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Friday, 04 April 2008


1- Very nice and appropriate poem. I have just re-read Shelley's Ozymandias here:
Both poems have indeniably something in common; the structure, the past tense and a certain tone and pace as well, I think.

2- If you are searching a novel about the Napoleonic wars in North Italy, read 'The Charterhouse of Parma' (original title: La chartreuse de Parme) by Stendhal who took himself part of the military campaign.

3- You have probably already heard or read on the MOSE project which has been adopted to help save Venice from major flooding during the high tides. Of course, it is a controversial matter and nobody knows for sure if it will be really useful or not.
The relevant pages on the City of Venice website were not translated in English yet, so I found this article which gives a summary of the whole issue:
By the way, we all know that the level of the seas and oceans are rising all over the planet and Venice is not the only endangered city.

4- I love informations about 'the Lion on the Sea' (to quote GK Chesterton) but I also enjoy hearing more about... the cat on the blog!

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