Archive for the ‘Quirky’ Category

Nutella turns 50!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Both literally and figuratively one of Italy’s sweetest success stories, Nutella this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Company legend has it that the first ever jar was consumed on May 18th 1964.
From the little town of Alba in north western Italy, the chocolate-hazelnut spread has grown in popularity to become a global phenomenon. Now produced in 11 factories worldwide, 5 of which are in the EU, 365 million kilos of it were sold last year.

From Parc de Sceaux in France to Gorky Park in Russia, millions of fans were celebrating its half century last weekend. There were special festivities in its home country, with a huge free concert featuring pop star, Mika, in Naples’ Piazza del Plebiscito.

(first broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio 23rd May, 2014)

The Riviera Romagnola: Italy’s favourite beach without sea

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The people of Romagna prove that, even without crystalline waters, they can still attract the tourists.

(First broadcast on From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4, 25th August, 2012)


Monday, February 4th, 2013

I used to eat chicken and the odd bit of smoky bacon but, soon after I moved to Bologna, I gave up meat altogether. Thirteen years of often amusing reactions inspired me to write this piece.

(First broadast on From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4, 12th January 2013)