A chronicle of tea drinking

A chronicle of tea drinking

by Christina Kolyva • 21 Jun 2009 Nessun Commento »

Tea as a drink is the aromatic herbal beverage made by combining the processed leaves of the tea bush Camellia Sinensis with hot or boiling water. Therefore, strictly speaking, herbal, flower or fruit-based infusions are not teas, unless they also contain…


Making it online

Making it online

by Katy Fentress • 11 Jun 2009 2 Commenti »

As Intiman, an Italo Bolivian musician based in Rome saw his career begin to take off, he began to explore what options he had for getting his music heard. He was wary of signing a contract with a major record…


Outsider art

Outsider art

by Katy Fentress • 11 Jun 2009 Nessun Commento »

An image painted on a wall in London’s Portobello road, depicts a French painter standing by an easel, looking on with satisfaction at the results of his work. His gaze rests on some large, graffiti-style letters that spell out the…


Family drama on a Norfolk beach

Family drama on a Norfolk beach

by Giovanni Biglino • 5 Jun 2009 Nessun Commento »

Shadows in the sun, the second feature movie from director David Rocksavage, is a moving family drama in which all members of cast are perfectly chosen and deliver touching performances. In the late Sixties, Hannah (Jean Simmons), an old woman…


Italian graffiti

Italian graffiti

by Katy Fentress • 3 Jun 2009 Nessun Commento »

When travelling on Rome or Milan’s railway and underground systems, it’s hard not to notice the huge amount of graffiti splayed across the trains. Words like “Tuff”, “Aser” and “Chico” shout out from the carriages in a cacophony of colour…


Transvestites also cry

Transvestites also cry

by Katy Fentress • 28 May 2009 3 Commenti »

An imposing black man is standing in front of the mirror of a tiny bathroom coating his dark features with red foundation cream. He pulls out an eye shadow palette and starts applying green, gold and purple stripes to his…


It’s all Greek to me… or is it?!

It’s all Greek to me… or is it?!

by Christina Kolyva • 20 May 2009 Nessun Commento »

I caught myself wondering the other day how interesting it is that the English language has the expression ‘it’s all Greek to me’ for something we find difficult to understand. This is in fact the usual reaction of people when I…


Interview: Jay Brannan

Interview: Jay Brannan

by Giovanni Biglino • 19 May 2009 Nessun Commento »

His concerts in London and Paris are sold out. And he has been defined “the male Joni Mitchell”. But Jay Brannan has probably reached a wider audience since he starred as Ceth in the 2006 movie Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell,…


Rediscovering Jessie Boswell

Rediscovering Jessie Boswell

by Giovanni Biglino • 22 Apr 2009 1 Commento »

A graceful painter, shy, distinguished. The only woman, and a foreigner, in the group of the Six Painters of Turin (“i Sei di Torino”). Jessie Boswell (Leeds 1881 – Moncrivello, Biella, 1956) can be today (re)discovered in Turin, at the…