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24-May-13 14:51. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (140)
Olive Besagni - a major contributor to the old Backhill magazines - recently gave a talk with Elena Salvoni about their memories of little Italy.
You can hear a 20 minute audio recording of the event by going to
The event was hosted by St Luke's Community Centre, Central Street Cookery School and Garibaldi & Gelato, a Heritage Lottery funded project exploring the history and food of Clerkenwell's Little Italy
14-May-13 12:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (51)
A huge tornado has struck the Emilia-Romagna region, already devastated by an earthquake and subsequent aftershocks last summer, when 27 people were killed and hundreds of buildings destroyed.
Luckily this time there have not been any deaths but 12 people injured and serious damages to houses, buildings and crops, but the governor of Emilia-Romagna has asked the central government to declare a state of emergency for the catastrophic damages.
14-May-13 12:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (105)
Letta’s Government can boast the highest proportion of women in an Italian Government. The news comes as a surprise if we consider that according to a study by the Inter Parliamentary Union, until the last election, the number of women in the Italian legislature was lower than that in Afghanistan.
07-May-13 14:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)
After two months of tribulation Italy finally has its new Government.
Enrico Letta (46) is the new Prime minister. Born in Pisa, Letta spent part of his Childhood in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa where he also received his Ph.D. in European Community Law at the Scuola Superiore "S. Anna ". At 25 he was president of the Young European People's Party. With the first D'Alema Government he became, at the age of 32, the youngest minister in the history of the Republic. In 2001 he became a member of the chamber of deputies, and in 2004 a member of the European parliament. Secretary to the Prime Minister in the second Prodi Government, Letta was re-elected to the chamber of deputies in 2008 and in 2009 was appointed vice secretary of the democratic Party.
Enrico Letta’s Government has to face a very sceptical public opinion and has been defined as the new face of the old politics.
25-Apr-13 17:13. By John Besagni | Comments (3)
Come and listen to talks by Olive Besagni and Elena Salvoni about their memories of Little Italy and sample some delicious home-cooked Italian antipasti.
Hosted by St Luke’s Community Centre
Central Street Cookery School
Garibaldi & Gelato
A Heritage Lottery Funded Project
Exploring the history and food of Clerkenwell’s Little Italy
25-Apr-13 17:06. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)
Over the past decade, Italy has been the slowest growing economy in the Euro zone. The growing impoverishment of Italy (according to the retailers’ association “Confcommercio”, by the end of 2013 over 4 million Italians would be living in absolute poverty) has already had a strong impact on children and adolescents.
According to a recent report by the United nations children’s fund (UNICEF) about two million Italian children are already poor. What is more, Italy spends only four percent of its total social expenditure on social services for children.
16-Apr-13 16:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)
“Vinitaly”, the international wine exhibition held in Verona every year has just concluded.
The four days event, from the 6th to the 9th of April 2013, was attended by 148 thousand people, including 53 thousand visitors from 20 countries. The 6% increase in the total number of visitors was an important result for one of the major “Made in Italy” sectors that still drives the country's balance of trade, as well as providing employment and income in local areas.
The crisis in domestic consumption and the development of foreign markets pushed the industry towards an innovation that enhances the distinctiveness of the product and the link with the territory and the local culture to win the competition in the global market.
04-Apr-13 14:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)
Italians are the population who live longest in Europe and the second in the world. The data has been revealed by the prestigious scientific magazine “Lancet”. Italian life expectancy is 81.5 years, a year and a half higher than the British.
Heavy smokers, quite a sedentary lifestyle, a falling apart sanitary system, the economical crisis… What is the Italian long living secret?
04-Apr-13 14:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)
Rome has given its farewell to a champion. On the 21st of March Pietro Mennea died from cancer in a clinic in Rome. The Italian sprinter, who set the record for the 200 metres in Mexico city in 1979 and whose time remains the European 200m record, died at the age of 60.
Pietro Mennea held the 200m world record for nearly 17 years. He was known in Italy as “la freccia del sud” (the arrow of the south).
The historical day was the 12th of September 1979 at the World University Games in Mexico City where he set the 200m record: 19.72 seconds. Mennea broke the previous record of 19.83, set by the American sprinter Tommie Smith on the same track at the 1968 Olympics. He also beat Britain’s Allan Wells in the 200 metres at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
28-Mar-13 16:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
Italian businesses continue to close at an alarming rate. “Confesercenti” revealed that the beginning of 2013 was strongly negative in all the Italian regions. The worst was Lombardy where 854 shops, bars and restaurants closed but also the Lazio registered 635 companies cancelled.
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