About Geoff Andrews
Geoff Andrews is a writer and academic. He is a leading authority on Italian politics and a regular media commentator on Italian current affairs. His book Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi has recently been translated into Italian as Un Paese Anormale. His latest book is The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure which has been published both in the UK and North America. In 1995 he founded Philosophy Football FC, an alternative football team committed to celebrating the simple pleasures of the beautiful game, which continues to play weekly matches in London and organises a range of cultural events.
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Past: Imperfect. Future:Tense.
After more than two months of political stalemate arising from the inconclusive elections of 24-25 February, a new Italian government has been formed under the leadership of Enrico Letta, currently the Democratic Party’s (PD) Deputy Leader. There will be relief not only in Italy, but among its European partners and some optimism emanating from th ... Read More
History Battles: Paolo Di Canio and 'Good Fascism'.
The controversy which has engulfed Paolo Di Canio, the new Sunderland manager, has taken many Italians by surprise. In extreme cases, some have even attempted to turn the accusation of ‘intolerance’ on to his critics. His views are his private concern, they argue. Others wonder why it has taken the British so long to work him out. After all, hi ... Read More
The Slow Food Diary
On the Ball: the Revival of Polish Food
Football and Polish food have always gone together for me. I first went to Patio, London’s best value Polish restaurant, in the mid-1990s following Queens Park Rangers matches and have been going on and off since then. Whereas QPR’s fortunes during this time have swung from the sublime to the ridiculous - normally the latter – Patio’s menu ... Read More
Mercatino del Gusto
The Mercatino del Gusto is an annual 4 day event held in Maglie, Salento, in Italy's heel, organised by Slow Food Puglia. This year was its 13th edition and a testimony to the commitment and imagination of Michele Bruno and his colleagues. I was speaking about my Slow Food book in a late night session under the theme Un Sorso di Cultura ('A Drop ... Read More