Nor is it a course for those with an aversion to being summoned by bells: Agnone is a town of 14 churches, most of them equipped with the massive clangers that are its claim to a niche sort of fame. The Marinelli bell foundry in the centre of town is said to be Italy’s oldest family business. Since the 14th century, the Marinellis have been sending their campane to churches and monasteries throughout the Catholic world, from Africa to South America. A video in its museum shows a succession of popes blessing the soon-to-be bells as sluice gates are opened to let moulten bronze surge infernally along channels in the foundry floor. It still makes 30 or more bells to order each year, and when we visit workers are about to crack open the latest huge clay cast. It’s a make-or-break moment that will reveal whether the painstakingly decorated bell will ring true or have to be fed back into the smelting vats. … [Read more...] about My week of speaking – and living – Italian in Italy’s undiscovered heartland
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Winning tip: Kladow This is a great day trip when you just want to look at red squirrels and swim in a lake. It can also be dirt cheap – less than €5. Get the S-Bahn to Wannsee in the south-west of the city (where senior Nazis planned the final solution in 1942). At the ferry port you'll see the workaday BVG-Fähre ferry to Kladow, which leaves on the hour. If there's time left on your S-Bahn ticket you can just hop on. In Kladow, there are woods, parks and lakes with sandy shores. bvg.de astrachan … [Read more...] about Day trips from Berlin: readers’ tips
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Obama then presented a horrified Gordon Brown with a box set of DVDs during their first meeting, at which the then Prime Minister was treated with all the pomp and circumstance that might be afforded to a junior member of the Ukrainian parliament. Advisers to Obama, used to awestruck foreigners being grateful for being treated to the mere presence of the man Oprah Winfrey anointed as ‘the One’, were mystified by the outcry in Britain. … [Read more...] about Will Cameron’s visit to the United States be all basketball and PR baloney?