The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife

An English woman in Sicily handling parenthood, corruption and a Sicilian mother-in-law, all at once

The Moorish Heads of Sicily

…Otherwise known as Pot Heads! I like the ambiguity in the phrase Moorish Heads. When the Moors invaded Sicily from North Africa in the 11th century, they built ceramics workshops … Continue reading

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How to improve your Italian – TUTTO ITALIANO!

I’ve been meaning to work on my Italian for about ten years, since I compared my Italian with my sister’s. She’s a professional translator, whereas I learned it all from … Continue reading

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Yes, this package of white powder is mine

Last week I received a summons from the local post office, informing me I must present myself at their offices within an appointed deadline. The card had rubber stamps and … Continue reading

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Explore the Elements: Thomas Cook Photography Competition

Thomas Cook is running a photography competition. The rules are simple: post four photographs, each one representing the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. Click here for Competition Details CLICK … Continue reading

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How to Queue-hop in front of a Sicilian

If queue-hopping were an Olympic sport, the Sicilians would win gold every time. Yet recently I beat them at their own game. My son – who lives bravely with chronic … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 9 Comments

How authentic an Italian are you?

Originally posted on Englishman in Italy:
I asked Mrs Sensible if I could pass for an Italian, not a chance she said, you don’t dress like an Italian, you don’t…

March 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

A Sicilian Horse

March 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

From London to Sicily, with love

Originally posted on Jules Told Me:
One of my favourite bloggers, Veronica di Grigoli, writes with wit and passion about her adopted home of Sicily. Her hugely enjoyable blog –…

March 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

What do Wine, Salt and an English Martyr have in common?

Marsala, on the westernmost point of Sicily! Marsala, being a major strategic town on Sicily’s west coast, became a major base when the Spanish conquered Italy. It has a very southern-Spanish … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 16 Comments

The Kind of Blogs that Make Money

Since I’m skint, and my part of Sicily has 49% unemployment, I’ve been researching how to make money from blogging. If this doesn’t work, my only option will be to … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · 36 Comments

A Scandalous Story about the Mafia, Extortion and Cake

Sicily’s Anti-Extortion spokesman is Arrested while Extorting 100k Euros In one of the most delicious news items ever reported since I’ve been living in Sicily, it turns out that one … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 34 Comments

How can Art bring the Dead back to Life?

We went to the southern Sicilian town of Favara a while back. The historic town centre looked like a slum in Chad, or perhaps the most bombed-out district of Damascus. … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 12 Comments

How do you stop anyone stealing your motorbike?

Keep it on the balcony!

March 2, 2015 · 5 Comments

How to Annoy a Sicilian

Despite their reputation for having a volcanic temperament, Sicilians are actually a phlegmatic bunch. I’m endlessly amazed by what they’ll put up with. But, if you must, here are the … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · 34 Comments

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