The Italian Almanac


June 20006



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Italian News / Europe - June 30

The 26-year-old has invited bids on  internet  site
ebay starting at 1.25 million Euro.  She  said  she
was rich herself, liked her car and was looking for
a man who could foot the bill for such a luxury.

Italian Fashion - June 30

The designer presented his collection on the last day
of the five-day preview showings. Seated in the front
row was his friend George Clooney,  in town from  his
villa on nearby Lake Como.

Italian News - June 29

Rome's new film festival announced it would honour
Scottish  screen  legend  Sean Connery during  its
inaugural edition in October.  A DVD  on his  life
and career will be presented.

Italian News - June 29

For the second time this year, the romantic island
of Capri has totally shut down to protest cuts  in
ferry service. A blockade by islanders stopped the
arrival of ferries packed with tourists.

Italian News - June 28

In the northern Italian town of Treviso  a  young
mother was turned away from her son's christening
because her skirt was too short.  The priest told
Chiara Limido to put a more suitable dress.

Italian News - June 28

A fascinating new exhibition in Siena proves that
the walking stick is much  more than  a  physical
support for the aged and infirm.  The show is  on
at Santa Maria della Scala museum complex.

Italian News - June 27

A little village perched on a mountainside in the
Italian Alps could help  researchers  identify  a
gene which protects people from diabetes and high
blood pressure.

Italian News - June 27

Famed American architect Peter Eisenman is to add
two metro stations on the slopes of  Vesuvius  to
the string of high-profile constructions  he  has
designed around the world.

Italian News - June 25

A media watchdog group protested the conviction
of an Italian blogger for  defamation,  warning
that such a verdict could lead to censorship of
blogs in Italy.

Italian News - June 24

During their first year of life,  young  bottlenose
dolphins sleep exclusively while swimming and, like
all young mammals,  have irregular sleep  patterns,
distributed both through the day and at night.

Italian News - June 24

Italian scientists have found  a  huge underwater
volcano 40km (25 miles) off the southern coast of
Sicily.  The base of the volcano covers  an  area
larger than Rome.

Italian News - June 23

Asked to name the best age to leave home, a sample
of adult Italians from  19,000  families  produced
answers  which  averaged  out at 25.2  for men and
25.8 for women.

Italian News - June 23

Italy  will  host the  first global  databank  on
desertification,  Environment Minister  announced
on Thursday, speaking at a press conference after
signing an accord with the UNCCD.

Italian News - June 22

Italy is preparing to toast  its  ancient  Celtic
heritage at the 2006 edition of a  festival  that
has rapidly become one of Europe's most important
events of its kind.

Italian News - June 22

A University  of  Udine  team has just started  an
ambitious  three-year  project  that  aims  to use
space science to develop new therapies to "improve
the life quality of the elderly population".

Italian News - June 20

Patricia Richards of Las Vegas will represent the 
United States in the 41st annual  Bacardi Martini 
Grand Prix, a prestigious bartending  competition 
sanctioned by the International Bartenders Guild.

Italian News - June 20

Italy's birdlife population is plummeting at an 
alarming rate due to the effects of modern farm 
practices, experts warned on Monday. The number 
of birds nesting in rural areas has fallen 10%.

Italian News - June 18

The  theme is familiar to  many independent  movies
- explicit chat about love and sex -  but the  tool
used to shoot an Italian feature-length documentary
is new: a standard cellphone camera.

Italian News - June 18

Italy unveiled a new archaeological site that some
experts say houses the oldest paintings of Western
civilization:  frescoes which archaeologists  said
were 2,700 years old.

Italian News - June 17

Graffiti charting the hopes,  dreams and fears of
prisoners waiting to be tortured or killed by the
Inquisition is being uncovered on  the  walls  of
former jail cells in the city of Palermo.

Italian Food - June 17

Italian tomato products are repelling invaders with
new labels proving  that the 'pomodori'  came  from
the  Bel Paese.  "With  the  new  labels,  national
products will no longer be anonymous".

Italian News - June 16

A letter by Mary Shelley, the author  of  Frankenstein
and the wife  of  English Romantic  poet  Percy Bysshe
Shelley, has turned up at an antiques fair in Tuscany.
The letter refers to the author's loneliness.

Italian News - June 16

Roman  streetlife  in  the 1950s and portraits  of
artists,  actors and intellectuals are combined in
a new exhibit of work by one of the 20th-century's
most important photographers.

Italian News - June 16

The Spider or convertible has an important place in
Alfa Romeo tradition because it has always embodied
the 'free emotive' expression of the car.  And  the
new model reiterates the same theme.

Italian News - June 15

French actress Catherine Deneuve has been tapped to
chair the jury at this year's Venice film festival.
Deneuve won international recognition  in  Bunuel's
1967 masterpiece Belle de Jour.

Italian News - June 15

An exhibition  spotlights the use  of  coral  in  the
ancient world with a spectacular array of rare finds.
The main attraction is a series of pieces dating back
to the fourth century BC.

Italian News - June 14

Italian women suffer World Cup fever like their men
but it's the wrong kind.  Rather than  raising  the
roof in joy they hit the roof in anger and a  third
of them regards the World Cup as "a nightmare".

Italian News - June 14

They will be able to withstand direct impact  from a
burning “bomb”, a lump of volcanic rock half a meter
wide andweighing 150 kg that,  falling at 250 km  an
hour, hits the ground like a speeding Ferrari.

Italian News - June 13

Microsoft founder  Bill Gates was  eliminated  from
the World Bridge Championships in Verona after just
two days of play on Monday,  despite  being  paired
with a former tournament winner.

Italian News / Art - June 13

A new show at Venice's Fenice opera house will  be
an eye-opener  for Miles Davis fans  who  did  not
know that the jazz legend was also an accomplished
painter.

Italian News - June 13

A brain-dead woman kept alive artificially for more
than  two months gave birth  to  a  premature  baby
girl.  A few hours after the birth,  the  machinery
artificially keeping the woman alive was shut off.

Italian News - June 12

The total comes to just under twelve million  euros:
11,966,348 to be precise. That’s how much it cost to
complete “the major ground preparation work over the
whole area” at Villa Certosa in Sardinia.

Italian News - June 12

Italian  author and journalist  Oriana Fallaci goes
on trial,  charged  with  defaming  Islam in a 2004
book. Fallaci lives in New York and is not expected
to attend the hearing in Bergamo, northern Italy.

Italian News / Movies - June 12

Crew and production team members  from  Order of the
Phoenix have been visiting a series of small ancient
towns in the Savona area,  with a view  to  shooting
part of the movie in Italy.

Italian News - June 10

After living in Britain and enduring endless  jokes
from  relatives  about soggy pasta  and  overcooked
vegetables, Renata Beltrami and Silvia Mazzola have
just published a book to set the record straight.

Italian News - June 10

Monsignor Emmanuel Milingo, the Catholic archbishop
who shocked the Vatican by defecting to a sect  and
marrying a Korean acupuncturist,  is to perform  at
an Italian soul music festival next month.

Italian News - June 10

Pompeii has recreated the delights  its  pleasure
loving inhabitants enjoyed as one of Rome's prime
resorts. Until the end of July visitors will tour
the entertainments the city offered.

Italian News / Europe - June 9

The Vatican expressed alarm on Thursday over reports
that thousands of women may be forced to go to  work
as prostitutes during  the  soccer  World Cup  which
starts today.

Italian News - June 9

The traditional Italian passion for  espressos  and
cappuccino is being eroded as a fashion for British
style tea-drinking creeps across  the  nation.  The
average Italian has a cup of tea four times a week.

Italian News - June 8

Diego Maradona had some time on his hands near Naples
on Tuesday until Italy's tax police  took  two  Rolex
watches from the Argentine soccer legend to chip away
at his $30 million euro bill in unpaid income taxes.

Italian News - June 8

The New York Philharmonic  will  tour  six  Italian
cities, returning to Rome, Florence and Milan after
more than 20 years.  The tour will feature 11 dates
and run through June 20.

Italian News - June 7

Twenty pairs of the cuddly critters - called  marmots
over here - have been reintroduced into the  National
Park of the Belluno Dolomites, where naturalists hope
they will multiply over the coming years.

Italian News - June 7

Under intense pressure to straighten Italy's public
accounts, new Premier Romano Prodi told  on  Monday
his ministers to slash their spending  by  at least
10% by the end of the year.

Italian News / Television - June 4

To every young woman  who's crossed  her fingers  and
said,  "Someday my prince will come,"  someday  could
be about to arrive. The makers of The Bachelor search
for candidates to date an Italian prince.

Italian News / Europe - June 4

Fleets of unmanned  "drone"  aircraft fitted  with
powerful cameras are to be used to patrol Europe's
borders in a dramatic move to combat terrorism and
illegal immigration.

Italian News - June 3

Italy celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding
of its Republic on Friday  with a full-scale military
parade in central Rome  attended by the head of state
and politicians of all stripes.

Italian News / Movies - June 3

Gabriele Muccino has spent the last 10 months in the
United States  filming  The Pursuit of Happyness,  a
rags-to-riches drama featuring America's  box-office
magnet Smith and also his seven-year-old son Jaden.

Italian News - June 3

The Ferrara Palio, which has been held since 1729, may
become a thing of the past.  The event has claimed the
title of  "most beautiful palio in the world,"  but it
has also been one of the most dangerous.

Italian News - June 2

A married couple in  northern Italy  were  arrested
this  week for using  a  Second World War bomb as a
garden  ornament.  The  businessman  and  his  wife
transformed the  Air Force bomb into a fountain. 

Italian Science - June 2

A new electronic nose being developed by an Italian
French and Spanish team may be able  to  sniff  out
disease, drugs, bombs and a range  of  other modern
ills.

Italian News - June 1

Harley-Davidson riders and fans from all over Italy
and  neighboring France  and Switzerland will  roar
into  Aosta  this  weekend  for  the  fourth annual
Italian National Rally.

Italian News - June 1

Alessandra Mussolini, the grand-daughter of Italy's
wartime fascist leader,  has called for children to
be  able  to  take their  mother's surname if  they
wish.

Italian News - June 1

Robots from all over the world have come to Italy
for the world's first robot golf challenge. It is
the first time Italy has hosted the annual  World
Robot Championships.


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