Saturday, February 28, 2015

365 Days of Happy - Days 211 to 240

Day 221: Shopping

Day 212: Fried chicken

Day 213: Getting pampered at the hairdressers

Day 214: Very very tasty biological hazelnut & chocolate spread

Day 215: Second breakfast!

Day 216: Some very nice chicken noodles

Day 218: More comfort food when I was feeling ill

Day 218: I woke up from a nap to find some snow!

Day 219: Curled up in bed with a book on a very cold and wet night

Day 220: More shopping - this time in Piazza Duomo's shiny new H&M

Day 221: All the way from Germany (thanks!)

Day 222: Aaaand some more shopping, on Corso Buenos Aires

Day 223: New jeans!

Day 224: Lazy homemade aperitivo

Day 225: Giovedì grasso!

Day 226: Flavoured crisps are a pretty new thing in Italy, and these are very very tasty!

Day 227: Wiiiiine

Day 228: Delicious salmon (and some more wine...)

Day 229: American week at Lidl omnomnom

Day 230: On the tram on my way to the Deejay 33 party

Day 231: Taking it easy with a great book

Day 232: Lots of love for my new cushion!

Day 233: Relaxing on a Friday night!

Day 234: Saturday night sushi

Day 235: Sunday morning listening to Laura and Rudy on Radio Deejay

Day 236: My slightly chavtastic nails survived the day

Day 237: I'd almost given up on these books arriving!

Day 238: Trying out - getting someone to do a heavy supermarket shop for me!

Day 239: Even I can make a Martini cocktail!

Day 240: Ham & pineapple pizza!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Classic

One of the most well-known cheesy songs from the early 80s is Heather Parisi's Disco bambina. Heather is American, but became a famous figure on Italian tv during the 70s and 80s, and was 20 years old when this song was released.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A foreigner at Deejay 33

If you know me then you know that I'm a massive fan of Radio Deejay, one of Italy's most popular radio stations (the latest listening figures show that it's dropped down to 4th, eek). Tuesday night it celebrated its 33rd birthday in style at Fabrique, in the east of the city. The party had used the number 33 as an inspiration - it was a vinyl-only party!

I went with four of my friends, who I met a few years ago thanks to the radio - two from Milan, and two from over the border in Piemonte. As it was Martedì grasso ('Fat Tuesday') we went in fancy dress (give us half an excuse to dress up!). Me and D had bright pink wigs and black masks, and the two Ms were dressed up as cartoon characters.

We had a great time, with presenters and producers playing all kinds of records - from cartoon theme tunes to rap, to 80s classic and 90s cheese. I managed to completely break my voice by being far too over-enthusiastic (I never respect my limits!). The breaking point was probably when I lost my crap at L'ombelico del mondo by Jovanotti, a song that I first discovered during my Erasmus year and is connected to a lot of good memories.

Another highlight for me was one of my absolute favourite songs from my pre-teen years, The Tamperer's Feel It. Remember this? I only discovered fairly recently that not only was it two Italian producers who were behind it, but that at the time they both worked at Deejay - and one still does! 'Numero uno in Inghilterra!' presenter Nicola Savino declared as the track started playing, which is true to an extent - 'Number one in England!' I still remember that song getting to number one, I listened to the Top 40 on Radio 1 religiously for years. But as Italy calls the whole of the UK England I still celebrated. It was a bridge between my past and my present.

So how was it for someone who didn't grow up in Italy? At some points you could never tell, or at least that's what I thought. I even had a pink wig covering my blonde hair. Even the cheesy Italian dance tracks I've got to know, and I sang along to the remix of Il cielo è sempre più blu - one of my all-time favourite Italian songs - at the top of my voice, and even managed to blag the words to 883's Gli anni - people from my generation and a few years older in Italy grew up with 883 - when Max Pezzali showed up. But there were times when I was completely lost, looking around me to see everyone singing along to a song I didn't know, or at least didn't know well enough to start singing the words. There was a Vasco track, and 90s dance that just hadn't been exported to the UK. For these short moments I completely felt like a fish out of water.

Towards the end of the night we were lucky to have a quick chat with two of my favourite presenters, the lovely Laura, and Sarah Jane who had been absolutely tearing it up in the VIP area. Yes, there's a presenter on Italian radio called Sarah Jane, blonde and half-English. Her name becomes Sara Geinnuh to the Italians, or even just Sara. And in the nicest way possible, she's from another planet!

The party finally came to a close at 3am. 3am on a Tuesday night! The next day I was totally feeling my age, everything hurt and I could barely speak. But it was completely worth it. I want a party like that every year!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Classic

On the radio this morning they were discussing some of Francesco De Gregori's songs. Once of these was Alice from 1973, which De Gregori said took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, or its Italian title Alice nel paese delle meraviglie.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Word of The Week

il rossetto - lipstick

I'm a firm believer that just putting on a bit of lipstick can change your mood completely.

Today I got my make-up done at Kiko, my go-to shop. The commessa at the till was showing me some lipsticks on offer, and there was a colour I particularly liked, so one of her colleagues got me to try it. For once the shop was quiet which is probably why commessa Francesca got me to try some other products too, things that I'd never normally use such as terra abbronzante (bronzer) and a matita for my sopraciglie. I left the shop with a lot of new goodies and feeling fabulous!