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

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