Thursday, November 09, 2017


The only time I have ever seen Fiumicino's overworked ground attendants positively happy was when they were obliged to tell check-in passengers that England's air-traffic controllers were on strike: While southern Italians themselves take what might be called an inordinate or perverse pleasure in their own unruliness, viewing it as a vital sign of life, they are bound to notice that not all visitors to their shores are charmed by chaos. So for them to be able to say that the English - the English! - were causing chaos in the skies was bliss.

- From Italian Days by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

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