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Archive for November, 2009

Il Diluvio Universale Posted by on Nov 30, 2009

Salve a tutti! Questo articolo sarà molto breve perché siamo in piena crisi di emergenza. Fuori si è scatenato il Diluvio Universale, le cateratte del cielo si sono aperte e il muro di contenimento sopra il nostro terreno è crollato. Le scale che portano alla terrazza sono un torrente in piena, i buchi di scolo…

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Un Misterioso Personaggio dei Fumetti Posted by on Nov 27, 2009

Following my visit to Lucca Comics 2009, I felt inspired to write something about i Fumetti (Comic Books), then I realized that I hadn’t done a quiz for ages. So eccolo (here it is), a Fumetti Quiz! But first a brief explanation of the name Fumetti: the word fumetto comes from, as you might have…

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Opere in Mostra Posted by on Nov 24, 2009

This winter in Italy, lovers of Modern and Contemporary art will be spoilt for choice. Interesting art exhibitions are a bit like buses, nothing comes along for ages and then a whole load all appear at the same time. For me it’s going to be a difficult choice because I’d love to go to at least five…

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Orti Energetici a Pisa Posted by on Nov 21, 2009

Anyone who regularly reads my blogs will know that we are keen gardeners, and that we have a large orto (vegetable garden, or allotment) which provides us with nice fresh produce throughout the summer. So when I was browsing through the newspaper the other day and my attention was caught by the words ‘Orti Energetici’ (Energy…

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Word Lists – 1. La Cucina Posted by on Nov 18, 2009

When you’re trying to learn a foreign language, there are all sorts of little strategies that can help you memorize those sometimes elusive words. Learning from a book, or in a class isn’t really the best way of developing your vocabulary for the simple reason that it is too abstract, i.e. too unconnected with the…

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Lucca Comics 2009 Posted by on Nov 15, 2009

It’s not everyday that you can stroll along the historic walls of Lucca and encounter Spiderman! But if you happened to be there over the weekend of 29th of October to the 1st of November you would have seen not only Spiderman but just about every other hero or villain portrayed in all the most popular fumetti…

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Facciamo San Martino Posted by on Nov 12, 2009

Wednesday 11th of November was la festa di San Martino, a date which has particular significance for the contadini (farm labourers, or peasants) as it brings to a close the agricultural year. ‘Fare S.Martino’ (literally: to do S.Martino), is an expression used in the vast agricultural plains of the Pianura Padana, which means both to…

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