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Oct. 6th, 2004 04:32 pm Turkey's first step towards the EU

Dear Europa, today is a historic day: the European Commission has said YES! Turkey can start negotiations to join the European Union if all the 25 members agree on it on 17th December European Council. Congratulations to Turkey for what has been done in these years and let's hope it will go ahead with reforms, so that Turks can become European citizens in 2015. Bravo à la Turquie! Michele

Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star

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Sep. 12th, 2004 09:19 am hello again

Hello Europa!
I haven't been writing on you for quite a long while (I had told you I am not very good at keeping a journal) but now I want to try to start writing again.
Some events have happened, are happening and will go on happening in the world that prevent me from being silent. Muslim terrorists are threatening us: the goal of their actions is widening from who they called their enemies (the USA and all their western allies, no matter if they have sent troops or volonteers to Iraq) to the entire Western world. After what happened in the school n° 1 of Beslan, a quiet town of the Christian Republic of Ossetia, we fear that such actions can happen in our countries, our towns, our schools.
It is true that all Muslims are not terrorists and all of the Muslim countries don't apply the Coranic law to the public life. However, it is impossible to have a dialogue with terrorists, as the EU would like (I felt very ashamed when Dutch Foreign Minister asked Putin for explanations on "how such a tragedy could have happened". Should he have invited the terrorists to have lunch with him?).
Well, I will stop here for today.
Bye,
Michele

Jul. 17th, 2004 07:17 pm

I've reached the 6th level at the game of railways!

Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Giuni Russo - "Un'estate al mare"

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Jul. 17th, 2004 07:06 pm game

Dear Europa,
I'll tell you that I don't like Switzerland and its people (but I do like its landscapes and its towns) because they seem too nationalist, anti-European and arrogant towards other people, especially us Italians. But there's one Swiss thing I like: it's neither chocolate (the Belgian and Italian ones are better) nor watches. It's the website of Swiss railways where I've found, among other things, this nice game. I have reached the 5th level but there I've lost. I'll try again tomorrow.

Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Ricchi e Poveri - "Mamma Maria"

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Jul. 17th, 2004 03:36 pm my life

Dear Europa,
today I want to tell you something more about my life. I was born in hot 1983 and I wasn't born correctly. I had a verruca on most of my face, on a shoulder and on parts of my chest. As if this wasn't enough, my right eye was half close. So, I gave my parents a joy and a sorrow on the same day. Wonderful, isn't it? Moreover, a brother of my father's died two months later of muscular distrophy. That wasn't what one can call a good beginning. Well, now I'm 21 and I have undergone 19 operations. My face looks much better now but my eye is as it was.
This physical default prevented me from having friends when I was a child and I closed my door to the world. I reopened it later but our mutual relationship is still difficult. I'm very shy, talk little (I prefer writing) and find it very difficult to find good friends where I live or at the university. The only way to get good friends has proved penfriendship: I have wonderful pen friends all over Europe. This can happen because while I write a letter I am alone.
Well, that's enough with the sad moments of my life. I also have good qualities and many interests. You are the most important, as I've already told you. But I also like languages (I have a different knowledge of Italian, French, English, German, Spanish, Esperanto, Latin, Ancient Greek, Czech, Slovenian, Finnish and Romanian), travelling across You, reading poems and writing some when I'm inspired, that is not very often lately (however, I've written many poems in Italian and French plus some in English and one in German). I can let you read some of them if you want.
I like listening to music, mainly Italian and French pop music of the 1960s - 1980s, but I can neither sing nor play an instrument (I'd love so much to be able to play the piano, but I have no time to learn it and, you know, I'm not the most constant person in the world).
I like reading many kinds of books and I always read several books at the same time. I sometimes don't finish some.
Well, you'll learn more about your owner next time.

Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Carla Bruni - "Le toi du moi"

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Jul. 16th, 2004 03:28 pm ciao

Cara Europa,
oggi ho deciso di scriverti nella mia lingua, che è la più bella di tutte le lingue d'Europa e del mondo: l'italiano. La lingua di Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Ariosto, Tasso, Manzoni, Svevo, D'Annunzio, Pirandello e moltissimi altri. E' la quarta lingua straniera più studiata nel mondo e tutti gli stranieri ne apprezzano la musicalità. Solo noi italiani non lo amiamo. Preferiamo infarcirlo di fredde parole inglesi, che fanno chic, come se le nostre fossero per i plebei o gli ignoranti. Ma per piacere! Non diciamo più niente in italiano che si possa dire in inglese. "Pallavolo" è diventato "volley", "pallacanestro" "basket", "ambientazione" "location", "spogliarello" "strip (tease)", così se una vecchietta vuol leggere una rivista, ne capisce metà, perché il resto è fatto di parole straniere, il 99% delle quali sono inglesi.
La colpa non è (solo) dei paesi anglofoni, ma è soprattutto di noi italiani, che da secoli vendiamo l'anima al primo venuto: longobardi, visigoti, francesi, spagnoli, tedeschi e ora americani. Siamo un Paese da neanche 200 anni e non abbiamo ancora trovato un'unità culturale che possiamo sentire nostra. Siamo troppo poco nazionalisti e troppo "xenofili". Dovremmo farci prestare del patriottismo da francesi, russi e americani. Dovremmo imparare a selezionare quali aspetti delle culture straniere vanno assimilati nella nostra e quali no. Non possiamo prendere tutto e alla rinfusa.
Bisogna che gli italiani cambino, cara Europa. E purtroppo, non mi sembra che siamo sulla buona strada!

Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
Current Music: Transcargo - "Oh boy"

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Jul. 15th, 2004 12:10 pm salut Europa!

Cher Journal Vivant,

puisque tu es mon journal intime - ou, du moins c'est ce que tu prétends être -, il te faut un prénom. Je t'en donnerai un assez inusuel (rien à voir avec Kitty d'Anna Frank: ça c'est pour les filles!), qui a un tas de significations: liberté, démocratie, paix, prospérité, culture et variété. C'est aussi le prénom que j'aimerais donner à ma première fille, si jamais j'en ai une. C'est ça, tu l'as deviné: c'est EUROPA!

Aujourd'hui je vais assez bien et il fait beau. J'ai joué un peu avec Train Simulator (tu sais, j'aime bien les trains) et maintenant me voilà à écrire quelque chose dans un journal sans pages! Je ne sais pas si tu te révèleras utile ou bien si j'arrêterai d'écrire après quelques semaines, comme il est arrivé à mon journal en papier. J'espère que tu auras plus de chance.

Current Mood: calmcalm

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Jul. 15th, 2004 12:00 pm hello Europa!

Dear Live Journal,
since you are - or, at least, pretend to be - my diary, you need a name. I will give you quite an unusual name (nothing to do with Anna Frank's Kitty: that's for girls!) that has a wide range of meanings: freedom, democracy, peace, prosperity, culture and variety. It's also the name I'd like to give to my first daughter, if I ever get one. Yes, you have guessed it: it's EUROPA!
Today I feel quite well and the weather is good. I have played a little with Train Simulator (you know, I love trains) and now I'm here writing something into a diary with no pages. I don't know if you'll prove useful or if I'll stop writing after few weeks, as it happened to my paper diary. I hope you'll have more chance.

Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Transcargo - "Oh boy"

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Jul. 14th, 2004 06:34 pm joyeux 14 juillet

Avant que la journée ne finisse, je souhaite une joyeuse Fête de la République à tous les Français et à toutes les Françaises!

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Jul. 14th, 2004 02:47 pm on Europe

I'm here again. I've been quite bored lately. I don't feel like doing anything and the only topic I'm interested in at present is Europe. I love Europe, its cultures, its languages and so on and I have some hopes connected to Europe:
1) I'd like to learn all the European languages at least basically, in order to appreciate the variety of its cultures;
2) I'd like to visit all the European countries, which are all very beautiful for something, in my opinion;
3) I hope that all the European countries will join the European Union by 2025-30, including Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. Oh, how much I'd love that to happen!
4) I'd like to find a girlfriend from a European country, to go living in another state, to marry her and to have bi-, tri- or quadrilingual children. I often suffer for being monolingual.
I hope all these hopes can become real.
I feel very lonely where I live. I have no brothers or sisters and no friends here. I only have good pen friends, that's why I like writing letters.
I hope I'll find my soul mate soon.

Current Mood: lonelylonely
Current Music: Ivan Graziani - "Dada"

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