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9 Lives! Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

Rocco the cat survived for 32 days trapped in the ruins of his owner's house!

It’s hard not to anthropomorphise cats. They’re certainly capable of learning many of our human habits, and frequently display characteristics which are strikingly similar to our own. But although we may endow them with human like qualities, they constantly remind us that they still belong to a world from which we humans have become increasingly…

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Black Is Back Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

He’s spent most of the last week sleeping on my pillow!

An article about Italian fashion? Niente affatto! Mr. Black cares nothing for fashion. He wears the same beautiful golden black coat every day … and night. Mr. Black is, in fact, un piccolo gatto nero a pelo lungo (a small long haired black cat) who came to live with us about a year and a…

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Rita’s Home Made Nutella Posted by on Sep 23, 2016


In my last post I recounted how my father, un vero gentiluomo all’antica, was given a jar of home made chocolate cream by my friend Rita in return for un baciamano (a kiss on the hand). Today I’m going to give you Rita’s recipe for home made Nutella. Have a go at making it and…

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E Allora? Posted by on Sep 22, 2016


Here’s another small collection of words and phrases that we use all the time in Italy, but which are often overlooked in Italian classes or text books. Learning how and where to use them will make your spoken Italian sound much more natural. Allora is such a habitual word that it sometimes seems impossible to…

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A Special Italian Kiss On The Hand Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Mio padre, un vero gentiluomo all'antica! Photo: Geoff

It’s September, and, as usual at this time of year, our aia (stone patio) is completely covered with hazelnuts that have fallen from the noccioli (hazelnut trees). Beautiful plump tasty nocciole (hazelnuts), just perfect for making a delicious chocolate spread … if you’re not Geoff, who is allergic to them! The mouthwatering thought of home…

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