Sunday, October 31

Tante Belle Cose - October2010 / Rome's Excellent Adventures

For many of us bemoaning the status of a Grande Paese such as Italy, it seems often that for every step forward, the country takes two steps back.  But this month, that is not the case.  There have been many good inroads made here, and not only reserved for underage girls spuriously named 'Ruby', who get a 'get out of jail free' card from noneother than their supposed lover & septuagenarian benefactor, Berlusconi...

Rome's Mayor announced that plastic bags would no longer be in commerce - only biodegradable plastic bags in supermarkets and stores from 2011 onwards.

On a specific Tuesday of each month until January, Italy's State Museums (the creme of the crop) will be free and open til 11pmI was finally able to divine which museums on which days, but not by going to the Ministry website...Try here.

Hon. Monica Cirinnà, a Rome City Councilman, informed us of a heretofore unpublished & unpromoted juicy piece of news -- that ads showing naked or near-naked bodies will no longer appear on Rome city billboards.
Of course, the disgusting Diesel campaign showing tweens in every sort of position (one teeny-bopper was shown legs spread eagle in a supermarket vegetable aisle holding a cucumber)...made the grade as she was clothed...

And, in the (very likely) event that these same girls end up getting man-handled, the City of Rome will now be one of the plaintiffs prosecuting the cases -- every one of these incidents also reflects negatively on the image as a whole of Roma.               This decision came down just as the Romanian nurse was pounded in the face by an Italian man she crossed insults with in the subway -- ending up in an irreversible coma and then dying.  It may not prevent these crimes, but it's an example for the rest of the world.

5 comments:

romerican said...

Hooray hooray!
PS- the horrible supermarket/cucumber/tween ad was actually Sisley.

Anonymous said...

Not only humorous but informative as well...thanks xo

intrinsicsgallery said...

I would say to anonymous that it's more noble to comment on the fact that someone is really doing something about women's dignity - wherever it's in jeopardy, rather than the humour of the post.

Dave514 said...

Fracesca:
It's Nov. 3rd and a day after the elections. It's time for you to stop crying in your American Hoca Hola and just face the music and dance!

Francesca Maggi said...

hey,intrinsics...have a sense of humour failure? People can comment any way they'd like...And, while the issues are serious, a little humour goes a long way...
If you want serious reads, go look at the mind-numbing 'delibere' posted on the Comune website...

It's what I'm paid for.