Category Archives: Opinion

United we stand, divided we … ?

Life in interesting times is the subtitle of this blog. I studiously avoid the political, but this morning I can’t help commenting on the crazy state of the world and where we’ll all going. Apologies to my usual bloggy friends. In … Continue reading

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No Summer Solstice in Rome

I was looking forward to celebrating the night of the Summer Solstice, but discovered there’s no such thing in Rome. Or Italy for that matter. Or rather, it’s not celebrated, and besides, it actually happens here a few minutes after … Continue reading

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Blogging from Rome

On the face of it, writing from here should be easy. When short of ideas, I can just go out and find something striking: the Coliseum or any of hundreds of stunning world-class monuments, churches, piazzas and fountains. The Tiber … Continue reading

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Apulia miscellany

Getting out of Rome for an occasional long weekend is necessary if you want to hold on to your sanity, and it hadn’t happened since last summer. So two days near Bari were a breath of welcome hill and sea … Continue reading

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Times a-changing on the field

Politics, religion and football (European style) are topics I shy away from here, as animus can get pretty loaded. But there’s a footballer issue that’s made local headlines and it’s a good story to reflect on. If you live in … Continue reading

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Metro vs. history: Rome Olympics in 2024?

The mix of headlines on the front page* was confusing. On one hand the city of Rome is wallowing in debt it won’t be able to pay off for decades, so we have cuts in all services planned for the … Continue reading

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Time for gratitude

  Thanksgiving is my favourite yearly celebration, though it’s not on the calendar here in Italy. And while I believe many countries, peoples and individuals would greatly benefit from taking a pause and celebrating it, I also wonder why we … Continue reading

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