Tag: UK

Talking about terrorist attacks is not easy at the present moment, when everybody wants to respect the grief of the victims’ families and the privacy of the injured. However, I truly believe that there is a great need to report how the citizens of the countries hit by violence are currently reacting. On the 22nd of May 2017, 22-year-old British Muslim Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated a homemade bomb at the exit of the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, at the end of a concert by American singer Ariana Grande. Twenty- three adults and one children were killed, Abedi included....   leggi tutto

Il mio primo periodo a Londra fu caratterizzato dall’impressione che la mia vita si fosse improvvisamente rimpicciolita. Tutte le cose che avevo considerato importanti fino a quel momento sembrarono recedere sullo sfondo, mentre mi concentravo sugli aspetti pratici dell’iniziare una nuova vita. Prima di tutto dovetti adattarmi alla goffaggine del mio inglese: nonostante lo scoraggiamento iniziale riuscii in qualche modo ad affittare una stanza da un’agente immobiliare che non voleva saperne di parlare più lentamente, non importa quante volte la pregassi. Questo fu niente se paragonato al tentativo di prenotare un appuntamento per ottenere il codice fiscale britannico tramite un’operatrice telefonica la cui parlata mi risultava incomprensibile, e che però fu tanto paziente da scandire ripetutamente le sue parole per me, una nuova arrivata confusa da quello che solo più tardi avrei scoperto essere un marcato accento del nord. Mi sentii terribilmente insicura anche sotto lo scrutinio dell’impiegato che mi permise di aprire un conto in banca solo dopo averlo assicurato oltre ogni dubbio che avrei iniziato un lavoro a tempo pieno la settimana successiva. Infine dovetti soccombere allo schiacciante disorientamento che mi pervase nei mesi successivi, mentre cercavo di capire come funzionasse tutto quanto: dai mezzi di trasporto alle sottigliezze dell’interazione sociale....   leggi tutto

When I first moved to London it felt like my life had suddenly shrank. All the things that had been important to me until then pulled back to the background as I navigated my way through the challenges of adjusting to a new life. First came the awkwardness of not being able to communicate properly in English: the despair of trying to rent a room with a letting agent who would not speak slower irrespectively of how many times I asked her to, please. Then the frustration of booking an appointment for a National Insurance Number, mitigated only by the patience of the call handler who repeated her words over and over for me, a newcomer startled by her inscrutable inflection which I later learnt being a thick northern accent. Insecurity followed suit, felt under the scrutiny of the bank employee who let me open an account only after I had assured him beyond doubt that I would start a full-time job the following week, finally leaving ground to the overwhelming disorientation that pervaded me throughout the next months, as I tried to figure out how everything worked – from public transport to the subtleties of social interaction....   leggi tutto

The 2nd June is Italian national and Republic Day. It commemorates the referendum held in 1946, after the Second World War, in which Italian people – for the first time with universal suffrage – were asked to choose between monarchy and republic. From that day, Italy has become a Republic. We had a chat with some young people from different countries to discuss their opinion concerning this event and much more…...   leggi tutto

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