Monday, March 10, 2014

"A FORGOTTEN VILLAGE"

Do you ever wonder how talk show presenters prepare their programmes? You might think that they would read everything they can about people they are going to interview, bone up on geographical locations that are going to feature or, at the very least, make sure they are well-briefed by people who can do this for them. 

Miss Barbara d'Urso, the presenter of the Sunday afternoon programme Domenica Live on Canale 5, appears to have done none of these things this week and has caused a Sicilian storm by referring to Siracusa as "a forgotten village in southern Italy" whilst interviewing the teacher who arranged a school concert to welcome new Premier Matteo Renzi to the city.

Siracusa: 2,700 years old, the birthplace of Archimedes and the most important city in Magna Graecia. Siracusa: UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has a Greek amphitheatre to rival those in Greece itself and classical plays are performed there to this day. It also has a Roman amphitheatre and Cicero described Siracusa as "the greatest and most beautiful" of Greek cities.  

Teatro greco, Siracusa being prepared for the performance of a Greek play


Mayor of Siracusa Giancarlo Garozzo is understandably appalled and points out that the city is ranked fourth in Italy [after Rome, Venice and Florence] for its artistic and architectural heritage. He also thinks that Miss d'Urso should have glanced at Wikipedia before the programme went on air. This morning his administration sent a written protest to Mediaset [Silvio Berlusconi's group of television channels, which includes Canale 5]. Both the city council and the tourist board are now likely to invite Miss d'Urso to visit the city. 

Ironically Miss d'Urso is from Naples and changed her name from Maria Carmela - judged "too southern" by her bosses at Tele Milano, a precursor of Canale 5 - to Barbara in 1977. What a pity she didn't change her reading habits too.

10 comments:

annechung said...

I've been here before. I've always loved Siracusa. I've been to the teatro too.

Winchester whisperer said...

Tut tut!

rosaria williams said...

Ah, yes, the breezy pass through history...

Laruchka said...

Fancy changing your name for your boss.... wow. It's not like she's trying to get ahead in China!

Jenny Woolf said...

Wonder if she was being misguidedlyi humorous. Syracuse isn't a village, for goodness sake :) I havent been for years but remember it being interesting.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Anne. Glad you love it too. Indeed, WW. Quite so, Rosaria. Good point, Laruchka. Hi, Jenny. I've seen the clip and she wasn't trying to be funny. Yes, it's a very interesting city.

UBERMOUTH said...

Looks gorgeous! How long did it take you to be fluent in Italian WC? And did you speak Italian before you moved there?
How are you and your baby?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Uber. Nice to hear from you! Yes, I'm an Italian graduate and qualified French and Italian teacher. I graduated in 1972! So I was fluent before I moved here but you never stop learning a language, even your own, because languages change. My baby's fine, thank you, though getting older, like me. I've had a bad year - apart from periods of bereavement, my worst, in fact - but hopefully things are getting better. How are you?

Lee said...

So much history...it is a time the word "awesome" really does apply.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, "awesome" is the word, Lee.

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