Many thanks to everyone who left a comment on last Wednesday’s article, in which I announced I might not have time for an article on Friday (I didn’t), or this coming Friday, either.
I think I replied to everyone. Read the comments here, if you like doing that sort of thing.
E poi, here’s some news that isn’t actually news at all, as it’s been going on for years and I’ve written about it before, though not like this.
Bothered by too many emails? Australian, or British? Not to worry! Both of those countries have email providers who will help you out!
Lucky clients of an elite group of email account providers (which I won’t name, as they know who they are) need never deal with bothersome content that they have previously chosen to receive, such as the thrice-weekly FREE bulletings from EasyItalianNews.com, or indeed my own missives.
Un’idea geniale, as Italians might comment! People sign up to get regular emails, give permission by clicking the ‘please confirm’ link, but their email account provider chooses to filter them out en masse, just to be on the safe side.
How priviliged you Brits and Aussies are, to have access to this sort of labour-saving technology, while us poor users of free Gmail, Apple and Microsoft email accounts have to wade through piles of unread emails that we’ve opted to receive but perhaps sometimes wish we hadn’t.
Gmail, have you no pity? Do I really have to listen to yet another bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news, edited by my wife (who knows almost nothing about what’s going on in the world) and read by my son (who is more inclined to grunts when I encounter him at home)?
Can’t you help me out? Can’t you do what the Aussies and Brits do, and go with proper, old-fashioned spam-filters, which liven things up by not delivering emails, which people have chosen to receive, from trusted sources? And for the authentic experience, you could instruct the ‘customer service’ team to look and sound blank, and to deny any knowledge of this surely well-meaning and widely-appreciated additional service.
Oh well, I guess I shall just have to put up with Gmail’s very efficient spam filters, which ruthless separate emails I have asked to receive from actual spam and show them to me, even when I’m not in the mood.
What a bore, though. I have to actually ignore emails I receive, personally, rather than having them automatically disappeared into the ether without my knowledge or consent.
Sarcasm aside, if you use a ‘legacy’ email account provider (read: old, not willing to invest in modern spam filters), if you experience problems receiving bulletins from https://easyitaliannews.com/ or articles and offers from https://onlineitalianclub.com/, if you write to me to ask what gives, but then ignore my standard response (which is ‘Yes, I know. It’s your email provider. It’s always them. It’s been like this for years. They’re the worst, and it won’t change, so get a Gmail, Apple or Microsoft account and sign up again for the bulletins using that’) – well, that’s on you.
Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, first performed in Rome in 1900, is here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)
It’s 1800. The Austrians and the French have been fighting over the Italian peninsula for most of the previous century but the French have lost a vital battle and their supporters are imprisoned or killed. One of them, Cesare, escapes and flees to a church where his aristocratic sister is influential. She’ll hide him and help him to safety. Concealing himself in a chapel, he encounters artist Mario, an old friend hired to paint the Virgin Mary. But wait, someone is coming! Cesare hides and in comes famous singer Tosca, Mario’s beautiful but jealous lover…
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Mary Billson says
So glad you seem to be recovering well from your op and lovely to have a welcome dose of your sarcasm to brighten my day. Not sure what that says about me.
The op is this coming Friday, Mary, last Friday was pre-op tests, and a vast waste of time it was, too. Still, I suppose they have to earn a living… Come back and check how I’m recovering, or when then funeral will be held, next Monday.
Ha ha !
When I saw the regular emails i I too was glad you had recovered enough to vent a little spleen !
Wishing you well for Friday’s op.
In bocca al lupo Again 👍