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Ottobre – A Poem Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

Ottobre, le Alpi Apuane.

Every season has its own beauty. Autumn brings exhilarating colours, the smell of must and wine, and the miracle of the sun ‘that can’t bid us farewell, returning every morning like a new miracle’. These are the thoughts expressed by the poet Vincenzo Cardarelli (1887-1960) in his poem Ottobre, which he wrote in the autumn…

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Home made Italian Limoncello Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

Photo CC by Pernilla Rydmark

Oh dear, not one of you noticed the lemon! I was expecting a deluge of comments to the tune of “what on earth is a lemon doing amongst a bunch of DIY tools?” And yet there it is dear readers, right in the middle of the photo that appeared in my blog Attrezzi Fai Da…

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Carmela’s Story Posted by on Oct 18, 2016

Photo ©Geoff Chamberlain

A year ago I began writing the story of Carmela and her shoe obsession. Originally intended as a one off article, the story took on a life of its own, becoming five separate chapters. Then our little white kitten Bianca, inspiration for Carmela’s cat, fell ill and died in my arms. Distraught, I avoided writing…

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At The Dentist in Italy Posted by on Oct 14, 2016


In this weeks blockbuster blog, our hero, Geoff, demonstrates immense courage in the face of a ferocious Italian dentist. Based on a true story! The characters: Geoff, the dentist, and the secretary The setting: a private dental surgery in Italy Segretaria: “Buongiorno, come posso esservi utile?” Secretary: “Good morning, how can I help you?” Geoff:…

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Attrezzi Fai Da Te Posted by on Oct 12, 2016


How do you remember the Italian names of the various tools that you use for your DIY jobs? Here’s a useful tip. Labels Labels are a very effective way of memorising the names of objects. It’s a little trick that I used to use myself when I was beginning to learn Italian many years ago.…

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