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10-Sep-12 15:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

London Sagra and Procession 2012

The Italian community gathered as usual around St Peter’s church for the annual Procession in honour of “Santa Maria del Monte Carmelo”, held in the middle of July almost every year since 1896. The procession is the first outdoor Roman Catholic manifestation of faith since the time of Henry the VIII's Reformation and it is now one of the few events of this kind in London. Thousands of Anglo-Italians and tourists joined the “Sagra” and followed the procession which joyfully moved around the perimeter of the Church. The “sagra” was introduced in the 70’s by Beppy Giacon and Florindo (Fred) Rizzi to encourage people of the community to participate after the Italians no longer lived in the area. At the beginning, the event was held in the car park, then they obtained authorisation to use the street.

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10-Sep-12 15:37. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

"La crisi cambia la spesa e le vacanze degli italiani"

“Mamma mia!” the stereotype of Italians eating pasta all day is now more than ever becoming closer to the truth! The report "La crisi cambia la spesa e le vacanze degli italiani" on the first 5 months of 2012, of Coop Italia for the National assembly of Coldiretti reported that Italians eat more pasta (+3%) and less meat (-6%) while food consumption decreased by 1.5 %. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean that they pay more attention to their health and that they control their weight. People are spending more on cheap foods, for example bread +3%, pasta and white meat (+1%).

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23-Jul-12 18:11. By Mark Rossi | Comments (0)

Calling all ex-Anglo Italian League Players

Calling all ex-Anglo Italian league players. AC Finchley are fielding an adults team to play in the West Herts & District Premier League. We are looking for an experienced manager and players. Please call Mark Rossi if you are interested. 07917024589 or email mark.rossi@bt.com

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11-Jul-12 11:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (12)

Mario Balotelli - a brief history

What’s so special about this young man who dedicated his goals against Germany to his foster Mum? Apart from his undisputed talent and a moody, undisciplined, character this 21 year old is the first football player of African origins to become a national hero.

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11-Jul-12 11:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (122)

Italian Olympic Team Dressed by Armani

The Italian team is getting ready for the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in East London on July 27. On this special occasion they will be wearing the uniforms designed by Giorgio Armani. The games promise to be very fashionable as not only Armani but also U.S. designer Ralph Lauren and Britain’s Stella McCartney have created stylish kits for their respective national teams. For the first time the Italian fashion designer, one of the most acclaimed in the world, leaves his sober and sophisticated mark on the most important sport event of our times.

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03-Jul-12 17:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italian Tweets

The first research on Italian twitters has been presented at the last edition of “The state of the net”, the conference about the state of the Internet held every year in Trieste. For the first time 31.5 million Italian tweets have been analysed. The software “Blogmeter”, made it possible to automatically extract the quality of the mood (positive, negative, mixed) contained in the tweet and to keep a record of any changes in the users’ attitudes.

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03-Jul-12 17:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Euros 2012 England and Italy

The final gained priority even over traditional ceremonies, for example, the patron’s procession in Agrigento was postponed. Only Siena stamped its feet and gave absolute priority to the “Palio”. In London a huge number of Italians gathered to watch the match together in Soho (Bar Italia) or in other Italian restaurants and bars. London’s city centre was covered with the colours of the two teams: red and yellow against white red and green. It was fascinating to see how many Spanish and Italian supporters were moving towards the city centre to follow the mach together.

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21-Jun-12 12:52. By Giuseppe Scotto | Comments (5)

Political Involvement of Italians in London

Since World War II, politics has not been one of the main interests for Italians in the United Kingdom, who focused mainly on working and improving their socio-economic conditions, thus providing better opportunities for their children. According to the Italian law, Italian citizens resident abroad could come back to Italy and vote in general and local elections, but only a few made use of this right. More recently, especially after European integration in 1993, the political agenda of Italians living abroad has emerged, with a focus on voting rights and political representation. Finally, the right of Italians abroad to vote was modified in 2001 (law 459/2001), introducing the postal vote, creating an overseas electoral constituency for Italians abroad, and giving them for the first time the right to run for election

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21-Jun-12 12:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Three thousand Vespa enthusiast celebrate Vespa World Day

Just a few days ago more than three thousand enthusiasts representing 780 Clubs from all over the world gathered in London (02 exhibition centre, Greenwich) to celebrate “Vespa” the world’s most famous scooter. 87 Italian clubs and 117 international clubs spread all over the world joined the Vespa world day. The world rally in London celebrated also the 60th anniversary of the UK’s first “Vespa Club”. The formation of associations began in Italy practically together with the launch of the Vespa, in 1946. Nowadays the phenomenon continues to grow, with 40 National Vespa Clubs now belonging to the “Vespa World Club”, and more than 780 registered local Vespa Clubs, for a total of more than 40,000 members around the world.

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21-Jun-12 12:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Bandiera blu 2012 awards listed as almost 50% of Italians expected not to go on holiday this year

It’s a hard time for Italy. Almost one Italian out of two won’t go on holiday this year. This is what has been estimated by “Codacons”, which has also foreseen an increased expenditure of 15% for the luckiest who can still afford a holiday. In the meanwhile 246 beaches distributed in 131 municipalities have been awarded the “Bandiera blu”, the award allocated by the nongovernmental and no profit organization FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) to the resorts and beaches which respect the quality criteria for water services and environmental management. The Liguria region holds the first place again but there are 7 new entries. some are already famous localities such as Anacapri, Palau, Ventotene, Sanremo, some others are less known such as Petacciato in Molise, Monopoli in Puglia e Melissa in Campania. Moreover, the isle of Vulcano has been awarded the “bandiera blu” as well as the Lipari Island, already a “bandiera blu” holder.

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