Cruises, Agrigento, Taormina and Cefalù. Shrewsbury, Ocean Countess, British Isles and Vancouver

Malt Shop Memories Cruise. For another cruise please see also below.

Music. A playlist of mine.

On the radio. An Internet radio station,

Barbados and the Caribbean. Seven nights in Barbados – it should be in the Atlantic – from 789 pounds.And do you know the Carlise Bay?

The supplier is Tropical sky and the accomodation the Island Inn hotel.  For another destination in the Caribbean islands, please see also below.

Cefalù and Taormina. The Rocca in Cefalù – near Palermo, Sicily – and Guardian Cottages and Villas (, visible through the website of The Observer. Casa Mara in Taormina.

Agrigento, Palermo, Piazza Armerina and Taormina. Seven nights in Sicily from 799 punds supplied for the Guardian Holiday Offers by Riviera Travel. You would visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Palermo, the Casale villa in Piazza Armerina and Taormina visited by Lawrence.

Ocean Countess. The Guardian Holiday Offers and British Isles Discovery Cruise by the ship Ocean Countess ex Hull. Well, for a price range from 474 pounds and 9 nights you will visit Jersey, the Eden Project, the isles of Scilly, Dublin, Skye and the Orkneys. The supplier is Newmarket Holidays.

Greek night in the ship Ocean Countess.

The new Observer. A short history of this Sunday newspaper.

– Stoke-on-Trent for The Guardian, Laura Barton and Felix Clay. Categories are available and you may also vote below.

Saint Lucia and the Caribbean. The same website offers an holiday in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean for 7 nights at 899 pounds. Probably tourists will see the Twin Piton Peaks and Castries. In this case the supplier is Tropical Sky and the place where you could sleep is Almond Smugglers Cove.

The islands of Orkney and Shetland – Skara Brae, Mousa, Jarlshof; St Ninians Isle, the castle of Scalloway, the Italian Chapel, Minehowe, Maeshowe, the Loanhead of Daviot Stone Circle and the Maiden Stone

The Observer, Bedford, near New York, and travel

Florida and… Laos, drugs from a tourist point of view and the reporter Ian Belcher. Cruises, southern Florida and the Oasis of the Seas. Gloria Estefan, Robbie Williams’s “Angels”, Fleetwood Mac and the Abba… A report by Tim Adams for The Observer.

P. S. Voting your favourite cruise destination or Laos is easy. Please see below.

– The Kasabian, their song Underdog from their album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. Have you heard something else by Tom Meighan and Sergio Pizzorno?

A playlist of mine.

A list and the EU. A list of airlines banned within the EU, a page by the European Commission.

Canada. Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, and tourism. Please see or vote also below.

Turkey – 02.12.09 Turkey and tourism. Don’t you really need to go to Rome? Or do you?

A travel guide to this country between Europe and Middle East, the official tourist website for the UK or the one for the USA and other countries. Trip Advisor and visiting this country.

21.11.09 – Fishing and Jack London. Fishing in British Columbia, Canada, and Jack London’s White Fang. I do not know this book and I hope there is no mistake. If there is a travel destination for your fishing, please state below by choosing or adding your favourite place.

07.11.09 Shrewsbury would be birthplace of Charles Darwin. This town would be in the UK, in the West Midlands, about 60 miles west of Birmingham. I would also write to you that you may vote for the best travel destination for a poll of this blog. Please see below  and yuo may also add new places…

Shrewsbury Tourism or – written in another way – Visit Shrewsbury

14.10.09 – Hierapolis. A travel to Hierapolis, Pamukkale and Oludeniz in Turkey? Here’s an opinion and some photos… And what about Gocek, Fethiye, Uzumulu, Mugla, Denizli, Laodikya, Tavas, Ula and Cameli? Leblebli (roasted chickpeas), Aphrodisias, Temple of Aphrodite, Hadrian baths  and the Travertines…?

Naples, Amalfi and… The Observer, Tom Hall of Lonely Planet: Denizli, Fethiye, Istanbul, Pamukkale Express and Haydarpasa station. And Naples and Amalfi in Italy

Ssese’s Islands and the Mediterranean countries

01.12.2008 – There was a lot of water in Venice. Here’s the “Historic Center of Venice Flooded” as an American newspaper – the New York Times – refers. More or less the same text in the British Guardian and another English newspaper, The Telegraph, gives some advice for travellers. Bbc News uses some photos or titles “Venice is hit by serious flooding” and Cnn “Parts of Venice neck deep in flood water” or AlJazeera “Venice hit by severe flooding”. Instead, the Huffington Post chooses “Venice Hit By Worst Flooding In More Than 20 Years” and Euronews “Flooding alert in Venice”.

Agrigento, Porto Empedocle, Cattolica Eraclea and Eraclea Minoa or Caltabellotta,  Porto Palo and Sciacca… Camastra and Licata

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Vanilla icecream, Vanilla Toffee Crunch and Chunky Monkey

Vanilla Bean, Strawberries & Cream, Double Chocolate, Mango & Passion Fruit Madness, Lemon Meringue, Cappuccino and Sticky Toffee Fudge

Mango & Banana Smoothie, Banana & Strawberry Smoothie, Frozen Yogurt, Cappuccino and Chocolate Icecream


December 1, 2008

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Christmas, Fort Lauderdale and travels. Pistachios, marsala and New Year

Fort Lauderdale and tourism.

Preserved kumquats and cooking one of them for cranberry sauce (video).

Christmas and New Year. Christmas, pistachios and marsala for Kathryn Flett and the Observer. Reader’s Digest and their best Christmas recipes. New Year’s Eve Party? Champagne cocktails and appetizers.

Mascarpone sorbet, thyme honey glazed chicken breast and pear – chocolate jam.

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Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Cole and Mary J. Blige. Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige and the Muppets in PBS’ My Christmas (a video).

03.12.09 Military cartoons by Dave Carpenter in, the press and a chess game. “He’s embedded with the troops.”

21.11.09 Party houses for Chistmas and New Year in the UK in Cumbria, Sterling, the Isle of Bute and Monmouthshire. Cumbrian Cottages, the Landmark Trust and Caledonian MacBrayne.

Madoff. The Wall Street financier Bernard “Bernie” Madoff pleaded guilty last March “in front of a New York courtroom”. I am referring to an article by the British newspaper “The Guardian” according to which Mr. Madoff confessed to 11 criminal charges of fraud, money-laundering, false statements and perjury and of “operating a corrupt business empire dating back to the early 1990s”.

The “once-respected Wall Street fixture”, who might be condemned next June to a punishment of  “150-year jail term”, “has been the subject of death threats”, according to the newspaper, and “was surrounded by a tight security detail”. I think this aspect may be important to demonstrate how the economic turmoil has affected the everyday life of most Americans. If someone receives a death threat, something very important should be happened, shouldn’t it? Unless the USA are a country where very mad people live…

Florida, Switzerland and the UK. Madoff – the journalist Andrew Clark writes – described in the courtroom “how his scheme originated in the early 1990s when a recession made it difficult to produce healthy returns. Instead of investing in stocks and shares, he began using new deposits to pay out fake profits to existing clients”. What follows next in the Guardian’s article by Andrew Clark is: “The financier said that at the outset, he had been falsifying records on a temporary basis”. Moreover, Madoff “described laundering money through a London branch of his company to create a false paper trail”. The newspaper, like many media in that days, used the expressions “Ponzi scheme” and “pyramid selling in the US” (cash from new customers or investors – Phillip Inman explains in the Guardian – is given to existing investors). And this situation should have affected areas like Florida, Switzerland and the UK.

But just return now to the texts I have written about Christmas and financial turmoil…


Christmas time – 05.11.09. Maybe Christmas Market in Prague and Czech Republic? There is the Hotel Tiepolo with prices from 45 euros in a single standard room during low season (from January 7 to March 31 and from November 4 to December 26) to 209 euros for a quintupla superior room during holiday time (from March 21 to March 25, May 1 to May 4 and December 27 to January 6).

And you could also vote about travel destinations for my blog… Please see below. Do you also know that a pound should be exchanged with 89 eurocents and a dollar with 1,48 euros?

Northern Germany. Christmas in Hamburg with its Christmas markets.

24.12.08 How is Christmas according to three British newspapers? The Independent writes about Christmas in Basra (Iraq) and the Guardian offers its readers a travel quiz and a dinner guide or writes about the British government that “slams” a television channel over Ahmadinejad Christmas message.

The Telegraph gives importance to Queen Elizabeth’s emphasis on family and refers her acknowledgement that this Christmas was a “sombre occasion” for many people who had lost their jobs or their homes because of the financial turmoil. Duncan Gardham, the Telegraph’s security correspondent reports on the alternative Christmas message and Matthew Moore summarises the archbishops’ blames.

– Your favourite travel destination (please vote)

– Which is your best song? (please vote)

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Wednesday December 24, 2008

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David Byrne, Leona Lewis, Cardiff, Huey Lewis & The News and the USA


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The Tipton County Museum in Tennessee, and maybe enjoying Hartford, both in the United States. For Tennessee and Hartford please see below. Michigan and tourism, visiting Florida and a photo of Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Massachusets.

David Byrne, his album Here Lies Love and Santigold track “Please Don’t”.

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Leona Lewis and Cardiff. A photo at the Cardiff Arena in the UK.

22.01.10 – Glasgow. The presenter Mary Ann Kennedy will be at the Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland, this night. At 11:15 pm for BBC Radio 3’s programme World on 3.

29.11.09 Huey Lewis & The News, photos and a long list of songs like “Heart and Soul”, “If This Is It”, “The Heart of Rock & Roll”,  “The Power of Love” “Back in Time”, “It’s  Allright”,  “I Want a New Drug”,  “Who you gonna’ call, Ghostbusters!” and  “Workin’ for a Livin’”. And here a video of them at abc’s JImmy Kimmel Live singing and playing Doing It All For My Baby or another one of Some Of My Lies Are True.

07.09.09 – Springsteen, Tenneessee, Tampa and Florida. Do you think Springsteen has sold more than 1.5 million concert tickets this year? Don’t you? Will you be on Thursday, September 10, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Sommett Center? And on Saturday, September 12, in Tampa, Florida, at the Ford Amphitheatre?

22.08.09 Bruce Springsteen will sing on Tuesday, August 25th, at the Saratoga Springs, in Saratoga, State of New York. The place? At the Performing Arts Center… What do you think of the ‘Workin’ On a Dream’ tour? Satisfied?

18.08.09 – Springsteen and Massachusets. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band in Massachusets, at Mansfield, on Saturday 22 August at the Comcast Center.

He will be there also on August 23.

19.08.09 – Hartford. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will be on Wednesday, August 19, at Hartford – in the USA, Connecticut – at the Comcast Theater. The concert will begin at 8.14 pm and… any interest at listening to “Working On A Dream”, “Ghost of Tom Joad”, “The Promised Land” and “The Rising” or “Born to Run”?

Photos – “Queen of the Supermarket” and Springsteen’s new album. You may listen to the songs from “Working On A Dream”, Bruce Springsteen’s new album, in his website. Among the titles you may also read words like “Queen of the Supermarket” (who will she be?), “Kingdom of Days”, “Surprise Surprise” and “The Last Carnival”. As for the result, it is you who will judge if the work is energetic. “Working On A Dream” will be released in three days. Here’s a photo of the songwriter at the rehearsal of the “We are One” concert or another one with Springsteen and Pete Seeger or also the singer alone.

Green Day. New video, lightly violent,  for the American punk band (the voice and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, the bassist Mike Dirnt and the drummer Tré Cool) from the “Transformers” soundtrack.

Green Day’s 21 and Barcelona. Their album’s title is “21st Century Breakdown” and they will begin their new tour in  Seattle at the Key Arena on July, 3rd. One day later they will be in Canada, in Vancouver, at the GM Place, in both cases with the group The Bravery. Among the other countries there are also Portugal with Lisbon on September 28 (Atlantico Pavilion) and Spain with Madrid one day later at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad and Barcelona on October 1 at the Palau Sant Jordi.

The European dates also include Oslo in Norway on October 12 at the Spectrum and  Rotterdam in the Netherlands at the Ahoy. In Belgium they will be in Antwerp on October 17 at the Sportpalais and in the UK in Glasgow two days later at the SECC. The unique Irish date will be in Dublin on October 21 at the O2, while the first Australian date will be in Perth on December 4 at the Burswood Dome. New Zealand will be the last country in Auckland on December 19 at the Vector Arena. Please consider that there are other dates in other cities, but they are a lot and maybe I will write more in the next months…

Nine Inch Nails’ “Slip”. A good news for everybody and not only for the Nine inch Nails fans. Their album “The Slip” may be downloaded free through this link.  The group will be in New Zealand and Australia next month starting from Auckland on February 17 at the Vector Arena. Will I write the next dates lately?

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Saturday January 24, 2009

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Privatizzazione italiana dell’acqua? Il Consiglio comunale di Menfi ed il servizio idrico

Il Consiglio comunale di Menfi deciderà stasera – venerdì quattro dicembre – qualcosa di pratico contro la privatizzazione del servizio idrico in provincia di Agrigento?

Menfi ed il turismo. Le offerte del bed and breakfast Rosa dei venti e non mi sembra che ci siano i prezzi nel sito del bed and breakfast Lemalù. Al sondaggio turistico più sotto, potete aggiungere anche questa cittadina della provincia di Agrigento.

25.11.09 – Ars. Riusciranno il Comune di Menfi ed altre persone ed enti ad ottenere che l’acqua sia di nuovo pubblica? Sinceramente non lo so, ma forse sì. Manifestazione, comunque, contro la privatizzazione dell’acqua stamattina, mercoledì venticinque novembre, davanti a Palazzo dei Normanni (sede del Parlamento regionale) a Palermo. Si comincia dopo le dieci e… buona protesta.

24.11.09 La privatizzazione dell’acqua al centro di Così stanno le cose di La7 con la conduttrice Luisella Costamagna. Fino all’incirca alle cinque di oggi pomeriggio – martedì ventiquattro novembre – si discuterà di decreto Ronchi ed «acqua più cara» in Italia. Quando si tornerà all’acqua pubblica? Presto?

22.10.09 – Nuova Zelanda, Florida e… Beh, sicuramente ci saranno numerosissimi “viaggi”, ma forse incuriosiscono molti la Nuova Zelanda o forse anche la Florida in Alle falde del Kilimangiaro di Raitre oggi pomeriggio, domenica ventidue novembre dopo le tre.

Vietnam e Cambogia. Mi chiedo anche quanti di noi conoscano le isole Keys, che dovrebbero essere  in questo Stato degli Usa, o la costa dell’oceano Atlantico, il golfo del Messico, il Vietnam e la Cambogia. Una domanda, inoltre, se posso porvela. Quali libri vi piacciono di più di Ernest Hemingway? E cosa pensate della privatizzazione dell’acqua, uno dei temi di questo programma sul turismo?

17.01.09 Sono piuttosto contrario a quanto si vorrebbe decidere a livello nazionale sulla privatizzazione dell’acqua. Mi auguro ci siano malumori e, soprattutto, voti contrari. E voi?

N.b. Purtroppo, poi, non è stato così.

Menfi ed alla radio. Avete sentito della manifestazione-protesta di giorni fa a Menfi, provincia di Agrigento? In quel caso un parroco locale, don Saverio Catanzaro, e gli altri protestatari avevano utilizzato pistole ad acqua contro la privatizzazione della gestione del servizio idrico. Del resto, il presidente della Provincia di Agrigento, Eugenio D’Orsi, aveva ipotizzato la rescissione del contratto di gestione, se ricordo bene, con la società affidataria.

Tema nazionale , quello della privatizzazione dell’acqua, se se se ne occupa Radio3 Scienza domattina, martedì diciassette novembre, poco prima delle undici. Con la conduttrice Rossella Castelnuovo, un certo Giulio Conte, biologo, a quanto pare, ed autore di tale libro Nuvole e sciacquoni di una certa casa editrice Edizione ambiente. E poi dovrebbe esserci un tale Giulio de Leo, che sarebbe professore di ecologia all’Università di Parma, ed un altro docente (forse fisica dell’atmosfera all’Università di L’Aquila) di nome Guido Visconti.

Beh, forse a qualcuno potrebbe anche interessare il fatto che le musiche che saranno trasmesse una certa Afterglow da un certo Amazing Blondel ed una tale Parveneh (Butterfly) ad opera di tali Archive.

25.06.09 Incontro sulla privatizzazione dell’acqua a Palermo (Sala delle lapidi, sede del consiglio comunale cittadino) dalle 9 di giovedì 25 giugno.

14.04.09 – Portata idrica, Naro, Licata, Canicattì e Racalmuto. Eccovi l’inizio di un confronto fra le portate complessive d’acqua in provincia di Agrigento.A Licata la portata ammontava a 130 litri medi di acqua al secondo in base a dati resi noti lo scorso 21 maggio, molti di più rispetto ai 75 rilevati intorno al 2 dicembre dello scorso anno e relativamente di più rispetto a poco prima del 10, 25 e 28 novembre. Sono, invece, meno rispetto ai 133 stimati poco prima del 18 novembre, ai 135 del periodo precedente al 18 novembre e dei 139 di quello precedente al 14 novembre.

A Canicattì la portata ammontava, invece, sempre intorno al 21 maggio a 92 litri al secondo (anche in questo caso molti di più rispetto ai 56 di qualche giorno prima del 18 novembre ed ai 54 più o meno nello stesso periodo o intorno al 25 e 28 novembre) ed a Racalmuto a 22 litri. Quest’ultimo dato rappresenta un aumento discreto rispetto ai sedici rilevati sempre poco prima del 25 novembre e 2 dicembre o ai diciotto calcolati intorno agli scorsi 18 e 28 novembre.

A Naro poco prima del 21 maggio e 18 febbraio la portata media era di 24 litri di acqua al secondo e dati precedenti indicavano quindici litri o sedici, mentre a Favara nello stesso periodo (poco prima del 18 febbraio) la media era migliore, di 69 litri di acqua al secondo. Alla prossima, dunque, per altre date e città e… cosa ne pensate di tutti questi dati?

Due strade licatesi. Vietati dalle 6 alle 19 di venerdì 3 luglio il transito e la sosta in via Incorvaia ed in via San Paolo, a Licata, nel tratto fra le locali via Marotta e Chiesa di San Paolo.

– Luoghi turistici siciliani (Vota)

– Località turistiche straniere (Vota)

– Quale di questi monumenti italiani vi piace di più? (Vota)

– La musica. Quale il vostro brano preferito? (Vota)

Crema al cacao con nocciole ed anacardi, cioccolato fondente con nocciole o gianduia con nocciole intere oppure al latte con nocciole e nocciole intere

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