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Archive for July, 2012

Punto Esclamativo! Posted by on Jul 13, 2012

Have you ever wondered why the exclamation mark ! is written like that? No? … well I’m going to tell you anyway! A couple of days ago, whilst browsing through the Italian magazine ‘Focus’, I came across the following curious piece of information. Sometime during the Fifteenth Century, when manuscripts were copied by hand, the…

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Andiamo in Vacanza–part 2 Posted by on Jul 11, 2012

One of the reasons that we like to drive, rather than fly to England, is that it makes the whole nasty business of packing a lot more relaxing, because if you really can’t make up your mind just put it in the car and decide when you get there. Well, I don’t know about you…

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Andiamo in Vacanza–part 1 Posted by on Jul 9, 2012

As we were driving back to Italy from England last week it seemed that just about everyone else on the road was heading in the same direction … south, towards the sun. German, Dutch, Belgian, French cars, bulging with holiday luggage, with bikes and surf boards strapped to the roof. Frazzled parents adorned in optimistic…

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Azzurri come Italia Posted by on Jul 6, 2012

Following on from yesterday’s blog: “Il Calcio, ce l’abbiamo quasi fatta” here is another interesting video, this time of the speech given by il Presidente della Repubblica Italiana, Giorgio Napolitano. In his speech, Napolitano makes clear how important Italy’s performance during the European Championship was for the Italian people ‘oltre l’aspetto sportivo’ (beyond the sport…

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Il Calcio, ce l’abbiamo quasi fatta! Posted by on Jul 4, 2012

Well, at least we got to the final! Not bad, considering that the Italian football team, commonly known as Gli Azzurri due to their blue shirts, went to the European Cup without great expectations, and finished in second place. In this video Cesare Prandelli, the coach of the Nazionale Italiana di Calcio (Italian National Football…

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Eccoci in Inghilterra–part 2 Posted by on Jul 3, 2012

When I wrote part one of this blog whilst sitting in my mother’s living room in England I didn’t really consider the fact that I’d have to write part 2 when I returned to Italy. So now I’m faced with the challenge of casting my mind back through the fog of a three day drive…

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