Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Poor Silvio, one of the more recent depictions of him in "The Economist", dressed like a clown and with a topless woman on his tie!
I wonder if he's thinking of The Clash's other famous song (after "London Calling") right now, "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"? The small fellow in the bottom right and who's dressed like a fireman is instead Mario Draghi who is trying to save the Euro while Silvio is trying to sink it with his economic policies!
The other pic, at least for Italian readers, needs no translation!
Monday, September 26, 2011
When Obama won the presidential elections, Berlusconi referred to him as “that tanned fellow”!
From a recent La Repubblica article (my translation):
“The last example came out of Washington the other day when Obama was thanking those countries which helped liberate Libya from Ghedaffi. Heading the list were naturally the French and the British but he managed to name all of them, including Norway, Denmark and the Arab League. The only country he didn’t mention was ours, even though Italy has supplied the airbases, military commands and the navy to the mission in Libya. But it’s been quite some time now that Italy has been confined to a “leper’s hospital”. And we all know who we can blame for that”.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Yes, the Italian version of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, that is “Conquest”, “War”, “Famine” and “Death”.
That good’ol Berlusconi, ALL rolled into one!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Ecomomist comes out once per week. That (should) mean that in one year there are 52 issues, right? So you'd think that in order to advertise their fine magazine on the iPad, iPhone and what-not (on the 2nd last page), they'd use a variety of covers, even say those dedicated to climate change problems or the world economic crisis, right?
Instead which cover have they used for their August 6th-12th, 2011 edition? The one with poor Silvio! Not THE greatest way to pay respect to a country's leader, right?
Monday, September 12, 2011
Yes, 22 years ago today on September 12, 1989 I landed in Rome to go work at the U.S. Embassy. After those 30 years spent in Canada I decided to make the big jump over the big Atlantic Ocean.
My analysis of these 22 years so far? Well, as I’ve been saying now for several years: I’m MORE than happy to be living in Europe, a wee bit less than living in the so-called Bel Paese, especially with the current leader, Berlusconi.
THE great thing about living in the “Old Europe” (as Donald Rumsfeld once called us here) is that I can in one hour’s time drive up to Austria, then I can be in 30 minutes in Slovenia and then with a mere two-hour flight I can be on a beautiful island in Greece, such as Samos where we recently went for our holidays. In Canada, where did I go in the same amount of time from Winnipeg? To the border with North Dakota! Oh boy, in terms of “culture”, what fun, eh?
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Yes, they've got it all in Venice: gondola traffic jams, fiberglass beached whales, naked (and live!) Venetian porn actresses, upside-down 52 ton American tanks that are used as a training device (outside of the U.S. pavilion) and some of the word’s zaniest art for the 54th international Biennale art exhibit which kicked off the other day in the magnificent and always magical city of Venice (your correspondent has been going there for only the last 45 years and still remains completely stunned and captivated by its unique beauty)!
Nearly 100 different countries exhibited some of their finest works of art (!!!). This year's Golden Lion award went to the German pavillion. To paraphrase the great John Cleese in Monty Python’s epic “Live At The Hollywood Bowl” movie: “I may not know much about art, but I know what I like”!