lunedì 28 marzo 2011

NEW! Lyrics Travelling Notebook!

Hello everybody!

This is a post to promote my new Travelling Notebook.
Here's the description I wrote for Postcrossing forum:

I'm pretty sure that all of you like listening to music, but I think that lots of people often don't care too much about the lyrics of the songs they're listening to, while trying to understand the lyrics of my favourite songs is something very important to me. Do you feel in the same way?So come on! Join this Travelling Notebook! 
What we are supposed to do is just write the lyrics of our favourite song(s) on it! It can be just one or more, if you can't choose among too many good ones! ;)Of course, it can be in your own language, but if so, please try to translate it in English so that everybody can understand.
I'm very curious to discover what people listen around the world and, why not, know new bands and singers thanks to this TN! :D And the final aim is having a sort of "collection" of great songs whose lyrics are important to us for different reasons.
What do you think about that? :question:
I was thinking about a sheet TN this time. If there are enough participants, I'll let you know how the sheets should be. If we are just a few participants, then I'll consider the possibility of a "real" TN. 
I've got 5 participants so far:

- zam_akira - Malaysia
- Noeline - Ukraine
- Hedgehog in a fog - Belarus
- yan.k.a - Russia
- creative_art - Washington (USA)
- laventeli - Finland

Please, leave  a comment under this post if you'd like to join.
I'll update this post every time new participants join the TN.
If I decide to make a sheet TN, I promise I'll scan all the sheets I'll receive and make a PDF Document to be shared with you, alright?

Enjoy!  ;)

giovedì 17 marzo 2011

Buon Compleanno, Italia!!!

Today, Italy is celebrating its 150th Birthday. Indeed, the Unification of Italy was declared on 17th march 1861 . Giuseppe Garibaldi and his men were the leading actors of this great event and Vittorio Emanuele II di Savoia was the first king of the new Kingdom of Italy.

Here's a link to Wikipedia, if you are curious:

Here is the speech of our President Giorgio Napolitano: . (I'm sorry, it's in Italian)

Turin was the first capital of Italy and that's the reason why lots of celebrations are taking place there.
Despite the rain, yesterday evening I was in Turin like loads of other people and it was great! Here are some pictures I took there:

Palazzo Madama in Piazza Castello
The Royal Palace in Piazza Castello
The Murazzi and the Po river (high level of the water!)
Piazza San Carlo
The Mole Antonelliana with the Italian colours!
Chiesa della Gran Madre
Monte dei Cappuccini

Fireworks from the Vittorio Emanuele bridge

Unfortunately, Italian people are a bit odd. Abroad, it may look like we have a strong sense of unity and homeland. We are those who were forced to emigrate in the past, but never forgetting their roots and traditions. Anyway, this is not what I feel here. Lots of people don't feel proud to be Italian, or even worse, somebody would prefer not to be a part of Italy, spurning our symbols, flag and anthem. That's really sad, but hopefully this is just a small minority of the population.
We should be proud of our history and thankful to those who lost their lives fighting to give us freedom and unity; and this conscience should be the basis to cooperate and work together to solve the too many problems that we have right now.

Buon Compleanno Italia! 

lunedì 14 marzo 2011

What's up?! - Random thoughts -

Hello Bloggers!

How are you? What have you been up to these days?

I know I haven't been very active recently, but I always check my blog for comments and new followers. Actually, I haven't had anything exciting to talk (or write?) about..    :)
Exams are over and I'm back to regular lessons. The new subjects are very interesting, especially Geography. I'm also reading a great book which I suggest to you all. Its Italian title is "Intervista con la Terra", by Brahic, Tapponnier, Brown and Girardon and it explains in an easy way how our solar system was born and how our planet works.

By the way, have you any other essays like this to suggest me? I'm pretty keen on that kind of topics.

It's also a good way to better understand what's happening in Japan right now. By the way, I wanted to spend a few  words for all those people who lost their lives, or their relatives and anyway who are in danger and have nothing left. Unfortunately, the power of Earth is something we cannot resist. We are small bricks of a too much bigger building. I know it's useless, but I want to say that I really feel close to all those people. Is there anybody from Japan who's reading this post?

Please, leave a comment or a short message in the ChatBox, when you visit this blog! Let me know who you are! I'd like this Blog to become a virtual place where to exchange opinions, thoughts, points of view.