They've got an awful lot of coffee in Italy already, and they love and drink it in their own style: typically, espresso gulped down quickly, served not with a cruller, but a cornetto or biscotto. So a big non si fa came to mind when I considered the idea of Starbucks in Italy. That is, until I thought about the power of the brand, something not to be trivialized.
Rondi Adamson is a writer, editor and teacher in Toronto. Her website is www.rondiadamson.ca.
The Canadian propensity for self-aggrandizement is in form these days. It started with the massive coverage of the arrival of Syrian refugees at Pearson International Airport in December. While many were drowning in self-congratulations, all I could think about was a scene from Woody Allen's 1973 film, Sleeper.
01/11/2016 12:36 EST
Sinatra was, outside of the world of opera, the greatest singer of the 20th century. As we mark on December 12 the 100th anniversary of his birth, we remember that he was a once-in-a-century talent. Until his later years, he never hit a wrong note.
12/11/2015 06:34 EST
Talking more about one attack or reacting more passionately to it does not a narrow response make, nor does it mean you are a bigot who wants your country's doors closed to refugees. What I would like is for the hectoring posturers out there to understand that Paris, in many ways, represents the apex of Western culture.
11/24/2015 11:20 EST
If progressives are so interested in protecting the environment and being a voice for those who can't speak, why were their representatives out en masse in Calgary this past weekend? Heck, Justin Trudeau even had a contest where "you and a friend" could join him at the Stampede.
07/10/2015 05:36 EDT
I realize that Tim Hunt is not a character on a sitcom. But when, oh when, did everyone become so brittle and humorless? And where is our sense of proportion? Hunt didn't harass a colleague or assault someone or fire a woman who wouldn't have sex with him or say that women shouldn't be scientists or that female scientists weren't as good as male scientists.
06/19/2015 05:30 EDT
I can understand having sympathy for Omar Khadr. I share some of that sympathy. I can understand feeling frustration at how Khadr's long and winding case has been handled, starting back in 2002. I share some of that frustration. What I can't understand are people portraying Khadr as a martyr and an innocent with a dreamy smile.
05/12/2015 12:35 EDT
Located inside the 13th century church San Francesco delle Donne, the Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti would be worth visiting merely for its architectural resplendence and back-story: it is said the spot for the church was chosen because St. Francis of Assisi preached there, and eventually, the church was passed on to Benedictine sisters and became a convent (hence 'Delle Donne,' of the women).
02/24/2015 12:18 EST
Francesco Schettino was sentenced to 16 years -- 10 for manslaughter, five for causing a maritime disaster, one for abandoning his passengers on the Costa Concordia. While many feel the sentence itself is non coraggioso -- tentative -- what they find truly shameful is that as long as his sentence is under appeal, Schettino will not go to prison.
02/16/2015 01:56 EST
Two organizations in Iran -- Iran's House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex -- are organizing their second Holocaust denial cartoon contests. Cartoonists are being asked to submit works denying or trivializing the Holocaust. The contest winners will have their work displayed at Tehran's Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art. Charming. Obviously, the people behind this nonsense think they are terribly clever. But they are completely missing the point. There is no courage involved here, no risk, no fearlessly challenging any received wisdom.
02/05/2015 12:45 EST
It is a black and white matter. Killing journalists because they write, draw or publish something you deem offensive is wrong, and yes, it is wrong even if the thing you deemed offensive is, objectively speaking, offensive. There are no shades of grey here, no colours, no nuances. None of that is relevant. It matters not if the cartoons were vulgar or sexist, or, as many think, not funny.
01/19/2015 01:01 EST
I'm no longer in my 20s. I'm no longer in my 30s. And I'm studying abroad (in Italy). Enjoying it but also finding challenges. Of course, there were plenty of those when I went off to university at the age of 18, but they were different than the ones with which I now contend.
12/16/2014 05:25 EST
At times, Italy can seem like a boot-shaped cliché: people gesticulating madly, yelling in what seems like a rage when in fact they are discussing last night's delicious lasagna. But there are things that might surprise you here. My top six.
11/17/2014 12:43 EST
I'm Canadian, and feel lucky and pleased to be so. But that doesn't mean I don't think Canadians abroad couldn't stand to benefit from some attitude adjustments. Just for starters, my fellow Canadians, it isn't a cause for outrage if someone thinks you're American. And the "maple leaf on the backpack" myth has got to stop.
10/06/2014 12:53 EDT
The term 'celebration of life' has entered my personal "turns-of-phrase-I-hate gallery." I understand the sentiment behind the perky spin, but I feel rather tyrannized by the doublespeak. You should laugh and tell jokes and wear bright colours! It's a party! Yay! Someone you love is dead and you will never talk to them again! Now get in line for a whack at the piñata.
05/12/2014 05:20 EDT
Last November, in Rome, I unintentionally stumbled upon a plaque related to the terrible rappresaglia, or reprisal, of Fosse Ardeatine. It was March 24, 1944 -- this week marks the 70th anniversary -...
03/24/2014 03:13 EDT
I was troubled in season two of the usually stellar Mad Men, when Duck Phillips tossed his dog, Chauncey, out onto the mean streets of New York. We were given no resolution for the dog, but a recurring role for Duck (which included far more sex and work than he deserved after what he did to Chauncey).
02/28/2014 12:28 EST
I have just returned to Canada from over two months in Italy, where I managed to cross something off, if not my bucket list, then at least my "stuff I really want to do" list: attend a Serie A match.
11/27/2013 05:43 EST
Depending on with whom you speak, the truth is a) Rob Ford is the victim of a media attack the likes of which has never been witnessed in Toronto, including unjustified intrusion on his private property, or b) Rob Ford is the author of all of his problems. I would say both of the above contain truth and that all of the following are true, in my opinion.
11/21/2013 12:27 EST
She explains what the "Shoah", or Holocaust was. She states that the reason she is being so slow and re-explaining basics to a room full of adults is that there are a lot of 'Orientali', or Asians, in our class, and they don't know about this period of history, especially the Chinese. She says this several times. I can hardly believe what I'm hearing.
11/06/2013 12:39 EST
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