Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Classic

One of the most well-known cheesy songs from the early 80s is Heather Parisi's Disco bambina. Heather is American, but became a famous figure on Italian tv during the 70s and 80s, and was 20 years old when this song was released.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A foreigner at Deejay 33

If you know me then you know that I'm a massive fan of Radio Deejay, one of Italy's most popular radio stations (the latest listening figures show that it's dropped down to 4th, eek). Tuesday night it celebrated its 33rd birthday in style at Fabrique, in the east of the city. The party had used the number 33 as an inspiration - it was a vinyl-only party!

I went with four of my friends, who I met a few years ago thanks to the radio - two from Milan, and two from over the border in Piemonte. As it was Martedì grasso ('Fat Tuesday') we went in fancy dress (give us half an excuse to dress up!). Me and D had bright pink wigs and black masks, and the two Ms were dressed up as cartoon characters.

We had a great time, with presenters and producers playing all kinds of records - from cartoon theme tunes to rap, to 80s classic and 90s cheese. I managed to completely break my voice by being far too over-enthusiastic (I never respect my limits!). The breaking point was probably when I lost my crap at L'ombelico del mondo by Jovanotti, a song that I first discovered during my Erasmus year and is connected to a lot of good memories.

Another highlight for me was one of my absolute favourite songs from my pre-teen years, The Tamperer's Feel It. Remember this? I only discovered fairly recently that not only was it two Italian producers who were behind it, but that at the time they both worked at Deejay - and one still does! 'Numero uno in Inghilterra!' presenter Nicola Savino declared as the track started playing, which is true to an extent - 'Number one in England!' I still remember that song getting to number one, I listened to the Top 40 on Radio 1 religiously for years. But as Italy calls the whole of the UK England I still celebrated. It was a bridge between my past and my present.

So how was it for someone who didn't grow up in Italy? At some points you could never tell, or at least that's what I thought. I even had a pink wig covering my blonde hair. Even the cheesy Italian dance tracks I've got to know, and I sang along to the remix of Il cielo è sempre più blu - one of my all-time favourite Italian songs - at the top of my voice, and even managed to blag the words to 883's Gli anni - people from my generation and a few years older in Italy grew up with 883 - when Max Pezzali showed up. But there were times when I was completely lost, looking around me to see everyone singing along to a song I didn't know, or at least didn't know well enough to start singing the words. There was a Vasco track, and 90s dance that just hadn't been exported to the UK. For these short moments I completely felt like a fish out of water.

Towards the end of the night we were lucky to have a quick chat with two of my favourite presenters, the lovely Laura, and Sarah Jane who had been absolutely tearing it up in the VIP area. Yes, there's a presenter on Italian radio called Sarah Jane, blonde and half-English. Her name becomes Sara Geinnuh to the Italians, or even just Sara. And in the nicest way possible, she's from another planet!

The party finally came to a close at 3am. 3am on a Tuesday night! The next day I was totally feeling my age, everything hurt and I could barely speak. But it was completely worth it. I want a party like that every year!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Classic

On the radio this morning they were discussing some of Francesco De Gregori's songs. Once of these was Alice from 1973, which De Gregori said took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, or its Italian title Alice nel paese delle meraviglie.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Word of The Week

il rossetto - lipstick

I'm a firm believer that just putting on a bit of lipstick can change your mood completely.

Today I got my make-up done at Kiko, my go-to shop. The commessa at the till was showing me some lipsticks on offer, and there was a colour I particularly liked, so one of her colleagues got me to try it. For once the shop was quiet which is probably why commessa Francesca got me to try some other products too, things that I'd never normally use such as terra abbronzante (bronzer) and a matita for my sopraciglie. I left the shop with a lot of new goodies and feeling fabulous!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

365 Days of Happy - Days 181 to 210

We're now over half way on our mission!

Day 181: Got me some Baileys!

Day 182: A big fat piece of delicious lasagna... Which obviously I didn't make myself.

Day 183: The first breakfast of the new year!

Day 184: A big bowl of caffèlatte after a well-deserved lie-in.

Day 185: Sales!

Day 186: The third book in Elena Ferrante's brilliant L'amica geniale series.

Day 187: A beautiful blue sky over Milan.

Day 189: My old friend.

Day 189: Curled up with a film.

Day 190: There's always something left to study.

Day 191: A decent Milanese sunset.

Day 192: Up early on the weekend.

Day 193: The fourth and last L'amica geniale book.

Day 194: Booked a trip back to the Old Country!

Day 195: Some very special chocolate!

Day 196: Much love for my Kindle.

Day 197: Cracking nuts is very therapeutic...

Day 198: I found an actual British penny in the coffee machine!

Day 199: My fancypants Kusmi tea

Day 200: The start of a lazy Sunday

Day 201: Yummy biscuits!

Day 202: Comfort food - toast and jam

Day 203 : Peach tea

Day 204 : More comfort food - a tuna & sweetcorn sandwich

Day 205 : Sun!

Day 206 : Saturday morning reading.

Day 207: Proper breakfast after a week of the flu.

Day 208: The best beer in Italy!

Day 209: My treat!

Day 210: A gorgeous bottle of red.