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Fireworks boom around the Bay of Naples

It was cold and seconds off midnight.  A sub-zero wind fleeced coats, squeezed eyeballs and jumped camera shots into shaky blurs.  Plenty of reason to go indoors but none of us did. 493 more words

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A look back (first published on 6 January 2015)

Napoli beat Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

“Arsenal?”

Luigi’s eyes darkened.

“Arsenal?” we stared at our son.

Luigi’s eyes flashed.

“Arsenal,” the son repeated with a grin.  What was he thinking?  Panic seized me – this was… 603 more words

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A look back (first published 23 December 2014): since this post was written Gonzalo Higuaín has deserted Napoli and gone to play for Juventus.

Carols in a church that has seen it all

We could have been in England – the pure voice from the shadows behind us lifted the words into the church, floated them high above the candlelit pews and on towards the altar. 761 more words

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A look back (first published on 12 December 2014)

The hands of Naples

The morning walk to work files to and fro through the city.  On a good day some will stop to add a shine to their shoes. 144 more words

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A look back (first published on 10 December 2014): we had been on the outskirts of Naples a little under four months at this point. These were the hands that caught my eye - all I would do differently now is give each photograph more space.

The luxury of Naples

The light on the sea in Naples is like oxygen for the mind.  It has space and calm, and is free of dark cobbles and hectic life. 57 more words

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A look back (first published 3 December 2014): I posted this photograph piece after discovering Via dei Mille in the Chiaia district of Naples. There are other 'wealthy corners' in the city but it's hard to beat the seafront area as a location.

Naples in 10

Punch-drunk but still standing Naples has borne the attentions and abuses of history with steely grace.  Today she is like the coffee she serves – undiluted and unapologetic. 856 more words

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A look back (first published 2 December 2014): an attempt to catch in a handful some of the history that has shaped Naples, Italy - a city whose music and tailoring still fashion many of us ... often without us even knowing.

We thought it would be obvious ...

We should have known better – nothing is obvious about Vesuvius.

The volcano has sat across the bay from us all summer – big, blue and balmy.   717 more words

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A look back (first published 25 November 2014): I think this piece should have gone under the heading "In Search of Vesuvius" because that is how it begins.