In an odd show of political unity, right wing Letizia Morrati, and left wingers Massimo D’Alema and Romano Prodi got together in Paris, along with Al Gore to promote Milan‘s bid for the 2015 Universal Exhibition (Expo).
The green-theme, hence Gore’s presence, plus supporting music by Andrea Bocelli and Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour, meant that Milan’s bid won against the city of Izmir in Turkey. Even the appearance of an Italian football star did not manage to put the judges off. Shame there was no pizza cook though.
Anyway, lots of mutual back slapping has taken place, and noises are being made in Milan about improved infrastructure; read new metro line; increases in the prices of housing, and various other goodies that will ensure the already well-heeled Milanese remain so.
I’m looking forward to the rich experience that I expect from one these Expo events, if I’m still here in 2015, that is. Seven years is quite a long time.
I have to admit to being curious, as I’ve never seen an Expo first hand. Sounds like good photographic material, not to mention the surge in demand for English language courses and translations that will inevitably take place. Might even collar a few more readers for this here blog too.
The downside? None really, aside from the fact that I’ll be 50 in 2015. Now, that is frightening. I mean 50, that certainly ain’t young any more. Still, at least the Expo is something to look forward to in my old age.
For more information, go here: Milan Expo 2015