In ascensore, STOP al sudore!

Le storie sugli ascensori sono molto popolari e diversi registi hanno tratto ispirazione da questi racconti sensazionali, spesso spaventosi.                                                     (go to the English version)

Le cose che devi sapere per prevenire la paura di restare bloccati in ascensore sono tre:

# 1. Se siete su una sedia a rotelle non dovreste aver paura degli ascensori, visto che potreste doverli usare anche per prendere i biscotti da una mensola posta in alto! Dont-sweat-the-petty-things__quotes
# 2. Controllate sempre la capienza dell’ascensore, soprattutto se il peso della vostra carrozzina è circa 150 kg… Perché se con voi salissero 2 uomini grassi, dovreste essere pronti a rimanerci intrappolati dentro! Nonché a udire l’ascensore che pianifica il suicidio…
# 3. Non usare l’ascensore insieme a persone sudate. Potreste svenire prima che le porte si aprano! È consigliabile attendere il turno successivo…

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Il tuo gatto ama la nicotina!

Vivere con il mio assistente, Israr, è piuttosto divertente, ma soprattutto sta insegnandomi moltissime cose… (go to the English version)

Posso redigerne una lista:

1. Ora so che le persone possono diventare pericolosamente dipendenti da uno schermo LCD. Dopo aver trascorso qualche minuto di fronte alla tv, infatti, inizieranno a guardare film, documentari e finanche pubblicità senza tregua, nutrendo il bisogno compulsivo con ogni sorta di immagine giunga dall’antenna parabolica. Finché non li troverete a fissare lo schermo spento durante uno dei vostri raid notturni per sfamare il gatto.

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Una finestra sull’universo

Coricata sull’erba, aspetto di vedere ricomparire il sole. Ora, vedo soltanto un piccolo cerchio luminoso dietro le nuvole. Fa male agli occhi. Tuttavia, anche se la luce è insopportabile non riesco a smettere di guardare.                                                  (go to the English version)

Mi ricorda l’infanzia e le estati trascorse a pianificare il mio futuro. Penso a quegli anni, cercando di immaginare dove sia, ora, quella bambina.

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Le antiche rovine

Oggi  sono tornata a La Venaria Reale per trascorrere il pomeriggio nei Giardini della Reggia.                                       (go to the English version)

Beh, è stato fantastico! La giornata era soleggiata ma non afosa, sicché il clima mite ha reso la nostra visita ancora più piacevole. Purtroppo, l’assetto originario dei Giardini è andato perduto. Non resta traccia della disposizione del 17° e del 18° sec. Ciò che si può ammirare, oggi, è la ricostruzione del paesaggio risultante da un complesso progetto di restauro.

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Just wonder at it!

If you are going  to take a tour of Turin , don’t forget to visit the Palace of Venaria. I went last week for the fourth time since it was restored. I walked along the beautiful gardens after visiting the Reggia and the Orangery as well, to admire the wonderful Bucentaur of Savoy, hosted exceptionally in the majestic eighteenth-century architecture by Filippo Juvarra.

La Venaria Reale is a great estate just outside Turin. It comprises 80,000 square meters of floor surface in the Reggia and 60 hectares of Gardens. It is a natural and architectural masterpiece that was declared part of the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997.

I always love walking in the Great Gallery! The Gallery, that connected the apartments of the King to that of the Crown Prince, is one of the most amazing spaces of the complex. The size of the Gallery is remarkable: 15 meters in height at the center of the vault, 80 meters in length and 12 in width. If during the visit you meet some children who pretend to be in a fairy tale or any young girls who act like princess, don’t worry! They are only flights of fancy.  But if you see a Queen on a wheelchair, well, you probably would  meet me…

At the end, visiting the Palace is good also to wash your feet! 



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REGGIA of Venaria

But I’ll tell you more in the next post…

The shower

Sunday, it was the 10th August and – as you know –  on 10th August night you are likely to see a great number of meteors in the night sky. It’s the night of falling stars!

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear to come, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus. The name derives in part from the word Perseides a term found in Greek mythology referring to the sons of Perseus.

By the way, a “falling star” has nothing at all to do with a star! These amazing streaks of light are caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids falling into the Earth’s atmosphere and burning up. The short-lived trail of light the burning meteoroid produces is called a meteor. Meteors are commonly called falling stars…

Well, on Sunday I went outside with some friends to find a good place to watch the falling stars. We reached a cosy clearing, alongside the river called Orco. It was very dark and we could hear only the water-flowing. We sat on the ground, looking up to the sky.

Some Catholics refer to the Perseids as the “tears of Saint Lawrence”, since 10 August is the date of that saint’s martyrdom.

At a certain time, something poured on my face (anyway, there were  no birds flying over my head…).  You have to know that in Italy we call the night of 10th August as the “Saint Lawrence’s tears Day”.  However, it would be absurd that it was a tear of the Saint! Suddenly, a second drop came down, then a third one… In few minutes, it began a shower of water and the sky got very dark: it’s raining!

Unfortunately, it kept raining all night long. As the sky was covered, nobody in my town could enjoy the meteor shower, but definitely we had a shower!

10th August

The outfit of the Independent Living

Changing the colour of hair is a SMArt way to feel restored! 


With origins in the U.S. civil rights and consumer movements of the late 1960s, the Independent Living Movement grew out of the Disability Rights Movement, which began in the 1960s.

Living independently, having the chance to control and self-determine my life, is very important.  I can choose to go outside with my friends, to travel, to do shopping… and I can also choose to go to the hairdresser to colour my hair. Most of you might believe it’s an unimportant thing, but try to imagine how much difficult it would be your days if you couldn’t live autonomously. And try to figure how much sad would be your life if you weren’t considered as citizens as the other people, or if the rights that the other citizens take for granted were not guaranteed to you, and if you had not the same degree of freedom in every day life… What are you feeling now?



This is why you MUST always claim the right to independence, even if you are not on a wheelchair like me!

Well, do you like my new outfit? Before answering “NO”, you must know that your IP address is traceable! 😀 😛


What a mess!

Is there something – all over the world – more British than a cup of tea? I guess, no!

Well, I’m going to tell you about a very English mug and a tasteful blend of tea. This could be a serious post. However, as you know I’m an Italian and you would expect that I serve you a piece of pizza alongside the tea…

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A tasteful dinner

Last night we had a pakistani dinner in my home. It has been so long since someone cooked Pakistani food in my kitchen! As I hired a pakistani assistant for August (actually he is the substitute for my two personal assistants which are on holiday) I asked him to cook Biryani rice and then I invited some friends for dinner. So, in the morning I had gone to buy all ingredients for the recipe: tomatoes, basmati rice, ginger, lemons and onions as well. You know, I don’t like onions, but when I told it to Israr he was really astonished and he explained how much important they are in the pakistani recipes…so, I had to surrender and to put them on the shopping cart. “Ok, let’s go! We have all ingredients!” I was so excited! Unfortunately, I forgot to tell Israr that I hate garlic: do you imagine what means for a pakistani chef cooking without garlic? It’s like talking without miming for an Italian!

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Generation 700 euros

Since I was a teenager I always dreamed to live alone, like most of the teenagers. However, this dream wouldn’t come true if the Piedmont Region, where I live, hadn’t initialized customized projects based on the Independent Living principles for people with severe disabilities.

In most countries, proponents of the Independent Living Movement claim preconceived notions contribute to negative attitudes towards people with disabilities, portraying them as sick, defective and deviant persons, as a burden for themselves and their families, dependent on other people’s charity.

So, I’ve been living my new life in my own home for two years. Holding in my hands, for the first time, the keys of the new house was great.

Although, very soon, I realized that I had got the keys because I had paid the rent before, and then I realized that they would have been mine as long as I pay for it. Then, after opening the door, I understood that it couldn’t be considered my home without connecting electricity, gas and water… Because you can feed the mind of ideals and passion, but body requires different kind of food. Mostly mine, that after opening the eyes on the ceiling bangs the drums for sugar and caffeine…It doesn’t care about ideals and flights of fancy.

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they say freak, I hear trick

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