Category Culture

Spending time with author/essayist: Thierry Ottaviani

Style ought to prove that one believes in an idea; not only that one thinks it, but also feels it‘ – Nietzsche’s statement couldn’t ring more loudly nor more clearly then at that moment when one meets an author who has in truth granted time, energy and sincerity towards the insight and comprehension of a chosen reflection.
In turn, this will be an important part of my encounter with Thierry Ottaviani recently in Ajaccio – but for now, let us reach out to the person himself, and hear what he has to say.

Originally from St Pierre de Venaco, having lived in Corsica up to six years of age, these days Thierry Ottaviani resides in Paris most of the time, returning to Corsica during the year when he can manage to do so.
I was interested to learn how he became a writer.
Having completed literary ...

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Learning more about the village of: Villanova

A very quaint little village, just outside of Ajaccio, with narrow roads colourfully lined with neat and singular houses (very often flowered), greeting you as you make your way through the winding streets.
Over the XI century, and more recently during the 80’s, dozens of gold coins from the Roman period would have been found, on the Villanova banks of the Gulf of Lava – the famous Lava treasure.
Furthermore, and according to legend, during the XIV century Bianca Maria (widow of the Lord of Lisa) and refugees from Lisa, would have first founded the village around a spring ‘murgana’, which is the actual village fountain there today.
Occupied by the Italians in 1942, a resistance network develops. On two occasions, the Casabianca submarine will secretly land on the shores.
Earlier in history...

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‘Flashes of Life’ suite, with artist Pierre Farel

It’s actually hard to believe that five years had gone by since my first article with Pierre Farel and his colourful creative world, and I was delighted to meet up in view of sharing all his news with you, once again. 

Flashes of Life‘ remains the central theme, this has not altered. Pierre still travels regularly, at least once a month, and has had several exhibitions including Paris, Beirut, USA .. all remaining within his usual circuit, with which he is quite accustomed to by now. He adds, London is a city he would like to return to in order to expose, some time in the near future.

Now for all the news, and news there certainly is 
During the month of May, he was very pleased to celebrate his thirty years of painting...

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From natural ressources, Her de Famille creates and offers a second life

Beauty comes in many shapes and forms, and when two sisters wondered what they could do with their findings after frequent walks on the beaches, and in the maquis – they came up with a very innovative and elegant idea.

Sylvie and Nadine live in Corsica, and their story started four years ago, collecting pieces of driftwood and dried wood. I discovered their compositions only quite recently, and remain convinced of the natural, organic, and beautiful association they have had the enlightenment to propose. I purposely use the word ‘enlightenment’, for these creations resemble coral, and yet have absolutely nothing to do with it – other than that they are rustic and beautiful.
One cannot help but be reminded of the power to restore a second life, this power sometimes lies in our own hands, if...

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Exchange of thought-provoking reflections with: Antoine Albertini – Journalist/Author

A shared pleasure, meeting Antoine once again, after having had the opportunity in the past, while participating in a debate relating to democracy and Catalonia, organised by the local television in Corsica. I would like to underline the fact that my intention here was not to direct this interview uniquely in the sense of Antoine’s most recent book ‘Les Invisibles’, but to notably determine the importance and impact it certainly holds, along with his personal views on several subjects which we will unfold, little by little, during our line of conversation.

Born and educated on the island and residing in Bastia, he furthered his studies in Paris at the Sorbonne University, and more specifically in financial press law...

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