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The gulls that circle the Vittoriana at night are perhaps the most eye-catching of Rome’s avian inhabitants, but there are a surprising number of others; new figures released by the council reve...

Holy Crime

In which country do criminal offences far outnumber residents? The unexpected answer is the Vatican, where annual figures made public for the first time paint the tiny pontifical state as a veritable...

Clean-up campaign

The city council is launching another campaign to clean up Rome and crack down on residents who don't respect the capital. From June a task force of 300 workers will patrol the streets, and half of th...

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Chocoholics may be dismayed to learn that Eurochocolate, the gluttonous festival scheduled for Rome 1-9 March, has been clouded by controversy. Protests from the no-global forum have led to the exclu...

Lee Miller (1907-1977). Photographs.

Lee Miller was first a Vogue model, then a Vogue photographer, who lived with Man Ray at the height of the 1930s in Paris. She learnt art photography from him, but later became a tough photo-reporter....

Holy text messages

Its not quite a direct line to God, but mobile phone users can now receive the thoughts of Pope John Paul II each day in the form of a text message. The Holy Father spreads the word to subscribers in...

Cyber cemetery

The intangible realms of souls and cyberspace have been brought together with the creation of an on-line cemetery, or city of remembrance. Launched by the municipal agency for the environment (AMA) la...

Olive oil made easy

Starting at the bottom Olio di sansa e di oliva is the lowest grade oil. The sansa says it all. It is the dregs of the olive oil industry – the dry residue that is dumped in a smelly, fermentin...

Tackling traffic in the Tridente

It looks set to become the biggest and most controversial issue for Londoners since the poll tax, forecast the BBCs in-house magazine Ariel. The topic was the mayor of Londons car tax, a levy of 5 to...

Love in the fast lane

Speed dating, Americas answer to the inefficiencies of the human courting ritual, has all the advantages for rushed singles. No tedious guessing whether someone is interested, no risk of painful rejec...

Opera notes

Following the production of Faust which opened the season at Romes opera house to mixed reviews, its the turn of Donizettis Lucia di Lammermoor (21 Feb-4 March). This production was first staged in Fl...

Richard Long

Long, of the land-art generation, took long walks in Scotland, Tibet and other spectacular landscapes and built loving rings of stone and other mysterious marks and cairns in their midst. In this new...

Opera notes

At Teatro Regio in Turin it is the turn of Andrea Chnier by Umberto Giordano (18 Feb-2 March). It comes to Turin from Parma under the direction of Ivan Stefanutti. The lovers will be played by tenor F...

Opera notes

Richard Strausss Salome goes on stage at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (7-16 Feb). This fascinating and troubled work by the German composer takes a critical look at unconfessable impulses including pe...

S.P.Q.R. Senatus Popolus Que Romanus. Marco Delogu, Stefano Di Stasio.

The idea of this show is splendid: a confrontation of the new and the old faces of Rome. A confrontation between old stone, new photography and new painting. Fabio Sargentini is more than a simple de...

Matta

This is mostly work from the last years of the veteran surrealist Roberto Matta. He was extraordinarily productive right up to his death in November last year. Here, giant scenes like theatre backdrop...

Review of "The United States and the Holy See: the Long Road"

This study of the diplomatic relations between the United States and the Vatican with an introduction by Giulio Andreotti, who invited the current US ambassador to the Holy See, Jim Nicholson, to writ...

Clean-up campaign

The city council is launching another campaign to clean up Rome and crack down on residents who dont respect the capital. From June a task force of 300 workers will patrol the streets, and half of the...

Crime rates in Rome and the Vatican

Manslaughter, theft and fraud are on the rise in Rome, and the number of children reported breaking the law is growing. Figures for the year ended 30 June 2002 show almost 400,000 reported crimes in t...

The revolutionary recipes of Elizabeth David

One cold, overcast mid-February day nine years ago, this writer stepped through the doors of the Phillips auction house in central London. There was a reverential silence as visitors shuffled by, star...

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