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October 31, 2009

Back on La Pigna hill in Sanremo...

I've already reported a first visit up to the Sanremo ancient area in
a previous post
. I was recently back there and up the hill to enjoy
its particular atmosphere and take a closer look to the huge fig trees
that thrust their roots into the crevices of that rocky ground.


The Ficus macrophilla, commonly known as the Moreton Bay fig is a
large
evergreen banyan tree of the Moraceae family, subsection of the
Malvantherae.



Its specific epithet macrophylla is derived from the ancient Greek makro
(large) and phyllon (leaf) and refers to the size of the leaves.






The characteristic "melting" appearance of the Ficus macrophylla is due
to its habit of dropping aerial roots from its branches which on reaching
the ground thicken into supplementary trunks which help to support the
great weight of its crown.



The trunk can be massive, with thick, prominent structure and a rough
grey-brown bark.
Some trees can reach heights of 60 m.


Currently the tallest Moreton Bay Fig (49 m) is found near Egg Rock, in
Queensland, Australia, but even Europe exhibits some sizeable
naturalized specimen.
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(More on > Wikipedia).

October 28, 2009

Female Nephila komaci, the hugest webweaving spider.

The Nephila komaci can be found in Madagascar and South Africa.
They can be up to three feet (one meter) wide and are a member
of
the orbweaving spiders' group.

"In the PLoS ONE paper, Kuntner and Coddington described Nephila komaci
as a new species, now the largest web-spinning species known, and placed
it on the evolutionary tree of
Nephila". (EurekAlert)


(Photos M. Kuntner)
1) a giant golden orb-web exceeding 1 meter in diameter:
Nephila inaurata,
Rodrigues, Indian Ocean.

2) extreme sexual size dimorphism in Nephila spiders: Small male and large
female,
Nephila pilipes, Singapore.
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Jumping now to another site, EarthTouch, for a beautiful video, taken early
in the morning, when the sun rays make the web's threads shine like gold,
which explains the spider's name.

Golden orb-web spider - Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
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* Previous post on Golden orb spider.

October 27, 2009

Rampini the ChIndian

A brilliant journalist and writer I discovered reading "The ChIndia Empire".

Listen to March 2007 CDT interview here (en).



EuroTopics > Federico Rampini, 10 articles cited in the European Press
Review.


At Harry Kreisler's "Conversations with history".


(UCtelevision)


Born in Genoa in 1956, Federico Rampini has been a student of the liberal French
sociologist Raymond Aron at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris
and of the economist Mario Monti at the Bocconi University in Milan.

As a journalist, he first worked for "Città Futura" in 1977, the weekly magazine of the
FGEI, when the general secretary was Massimo D'Alema and for weekly "Rinascita"
in 1979, the PCI weekly of Enrico Berlinguer.

Federico Rampini is a columnist, correspondent and editor for European affairs of La
Repubblica,
since 1997.
He is a consultant at Institut Français des Relations internationales, member of the
Scientific board of the journal Critique Internationale, published in Paris by the Fondation
Nationale des Sciences Politiques and member the Italian magazine of geopolitics Limes.

He also contributed as a columnist to Le Figaro, L'Express, Politique étrangère, in France.
(more).
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Bibliography...

October 24, 2009

Which future for our planet ?


(click)

Tens of thousands of climate change activists have been out in force
all over the world to raise awareness of the dangers of global warming.



As many as 4,000 protests have been taking place in 170
countries
around the globe to mark World Climate Day.

The coordinated campaign was designed to highlight ecological
concerns in the run-up to the international climate conference
to be held in Copenhagen next month.


(Ultimatum-climatique)



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October 23, 2009

The usual Oberkampf wall...


October 22nd - # 58 by NP77


October 8th - # 57 by Poch

GRAFFITI TODAY
The Fondation Cartier has asked ten artists from different countries to create works and ephemeral
installations specifically for the exhibition.
Chosen for the singularity of their approach and the force of their artistic vision, Basco Vazko, Cripta,
JonOne, Olivier Kosta, Théfaine, Barry McGee, Nug, Evan Roth, Boris Tellegen-Delta, Vitché and
Gérard Zlotykamien present their work within the Fondation Cartier’s gallery spaces as well as on its
glass façade.

In collaboration with the Association le M.U.R., the Fondation Cartier has also invited artists to create
large-scale posters, in the presence of the public, every first weekend of the month.
These posters are exhibited at the Fondation Cartier for one month before being moved to the billboard
of the association, located at the intersection of the Saint-Maur and Oberkampf streets in Paris.
The artists participating in the project include Alexöne, the Collectif 1980, Fancie, Jean Faucheur and
WK Interact, Honet, NP 77, Poch, RCF 1, Sun7 and Tom Tom.
In addition, L’Atlas, DTagno and Yseult have been invited to create unique and temporary works for the
garden of the Fondation Cartier.
From São Paulo to Amsterdam, San Francisco to Paris, graffiti today continues to evolve, adopting new
forms and modes of expression.
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Born in the Streets - GRAFFITI
from July/7 to Nov/29, 2009

Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain
261, boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris - France

http://Fondation Cartier

October 22, 2009

Hallelujah ! G@tto is back...

Orly airport personnel still on strike ? EasyJet flight cancelled ?
Let's go back by train !

... and G@tto got the Nice/Paris TGV.


(click to shake more)






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October 15, 2009

Yay ! Camilleri, "La Rizzagliata"...

La vicenda ruota attorno alla redazione della RAI siciliana.
Il suo direttore, Michele Caruso, tralascia di dare la notizia dell’avviso
di garanzia a Manlio Caputo, figlio del leader della sinistra siciliana,
accusato dell’omicidio della sua fidanzata, Amalia Sacerdote, anche
lei un cognome importante perché suo padre è il segretario generale
dell’Assemblea Regionale Siciliana.

La ragazza è stata trovata morta
a casa sua con il cranio fracassato
da un pesante portacenere e quel
cadavere crea non pochi problemi
per le rivalità politiche dei genitori
dei due giovani e per le evidenti
connessioni con i poteri economico,
giudiziario, giornalistico e politico dell’isola - una
rete solida quanto
un rizzaglio.
Publisher: Sellerio (La memoria, 795)
Pub date:
Oct, 2009


La Rizzagliata, oggi in libreria, ha una storia curiosa : arriva in Italia, nell’inconfondibile
impasto linguistico, un anno dopo l’uscita in Spagna.
Il primo problema è già nel titolo, che contiene un riferimento al «rizzaglio», una rete
in cui restano impigliati «i pesci cchiù stùpiti o i cchiù lenti, pirchì quelli cchiù sperti,
videnno le reti calare, si scansano ‘n tempo».
Come renderlo in spagnolo ?
L’editore Rba, e il traduttore Juan Carlos Gentile Vitale, hanno aggirato l’ostacolo,
titolando con un meno immaginifico "La muerte de Amalia Sacerdote".

In recent years the success of Andrea Camilleri has crossed the oceans, raising it to the world's most
beloved Italian writer.
The shelves are now filled with hundreds of editions in all major languages, but how
to make effective such an original style, so highly seasoned with Sicilian spices ?
Working on a Camilleri's
novel means accepting a fascinating but dangerous challenge.
Some of the best translators have taken up
this challenge.


"They say I'm a writer easy to understand, even if they have trouble understanding how I write..."
[Andrea Camilleri].

In generale, è il modo di trasporre il «
Vigatese» che crea difficoltà, come ben sanno
i traduttori che giorni fa hanno confessato i loro tormenti nel convegno* «La sfida di

Camilleri
» che si è tenuto a Milano, promosso dalla Fondazione Mondadori.


* "La Sfida di Camilleri" > "Come si traduce il Vigatese"
Convegno internazionale dedicato a uno degli autori italiani più tradotti. Mauro Novelli ha animato il confronto
tra alcuni traduttori dello scrittore siciliano, come Serge Quadruppani [France], Moshe Kahn [Germany],
Barbro Andersson
[Swedish] e Stephen Sartarelli [USA].

(8 ottobre, Salone d’Onore della Triennale di Milano, viale Alemagna, 6)

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AND
here is the wise man's opinion on what he calls the "Berlusconi anomaly"
(sorry, it's in Italian)...

[by 884C25]

October 08, 2009

... and G@tto went south !

See what I mean ?




The Promenade, then the Cour Saleya and then... yum yum !
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October 07, 2009

Running after the sun...

Well, it's definitely time to go south !




The weather forecast and these pictures speak by themselves.

Paris > and Nice >

And a tanned G@tto will be back to you around October 20th.
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When Lady Justice Hits...


"La Corte costituzionale, giudicando sulle questioni di legittimità costituzionale
poste con le ordinanze n. 397/08 e n. 398/08 del Tribunale di Milano e n. 9/09
del GIP del Tribunale di Roma, ha dichiarato l'illegittimità costituzionale dell'art
1 della legge 23 luglio 2008, n. 124 per violazione degli articoli 3 e 138 della
Costituzione. Ha altresì dichiarato inammissibili le questioni di legittimità
costituzionale della stessa disposizione proposte dal GIP del Tribunale di Roma".

La Repubblica - (it)
- La Consulta: lodo Alfano illegittimo - Berlusconi: "Vado avanti, giudici di sinistra".
Times on Line - (en)
- Silvio Berlusconi faces fight for career as top Italian court strips PM of immunity.
Le Monde - (fr)
- La Cour constitutionnelle italienne invalide la loi d'immunité protégeant Berlusconi.


(ItalianSpot)

Lodo Alfano > Wikipedia.it,
Lodo's Text (it) pdf >
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October 03, 2009

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