Monthly Archives: February 2009

International relations

Barack Obama finally called Berlusconi yesterday. He ordered four pizzas with peperoni and two bottles of Nastro Azzurro.

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Death and the state

Last December I posted on the case of Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who had been in a state of vegetative coma for the past seventeen years, following a car accident when she was twenty. After years of legal to-ing … Continue reading

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me

I started writing this post over a week ago. This is what I said. Italy took one more large step towards an effectively fascist regime the day before yesterday with the approval by the senate of a bundle of legislative … Continue reading

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Subliminal advertising

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Reading group? Listen up!

If you’re a member of a reading group, or would like to set one up, or know anyone who’s already a member of a reading group, or think your next-door neighbour may once have belonged to a reading group, or … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys

If you look in an English-Italian dictionary for a translation of the word ragazzo, you’ll find ‘boy’, followed by ‘boyfriend’, ‘young man’. Italians of all ages frequently use the word to address a group of friends, the irony more evident … Continue reading

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In England – now!

I’m not actually in England right now, but everyone else seems to be posting photographs of snow and I had this picture my sister sent me, which actually looks like a black and white photograph apart from that wonderful  slash of vivid … Continue reading

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Recognise this? Of course you do! It’s the front cover of the paperback edition of Little Monsters. It’s slightly different from the hardback – my name’s now larger and centred (an entirely thrilling development) and Beryl Bainbridge’s generous endorsement has … Continue reading

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