Fiscal fixers in Panama

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Bolognese caught in the headlights Among the hundred or so Italian names that appear in the now infamous ‘Panama Papers’  it seems three are Bolognese. Among the list that was leaked online from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca – specializing in the creation of companies in tax havens (not only Panama, but also […]

Groups of Romanian gypsies patrol Bologna Central Rail Station for business

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Rail station begging patrols Up to 30 family members of Romanians work shifts begging or collecting money.  It seems the Roma have planted their business HQ in the main station. To the curious observer it may just appear to be a case of begging, however, it’s much much more than this. For one thing, there […]


Monday, May 2nd, 2016

More cameras. More fines. The comune has decided that the ‘Kiss & Ride’ underground facility at the rail station is not working as efficiently it should do. So, now, they have found an innovative way to make people use it: by using the mobile ‘Scout’ system to photograph and fine parked vehicles along Via Carracci […]

Road workers fear job losses

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Unions up in arms as robots take over ‘important’ roles.  Motorists  got a shock this week while driving on the Viale near to Porta San Mamolo. Roadworks had commenced at the intersection for the entrance to the Carabinieri station, but traffic was often intermittent due to the attention this robotic worker was receiving. One driver […]

Living rough under the arches

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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Joiner, sculptor & artist: employed for 19 years only to end up homeless 33 year old Richard, as his friends know him, had a job for 19 years as a joiner and electrician. “For three years I worked alone rewiring Basilica di San Giacomo Maggiore on Via Zamboni,” he proudly boasted. Richard – real name […]

News in brief

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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Favia & De Franceschi aquitted Giovanni Favia and Andrea De Franceschi were accused of embezzling party funds in the investigation ‘Crazy expenses’ by Morena Plazzi and Antonella Scandellari. They were both expelled from the M5S and were unable to seek re-election. Prosecutors had initially asked the court to sentence them both to 1 year 4 […]

Intellectual & political world mourn for ‘Il Maestro’

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Bolognese VIP’s take to social networks to remember Umberto Eco “The internet has given voice to legions of imbeciles,” he once said of social networks. However, that same world came out from every corner of the globe to mourn Umberto Eco: the great teacher. Among the first to recall the giant figure of semiotics was […]

Three doctors on involuntary manslaughter charges

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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Patient dies from wrongful diagnosis In April 2014, an elderly lady who was admitted to Ospedale Maggiore diagnosed with pericarditis (see note below), was in fact, suffering from internal haemorrhaging of the aorta. She died the next morning. For this reason, the three doctors who treated her have appeared in front of Judge Letizio Magliaro […]

Monsignor Zuppi sticks his proverbial foot in it

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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Chief Rabbi of Bologna’s Jewish community was disappointed at the absence of Monsignor Matteo Zuppi during their Day of Remembrance in late January. He continued, “Today I am very disappointed, because I have not seen a single official representative of the Church of Bologna. We sent invitations, but whoever feels these things in their heart […]

No signpost for Dalla’s house

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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Family blamed for lack of collaboration to remember Lucio Dalla. Traders along Via D’Azeglio are often asked by passing tourists: “Where is Lucio Dalla’s house?””Most people don’t actually know that it’s at number 15. And the only clue as to the whereabouts of one of Bologna’s most famous sons is the shadowy Jazz player stuck […]