Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Io sono in Italia

Specificatamente in Toscana

You can tell that you are really in Italy when the pizza is served with a pair of scissors, and the menu has no Chicken Tikkha as a topping option.

And the coffee is sent from Heaven

As a mere Brit, you know that you are in Europe when the Euro is pretty well equivalent to a pound and you are reduced to instant penury.

You also know that you are in Europe when the petty, pointless restrictions on everyday liberty set in. This morning's involved a long, hot uphill trekk to find an Internet point (fair enough), only to be told that Italian law requires 'ID' before access to the Internet can be granted.

I cannot deduce what public benefit is intended by this impudent Ruritanian requirement. Presumably there is a cost to it, one further tiny contribution to economic scoliosis of Southern Europe – for which, no doubt, the German tax-payer will ultimately meet the bill.

If you ever read this then you will know that, like the Grand Old Duke of York (no relation to Fergie), I finally made it back down the the hill, and then back up again.

What a shame to spoil such a nice country with such daft government – though this it hardly a sentiment to be directed uniquely at Italy!

Meanwhile...

Perhaps it will be possible to maintain regular production of a posting a day on Conductive World, via Internet cafés with exorbitant Euro-charges. If not satisfactory, please be patient and keep checking back here (or on Facebook and Twitter) to see whether anything gets through..

Good things will soon come to an end and normal services will be resumed.

1 comment:

  1. I find that the ID requirements are as follows:

    'NEW PROVISIONS OF ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

    'We kindly inform our Customers,
    That due to new provisions of law n.155 of July 31st 2005, regarding "Measures to contrast International Terrorism", the use of Internet is possible only under presentation of a valid ID (ID card, passport, residence permit).'

    I am sure that Johnny Terrorist has that one rumbled.

    Mein Host her at the off-licence from which I post this agrees with me but he is still obliged to photcopy the data page of my passport and had over the photocopycopy to Plod each day.

    Pesumably then somebody (or some machine) does somethuing with the photocopy and the data are fed into some system or other wherein futher needless, prying expense is incurred.

    I wonder when the Italian data-protection laws plan to relinquish this tiny and unimportant part of my private business...

    if ever.

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