Friday, July 14, 2006


A Palermo fashion chain has been selling T-shirts imprinted with the words, "MAFIA - MADE IN ITALY". It seems that some misguided tourists, among others, have been buying them. Prodi's party has called for the withdrawal of the T-shirts from sale.

It doesn't say much for Sicily's self-esteem, does it? There are so many beautiful and wonderful images and evocative words that could be put on T-shirts from this island [as the antimafia Prosecutor says in the newspaper article*]. How about Isola della Frutta, Limoncello, Cioccolato, Pasta alla Norma, Isola Bella, Isola dei Dolci, Isola dei Bei Mari, Spiagge Pulite, Isola della Bellezza? - And those are just off the top of my head for a start!
* The story appears in both La Repubblica and La Sicilia online editions today but I can't get the links to work.

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