has grown dear to me over the years, familiar, sweet.

I call it Airworld; the scene, the place, the style. My hometown papers are USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. The big-screen Panasonics in the club rooms broadcast all news I need, with an emphasis on the markets and the weather. My literature is the bestseller or the near bestseller, heavy on themes of espionage, high finance, and the goodness of common people in small towns.

Airworld is a nation within a nation, with its own language, architecture, mood, and even its own currency – the token economy of airline bonus miles that I’ve come to value more than dollars. Inflation doesn’t degrade them. They’re not taxed. They’re private property in its purest form.

M&A and Marcom

Few more days of relax before I will start working back on the integration project that has taken the last 3 months of my life. My company (ISYS, listed in the London Stock Exchange) is going to be acquired in a few weeks. It’s the biggest M&A deal in the field of Industrial Automation of the last few years.

I am leading communications – all messages to be released on “Day1” (the day of the done deal) to customers and external stakeholders via social media and other regular channels.

If you are interested in Marcom and M&A, just follow future posts.