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Saturday Fragments [Oct. 11th, 2008|08:32 pm]
Flickr has been unavailable for several hours this evening. Thinking there might be news about it on some website, I Googled for "flickr unavailable" and found this handy page. It dates from 2004, and it has four links to what I assume might be mirror sites of some sort. I clicked on the first of them and, lo, Flickr appeared! All the pages I clicked on were there. A useful URL to remember.

It stayed pretty cool today, with more north wind and lots of big clouds crossing the sun's path. I still haven't raked the leaves from the lawn, but I swept the porch so it won't be so noisy to walk on at night. The gray cat now arrives in the afternoon, and today napped in a sunny spot near the back fence until I put some food out for him. He's vanished now, probably off to some warmer spot than any my yard provides.

Another YouTube discovery: Most Americans probably only know Vittorio De Sica as an Italian neo-realist film director, and only his work after The Bicycle Thief, released here in 1950. But he had a whole career as an actor and singer in pre-war Italy. Here's a clip of him singing Parlami d'amore Mariù in a 1932 film. There was also a YouTube video of his 78RPM recording of the same song, but it has vanished. I don't know how long the movie clip will last. Watch it while you can!

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2008-10-12 10:51 am (UTC)
ooh, bello! thank you so much! i had no idea de sica had ever acted. he was charming.

the comments are interesting. several of them say, "i want to go back!" one laments the way "ci scanniamo" nowadays -- we scan ourselves instead of interacting in person.

i'll follow the links to the side of the video, with pleasure. :)
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2008-10-12 11:23 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if the sign on the cafe wall, readable just after one minute into the clip, says "No Dancing Allowed"? I recognize "Non" and "Balli" but not the middle word.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2008-10-12 11:35 pm (UTC)
i watched it several times and can't quite make out the second word. at moments, i thought it was a form of "campeggiare," which means to camp. *s* my sense is that it means, "don't just stand around, dance!"
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2008-10-12 11:52 pm (UTC)
A very different culture from ours.
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