All entries for November 2007

November 24, 2007


I'm concerned. With DVDs in sale for 3 pounds what's the point of going to Blockbuster and rent a dvd for £5? 

November 21, 2007

my knee

I badly hurt my knee again today. I went back to Judo, after my operation to my knee legaments in 1999, and today, I fear, something went really wrong. I am so so so so so so so so scared and cannot stop crying. I so wish someone would tell me that everything is ok and my knee is perfectly all right. How I'd love that.

November 19, 2007

This is Me

A list of things I truly like, which I always have and always will. Absolutely not in order of importance:

1. Disney's: absolutely anything! This includes the most wonderful, funniest and cleverest series ever created: the Duck Tales.

2. Pizza: there's nothing i don't like on a pizza Apart from anchovies I should say

3. Christmas: the music all around us, the lights of our Christams tree, the games with my family, the non-stop eating while laughing, and more importantly the light of Christ bringing warmth in our houses!

4. The Harry Potter's books: particularly the sixth, the Half Blood Prince

5. The Dolomites. Nothing more spectacular than exploring those lovely mountains

6. My Mac. It's my tech companion

7. Flying. Very few emotions can be compared to flying. If you can describe how it feels when thousands of feet stand between you and the ground than you have entered the realm of poetry. I am not a poet, no word can fill in that gap of air

8. Airports. You're neither here nor there, you're a few hours away from another country, another culture. It's surreal, a limbo, a magic place. 

9. Hugging my best friends. It can warm my heart up better than a gigantic radiator. 

10. My dog. Lucky loves me unconditionally and he's the most faithful male creature I have ever known. Absolutely adorable. 

11. Pride and Prejudice. Hard to resist the beauty of its language. So pure, so elegant. A piece of art. 

12. Kissing, hugging and cuddling someone you really love....

13. Spend your only day off on a day trip in a place you've never been before

14. Playing the piano. Master of keys, white and black. So powerful

15. Rome, at any time of the day. Rome is simply beautiful. 

16. Swimming in Sardinia, where the water is so clear you can see your shadow even when it's hundreds feet deep

17. Playing the Penguin computer game with my sister. Me being in England and her in Italy. 

18. My grannies, in all her splendour and strength. 

19. Weetabix. I can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had six in one bowl once. 

20. Judo. Wearing that belt makes you feel taller, stronger, unbeatable. 

21. Caravaggio's paintings and Dante's Divine Comedy. Those two guys were abnormal. They were either genius, or drug addicted. Impossible for a human being to create such perfection. 

22. Driving. I find it inspiring and relaxing. Dad used to take me for a ride when I was very little to make me stop crying. I'll drive to Italy very soon, I know I can do it.

23. England, although I never fully understood why. 

24. Shopping with my mum. But I love food shopping alone!

25. Playing board games, particularly those which are easy to play and where I can actually win. 

26. Singing when nobody can hear me. 

27. Learning a new word, in whichever language, even in my mothertongue. 

28. Taking photos of memorable moments, so that they can officially become unforgettable. 

29. The sweet taste of the hot chestnuts you can buy by the Spanish Steps in Rome during Christmas time. 

30. Chocolate, the milkier the better!

31. Theme Parks...rides, thrills, rollercoaster, love the adrenaline running through my body

32. Chilling out in front of my fireplace, with the TV on, Lucky on my lap, and a lot of noise and traffic coming from the street that you can hardly hear. 

33. Going to the cinema with a huge box of salted popcorn and another one of sweet popcorn, and finishing off both of them before the film ends. Love popcorn

34. My nephew Francesco when he laughs, licks the icecream, looks at you with his huge blue eyes and attempts to speak. He is a miracle

35. Ice cream, in all sorts and flavours. Best if it is coconut, nutella, tiramisu, banana and lots of cream at the bottom and on top.

36. A magnificent Cathedral, wherever it may be. I've seen wonderful examples in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Austria and England (see York, Lincoln, Canterbury and Durham)

37. Fruit, it drives me crazy. Watermelon, pineapple, grapes, plums, cherry tomatoes, melon, apples, cherries, strawberries. Nothing more tasty than a well made fruit salad.

38. Doing jigsaws. My last one was The Last Judgement by Michelangelo. But I am not as good as my sister. Mine was nly 1500 pieces. She did 3000.

39. Spending hours in a bookshop and leaving with a book in your handbag that you can hardly wait to read.

40. Chatting, chatting, chatting. But more than that just listening. 

42. The magic of Florence.

43. Going for a few hour walk with nothing but my ipod.

44. Supporting the Italian national football team. My heart misses a beat at any failed attempt to score......We are still world champions anyway.

45. The magic of Paris. Although I have never been in Paris.

46. Sparkling water, so bubbly that you can hardly drink it as it tickles your mouth.

47. "Pomodori col riso" (literally tomatoes with rice), my favourite dish ever, they're simply delicious. Huge tomatoes filled with rice in a tasty sauce with parmesan pepper and lots of oil of olive, baked in the oven for an hour. Mum makes them twice or three times a year, for special occasions, that is why they're so special  

48. Watching aeroplanes taking off

49. Playing with an old game you used to play when you were very little, like the wooden cubes.

50. Make surprises. If you can read the excitement in the person's eyes than you know you you had a brilliant idea! 

Vampire night

I went to this Vampire rock concert last Friday night. To think that I didn't want to go. Sam had warned me: "you're not going to like it I am telling ya, heavy metal, gothic atmospherer, really scary..." Completely the opposite of what I like. Yet I went and it paid off, it was superbe. Unexpectedly funny, a gothic romantic story that truly amused me, brilliant musicians, so much talented, excellent selection of the songs, clever interaction with the audience, definitely a must see. The highlight was definitely the drummer's performance, I could have listened to him for hours, really engaging, perfect in his variations, clever in building up different rhythms starting from very basic patterns. I cannot say I was particularly impressed by the guitarists, but the "Total Eclipse of the Heart" performance literally had me on my knees: simply wonderful. Great night, extremely funny to see my colleagues in a different context! it was brilliant! I have not turned to the dark side, but I definitely have much more respect for vampires now!

Queensland Avenue

What on earth are they doing on Queensland Avenue? they start digging and drilling every morning at 8, right under my window, and when this happens on my only day off when I don't have to wake up at 6am the thing becomes unbearable. What are they thinking> Can't the start at 9? They've been repairing gas leaks since last September, right in front of my house. The smell of gas was terrible, they fixed it at the end of September, and after 4 days you could smell it again. They tried again in October, but apparently had no luck. It's always the same spot, god is it so hard to fix it once and for all? or do we have to expect a nice digging in the middle of the road every month? I spent 20 minutes trying to find a place to park today. Now it seems like it's impossible to park on the left hand side of the road. It's so frustrating. I could bear it if I knew they were able to fix it once and for all, but I am tempted to think that I will find a nice hole in front of my doorsteps around Christmas as well. I feel sorry for the workers, but I am just too upset right now and try as I might I can't feel any sympathy for them. A gas leak is a serious thing, fair enough getting it wrong the first time, but this is becoming a bit of a joke now. Oh I so want to get away from this place. I want my own flat, my own nice and cosy flat. I better write to Father Chrismas about it. 

November 10, 2007

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation
Not rated
I was told it was dull, boring and unbelievably tedious. I found it fascinating, surely one of the best films I have watched recently. I think you have to have been in such a situation to thouroughly appreciate this film. I enjoyed every scene, every piece of music, each setting. The photography was phenomenal, the actors very convincing and brilliant. People dont realize how big a shock living in another country, another culture, might cause. Sofia Coppola gives us a very realistic, ironic and deep insight of what is like being hit by the impact of another culture, it's really impressive. I am still amazed to find out how much you can change in a different country and how much a different culture can affect your personality and choices, in a good and bad way. Definitely a must see for all those who have been abroad at least once. Not recommended to those who enjoy a fast speed and engaging film. This is a film to taste. Brilliant, particularly because it splendidly exemplifies (perfectly and cleverly summarized by the title) the most recent theories of translation studies according to which translating in never just translating a language into another language, a text into another, but it is about translating a whole culture into another. How fascinating!

Ciampino Airport

Today was absolutely unbelievable at the airport. Never seen so many people checkin in. It was so crowded we could hardly get inside the airport, we really struggled, it was a scandal. Lack of organization. But there is more to it. I went through the metal detector, put my stuff on the belt, they asked me to remove my laptop - a brand new macbook - and put it in a tray. There were so many passengers and yet such few people from security. Trays from the belt just piled up as security kept shouting to get a move. I was being searched and was asked to remove my shoes. In the meantime the blue trays with the passengers' belongigs kept piling up until they all fell from the belt, included the tray with my laptop. I shouted and demanded to see a manager as I wanted to make an official complaint. They wouldn't listen as it was so busy. I kept arguing and started venting against the airport and the ineffiency of the staff. If Ciampino is not prepared to cope with such a number of passenger they should start thinking about adopting serious measures to improve the service: why not having more staff employed seeing that the real problem of Italy is the lack of jobs available? This could prevent the airport from destroying passengers' belongigs. I am stunned and appaled by the poor service and the pathetic scene I had to witness today, particularly because I know very well that nothing can be done to claim a refund or simply to make people aware of the lack of seriousness and professionalism at Ciampino airport. They dropped my laptop and all they could say was "it's not broken is it, why dont check will you", in a thick roman accent which demonstrates the incapacity by the staff handle such an unpleasant and serious situation speak standard Italian as it is required in formal environment where not everyone knows the roman dialect. 
Things like this never happened to me in a UK airport.

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