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08-Feb-12 16:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (22)

Earthquakes reported in Italy

Several minor earthquakes have been registered in many different parts of Italy during the last week of January. The areas affected were: Pianura padana, Prealpi Venente, Parma, Costa Toscana nord, Ascoli, Adriatico, Foggia, Calabria, Pollino, Trento, Milano, Torino, Genova, Verona, Venezia, Regio Emilia, Bologna, Pisa e Firenze. After the earthquake of L’Aquila in 2009 Italy has entered a new period of seismic activity. The stronger earthquakes registered in the north of Italy have had an increasing intensity ranging from 4.3 degrees Richter scale to 5.4 (the most violent earthquake recorded after the one at L'Aquila, with a magnitude of 6.3). According to the seismologists the earthquakes were not connected to each other but they were caused by the same reason: the pushing of the Adriatic plate under the Apennine and the Alps.


08-Feb-12 16:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy Paralysed by Strikes

Truck and taxi drivers, pharmacists, newsagents, and family doctors are amongst those who have, or who plan to, strike in protect against new liberalisation measures proposed by the Government. Giulia Lombardo reports


26-Jan-12 14:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Associzione Parmense dinner dance

Associazione Valtaro, Valceno, Casanova and Pellegrino, for the first time grouped together in the Associazione Parmense, are holding a big fund raising dinner dance. Part of the money raised will go to O.G.I. The Dinner Dance will be on the 25th February, at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Tickets cost £75.00 and include champagne reception , four course meal and half a bottle of wine per person. The Paolo Bertoli band will be especially flown over from Italy and will keep the guests dancing till late! The Borgotaro Choir will be also coming over especially for the function. There will also be a raffle with the first Prize being a car and many other fantastic prizes. The guests will include the Italian Ambassador, The Consolate, the Vice President of La Provincia di Parma and the mayors of the following Towns: Pellegrino, Borgotaro, Bardi, Verano, Bedonia, Valmozzola.


10-Jan-12 12:33. By Backhill/The Daily Telegraph | Comments (0)

Tax Evasion Blitz in Italy

The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday a tough new crackdown on tax evasion in Italy. The blitz follows a successful Christmas operation by the Guardia Fidenza in Cortina d'Ampezzo which revealed tax evasion on a massive scale not only among local businesses but also the many Christmas visitors to the resort.


10-Jan-12 11:54. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (4)

John Capella Memorial Mass Saturday 4th February

Backhill is sad to report the death of John (Giovanni) Capella aged 63 from a sudden heart attack on Thursday 5th January 2012. Our condolences to John's wife Suzanne, their family, brother Peter, sisters Miriam Manzi and Paola Bolognini and their families. The funeral was held on Thursday 19th January at St Mary Magdalene Church in Helmdon attended by family and numerous friends. A special mass will be held at St Peter's Church on Saturday 4th February at 7.00.


03-Jan-12 18:12. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

The strikes against the Italian government’s new measures

The final approval of Mario Monti’s austerity budget in the Senate chamber, and its subsequent conversion into law, was expected by the end of the week before Christmas. However, the new Prime Minister is facing growing discontent. The trade unions in particular manifested their disapproval of the government’s measures.


03-Jan-12 18:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Views from Italy on Cameron's stance

Giulia Lombardo reports on some reactions in Italy to David Cameron's decision to keep Britain out of the working group aiming to produce a new treaty.


19-Dec-11 17:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (75)

La Befana

As a typical Italian rhyme says, La Befana vien di notte Con le scarpe tutte rotte Col vestito alla romana Viva, Viva La Befana! La Befana, a typical Italian character of the Italian Folklore, is an old lady who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January the 5th and fills the children’s’ stockings with toys and sweets for the good children, and coal for the bad ones. The old lady is usually portrayed riding a broomstick through the air and wearing a black shawl. She is also usually covered in soot because she enters the children's houses through the chimney. Her main characteristic is to be an ugly scary figure with a kind heart.


09-Dec-11 15:02. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (11)

New Year’s Eve in London

Made your plans yet for New Year's Eve? Giulia Lombardo looks at a wide range of alternatives including celebrating with friends and family at St Peter's Club, dinner followed by a cruise on the Thames, being entertained at a Comedy Club or a Medieval banquet party


05-Dec-11 17:51. By | Comments (0)

Pan De Ton

With all the recent depressing news Backhill turns to a much lighter and seasonal topic - the story of how Itlay gave birth to Panettone as features on it begins with a handsome young Milanese noble Ugheto Atellani who loved his falcons but not as much as the baker's daughter (Adalgisa) who he would watch work for hours at a day. His love for her was so great that he hated seeing her work so hard so he disguised himself as a peasant and offered to work for the baker for free.


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