Christian Cecchi

1,142 Flips | 20 Magazines | 186 Likes | 44 Following | 132 Followers | @csgcecchi | Anglo-Italian South West Londoner. International Flipboarder. Interested in Media, Advertising, Film, Food and all things Digital.

A 100-track playlist featuring the best song from every Now That’s What I Call Music album

This playlist very nearly killed us, not least because in the time between starting it last week and finishing it this week all the Now tracklistings …

Ariana Grande

All hail Madonna, a 60-year-old woman who won’t be quiet | Fiona Sturges

Is Madonna dead?” my daughter asked recently, while we danced like idiots in the kitchen to Vogue. Having spent a good few months inculcating my child with Madonna’s back catalogue, I realised I’d told her nothing about the woman herself. My daughter is still young enough to have no interest in the …

Madonna

Italy bridge: Dozens feared dead in Genoa as motorway collapses

<b>A motorway bridge has collapsed in the northwest Italian city of Genoa, killing 26 people and badly injuring 15, police told the BBC.</b><p>Dramatic video footage captured the moment of the disaster when one of the huge supporting towers crashed down during torrential rain.<p>Cars and trucks plummeted 45m …

Emmanuel Macron

9 Reasons To Check Out Genoa, One Of Italy's Most Underrated Gems

The megawatt attractions of Rome, Florence and Venice mean that many remarkable Italian cities don’t make it onto a visitor’s must-see list. But for anyone looking for a deeply layered, often unvarnished and boldly authentic travel experience, head to Genoa (which like Venice was once a powerful …

Italy

Interview: Angelo Bonati Looks Back On 21 Years Leading Panerai

Last week, Angelo Bonati said <i>arrivederci</i> to Panerai after 21 years with the firm, 18 of them as the CEO. Bonati was head of sales of Cartier in Italy …

Panerai

Bagpuss co-creator Peter Firmin dies aged 89

<b>Peter Firmin, the co-creator of Clangers, Bagpuss and Basil Brush, has died at the age of 89, it has been confirmed.</b><p>Mr Firmin also helped create other classic children's shows such as Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog.<p>He died at his home in Kent after a short illness, Clangers production company …

These Are the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy

Italy is home to some of the most spectacular, art-filled cities out there, but the country’s true charm lies in the countryside, where life revolves …

'Google and Facebook won': old guard of advertising under threat in Cannes

Cambridge Analytica, fake news, and possible intervention in elections have changed everything Sir Martin Sorrell<p>Cannes rolled out the red carpet this week but the people walking up the staircase to the cinemas in the Palais des Festivals on the seafront were not movie stars. Instead they were …

Róisín Murphy: 'Pop’s about putting across the primitive parts of yourself'

I’ve worked all my life not to be a simpleton. I’m not starting now Róisín Murphy<p>In a desperately fashionable pub garden in Hackney (“it’s like fucking New York round here now, isn’t it?”), Róisín Murphy is swearily and majestically holding court. “Me making music happened not even from a desire to …

Italian Politics Just Had Its Craziest Week In Decades. But It Could Be Only The Beginning.

Here's how Italy ended up with the most populist, anti-establishment, and nationalist government in Western Europe.<p>Almost 90 days after a general election, Italy finally has an agreement to form a new government.<p>The government that is all but certain to take office soon will put the world’s …

The Last Days of Time Inc.

An oral history of how the pre-eminent media organization of the 20th century ended up on the scrap heap.

This Is How a Newspaper Dies

It’s with a spasm of profits.<p>For a preview of the newspaper industry’s coming death, turn your gaze to Colorado, where the withering and emaciated <i>Denver Post</i> finds itself rolling in profits.<p>The <i>Post’s</i> controlling owner, “vulture capitalist” Randall Smith, has become journalism’s No. 1 villain for …

Journalism

Bonfire of the Vanities author Tom Wolfe dies aged 88

<b>Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, has died aged 88, his agent has confirmed.</b><p>The Right Stuff, about the first American astronauts, was adapted into a film in 1983 with Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid and Ed Harris.<p>The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was a …

Tom Wolfe

You’ve seen Venice’s gondolas. But have you seen its doors?

Iconic photos of Venice tend to follow a formula: almost all feature a couple sitting in a gondola gliding down the city’s narrow canals. But in reality, nearly every street corner in Venice presents a scene worth capturing.<p>During a visit last month, I became obsessed with doors. They came in all …

Italy

Apparently, All Roads Do Lead to Rome

The well-known saying “all roads lead to Rome” seems to be true--at least, that’s what Moovel Lab, a team from Stuttgart dedicated to urban mobility …

Prince: Sign "O" the Times Album Review

In 1987, Prince Rogers Nelson was in transition. He’d disbanded the Revolution, the band that had backed him since <i>Purple Rain</i>. He’d toyed with doing a collaborative album with Revolution members Wendy & Lisa, but also abandoned that. He’d put a lot of time into crafting a record around an alter ego …

Los Angeles

Palantir Knows Everything About You

Trump<p>White<p>House<p>Justin<p>Mikolay<p>EMPLOYEE OF<p>EMPLOYEE OF<p>Kevin<p>Harrington<p>EMPLOYEE OF<p>Thiel<p>Capital<p>FORMER<p>OPERATOR OF<p>Alexander<p>Karp<p>FORMER<p>OPERATOR<p>OF<p>FORMER<p>OPERATOR …

Nothing Compares 2 U: the secrets of Prince's original recording, unheard until today

Who is the song about, why did Prince give it to the Family to record as an album track, and what did he really think of Sinéad O’Connor’s smash hit single?<p>Thirty four years ago, when Paul “St Paul” Peterson was the singer in the Family, a band Prince had assembled, he was sitting in his mother’s …

Music

Italian film director Vittorio Taviani dies aged 88

The Italian film director Vittorio Taviani, who with his brother Paolo Taviani created Italian cinema masterpieces, has died at the age of 88.<p>The Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, said Taviani’s death on Sunday in Rome after a long illness was “a great loss for Italian cinema and culture, which …

Martin Sorrell steps down as head of WPP advertising group

Longest-serving FTSE 100 chief quits before findings of personal misconduct inquiry are disclosed<p>Sir Martin Sorrell has resigned from WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, ahead of the findings of an investigation into alleged personal misconduct.<p>The 73-year-old, who acquired a small …

Advertising

Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director of 'Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Amadeus,' Dies at 86

The Czech native also helmed 'The Firemen's Ball,' 'Hair,' 'The People vs. Larry Flynt' and 'Man on the Moon.'<p>Milos Forman, the anti-authoritarian …

Los Angeles

Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

It sports a green mohican, fleshy finger-like growths under its chin and can breathe through its genitals.<p>The Mary river turtle is one of the most striking creatures on the planet, and it is also one of the most endangered.<p>The 40cm long turtle, which is only found on the Mary river in Queensland, …

Zoology

Daphne & Celeste's unlikely return: 'We'll make it weird'

Nearly 18 years after a slot at Reading festival seemed to bring their career to a sodden close, is the pop duo’s comeback the strangest ever?<p>In terms of unlikely comebacks, you would do well to find one less plausible this year, if indeed ever. A mere 17 years and nine months after their debut …

Music Festivals

Here’s why we’re all still quoting Arrested Development constantly

There are many reasons <i>Arrested Development</i>continued to stick around in the cultural zeitgeist after its unceremonious cancellation, but one of them …

Comedy

How to live like a Local in Florence

When Lonely Planet Local Nardia Plumridge first laid eyes on Florence as a teenager, it was love at first sight. Today, the Renaissance capital’s classic cafes, quaint cobbled streets and hidden churches are her daily inspiration, and the city's fantastic cuisine and culture satisfy her craving for</i> …

World's last male northern white rhino dies

NANYUKI, Kenya (Reuters) - The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world, although scientists still hope to save it from extinction by in vitro fertilization.<p>Ol Pejeta Conservancy …

National Parks

I’ve Given 333 Apps Access To My Facebook. Almost None Of Them Need It

When you can’t even recognize some of the apps that can peer into your life on Facebook, it’s proof you clicked without considering the consequences.<p>As far as I know, I never took “thisisyourdigitallife,” the personality quiz that researcher Aleksandr Kogan used to harvest 50 million Facebook …

What is the best Oscar-winning film of all time?

Casablanca? The Godfather? Moonlight? Or another contender? Our chief critic picks the greatest of 10 all-time classics to win best picture – and reveals the reader’s champion<p>The best film! Of all the awards, this is the one most drenched in glory – and hubris. It comes at the end of a long night, …

Warren Beatty

The 200 Best Songs of the 1980s

Welcome to our list of the 200 best songs of the 1980s.<p>A great deal of today's music looks to the '80s for inspiration, but there are so many different ideas of what "'80s" as a descriptor can mean. Here we return to the source material.<p>As we did for the 1960s, the 1990s, and the 2000s, as well as …