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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Buon Natale – Happy Christmas – Italian Christmas Music Selection

This will be my last post I think until well into the New Year as for the next four weeks I will be busy devoting myself to celebrating the Christmas and New Year holidays with family and friends as I imagine will most of you who visit ‘News From Italy’. One of the popular features here this year has been Sunday Song, so I decided that while I am away I will leave you with a selection of Italian Christmas music to listen to. Hopefully there will be something among my selection to every ones taste. I look forward to returning in 2011 and continuing to share our little piece of Italy with you all.
Along with my husband David I wish each and every one of you

Buon Natale – Happy Christmas
 Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

My first choice is

Corale Canepa - Astro del Ciel - Silent Night

The  Luigi Canepa Choir from Sassari in Italy sing Silent Night in Italian and Japanese accompanied by the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra of Tokyo. This video was  originally transmitted on Japanese television during Christmas 1989. I have included it as it is a beautiful version of a classic and favourite carol sung all over the world, to which I am sure you will all know the words, so no translation required.
Courtsey of CoraleCanepa

Natale - Christmas - Tu scendi dalle stelle – You come down from the stars

The lyrics appear on the screen in English for this video and although I was unable to find out who the singers are it is a beautifully presented video.
Courtesy of lorpre87

Irene Grandi – Bianco Natale – White Christmas

Another traditional favourite known around the world ‘ White Christmas’ is here sung in a mixture of Italian and English by an Italian singer that I have featured on the blog before Irene Grandi.  I have included the words to this one in case you feel like singing along.

Courtesy of romins1
Col bianco tuo candor, neve
sai dar la gioia ad ogni cuor,
è Natale ancora
la grande festa
che sa tutti conquistar.
Un canto vien dal ciel, lento
che con la neve dona a noi
un Natale pieno d'amor
un Natale di felicità.
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleighbells in the snow.
E viene giù dal ciel, lento
un dolce canto ammaliator,
che mi dice, spera anche tu
è Natale non soffrire più.
Mai più mai più, mai più,
Dreaming on Christmas Time,
Dreaming on a White Christmas,
Dreaming on Christmas Time,
Dreaming on a White Christmas,
Dreaming on Christmas Time,
Dreaming on a White Christmas,
Dalle stelle fino a quaggiù
E' Natale non soffrire più
più...più.. E' Natale non soffrire... più

white christmas jazz 2010 (Gianni Gandi & Orjana)

Next is a Jazz version of the same song by Gianni Gandi, also previously featured and Orjana, this time completely in English which I was unable to resist including as I liked the musical arrangement.

Andrea Bocelli - Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas (2009) - Gloria in Excelsis Deo

A traditional hymn next sung partly in English by another Sunday Song Italian artist here on News From Italy Andrea Bocelli. "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" (Latin for "Glory to God in the highest") from the album ‘My Christmas 2009’ by Andrea Bocelli and David Foster.

 Natale 2010 - Christmas - O Mio Signore - Cliff Richard

This final song I just had to add as dare I admit that as a little girl Cliff Richard was one of my first pop star crushes( I know I am showing my age)! Here he is singing beautifully in Italian ‘O Mio Signore’ which is from his new LP  ‘WHEN IN ROME - CLIFF RICHARD’ - with accompaniment by THE SHADOWS - AND NORRIE PARAMOR AND HIS ORCHESTRA and was originally made solely for the Italian market, where Cliff is popular. On some of the titles, Cliff is backed by his long time colleagues, The Shadows; on others by the Norrie Paramor Orchestra, who have backed Cliff for many years. All but two of the songs are Italian in origin.  I love this but do you, I hope so.

Lyrics to O Mio Signore : In Italian and I hope a reasonable English translation so you can follow.

O mio Signore                                           

In questo mondo
Io non ho avuto tanto
Eppure sono contento
Sono contento
O mio Signore
Io ti ringrazio
In ogni cose che ho avuto
Grazie per tutto quello
Che tu hai fatto per me
Però se questa sera
Posso farti una preghiera
Fa che domani
Fa che domani
Lei ritorni da me

Oh my Lord
In this world
I have not had much
Yet I am happy
I'm happy
Oh my Lord
I thank you
In all things I had
Thank you for everything
What you did for me
But if tonight
Can I ask you a prayer
Let tomorrow
Let tomorrow
You're coming back to me

Buon Natale – Happy Christmas

Friday, December 10, 2010

Coca-Cola Christmas Commercial 2010 – Italian Advertising Series No 6 – Friday Feature


Created in Atlanta, Georgia, by Dr. John S. Pemberton, Coca-Cola was first offered as a fountain beverage by mixing Coca-Cola syrup with carbonated water. Coca-Cola was introduced in 1886, patented in 1887, registered as a trademark in 1893 and by 1895 it was being sold in every state and territory in the United States. It has sure been around a long time!

The Christmas Coca-Cola advertising campaign has been launched in over ninety countries around the world, so many of you will have already seen this on your own television screens, but I felt it was still worth sharing with you to get us all in the mood for the festive season now it is actually December. Mind you this commercial has been showing on Italian television for quite a few weeks already, sadly Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year.

The 2010 commercial opens with several images of individuals who are obviously feeling separated from friends and family – a young man working late at night in a grocery store, a couple on opposite ends of a park bench, even a lonely dog in an alley.  It pans out to show they exist in a glass snow globe sitting on Santa’s workshop desk.

Santa is taking a break to have a Coca-Cola and he picks up a snow globe and gently tilts it as Train’s ‘Shake Up Christmas’ plays. This action causes the Coca-Cola Christmas delivery trucks to roll into action and brings the couple together on the bench.

It also sends the grocery clerk tumbling into a shopping cart and rolling through the streets of the city only to end up bursting through the front door of his home, where his family awaits him, for a Christmas meal along with the no-longer-lonely pup.

Enjoy as after all Christmas is not Christmas without Coca- Cola.

Courtesy of Coca-Cola


Coca-Cola has been associated with having a special Christmas advertising campaign since 1931 when The Coca-Cola Company commissioned illustrator Haddon Sundblom to develop advertising images using Santa Claus. Apparently for inspiration he used the poem by  Clement Clarke Moore written in 1822 which starts 'Twas the night before Christmas  Moore's description of the man as "chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf" led to an image of Santa that was warm and friendly and human. For the next 35 years, Sundblom painted portraits of Santa that helped to create the modern image of Santa an interpretation that today lives on, the images proving so popular that his images are still used by Coca-Cola to this day.

The Train from San Francisco, California are the group chosen to perform ‘Shake Up Christmas’ on this year’s commercial and it has been released as a single, which can be downloaded on iTunes. http://CokeURL.com/baur

If you want to find out more about Train a good place to start is on Wikipedia

Lyrics courtesy of  Coca-Cola Website

"Shake Up Christmas" by Train

Shake up the happiness
Wake up the happiness
Shake up the happiness
It’s Christmas time
There’s a story that I was told
And I wanna tell the world before I get too old
And don’t remember it,
so let’s December it and reassemble it, oh yea
Once upon a time in a town like this
A little girl made a great big wish
To fill the world full of happiness
And be on Santa’s magic list
Shake it up
Shake up the happiness
Wake it up
Wake up the happiness
Come on, y’all
It’s Christmas time
Shake it up
Shake up the happiness
Wake it up
Wake up the happiness
Come on, y’all
It’s Christmas time
Ho ho ho, It’s Christmas time
At the same time miles away
A little boy made a wish that day
That the world would be okay
And Santa Claus would hear him say
I got dreams and I got love
I got my feet on the ground and family above
Can you send some happiness
with my best to the rest of the people of the east and the west
And maybe every once in a while
Give my grandma a reason to smile
Tis the season to smile
It’s cold but we’ll be freezin’ in style
And let me meet a girl one day
That wants to spread some love this way
We can let our souls run free
And she can open some happiness with me
Shake it up
Shake up the happiness
Wake it up
Wake up the happiness
Come on, y’all
It’s Christmas time
I know you’re out there
I hear your reindeer
I see the snow where
Your boots have been
I’m gonna show them
So, they will know then
Their love will grow when
They believe again
Shake it up
Shake up the happiness
Wake it up
Wake up the happiness
Come on, y’all
It’s Christmas time
Shake it up
Shake up the happiness
Wake it up
Wake up the happiness
Come on, y’all
It’s Christmas time
Ho ho ho, It’s Christmas time


Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection

I am also including an item of Coca-Cola memorabilia a photograph of an old coca-cola box we found in our house when we moved in, it was falling apart but my husband has renovated it and it is now on display on top of the kitchen cabinets.

There is even a free application available to download for iPhone and iPod touch users to create your own virtual snowglobes to share with friends on Facebook.

To keep in touch with this world famous brand, just click on any of the links below.

Coca-Cola Website   Twitter   Flickr Group  YouTube   Facebook

Christmas is not Christmas without Coca- Cola.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Festa Immacolata Conezione – Our Kiwi Harvest


The Immaculate Conception by Murillo, 1660, Museo del Prado, Spain.


The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is celebrated every year on 8 December in a number of countries including Italy where the date is a Public holiday.

I do not know much about the celebrations as I am not Catholic but assume that the church has special services. There is a widespread misunderstanding of the term ‘immaculate conception’ as many believe it refers to Mary's conception of Jesus, that the date of this celebration occurs only seventeen days before Christmas should make the error obvious!  Annunciation of the Lord or the Incarnation of Christ, as it is also known is celebrated on 25 March, exactly nine months before Christmas Day. It was at the Annunciation, when the Blessed Virgin Mary humbly accepted the honour bestowed on her by God and announced by the angel Gabriel, that the conception of Christ took place.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, goes back to the seventh century, when churches in the East began celebrating the Feast of the Conception of Saint Anne. In other words, this feast celebrates the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of Saint Anne; and nine months later, on September 8, we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


I also wrote a post on the 8th of December last year about the Festa Immacolta Conezione and Our Persimmons. http://lindyloumac.blogspot.com/2009/12/feast-of-immaculate-conception.html

With thanks to Wikipedia for facts and picture.

Also sharing with you here today some photographs of our successful Kiwi Harvest last weekend. Those of you that have been reading my ‘Our Garden’ posts since the Spring will have seen photos of the Kiwi vines as the season progressed and they gradually grew to become these impressive looking fruits.



I will link this post to Outdoor Wednesday again this week for the last time this year.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

San Nicola - Saint Nicholas Day


Today is the Saints Day for Nicholas, December 6th not only a special day for all the Nicholas’s and Nicola’s in Italy where Saints Days are celebrated by the namesakes, but also today for many other children in Italy this day is seen as the beginning of the Christmas festivities when they receive a present from San Nicola.
This day is celebrated in many different parts of the world, several countries within Europe including Italy, as the day when one of the most popular saints in history died in AD 354.  There are many stories circulating about his life, but true or not there is certainly no doubt that this is the Saint that inspired the much loved character Father Christmas or Babbo Natale as he is known in Italy.
Saint Nicholas (270–6 December 346) was born into a wealthy Greek family and at a young age he devoted his life both to God and to assisting those in need. He grew up in a Greek speaking colony of the Roman Empire Myra, now part of Turkey, where he became a Bishop of the city. When he died his bones were placed in the cathedral of Myra which became a popular pilgrimage destination until 1087 when the Turks conquered the city and sailors from Bari rescued the remains and took them to rest in their own city.
He was well known for his generosity and acts of kindness towards others, especially children, according to Wikipedia he is the patron saint to a long list of different groups of people around the world. Children, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, prostitutes, repentant thieves, pharmacists,archers and pawnbrokers, what an interesting and varied selection!
The major celebrations in Italy for St. Nicholas (San Nicola) take place in Bari,Puglia where he is believed to be buried and is the patron of the city. Similar celebrations and traditions are observed in Sassari, on the island of Sardinia where he is also a patron saint of the city. One of the traditions carried out here is the distribution of gifts to young brides to be whose parents cannot afford to help them. This stems from the legend that Saint Nicholas once helped a man by providing dowries for his three daughters, so they could find husbands, rather than being sold into prostitution.  In Trieste, St. Nicholas (San Nicolò) is celebrated with gifts given to children on the morning of 6 December and with a fair called Fiera di San Nicolo during the first weeks of December.

There has been an interesting development since Saint Nicholas Day 2009 as it has been proposed that his bones are returned to Turkey.
On 28 December 2009, the Turkish Government announced that it would be formally requesting the return of San Nicola’s bones to Turkey from the Italian government. Turkish authorities have cited the fact that Saint Nicolas himself wanted to be buried at his birthplace. They also state that his remains were illegally removed from Turkey.  Apparently the town of Demre where the ancient town of Myra, once was has plans to build a museum which once constructed will exhibit relics of ancient civilisations. There is no schedule for these plans yet as far as my research found out, but the Turkish minister stated last year ‘that once built they would naturally ask for the remains of Babbo Natale to be returned from Italy’.

 Buon San Nicola                    

Italian Male Variations of Nicholas: Niccolò, Nico, Nicola, Nicolò, Nicolas  
Italian Female Variations of Nicola: Nicoletta, Nicla, Nicole, Nicolina
I researched the facts quoted in this post with thanks to Wikipedia
In case you are interested here is the link to the post I wrote for St Nicholas on December 6th last year   St Nicholas Day Post for 2009

Christmas is coming to Marta the festive lights have gone up and many of the shop windows are seasonally decorated.

This is one of my favourites, unfortunately I was unable to get rid of the reflection of the car in any of the shots I took of this shop window.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Song – Lili Rocha – Selection



Lili Rocha released her latest album ‘Lili Rocha Rocks’ just a few days ago on December 1st so I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to feature her on Sunday Song. Lili Rocha is in fact Brazilian but she resides in Switzerland, and has a huge Italian following and her record label Idea Musica is Italian. This latest album is the first that she has recorded entirely in English. Her genre is considered to be adult contemporary melodic rock and in her unique and unusual voice with the songs in this album she is interpreting American folk rock music. The album can be purchased via her Official Website.

Lindinalva de Souza Rocha was born on December 23rd, but seems to be secretive about which year, she is better known by her stage name Lili Rocha. Lili started her career in her native Brazil but soon found herself performing in Portugal, Italy and Switzerland. She fell in love with Europe and pursued her dream by moving permanently to Switzerland. She has since studied at the Accademia di Musica Italiano and gained a huge following in Europe, particularly in Italy. She has released four albums since 2003, containing songs in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian and with ‘Lili Rocha Rocks’ in English she hopes to expand her fan base in the rest of the world, particularly in the USA.


  • Me Deixa Sonho (2003)
  • Recomeçar (2004)
  • Amulet (2007)
  • Lili Rocha Live (2009)
  • Lili Rocha Rocks! (2010)

I have chosen three songs to share with you here two from earlier albums are in Italian and finally a track from her new album ‘Lili Rocha Rocks in English.

First the title track from the 2007 album of the same name.

Lili Rocha – Amuleto – Amulet



Lili Rocha - Acqua i Pietra – Water the Stone

Next up is a slide show presentation of Lili Rocha performing in Milan at the Teatro Delle Erbe.


Courtesy of fioretto0

Finally in English

I'm Alright is a track from the recently released album ‘Lili Rocha Rocks’


Courtesy of Official LiliRocha

I was unable to find any lyrics to accompany the videos today but hopefully this will not prevent you enjoying Lili Rocha and her unique rock style. Two of the female pop stars that she admires are Cher and Tina Turner. which I think reflects in her style.

With thanks to the following sites, Wikipedia, Lilli's Official Website, YouTube, Facebook and My Space for information and images.

More Sunday Songs can be found by visiting 5 Minutes Just for Me

Buono Domenica a Tutti


This will be the last Sunday Song link up with 5 Minutes Just for Me until sometime in January 2011 as like everyone else at this time of the year Natasha is going to be very busy over the next few weeks and like me she is going to have a blogging holiday over Christmas and New Year.

I have decided that this week will also be the last Sunday Song post of 2010 for ‘News From Italy’. It will be back in 2011 but before then I will be sharing some seasonal music in Italian with you. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lavazza – ‘ A Modo Mio’ – Italian Advertising Series No 5 – Friday Feature




It appears that famous film stars are more than happy to appear in Italian television commercials for coffee as this one for Lavazza features none other than Julia Roberts.

Lavazza are another company that produce coffee in capsules for their own machines similar to another company I have featured recently but they are an Italian company.



The Luigi Lavazza S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of coffee products. Founded in Turin in 1895 by Luigi Lavazza, it was initially run from a small grocery store at Via San Tommaso 10.The business of Lavazza S.p.A. is currently administered by the third and fourth generation of the Lavazza family.

To find out all about the real Italian Espresso Experience visit the Lavazza Website, or the Facebook page, there is also an On Line Store for the purchase of the special capsules.

I have used Lavazza ground coffee at home and I like it, but I have no experience of their capsule coffee machines.

I think you will find that you will understand this advert without the need to speak Italian. I think the similarity with the other companies commercials is also obvious do you? God and the residents of heaven all seem surprisingly fussy about their coffee choices.

I have absolutely no idea who came up with the theme first but both companies have now produced a whole series of commercials in a similar vein. You can view some of the older commercials in the Lavazza series on YouTube and here is the latest one to appear on our screens in Italy where Julia Roberts says not a word as Botticelli’s Venus!  She appears with Paolo Bonolis and Luca Laurenti in heaven where she is in the process of having her portrait painted, but needs something to put a smile on her face.


During my research I learnt that the two Italian actors mentioned here have been appearing in these commercials since 2000.

With thanks to the following web sites for the information for this post, YouTube, Lavazza, Facebook and Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our Garden in November - Il Nostro Giardino in Novembre


I have been featuring Our Garden in a regular monthly post since March 2010, now as the year draws to a close this will be my last post  for this series until the Spring I think.  I was actually surprised at how many photos I have taken this month, there are actually more to choose from than I expected, so I have just published a small selection here. As in previous months the full album can be viewed on Flickr, if you are interested in the album entitled Our Garden in November 2010

The most important harvests during the last couple of months have been the Apples Grapes, Winemaking 1Winemaking 2. and of course the olives Che Disastro, Olive Oil  all of which have been well documented in other posts, so not much in the way of productive gardening featured here today. We have a few Persimmon remaining on the tree, a few more Walnuts to fall and the Kiwi’s ready to harvest very soon, then that will be all our crops gathered in for the year.

The amount of rain we have had this past month has meant that the garden is rather soggy and damp to say the least which has also meant plenty of mushrooms. If you are interested in the weather statistics for Marta they can be found on Marta’s very own weather station website  Marta Weather.


These were the only ones that were 100% safe to eat what we know as field/horse mushrooms ( Agaricus campestris ) and they were delicious.

Kiwi’s ready for harvesting.

Last few Persimmon hanging on the tree yesterday!

This is how the same Persimmon tree looked just a few weeks ago on November 6th.

Persimmon close up of leaves on the same day.

Nespoli Tree coming into bloom

Close up of Nespoli flower.

Close up of Yucca Flower

Garden view

Snowball Tree – Viburnum Opulous

Providing winter colour in the garden we have pansies, roses, and narcissus.

Finally yesterday in the garden I photographed these beautiful Hazel Catkins - Corylus avellana

More photos can be found in my Flickr album Our Garden in November 2010

I will link this post to Outdoor Wednesday again this week.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Song - Elisa Toffoli -


Google images.

Two songs again this weekend as firstly I wanted to share ‘Eppure Sentire (Un senso di te) which I have been listening to since it was first released here three years ago and then I heard that Elisa Toffoli released her latest single ‘Nostalgia’  just last week which she sings in English, she is one of very few Italian artists who writes and records mainly in English. It is from her new album ‘Ivy’ which is due to be released on November 30th.

Elisa Toffoli was born near Monfalcone, Italy on December 19th 1977 and she has a beautiful melodic voice.  Elisa Toffoli has been a singer and songwriter in Italy since she was discovered at the age of sixteen. Having always preferred to write her songs in English she moved to America to improve her fluency. It has been said that she originally wrote her songs in English to protect her inner feelings and express herself almost privately but ironically this has actually let her music reach a much wider audience. The year her first album ‘Pipes and Flowers’ was released she toured Europe as an opening act for Eros Ramazzotti. Her second album was not released for another three years and it was a year after that before she wrote and released a song in her native language ‘ Luce (Tramonti a Nord Est)’ which won the San Remo Festival in 2001. In the same year her third album was released as her popularity both in Italy and internationally grew, 2002 saw her singing at the closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2001 she again performed at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin Italy.  Each year since has found her following a busy career performing with many international artists such as Tina Turner, Luciano Pavarotti, and Andrea Bocelli.

On April 21, 2009 Elisa joined 55 other Italian artists in Milan to record a single recording titled ’Domani’ dedicated to those suffering personal losses from the tragic earthquake that struck Central Italy earlier that month, which I posted briefly about at the time Terremoto 

I have read that Elisa Toffoli’s voice is considered pure, angelic and melodious capable of singing ballads or rock songs, leaving the listener guessing as to what variations she will surprise you with next. If you want to find out more about her I have linked the sites used for my research towards the end of this post.


Courtesy of elisa toffoli’s channel

‘Eppure Sentire (Un Senso di te)’ Lyrics by Elisa Toffoli

A un passo dal possibile
A un passo da te
Paura di decidere
Paura di me
Di tutto quello che non so
Di tutto quello che non ho
Eppure sentire
Nei fiori tra l'asfalto
Nei cieli di cobalto - c'è
Eppure sentire
Nei sogni in fondo a un pianto
Nei giorni di silenzio - c'è
un senso di te
C'è un senso di te
Eppure sentire
Nei fiori tra l'asfalto
Nei cieli di cobalto - c'è
Eppure sentire
Nei sogni in fondo a un pianto
Nei giorni di silenzio - c'è
Un senso di te
C'è un senso di te
Un senso di te
C'è un senso di te

Lyrics in English

Nevertheless I feel that
One step away from reality,
One step away from you,
I am afraid of deciding,
and I am afraid of myself,
and of everything I don't know,
of everything I don't own.
Nevertheless I feel that
in the flowers born over the asphalt,
and in the cobalt-blue skies there is...
Nevertheless I feel that
in the dreams in the depths of a cry
and in those days of silence, there is…
something about you…
something about you...
Nevertheless I feel that
in the flowers born over the asphalt,
and in the cobalt-blue skies there is...
Nevertheless I feel that
in the dreams hidden behind a cry,
and in those days of silence there is…
something about you…
there is something about you…
something about you…
there is something about you…

Although this first song I have shared is from Elisa Toffoli’s Official Channel on You Tube the second one has only just been released as a single and is not available on that channel for embedding so I have used one made by another YouTube user. If you visit Elisa Toffoli's My Space Profile page you can find out which iTunes stores already have this song available for download purchase.


Courtesy of susannafiore2008

NOSTALGIA (James F. Reynolds radio edit)
lyrics by Elisa Toffoli

the night came down upon us
the brave were left alone
the digging out the traumas
and the growing of our hopes
oh, we'll turn into a radio song
we'll forget those red eyes and silly alibis
we'll say life is a song and it's one you could whistle
and dance to it, dance to it, dance to it, dance to it...

the night came down upon us
we found ourselves alone
the hiding all the traumas
the reasons we'd ask for
oh, we'll turn into a radio song
to forget those red eyes and silly alibis
to say life is a song and it's one you could whistle
and dance to it, dance to it, dance to it, dance to it...

oh, where have all those good times gone?
you should have been given more...
have been given love... love...
turn into a radio song
to forget those red eyes and silly alibis
to say life is a song and it's one you could whistle
dance to it, dance to it, dance to it, dance to it...
turn into a radio song
to forget those red eyes and silly alibis
and say life is a song but it's one you could whistle
and dance to it, dance to it, dance to it, dance to it...



With thanks to the following sites, Wikipedia, Elisa's Official Website, YouTube, Facebook  and My Space

More Sunday Songs can be found by visiting 5 Minutes Just for Me

Buono Domenica a Tutti

Thursday, November 25, 2010

THANKSGIVING SONG - Brianna Haynes - "Thank You"


Although Thanksgiving is not actually celebrated officially in Italy by the Italians, They still have a word especially for Thanksgiving Day in the Italian language Giorno di Ringraziamento.  We have many American friends both here in Italy and spread all over the world that do celebrate this special day, you know who you are, so I dedicate this song to you all.






Orange and yellow autumn leaves
Falling from the colored trees
Outside of your thanksgiving feast
Family favorites in the air
A time to give, a time to share
The love you have is everywhere
To love, to life, to hope, to dreams
To all whose thankful hearts you bring
Thank You for the air I breathe
Thank You for the love I need
Thank You for the joy inside of me
You give us hope, You plant the seed
You harvest every heart in need
Thank You for the love you've given me
Special people by your side
Open fires and pumpkin pies
The years they catch you by surprise
The seasons joy is at your door
There's so much to be grateful for
So much you have and there is so much more
To faith to friends to joy to cheer
To celebrate another year
All the beauty on this planet
Every moment took for granted
Here's the chance to get it right
All the blessings you've been handed
Every memory life makes candid
Here's to living here's to life
You hold me up when I can reach
You give me strength when I'm too weak
Thank You for the love you've given me
Thank You

I was delighted when Brianna wrote to tell me she had written a new song, which turned out to be perfect for me to use here. "Thank You" is a new song (2010) written by Singer/Songwriter, Brianna Haynes and Composer/Pianist, Austin Haynes. The song is inspired by Thanksgiving and the wonderful family memories this time of year brings. This Thanksgiving song is both spiritual and emotional and is dedicated to everyone with a thankful heart this holiday season.

More details about Brianna, her music and where to obtain it from can be found on her Official Website, YouTube and Facebook

I first featured Brianna on News From Italy on Fathers Day with her beautiful song Through the Eyes of My Father particularly poignant to me as I dedicated that post to my beloved Dad whom I still miss terribly, even more so at this time of the year. 9 Aug 1924 - 3 Dec 2006.

So thankyou Brianna for making it possible for me to feature your music again today.



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Olive Oil


A photo collage to show you the results that our disastrous Olive Harvest left us with!   Olive Harvest 2010 Che Disastro  We were extremely lucky that our pathetic haul of probably around 45 kilos maximum went off to the mill with our neighbour’s harvest.  They were only to pleased to help us out as we had no way near enough kilos required to have a pressing of our own this year.

Our neighbours trees are a few kilometres away from here and luckily for them their crop was not harmed in the same way as ours, despite a lot of olives already being on the ground from wind damage they still managed to pick what they considered to be a very successful crop, although the yield this year was lower than expected.

Just a few days ago they presented us with this five litre bottle of beautiful green olive oil our percentage share from our contribution. Fortunately having had a very successful harvest last year with plenty of oil to see us through until next year, this bottle will be treated as extra special and only used on special occasions.

We have of course had a traditional tasting and it is delicious with a peppery tang giving it tremendous flavour.


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I like the reflections created in the glass.

I am also going to be participating in Outdoor Wednesday again this week.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Song – L'appuntamento – Ornella Vanoni or Andrea Bocelli


Fotografia di Andrea Bocelli

Ornella Vanoi              Wikipedia images         Andrea Bocelli

Two versions of the same song for this weeks choice sung by two different artists, Ornella Vanoi and Andrea Bocelli.

I like both of these versions and was unable to decide which I preferred so you get the opportunity to listen to them both.

The first version is sung by Ornella Vanoi from the movie Ocean's Twelve which is where I first heard it.  Her worldwide popularity increased in 2004 due to the song’s inclusion on the soundtrack of the film. She originally had a hit with this song in 1970.

Ornella Vanoi was born on September 22nd 1934 in Milan, Italy and has been active in the arts in Italy since the sixties. Although best known for her sophisticated pop style singing she has also starred in the theatre, TV shows, films and even posed nude for Italian Playboy.

More biographical and career information can be also be found about Ornella Vanoi on Wikipedia while more music videos can be found on YouTube.

The second version is sung by Andrea Bocelli at a 2006 open air performance in Las Vegas, USA.

Andrea Bocelli was born in Italy on 22nd September 1958 and having grown up with poor eyesight went totally blind at the age of twelve after a football accident.

More biographical and career information can be also be found about Andrea Bocelli on my earlier post here, or on Wikipedia and his Official Website, while more music videos can be found on YouTube.

Courtesy of supersander75


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L'appuntamento Lyrics Courtesy of www.lyricstime.com

Ho sbagliato tante volte ormai che lo so già
Che oggi quasi certamente
Sto sbagliando su di te
Ma una volta in più che cosa può cambiare
Nella vita mia
Accettare questo strano appuntamento
È stata una pazzia
Sono triste tra la gente che mi sta
Passando accanto
Ma la nostalgia di rivedere te
È forte più del pianto
Questo sole accende sul mio volto
Un segno di speranza.
Sto aspettando quando ad un tratto ti vedrò
Spuntare in lontananza
Amore, fai presto, io non resisto
Se tu non arrivi non esisto
Non esisto, non esisto
È cambiato il tempo e sta piovendo
Ma resto ad aspettare
Non m'importa cosa il mondo può pensare
Io non me ne voglio andare.
Io mi guardo dentro e mi domando
Ma non sento niente
Sono solo un resto di speranza
Perduta tra la gente.amore è già tardi e non resisto
Se tu non arrivi non esisto
Non esisto, non esisto
Luci, macchine, vetrine, strade tutto quanto
Si confonde nella mente
La mia ombra si è stancata di seguirmi
Il giorno muore lentamente.
Non mi resta che tornare a casa mia
Alla mia triste vita
Questa vita che volevo dare a te
L'hai sbriciolata tra le dita.
Amore perdono ma non resisto
Adesso per sempre non esisto
Non esisto, non esisto


L'appuntamento – The Appointment (English) Lyrics Courtesy of www6lyrics.com

I've Been Mistaken So Many Times By Now That I Already Know
that Today Is Almost A Certainty
I’ve Been Wrong About You But Once More
That You Can Change My Life...
To Accept This Strange Appointment
Has Been A Madness!
I Am Sad Among The People
That You Are Passing By Me
But The Nostalgia Of Seeing You Again
It Is Stronger Than Weeping:
This Sun Shines On On My Face
A Sign Of Hope.
I Am Waiting When Suddenly
You Appear In A Distance!
Love, Make It Soon, I Don't Resist...
If You Don't Come, I Don't Exist
I Don't Exist, I Don't Exist...
And The Time Has Passed And It's Raining
But Only To Wait
It Doesn't Concern Me What The World Thinks
I Don't Want To Go.
I Look Inside Myself And I Wonder
But I Don't Feel Anything;
I Only Have Is Hope
Lost Among The People.
Love Is You Already Late And I Don't Resist...
If You Don't Come I Don't Exist
I Don't Exist, I Don't Exist...
Lights, Cars, Showcases, Roads
Everything Seems So Confusing
My Shadow Has Gotten Tired Of Following Me
The Day Dies Slowly.
It Doesn't Befit Me To Return To My House
To My Sad Life
This Life That I Wanted To Give To You
You Have Crumbled Between The Fingers.
Love Pardons But I Don't Resist...
Forever, I Don't Exist Now
I Don't Exist, I Don't Exist..

Did you have a favourite?

I have featured Andrea Bocelli in the Sunday Song post before singing a duet with Hayley Westerna.

More Sunday Songs can be found by visiting 5 Minutes Just for Me

Buono Domenica a Tutti

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nespresso - Cab Driver – Italian Advertising Series No 4 – Friday Feature



The latest Nespresso television commercial with George Clooney, playing himself and John Malkovich playing God has very recently been released in Italy.  As so many of you have enjoyed the last one I posted here Nespresso - Italian Advertising Series No 3 I decided to share this new one with you as well. Also since writing that last post I have discovered that Nespresso has a fan page on Facebook and it was via a link there that I discovered the very good news that they are expanding their recycling programme with the AluCycle Initiative. They use aluminium for the capsules because it protects the coffee aromas and is recyclable without any loss of quality, this is an interesting project which is already operating in many countries.

They plan to create a nationwide collection system in Italy for used capsules based on what they learn from their pilot projects, through which they are testing and comparing their own collection and recycling with existing national packaging waste recovery schemes. By 2013 Nespresso will have put systems in place to triple their capacity to recycle used capsules to 75%.

If you would like to watch the full screen version of the commercial in English with Italian subtitles here is the link from the Facebook page.

Nespresso It's official, it's live! Discover now the new Nespresso film "Cab Driver" by clicking here http://bit.ly/nespresso-cab-driver


Courtesy of Nespresso

I hope you enjoy this latest commercial from Nespresso and as an added bonus you can also have a quick Italian lesson as this time I  have been able to post a version with subtitles in Italian.

A presto!  See you soon!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Love Locks


During the 17C and 18C love locks were defined as a lock of hair hanging long and separate from the rest of one’s hair tied with ribbon and normally only worn by courtiers.  I have not been able to find out in my research if this was in any way connected with love of a sweetheart or just of their own hair!

In the 21C the term has taken on a completely new meaning as a custom that is spreading all over the world, although believed to have originated in China. I have seen photographs of examples as far afield as Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Uruguay and USA.

Padlocks are no longer just a way of keeping things secure but are now an item that loving couples decorate with their names, initials, messages and so on before attaching them to street furniture such as railings on bridges, fences or lamp posts and throwing away the key. This is a way of symbolising a couples undying love and also thought to bring good luck to the relationship.

Since living in Italy I have come across this symbolism a number of times but before I was writing News From Italy. There was a good example in Viterbo a few years ago, but it disappeared, I assume the structure they were attached to was in danger of collapse under the weight and that the authorities saw fit to remove them.

When we were in Bolsena with friends from the UK for a stroll back in September we came across some Love Locks, they had never seen any before so were fascinated.

I thought it would be interesting to feature them in a post for News From Italy and I look forward to hearing about other examples of this custom that you have seen around the world.

As it happens to be Wednesday and these are outdoor photos I am also participating in Outdoor Wednesday.

Outdoor Wednesday button[5]Welcome to ‘News From Italy’ to the other participants, thankyou for calling by.



Photos of padlocks at top of post are courtesy of Google Images, other research done online was mainly from Wikipedia, the other photos are my own Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection

Monday, November 15, 2010

Our House Renovations–Master Bedroom Suite


This is the third in a series of planned posts on our house renovations, the first one was Our House Renovations - Kitchen which I posted back in July in conjunction with the start of The Dishwasher Saga which incidentally is still on going.  Yes I know somewhat unbelievable, but the engineers eventually heard from Wega and they sent yet another new part to be fitted, something to do with the door this time. However it did not work and now although we can use the dishwasher if we wish it only works with a chair jammed against it and of course it still tends to leak! The engineers by this stage were as fed up as us and have now finally got Wega to agree to replace the Dishwasher. So this is the good news as regards that saga in our life, three weeks we have been waiting for this replacement so goodness knows just how long it will take to arrive. I will let you know when it does!

The second post about the renovations was Our House Renovations - Guest Suite

We completed on the purchase of this property back in February 2009 but as those of you who have been reading my Newsletters and Blog that long will know we have had a lot of work to do. You can read all about it in Archive Blogs of News From Italy but as I wrote then, when we first moved we had no internal staircase, no kitchen, ancient flooring, bathrooms to move, electric wiring and plumbing to be replaced. With a few limitations a blank canvas to work with once all the necessary permissions were in place and this controlled the pace that we were able to work at. The geometra that we worked with was an excellent guide where all the protocol was concerned but it was considered somewhat unusual that my husband and a friend were tackling this renovation themselves.

This third post is to show our transformation of two adjoining rooms from a room that was used as a bedroom, although you had to walk through it to get to the next room, which was used as an upstairs sitting room. It is this pair of rooms that we have converted into a Master Bedroom Suite for our own use.

First photo is the bedroom that we decided to split and make our en suite bathroom at the far end, with the area we walk through into a dressing room area specifically for me. I have never had so much wardrobe space all to myself before, no need to pack away clothes with the seasons any more, bliss.  Italian fitted wardrobes can be double height hanging as the ceilings are so high here.

The dressing room and bathroom was where the most work had to be done, walls built, plastering, painting, tiling floors, tiling bathroom walls and bathroom fittings installed.

Walls to hide the bathroom area.                                         Mosaic tiles for the floor – never again!                           

Tiling of walls all done and bathroom fittings going in.                                 Detail on the black tile in the border.         

Walls plastered and painted. Floor tiles getting grouted.                 My very feminine choice of wardrobe being constructed

So now for photos of the finished rooms, white in the bathroom with black tiles with a hint of pink and the deep pink glass basin while the dressing room area is grey and pink!  I know very brave choice, love or hate, I love it as it lifts what would otherwise be a very dark room as it only has a small window at this end.

We used the same tiles as the bathroom on the windowsill in the dressing room and my husband also renovated the original internal shutter.

Our bedroom which is through the door next to my dressing table was a much easier transformation as it is a fairly modern extension of a large room with fireplace and balcony built over what was when we arrived a garage, now a laundry room.  A coat of paint, mosquito blinds, new furniture and this is what we have transformed it into.


I have only included a selection of the renovation photos from this part of the project in this post, the full album entitled Master Bedroom Suite can be viewed at My Flickr Account if you are interested in seeing more photographs of the transformation.