Friday, April 10, 2009


Hopefully not!!!

A few days ago I was "kindly" notified by the Guinness World Records (GWR) Legal Office that I'm infringing the official GWR trademark logo by posting it on my official music site.

Fair enough I guess.

At least they were kind enough to notify me without suing me first (which is exactly what would have happened had it been an Italian company! LOL)

What is weird is that I can't even post a personal scan of MY official certificate which reads:

"The longest solo music internet broadcast was performed by Christian Calcatelli who played piano for 60 hrs 1 min in aid of the Calx Project, at the Galleria Alberto Sordi, Rome Italy, on September 15-17, 2004"

Oh, after a few back and forth emails I discovered that:

1) I can post a picture of myself holding the certificate (duuh)
2) I can pay 1.500 GBPs (=$2.200) to license the logo. For three months. Hmm.... Kind of expensive!

So, as I promised the legal office, the logos are coming off today.

If you're reading this post on April 10, you may have a chance of seeing them for one last time.


Don't forget to listen to some of the music improvised during this 60 hour event. It's amazing that time has since passed so quickly. But as time passes, music remains. Go now - listen up!

I'll tell you what: Sign up to my newsletter within the next 3 days only and I"ll give you "A Broken Record 1 & 2 for free"

3 days only.



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Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Earthquakes in Abruzzo. Villages wiped out. Aftershocks in Rome. I evacuated from a building today...

I can't but help at this point to extend my research into finding out what the best action plan is when there are earthquakes in the air... (or should I say... in the ground?).

I found this interesting article, which you may want to read - no matter where you are in the world. It's from the Southern California Earthquake Center, so I'm pretty sure they know what they're talking about. They talk about the international "Drop, Cover and Hold On" method for making it through an earthquake.

In essence, this is what you need to remember:
  • DROP to the ground
  • take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture;
  • and HOLD ON on until the shaking stops
Check the article out.

FEMA, America's Federal Emergency Management Agency has some useful guidelines as well:
On this link, you have good insight into what you should do if you're indoors, outdoors, in a car or under debris. One general golden rule? Don't light that candle: gas may be in the air!

Additionally, FEMA offers an unusual list of things you can do "before" an earthquake strikes.

Remember that 99% of the times you don't know it's coming, but there are simple things you can do to minimize damage and - most important - increase chances of survival.

It boils down to simple, practical things like not hanging a painting over your bed (may look nice but has been proven to cause migraine headcaches when it drops on your head!); keep delicate and breakable items in low cabinets (why would you put your china where you can't even reach for it anyways, right?); keep dangerous chemicals in closed, separated places (it helps to prevent ka-ta-boum boums!)

Read the complete list here and, other than doing some damage-prevention, you'll probably clean up your house and go for a clutter-free minimalistic look.

I say this of course with a touch of humour, but don't forget how serious the situation can be when disaster strikes.

And if you can't help with money or time, download the free music track (top right) "Whispering Thoughts"and send your positive thoguhts out there!



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More Earthquakes? What's Happening? New shock in Rome

Just had to evacuate the building at 11:43 after a 3 second jolt, which followed a new shock in Abruzzo.

It's a weird feeling, and kind of leaves you empty inside and a little light headed.

It was the same feeling I had when I experienced an erathquake here in Rome a few years ago. That time, though, the walls were actually shaking. Not nice...

Poor people in Abruzzo!

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According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) there have been (as of this writing) 21 earthquakes above magnitudo 5 on the Richter scale SINCE THE 1st of APRIL!

The latest of these was actually a 6.9 (it hit harder than the Central Italy earthquake) on the Kuril Islands. If you have no clue where these islands are, join the club - that's probably why we haven't even heard about it. (In any case they're off the coast of Japan).

The truth that I gather from this report is that the majority of these strikes happen in remote areas and often don't cause any damage or harm.

It reminds me that the Earth is indeed alive & throbbing - just in the wrong places, at times...

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According to an article by Rome Today, a mild earthquake hit the northern part of Rome this morning (local time) at 1:15 am.

I didn't feel anything, because I live at the outskirts of Rome, down South.

The registered magnitude was 4.8 on the Richter scale. No damages, but lots of fear.

As far as the Abruzzo quake is concerned, local news reports have criculated these recent stats:

  • the death toll to have risen to 179;
  • 100 people have been pulled out alive from the rubble;
  • 1500 are wounded;
  • more than 1 billion euros worth of damages

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Monday, April 6, 2009


According to USGS (US Geological Survey) technical data, the Abruzzo earthquake"occurred as a result of normal faulting ... in the central Apennines, a mountain belt that runs from the Gulf of Taranto in the south to the southern edge of the Po basin in northern Italy. Geologically, the Apennines are largely an accretionary wedge formed as a consequence of subduction. This region is tectonically and geologically complex"

Hmm... "normal" faulting seems to have disastrous consequences.

According to a newsflash report from ANSA, Italy's prime news agency, certain areas have been completely destroyed, case in point being the villages of Onna and Paganica. This is where the majority of victims seem to have been identified. These cities are described as having been scratched away.

In Aquila, Abruzzo's capital city, there is massive damage in the historical center, where Churches and buildings having suffered at high levels.

The problem, I guess, is that these places have buildings so old that it was like a staged accident waiting to happen. In a way, buildings like these give Italy their charming looks that all tourists love to see. But it's this very "Italian" feel that is probably the country's greatest liability.

Not that that matters at this point in time, as the official death toll rises at 92 (but will surely increase I'm afraid) and more than 45/50.000 people are expected to remain homeless.

Click here for some chilling images from one of Italy's news reports.

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Italy Earthquake News: They knew it was going to happen...

According to an article on one of Italy's most reliable news agencies, an expertpredicted this earthquake - precise down to the location - about a week ago.

As always happens in these cases - nobody listens!

This poor professor - who by the way took two years to develop equipment that he used to study the local geological area - was charged by the Mayor of the city and by Social Protection Officers for procuring panic in the local population.

Go figure...

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EARTHQUAKE IN AQUILA ITALY (some 60 miles from Rome)

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region this morning at 3:32 am, in the depth of the night. Earlier in the night, a minor earthquake hit Northern Italy.

Although I didn't feel the shake as I was sleeping, I woke up because my alarm system set offas a reaction to the jolt. A number of buildings seem to have minor damage also in Rome.

As of now (8:13 am) there are 20 deaths (of which 5 are kids) and a number of missing people.

According to USGS, a 7.2-magnitude quake and tsunami that hit Messina, Italy, in 1908 killed some 72,000 people, while more recently, a 6.5-magnitude temblor in southern Italy in 1980 claimed the lives of 3,000 people.

The region of Abruzzo is known for its "shaky" territory.

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