A new film 'From Ithaca With Love - The Odyssey' to be shot in Sardinia.

From the producers European Drama Network - Why Sardinia? 
The reasons for choosing to make this film in Sardinia are multiple.

Although this is the story of the Greek Odysseus return to his island home from the Trojan War for most of his journey his adrift in the Mediterranean Sea far from everything he knows. Therefore it makes sense to film in Sardinia with Stintino as the key location particularly as the coastline around Stintino also offers a variety of different setting from the spectacular beaches and blue water to rocks, cliffs and secluded tree lined bays.

Sardinia also has a music tradition that directly links to Ancient Greece and The Odyssey. The pipes played by Luigi Lai are a descendent of the double-pipe auloi, the sounds that is said to have accompanied the devotees of Dionysus in their ecstatic dances.

Sassari is the home of the director Malachi Bogdanov. The producer Simon Woods, spent a number of years visiting Sassari, including submitting a short film to the first Sardinian Film Festival, before living here for six months during the making of The Mandrake Root. The support from local production company Bencast, theatre companies, the Commune, the business and the people of the city made the making of The Mandrake Root a fantastic experience.

Sardinia has a wealth of talent that we can draw on to make this film. It has the infrastructure we need to accommodate an international cast and crew. We also hope to edit both the film and the sound here, working with companies already here.

Importantly Sardinia has a rich and individual culture that makes it a place where you want to spend time.

A modern day movie of Homer's The Odyssey made in Ancient Greek & Latin
Subtitled for the world and distributed free to every school on the planet and made in Sardinia
This is a foreign film in every language subtitled through global crowd sourcing, simultaneously distributed in cinema, online, BluRay & DVD and free to every school and university
Financed by 450 sponsors with a desire to do something extraordinary as creative global citizens by making a donation of £1000 (€1200/$1500) 

Could Sardinians soon be eating Pecorino Fondu, making cuckoo clocks and speaking Swiss? According to the following article (courtesy of The Local) this could be a reality if a certain group of people had their way. There is however one small problem - the Sardinians! They won't let it happen.

Could Sardinia become Switzerland's 27th canton? In a bid to ease Italy's economic woes, a Facebook campaign has been set up to sell the southern Italian island of Sardinia to the Alpine country.

The “Maritime Canton” (“Canton Marittimo”) facebook group has gained more than 3,500 members attracted to the debate of selling Italy’s second-largest island to the wealthy Swiss.

“We are investigating the willpower of Sardinians of allowing Italy to sell Sardinia to Switzerland, to repay part of the public debt and restart the national economy,” the group description reads.

The group’s creators also address some of the key practical issues of switching nationalities after 150 years as part of Italy.

“Us Sardinians therefore become Swiss, without doing military service, have [Swiss] francs instead of the euro, and a local economy aligned as soon as possible with that of the new motherland,” the group says.

While first set up in 2012, the group was reactivated over the weekend as Italy’s newly-appointed prime minister, Matteo Renzi, was sworn into power.

“The time has arrived to reopen negotiations,” according to the group, inviting people to contribute ideas both for and against a breakaway Sardinia.

The fresh campaign comes just days after the Swiss voted to curb immigration from the EU; a restriction which would presumably not apply to the proposed Swiss-Sardinian canton.

While the approach of ditching Italy for a more wealthy neighbour may be new for Sardinia, the concept of succession has been popular in other parts of Italy.

The Northern League (Lega Nord) party gained prominence in the 1990s by calling for independence for the north of Italy, which it saw as propping up the country’s poorer southern regions.

Earlier this month party leader Matteo Salvini renewed calls for autonomy, while backing similar campaigns in Scotland in the UK and Catalonia in Spain.

Water skiing maybe but skiing on snow is something rarely associated with the sun drenched Island of Sardinia. 
However there are no less than four ski resorts on the island offering a moderate skiing experience for less than the main European snow attractions. If you are a beginner or have children this may well be the holiday for you.

The main resort is called Bruncu Spina and is Sardegna’s second highest mountain. It is located in the Gennargentu Mountain Range in the centre of the island and is the only mountain in Sardinia which boasts ski lifts and downhill skiing. At 1828m, however, it is not quite high enough to guarantee secure ski conditions so the number of days per year on which you can actually ski are limited. Bruncu Spina is the northernmost summit of the main Gennargentu ridge which includes all the five highest summits in Sardinia. All are around the same height (1800m) with Punta La Marmora being the highest one.

Here are the main resorts with links to details

Bruncu Spina

Altitude info
1570 m - 1820 m (Difference 250 m)
3.3 km
0.4 km
1.9 km
1 km
Ski lifts
Lift ticket
€ 15,- (Day ticket main season)
Altitude info
1320 m - 1440 m (Difference 120 m)
0.4 km
0.4 km
0 km
0 km
Ski lifts
Lift ticket
€ 10,- (Day ticket main season)
Altitude info
1360 m - 1385 m (Difference 25 m)
0.1 km
0.1 km
0 km
0 km
Ski lifts
Lift ticket
€ 10,- (Day ticket main season)
Altitude info
1460 m - 1550 m (Difference 90 m)
0.4 km
0.4 km
0 km
0 km
Ski lifts
Lift ticket
€ 10,- (Day ticket main season)
Prime Minister Enrico Letta has declared Friday a day of mourning, to mark the death of 18 people in flash floods on the island of Sardinia.

Around 1,700 people were still sheltering in emergency accommodation on Thursday following Monday’s floods, prompted by a cyclone sweeping across the island. With several people still unaccounted for the death toll could still rise.

Rivers broke their banks at the height of the storm on Monday, sweeping away bridges, bringing down power lines and flooding hundreds of homes - some of them in low-lying rural areas that have yet to be reached.

Around 20,000 people in Sardinia have been affected, with the north-eastern city of Olbia left almost entirely under water.

There has been an incredible sense of community on the Island with people trying to help in any way they can. Thousands of volunteers from all over Sardinia have taken to the streets of Olbia and affected areas to help with the massive clear up operation from shifting mud and debris to distributing aid. As well as donating clothes and food there have been many initiatives to help the relief effort including the sale of artwork and local creative people making small arts and crafts and putting them on sale online to give the money to the people that need it (https://www.facebook.com/creativiunitiperlasardegna). 
There is still a huge amount to do to bring peoples lives back to a semblance of normality.

There are many ways to donate to the appeal - 

Comune di Olbia:

Account: Banco di Sardegna n. 0540 - 070361388
IBAN: IT72U0101584980000070361388
BIC (codice swift): BPMOIT22XXX
In Favour of: Comune di Olbia Emergenza Alluvione
Reason: Comune di Olbia Emergenza Alluvione

http://www.comune.olbia.ss.it/ (the IBAN is on the seventh message on the page from the top  with date 19th of november)
ACLI Sardegna:

IBAN IT37R0100504800000000006229
In Favour of: Emergenza Sardegna 2013
Reason: Emergenza Sardegna 2013


IBAN IT 11 K 06230 03202 000057122587
In Favour of: ANCI Emergenza Comuni alluvionati
Reason: Emergenza Comuni alluvionati

From now until Christmas all proceeds from sales of DVD's and downloads of The Mandrake Root which was shot on the island will go to support those in Sardinia who need help.

Sardinians like most Italians don't like their spicy food but are partial to a hot spicy oil. Every pizzeria will have a bottle on hand to drizzle over pizza as will most restaurants for those of us that like a bit of heat on our salads. We bought fresh chillies that we hung to dry for a month but you can always just use chilli flakes.


1 litre of Olive Oil (Doesn't have to be extra virgin)
40g of chilli flakes

If you are using fresh dried chillies they need to be finely chopped into flakes. You can use a blender to speed things up. Gently heat the oil in a large pan but not until boiling point. When the oil is nice and hot add the chilli flakes and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add 2 or three whole chillies for good measure. Let the oil cool for 10 minutes before decanting into bottles ensuring all the flakes go in. Seal the bottles and let rest for 3-4 days before using. We used a sterilized wine bottle for the mixture but any sterilized glass receptacle will do as long as you can put a top on it.

The more flakes you add the hotter the oil.

Courtesy of thelocal.it
Frustrated by the government ordering bilingual signs be taken down, a group of amateur cartographers took to the internet in revolt, La Stampa reported.
Using the Google Map Maker application, which takes a crowd sourcing approach to edit and update Google Maps, the islanders quickly renamed nearly every Italian place name with the Sardinian version.
Cagliari, the capital, became Casteddu, for example, while the second city Sassari was renamed Tàtari, La Stampa said.
The linguistic coup lasted around a month, before Google got wind of the trickery and reinstated the Italian language place names.
Unified just 150 years ago, Italy boasts a huge number of local languages and dialects.
The Sardinian language has been protected by law since 1997, although the number of speakers of Sardinian and other local languages is falling.
The national statistics agency, Istat, said in 2006 that a third of Italians spoke both a local language and Italian.

The history of meatloaf (Polpettone) can be traced
 back to 5th century Rome. One of the earliest meatloaf
recipes is found in the famous Roman cook book,
Apicius, a collection of Roman cookery recipes usually
thought to have been compiled in the late 4th or early
5th century AD. The name "Apicius" had long been
associated with an excessively refined love of food,
from the habits of an early bearer of the name, Marcus
Gavius Apicius, a Roman gourmet and lover of refined
luxury who lived sometime in the 1st century AD,
duringthe reign of Tiberius. Polpettone is made
primarily of ground meat mixed with binders such as
eggs and bread crumbs. This simple, tasty recipe could not be easier.

Serves 4


500g Minced beef
50g fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg
5 tablespoons of grated Parmasan cheese
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper

Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly using the hands. Shape the loaf into a large thick sausage shape approximately 30cm long and place on a baking tray. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and place the baking tray in the centre of the oven. Cook for 40 minutes. Rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with seasonal vegetables and gravy.
Simple and tasty!

Note. Grated carrot and spinach can also be added to the mixture.
The wreck of the KT-12 in Sardinia makes for a perfect weekend’s diving – good visibility, lots of marine life and plenty to explore.

Just 90 minutes’ drive south of Olbia airport in Sardinia’s Golfo di Orosei lies the wreck of the KT-12. This ship was carrying lorries and other goods for the Afrika Korps, when she was torpedoed in 1943 by HMS Safari – one of Britain’s most successful submarines of the Second World War. It now makes an interesting diversion for wreck divers in search of military history covered with marine life. Cheap flights to Olbia with easyjet are available from the UK, so the wreck is well within reach for a long weekend of wreck diving. 

For more info www.divemagazine.co.uk

Orosei Diving Centre 00 39 0784 91201

Courtesy of The Malta Independent

Top scholars have gathered in Rome recently to discuss the exciting and controversial idea that Sardinia is the lost island of Atlantis.
The theory, developed in a book by the Italian journalist Sergio Frau, has drawn international acclaim but also fuelled heated criticism.
Despite selling 30,000 copies in Italy, a detailed 20-point appeal by 250 academics has dismissed the book, claiming it sensationalizes Sardinian history.
But the theory received a major boost last year, when the United Nations cultural heritage body UNESCO organised a symposium on the issue in Paris, suggesting the idea was worth serious consideration. Academics, archaeologists, geologists and historians from across Italy have met in Rome’s Accademia dei Lincei to look at the theory in closer depth and discuss possible paths of future research.
The meeting has also been timed to coincide with the opening of an exhibition on Frau’s ideas, originally shown in Paris last year. Atlantika uses Frau’s book, The Pillars of Hercules, as a springboard for exploring theories and ideas on the legendary island and its whereabouts. Neither the location nor the existence of Atlantis have ever been confirmed...