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01-Aug-14 13:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (98)

180 Italian City Councils on the brink of failure

180 Italian city councils are on the brink of failure. Budget difficulties are wide spread not only in areas where criminal organizations operate, such as Casal Di Principe, but also in towns such as Alessandria which now protests against the unequal granting of benefits to large debtors such as Rome or Naples

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10-Jul-14 16:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (156)

Vintage car tax "dodge" in Italy?

A very old car in Italy can be a good bargain. Cars older than 20 years can, with a little trick, circulate tax free. The TV program “Report” threw light on another “furbata” Italian style. First of all in Italy vintage cars (auto d’epoca) and historical cars (auto storiche) are not at all the same thing. Vintage cars are disbarred by PRA (pubblico registro automobilistico) and can circulate only for rallies. Historical cars must be registered and can always circulate. But what is the difference between a historical car and just an old one?

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20-Jun-14 12:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (270)

Sicilian singing Nun wins The Voice (Italian version)

Papa Francesco said to nuns and priests “get out on the streets”. Suor Cristina (Cristina Scuccia), a 25 years old nun from Sicily hailed the exhortation participating and winning the Italian version of the Voice.

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02-Jun-14 13:38. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (47)

Tardelli, Locatelli and Carluccio at OGI 2014

The 2014 games were once again a great success despite being dogged by dreary wet weather. The event, as usual, demonstrated the great benefits of an inclusive community displaying camaraderie, spirit and friendly, but fierce, competiveness. Perhaps the icing on the cake was the closing ceremony with presentation of gold, silver and bronze medals by Italian football legend Marco Tardelli, celebrity chefs Antonio Carluccio and Giorgio Locatelli and Consul General Massimiliano Mazzanti.

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02-Jun-14 13:31. By editor | Comments (13)

Unsung pillars of our community recognised by Garibaldi Awards

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:

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02-Jun-14 13:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Italy's 2014 World Cup Squad Finalised

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.

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23-May-14 16:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)

Online video released to discourage people from emigrating to Italy

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.

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23-May-14 16:04. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (125)

Italy up 6 places to 11 best country to be a mum

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.

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16-May-14 13:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (152)

Shootings at Fiorentina Napoli Cup Final

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.

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07-May-14 16:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (48)

Italian English - a new language?

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.

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