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- July 25, 2018 at 1:28 pm
There are essentially two ways to get television content in your home: the broadcast network and the internet networks
- Broadcast network: satellite TV and cable TV (Cable and satellite both function by letting you “tune in” to specific channels within that signal. The primary difference is that cable comes through a wired connection while satellite is wireless (until it reaches your house, anyway).
- Internet network: IPTV (IP stands for Internet Protocol) and OTT Streaming (over-the-top). Unlike cable or satellite where content is broadcast in real time, IPTV and OTT streaming services store programming on servers (whether that’s Netflix or an IPTV subscription like U-Verse), allowing users to request the content over the Internet at any time.
- July 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm
Yes, the Carnevale di Venezia is fantastic! It’s one of the famous carnivals in the world. You really need to go to check out the parades with sumptuous costumes and the famous masks. The masks are considered a work of art and in the olden days they hid a multitude of sins.
You can pick up a souvenir mask on almost every corner.
If I am around Zattere my feet take me directly to Osteria Al Squero, one of my top 5 Bacari of Venice. It’s tiny, there are only a few seats inside but most people choose to sit outside overlooking the canal and the Church of Saint Trovaso. Close by there is also the traditional <u>Squero</u> of San Trovaso (where gondolas are built or restored) just outside an Osteria. It’s a fantastic place to relax with friends watching as the gondolas are repaired. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Osteria-Al-Squero/245839585508025.
Yes, it’s true, these are top jobs that only exist in Italy…
- Cheese Whisperer: Testing the quality of Italy’s Parmigiano-Reggiano takes more than just taste buds. In order to ensure the cheese has the correct form and structure, people have been trained to tap each wheel and know just by the sound whether it is up to standard.
- Gondolier: It takes years of training to gain the prestigious title of Gondolier and for many it is a family tradition. When not guiding tourists through the waterways, an essential part of the job appears to be posing for photographs in a stripy shirt and straw hat
- Swiss Guard Dressed like court jesters, but the Swiss Guards are actually the Vatican’s “warriors” and “defenders of the Church’s freedom”. They arrived in Rome in the 16<sup>th</sup> century to protect the Catholic Church and have been there ever since.
- Modena Balsamic Vinegar Taster: Balsamic vinegar with the official Modena seal can cost hundreds of euros, so the approval process is considered to be a fine art. A panel of 5 tasters goes through rigorous training so they can judge each bottle against strict criteria, before a producer can join the prestigious club.
- Olive Oil Police: As part of the Italian government’s efforts to combat counterfeit olive oil, a police force has been trained up to sniff out low-quality foreign oil that has been branded Italian extra-virgin. With just a taste these police officers can tell whether the olives have come from abroad, or if other types of oil have been blended into the mix.
- Roman Soldiers: Today’s Centurions need little more than the outfit, a ready smile and a charming way with tourists.
- DOCG Recipe Writer Italy’s quality-assurance label, DOCG, is stamped on wines and foods which adhere to stringent specifications. For each product an official must draw up a recipe – a list of ingredients or a particular production process – which must be followed to the letter.
- Latin Translator There are Latin scholars all over the world, but there is nowhere where the job is more important than in the Vatican. Although a dead language, it is an essential skill for studying the many records in the Vatican’s archive. In modern times the role of a Latin Translator came into its own when Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013; as the news was announced in Latin and only journalists who were fluent in Latin got the scoop.
- Anti-mafia Prosecutor Being an organized crime prosecutor is one thing and being an anti-mafia prosecutor in Italy is quite another. They are greatly respected by the public and they face serious personal risk and often live with police protection.
- Renaissance Flag Thrower In 21st-century Florence, a troupe of flag-throwers frequently march through the city and dazzle locals and visitors alike with their skills. An ability to chuck a flag in windy weather – emblazoned with the Florentine fleur-de-lis – is essential for the job, while looking good in tights is an added bonus.
Within the 28 countries of the European Union, yes, roaming charges are no more. You do not need to set anything up; wherever you are in the EU, you will be treated as though you are in your home country. From 15 June 2017, the European Commission clamped down on over charging for roaming. The slogan used is “Roam Like at Home”, and Brussels has promised “no more shocking bills”. Your provider now has to charge your usual domestic rates or takes your roaming consumption from operator simply charges you domestic rates
When travelling alone I always use a tripod, as this is the easiest way to get a steady picture. Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky if there are lots of people around, so your best bet is to get up and out early with your camera. But remember to choose one that is lightweight and easy to use.