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June 2, 2005


Some say that to get a good cup of coffee in Italy, you need to be friends with the barman. It is also said that to get hired in this country you have to be friends with the boss. Well, maybe you don’t have to be friends exactly,

Video shows hostage alive

The first video footage of the Italian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan on May 16th was aired on a private Afghan television station last Saturday.   Cantoni, 32, seemed to be in good health, although she was missing her glasses and seemed to be confused about the date.   The

Bistecca alla Fiorentina is back on the table

When the Mad Cow Disease epidemic exploded in Europe, the EU passed some strict measures with respect to meat production, and one of those bans has kept Florence’s most famous dish, the Bistecca Fiorentina, off of dinner tables since 2001.   To the delight of Florentines, last week
May 26, 2005

Super Size Me

Hard-hitting documentaries have been making a comeback in cinemas around the world, and there seems to be no end in sight to military-industrial-complex-bashing. The latest target is the fast food corporation (the one with the big yellow M in particular), held to account, in this refreshingly

Open Cellars to Donate Funds to Africa

The annual “Open Cellars” wine event attracts thousands of visitors each year and this year has decided to give a percentage of proceeds to the organisation “Wine for Life,” which will use the money for programs to fight AIDS in Africa. Calculations are that every 100

Tuscan wines still claim fame

May has become the unofficial month of wine in Tuscany. With various festivals, auctions, and events that will conclude with “Cantine Aperte” (Open Cellars) on May 29th, this is one of the best periods of the year to enjoy the wines Tuscany has to offer.   Although Tuscany&
May 12, 2005

Organized crime still a force in the south

A wave of tit-for-tat executions has recently engulfed Naples, southern Italy’s main metropolis. The Camorra, the mafia-like criminal organization that controls large swathes of the city and other towns in Campania has been wracked by internal conflict since a splinter group of “Scissionisti”

‘Un colpo d’aria’

Homeopathic doctors will tell you that illness starts as a psychological issue and has to do with your state of mind. Not only. It also has to do with the state you happen to be living in. Life on the peninsula has convinced me that health, in reality, is a cultural variable. Try, for example, […]
May 5, 2005

Shock video of top football player receiving injection

A documentary film transmitted on public television last week broadcast footage from a hidden video camera of one of Italy’s top football players, Fabio Cannavaro, being injected with a substance administered by a doctor before a match.   Although the substance that was injected, Neoton, is not actually
April 21, 2005

“Non te la prendere”: offending with affection

Years of Italian living has taught me that one must be brave when talking to Italians, mostly because they will always tell you what they know.   If you have gained a kilo and someone notices, which is probable, they will tell you. If the hairdresser went overboard with your haircut, you won’t be left […]