Platonic Diversions

The Quié (Kyé) area

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ROBERTA FERRARIS The Occitan variant spoken in the Èllero valley indicates as «Quié (Kyé)» the 1st singular person subjective pronoun «I». Only in 1969, the linguist Corrado Grassi included this dialect spoken in some villages of the Monregalese valleys in…

Greetings from Mondovì: Carnevale

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Tomorrow is Martedi Grasso (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday), and the last day of Carnevale. Here in Mondovi` we have been celebrating since 24 January with processions, presentations, ceremonies and formal dinners, dancing and general revelry most every night…

Greetings from Mondovì – Mongolfiere 2016

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE January can be a dreary month.  The post-holiday weeks feel anticlimactic, empty, with little on the horizon except a return to normal routine.  But here in Mondovi` January brings excitement and wonder as the city hosts its…

Greetings from Mondovì – Mongolfiere 2015

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Frosted meadows and a blank, overcast sky today–the actual first day of 2015, with Italy finally back to school and work after January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany.  This late return to the daily grind may…