Category Archives: Milan

Here we go, again: Betwixt Brown

During a press conference in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, July 25, Slavisa Pesci, an Italian amateur scholar, claimed that the Da Vinci Last Supper contains, when we look hard enough, a composite picture of a figure clutching what appears to be … Continue reading

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It is all happening down the road in Padua, and back in Milan

This all from today’s Daily Telegraph. “An Italian council estate ringed with a steel wall to keep its residents inside will be closed today and its African immigrant residents dispersed despite fears that a planned amnesty for thousands of new … Continue reading

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Coffee Perfecto

In 1901 Luigi Bezzera, an engineer from Milan, created the first espresso machine which used steam to make coffee. But espresso as we know it was born in 1947 when Achille Gaggia, a bar owner in Milan, invented a way … Continue reading

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Double or Quits

“We know more than we can use. Look at all this stuff I’ve got in my head: rockets and Venetian churches, David Bowie and Diderot, nuoc mam and Big Macs, sunglasses and orgasms. How many newspapers and magazines do you … Continue reading

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A driver would be nice: Milan

Milan is big, the second city of Italy. The area around the station – a large area, all the way through half-developed Dante-hell close to Garibaldi to the so-so Corso Como, one of those hot spots, that’s not – is … Continue reading

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Death in Milan (and Rome)

Luchino Visconti, auteur and film-maker, could have entered “Betwixt” in Paris, where, travelling, he met and worked with Jean Renoir on “Une partie de campagne” in 1936. His position as assistant helped by his boyfriend of the time, the German … Continue reading

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Males in Crisis 2

Heavyweight suitcase or Lightweight jacket: the decisions of Milano NB.At the kiosk next to me here in Lodi a middle-aged man, like me, (except with double chin, goatee and capri pants) is listening to ear-bleeding levels of heavy metal whilst … Continue reading

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