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26.06.17

An Italian city of ill-repute rehabilitated by three films

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. Last year I was struck by the number of films set in or around Taranto, where my … Continue reading An Italian city of ill-repute rehabilitated by three films

21.06.17

The mysterious and gritty voice of Giusy Ferreri

In a recent interview with the Corriere della sera, Giusy Ferreri spoke about her participation in this year’s ‘Festival di Sanremo’ – saying she has always seen music as the undercurrent or soundtrack to her life. To her, from this perspective, the song competition loses its reason of being. Born in Palermo, Sicily on 17 … Continue reading The mysterious and gritty voice of Giusy Ferreri

16.06.17

Cultural vindication in technicolour before the rise of multiculturalism

There is an experience many of us who grew up in Australia as male children of migrant parents in the 1960’s and 1970’s will recognise: the sense of expectation that surrounded our Sunday lunch. This feeling was not just about the food our mothers had spent most of the morning preparing. An essential condiment to … Continue reading Cultural vindication in technicolour before the rise of multiculturalism

11.06.17

Melissa’s healing powers

If you spent your childhood somewhere in Italy you may remember your Nonna giving you a cup of “Melissa” tea to calm your upset stomach. I never understood if it was a placebo effect, but I remember tea bringing a smile to my face and making me feel better. This garden herb, commonly called lemon … Continue reading Melissa’s healing powers

07.06.17

What we owe to our feature writers

Life, famously, is full of surprises and often more unlikely than a Hollywood blockbuster script. In that vein, a few years ago if someone had have predicted that I would give voice and sense of identity to the younger generations of the Italian-Australian community in Australia I would have thought they were nuts. On the … Continue reading What we owe to our feature writers

07.06.17

“General Skilled Migration Program” the first tips of an extensive overview

The General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) as a pathway to Permanent Residency (PR) can be very daunting at the best of times. The complexity which includes understanding Skill Select, Expression of Interest, Points Test and English language requirements require a proper analysis to not encounter in potential pitfalls which can be detrimental to your dream … Continue reading “General Skilled Migration Program” the first tips of an extensive overview

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