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17-Jul-12 14:46. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

New Website for Welsh Italians is a newly launched website created by Bruna Chezzi. The site includes a visual history of Itlaians in Wales, a feature on the "first Italian adventurers" to Wales, Welsh Italian cookery lessons and much more. Enjoy!


06-Jul-12 16:34. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

New London Arandora Star Memorial Unveiled

New magnificent glass memorial to the London Italian victims of the Arandora Star tragedy unveiled at St Peter’s Church. After months of meticulous research, hard work and planning by the Trustees of The London Arandora Star,Il Console Generale Uberto Vanni D’Archirafi unveiled the new memorial located at St Peter’s Church following a Mass attended by, among others, Frank Dobson (MP), The Mayor of Islington Jilani Chowdhury, Deputy Mayor of Camden Jonathon Simpson, Councillor Sue Vincent, Commander Allan James of the Canadian High Commission and many families and friends of the victims. The Mass was celebrated by Padre Carmelo and Padre Vico, after which the Chairman of the Arandora Star London Trustees, Domenic Pini, gave a succinct, moving and diplomatically phrased summary of the tragedy.


15-Jun-12 10:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (16)

Help the Earthquake victims - how you can help

The Emilia Romagna region has already collected 1,1 million of Euros as a consequence of more than 3 thousands payments made by citizens entrepreneurs, banks and associations such as Arci (Associazione ricreativa e culturale italiana). Another 12,1 million of Euros came from the civil protection fund race operation through text messages sent to 45500 for the cost of two pounds each. Dividing the amount for the number of citizens this equates to at least one Italian citizen out of six making a solidarity offer.


11-Jun-12 13:51. By Trustees of The Arandora Star London Memorial Trust | Comments (347)

Inauguration of new memorial to London victims of Arandora Star

The Trustees of The Arandora Star London Memorial Trust will inaugurate a new memorial to the London Italian Victims who died on 2 July 1940. To commemorate the dedication Mass will be celebrated on 2 July 2012 at 6.45pm at St Peter’s Italian Church, Clerkenwell Followed by The inauguration and dedication which will be carried out by The Ambassador of Italy, Alain Giorgio Maria Economides


25-May-12 15:01. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (25)

Race Night at Villa Scalabrini raises over £5k

Once again the Anglo-Italian community showed what can be done as a fun Race Night held at the recently revamped barn at Villa Scalabrini in Shenley which raised £5,250 towards essential repairs to the Oratorio at Volpi, near Pellegrino Parmense. The generosity of people in both their time and donations was staggering. Approximately 150 people attended the night, paying £10 each for which they received a three course meal comprising a starter of prosciutto and mozzarella di bufola crostini, followed by a tris of pasta (cooked by chefs for the night Stefano Mazzi, Fabiano and Giancarlo Negri) and finished off by fresh strawberries with lemon curd dessert - yes, all this for just £10!


25-May-12 14:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

On Sunday the 20th of May a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the middle of the night, about 35 km (22miles) north of the city of Bologna. The quake - the worst to hit the country since the Aquila tremor, which killed 300 people in central Italy in 2009 - was felt in numerous towns and main cities in Northern Italy, including Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, Mantova, Milano and Venezia.


21-May-12 14:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Venitian wins seat in London local electians

The Venetian Lazaro Petragnoli (Labour party), has out-matched his opponents in the last municipal elections for the city council of Camden. The neo municipal advisor gained 1,800 votes, more than double those of his opponents, the Conservative Nigel Rumble and the Liberal Democrat Chris Richards. Petragnoli has been living in London with his family since 2003 when he decided to follow his wife, academic professor, to London. Petragnoli has always been involved in politics. Previously while still in Italy he was a member of the DS party, then when he came to London in 2003 he joined the Labour party.


10-May-12 10:30. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

Youngsters organise BYOP VS fundraiser

Steffie Timanti is organising a Bring Your Own Picnic Music Festival for 18-30 year old Young Italians on 9th June 2012. Tickets are selling fast for this charity event which will raise funds for Villa Scalabrini. For more details see the features under Gioventu and Events. Backhill wishes this event every success - it's great to see our young people getting involved in the community.


09-May-12 14:24. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

£95,000 donated by MGF to 30.6.11

Since formation in 2009 to 30th June 2011 The Trustees of the Mazzini Garibaldi Foundation have approved grants in excess of £95,000 supporting a number of activities and projects benefitting, predominantly, the Italian Community in the UK. Information about the objectives of the Charity and how to apply for funding can be found at


09-May-12 12:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Dramatic fall in health of Italians?

According to the last “Rapporto Osservatorio salute 2011” the general health of the Italian population has dramatically become worse. In spite of the population’s heath being quite good because of the Mediterranean diet and the healthy lifestyle, in the last few years Italians have been eating less healthy food, taking more anti depression drugs and spending less money on the prevention of diseases.


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