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30-Sep-11 17:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (57)

Whatever happened to... The Italian Hospital

The Italian medical charity The Italian Hospital Fund (currently named Italian Medical Charity) since its formation in the 90’s has made grants to over 2000 separate cases to those needing financial help dealing with their medical problems. The fund was set up after the Italian hospital, founded in 1884 by Giovanni Ortelli, a generous successful businessman, was sold, because it was no longer financially viable, in 1990 to Great Ormond Street Hospital. All the trustees are volunteers and they all have Italian origins. Backhillonline met Anna Giacon and Peter Capella, two of the trustees of the Italian Medical Charity.

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20-Sep-11 15:42. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (1)

Italy Qualify for Euro 2012

Azzurri now one of the favourites for the European Championships 2012 After the poor Italian performance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa , Italy has already qualified for the 2012 European Championships with two qualifying games to go and with an impressive tally of 22 points from 8 games with only one goal conceded. The Azzuri qualified for next summer's European Championships with a 1-0 victory over Slovenia. New coach Cesare Prandelli has certainly delivered the results using 32 players so far of which only 14 were in the final 2010 World Cup squad.

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09-Sep-11 16:50. By Giulia Lombardo and Michael Coffey | Comments (29)

Backhillonline interviews Michael Coffey Trustee of the St. Peter’s Project

Backhillonline interviews Michael Coffey trustee of the St. Peter’s Project, a point of reference and help for all the Italians who find themselves in difficulty in the huge, exciting but sometimes unfriendly London. The project was started by Padre Carmelo di Giovanni in the St Peter’s church presbytery in the 70’s. In the 70’s and in the 80’s, as Michael Coffey (who joined the project in 2006), told us, many Italians came to London, some of them couldn’t speak English and didn’t find a job. A consistent number of them started taking drugs, or were drug addicted already, and some contracted Hiv/Aids.

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09-Sep-11 16:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Venice Film festival: Terraferma

The 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival presented “Terraferma” the new film of Emanuele Crialese, already acclaimed author of “Respiro”, awarded with the Critic’s week Gran Prize at Cannes 2002, the poetic and allegorical story of a psychological instable mother living on the island of Lampedusa. Crialese is also author of “Nuovo Mondo” (The Golden Door) the story of the migration of an Italian family to New York during the beginning of the 20th century.

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02-Sep-11 15:13. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italian Cinema and the 150th anniversary of the unification

The celebrations for the 150 years of Italian unification are still going on all through 2011. On the 19th and 20th of September The Italian cultural institute is going to host a conference on Italian Cinema. The event will celebrate the talent of illustrious Italian film directors from the second half of the previous century, such as Luchino Visconti and Francesco Rosi. Among the special guests: the renowned actor Fabrizio Gifuni and Massimo Troisi’s scriptwriter Anna Pavignano, as well as many contributions by experts from the University of Salerno. The second conference day will be dedicated to the cinema of the Campania region with a special focus on the actor Massimo Troisi and the Neapolitan director Francesco Rosi. The conference starts on Monday the 19th of September at 4 o’clock.

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02-Sep-11 15:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (33)

The Italian ladies committee (CDI)

Giulia Lombardo repors on the history of "The Italian Ladies Committe (CDI) which was originally formed in January 1984. Since formation the committeee has raised many thousands of pounds through numerous fundraising events.

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02-Sep-11 15:03. By Editor | Comments (5)

Joe Napoletano

News has reached Backhill that, sadly, Joe Napoletano has passed away after a long illness. Joe will be missed by his family and their friends many of whom who knew Joe through his involvement with the Mazzini Garibaldi Club. The funeral mass will be at St Peters on Thursday 8th September at 10.00.

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11-Aug-11 17:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

The Our Lady of Mount Carmel procession

The annual Pocession in honour of “Santa Maria del Monte Carmelo” has been celebrated on Sunday the 17th of July. Thousands of people gathered around St peter’s Italian church and followed the procession which swung around the perimeter of the Church. People came from different parts of Italy and the UK for this special event. Walking along the streets around the church there were coaches coming from Woking, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and Enfield. As every year a big sagra accompanied the procession. Many stalls were selling typical regional Italian food such as porchetta, arancini, pizza and cannoli, together with Italian wine and cheese while the notes of “Ti amo” by Umberto Tozzi and other famous Italian songs were helping to set up the Italian atmosphere.

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11-Aug-11 17:05. By Fiona Ford | Comments (0)

News from Italy you might have missed

The number of marraiages fall, Vucininc signs new Juve deal, lightening kills grieving brother, Angry Bunga Bunga app launced and more - Fiona Ford compiles a mixture of news from Italy.

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11-Aug-11 10:26. By Editor | Comments (3)

Giacomo and Ida Bellini - a love story

After more than 60 years of marriage Giacomo (94) and Ida (90) passed away within 15 hours of each other earlier this month (w.c 8th August 2011) - a real love story! Funeral masses will be 7.00pm at St Peters on Monday 22nd August, 12.15 at St Peters on Tuesday 23rd August followed by a cremation at Golders Green Crematorium at 2.00.

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