Sunday, 8 July 2012


"I don't like these names," remarked the laundry lady, accepting a bag of shirts in the already 32 degree morning.

"First we had Caronte, now we've got Minosse; mark my words - it'll be Lucifero next."

Hats off to  Italian mass state education ; it may have been instituted as late as the 1950s; it may have had a school-leaving age of 11 as late as the 1970s; but it  has never held out on the children.  What there was to be taught was taught to all until  time ran out on the years of obligatory schooling; there was no dumbing-down, no intellectual condescension; no time to waste.

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