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The London Liguria Commuter

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AHEAD OF THE 2015 VISITOR SEASON: the dos and don’ts

March 29, 2015 by Lucy Ashton

As the first green shoots of spring begin to break through, the thoughts of friends and relatives back home inevitably turn to… visiting foreign parts. The following is a sort… Read more…

Categories: Liguria spring

For once, in the right place at the right time

June 12, 2014 by Lucy Ashton

Amazingly, I think I can be sure for once I was in the right place at the right time. My decision to go back to the UK in March to… Read more…

Categories: Liguria life

Tufty the Squirrel has a lot to answer for

June 3, 2014 by Lucy Ashton

If I ever fall victim to an Italian traffic accident, it will all be down to Tufty the Squirrel. With a little help from the Green Cross Code. Many, many… Read more…

Categories: modern life

By the time you read this, I may have blown up half the street

May 24, 2014 by Lucy Ashton

You could not make it up. Truly you could not. It would be an understatement of political proportions to say I am unhappy. I am baffled, frustrated and genuinely do… Read more…

First I needed a plumber… and now I need an electrician, too!

April 20, 2014 by Lucy Ashton

I am sitting in my kitchen waiting for the plumber. He is coming back to fix the state he left the bathroom in yesterday. “Ho, hum. So far, so boring,”… Read more…

Listen! It’s the first electric drill of spring…

March 24, 2014 by Lucy Ashton

All over the town there’s the sound of frantic hammering and bashing. Floors are being brushed and washed and everywhere smells of fresh paint. The building across the street that’s… Read more…

The clean after the storm

February 10, 2014 by Lucy Ashton

The town looks beautiful this morning. It’s as if last night’s heavy rain has washed it clean and sparkling and the sun has come out to dry it off. Let’s… Read more…

It isn’t true: Italians DO talk about the weather

February 4, 2014 by Lucy Ashton

“Ooh, good,” I thought as I unpacked my shopping, “Now I can have some tea. And I can have a digestive biscuit. Great!” I had just returned from a shop… Read more…

The ‘one and only way’ to eat pizza – Italians should be told

January 19, 2014 by Lucy Ashton

It is reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently caused something of an upset in that city when he ate a slice of pizza using a knife… Read more…

It must be Christmas – the lights have gone up

December 7, 2013 by Lucy Ashton

It’s official: Christmas time has come. The lights have been put up in our town. But this year’s display is a rather subdued affair, reflecting economic reality. In fact our… Read more…

Categories: Liguria autumn