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George Clooney’s marriage

Published October 2, 2014 by Tony

George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: a fairytale wedding

Three days of celebration, several changes of clothes, star chefs, historic locations and hundreds of guests. All this magnificence has its cost, and the account that bride & groom paid is rather pricey. Only a royal wedding can outclass to luxury and sumptuousness it. The total cost of this romantic weekend is nearly 13 million dollars (just over € 10 million.) The premise that it was something great came up when the pretty UN’s representative received a beautiful lonely seven carat worth about 600,000 euro, and that the wedding would have took place in Venice.
Mrs. Clooney has worn in order: a 50s style striped dress by Dolce & Gabbana for her arrival in the lagoon, a long asymmetrical bright red dress by Alexander McQueen, and a clutch by Oscar de la Renta for the bachelorette party. A wedding dress in American style by Oscar de la Renta, and after the wedding,  a balloon skirt in a macramé by Giambattista Valli. Finally, women can’t forget the cream pantsuit by Stella McCartney for the civil wedding in the municipal office.
After her arriving in Venice, the lawyer of Lebanese origin has nearly stole the show to her future husband, embodying the myth of Mrs. Kennedy. If in the previous hours she had been spotted at the airport in Milan with a sporty outfit, with jeans and sneakers, after the arrival in the lagoon she has unlined all her charm with a look from the fifties: a lounguette dress white-blacks inlaid, blacks big glasses like her long flowing hair, and court pointy shoes.
After many false leads and rumors circulated on purpose to confuse the curious, after arriving in Venice George and his girlfriend have materialized in Tronchetto, the car terminal, preceded by a van that unloaded the couple’s bulky baggage, including a trunk by Giorgio Armani containing the dress that the groom had to wear on Monday morning for the civil marriage. Nothing was left to chance, including the name of the gondola-taxi number 256, with the auspicious name “Love”, driven by the loyal Sandro Greco, the man-shadow to each Clooney Venice Film Festival partecipation.
Amal like Cinderella, when getting off of the taxi ‘Love’ to go to the hotel Cipriani, she held in the hand one of her shoes with the big stiletto heel.
Stumbling upon a typical star’s affectation, Clooney took exception to the bedroom’s furniture in the luxurious Aman Grand Canal Hotel, where the couple had to stay, asking to change it.
To manage the wedding of the year, the City even issued an order to prohibit the passage of persons and boats, by land and water, in front of the municipal building that housed the ironclad celebration. And that’s not all! Until Thursday, outside the building next to the hotel, there were some scaffolding installed for the restoration. To have a better sight of the Grand Canal, Clooney decided to shell out a substantial amount to disassemble it in a jiffy. Also, restyling maneuvers for the city, that for the occasion has been dressed up by authorities, without leaving even a gondola out of place.
A weekend in Venice has been enough for Mr. Clooney to infringe upon his past lived as much as possible away from gossip.
About sixty guests arrived at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the day before the wedding, for a pre-wedding dinner party. The day after, the wedding banquet at Aman Grand Canal Hotel, a seven-star where a room’s price ranges from one thousand to 3000 euro per night.
George Clooney and his wife chose the singer Andrea Bocelli to spread music in such a magical day.  Amal’s bridesmaid has been her sister, while George chose the dear friend Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s husband.
To understand the extent to which George and Amal have refined palates, we gotta give a look at the banquet, that among other things included: lobster, lemon risotto and polenta with fried mushrooms. To accomplish this menu there was the chef of the famous Hotel Dolada to Plois, Riccardo De Pra. He has been supported by two teams of outside cooks, one in Pisa and the other in Paris.
In this riot of colors and flavors, a particular dessert could not miss , the favorite of the Hollywood star: the Pasticcciotto of Puglia. A typical Salento one made of sweet pastry, filled with custard and shaped as a mini plumcake.
Not being able to give up this delight, for the wedding George Clooney ordered 2000 of them directly from Otranto, the origin country of these sweet.
I wonder if, as some say, this marriage is only meant to support Cloney’s political activity.

  

  

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Is it real love?

Published June 16, 2013 by Tony

How to tell if a new relationship will last

Summer, time for vacation, for encounters and…. flirts.
Whether he is to take the first step or she to wink, the question that often arises is: will it be an enduring love story?
Hard to say but some tips can come in handy.

Beyond physical attraction that led you to take the first step, I think it goes without saying that thru the second step you gotta check whether there are common interests, something that many underestimate.
Having more than one interest in common leads you to spend free time together, both of you intent to make or attend in the same event, and have some interesting topics of discussion.

Lifestyle of each of you is another important parameter to be evaluated. It is true that “love” can overcome many obstacles, but in the long run it stress you out and can lead to a break.

While dating or at the beginning of your living together, observe well your partner’s behavior and words.
“We” is an important word in a relationship, perhaps even more than “I love you”. Saying “we” means unconsciously a real intention to bring forward a superficial relationship, to feel part of a duo and a sincere feeling.
The wish for a trip together, the toothbrush put next to yours in the bathroom, fantasize about a future coexistence, they are all signs of a planning! This means that he/she is serious in the choice!

If your relationship starts to extend beyond yourself, and your partner wants more and more to share the “personal” affective sphere (talking of relatives and friends), bringing you into his/her world through the story of important events, well, this is the real transition between a simple infatuation and the beginning of serious relationship!

If you’re carrying he/she in your world through personal and familiar confidences and he/she is distracted, or if he/she looks bored when is together your friends and family members, it means that he/she does not want to consolidate the bond and do not want to go “beyond” the two of you. In this case, it is as to mean “do not run, it’s just an attraction.”

If your new partner does not plan anything, if the time spent with you is always deliberately “sipped,” and the word “future” is still a taboo, it is clear that for he/she this is just a adventure.

YOUNGS IDOLS

Published April 6, 2013 by Tony

FANS MANIA

At the time of the Beatles, during their concerts, fans were crying and gave vent to their happiness at the sight of the musicians on stage, crowding and despairing even to have the chance to see them up close and touch them.
Scenes of the past?
No, this is still happening, even if today these scenes are not so striking and no longer big news as it once was. If you want to attend in person in such situations, go to a Justin Bieber or One Direction concert, for example. There, you will see hundreds of teenagers screaming and waving at the sight of young artist singing on stage.
But this is not all.
The love for their idol lead some fans to do Justin Bieber in Bologna with Giorgiaeverything, as it happened in Bologna in the only Italian stage of Bieber. Hundreds of girls aged 14 and up went to the concert even if living in other cities, and all hoped to be chosen from Justin to go on stage and seeing dedicate, face to face, a song, how usually the young singer is doing at his concerts.

Giorgia also was at that concert who, although not a Bieber fan, had accompanied her friend who likes Justin. Life sometimes does tricks, and Georgia could not foresee at all that among thousands of screaming fans, from the stage Justin would choose her to be the “less lonely girl” of the evening. Under her friend’s astonished eyes, she was made accommodate on the stage, where Justin took her by the hand and made sit down, then dedicating her a song. Justin was there a few inches from her, singing with affection a song and looking into her eyes.
I can not imagine how much envy all the girls, that were there, have felt at that time. Not everyone has such a luck, and chance would that, the one to be kissed by fortune was not even a follower, like the hundreds who were there dreaming of being close to Justin, to touch and kiss him…. willing to do anything for him.
Envy has no limits and in the following days Georgia was bombarded with insults on Facebook and Twitter, so as to force her to close the accounts. This probably would have happened the same, even if she had really been a big Bieber fan, because her luck had been so much, too much to the point of inciting envy and jealousy.

One Direction

In fact, a similar fate had already happened to a seventeen year old from Bologna, fuckingly lucky to have won a free ticket for the concert of One Direction in New York, and especially to have had the opportunity to meet Harry Styles, as well as see his image immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud’s.
Being close to your idol, is priceless!
Is not this enough?
Sounds strange if not impossible that five Norwegian schools have brought forward the exams date because of the concert that Bieber should hold 16, 17 and 18 April in the Telenor Arena in Oslo.
Well, five schools in Aalesund have decided to change the dates of the exams, planned on 16 and 17, to prevent students, engaged in the test, from “playing hookie” because of this concert.
But fans mania is all this and more, and in Norway the decision to postpone the exams has even received the consent of the official Norwegian Minister of Education.

For pity’s sake, let me kiss Bieber or touch Harry Styles!
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GAY HELP

Published March 15, 2013 by Tony

Nate's dad letter

This letter written from a dad to his gay son Nate is going viral on the Internet because of its simple, hopeful message of love.
It was posted on the Facebook page of FCKH8.com, an organization aimed at empowering youth through its snarky, gay-positive T-shirts, videos and activist campaigns.
I don’t know if this letter is real, but gives me the opportunity to launch a campaign to help and give words of comfort to all the boys, gay or not, who need it. I know how even a few words of understanding or a short chat of encouragement can be useful in times of distress. I am available to do so and I will respond to anyone who needs to hear a friendly voice. Those interested can write me to:  antveral@hotmail.it

IF WE WILL BE ABLE TO….

Published March 5, 2013 by Tony

THEN IT WILL BE LOVE

Caravaggio, "Cupid as Victor"

If you’ll be able to be close to me
and we could be different.
If the sun will shine on both,
without our shadows overlapping.
If we’ll be able to be “us” in the middle of the world,
and together with the world, cry, laugh, live.
If every day it will be to discover what we’re,
and the memory of how we were.
If we’ll be able to grant each other,
without knowing who is the first and the last.
If your body will sing with mine because together is joy,
then it will be Love
and wont have been vain to wait much each other.

(Pablo Neruda)

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POEM

Published March 5, 2013 by Tony

"La Main de Dieu" by Rodin

Literal translation of a beautiful poem by a non-professional Italian author, Ettore Grimani, and that mistakenly on the web has often been saddled to Mahatma Gandhi, because it looks like a prayer. The title typed is the real one, even if someone has entitled it “take a smile”.

Act of Love

Take a smile,
give it those who never had it.
Take a sunbeam,
let it fly where the night reigns.
Discover a source,
wet those who live in mud.
Take a tear, lay it on the face of those who never cry.
Take the courage,
put it in the soul of those who don’t know how to fight.
Discover life,
tell it to those who don’t understand it.
Take the hope,
and live in its light.
Take goodness,
and give it to those who don’t know how to give.
Discover love,
and convey it to the world.

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DIEGO MARADONA IN NAPLES

Published February 26, 2013 by Tony

EL PIBE returns in Naples

Yesterday Diego Maradona made his return to Italy to resolve problems with the Italian Revenue, and after landed in Rome with his lawyer, then he made a stop in Naples, the city that is in his heart and that long wanted to see again, after eight years of absence. “I want to meet the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano” he said. A cheering crowd of fans, young and old, has received him on his arrival, while by car he wanted to go to the stadium then passing for the waterfront. The fans and the boys who followed him on motorbikes started singing “Maradona è meglio ‘e Pelè,” the song “O sole mio,” and the historic song dedicated to him, “O mamma mamma mamma….” .
Another crowd of Neapolitans along with journalists and cameramen were waiting for him when at 16.40 has arrived at the Hotel Royal, hotel which has hosted him free of charge in the presidential suite (to prevent further requisition of goods, he came here without values or money).
A piece of Napoli’s football history that gave us so many emotions. “How I missed Neapolitans,” Maradona confided to who is with him as he prepares for a press conference scheduled for tomorrow. In the hotel he met the Neapolitan actor and comedian Alessandro Siani, and then went to dine in the restaurant of his friend Bruscolotti (former captain of Napoli team) with Carmando, his historical masseur). In the evening in his room, El Pibe  followed the match Udinese-Napoli. “I’m happy to be back here,” he said. “I saw the game and Napoli had to win, deserved it.”
Maradona will probably attend to the highly anticipated match Napoli-Juventus, and now it only remains to see whether here in the city something in his honor will be organized.
Diego Armando Maradona has released this statement to “Napoli Magazine“:  “I have never been a tax evader, if you must blame someone, do it with those who have signed the contract on that time, I had nothing to do with that. Thank also to Neapolitans whose affection and love towards me has not changed… Naples has a memory, the memory that maybe someone wants to distort with things that do not exist. I only come to ask justice and let me walk for Italy because I have not killed anyone. There are so many beautiful memories of Naples, we could be here for hours. I couldn’t come, I represented this city and went away crying ….

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