Why it should be called the “TrumpPandemic”

After shutting down a pandemic task force and cutting funding for the Center for Disease Control and then spending two and a half months in denial, it’s not proper to name it the Chinese Flu. It is the grave mismanagement of the president, and his cronies, that allowed the pandemic to get a foothold in America. Since America has now surpassed the rest of the world, including China, in the number of Coronavirus cases, it proves that America’s response has been too little and way too late.  Our president has failed to protect American lives..

Sydikos Discovers Real Magic!

On a recent trip to London Sydikos discovered a magic wand in a small, out of the way, antique shop in the East End. The owner claimed that it had once belonged to Harry Potter and that it actually worked. Although he didn’t believe the sales pitch, Sydikos bought it anyway as a gift for the grandchildren. However, after playing with it a bit he found, to his astonishment, that he could make himself disappear. What a marvelous ability when trapped in boring meetings or stuffy parties. The grandchildren will not be getting the wand.


Sydikos Meets Peter Rabbit

images During a recent visit to the United Kingdom Sydikos had occasion to visit the home of Beatrix Potter, the famous and amazingly creative author of the tales of Peter Rabbit and other denizens of Mr. MacGreagor’s Garden. Yes, there is a Mr. MacGreagor’s Garden, as shown in the pictures below. The first shows the gate to the garden and the second a lovely field of buttercups. The Peter Rabbit stories were so successful in their day, we think of him as the “Money Bunny”. Click on the pictures to see them full size.


Springtime at the Villa Fondolacchi

Sydikos just received his vacation photos from Walmart processing and wanted to share a few with his loyal followers. The first is a view of the valley below the Villa. (Double click on the picture to view full size.)

SpringTime Sun


Next is a field of Margaritas, the true symbol of the Florentine Spring


And lastly The Sunset shot from the Villa Terrace looking west.Firenze Tramonte

Midnight Madness in a Florence Cemetery

Florence Italy is a favorite hangout for Sydikos. The famous cemetery at San Miniato has just recently reopened for visitors and Sydikos, intrigued by the great quantity of “portrait busts” of deceased Florentines, decided to sneak in after dark and take a series of night time photographs. What happened that night was astounding. Following is a video report taken by Sydikos’ iPhone .

Sydikos is back!

Sydikos has been struggling with this blog for weeks. The aggravation of trying to find the bug ( to say nothing of the horrible smell of the unemptied garbage ) has been intense. A burnt offering to the Computer Gods has, hopefully, solved the problem. If this all works, first the garbage will be emptied, and then Sydikos would be pleased if you would scroll down to the next post ( click on the “Previous” arrow) for a belated New Years message from DOM, the dweller of the Duomo. Comments will be appreciated.

Message from DOM for the New Year

DOM, the creature that lives in the dome of the Duomo in Florence, is obsessed with the existential question, “What shall become of us?”  As the bells ring in the new year, DOM finds yet another way to impart his gems of wisdom to Sydikos’s loyal fans. Here’s to a Happy 2015!


Sydikos is Back

Sydikos explains his long absence. It seems that while visiting the Duomo in Florence, he was inadvertently locked in when the church was closed for the night. He was forced to spend the entire night alone in the dark. What he observed that night was so strange and surreal that he felt compelled to report the story to his loyal subscribers and fans. Since Sydikos prefers to explain by animation, it has taken well over a month for him to draw and animate the story of that amazing evening.
Not familiar with Italian? “Che ne sara’ di noi?” translates to “What shall become of us?”