Sunday, December 09, 2007

Men and Women: who's got balls?

I'm always more convinced that women are the ones that actually have balls.

It's very fresh the news of the EU-Africa summit in Portugal about the economic agreement between the two continents and the attention is focused on Zimbabwe's despot, Mugabe.

As I understand from The Guardian, while Gordon Brown showed his protest not turning up at the meeting and while South African President Thabo Mbeki "avoided any mention of Zimbabwe", only Angela Merkel actually faced the despot by saying that the world cannot be indifferent to human rights abuses and that "the situation of Zimbabwe is damaging the image of the new Africa".

Apparently men are very 'politically correct'.

And when I get to the end of the article I want to cry: "Some African states welcome Chinese economic involvement partly because it comes without the pressure for recognition of human rights attached to European aid deals".

I recall Antonio Gramsci's quote 'The indifference is the dead weight of history' and I think he was so (sadly) right.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wake me up when corruption ends

Berlusconi cracks me up.

After years of well motivated suspicions, the newspaper La Repubblica published telephone tappings that show a “secret pact” between Rai (Italian public tv) and Mediaset (Berlusconi’s private tv).

As Mr Berlusconi didn’t own enough mass media, when he was Premier, he couldn’t actually administrate Italy, could he? He needed everybody’s approval, private and public media's.

Now a court trial has started and when judges are around Mr Berlusconi starts freaking out: a communist conspiracy is ready against him.

As Marx’s ghost doesn’t have anything better to do than haunting poor Silvio.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

With all respect, Mr. King....

The last act of the Italian Comedy involves none than less His Majesty the King. Yes because apparently the Savoia family is the only one Italian family that still thinks Italy has a King. As we didn't have enough megalomaniacs sitting in the Parliament.

Anyway, Mr. Emanuele di Savoia, recovering from parties and court trials, is now officially asking to the Italian State the modest amount of 260 millions of euro as moral damages caused by a forced 54-year exile. It's not even the point to waste time saying how pathetic our former royal family is.

However, remembering the things that make Italy reason of fun all over the world, I was slightly worried that our present government wanted to exhibit in the umpteenth performance "all'italiana".

My scepticism was immediately stopped by the government reply: "Not only we don't owe anything to the former royal family, but we are thinking to ask them for the damages caused to our Country".

Well done Mr Prodi. At last.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Germany vs Sardinia

I don't understand most of the things in this world and some of them really bother me.
Trawling through the never-ending resources of the web, a ridiculous title in an Italian newspaper grabbed my attention:
Germany, he rapes his girlfriend. Extenuating circumstances because from Sardinia.

Apparently, our man kept his Lithuanian girlfriend imprisoned, he tortured and humiliated her in a group rape because HE THOUGHT she was cheating on him.

The reason of mitigating circumstances are the cultural traditions and differences between men and women in Sardinia.

I don't know whether is more appropriate just being transfixed for the gruesome decision of the Buckeburg's judge or feeling offended because I'm from Sardinia and I didn't realize this is how the so-called civilized world sees our little island.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

London time

It doesn't matter whether you are late or not, if you are in Oxford Circus you will run. Exactly like everybody else.

You run to get a green traffic light, you run not to miss a bus or simply because there's no hanging about between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus.

The famous fast-paced London rhythm becomes part of you, your soul, your attitude, and in more than one occasion you'll find yourself breathless without an actual reason.

My cousin told me once: "What I remember of London is that everybody runs". Now I understand what she meant.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

For love of truth

My yesterday's post included a link to one of the most popular Italian daily papers, La Repubblica. The article I linked to my blog reported about a very sad fact happened in Cagliari, Sardinia's main city.
The newspaper reported that a 75-year-old man was stealing some food from the shelves of a small market in the district where he lives, Is Mirrionis.
Although the shopkeeper caught him with the loot, she didn't call the police but she even started collecting money for the poor man who said he couldn't manage to survive all month with only his pension.
The fact was published in many Italian publications, provoking a chain reaction that involved also politicians and representatives of the society.
In Cagliari journalists and mayor started looking for this man, who became a star just overnight.
Arguments were still raging when a regional newspaper (Il Giornale di Sardegna) was about to publish that all the story was completely made up and unfounded, resulting for the inexistence of both man and shop.
When I firt read the article in yesterday's paper, I was upset and I posted it on my blog. Now, for respect of truth, I post what really happened, nothing.
We don't know know who is the first source of this story. What we know is that, true or not, everybody believed it, ordinary people, politicians, associations and journalists, proving that Italian economy is getting worse and worse.
And maybe this was the reason of such a bittersweet joke.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Italy's economic plight

Above is the link to an article published in a national Italian newspaper, Repubblica.it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Italy and democracy

Is the Internet becoming a powerful tool in “common people” hands? Maybe democracy is living a new era.
Italian comedian Beppe Grillo (www.beppegrillo.it) organized through its blog a rally with the purpose to purge Italian political class of its corruption.
The turn-out was impressive, not only in Bologna, where Beppe Grillo attracted a huge crowd, but all over Italy, Europe and worldwide Italian communities.
The level of corruption in Italy is apparently beyond repair, what was the glory of history and art is now a stricken country.
A population on its knees, Italians have learned how to use the power of new technology to unnerve worried politicians that try to dismiss the phenomenon as “vulgar and flippant”.
Mr. Grillo, however, didn’t stop his stint and keeps mounting campaigns against Italian most powerful classes.
The overwhelming victory of anonymous citizens in this case is undisguised and in all likelihood it will bring some change.
Of course the major representatives of Italian parties brazen it out and keep waffling, but they expected by-no-means a so big response.
Mr. Grillo’s blog is in the top five of the most visited in Italy or by Italian speakers around the world and the show goes on. Citizens are clamouring for more justice and a better economy and they are doing it through the Internet. Whereas some years ago politicians were to consider “untouchable”, now they are more exposed to the real world and more reachable.
Again, is democracy changing with the Internet or it’s a short-lived illusion?

Sunday, September 09, 2007

V-Day

Italy is unique. We have even made the "Vaffanculo-Day" up. For a massive cleaning in the Parliament. Which is a brilliant idea because the amount of rubbish of Italian Parliament is not even measurable.

50.000 people attended the show, 300.000 signed for a project of law that only in the Country of spaghetti and mandolino doesn't exist: "No Italian citizen can be a candidate for Parliament if definitely convicted either at the first trial or at the secondo trial or if they are on trial". Source www.beppegrillo.it

Seriously, what's wrong with us.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Countdown is over

When you decide to leave a country and relocate somewhere else you are excited. You start planning your new life, thinking about how challenging it will be, how cool is meeting new cultures and new ways of life. This is the thrill that makes me going.

I'm leaving Ireland tomorrow at 6pm, single ticket to London. I'm happy, excited and why not, also worried.

What if nothing is how I hoped it to be, or what if I won't find what I'm looking for, or what if.

I have been to London for the first time two weeks ago and I fell in love the day after my arrival.

London is "The City", the european capital, welcomes foreigners from everywhere and is open to new ideas. No wonder why it is the favourite destination of most of young people.

I like moving, trying, this is my third relocation, so I should be used. And I am, just, now that I'm leaving Ireland, I can't avoid thinking: it feels strange to say goodbye to a country where I lived for two years, where I don't have any family and where I know I won't live anymore, maybe visit again, but never live.

Many people went past, many people stayed. Living as a foreigner is an experience that everybody should do, no matter which country.

Travelling makes souls richer, living as a foreigner teaches what life is and changes from inside.

With all its weaknesses and strangeness, Ireland has been part of my life, offering me jobs, friends and a new way of seeing life.

I will never get tired of criticising and praising Irish style and I will never forget to mention that welcomed me and taught me to take life carefree, because for everything there must be a solution.

Goodbye Ireland.
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