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A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

Palermo police reveal secret symbols used by thieves to mak houses

November 14, 2017

Tags: thief, lexicon, symbols, police, publish

Palermo police warn of an uptick in house break-ins, with the elderly being targets.
They published a lexicon of symbols thieves use to mark prospective houses for a hit.

Meanings of symbols, top to bottom, left column first:
Good target
Very good house to rob
Don't touch, house of friends
Dog in house
Dog
Police active
Danger or Always at Home
Night is the best time to strike here.
Rich people here.
Women willing to give money
House just hit
No use trying
Not interesting
Public official
Avoid this town
Here they give work (Company or home not to be touched)
Sunday is the best day
Morning is the best time
House with alarms.

I am grateful for this

November 26, 2015

Tags: art, home, creativity, mystery, palermo, via celso, piazzetta sant'agata, who made this?, curious, fascinating, symbols, seashells, saints, beauty, expression, facade, home, old palermo

I am grateful that one day walking aimlessly and happily in the neighborhood behind the Palermo Cathedral I found the facade of this house all decorated creatively. I just get the feeling that some older pensioner with a happy, creative bent made this. And I am grateful I had my little Flip camera which I carried in my hand everywhere in that city. Happy Thanksgiving, tutti.

Funny and Sad

June 19, 2015

Tags: santa cita, palermo, obscene, cultural heritage, priest, vandals, graffiti, phallic, symbols, curse, words, obliterate, funny, sad, typical, illogical, abandoned monumnets, monumnet, serpotta, sculpture

The crumbling wall of the Oratorio of the Most Holy Rosary in Santa Cita, known locally in Palermo as just "Santa Cita" is covered with obscene graffiti. Inside is one of the baroque masterpieces of stucco moulding, by Palermitano sculptor Giacomo Serpotta, an all-white extravaganza recently cleaned and restored. But on the outside were phallic symbols, (more…)

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