What goes up must come down
And Rome’s Vittoriano is no exception! While Rome’s new Mayor hasn’t yet gotten around to taking down the Ara Pacis, it turns out they will be taking down the controversial elevators at the Victor Emanuel Monument in Piazza Venezia. They only cost over 1.5 M euro to put in (last fall) in the first place. Now, they want to build the elevator inside due to the eyesore factor (call me blind, but I still haven’t determined where they are…) You can read more about this practice here.
Better late than never
After 34 years and over 750,000 pages of legal docs, it terms out the 6 neonazis responsible for setting off a bomb in Brescia (killing 8 and injuring 108) will finally go to trial. This case has been frozen for so long, it should have run out as a statue of limitations…
Bamboccionis in the Media
After a 32 yr old high on whatever ploughed his car into 2 Irish tourists, killing them, the media kept referring to him as a ‘ragazzo’. The last time I checked my dictionary, that term meant ‘boy’, e.g., under 18 – heck, I’d even take 21. His own dad called him a typical bamboccione (the Italian man-boys who are stuck in a prolonged adolescence). I’m sure the apple of his eye. You can see him at the wheel filmed with his own phone in another episode and a 'Look Ma, No Hands!' bravado.
Blondes have (much) more fun
Mara Carfagna, neo-Minister for Equal Opportunity is, in fact, a lawyer (and that’s no small feat in Italy). So, you can have good looks and brains to boot! No wonder she proudly displays her brunette locks.
The Demise of the Family In Italy, as in the US, there’s been much talk about divorce, gay marriage, cohabitation, and so on. Berlusconi must have taken one look at the low birth rate, and decided to do without a Ministry of Family Affairs altogether!