n.6 october 2005

It was the first Italian company to manufacture ceramic valve mono mixer taps. It went on to invent the mixer tap with a concealed cartridge. Having become the top national company, it began to attack foreign markets. As Carlo Zucchetti, chairman of the eponymous Novarabased company explains in this exclusive interview, “these days over 50% of turnover comes from abroad”.

From Lenin, Stalin and the Nazi leaders to George W. Bush and the Sultan of Brunei: the Astoria has hosted a wide-cross section of guests. An unconventional portrait of one of the world’s best-known hotels, Vladimir Putin’s favourite, where Tony Blair stayed on his first official visit to Russia.

ITALY-HUNGARY, BATTLE TO THE LAST DROP. Friuli’s Tocai has its days numbered: defeated by European legislation, from 31 March 2007 it has to change label and abandon the name to the exclusive use of its namesake in Hungary.

The case of Adamov, the former minister accused of pocketing 9 million dollars, recalls an ancient issue: the honesty of the chinovnich, Russian public officials, an intermediate category between the powerful and the people.