Category Archives: English

April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day is a tradition followed in many countries throughout the world.  Jokes or pranks are played on people, usually with good-natured intent.  The tradition has characteristics similar to holidays, such as Hilaria of ancient Rome, which are related … Continue reading

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The Cookie Wars

They are the two superpower Italian food companies:  Ferrero and Barilla.  Both share long histories with the reins of the business passed down to family members for generations.  Both have expanded and acquired many other businesses along the way.  Both … Continue reading

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Iris Origo’s Diaries

It is said that the best diaries of the second world war were written by women.  They sensed that they were living through a crucial time in history, and they felt the duty to record it.  In fact, War in … Continue reading

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An Italian by the name of Kobe

Soccer, yes, but basketball?  One rarely associates this sport with the country of Italy.  It was in Italy, however, that Kobe Bryant first learned his skills, practiced incessantly, and dreamed of becoming an NBA player.  In 1984, Kobe’s father, Joe … Continue reading

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Italians speaking English

Whenever Matteo Renzi, former prime minister of Italy, was televised speaking English over the last few years, I cringed.  Not because of his mistakes, which were somewhat endearing, but because the videos went viral, and much of Italy mocked him.  … Continue reading

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Touching the Bronze

Last week I wrote about Charging Bull, a bronze statue by Artura Di Modica that stands near the New York Stock Exchange. Travelers to the big apple not only pose for pictures with the bull but also stroke its nose, … Continue reading

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The Sword of Damocles

La Repubblica recently called the Trump administration’s threat of tariffs on European wine producers “the sword of Damocles.”  According to the leggend, Damocles was an obsequious courtier to Dionysius II of Syracuse, a 4th-century BC tyrant of Sicily.  After Damocles … Continue reading

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