Rome’s sunrise: 05:42
Rome’s sunset: 20:33
Rome’s Ave Maria Bell: 21:00 (NB: It changed!)
In your kindness, please say a prayer for my mother. Thanks to all who, in past days, said that they have.
Yesterday lunch included – at the new place which is turning out to be a gem – tongue with green herb sauce and housemade mayo.
There’s a bowl of the green sauce on the side.
The tongue was so tender that it dissolved as you ate it. Good bread. Cold white Lazio wine. Good conversation. Hard to beat that.
Once upon a time it was obligatory for several weeks to post or to announce from the pulpit the “banns” for marriages. That was how another way was sought to ascertain the freedom of individuals to marry. At the parish, one such notice is on the board in the entrance way.
Here is the posting of a different “ban” rather than a “bann”.
An enterprising Roman put up a copy of a “mondezzaro” sign coincidently from 22 May 1761, precisely 262 years ago today.
PER ORDINE DI MONSIGNORE
PRESIDENTE DELLE STRADE SI PROIBI
SCE DI FARE IL MONDEZZARO IN QUESTO
LUOGO SOTTO PENA DI SCUDI QUINDICI
ET ALTRE PENE IN CONFORMITA DEL EDIT
TO EMANATO LI 22 MAGGIO 1761
The original is in the Via di Montoro, near my place.
As Er Belli put it:
Pagà dieci scudacci de penale
io pover’omo che nun ciò un quadrino!
Io che nemmanco posso beve er vino
antro che quanno vado a lo spedale!
Eppuro me toccò a buttà un lustrino
pe famme stenne drent’ar momoriale
le raggione da disse ar Tribbunale
de le Strade, indov’è quell’assassino.
Je ce dicevo: “Monsignore mio,
quanno lei trova er reo, voi gastigatelo:
ma er monnezzaro nun ce l’ho fatto io.
E sai che m’arispose quer Nerone?
Questo nun me confinfera: arifatelo,
ch’io nun vojo sentì tante raggione.
Only 10 scudi! He got off light!
This is me not littering. I wrote these a while back but am just getting around to mailing them to donors who were especially generous (and whose address I could find).
Day 2 of the Grand Chess Tour Rapid & Blitz 2023 in Warsaw saw three rounds of rapid. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Levon Aronian, and Wesley So (YAY!) share the lead on 2.5/3.0 with five points after the first day. Pole Radoslaw Wojtaszek beat Magnus Carlsen WHO NEEDS A HAIR CUT. The battle continues with rounds 4-6 in rapid today, Monday, at 14:00 CEST. Go Wesley! As I write thing (perhaps not as I post this, which could be later, they are about to begin hostilities.)
Here’s a puzzle.
White to move. Mate in 2.
NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.
Interested in learning? This guy helped my game. Try THIS.
Prayers for your mother.
I would love a print of the St. Philip in apron that is posted next to the banns. Anyone in comment world know the painters name? Would like to hang that in our kitchen.
I love your updates and photos, Father. Thank you. But it saddens me to see the ugly graffiti and garbage. Still, I’m happy you share your real encounters.