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The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire

For not the first time I'm going to attempt lucid and verbose journalism (it's a journal, so I feel that word applies) while fairly inebriated. Why is this the state of affairs? Because. Did you know the Italian word for 'because' is the same as 'why'? I fear I'm failing at the lucidity test... This state of affairs is because an Aperol Spritz, which is an AU$8 scam on oh-so-shwish Lygon is AU$3.50 here. “Shop around...” they say in the office next to mine, “you can't beat that price”.

Dang-ed sad news: my favourite pizzeria on the entirety of this corrupt little ball burnt down five months ago. Roberto's Porteo is gone, gone with the wind. Train roll on. At least the place on this self-centred ball of effluence that makes my favourite pizza is not gone. Contradiction? No; my favourite pizzeria did not make the best pizzi. It's strength was atmosphere, etcetera.

Today Dirk and I went to Monsélice, a little town 30 kliks from Il mio Padova. From the train station you take a little walk from the edge of town and go across the stream, past the square, past the palace, past the mansion, past the church. Then you come to six greekesque temples which due to some Papal Bull (I couldn't even invent that term for reals if'n I tried) gives pilgrims some indulgence or somesuch I don't quite grasp. Then, you come to a mansion with a uniquely designed church attached. You walk into the church. You walk past the first room. You walk into the main room. You see the Virgin. Then you see that the rest of the room is filled with closets filled with glass cases filled with the two-millenia-year old skeletons of children dressed in clowns' clothes. Roman martyrs apparently. It matters not that the castle is closed until next year. I have had enough entertainment one day. The palace and it's fascinating armoury, beautiful architecture and saucy tour guide was excellent, but paled next to the bizarre practices of a certain religion.

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(Anonymous)
Sep. 10th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Your pizzeria
Hey Paul,

I'm really sorry to hear about your favorite pizzeria :(

I hope you find another one that you will love just the same!

Love,

Allison :)
paulfraser
Sep. 11th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
Re: Your pizzeria
Thanks. I will overcome this bitter blow somehow.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 16th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Skeleton clown children. Dude.

That? Is deeply disturbing. And awesome.

I sense a Bruce Campbell film waiting to be made. Hmmm. Or perhaps a worthy successor to Pestilent Zombies?
(Anonymous)
Sep. 16th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
Er, that were I up yonder.

Jodie
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