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Is Modern Art A Load Of Rubbish? Posted by on Oct 29, 2015

Geoff and I have a pet hate for the type of ‘intellectual’ modern art which needs a long pretentious statements posted next to it in order to distinguish it from any of the other banal everyday stuff that surrounds us. Unfortunately, a lot of modern art does seem to be simply intellectual rubbish … and…

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Carmela’s Nightmare Posted by on Oct 27, 2015

Here is Chapter 4 of Carmela’s Story. You can find the previous chapters by clicking on the links below Carmela’s Story – Chapter 1 Carmela’s Story – Chapter 2 Carmela’s Story – Chapter 3 Carmela picked up the faded newspaper clipping that had slipped out of her libretto and nestled it amongst a small collection…

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Italian Quiz – October 2015 – The Answers Posted by on Oct 22, 2015

Let’s find out how you got on with this month’s quiz, which was based on material from our recent posts. Part 1: Vocabulary revision a. In the 70’s pop singer Elton John was famous for wearing which type of footwear? (Italian name required) = le zeppe, gli zatteroni b. In which Italian city were the…

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Giovanni’s Italy Posted by on Oct 21, 2015

Here’s an article by our friend Giovanni who’s from Puglia in the south of Italy, but currently lives and works in Toscana. I asked Giovanni to write us something based on his observations about the differences between these two regions. Chi conosce l’Italia sa che è impossibile conoscere l’Italia. Anyone who knows Italy knows that…

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Italian Quiz – October 2015 Posted by on Oct 19, 2015

This month’s quiz is based on material from our recent posts. The focus is on vocabulary and dialogue. Part 1 is fairly easy and part 2 is quite advanced, but if you follow our blog closely you should find all the answers you’ll need. Have fun! Part 1: Vocabulary revision (easy, you’ll find all the…

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Something’s Afoot! Posted by on Oct 16, 2015

I recently wrote a short dialogue about buying shoes in Italy called ‘In A Shoe Shop In Italy’, which somehow ended up becoming a series of short stories about Carmela and her Italian shoe obsession: Chapter 1 , Chapter 2, Chapter 3 Well folks, you too can now develop your own Italian footwear obsession with my handy…

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Carmela’s Little Black Book Posted by on Oct 14, 2015

She awoke suddenly in darkness, a strange light flickered around the door frame sending menacing shadows dancing across the walls. Smoke … her throat was parched, she began to cough. Stumbling across the room she reached for the door handle and cried out in pain as it burnt her palm. An intense panic welled up…

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