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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

THE CRISIS

Well, while it, the slump or recession, continues, those in power proceed with their same lifestyle, wages, perks, benefits and bunce. Perhaps, like the Spanish with their Napoleonic admirals, we should shoot or hang one of them occasionally, just to encourage the others. Hundreds of apparently important people, and their staffs, fly, probably first class, to interesting, and often sunny, parts of the world in order to discuss other people’s difficulties. Their hunger, their lack of human rights, their poverty, their homelessness, their diseases, their wars, their torture and their destitution are really important subjects to discuss, but best, over gourmet meals at the finest hotels. They then fly home, in carbon emitting jets and wring their hands at their press calls and say, "We all", meaning really, YOU all, need to do something about global warming, ice caps, water shortage, war, revolution, crime, carbon emissions and all the rest. Then back into their limos, and off to their centrally heated, air conditioned, over-staffed and beautifully maintained offices. And now the good Lord Leveson, that very model of a modern major moderator, suggests press reform. We, the public, all agree. Two out of the three leading UK politicians also agree, as do their party members, but DC, says whoa! “Yes I know I set up the enquiry, yes I know I said I would implement Leveson’s findings, unless they were bonkers, but hang on, let’s think about it” . Our Dave obviously thinks that his brain is better and sharper than Leveson’s. Um? Whilst Leveson took several deliberate months to formulate his thoughts, David did it almost overnight. Clever chap. The good Lord, of whom I speak, actually trades as Lord Leveson, his real and full name, I learn, is Henry Dudley Gresham Leveson Gower. The other Lords, bearing very similar names generally traded as Gowers, rather than Levesons, however in the UK one can adopt any name one chooses, providing one doesn’t frighten the horses. We all know that Cameron had very close dealings with the press and its Barons, we all know that some of these contacts, if repeated in the future, would be subject to very close scrutiny by virtue of the exposures highlighted in the Leveson Report, and subsequent recommendations. We know that several of these contacts have lost their jobs, resigned, retired, have been arrested, and several of them face criminal proceedings. Also we know that poor Cameron is in an extremely difficult position, with an election looming, and of course the prime consideration of any parliamentarian is how to win the next election, not how to relieve the distress and suffering of his people, let alone the difficulties of other people’s people. So The Right Honourable David Cameron MP needs to prepare for the next election, and needs a supportive press in order to at least stand a chance of victory. But, if he implements the full Leveson, the press will turn against him, and he’s doomed. Large stones and unyielding surfaces come to mind. But currently ,how truthful, free and independent is our media, bearing in mind not only the closure of the News of the World, the outpourings at the Leveson Inquiry, but also the serious wobbling of the Beeb. It seems that the old trick of blaming someone else for all the national difficulties in times of crisis is still part of the propaganda perpetrated by Britain’s distributors of information. Moslems blame the Catholics, Hindus blame the Sikhs, Argentina blamed the British, Hitler blamed the Jews, Britain blames Europe. Hardly a day goes by without reference in the British media to Europe’s difficulties, but the fact that the British pound is continuing to fall, having lost some 30% in relation to the Euro in the last dozen years, the US dollar, similarly, over the same period has also lost some 15% of its buying power in comparison with the Euro, and that Britain is still in, or is it out of, a double dip recession, and the fact that England has Europe’s worst figures for child poverty (Daily Mail 16th march 2011) must say something about Britain’s economy. The BBC provided figures for pensioner poverty, and the UK is the fourth worst in Europe, and now we find that to bolster Britain’s ever flagging economy, apart from printing more and more money; remember the Weimar Republic, Argentina, Israel, Hungary, Zimbabwe and many others; that the quantitative easing or inflation is being exacerbated by the British government buying its own bonds. Quantitative easing, according to Wikipedia is “ an unconventional way of financing an economy when normal methods fail”. Bit like a Ponzi scheme, and look what happened to him, and Bernie Madoff, Parmalat, Marconi, Enron, AIG, Fanny and Freddie et al. So, the next crisis, and it will be big, is when the UK and US bubbles, like all the others before them, burst. Remember the South Sea, the Property, the dot.com,etc? Don’t look them up on the internet, you’ll be there for hours. Both US and UK government bonds are heading for a bursting of the current bubble, another crash, but so far the European banks have resisted the temptation of in-house trading, hence the currently more valuable Euro. Similarly the Common Market, European Economic Community, or whatever, has as many, or possibly slightly more people than the United States, and unlike the States who have had a fairly high standard of living for the last eighty years, much of the emerging EEC population still crave the goods that Europe can produce, another reason to invest. Just imagine if I was to buy; with pieces of paper, promissory notes or Tunstill Bonds; all the properties which appear on my site, and then use those pieces of paper to finance my imagined life-style. Whoopee!!! But then, when I’ve spent, or wasted , all the money, the poor Bond holders have nothing. So, tough, as long as you let me do it again by re-electing me, or trusting me again! Just don’t let it happen to your few remaining pounds or dollars. Think seriously about buying into an economy which is thought to be more secure by the international money markets, and remember, even your old granny told you that bricks and mortar were, in the long run, the safest bet. Hope to see you soon in Umbria, either for tin soldiers, film locations, weddings, properties…….or just afternoon tea, next time you’re just motoring through our province of Perugia, land of saints, artists and poets. Best wishes, John Tunstill PS. Osborne now tells us that he, apparently, got his sums wrong, and that we, you, are going to be in schtuk for another FIVE years! Will the last person to leave please turn out the lights!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Eurochocolate Perugia 2012

The Eurochocolate festival of Perugia is the biggest chocolate celebration in Europe. www.eurochocolate.com
From 18th to 28th October 2012 Perugia - This year's edition of the popular Eurochocolate event will run in Perugia from October 18th to 28th, with an innovative thematic take on the established programme that will concentrate on social networking and smartphone app technology. Info: info@eurochocolate.com.
www.umbriaonline.com

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pasqua in Umbria



Siamo tutti in attesa delle festività pasquali in Alta Valle del Tevere, in Umbria Italia
e nella nostra lussuosa e accogliente “Gues house” con 9 camere da letto,
Residenza d'Epoca La Preghiera, un monastero del XII, un complesso recentemente ristrutturato, circondato di un splendido giardino,
dove abbiamo felicita e onore d’offrire un soggiorno di due o tre giorni ad un prezzo speciale per l’apertura della stagione di 75 Euro a persona a notte, colazione inclusa. L'offerta è per due camere lussuose e confortevoli con il bagno, per due notti, o una camera per 3 notti.
Vi chiediamo di consultare il nostro website www.lapreghiera.com
e contattare via e-mail per una richiesta di prenotazione al info@lapreghiera.com

Ogni città e villaggio sta preparando manifestazioni gastronomiche, culturali e religiose, tra cui sfilate serali drammatiche & religiose in costumi medievali a Cortona, Mercatale, Gubbio, Perugia, Umbertide, Montone, Città di Castello e Assisi il Venerdì 6 aprile.

Concerti di musica classica e cori si esibiranno in moltissime chiese il Sabato e Domenica 7 e 8 aprile, con l’ingresso libero.

Il weekend si concluderà con i festeggiamenti pasquali e cibi tradizionali di Pasquetta .

I dettagli degli eventi si possono trovare sugli website d’ ogni città.

Per chi desiderasse prolungare il soggiorno sino a una settimana offriamo uno splendido cottage Self Catering www.villamoscatelli.com da 900 Euro a settimana per un bellissimo cottage complessivo di una cucina , soggiorno e l’uso di una splendida camera matrimoniale, 1500 Euro a settimana per stessa villa ma con uso di 3 camere da letto, con possibilità di ospitare da 6 a 8 persone.

Il complesso si trova sulla strada privata e tranquilla ma asfaltata, con facile accesso, a 400 metri dal villaggio Calzolaro e cinque minuti dall'uscita Promano della E45
Siamo a meta strada tra Roma e Firenze, vicini a Perugia, Gubbio, Cortona, Assisi, Montone, Città di Castello e Umbertide

La Preghiera è disponibile anche per i matrimoni nella cappella privata situata nel giardino, seguita dalla reception . Per i dettagli www.weddingsumbria.com

Ci sono splendide passeggiate in campagna, e ottimi ristoranti a gestione familiare, sia in città che in campagna, distanti cinque minuti in auto o a piedi.

I borghi medioevali finalmente stanno prendendo la vita con i fiori che sbocciano, dopo un lungo freddo e pieno di neve inverno.

Venite numerosi a partecipare alla rinascita e caricare le pile con l’energia del sole caldo il cielo azzurro, dove l'unico rumore che troverete è il canto degli uccelli!

Liliana Tunstill

La Preghiera

Calzolaro, PG

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter in Umbria

We are looking forward now to the Easter festivities in the Upper Tiber Valley, in Umbria, Italy and at our luxury 9 bedroom guest house, Residenza d’Epoca La Preghiera, a XII century small monastery elegantly restored and set in beautiful grounds, we are offering a two or three day stay at a special start of season price of 75 Euro per person per night, including breakfast. The offer is for two en-suite sunny rooms for two nights, or one room for 3 nights, any day during the month of April, subject to availability. Please see our website www.lapreghiera.com and email us for a booking enquiry. Longer stays also available.



Each town and village is preparing gastronomic, cultural and religious events, which include impressive and dramatic evening religious parades in medieval costume with huge bonfires en-route in Cortona, Mercatale, Gubbio, Perugia, Umbertide, Montone, Citta di Castello and Assisi on Friday 6th April.

Classic concerts and choirs will be performing in many of the churches on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th April, with free entry.

The weekend will culminate with Easter festivities and traditional food on Easter Monday.

Specific details of the events can be found on the websites of each town.

If you would like to extend your stay, or can’t make it to Umbria for the Easter weekend, you will receive a warm welcome at La Preghiera at any other time, for your early B/B Spring holiday, or for a week’s stay at the luxury cottage in the same grounds, see Villa Moscatelli on www.villamoscatelli.com from 900 Euro per week (1 bedroom) to 1500 Euro per week (3 bedrooms).

We are situated on a quiet private road with easy access, 400 metres from the village and five minutes drive from the Promano exit on the E45 north-south route half way between Florence and Rome.

La Preghiera is also available for weddings in the chapel situated in the garden, followed by the reception afterwards. Extra accommodation for guests available. www.weddingsumbria.com

There are wonderful country walks, and very good family run restaurants in the towns or the countryside, within a five minute drive or walking distance.

The medieval hilltop villages are coming alive with flowers and bustle after a long snowy winter.

Come and join in the re-birth and energize in the warm sun and clear blue skies, where the only noise is the bird song !

Liliana Tunstill

La Preghiera

Calzolaro, PG

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The cost of property

The cost of property in our area, North Umbria is, after a two year slump, recovering. Easter saw a steady trickle of prospective house buyers anxious to secure bargains before the prices took off again. How about booking a property weekend based at La Preghiera, discussions, site visits, questions and answers.

Maybe property isn’t for you, but perhaps religion and history is. St Francis, lived and worked just down the road in Asissi, and passed up and down the Tiber Valley between his workplace and the isolated monastery of La Verna. We have many churches and religious buildings in the area and the church of La Preghiera, built on Roman, if not Etruscan, temple foundations is often used for the most wonderful and romantic weddings. The site www.weddingsumbria.com gives full details and suggestions whilst accommodation in La Preghiera or Villa Moscatelli will provide rooms to satisfy the most discerning traveller.

Not too far from La Verna is Caprese Michaelangelo where the great man was born. He learned his trade from a small man in Perugia, Perugino. Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Rafaello and Lucca Signorelli all lived and laboured in our area and may well have banged on the door of La Preghiera looking for work. They were only, then, journeyman painters after all, and would undertake commissions for bed and board. Art treasures from the time of the Etruscans up until today are scattered throughout Umbria in galleries and churches. An artistic weekend could just be the boost you need to continue the year.
If not religion, or even art, then maybe architecture. The evidence remains within twenty kilometres between Sansepulcro, Citta’ di Castello, Gubbio, Umbertide, Perugia and Cortona. Etruscan, Roman, medieval, renaissance, empire, fascist and modern, both secular and ecclesiastical architecture, local churches and monasteries, castles and keeps.

George Clooney, they tell me: if he escapes the falling pianos; lives up the road, in Venice, and will soon start on a mass murder film about the serial killer of Florence. The Monster of Firenze, but I don’t know if Georgie is a goody, or a baddy. Maybe we’ll see some comparative location shots on www.reelstreets.com one day where they already have some 500 films examined with about 14,000 stills.

Something for everyone in fact, and La Preghiera itself was started before records commenced and was finished a few years before Columbus set sail to find the Americas which the Chinese had discovered seventy years before, probably in 1421. Have you read the book?

Monday, May 23, 2011

British Pound leapt up 5 cent against the Euro this Week




The Pound has jumped back up from a 13 month low of 1.10 up to 1.15, benefiting from higher levels of UK inflation (leading investors to increase their expectation of a currency boosting interest rate hike from the Bank of England) as well as Euro weakness, as the Greek debt crisis hits the headlines with renewed vigour. This difference enables us, through our currency partners, to obtain an extra €10,700 (12/5/11) for a client looking to transfer £200,000 to buy a house in Europe, or for any other reason. Email us for details.






Or, you could go to the High Street banks, and get the worst rate possible, and then a further undisclosed charge when the back office processes the transaction. Better by far are the British Post Office, clear clean rates, no hidden charges, cash in your hand, and a saving of over £800.00 on a € 10,000 exchange!



Aussie Dollars at all time high against the Euro.



Considerable savings to be made by trading your Dollars now if you are planning a holiday in Umbria or anywhere else in Europe. Highest rates now being achieved by our banking friends. Contact us for money saving details. You don’t need to book a holiday with us at lapreghiera.com or villa moscatelli.com or even buy a house from us at propertiesumbria.com or get married through weddingsumbria.com in order to benefit from safe and regulated currency transactions, not handled by the High Street banks, and not through high-rental City of London firms.

Tha cost of property in Umbria





The cost of property in our area, North Umbria is, after a two year slump, recovering. Easter saw a steady trickle of prospective house buyers anxious to secure bargains before the prices took off again. How about booking a property weekend based at La Preghiera, discussions, site visits, questions and answers.



Maybe property isn’t for you, but perhaps religion and history is. St Francis, lived and worked just down the road in Asissi, and passed up and down the Tiber Valley between his workplace and the isolated monastery of La Verna. We have many churches and religious buildings in the area and the church of La Preghiera, built on Roman, if not Etruscan, temple foundations is often used for weddings. The site www.weddingsumbria.com gives full details and suggestions whilst accommodation in La Preghiera or Villa Moscatelli will provide rooms to satisfy the most discerning traveller.



Not too far from La Verna is Caprese Michaelangelo where the great man was born. He learned his trade from a small man in Perugia, Perugino. Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Rafaello and Lucca Signorelli all lived and laboured in our area and may well have banged on the door of La Preghiera looking for work. They were only, then, journeyman painters after all, and would undertake commissions for bed and board. Art treasures from the time of the Etruscans up until today are scattered throughout Umbria in galleries and churches. An artistic weekend could just be the boost you need to continue the year.

If not religion, or even art, then maybe architecture. The evidence remains within twenty kilometres between Sansepulcro, Citta’ di Castello, Gubbio, Umbertide, Perugia and Cortona. Etruscan, Roman, medieval, renaissance, empire, fascist and modern, both secular and ecclesiastical architecture, local churches and monasteries, castles and keeps.



George Clooney, they tell me: if he escapes the falling pianos; lives up the road, in Venice, and will soon start on a mass murder film about the serial killer of Florence. The Monster of Firenze, but I don’t know if Georgie is a goody, or a baddy. Maybe we’ll see some comparative location shots on www.reelstreets.com one day where they already have some 500 films examined with about 14,000 stills.



What are other tourist/tourism sites saying/doing/writing ……latest tourist news

Tha cost of property in Umbria





The cost of property in our area, North Umbria is, after a two year slump, recovering. Easter saw a steady trickle of prospective house buyers anxious to secure bargains before the prices took off again. How about booking a property weekend based at La Preghiera, discussions, site visits, questions and answers.



Maybe property isn’t for you, but perhaps religion and history is. St Francis, lived and worked just down the road in Asissi, and passed up and down the Tiber Valley between his workplace and the isolated monastery of La Verna. We have many churches and religious buildings in the area and the church of La Preghiera, built on Roman, if not Etruscan, temple foundations is often used for weddings. The site www.weddingsumbria.com gives full details and suggestions whilst accommodation in La Preghiera or Villa Moscatelli will provide rooms to satisfy the most discerning traveller.



Not too far from La Verna is Caprese Michaelangelo where the great man was born. He learned his trade from a small man in Perugia, Perugino. Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Rafaello and Lucca Signorelli all lived and laboured in our area and may well have banged on the door of La Preghiera looking for work. They were only, then, journeyman painters after all, and would undertake commissions for bed and board. Art treasures from the time of the Etruscans up until today are scattered throughout Umbria in galleries and churches. An artistic weekend could just be the boost you need to continue the year.

If not religion, or even art, then maybe architecture. The evidence remains within twenty kilometres between Sansepulcro, Citta’ di Castello, Gubbio, Umbertide, Perugia and Cortona. Etruscan, Roman, medieval, renaissance, empire, fascist and modern, both secular and ecclesiastical architecture, local churches and monasteries, castles and keeps.



George Clooney, they tell me: if he escapes the falling pianos; lives up the road, in Venice, and will soon start on a mass murder film about the serial killer of Florence. The Monster of Firenze, but I don’t know if Georgie is a goody, or a baddy. Maybe we’ll see some comparative location shots on www.reelstreets.com one day where they already have some 500 films examined with about 14,000 stills.



What are other tourist/tourism sites saying/doing/writing ……latest tourist news

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Easter parades on Good Friday


Easter parades on Good Friday are prevalent in all the towns and cities in Umbria, starting in the evening, at about 9 o'clock.
Large bonfires are lighted along the route or the procession, and impressive hooded monks with loud rattles accompany the religious icons and the shrouded Christ.
The solemnity and large numbers of participants, the medieval streets and candles on the windows all instill a feeling of awe to the spectators, and it is well worth a visit to absorb the true atmosphere of this celebration.