Thursday, 30 August 2012

Sunday Mass & Other Bible Tweets

I’ve been trying to make an effort to read the readings for the forthcoming Sunday Mass recently and I’ve been tweeting particular verses (in Italian) as well, in the hope that they might stay with me that way. To the same end, I thought I’d blog what I had so far.
Is 29:13–14,24
Is 33:15–16
Pr 24:16 & Jm 5:16
Ps 70:1–2
Mic 7:18–19
1 Chr 16:9–11, 1 Chr 16:27
Mic 7:8
Jn 6:60,63
Joshua 24:13
Ps 34:5,18

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Onwards and Upwards: Words, Numbers & Mukia

Pretty dashed quiet at work; must be time to blog.

Children are amazing: everyone who’s had had on knows this, and if I say that it’s incredible how quickly Noemi is developing and learning, well, it’s kind of a given really. But just now, she keeps on making all these unexpected leaps and taking us by surprise with a certain regularity. “How the hell did she pick that up? Did you tell her that?”

Yesterday she said “sorry” after she poked me in the chest a few times and I said “ow”. It rather took me aback; I know plenty of people who haven’t learned to say sorry as adults, so I couldn’t help but feel rather proud. We’ve been teaching her a bit of counting on staircases, up to about ten (and dieci) and she’s picking that up pretty quick. She’s known about 0–3 for a long time thanks to the lift. I‘ve been trying to teach her that she has two hands, feet, eyes etc. but she’s labouring under the delusion that she has “two” noses as well.

And she’s clearly been listening to everything, which again is something that everyone knows, but when she comes out spontaneously with all these things that we haven’t been trying to teach her it still takes us aback. She asks what things are now (“Z’at?”) and has – mercifully – taken some small steps into the world of appreciating a lie down despite her eyes being open: just like Mummy and Daddy!

I already said that she knows the words of songs before. She likes doing the ends of lines with Mummy. I was sort of surprised that she hadn’t started singing a bit – we’ve been singing to her for ages and she’s really talkative – but apparently now she’s started singing la-la-la in the shower. I guess it was because the idea of singing actual words was a bit daunting. She likes it when Daddy sings choir-style vocal warm-ups for the high notes. She’s always liked having music (“Mukia!”) on, and now she makes requests (unfortunately generally for the one song, I due liocorni, in which Noah gathers the animals together for the flood but somehow omits to rescue the unicorns); she’s generally happy with Abba (18 Hits), The Beatles (1) or Queen (Greatest Hits). In fact, the other day, as soon as she woke up she decided to list the Beatles at me (though poor George always gets left out).
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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Snake Dance

Green whip snake, called a magnano in the area round Modena*

You may remember that a while back I translated an Italian nursery rhyme that I liked into English. About a chap called Tommaso who was having fly issues.

I found myself doing the same thing spontaneously the other day with a different song, so I thought I’d post it:
Questa è la danza del serpente
che viene giù dal monte,
per ritrovare la sua coda
ch’a perso un dì.

Ma dimmi un po', sei forse tu, quel pezzettin del mio codin?
This is the dance that the snake does;
he came down from the mountain,
hoping to come across the tail that
he lost one day.

How do you do? Could it be you? Are you my missing piece of tail?
So there you are, and here's an MP3! Noemi knows the words in Italian; Monica lets her finish the ends of the lines. I’ve only been listening to it (Noemi wants mummy to sing to her a lot these days, so it’s nursery rhymes by day and psalms at bedtime) but Monica tells me that the point is that you do a conga line adding children to the tail each time.

* And Patty says that magnani will actually whip you, but the last time she did, Luca took the piss out of her something chronic. I believe we may remain sceptical on this point.
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Thursday, 2 August 2012

African Dragons

Ra slays Apep

African elephants, yeah. Even African rhinoceroses. But I didn't know about African dragons. Here the heatwaves have names, like hurricanes (am I inadvertently rapping?), and after Scipio, MinosCharon and various other troublemakers, it's time for the drago africano to take a pop at us, a little breeze from Algeria.


We are looking forward to the end of this...

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