Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Classic

On this day 45 years ago, national treasure Raffaella Carrà was in the charts with Ma che musica maestro.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Word of The Week

il formaggio - cheese

Oh yes, the Italians love their formaggio. I didn't eat much of it at before moving to Italy, but my cheesy horizions have widened significally during my time here. I'm having an especially cheesy few weeks, eating more formaggio than normal - at the moment there are four different types in my fridge, which is a record for me! This Asiago is named after the area it was originally produced in (today other areas including parts of Veneto also produce it) - up amongst the mountains of Trentino.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Song of The Week

I'm on a roll! The piemontesi Perturbazione (the band behind one of my favourite Italian songs of all time) are back with the first single to be taken from their eighth studio album Le storie che ci raccontiamo, which is titled Dipende da te ('It depends on you').

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Song of The Week

Daniele Silvestri is back with a solo single, after the Fabi Silvestri Gazzè project (I'm kicking myself for not going to see them live now!). Max Gazzè's La vita com'è has been one of the most popular Italian songs of the last few months, so that means only Niccolò Fabi (my personal favourite of the three) hasn't released any new material since their Padrone della festa album. Silvestri's new single is Quali alibi.

And there's also a bonus track this week! Elisa is back after her 2013 L'anima vola album, which was the first all-Italian album that she had ever released. The first single taken from her new album is in English, and is titled No hero.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bad Italian Parking - Exhibit 7

My bad Italian parking posts have been on a bit of a break. Time to change that.

I was on my way back to work after lunch when I came across this.

The only thing I could think of was 'WHY???'

The silver car had been partly parked on the crossing for a couple of days (much to my annoyance, obviously), but then the big blue car, driven by someone who'd obviously had too much wine at lunch, decided to join the party.

Please karma, do something.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Classic

I was very surprised to discover that a children's song was at No.1 in Italy on this day in 1976. It's La tartaruga ('The tortoise') by Bruno Lauzi.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Word of The Week

il sidro - cider

Eataly, I love you. This bottle of delicious cider was on offer at ninty cents, down from 2.40. Ninty cents! Cider's not easy to get hold of in Italy, at least outside specialist shops, so I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price of it earlier this afternoon. Eataly have a lot of good offers on to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the opening of their first store, and I also got another bottle of beer for a euro which I'm looking forward to trying!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Song of The Week

I've had a good run (well, in my opinion anyway...) of these recently! Luca Carboni's new single is Bologna è una regola ('Bologna is a rule'). I haven't quite forgiven him for the poor man's version of Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love that was the video for his last single, but this one is a big improvement. It was filmed at night in - yup, you guessed it - his native Bologna.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Classic

I happened to see the video for this song yesterday, on a new music channel that's popped up on my TV. It's Capelli by Niccolò Fabi. 1997 may not seem that long ago, but it was 19 years ago (eek!) that Niccolò first took part in Sanremo, with this song.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Word of The Week

gennaio - January

After l'Epifania Christmas is officially over, and capodanno for me already feels like a distant memory. Everyone's back to work (or nearly!), the saldi are underway, and there's a long time to wait until the next bank holiday. It's been a very grey and rainy January day in Milan today, when I saw how dark it was when I woke up my half-plan of going back to the sales for a wander went out the window and I went straight back to bed!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Song of The Week

I've become very lazy as far as finding new music's concerned. I'd seen Calcutta pop up on my Facebook feed a couple of times, but I'd never actually got round to watching one of the videos. Then a few days ago I heard Cosa mi manchi a fare on the radio, and it was love. The man behind Calcutta is singer-songwriter Edoardo D’Erme from Latina, in Lazio, and the video was shot in the Roman suburb of Torpignattara.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I saldi - again!

Buon anno a tutti!

Time's running out for Christmas, and a day before it all comes to a close with l'Epifania the sales have started in most of Italy. Yes, on a Tuesday.

I love hitting the first day of sales in Milan, even though it wears me out. I was hoping with the mid-week start that there would be less of a crowd - yes, Christmas isn't over yet, but a lot of the Milanese leave the city for Christmas and New Year's. But was I wrong!

It was looking good when I got off the bus at San Babila. My first stop was H&M's flagship Piazza Duomo store, which meant a walk down Corso Vittorio Emanuele. I don't do all the expensive shops that there are here, not even when the sales are on. I stick to high-street shops, and I had a clear plan. Walking down the street some stores had a small crowd of people outside waiting for them to open at 10, but there weren't many people just walking around, or actually making their way to the shops. I got to H&M just after it opened, and it was all quite calm until I came out of the changing rooms - all of a sudden a massive queue had appeared out of nowhere!

After that it was a walk down though Piazza Duomo and past the tree still lit up and shining, and down to Lush in Via Dante. Lush in the sales is even more amazing than it normally is, with gift sets at half price! I treat myself to one every January, it feels a bit like a Befana present from me to me!

I was also very keen to check out Kiko's sale. I think of Kiko as the equivalent of a sweet shop for women, there are so many pretty shiny colours everywhere. I buy so much from there! Unfortunately the eyeliner I wanted wasn't on sale, but I did get a nail varnish and a CC cream that I'm hoping will help my poor skin.

My favourite purchase of the morning was my gorgeous bag from Accessorize, a pretty little navy and cream satchel-type which I fell in love with on first sight! I also got a set of earrings, and a necklace with a four leaf-clover necklace because I need all the luck I can get recently! And I felt the benefit of having such a rare inital for a woman, as I got a sparkly N keyring for half price.

I ran around everywhere in about two hours, I don't mess about! It may only have been two hours, but I'll be having a long lie down this afternoon!