Happy from Puglia

We have a new ad campaign promoting Puglia. Despite my earlier post about the lack of computer knowledge in Puglia the tourist boys and girls have chosen You Tube as the medium to push holidays here. Forty different locations feature on this video launched on July 14th. Don’t say I’m not up to date. Have a look and if you are here or have visited try and identify them. That should keep you all busy while I bash away on these keys for a time. It was filmed in late May this year but count the anoraks, jumpers and wetsuits !!

What’s the phrase be careful what you wish for . Well I blogged about the polluting refinery owned by ENI and the steel works owned by ILVA in Taranto and today both are in the news. Eni have started talks with the unions to close their plant in Taranto.

They have a new CEO and he is described by analysts as ” Italy’s Margaret Thatcher ” as he clearly intends to take on the power of the unions supposedly like Maggie did the coal mining union all those years ago. I guess it is a reflection on how far behind Italy is in reform.  He is Claudio Descalzi and he has just got the job of CEO.



The largest shareholder gets to chose the CEO and as I blogged before the largest shareholder is the Italian government so Paolo has the tacit approval of Renzi to take them on. Indeed this is the union Renzi has already crossed swords with when fighting for the tax break for the low paid. I know go figure a union opposing a tax break for  low paid people but I guess most of the beneficiaries aren’t members of this union.

So it looks like on July 31 he will announce the closure  and Renzi ? Well he said on TV the other night “The unions have to understand the music has changed,” He is also known to back any plan for companies to reduce inefficiencies and renegotiate out of date union restrictive practices so I guess watch this space.

Meanwhile the Supreme Court is soon to rule on where the huge court case against 52 executives on ILVA will be held. They are being done for causing an environmental disaster.

taranto emissions


which might cause the closure of that plant too.

Maybe Taranto will become a clean place to live again and the cancer cases may take a dive.

If you happen to be in Grassano ( Matera) on July 24th watch out for a cavalcade. The mayor of New York Bill de Blasio is visiting the place. Why ? Well his  granny Anna  Briganti emigrated from there and went to the USA with her husband . So he is on his hols with his family near Naples and the Mayor of Grassano has invited him to receive the keys of the town and be made an honorary citizen . I have to say I hadn’t realised Bloomberg had gone but De Blasio is in fact a Democrat and won by a landslide in 2013. He campaigned amongst other things to get rid of the horse-drawn carriages  from Central Park and replace them with antique cars driven now by electricity ( and a driver of course). Not a bad thing, they are a real tourist rip off and I was in Central Park when one horse popped his clogs or horse shoes I guess. No ill treatment just old age but it was quite distressful to watch and it took ages to get a truck to take it away. So let’s hope the Mayor of Grassono has no plans to drive him around in an horse and carriage.




About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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2 Responses to Happy from Puglia

  1. nuovastoria says:

    MIke, do you have a link to the promotional video of Puglia? I spent a little while searching on YouTube but didn’t find anything that was only just unveiled. Thanks in advance for your help!

  2. nuovastoria says:

    Sorry for my earlier query. Just saw that the video was actually embedded in your post. It only just showed up amidst the text. I had already seen this when it was posted on Monday. It is Pharrell Williams’ Happy, which is part of a now international project that uses the music and text of his award-winning song but is filmed all over the world using local people and recognizable settings. There has already been one done in Alberobello, Ostuni and Ceglie, if you can imagine.

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