The Mayor of Nughedu Santa Vittoria, a small village in the mounatin of Sardinia, is using smoke signs to show the world that his village is not reached by by ADSL lines, or 3G cellular connection. In case you didn’t think about it… that mean no POS, credit cards, no… nothing.
Frank Bruni, Op-Ed columnist at the NYT, writes about what he saw coming back to Italy, and waht the italians told him.
But the arias have been different this time around. The whole mood has. Ask Italian students what awaits them on the far side of their degrees and they shrug. Ask their parents when or how Italy will turn the corner and you get the same expression of bafflement. You hear more than you did 10 or even five years ago about migrations to Britain, to the United States. You hear less faith in tomorrow.
Sophia Loren wento to jail (for real) in 1982, spending in a Caserta’s cell 17 days of a 30 days sentence for tax evasion.
Yesterday, just 31 years after, we learn the she didn’t do anything wrong.
Mrs. Loren has long since given up her italian citizenship.
Sergio Rizzo fo Corriere.it tells the story of a telephone (and internet, and P.O.S.) blackout that hit a part of Italy on September 25th. As of yesterday (4 days) there was no solution to the “comunication breakdown” in sight…
It didn’t happen on a small, remote island in the Mediterranean Sea, it happpened in this area of central Rome. Four days.
On Sep. 12th last year a hole appeared in via Augusto Dulceri, a street in the E-SE area of Rome, near via Casilina. The party I was mentioning will be held tonight (Sep. 10th) and for the 2 following evenings by “La Confraternita dell’Uva“, a local restaurant that will celebrate one year of absolutely nothing, the hole is still there, mostly untouched.
You could end up like Nadia, a roman woman of 55 who had to stay few weeks in a hospital and, when she was finally out, found that the council flat she was living in had been occupied by someone else. And – as the flat is not “her” flat but is owned by “local council” – it is quite a long way to get it back. (Romatoday)
I went abroad. I have seen things that you human… I have seen public transport working properly, in time, with speakers giving the name of the next stop in 2 languages. I have seen no traffic, because you don’t need to take your car when you have a public transport ystem that works fine…
I have seen that evey single green area of the city – even the smallest – is taken care of: cleaned, plants and grass are watered and well kept. I was not in northern Europe, I was in the country where the crisis is at his peak, the worst possible place where to live right now… Spain.