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Giovanni Tiso
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Some years ago, while researching an essay on the Eurozone crisis for Overland, I listened to the recording of a symposium held at the London School of Economics. When it came to discussing whether or not the technocrats who designed the common currency had known that the system wouldn't work, ...
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The government has finally reviewed our refugee quota, underwhelming us all by making permanent – as of 2018 – the modest increase of 250 people a year currently taken up by the emergency intake of Syrian nationals. This is well short of the doubling of the quota demanded by campaigners and ...
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A few days ago somebody asked on Twitter: 'Imagine there is no medicine or intervention. How would you have died and at what age?' The answers were many and varied. I was interested that so many people – including the asker – seemed so sure. Me, I could have died right away as I developed ...
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The statue was recovered in 1508 during the excavation of an ancient villa in Rome and they say that Michelangelo watched as it was unearthed. It had been described by the historian Pliny, who attributed the Greek original to the sculptors Polydorus, Agesander and Athenodoros.
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One of precious few Italian films to deal with the pre-war Fascist period, and most especially with the acme of Mussolini's popularity, Ettore Scola's Una giornata particolare (A Special Day) takes place entirely within the confines of a tenement complex known as Palazzo Federici in Rome.
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I'll admit it, I do identify. How could I not? As a fellow parent of disabled children, I look at Marlena and Dave Peacock and at their desire to do something about the treatment of their son before they are too old to fight or something happens to either of them, and my heart breaks.
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I'm not going to belabour further why I venerate Achille Campanile, whom I consider to be Italy's greatest ever humourist. This week's post consists of the tenth chapter of his novel Povero Piero (Poor Peter), which tells of the death and burial of a very ordinary man.
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It may not be the best reason to fund the arts. It's certainly not the only one. But travelling to the small city of Rovereto, at the feet of the Italian dolomites, reminded me of the lasting influence that a single great artist can have for a community. To complicate the story a little, ...
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There is a famous passage in Paul Bowles' Sheltering Sky about how life appears to us as an inexhaustible well of experiences, whereas in fact everything happens a fixed – and diminishing – number of times. It's the realisation that made me ask myself, upon leaving Venice a few days ago, ...
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She's in the so-called 'modest' position as per the canon of the Venus pudica, the left hand covering the groin, the right hand doing a rather poor job of concealing the breasts. However, even this proverbial modesty was deemed insufficient last month, when it was decided to place the Venus in a ...
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Which five U.S. Presidents aren't buried on U.S. soil? While you think of the answer: did you know that the United States has a Hot Dog Month, and it's July? I learned this from the Book of Presidential Trivial and Meat Facts, a 1984 booklet produced by the American Meat Institute packed with ...
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