Archive for the ‘Quirky’ Category

Addicted to… the bidet

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The audio version.

Published on 7th July 2014 in the BBC Online Magazine

Italy’s Sister Act

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Everybody loves a singing nun, whether it’s Julie Andrews crooning in the Sound of Music or Whoopi Goldberg belting gospel in Sister Act. But now Italy has its own singing sister who became an overnight international star last week, thanks to her performance on The Voice of Italy.

(first broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio, 10th April, 2014)

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)