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02-Jun-14 13:31. By editor | Comments (13)
Mazzini Garibaldi Club is 150 Years Old!
To mark the 150th anniversary of the club a special celebration lunch was held at Highgate Golf Club on Sunday 25th May. The lunch, attended by a full capacity of 150 members and guests was prepared by Giorgio Locatelli and his team. The presentation of The Garibaldi Awards by Chairman of The Mazzini Garibaldi Club, Domenic Pini, followed the superb lunch.
The Garibaldi Awards
As part of the organisation for the 150th anniversary celebrations of the visit of Giuseppe Garibaldi to London in 1864, it was decided by the organising committee under the auspices of the Italian Embassy to create an award to mark the event. This idea was the initiative of Sir Tony Baldry MP, Chairman of the British Italian Parliamentary Committee. The Garibaldi Award would be conferred on individuals who have not received previous recognition and have made a substantial contribution to British-Italian relations. The panel had a very difficult task to select candidates but the following successful candidates were chosen:
02-Jun-14 13:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)
Brazil 2014 World Cup is about to kick off. The opening match in Manaus for Italy and for England will be on the 14th of June, when the two teams will face each other at 6pm local time. What can we say, may the best team win!
The favourite team for the world cup is Brazil. Neither Italy nor England are amongst the favourites, but England has a youthful squad lacking international experience but technically skilled, and Italy has often surprised us. Fingers crossed!
Let’s have a look at the squad the Italian coach Cesare Prandelli has set up for Brazil 2014.
23-May-14 16:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)
On the eve of the European elections the final rush to scrape votes together has begun. The most debated has been so far the video to discourage immigrants from coming to Italy, realized by the Northern League (Lega Nord), the party created in the early 1990s around the idea of a secession of a part of Northern Italy. The Northern League (Lega Nord) decided to go back to its anti-immigration roots proposing an online video, in which some immigrants encourage fellow countrymen not to come to Italy.
23-May-14 16:04. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (135)
Italy has climbed six places in Save the Children's 15th annual State of the World's Mothers Report, a world ranking of the best countries in which to be a mum, and has also been praised for an increase in the number of women politicians. Over the past year there was in fact a 10 percent increase in the number of women in politics.
The report looked at health, educational and economic factors in 178 nations to determine which are the safest and happiest places for mothers to live in.
This year Italy just missed the top 10 by one place, coming 11th in Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. Quite a good result if we consider that Italy was at the 17th place last year.
16-May-14 13:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (164)
The recent Italian cup final Napoli – Fiorentina was delayed due to episodes of violence near the “Olympic stadium” in Rome. Rival supporters threw firecrackers and other objects at each other before the game and also pistols were fired. The match was due to kick off at 7pm on Saturday the 4th of May but it was delayed by 45 minutes.
07-May-14 16:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (54)
A few days ago an English friend of mine, who is learning Italian, asked me, “how do you say baby-sitter in Italian?”. I laughed and said, “baby-sitter” rolling my “r” and emphasizing the double “t”. There are so many English words that now are part of everyday Italian, that my friend and I usually play this game: if he uses an English word while speaking in Italian, I correct his pronunciation to make it sound more Italian, explaining to him that if he goes to Italy he can use some English words, but he must pronounce them with the right Italian accent, in order to be understood.
23-Apr-14 13:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (50)
On the 13th of April a demonstration against Renzi’s austerity policies was organized in Rome
15,000 people protested against the high housing costs and alarming unemployment rate. The demonstration started peacefully but then broke out into violence causing an afternoon of guerrilla in the capital. After throwing objects, bottles and firecrackers at police armoured vehicles, demonstrators were contrasted by the police.
08-Apr-14 18:15. By Salvatore Mancuso and Daniela Malpeli | Comments (52)
On Saturday the 15th of March 2014 the Associazione Parmense celebrated their second Bi-Annual Gala Dinner and Dance at London Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace London W2 2TY.During the event a cheque of £25,000 was presented to Padre Carmelo di Giovanni.
08-Apr-14 18:09. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (151)
After Venice manifested the desire to break away from Rome with an unofficial referendum, a movement in Sardinia expresses the wish that the island could belong to Switzerland. So they proposed an online petition for the island to be sold to Switzerland. As a matter of fact in Italy it has become more difficult to tell what is a joke, and what is serious, as much of the news coming from the “Bel paese” must sound like a joke to the rest of the planet, but it is not!
03-Apr-14 11:10. By editor | Comments (209)
A mayor becoming prime minister - wouldn't happen here quipped Boris Johnson as he welcomed Prime Minister Renzi to London. The beautiful setting of Lancaster House hosted the celebration of 150 years since the famous visit to London by Giuseppe Garibaldi.
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