10 buoni motivi per mangiare tanta frutta e verdura fresca

Non c’è più tempo. E’ ora che tutti sappiano che mangiare tanti prodotti animali fa male alla salute e al mondo, mentre il consumo di frutta e verdura fresca e cruda fa bene. C’è anche la questione etica, ma in questo articolo voglio parlare soprattutto della questione della salute. 1. Si può sopravvivere senza la…

10 reasons why cycling is good for you

It has its down sides. When you get to the office, you need to freshen up and perhaps put on the fresh shirt that you’ve brought with you in your bag. Your bag has to be a backpack. You’ll get a few bumps and grazes over the years. But all considered, you’re better off cycling.…

Officialdom in Italy

This is the true story of how I applied for a place at an Italian academy of fine arts, quite a long time ago: 1980, when I was 19. Things have changed a lot in Italy since then – well, a bit – but it is an example of the way in which a certain…

Judee Sill – The Kiss

“The Kiss” is a song by Judee Sill, second track on her second album Heart Food released in 1973. I heard it on a BBC Radio 4 programme dedicated to the singer and songwriter, whose work was influenced by her difficult youth and her drug habits, as well as Bach, gospel and country music. After…

Brahms and Deep Purple

Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, soloist Hilary Hahn, at the Semperoper, Dresden with the HR Sinfonieorchester, 4 June 2014. The concert celebrated Hahn’s victory in the Glashütte Original Festival Music Award. The Brahms Concerto seemed to me very close to Deep Purple, or at least a 19th-century Deep Purple. Hilary Hahn’s fingers raced on…

The intelligence of trees

The natural world is full of surprises. Trees, for example. At the end of its first year’s growth, an apple tree has already made 17 million root hairs, with a total length of about 2 kilometres. These root hairs are not just passive filaments absorbing water and minerals. They react to the environment; they have…

Te aspettano interi continenti

This is a poem by Maria Luisa Spaziani (born Turin 1922) Non ha colonne d’Ercole il pensiero. La tua anima piccola, diabolica pigrizia, se le crea. Né Ulisse né Colombo sospettavano le mille e mille isole in attesa. Te aspettano interi continenti. Dormono dentro il tuo cervello: osa! Il mondo è da creare.

Causes of lower back pain after hip replacement surgery

I compiled this information from various sources, because my father has had a hip replacement operation, and has been suffering from lower back pain during convalescence. I’m posting it here just in case it could be useful to someone else. Tiredness and lower back pain after hip replacement surgery The surgery involves the cutting and…