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Hello,I have just finished a book called "The Dark heart of Italy" by Tobias Jones. I enjoyed the book, brang home the reality of Italy, as in made me question if I could really live there.

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 18:19

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Thu, 09/17/2009 - 11:08

Lucky you, that's fantastic, great to get such time. well have loads of fun in those ancient tuscan traditional frolics, cooking in frolics, drinking etc etc,,,i should image Tuscany is some what like transporting yourself into an anytime era that one so wishes. have a safe flight......look forward to hearing how you get along, Ciao x 

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 10:52

A photo of the beautiful one? who are you refering too. and yep a psychiatric nurse, actually clinical nurse specialist in dual diagnosis, never the less, took career leave two years ago and working in business since then.recentoly bought a place here in dublin, ridiculously inexpensive! ha so planning on getting a place in the region of Abruzzo soon.you looking forward to anything? im off to lake garda and milan in two and a half weeks! plenty of poetry there eh! 

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 10:31

Ciao Valentina, dove il mio t-shirt. Ho risposto alle domande corretamente?e non hai piu degli t-shirt, sarei contento con una photo piu grande di te in quella gonna bianchaa dopo

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 10:15

Well, to be honest with you, I had wrote her a message,,then it seemed like a fun thing to do, to place it on the interface. I left on here and next time I signed in, I noticed about 30 people had read it, yet nobody made a comment, as i had made an effort to write the darn thing, and nobody read it, well I am too sensitive, sensitivity can border paranoia, I dont get paranoid per se, yet online is very different to actually talking to people in person, no body language etc. anyways! I took it down as I tend as a person to do things then wonder why I do them. She is absolutely beautiful. Yet just for you. here it goes.To Maria Perrusi from Calabria. My love for you is still & uninterrupted. Your hand may bow my all to stone soil, So grace & love may stand you in joy through our travels. In your joy - you shall be destined to peace, you offer "beauty without ceasing" - through your special image to mankind. Your hand may raise my all from stone soil - To stand in eternal strenght to your front. I offer my all to thee Silvio, so be I equiped with infinite armour & weaponry to protect this hand that gives my purpose. As this hand shall bow me to stone soil, Allow me O Silvio to suffer all pain that may come our way - My faithfulness to the beauty of this hand shall afford strenght through reflection. As this hand raises my all from stone soil, I offer to whisper your words in defence of this hand. To kneel in stone soil & hold this beauty is my only purpose. In taking the direction of this beauty, I shall search my soul for patience and wisdom to stand in armour to the front of my true beauty. Your Hand is beautiful Maria.  

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 19:15

Hi Valentina,here are the answersHISTORY How long did Umberto II reigned? 32 days from 9 May 1946 to 12 June 1946- Who was proclaimed King of Italy after the Italian Unification in 1861?Victor Emmanuel II- Who Emperor Augusto sent to exile in the Black Sea? OvidARTS- Who painted "La Vergine delle Rocce"? Leonardo da Vinci- Which square in Italy has the Twin Churches? Rome- Where the "Orecchio di Dionigi" is? Siracusa, SicilyCELEBRITIES- What sport Vittorio Gasmann was great at before becoming an actor? Basketball- Who was Loredana Bertè's sister? Mia Martini- What Italian Football team is Giulio Andreotti fan of? RomaSPORT- Which Italian gymnast has won the Olympic Gold for three times? Romeo Neri- Who designed the Italian uniforms for the Olympic Games in 1984? Valentino- How many seams has a football ball  (calcio italiano)? 90

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Wed, 09/16/2009 - 13:20


Wed, 09/16/2009 - 10:40

Thank you folk, I am going to read "an italian education by Tim Parks", I appreciate the response. To also add, I have been to Rome in the past. In two and a half weeks myself and my partner are going to Lake Garda on a holiday, we have also arranged to travel to Venice,- for business reasons I am staying four days in Milan also, yet it will be combined as a holiday. Really looking forward to the trip.I have been learning the Italian language for over two months, I have my weekly lesson tonight, I dont no wheter Im rather  naturally linguistic, yet I am really grasping the language which is a huge plus. I am listening to Roma radio 3 as I write this response.I'm very new to this interface/forum, and finding my feet as I navigate around.thank you all,Michael 

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 07:58

I used the Michel Thomas audio's followed by  teachyourself italian audios. It was only when I discovered the BBC online courses that my italian started to become conversational, I use the 12 week course combined with my weekly lesson.The BBC have so much on offer, I think their revision italian courses would cater to your phonetics problem, the 12 week course on offer, its interactive and for understanding pronounciations its fantastic. http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/lj/ their is other courses , such as revision ones offered also, have a look, they start the couirtse every monday and its free of charge of course have fun! Michael

Mon, 09/07/2009 - 18:41

Hi wendy,well done and congratulations on completing your book. I enjoyed your video, I am familiar with Franciscan affiliated organisations, I found Pope Bendicts recent enclycical "Charity in Truth" steering in the direction of the Franciscan ethos. spending 15 months in Assisi, powerful enlightenment I should imagine, I will keep this post reply brief as Im new to this user interface and  familiarise myself, will say hi again soon.  Thank you, Michaelp.s. A few weeks ago I was on a pilgrimage in Bosnia, I spent a night talking and praying with Franciscans, unbelieveable experience.  Ut Implerenteur Scripturae,Ciao