Category Archives: English

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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Pasta with Clams

From Venice to Materia and throughout Italy, rain, wind and sea storms have triggered incalculable damage recently.  Besides human lives, art masterpieces, and other treasures, shellfish have been damaged.  Thousands of beached lupins have washed up along the coasts around … Continue reading

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The Bridge that Spans Centuries

The Morandi Bridge in Genova collapsed in 2018, about 50 years after it was built.  Bridges, roads, and other infrastructure throughout Italy and the United States are in dire need of repair.  One bridge that was conceived more than 5 … Continue reading

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“We’re all in the same boat”

The starting cannon fired.  The smoke cleared.  Nothing happened. From a distance they resembled a long mountain range of snow-capped peaks.  Up close they were more than 2,600 becalmed sailboats.  Eventually some of the professional crews sailing state-of-the-art ships captured … Continue reading

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At the forefront of climate change education

The 2019 word of the year is “climate emergency,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The term is defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it.”  And Italy is doing something … Continue reading

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