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Book Reviews

New WW2 Book review

One of the things I do regularly these days (what with no TV and more time to read in bed and elsewhere) is review books. Yes, for Pen & Sword Publishing from the UK, but also books from other publishers.

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Italian Blog

An Italian mobile phone number

Alright, it took me a year of contemplating, several weeks of googling, and these past two days hours and hours of internet ‘work’ PLUS not one but TWO visits to Marsciano (the nearest town)….. but I now have CHEAP Italian

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Book Reviews

New WW2 book review – Greece

When looking through the list of new titles I received a while ago from Pen & Sword, this book and its short description caught my eye. For one, I am not intimately familiar with that part of the second world

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Italian Blog

Ik ben een cultuurbarbaar

Ik heb geen geduld (meer) voor muziek, ben 3 keer in mijn leven naar het Concertgebouw geweest, krimp in elkaar bij opera, vind Picasso een knoeier en kan niet dansen. Sterker nog, ik werd toen ik een jaar of 14

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Italian Blog

Cotto, the local stones

Good, another step. We have found the hand-made tiles that will go onto our terrace….. the family business at the company below has a great and friendly attitude towards customers, an honest, local made product AND a great price !

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Italian Blog

Italian traffic regulations

I am now thoroughly convinced that there is an Italian traffic rule that I was not aware of. As a foreigner here, you would never have guessed, just like me. But you know, in Italy it MUST be MANDATORY to

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Italian Blog

Bureaucracy ad infinito…..

Italy’s bureaucracy: one step forward, 2 backwards 6 months ago we tried to get Nina admitted as resident, but at the town hall they told us she has to have an approved Italian medical insurance forst. So we headed back

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General

Fire !

Never a dull day here in our new place in Italy. Today, while I was cutting down some trees in our ‘garden’, suddenly a black cloud of smelly smoke emerged from the neighbour’s chimney! That didn’t look good! So we

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Italian Blog

Watch the arms !

One of the things here in Italy you have to watch out for, is not hurt ladies’ hands while driving through the streets of your local village or town. Uh?? Well, the thing is, Italians gesticulate a LOT, even when

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France

SOLD !

YESSSSSSS !! Against all odds (we think) we sold our little apartment in the French Alps. We had it for almost 17 years and we LOVED our times living there. And quite frankly, our last trip to the region to

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Italian Blog

Far and few between

…. blog posts that is. Let me tell you, working and living in two countries doesn’t leave much time to blog on top of it. Facebook still rules ! Sadly……. because writing articles, however short, on a a blog is

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Italian Blog

Italian Blog…. will it ever get filled?

Because, you see, in spite of all my good intentions and living in Italy for a month I haven’t been able to update my site and my blog. Too much to do, too tired and no internet were the main

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Italian Blog

We’re moving

Well, we have STARTED to move at least. Just had news from our friends and neighbors in Umbria that the gas/heating system has been fixed….. good news now that it is still a bit nippy! We’ve loaded the car with

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Italian Blog

Stuff that needs sorting

When moving into another place there are many things to be taken care of. When moving into another country, there are many MORE! When we decided we were going to bid on our Italian house we knew that already, having

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Italy

Eggs ticking !

Or ‘hitting eggs’. A custom I learned about in Romania….. bu not surprisingly its origins lay in Italy since Romania and its language are formed in large part by Roman conquerors. In Italy too it is still very much the

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Scale Models

FSClassics Update

In case you do not (yet?) follow my FSClassics website, here’s a post copied from it: Keeping with the idea of  presenting classic aircraft AND events here, and focusing on WW2 mainly, here’s a clip I found on the wonderful

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Scale Models

Moson Scale Model Show

The Moson Model Show in Hungary is one of the best known shows of its kind in Europe. Unfortunately I cannot visit, but hoping to see many photos on Facebook and other places again of the event and the fabulous

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Flightsim

LLTM participants

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Flightsim

Low Land Tiger Meet 2014

Yesterday I visited the official opening of the 2014 LLTM (Low Land Tiger Meet), Europe’s largest (military) flightsim LAN-party. The LLTM is an iconic event known by all serious military flightsimmers in Europe AND beyond, and has been in existence

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Italy

Buying property in Italy

We just did…… and we had HELP. We used friends there that already went through the process, and we used a very good book with further tips, explanations, warnings and explanations of customs. But the book is in Dutch. The

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Italian Blog

How it all started

It is now way up to the end of March 2014 and we have bought a house in Italy. But as the first ‘post’ in this little bit of personal history, let me tell you how it all started….. Long

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Flightsim

Saitek HOTAS X-55

Where I am still happy with my old Saitek X52 HOTAS system, the company has released quite a few new models since. One of them, the professional looking X-55, got tested by Angelique van Campen who currently works for Aerosoft.

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Aviation

Russian Gunships – Book Review

Russian Gunship Helicopters by Yefim Gordon Recently I was introduced to the FlightCraft series of Pen and Sword Books. This is an interesting series aimed at not only aviation enthusiasts, but more in specific to aviation scale modelers and researchers

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France

FOR SALE !!

Our wonderful, cozy little apartment in the Trois Vallées area in France, smack in the middle of Europe’s largest skiing area, is for sale ! We have had wonderful times there, both skiing, hiking and as a base for our

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