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Bad drivers who think they're good PDF Print E-mail
Aug 10, 2009 at 01:19 PM

ImageThe association of Italian municipalities, ANCI, has commissioned a survey regarding the way Italians drive and the results show that drivers here are pretty much as we know them to be: undisciplined and inclined to break the law. The most amusing thing about the survey, is that the majority of the drivers polled gave themselves vey high marks for driving, an average of 7.9 which in the Italian grading system is the equivalent of a B or B+. The survey showed that among the capitals of Euope, Rome had the highest mortality rate for road accidents. Not a good record but on the other hand, other Italian cities were  even worse. The highest fatality rate was registered in the Sicilian city of Catania; the lowest, in Genoa.

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ITALIAN LIFESTYLE: La puntura PDF Print E-mail
Aug 05, 2009 at 06:21 PM
ImageOnce when I was in the UK on vacation (more specifically, it was Scotland), I stopped into the local surgery (state health system office) in a small town and asked the doctor on duty if he would give me a shot as I had one of my bad backaches. Since I hate pain, I never travel without some syringes and some anti-inflammatory vials for eventual injections, but I was a bit taken aback when the doctor looked at me in amazement. “What” he asked, with undisguised surprise? “ Are you sure? I can do it but it seems pretty odd to me”, he added, making it clear he thought my request was very unusual, if not downright weird.

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