The Italian Almanac



A 98-year-old grandmother rescued 30 hours after earthquake in Abruzzo said she had whiled away the time ``crocheting`` amid the rubble.

Firemen on Tuesday morning found Maria D`Antuoni waiting in her bed surrounded by fallen plaster in the small village of Tempera. D`Antuoni ate some crackers and told television crews ``at least let me comb my hair`` as they waited for an interview.

``What did I do all this time? I was working, I was crocheting,`` she said.