Tag Archives: Italy

Sicilian Diary

From time-to-time, I indulge in a bit of travel writing, although I haven’t done it for a while. This week’s Speccie features yours truly travel writing on Sicily, one of my favourite places in the world and a place where I once worked on an archeological dig. ‘Muslims will not blow anyone up here,’ the proprietor […]

States as coordination problems

Economist David Friedman’s theory about the size and shape of nations leads him to postulate that the increased importance of labour income–a result of the Industrial Revolution: one of the ironies of history is that greatly increased propensity to produce capital increases both the scale (through increased demand) and then the average income (through increased relative scarcity) […]

Scientists found guilty for ‘causing’ earthquake deaths

I was very interested to read that some scientists had been found guilty of manslaughter in relation to advice given about an earthquake: Six Italian scientists and a government official have been found guilty of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009. They were sentenced to six years […]

Park & Pride

Australia’s Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has been criticised for making a “tasteless” joke about the Costa Concordia disaster. Mr Abbott, who has been a fierce critic of the Gillard Government’s efforts to stem the flow of boat people, jokingly described the liner as “one boat that did get stopped”. The Government pounced on the comments, […]

BungaBusta!

Italy has had the rating of its creditworthiness cut, the latest move in the European debt crisis. Standard and Poor’s cut its rating by one level to A from A+, and said the outlook remained negative. The agency said weak growth may limit Rome’s ability to cut state spending and bring its finances in order. […]

Blue Balls Epidemic in Italy

A batch of about 70,000 mozzarella balls which turned blue upon opening has been confiscated by food authorities in Italy, officials say. The health ministry said it had activated the European “rapid alert” system to warn of possible contamination, and announced emergency control measures on the cheese. The cheese – made in Germany for an […]

iSay

Google has added Pompeii to its Street View application, allowing internet users to take a 360-degree virtual tour of the ancient Roman city. Italy’s culture ministry says it hopes the move will boost tourism to the site, state news agency Ansa reports. Among the ruins visible on the search engine’s free mapping service are the […]