The Vatican is Anti-Berlusconi!

Yep, it’s official, well almost. There have been quite a number of news stories about the new 21st century sins that the dear old Vatican has come up with. And here they are, the sins, that is, in no particular order, at least I don’t believe so: Environmental pollution – Change you car – or […]

Pots Calling Kettles Black

As you may imagine, Italy is suffering from a minor bout of election fever at the moment. The general elections are just around the corner and election posters are appearing right, left, and centre. I’ve seen a couple of amusing ones, so far. First there was this lovely one from the Berlusco-Fini duo which, much […]

Disco, Disco, Music, and an Old Problem

We have a slight problem where we live in Milan. There is a sort of disco which backs onto our apartment block and the volume of the music, and in particular the bass, can get rather disturbing at times. Five times a week, on average. Still, you can probably thank the disco music for its […]

Contrary to Popular Opinion

I know a lot of Italians from down south. You know, that area of Italy where the people tend to have a bit of a reputation for being a little work shy. One of those ‘stereotype’ situations, if ever there was one. All of the southern Italians I know are pretty hard working individuals and […]

Levi-Prodi blog gaggers extraordinaire

Yes, I was a bit slow on the uptake re the Levi Prodi attempts to censor bloggers attempts to tell it how it is with regard to the situation in Italy. But I am not all that surprised that there was something of a time lag between the information getting out and ending up in […]

The day I met the president.

Yes, it’s true, I met the president the other day, while I was watching rugby at the 4-4-2 pub here in Milan. However, as you may have guessed, the president I met was not the famous guy who runs the States from a big white house. Instead this president, one Massimiliano Natale, heads the Italian […]

Did you hear about ‘Vaffa’ day here in Italy?

Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian who was excommunicated from Italian TV many years ago after he made a few quips about the behaviour of certain politicians, and who runs one of the most popular blogs in the world, organised ‘Vaffa’ day. ‘Vaffa’ if you did not know, is short for ‘vaffanculo’, which means something like […]

Parking your car – Italian style and other little problems for motorists

While hanging about waiting for the bus to arrive this morning; I was on the way to the hospital where our little one is staying; I happened to notice this rather crookedly parked car, which also sported a nice dent on one of its wings. Well, as it happened, this car had not finished attempting […]