Monday, 27 September 2010

Not great.

This store recently closed it's doors and then underwent a massive refurbishment and dragged itself into the twentieth century. Now it's closed once more.

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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Coffee - On the go!

Whilst in town today, I came across this guy at the clock tower.

I tried his coffee and it was fab!


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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Eulogy

And so a chapter is finished. Today the funeral took place for my friend Ezio, I wrote and delivered the Eulogy and thought i would post it here to look back on in years to come.

Funeral's can be a horrible experience - however this one was out of this world! It was a divine service, headed up by father Philip who was fluent in Italian (How strange!) and it took place at St Marie's in Rugby.

Listen to what I had to say earlier..!

 

Our friend Ezio Piccoli

Ezio was 70 years old when he passed away,
however that is not the whole story.

He was still 19 at heart, and if his body had
allowed him to he would have been skipping
down roads and attending dance parties every
weekend! In essence he was a young man with
an ageing body.

Ezio Piccoli, to anyone who never knew him
well was a very loud and forthcoming
individual. His personality matched his build Big!
To those lucky few of us who chose to
spend time with him - he was a beautiful
individual who brightened our days and made
the room shine on entrance.

Ezio was born, lived and worked in Italy up
until about 12 years ago when he was brought to the UK to be the head chef in a
restaurant in Rugby called Leonardos. It was a new venture and was located behind
the Pizza shop that i managed. Chris & Zara are the ones to thank for bringing him to the UK.

The first time I met Ezio i knew that I would get on
with him, he had a glow about him and an honesty that i could relate to straight away.
Like me, he often told it how it was!

We spent many years working and socialising together and our friendship grew. He
has seen many joys in my life and has been there to witness many sorrows also.
When my father passed away our relationship took a new path and I started to relate
to him more like a father figure than a friend. he could never take the place of my
Father- but in his own delightful way he made my Dad's passing less painful as time
went on. We spent a lot more time with Ezio after that, he would come to my Mum's
for 'Sunday Roasting!' and we would sit as a family around the table and talk about
the things only family's are interested in, he was part of my, our life.....

Whilst working at the restaurant he met Jemma, now Jemma was around 13 years old
at the time and worked at the Pizza shop which was located at the front of the
restaurant and was owned by the same people. Jemma told me that at first she was
very nervous of Ezio due to his loud and forward personality, along with his frame of
course! One particular memory was when Jemma had cleaned the kitchen area so
beautifully that she had a huge feeling of pride in her heart – When Ezio walked in
with a pan of pasta and threw it into the sink, it went all up the walls and on the floor
it was everywhere! That was his character, his way – the Italian way...

Jemma's feelings of anxiety and nerves were soon replaced by kindness as she felt
terrible that he was in this foreign country without his family at Christmas time – She
decided to invite him to spend Christmas with her family – without even asking her
parents I might add!


So, it was all set – The Colbourne family were to entertain Ezio Piccoli at Christmas
time – Shirley, Jemma's long suffering mum – was frantic! She was having to cook a
Christmas dinner for an established Italian chef! How could Jemma put her in this
awful situation!!

All the worrying was put aside as the meal and the day went fantastically well. Ezio
fitted in with the Colbourne family very well. In fact after a while Ezio was invited to
move in with the Colbourne family permanently- In Ezio's own words “They adopted
me!”

So from that day onwards Ezio Piccoli-Colbourne was accepted into the family....

As with all families, it was not always an easy ride. There were trials and tribulations,
sorrow and laughter – But the journey was one that has left so many great memories
of a man that gave so much and wanted so little in return. Everyone he met, he had an
impression on – sometimes not the impression that you would want but even so he
was never one to shy away from speaking his mind. That is one of the many things I
personally loved about him, his ability to tell it how it was. Whether he was right or
wrong he had a passion and a belief that was contagious. I loved to hear his stories,
his memories, his exploits as a young man.. They will stay with his friends forever...

They say it is traditional for one of your children to deliver the eulogy at a fathers
funeral – well I have tried to define a father and come up with this-A father is
someone that has paved the way for you, someone who you turn to for guidance and
advice and someone who would put you first before himself. So thank you Ezio, for
your love, support, guidance, laughter, outbursts and for just being you.
To the Colbourne family, you were the 'adopted' family member who was loved
unconditionally, the 'free lodger' who loved to cook for the family, the generous
friend who always gave so much, the shoulder to cry on and the passion and soul of
the house, to Eva your sister, you were a loving brother, and to others a dear friend.
Whatever you meant to people one thing is sure-You will never be replaced or
forgotten......

Caio Amore mio – Mi Manci Ezio....

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Thursday, 9 September 2010

The Pursuit of Happiness!

I sat with my Wife and watched the above film last night for the second time.
This time was different, I really got drawn into the life of Chris
Gardner and his struggles to make a better life for his Son. I related
to many different scenes within the film, granted my life has no real
bearing on the actual events Chris experienced. That said, I have been
in similar situations where I have felt like a busy fool. Working as
hard as a I can and not moving forward, going backwards in fact!

There will always be times in our lives when we will question
ourselves and our purpose in life, thankfully though those moments are
getting a lot less frequent in my life.

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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Ezio_Piccoli


Ezio_Piccoli, originally uploaded by Photoppurtunity.

I have put together a short video of my good friend Ezio who passed away last week.

Mi Manci Ezio....

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Financial Times: Lloyd’s brokers weigh up iPads

September 03 2010 9:37 PM GMT
Lloyd’s brokers weigh up iPads

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Friday, 3 September 2010

The road ahead

It has been a strange week for me, what with the passing of my dear friend Ezio and the emotions attached to it, the fact that things are changing so much at work (for the better) and my new found confidence since the weight loss... All in all, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions.

 

Thing is, i can not seem to stop thinking about Ezio. I does not seem real to me. I suppose it will be real to me once i see him, get to speak with him one last time. Then after the funeral I can start the process again....

 

Death is part of life - my Mother told me that yesterday. Although true, it is not the whole story.. Is it?

 

I have to make some decisions soon, I am 36 and it is time i started to take responsability for my future and the future of my family.

It is strange how events can make you look at things from a new perspective...

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Thursday, 2 September 2010

My good friend - Ezio Piccoli

On Tuesday, i received a phone call telling me that my friend Ezio Piccoli had passed away - He was 70 years old.

 

Ezio, to anyone who never knew him was a very loud and forthcoming individual. His personality matched his build - Big! To those lucky few of us who chose to spend time with him - he was a beautiful individual who brightened our days and made the room shine on entrance.

 

Ezio was born, lived and worked in Italy up until about 12 years ago when he was brought to the UK to be the head chef ina restaurant in Rugby called Leonardo's. It was a new venture and was located behind the Pizza shop that i managed. The first time I met Ezio i knew that I would get on with him, he had a glow about him and an honesty that i could relate to straight away. Like me, he often told it how it was!

 

We spent many years working and socialising together and our friendship grew. He has seen many joys in my life and has been there to witness many sorrows also. When my father passed away our relationship took a new path and I started to relate to him more like a father figure than a friend. he could never take the place of my Father- but in his own delightful way he made my Dad's passing less painful as time went on. We spent a lot more time with Ezio after that, he would come to my Mum's for 'Sunday Roasting!' and we would sit as a family around the table and talk about the things only family's are interested in, he was part of my, our life.....

 

 

Yesterday, as I was going through my iphone - I found a voicemail from Ezio. It simply said...

 

Caio Lee - I miss you.... Bye bye

 

Good bye my friend..

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My Friend - Ezio Piccoli


On Tuesday, i received a phone call telling me that my friend Ezio Piccoli had passed away - He was 70 years old.

Ezio, to anyone who never knew him was a very loud and forthcoming individual. His personality matched his build - Big! To those lucky few of us who chose to spend time with him - he was a beautiful individual who brightened our days and made the room shine on entrance.

Ezio was born, lived and worked in Italy up until about 12 years ago when he was brought to the UK to be the head chef ina restaurant in Rugby called Leonardo's. It was a new venture and was located behind the Pizza shop that i managed. The first time I met Ezio i knew that I would get on with him, he had a glow about him and an honesty that i could relate to straight away. Like me, he often told it how it was!

We spent many years working and socialising together and our friendship grew. He has seen many joys in my life and has been there to witness many sorrows also. When my father passed away our relationship took a new path and I started to relate to him more like a father figure than a friend. he could never take the place of my Father- but in his own delightful way he made my Dad's passing less painful as time went on. We spent a lot more time with Ezio after that, he would come to my Mum's for 'Sunday Roasting!' and we would sit as a family around the table and talk about the things only family's are interested in, he was part of my, our life.....

Yesterday, as I was going through my iphone - I found a voicemail from Ezio. It simply said...

Caio Lee - I miss you.... Bye bye