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Italy: Naples raises its voice to defend its rights over San Gennaro

A threat has been made to the heart of an old city, to a unique relationship between the people and their saint.  The partnership has lasted through centuries of invasion, violence, disease and volcanic turbulence … but now bureaucracy wants its say. 1,239 more words

Italy

thephraser reblogged this on The Phraser and commented:

I wrote this piece in March 2016. It gives the history of San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, and covers the storm that raged over the threat to the city's custody of the saint.

Madre: the museum of contemporary art in Napoli

Art is a place to be, a place that tries to reach us, provoke us. It swallows the rules, the clocks, the to and fro, and waits for us to respond. 804 more words

Italy

thephraser reblogged this on The Phraser and commented:

This piece, first published in April 2016, was written after my first visit to the Madre in Naples. I loved the museum's calm space, the range of its exhibits ... and its roof terrace.

Alabaster

I am a pink rose petal’s pale glow

black ash tamped in furrows
between the breath of the living
& the souls of the dead… 139 more words

Poetry

The Villa Pignatelli, two dogs, and a carriage museum in Naples, Italy

This villa – white and recently restored – sits in the lap of one of the most crowded cities in Europe.  It has the blue sea to its front, colour behind, and is wrapped in an exclusive coat of green. 1,037 more words

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thephraser reblogged this on The Phraser and commented:

A look back (first published 9 March 2016): the Villa Pignatelli - owned by the Actons, the Rothschilds, and the Pignatellis - is now a museum and, together with its carriage display, well worth a visit if you're lucky enough to be in Chiaia in Napoli.

How to Stop Procrastination and Write Your Essays (By Someone Who is Definitely Not Procrastinating, is Definitely Writing Their Essays)

Originally published at the University Observer .

Dear friends, study week is once more upon us. To quote the great American singer-songwriter, John Darnielle, “I want to say I’m sorry for stuff I haven’t done yet / Things will shortly get completely out of hand”. 572 more words

Academia

Sea cats around the Bay of Naples, Italy

Last week a bonny, blond portrait painter came to stay.  We took her to see the sights: old fishing harbours; castles; artworks; views; and we fended off the men … but it was the cats that caught her eye. 508 more words

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thephraser reblogged this on The Phraser and commented:

I published this post on The Phraser at the end of February 2016. February is a grand time to be on the Bay of Naples. The sun might not always be there, and it might be chilly, but there's always coffee and plenty to explore ... plus, of course, you're bound to bump into a cat.

The joy, and guilt, of a drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Some places fill the mind with light, draw us like moths towards their flame … and as we arrive in our thousands the chaos from our wingbeats pushes outwards. 512 more words

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thephraser reblogged this on The Phraser and commented:

I wrote this post at the end of February last year. Since then we've seen another summer on the lovely Amalfi Coast ... but we've also sat in its traffic jams, and met up with friends, weak with frazzled nerves, after they've completed their own summer drives along this famous coast. My advice is to travel by sea .. I don't think donkeys are available yet :)