CHRONICLE OF THE CLEANING OF MARZAMEMI BEACH AND LETTER TO AN IDIOT
Photo Source: Gaetano Sciacca
On May 17, 2022, the students of the Erasmus "Think Green" project, organized by the association "Attiva-Mente" of Modica, together with the boys of "The Tree of Life" of Pachino, met to clean up the beach of Marzamemi
, in the Spinazza
district, collecting everything that does not exactly fall into the categories of shells, sand or algae.
Armed with bags and gloves, they then beat every square meter of public beach, filling numerous bags with all kinds of waste (it seems evident that bathers have erroneous beliefs about the biodegradable properties of glass and plastic). Gaetano and I, as companions, crashed into the pleasant collection activity and, between a broken sink pipe and an empty bottle of discount beer, from time to time we took the opportunity to take some photos (him) and enjoy ourselves in strokes in a more than free style among the waves of the sea (me).
Everything seemed to go as smoothly as oil, with the sun laughing on the nape of the neck, selfies galore and an improvised young bull with a beach volleyball (by the way, Odysseas, sorry for the stomp...), when Gaetano meets a character from Gallic-Citerioric accent, probable seaside entrepreneur (certainly successful), who sarcastically chuckles at the presence of young Ukrainians
intent on cleaning the same beach on which he will then make money with his deckchairs and umbrellas, stating that he does not talk about "these things "(but what things?)
In times of "military special operations" it is not difficult to understand what he was referring to. And it's terribly sad. Dear entrepreneur "friend", said the good Wittgenstein (no, he is not an Austrian footballer and has never played in AC Milan...) that what we cannot talk about is better to be silent
. So you do well not to talk (inappropriately) of "these things".
Text by Antonino Rampulla
Translation by my dear friend Google Translator (because Gaetano works today...)
Text Source: Antonino Rampulla
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FROM "PANI I CASA" TO "SCACCIA": GENESIS OF A SICILIAN PIZZA
U pani i casa
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Until the end of the 1980s, at my grandparents' house, with the help of my mother first and my uncle then, the pani i casa was made weekly, then much more rarely, up to the almost complete abandonment of the habit (probably due to the spread of bakeries more and more close at hand or, simply, to the evolution of different ways of life). In my grandmother's story there is the nostalgic tone of the ancient, of the flavors of the past which, by dogmatic definition, were better than those of today... My mother,...
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BORN BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOWS
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How a campsite is born and evolves - The cynical truth
THE SOCIAL CONDITION
I come from a family that has acquired relative economic well-being over time, not because of some kind of arcane passive income, but simply because of my father and my mother's career choices and financial management. All my grandparents were in fact simple farmers who, thanks to hard work in the countryside, were not sick but did not even sail in gold. However, they were doing well enough for their children to study. As the son of peasants, my father was thus able to retire as a General of the Italian Army.
WITHOUT MONEY YOU CANNOT SING MASS
To set up the campsite, I tried to intercept the funds that Europe donates through the Region of Sicily. However, between the presidencies of Cuffaro and Lombardo, those funds were "frozen" (there were but for the moment unavailable ...)
In any case, to access those non-repayable loans in the very attractive...
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About manitoba we have already spoken extensively several times: it is essentially a flour of strength made from soft wheat, unfortunately for the most part imported.
What is lard instead?
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