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Italian for beginners

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 23 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:277
  1. J O Drife

    My parents had a picture of Mount Vesuvius above the piano as a memento of their first meeting but they took a dim view of Neapolitans, who, they said, would pinch the wheels off your jeep if you stopped at traffic lights. I used to point out that in 1944 even the most law abiding Italian had had an excuse for behaving badly, but they never went back.

    Fifty years on, I'm overcompensating. I grab any chance of an Italian trip, the most memorable so far being to a family planning congress at the Vatican. My wheels have remained unpinched. So …

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