April 2, 2008

Let's celebrate Milan's victory, but ...

Okay, it is mission accomplished for Milan, and everyone here, above all Mayor Letizia Moratti and President (of the Region of Lombardy) Formigoni, has every right to celebrate victory in the race to host the 2015 Universal Exposition. It’s a really great result, a fantastic achievement for Milan and for Italy, and a wonderful opportunity to show the world what a viable, prosperous, and er … well-governed Country we are, etc. I also hope—to be minimalist (I am not a dreamer, or rather I am no longer a dreamer, or at least I think so …)—that the event will give residents and visitors chance to finally enjoy a clean Subway (Metro) system.


  1. Hi Rob,

    I was very pleased to hear that Milan got the 2015 Expo. It is great news, even if it reminds me that I'll be 50 when it happens! :-(

    I'm pretty sure that Milan will put on a good show, but I'm a little fearful that all the competition for contracts and tenders will lead to one or two scandals....

    I do hope that by 2015 things will be better - no Neapolitan rubbish, poisonous mozzarella etc, and that Beppe Grillo will be president!

    Time, as ever, will tell, but in the interim - Well done Milan!

    All the best,


  2. Hi Alex, and you, too, are reminding me that, er, actually, in 2015 I'll be ... uhh let's skip that topic, please ...