Death

This year is 31st anniversary of my Father's death. At the age of 42, Paolo Petrini was riding his Kawasaki ZX750 motor bike home from an early morning shift with Qantas Catering, servicing arriving aircraft from Europe and the US. It was 1pm on a warm Sydney Summer Saturday afternoon, January 23, 1988. About 1 kilometre …

Truth

Let me tell you the essential truth to physics and the universe... That's it! In mathematics it doesn't get more beautiful than that. Apparently this equation is so beautiful that, according to the BBC, it excites the same areas of the brain as a great piece of music or art would! It is known as Euler's Identity. Prof. David …

Unwillingness

I've found myself re-reading the book "Eichmann Interrogated" which records the interrogation of the former Nazi SS Adolf Eichmann, who was one of the orchestrators of the Holocaust, with the Jewish police captain Avner Less. It's an extraordinary account and even though I have read it several times, last night I couldn't put it down …

Sorry

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics Closing ceremony one of my all time favourite bands, Midnight Oil, came out and played their biggest hit "Beds are Burning." What was curious about their performance to millions of people around the world was what they were wearing. Black pyjamas with "SORRY" emblazoned on the front of them in …

Word

Jack Canfield, writing in "The Success Principles", asks participants in his seminars to agree to a list of 15 ground rules - be on time, sit in a different chair after every break, no alcoholic beverages until the training is over, and others. He makes them sign a form in their workbook that says, “I …

People

I've been a big fan of U2 ever since I was 12 years old. The moment I saw the music video to "New Year's Day", I was hooked. Since then, apart from getting my hands on anything even musically related to U2, I've read a plethora of material on them, from articles to books. I …

Time

The great artist Michelangelo wrote: "So now From this mad passion Which made me take art for an idol and a king I have learnt the burden of error that it bore And what misfortune springs from man’s desire… The world’s frivolities have robbed me of the time That I was given for reflecting upon …

Culture

I was born and raised in Australia, but always believed I was Italian. My dad was Italian, my best friend is Italian. I started working in an Italian restaurant in Sydney at the age of 12. It didn't matter that I was born and raised in Australia. I was Italian. That is, until I moved …

You

May, 2014. A monastery in County Tipperary, Ireland. Sitting in the middle of a lush, green, quiet environment. It's quite idyllic. A small river running by. Placed under what looks like a willow tree. And an old Catholic priest... who would slap me for calling him old... hammering me with question after question. "How much …