Friday, June 29, 2012 3:44:58 PM
You know last night Italy won against Germany in the semi-finals of the European Championship.
Mario Balotelli, the black italian striker, scored the two goals.
After the match he went to hug his mother.
He was born in Sicily from an african couple who then moved to north Italy, Brescia. Little Mario had a difficult health issue and his family could not take care of him. He got abandoned in an hospital where doctors and nurses took care of him till at the age of two an italian family that already had three other children fostered him . He wasn't adopted because the natural family did not consent. He lived with his new family his whole life and, not forgiving to be abandoned by his biological parents, he considers the "adoptive" family as his real family, despite he also loves his brother and sister from the natural family. Following the italian law, as child of non italian citizens he became italian citizen only at age of 18 when he could independently opt for it. This happens because the italian law follows the principle called "jus sanguinis" (right of blood), where you inherit your citizenship from your parents and not the other principle called "jus soli" (right of land), where you are automatically citizen of the country where you are born.
Sunday, June 3, 2012 8:30:43 AM
No he wasn't jogging with me. He came to Milano for something like the "World Family Day" and they used a small airport that is on a side of the park for the meeting with the crowd. The Pope came last night for a concert and right now he is celebrating the mass. Which is a big one, with all the music, the chanting, people reading in several languages and so on. The Pope granted the Indulgence to everybody who assists the mass, both being present and through the media. The Indulgence is the remission of punishment due to some sin that has already confessed and forgiven.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 9:08:20 AM
Still shaking, this morning around 9 the buildings have been evacuated in Milano.
The epicenter is the same as before, in Emilia near the city of Modena. More buildings crumbled and it seems there are some casualties.
In Italy we have a relatively efficient emergency national organization for these events but we have also some problems that we cannot overcome. For instance there are very few recent and shake resistant buildings, many are centuries old many and the others were built cheaply. And on average we keep them as "precious" and keep using them despite they are totally unsafe. Then as Nation we are on the limit of bankrupt so we don't have resources to spend for a crisis let aside the idea of totally redo buildings across the Nation.
Sunday, May 20, 2012 7:24:37 AM
Tonight I woke up because my bed was shaking. There was a first strong trembling then other weaker two. Another earthquake hit the Emilia region, centered in San Felice sul Panaro, Modena. It seems there are three or four casualties and many damaged buildings. No need to say the most fragile are the old and ancient ones. Bearing bricks and stones don't work well with earthquakes.
Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:55:43 AM
A bomb was placed near the entrance of a school in Brindisi. It exploded right at the time the students were going in this morning and killed a 16 years old girl, Melissa Bassi, severely wounding other seven.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQZLPV6xcHI
Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:49:28 PM
Tonight my ancient CRT television died. I can still hear it but the screen is blank.
Now I've got two problems, how to take it to the recycling since it is so heavy I cannot move it on my own and if to buy a new one or not.
Meanwhile, silent night in front of the PC. It is hard life for old Rocky.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 3:30:43 PM
So due to this medical condition I was told by the doctor I had to take meds but being old school I suggested I could try with a diet and come back with new blood test. I then followed this simple diet: eggs, milk and derivatives, pork, beef, abolished. Any processed food, abolished. Pasta, rice, vegetables, fruits, fish, chicken and turkey, permitted. This lowered my total cholesterol count of 84 points in about three months. I came back to the doctor but she wasn't happy with the blood test yet. So I proposed to go back training to reset the body metabolism (I quit any sport more than ten years ago) and meanwhile to take a natural dietary supplement that should help in further lowering some values. So starting from Tuesday 15 May 2012 old Rocky is back running up and down the stairs and punching meat in the refrigerator. Will he succeed? Coming soon on this blog.
And this is the sound track:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_YSLxDWdtE
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:19:24 AM
When I was a kid I met these guys very often because they lived not far from my home:
They even came to my high school to speak about their mission and religion.
If you want more details take a look here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missionary_%28LDS_Church%29
They were fun to see, like screaming "american" from far away. And even more fun to talk to, being so polite but also completely insane in their faith. Then they disappeared for a while, who knows why.
This morning as I was coming back from the doctor I met two of them as they walked in the opposite direction chatting in english, probably american even if I couldn't tell the accent. It was a sort of flashback.
On a side note, I think being missionary in Italy must be better than many other places in this world,
but selling religion here must be like selling ice in the North Pole.
Monday, May 7, 2012 8:35:25 AM
I live in the outskirts of Milano.
In the very center of Milano there is a cathedral, whose construction started in 1386.
Because of the size of the construction, planned to be the biggest ever made and the difficulties, it wasn't ever completed. I mean the contemporary look of the cathedral was finalized only in the early '800 and since then parts of the building have been restored, changed, added and so on. There is an organization, founded in year 1387 and named "Venerable Factory of the Duomo of Milan" whose mission is to supervise the construction and maintenance of the cathedral. And then there is a popular saying about something being "as long as the factory of the Duomo", meaning a work that never ends.
The cathedral has got many pinnacles and statues. On top of the main pinnacle there is a golden statue of virgin Mary, positioned there in 1774, as probably intended since the original project, to act as "protection" over the whole city. The statue is named "madonnina" or "madunina" (little Madonna in italian and local language). Madonna comes from latin "mea domina" and it means "my lady", where "dominus" is more or less the same as "lord".
Besides being an object of religious devotion for catholics, who, by the way, are about 90% of Italians, the statue has become a traditional symbol of the city of Milano. The tradition includes the unwritten prohibition of building anything taller than the statue, 108.5 meters. This lasted until in 1956 a skyscraper, designed by the best italian engineers and architects and being one of the tallest ever made in reinforced concrete, was build for the Pirelli corporation, near the main train station. Since the skyscraper was meant to be 127 meters tall, it would had been taller than the statue of Mary then breaking the unwritten law. To amend this disrespectful violation, an exact copy of the statue was put also on top of the skyscraper. So the statue of virgin Mary has been the tallest over the city until 2010, when another skyscraper was built, this time meant to be 167 meters tall. Again, another exact copy of the statue has been positioned on top of the new building as sign of respect.
There is also a song in local language that celebrates the "madunina" of the Duomo.
The title is "oh mia bela madunina" (oh my beautiful madunina) and it was written in 1938. In time it has become "traditional" as well:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_juOpL5BII