18 magistrates and a pigeon

On Corriere.it there’s a story that epitomize the Judicial system in Italy: on June 6th 2010 a man shot a pigeon from a window of his flat in Milan. He get the bird that fall in the courtyard of a nearby building. People living in that building, claiming the man has been shooting at pigeons for sometime, call the police. He is brought in a court that fines him for € 8.000,00.

He appeal the sentence and, in a loop of sentences and appeal, the man is still waiting for a final verdict today. The pigeon cause has been around courts for almost 5 years and has been “managed” by 18 different magistrates. (italiangoogletransalted)


Ignazio Marino is the Mayor of Rome. He’s been a lot in the news since he took office in mid 2013. He started planning to leave private cars out of the Colosseum area, and he is now under pressure from a Rome corruption scandal (but he seems to be the victim).

One of his “battle” is aimed to improve the local police: first an immediate action..? No man can stay in tha same office for more than 4 years. This to prevent any possible case of corruption. Local police is against this action and has called for a strike on decembre 31st. A rapresentative for national governement said that this strike wasn’t legal and would have called for a legal reaction. Local police called the strike off and was set to go to work as usual.

Unfortuantely, that same night, 83,5% of the force couldn’t go to work. They felt sick and stayed home.

25 is not enough

This is the Dancing Satyr of Mazara del Vallo, a greek bronze statue more than 2.000 years old, that was “fished” off the coast of Sicily in 1998.

It is now kept in Museo del Satiro in the church of Sant’Egidio, in Mazara del Vallo, Sicily.

The City Mayor is now writing to the Regione Sicilia Offices that has responsability over the Museum, complaining about the fact that the 25 people staff (for a 2.150 sq ft museum) is not able to guarantee enough opening hours on sundays and holidays.