APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER No. 148

BOLLETTINO Numero 148

Hello everyone 

Ciao a tutti

 

PARASHUTE JUMP

After two frustrating cancellations owing to cloud cover, Evelyn Coles finally made her free fall descent from 20,000ft.  She is pictured shortly after arrival with the instructor to whom she was strapped. Evelyn’s plucky endeavour raised approximately £2000 in gift-aided sponsorship towards the building of a new hospice at Bosham.

 

TRUMP HOSTS ITALIAN ROYALTY

After the apparent lack of an invitation to the wedding of Harry and Meghan, Donald found himself some royals to entertain at Mar-a-Lago over Easter. Perhaps not registering the subtle difference in the spelling  of the Princess’s name, the President hosted Prince Charles and Princess Camillia of Bourbon Two Sicilies and their two daughters at his Palm Beach resort. Prince Charles’s lineage is from a Spanish offshoot of the Bourbons who ruled the Kingdom of The Two Sicilies, which encompassed large areas of southern Italy from 1815 until unification in 1860.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

THE TARGA FLORIO

On the 20th April our President Dave Holder will give an account of this, the world’s oldest motor race motor race. Initiated in 1906 the course was around the entire island of Sicily. See The Noticeboard for details.

GUIDED WALK AT PORTCHESTER CASTLE

A reminder that: on the 28th April, the erudite and entertaining  Andrew Negus will take us on a walk around Portchester Castle and environs followed by a pub lunch if required. If interested there are still places available. Contact Laura at solentangloitalian@gmail.com for details.

BOOKS AND SONGS OF THE MONTH

LIBRO DEL MESE (BOOK OF THE MONTH ) DOLCE VITA CONFIDENTIAL In this recently published book (Weidenfeld), author Shawn Levy describes how Rome rose from the post-war desolation of WW2 as depicted in the neorealist films of Rossellini, to become a centre for film and fashion and synonymous with style, flair and a hedonistic lifestyle as depicted in Fellini’s film. The formation of Cinecitta on the Tiber brought Hollywood megastars to Rome and helped create Italy’s own first megastar, Sophia Loren. The rich and famous frequented the Via Veneto and were pursued relentlessly by photographers, thus giving the world the profession of Paparazzi. The book is a Sunday Times Film Book of the Year. Read a Guardian Review at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/25/dolce-vita-confidential-by-shawn-levy-review

CANZONE DEL MESE (SONG OF THE MONTH) : MECO ALL ALTER DI VENERE Franco Corelli (1921-2003). Corelli is arguably the finest bel canto tenor of all time. He was blessed with film star looks and a formidable technique, which can be heard to literally breathtaking effect in his rendering of this fiendishly difficult aria from Bellini’s Norma – listen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU47DQa_iHQ

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

This month’s recipe is from Laura and is in her “tried and tested” category. It is for Lemon – Scented Polenta Biscotti. The recipe will be in the recipe corner of the web site within the next few days.

CONTRIBUTIONS WELCOME

We hope that you may have noticed that we have tried to expand the content of the Bollettino and for it to be lively and interesting. We would be delighted to receive any contributions from you, the members, for the Book and Song of the Month in the bollettino and also the Recipe of The Month on the website. Similarly if you have spotted anything of interest with an Italian context in the newspapers or on the Web then let us know either as text or as a  web link. The recipe can be sent as an attachment. Contributions to solentangloitalian@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

A presto