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29-Jan-14 14:37. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

Community raises over £12,000 for cancer research

A pig race night organised by Luigi Carnevale and family and friends in memory of Bruna Abbas to raise money for the battle against cancer raised over £12,000 last Saturday. A note from Luigi follows: Just a quick note to thank all of you who attended Saturday's pig race night. Due to your generous contributions on the night and those of you who donated directly via we managed to raise over £12,300.00 (plus gift aid) for the research into finding a cure for cancer carried out by the Royal Marsden Hospital!! This superseded our expectations and we could not have achieved it without your support - I am sure that the Hospital is truly grateful. Tomorrow would have been Bruna's 36th birthday and although she is not here to celebrate it with us I know that she would have been proud... Thanks again Please pass this message on to anyone that I have not included but kindly contributed. Regards, Luigi Carnevale


29-Jan-14 14:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (12)

La Grande Belleza awarded Golden Globe

Paolo Sorrentino's ‚ÄúThe Great Beauty‚ÄĚ (La Grande Bellezza) has been awarded the Golden Globe for the best foreign film. It‚Äôs an important achievement if we consider that the last Italian film to win the recognition was 25 years ago Giuseppe Tornatore‚Äôs 1989 film ‚ÄúCinema Paradiso‚ÄĚ. The film is now among the ones nominated for the Oscars and it might now give Italy its first Oscar since Roberto Benigni‚Äôs Life Is Beautiful 15 years ago.


21-Jan-14 15:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Some Community Events for your diaries

5 dates for the diary - opportunities to meet up with old friends and, at the same time, support the community. Saturday 25th January Charity Race Night at Finchley Catholic School Saturday 1st February Associazione amici di Casanova and Valceno cena e Ballo di Beneficenza at Bishop Douglass School Saturday 15th March Associazione Parmense Gala Dinner


15-Jan-14 16:04. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The World loves Italian food and drink - record levels of exports reported

Italy achieved a worldwide record in the export of local food products. 2013 reached the historical record of all times, with the food export share that touches the record of 33 billion Euros. It was a boom in sales of Italian food all over the world. Wine, cheese and olive oil imposed themselves in many world markets.


08-Jan-14 13:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Red Underwear and New Year's Eve

Both in Italy and the UK new year’s eve is celebrated with a lavish party and fireworks. Italians usually gather together for a big meal where lentils, cooked pork sausages and pig's trotter are served after the midnight as a wish of prosperity and abundance for the new year. It is also traditional to wear red panties. Millions of Euros are spent every year to buy new underwear, especially red, to be worn on the last night of the year, and one billion Euros is spent in lentils, sausages, gammon, turkey and dried fruit.


08-Jan-14 13:20. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The most popular Christmas gifts in Italy

Very popular will be hi-tech gifts. 27% of the Italians, the same as last year, will give a technologic gift to friends and family. 37% of the respondents have chosen as a gift smart phones, while 23% tablets. 6 out of 10 Italians in total will buy a mobile device. However, 17% will buy a laptop and the same percentage a high-definition TV. The e-book is also increasing its popularity raising from 3% last year to 15 %. The same proportion of buyers is going to choose a console. Figures show a great increase compared to 2012. This must be due to the arrival of new models of Sony Play station and Microsoft's Xbox, marketed this Christmas season. 22% of those buying a consol are in the age group of above 64 years, probably grandparents, looking for the hi-tech gift for the grandchildren.


10-Dec-13 13:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

You are invited to a Christmas Aperitif and Wine Tasting

‚ÄúA Christmas Aperitif & Wine Tasting for the Italian Community‚ÄĚ will be held on Wednesday 11th December, from 5:30pm onwards at the ‚ÄúSpianata Roman Bakery & Paninoteca‚ÄĚ, in London. The event is presented by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK, in cooperation with Forest & Ray Italian Dental Practice and Spianata Roman Bakery & Paninoteca. The event will be a unique occasion to taste freshly made Italian sandwiches at a central cafe in London, while making acquaintance with members of the Italian business community.


10-Dec-13 13:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Italians to spend an average 171 euros on Xmas gifts

Another low budget Christmas for Italians! As The newspaper ‚ÄúRepubblica‚ÄĚ reported, the last research of ‚ÄúColdiretti‚ÄĚ showed that this year the budget for gifts will fall by 5%. Italian families will spend on an average ‚ā¨ 171. For 70% of Italians it will be a modest Christmas, also because 90.9 % of the Christmas bonuses will go away in taxes, utility bills and mortgages.


27-Nov-13 15:54. By Simmi Ciccone | Comments (4)

Gennaro Contaldo visits Villa Scalabrini Xmas Fayre

The first ever Xmas Fayre held in the converted barn at Villa Scalabrini Shenley was a great success raising more than £3,500 for the Charity. Approximately 200 people visited the numerous stalls buying various goods including Vintage and Designer Clothing, specialised food products, crafts, jewellery and children's gifts.


27-Nov-13 14:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Amici di Gropparello Dinner Dance

Amici di Gropparello dinner dance, held on the 19th of October 2013 was a ‚Äúsplendid and Successful‚ÄĚ event, as Marco Badini (president of the association) told us. All the profit will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital and to the Stroke Unit and University college hospital. The dinner dance is held every year on the penultimate Saturday of October. This year‚Äôs dinner dance was dedicated to Egidio Badini, founder of the association who unfortunately passed away this year on the 19th of August.


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