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Barzellette Festive Posted by on Dec 28, 2018

Humour, that wonderful antidote to life’s trials and tribulations. It can certainly come in handy during the midwinter festivities … Due contadini vanno in un bosco per cercare un albero di Natale. Dopo due ore di intense ricerche uno dice all’altro: “Ora basta, il prossimo albero che vediamo lo prendiamo, che abbia le palle o…

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A Seasonal Quiz – Answers Posted by on Dec 21, 2018

Here are the answers to our quiz based on Italian culture during the Christmas period. How did you get on? 1. Qual è il titolo dell’inno natalizio italiano più famoso e chi l’ha composto nel 1754? Risposta: ‘Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle‘, di Sant’Alfonso Maria de Liguori. Alcuni anni dopo Liguori scrisse una versione in dialetto napoletano…

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A Seasonal Quiz Posted by on Dec 18, 2018

The Christmas Holidays are just round the corner. How well do you know our cultural traditions for il periodo natalizio? Let’s find out! Here’s a quiz based on Italian culture during the Christmas period. To help you answer the questions, I’ve given some links to previous blogs. Have a go and, if you’re feeling brave…

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The Moss Collectors Posted by on Dec 13, 2018

Here in Italy at this time of year it’s common to see people removing clumps of moss from rocks or old stone walls and placing it in a basket. When we were out walking a few days ago, for example, we spotted due suore (two nuns) in a field below us examining a terrace wall…

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Road Rage In Italy! Posted by on Dec 6, 2018

Okay, I confess, that’s a clickbait title, just a cheap device to grab your attention. The real title may not sound as dramatic, but it is, none the less, very entertaining: Wheelchair Rage At The Rest Home! If, like us, you’ve had to deal with elderly and increasingly dependent parents, with all the consequent visits…

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Il Dottore Delle Bambole – Part 5 – Translation Posted by on Dec 3, 2018

Here’s our translation of the final chapter in our detective story Il Dottore Delle Bambole. E’ sera, piove. Gisella Rossetti sta tornando a casa e intanto pensa al suo lavoro alla clinica di bellezza ‘Whole Body Wellness’. Le ore lavorative sono tante e pesanti, ma a lei piace molto. E poi deve essere contenta che…

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