The Land of Parentopoli

Thanks to the BBC for blasting this out in the article Nepotism alive and kicking in Italy. I won’t spoil the article for you with a summary, just go read it. Nepotism runs throughout Italian society. If you know the right person you can get a job, a discount, a table in a packed restaurant, planning permission, a mortgage (well, maybe not that since 2008!) or jump the queue for a multitude of services. That’s also how MPs get their seats through the party system. As Italy heads for the polls, think about how this reflects on a member of the EU, and read my naughty little book (available on Amazon now for just 77 pence/equivalent):


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Again, the BBC article in full is here:

To Rome With Love


How did I miss this? Well, I know, because at the time of the release my head was down writing and I was lost in the streets of, erm, Rome! Funny how things work out. And I still wouldn’t know about it (was there no advertising?) but for the weekly newsletter I get from the Royal Opera House. Thanks ROH!

It has some mixed reviews but I’m willing to give Woody a go on this one. Now aged 76 the American director sounds  bit like me in this interview (source WENN):

“Moviemaker Woody Allen has vowed never to retire while his health allows him to work.

The revered director, 76, insists he has no plans to slow down and will work until a heart attack forces him to rethink his schedule.

The Midnight in Paris filmmaker tells WENN, “I can’t see myself retiring and fondling a dog some place. I like to get up and work and go out. I have too much energy and nervous anxiety so I don’t see myself retiring.

“Maybe I’ll suddenly get a stroke or a heart attack and I’m forced to retire but, if my health holds out, I don’t expect to retire; but the money could run out.”

Read the full interview:

Hell – As The Romans Do It

You all know I’m an Italiophile and that one of my favourite cities in the whole world is Rome. Imagine my delight when Julia Kavan (if you like good horror check her out here) spotted a wonderful blog all about Italy. And now, thanks to the owner Jo Feliciani, my novel Diavolino – which is set in Italy for those new to my world – has been featured. The blog is called As The Romans Do and you can go straight there without the need for passports or plane tickets by clicking this link:

Grazie mille, Jo!