Bronté Jackson lived and worked in Rome for seventeen years. Originally from Melbourne, she wrote stories regularly, and recorded her insights of life around her, from the age of eight. She won third place in the Rome Short Story Competition in 2010 and was published in ‘Seven Stories of Rome’. She regularly writes stories for her blog brontejackson.com about life in Rome and was selected to be part of the top ten in the Ultimate Rome Blogger List 2011 on Easy Jet Website. Her unpublished manuscript, ‘Roman Daze’, received a ‘First Commendation’ in the IP picks Australian national writing competition in 2012 for best creative non-fiction. Bronté’s book ‘Roman Daze – La Dolce Vita for all Seasons’ was published by Melbourne Books in 2014. Bronte returned to live in Melbourne in 2011. She holds a degree in Social Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Each year when I attend the Italian Film Festival in Melbourne I feel I get a glimpse into the heart and soul of Italy through the films that have been made, and most loved, by Italians that year.
byBronte Dee Jackson
The origin of Australian Rules Football has inspired many books, articles and much historical research. This in itself gives us a clue as to how important this game is to so many Australians.
byBronte Dee Jackson
When my Italian husband first told me that spring in Italy began on the 21st of March rather than the 1st, I thought he was joking. “Oh really?” I exclaimed sarcastically. “And what date does summer begin on then, the 8th of June?”.
Why do Italians survive winter without going to Queensland (or Puglia)? The first time I was served a hot chocolate in Italy I thought I must have asked for the wrong thing. For a start it wasn’t liquid, my spoon could stand up in it. Secondly, it was covered in a tower of whipped cream.
Lately I have seen a number of pieces of journalism about kindness, its power, and whether we as Australians have enough of it. An article in The Age was about the kindness of some Roman policemen that seemed to touch the hearts of many.
We all know that Italians are among the best-dressed people on the earth, but why is this? What is it about their fashion and clothing that always makes it look so good, and distinguishes it? After twenty years of intense observation and attempted emulation, my conclusion is that it comes down to two things – details and tailoring.