Category Archives: Humour

Making the bridge in Rome

“Fare il ponte” – to make the bridge  – is the traditional lengthening of a holiday by taking a day (or two) off to link a holiday to a weekend. At the start of any New Year, most Italians will … Continue reading

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Sense of humour to sarcasm … to cynicism?

A sense of humour is very much part of the basic desirable traits in Anglo-Saxon cultures. The ability to laugh about situations, people – oneself and others – to make light of problems that would otherwise become hard to deal … Continue reading

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Griping about Rome

  I’ve been avoiding writing about Rome because I can’t think of anything really positive to write about it these days, except the weather. That is, the weather as a yearly statistical average (one of the best in Europe). Not … Continue reading

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Boston break

  Visiting places is never like actually living there, by definition you’re on holiday. You don’t have to deal with real life, which for most people involves dragging yourself from bed to breakfast to commute to traffic jams and everything … Continue reading

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What about the dressing?

  The space salad news came out a fortnight ago, and I’ll skip all the scientific details you can read about on their official website*. If you missed it, NASA got astronauts to grow their own romaine lettuce aboard the … Continue reading

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Swissland

Swiss national holiday today! I’ve always had a soft spot for Switzerland, stuck there in the centre of Europe and somehow so very un-European. Europe today seems to stand for each-country-each region- each town-to-itself, whereas the Swiss have managed to … Continue reading

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