Archive for November, 2008

A Hat Full of Cherries Posted by on Nov 12, 2008

I’ve just finished reading Un cappello pieno di ciliege (A Hat Full of Cherries), the last book by Oriana Fallaci posthumously published on the 31st July 2008, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006) was a famous journalist, war-reporter and writer. She had always been interested in her family history, an interest nurtured by…

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The Olive Harvest Posted by on Nov 11, 2008

November to December is the period in which the Raccolta delle Olive (Olive Harvest) generally takes place here in Toscana (Tuscany) and last weekend we were busy helping our friends who have several hectares of Olives near Pistoia to collect their harvest. At this time of year the ground under the olive trees has to…

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Il Cinghiale in Italia (The Wild Boar in Italy) Posted by on Nov 7, 2008

It’s wild boar hunting season here, and that means that twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, we have to be very careful where we go for our camminate (walks) as it’s not just the cinghiali (boars) that might get shot, those hunters use some pretty serious hardware to bring down their quarry. Luckily as…

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Buono o Bello? Posted by on Nov 6, 2008

Good or nice? These two adjectives, together with a couple more, have a very strange habit when they precede a noun. Lets look at them! But before doing so you may want to have a look at the articolo indeterminativo (indefinite article) and articolo determinativo (definite article) that I summarized in my previous post “Articles…

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Man Rides Pig Underwater! – Part 2 Posted by on Nov 3, 2008

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for part two of the story of the Maiali (Pigs) or SLC Human Torpedoes that were pioneered by Italy during La Seconda Guerra Mondiale (The Second World War). In part one I explained that the Maiali were transported to the area of operation on board a specially adapted conventional…

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E’ morto l’ultimo reduce della Grande Guerra Posted by on Nov 1, 2008

Born on the 23rd August 1898 Delfino Borroni, who died earlier this week, was the last surviving Italian reduce (veteran) of the Grande Guerra (Great War, i.e. WW1). Borroni was called up in 1917 at the age of nineteen to serve in the Bersaglieri Ciclisti (infantry with bikes), and began his combat career on the…

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