11-Oct-16 16:40 - By Giulia Lombardo

Italy's first fertility day

The Italian health minister Beatrice Lorenzini introduced the first “Fertility day” a state-sponsored event informing people about family planning and health issues which may harm female and male fertility. The campaign was accompanied by twelve posters which provoked harsh criticism on behalf of the public. The campaign and the overall initiative caused polemics due to the posters considered offensive by most of the general public and some politicians. Italians are having increasingly less children. The lowest birth rate since Italy united as one country in 1861 was recorded last year. The data is alarming because since the 1960s, Italy's birth rate has halved to 488,000 babies born in 2015.


16-Sep-16 14:36 - By Backhill

Tony Grieco RIP

A tribute to Antonio Salvatore Carmine "Tony" Grieco who sadly recently passed away. Amongst numerous community activities in London and Liverpool Tony was a key member of the editorial team of the original Backhill magazine. A memorial mass in honour of Tony will be held at St Anne's Church, 23 Prescot Road, Ormskirk, L39 4TG on Friday 30th September at 7.00pm


28-Jun-16 13:11 - By editor

Classics at The Villa raises more than £9k for Villa Scalabrini

On the 22nd of May 2016 several thousand people gathered together in a bubbly Italian atmosphere for “Classics at the Villa”, a charity event at Villa Scalabrini Shenley, displaying fine and rare cars, accompanied by traditional Italian food and drink. The event was organised by Marco Fiori, Giuliano Fuoco, Paolo Pettenati and Paolo Arrigo, four Italians passionate about great cars and bikes. This year it exhibited over 120 cars accompanied by the band Ratpack playing Italo-American songs and opera was performed thanks to the Accordionist Romano Viazzani and the soprano Anna Greco.