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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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On Being 47

Looking Back 46 is already behind me and now I am 47; newly 47. Today is my birthday. 46 was a good year. I moved into a new house. I worked hard. I visited Paris, Sicily and Rome (more on … Continue reading

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March, Mud and Brazilian Music

I like the Brazilian song Águas de Março (The Waters of March) sung by the lovely Elia Regina. I often hear it on Italian radio or Italian tv, especially at this time of year. The words sound deceptively Italian in … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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The Artist

I don’t go to the cinema very often in Italy because: (a) I’m not interested in 92.5 % of the films on offer; and (b) all non-Italian films in Italian cinemas are dubbed into Italian. The quality of the dubbing … Continue reading

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Earthquakes! Shocks and Aftershocks

We had more earthquakes in northern Italy yesterday and overnight. This time round, panic levels have been more palpable. Colleagues and students who live close to the epicentre (in the south of the province of Mantova) have texted me with … Continue reading

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The New House

The builders tell us that the new house will be finished by the end of the month! By finished, I think they mean that they will have met their contractual obligations as far as they’re concerned. And we’ll have to … Continue reading

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After the Exam: Seven Things

Next week I have a big, nasty three-hour exam for the course I’ve been doing since October. Here are seven things I plan to do once the exam is over: go swimming put my winter clothes away go shopping and … Continue reading

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