Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Team of two women from Trentino-Alto Adige take silver in Olympic diving

The team of  Tania Cagnetto from Bolzano (right) and Francesca Dallapé from Trento (left) won Olympic silver medals in the Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard diving. Cagnetto, the daughter of two Italian Olympic divers from Bolzano, additionally won a bronze medal in the Women's 3 metre springboard. She is now retired from diving after having competed in five different Olympic games.

Swimmer Federica Pellegrini
Double world record holder retires from swimming

Federica Pellegrini from the Veneto has retired from the sport with the Rio Olympics. Although she didn't win a medal this time, she holds the women's 200 m freestyle world records (long course and short course), and won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Pellegrini became the first woman ever to breach the 4 minute barrier in 400 m freestyle with the time 3:59.15

USA-Italy: Gold medal game in women's water polo

Although it was projected  to be a competitive match between the two best woman's water polo teams, the USA won handily by a score of 12 to 5. 

USA totally dominates the Olympic games

Although for some years it appeared that other nations were catching up, the USA dominated the games. The USA had far more overall medals and gold medals than anyone else. If the two closest nations were counted as one, they would only have won the games by a small margin. Italy came in ninth, although they did come back to score a big upset over the American men's volleyball team, but ended up losing in the gold medal match vs. Brazil.

Diver Tania Cagnetto


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Someone finally says "No" to transnational bankers

In the same manner that there are "labor unions" which seek to unite and ignite an active consensus among workers; there are "unions of billionaires" who use this same basic formula. I say "billionaires" when in fact, three separate international banking cartels each have a net worth in the hundreds of trillions of dollars. Right from the get-go, each country is to have both a central bank.. and a foreign relations group made up of major figures from the main choke points of society: banking, corporations, media, education, advertising, intelligence, military, etc. These two entities are to be linked into the global network in the same manner as perhaps an international labor union might. 

Since they're internationalists, these are the people who have made words like "nationalism, protectionism, and isolationism" into dirty words. Once in awhile they wave a flag when they want something done in a certain area, but their focus is international. Their power is so immense that within a few days of Brexit, we now have contrived mainstream new stories about massive "vote regrets" and millennials being angry at baby boomers (UK).. using manipulated "polls" as they so often do. The simple fact is that a monkey wrench was thrown into the machine of the internationalist dream of these financial and corporate overlords. The UK and Germany was the EU. 

Some years ago when countries were signing up with the European Union, on a couple of occasions the organized facilitators were openly stating that they would just keep putting it to a vote (of politicians) until they got the result that they wanted. Now they want to do the opposite! In their minds.. it's heads they win, tails we lose... every time. These are the people who have for many years, promoted the very worst elements of monopoly Capitalism and social Marxism... as we can so painfully see today. The hard underlying truth is that someone like Obama gets elected, and the very first thing he does is bring in a team of financial advisors from Goldman work like termites behind the scenes for the next eight years. That's the way it works in every country that these transnationalists are allowed to inhabit.

Brexit was one of the most important news events of our lifetime, because these people must operate in a way that loosely follows some type of Democracy. Luckily the populace got a chance to vote, and the scoundrels were thrown out. This should only be the start. There's no way to even begin to describe the damage that these unelected Globalist bureaucrats have done to our world. This whole dynamic reminds me of the movie 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Next' when McMurphy finally realized that after all the complaints.. all they really had to do was walk out the door and it would all be over.. just like any abusive relationship. 

However, if there was really any justice, there would be Nuremberg-type trials set up. Bankers who have bled economies dry and funded both sides of wars as has happened so often, and corporations who have organized and armed rebels for coups in third-world countries in order to get at the resources, should be punished. If America is so left-leaning, then why can't we break the unions of these super wealthy transnationals? The British have shown up the Americans and Germans, and punched out their own metaphoric class bully. The bullies can't solve the problem, because they are the problem!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cooking Lentil Bolognese

Cooking Lentil Bolognese

Wholesome Day

Cooking a Lentil Bolognese from the Deliciously Ella book by Ella Woodward.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

La Grande Rogazione di Asiago

" Il Giro del Mondo " La Grande Rogazione di Asiago from Tacconi Luca on Vimeo.

"La Grande Rogazione di Asiago"

"The Great Rogation of Asiago"... apparently a tradition since 1638.

Rogation: In the Christian Church a solemn supplication consisting of the litany of the saints chanted on the three days before Ascension Day.

Asiago is an old Cimbrian town in the Vicenza Province of the Veneto Region.

The town was the site of the Battle of Asiago in 1916 vs. the Austrian army.

Until the middle of the nineteenth century many of the people of Asiago spoke Cimbrian, an ancient German dialect.

Asiago is the birthplace of author Mario Rigoni Stern, and features prominently in his stories. It is also described in Emilio Lussu's 'A Year on the Altopiano'.

The Asiago region is the origin of Asiago cheese.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Giulio Romano - Mannerist Artist

Giulio Romano - Italian Mannerist Painter


Giulio Romano -Italian Mannerist Painter

circa 1499-1546

Giulio Romano

Giulio Romano (c. 1499 – 1 November 1546) was an Italian painter and architect. A pupil of Raphael, his stylistic deviations from high Renaissance classicism help define the 16th-century style known as Mannerism. Giulio's drawings have long been treasured by collectors; contemporary prints of them engraved by Marcantonio Raimondi were a significant contribution to the spread of 16th-century Italian style throughout Europe.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

'Original Joe's of Westlake is now open'

From 'Daly News' (Daly City, CA)

'Original Joe's of Westlake is now open

After closing its doors two years ago, we are pleased to announce that the iconic local restaurant , which originally opened in 1956, has now reopened after extensive renovations.

The owners of Original Joe's in San Francisco bought the Italian-American restaurant, a Henry Doelger-designed 10,000 square foot building, which is the centerpiece of the entire Westlake neighborhood on John Daly Boulevard.

With the renovations, diners will now be able to see from room to room. The famous bar, to the left of the entrance, still has a fireplace and televisions, but also fewer tables and a new sight line to the main dining area. Similarly, the adjacent Cascade Room has been opened up with big windows letting in natural light. The main dining room still revolves around the counter and the charcoal grill, and the booths are outfitted in green leather.

The menu will be similar to what it was before, with fresh pasta and ravioli prepared on site. The prices, however, will be more on par with Original Joe's in San Francisco's menu.

For the latest updates, check out the restaurant's Facebook page at

Julius Castle - now re-opened - completely remodeled

Established 1922

Historical registered San Francisco registered landmark

Italian-French Cuisine

Breathtaking view of San Francisco Bay

Call for reservations 415-392-2222

Dinner 7 days a week - seating from 5:00 to 9:30 PM

Saturday and Sunday Brunch - seating from 10:00 to 3:00 PM

1541 Montgomery Street on Telegraph Hill


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rosa Feola and Fabio Centanni - American debut at SF's Herbst Theatre on May 6

Rosa Feola - TOSTI Non t'amo più

Rosenblatt Recitals

London 09.01.14 - On this evening Italian soprano Rosa Feola performed songs and arias by Giménez, Bizet, Villa-Lobos, Gounod, Rossini, Tosti, Donizetti, Verdi and Gastaldon, accompanied by Iain Burnside.


See for details

Rosa Feola - Soprano

Fabio Centanni - Piano

US Recital Debut

Fri May 6 - 7:30 PM

Herbst Theatre


Artist Change

Rosa Feola and Fabio Centanni replace Anna Caterina Antonacci and Donald Sulzen who are unable to perform as scheduled.

San Francisco Performances’ Vocal Series is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation.

US Recital Debut

Friday, May 6, 2016


Herbst Theatre



“London likes to think it lies at the centre of the musical universe, but many great singers had relatively small careers here and most of today’s up-and-coming stars make their names elsewhere. No one fits that description better than the Italian lyric soprano Rosa Feola…the key to Feola’s artistic personality is not just her vocal prowess: what counts is that she never gives less than a performance. ”

-- Financial Times (Five Star Review)


About This Performance

Known for her sparkling soprano and gifts as an actress on both the concert platform and opera stage, she regularly collaborates with conductors such as Riccardo Muti and gives recitals internationally. Her strengths are many, including her natural timbre, flawless technique, and abundance of self-confidence, enough to hold the stage on her own—without a score. Feola’s San Francisco recital program brings together Italian songs that magnify the natural sympathy between music and poetry. In Italy this union has its own particular history, and produced some of the most beautiful—if not always well-known—settings of great Italian poets by composers such as Rossini, Donizetti, Mercadante, Verdi and Tosti. Liszt, the one non-Italian composer in the program is included for his innovative Tre Sonetti del Petrarca, a tribute to one of Italy’s greatest poets and a clear influence on Giuseppe Martucci’s Tre pezzi of 1905–6.

This performance is sponsored in part by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. J. Patterson McBaine.