SAIS AGM ON FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER

This will take place at the Friendship Centre at 7:00 for 7.30 as usual. We
welcome any suggestions as to how we might improve what we offer our members.

If you have not paid your subscription yet, the AGM provides an ideal opportunity. Still a bargain at £15 per person. Le Sorelle Jaggers will be on hand to take your cash or cheque. 

VETERAN POWERBOAT RACER DIES IN VENICE ACCIDENT

Fabio Buzzi a 76 year old designer and builder of racing powerboats and two of his crew were killed instantly when his powerboat, travelling at over 90 mph, struck a submerged object in a Venice lagoon: a fourth crew member was thrown clear but with serious injuries. Buzzi had been racing powerboats since 1960 and had several records to his name. On this occasion he was attempting to break the Monte Carlo to Venice record time. It is thought that the boat struck one of the partially submerged concrete elements of the recently installed MOSE system designed to reduce flooding. The Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico comprises a set of concrete barriers (see picture) which, when a flood is expected, can be raised by compressed air. In calmer weather they rest on the bed of the lagoon. The details of the accident are still under investigation.

UNDERPOPULATED ITALIAN REGION OFFERS VISITORS €25,000 TO MOVE IN

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The president of Molise finds novel way to breathe life into the region as resident numbers dwindle. An underpopulated region in southern Italy is offering newcomers €700 per month for three years to live in one of its villages. “If we had offered funding, it would have been yet another charity gesture,” said the president of Molise Donato Toma. “We wanted to do more; we wanted people to invest here. They can open any sort of activity: a bread shop, a stationery shop, a restaurant, anything. It’s a way to breathe life into our towns while also increasing the population.”

BOOK OF THE MONTH

SUSANNA TAMARO (Trieste 1957) – “VA` DOVE TI PORTA IL CUORE” (FOLLOW YOUR HEART). Published in 1996, an international bestseller with tremendous word-of-mouth appeal, Follow Your Heart is a bittersweet, heartwarming novel spanning generations and teaching the universal truths about life, love, and what lies within each of us. Driven by the fear of encroaching death, Olga, a woman in her eighties who lives alone in her house in Trieste since her nameless granddaughter went to America, decides to write her a series of twelve long letters in the shape of a diary. Twelve letters that are a confession, a diary, a last will…

SONG OF THE MONTH

This month we would like to keep the Trieste’s theme, so enjoy this 1978 song by Raffaella Carra`, “TANTI AUGURI”. The second link has lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAKK6HAWR9I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK4b8-2u8vM

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Torta al caffe’ (Espresso Cake)

Although many people believe the word espresso is an adaptation or translation of Italian for “express” (as in “fast”) because espresso is made and served immediately, that’s not the case. … So caffè espresso literally means “pressed-out coffee.”

Enjoy the mellow flavours of the autumn season with this simple and delicious cake (see website recipe corner).

ART OF THE MONTH

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An elderly woman living in Northern France, had for many years, hung adjacent to her cooker, a painted wooden panel which she believed to be an icon. Thinking it might be of some value she took it to a local auction house. It was immediately recognised to be something exceptional and was sent for expert and forensic analysis. The result was that the work was identified as “Christ Mocked” by the 13th Century Italian master Cimabue. The panel measuring 54X70 cm. is one of 8 making up a diptych of Christ’s crucifixion painted in 1280. Only two other panels are known. One is in the National Gallery and the other in the Frick Collection in New York. The panel is expected to reach 4-6 million Euros at auction.

A presto