RADIO ZONA ROSSA (Radio Red Zone)
Codogno, Italy – As the coronavirus grips Italy and stringent measures are taken to slow the spread of the infection, a local radio station is providing citizens with a sense of normality amid a quarantine. The station broadcasts from Codogno, a town now known as the “Wuhan of Italy” under lockdown. Trains do not stop there, and the streets are empty. “Good morning, Codogno!” says 82-year-old presenter Pino Pagani, starting his live broadcast from inside Lombardy’s red-zone area, where about 50,000 people have been under quarantine.
Transhumance (the seasonal migration of livestock along migratory routes of the Mediterranean and the Alps) has been included in UNESCO’s hallowed list of intangible cultural heritage. Transhumance shapes relations among people, animals and ecosystems. It involves shared rituals and social practices, caring for and breeding animals, managing land, forests and water resources, and dealing with natural hazards.
BOOK OF THE MONTH – THE FLORIO’S OF SICILY by Stefania Auci
In this grand, sweeping epic inspired by the real lives of history-making titans, international best-selling author Stefania Auci brings to life the dark secrets, the loves and betrayals, and the cruel acts of revenge that marked the Florio family’s century of influence.
“Cu nesci, arrinesci” “he who leaves, succeeds“
Sicilian proverb encompassing the vision of the protagonists.
Also available in the original Italian edition under the title ‘I LEONI DI SICILIA’.
ART OF THE MONTH
This month we are promoting a local temporary exhibition showing works by ex Royal College of Art(RCA) students.
The First Gallery – Bitterne from Sat 7th to Sun 22 March
Recommended by Myrtle who is a SAIS member and ex RCA student.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
BIANCOMANGIARE (By Valentina)
“Biancomangiare”, literally White Eating, is a super simple Sicilian dessert. It is Valentina’s mum recipe, who used to make it when she was a child.
Who doesn’t love childhood recipes?! 🙂
See website recipe corner.
SONG OF THE MONTH
This month we have chosen “Io sono l’altro”: a Niccolò Fabi song encouraging us to be kind to each other, whoever we are, and to try walking in someone else’s shoes!
Niccolò Fabi (born 16 May 1968) is an Italian singer-songwriter. He rose to national fame after competing in the Newcomers’ section of the Sanremo Music Festival in 1997, receiving the Mia Martini Critics’ Award for his entry Capelli.
Niccolò Fabi will play a show in London on the 12th of April:
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
|Fri 20th March||Monthly talk – A novel virus by Graham Bremer|
|Sat 28th March||Puccini – Madama Butterfly at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth|
|Fri 18th April||Guided Tour of Southwick with Andrew Negus – details to follow|
|Sun 17th May||Tour with optional Cream Tea at Goodwood House – deadline to book 22nd March|