Lessons learnt from a lifetime in Italy.

DESPITE their immense collective self-belief, the inhabitants of Canberra’s Fort Zinderneuf don’t always get things right.

Those acolytes who flutter about The Chief in rapt expectation of his profound insights, like North Koreans around Kim Il Sung, notebooks and pencils poised to record every gem, should look beyond the Great Leader for other examples.

This past New Year’s Eve Italian Tripoli Giannini marched off aged 111 years and 133 days at Cecina, Tuscany.

The old soldier’s son said his father believed he was immortal, which gave him at least one thing in common with The Chief.

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