First off, we hear almost daily reports of trains being stopped in their tracks provoking huge delays for passengers and cargo due to the wanton theft of copper wiring along the rails. It would appear that people are stealing the wires for resale on a mass scale, causing thousands in damages for Italy's train company. And in the one instance in which I feel sorry for the totally fallible FS, the problem is so rampant, my suggestion would be to post police near the copper shops to question those that bring in lengths of wire that they suddenly don't know how they came across. I suppose running CCTV cameras the length of Italy would be out of the question, but imagine the kick-back you could redeem if you so desired to try this fix.
Closer to home, there are the trials and tribulations of the lovely monument in my piazza, for which I harbor a serious soft spot. And even though Rome the Second Time bloggers listed it as one of the nominees in their post of 'Rome's ugliest monuments' [clearly missing the horrendous thing up the road, which you can read about here], they did remark that it has some nice qualities to it.
|May the wheels of Resistance be constantly churning|
picture by bloggers Rome the Second Time
But this summer of discontent was too much, even for our sturdy monument. And, this is how it appears today:
|Note: Nearly all the metal has been taken from one side causing the frame|
to fall in & the baskets have been wrenched away from the frame