Baristi and stress on the caffeine front

It’s winter again and I’m back in the UK so I thought I’d give this coffee post another shot of thanks.

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Coffee - a pleasure in life Coffee – a pleasure in life

Coffee and I are well-acquainted. We meet often, frequently in a motorway services. The setting is big, like a strange spaceship, but the point is the caffeine – especially in winter.

Winter in the UK is sock damp and everywhere, smudged beyond the windowpane into a world that hides in its own armpit – head down, surviving.

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The best drivers in the world?

A look back (first published 12 February 2015): this was an evening that confirmed what I had begun to realise about driving in Naples … that rules and road rage are for wimps, and that care and courage are what’s needed. As well-trained wimps we had a lot to learn.

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The roads into Naples The roads that dive off the tangenziale into Naples

“Are you sure you know the way?”

“Yes.”

“Is it really better than my way?”

“Yes.”   Louder, wounded, exasperated, emphatic.

“Okay – your directions have got to be clear.”  Ominous …

The tyres rattle and echo off the tunnel walls.  It’s six o’clock in the evening, a bright, dark night and all of Naples seems in a rush to get somewhere.

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Spanner in the works

A look back (first published 20 October 2014)

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A quiet moment in one of the large cobbled tunnels that lead in and out of the centre of Naples An unusually quiet moment in one of the large cobbled tunnels that lead in and out of the centre of Naples

Nothing is ever quite what you expect it to be …

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Wolfed on the Napoli tangenziale

A look back (first published on 27 August 2014)

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‘Chi pecora se fa’ ‘o lupo s’ ‘a magna’ – behave like a sheep and the wolf will eat you.Chi pecora se fa’ ‘o lupo s’ ‘a magna’ – behave like a sheep and the wolf will eat you.

What a beautiful day.
We’re not scared.

On a hot weekend afternoon we crammed four bodies into our Fiat 500 and headed down to the Naple’s seafront for a stroll and a pizza. The only obstacle between us and the chef was the tangenziale.

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Driving in Naples, Italy: spanner in the works

A quiet moment in one of the large cobbled tunnels that lead in and out of the centre of Naples

An unusually quiet moment in one of the large cobbled tunnels that lead in and out of the centre of Naples

Nothing is ever quite what you expect it to be …

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