Donna Leon was born in 1942 in New Jersey, although she has lived alone in Venice for over 25 years. She was a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Maryland University College in Italy and then became a Professor at the American military base of Vicenza from 1981-1999. Donna travelled all over the world teaching before she began writing and became interested in Baroque music. She set up her opera company years ago with the musicologist Alan Curtis, another American exile in Italy, to tour rare works in concert format. She eventually gave up teaching to concentrate on writing crime novels featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti.
The pronunciation of the letter V is identical to that of the letter B in modern standard Spanish. Once you have accepted this fact, it makes life a whole lot easier. People seem to worry excessively about the pronunciation of their B's and V's and I often find students staring at my mouth and pouncing on any slight variation they might detect!! Sometimes during speech the movement of one's mouth can vary slightly, but the fact of the matter remains that B's and V's are the same! They are both pronounced like a soft, lazy English B. Variations within that sound from lips being fully closed to being slightly parted are equally well understood, and you will find this variation amongst native Spanish speakers as well.
This is one of Murcia's best known "modern" buildings. It is located on the right hand side of Calle de La Trapería as you walk up it from the Cathedral. According to one authority, it was first established in 1847, though its building took place in phases as more of the surrounding property was acquired.
The kneecap dislocation is a problem affecting a great number of dogs, especially small-sized dogs. This is usually a congenital problem that gets more and more serious as time is passing by, although sometimes it is an acquired problem.
After encouraging performances in pre-season, hopes were high that Mazarron would start the new season with a home victory against a strong Jumilla team.
In front of a good crowd, Mazarron began brightly and a shot from Miguelon after 4 minutes went close. The same player then burst down the right wing before crossing to Serrano whose shot was well saved by the Jumilla keeper.
Mazarrón Town Council, through the departments of Education and Social Policy, has launched a book exchange programme to alleviate the economic difficulties many families are suffering from in the municipality who are finding it difficult to meet the costs which mark the beginning of the school year. This initiative was released recently by delegated councillors, María Celeste Soria and Maria Martinez.
This disease is the most common disorder of the joints in small-sized animals, especially in dogs. In spite of it usually affecting dogs older than seven years old, this disease is nowadays frequent in both big and miniature-sized younger dogs, even in puppies, which is generally as a consequence of some congenital defects, like hips or elbows displasia, shoulder osteocondritis or knee dislocation, especially in those dogs where the breeders have not tried to eliminate the disease.
Cartagena has some excellent museums dealing with its maritime and more modern military history. The following are, in our view, well worth a visit.
The National Museum of Underwater Archaeology is on the seafront roughly halfway along the Paseo de Alfonso XII. It is located in an impressive modern building entered down a slope. When we last visited it, there was a small entrance charge (pensioners free) and it opened Tues-Sun from 10am, though closing early on Sundays (3pm). Its collection consists mainly of objects recovered from the sea and dating from the 7th Century BC to the 19th Century. In the main, the remains come from the coastal areas around Cartagena, and most of the information boards and signs are in Spanish and English.
The Letter U
We have made it to our fifth vowel in the alphabet and like the other vowels, the U has a single clear sound, this time made with the lips rounded and protruding. If you remember how Frankie Howard used to say "ooooh", but then cut the sound short, you may get the right idea! That isn't the whole story about the pronunciation of the U though, as there are three instances in which it is actually silent, which are as follows:
Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by former journalist and teacher Mark Knopfler and initially composed of Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion).
by Clodagh and Dick Handscombe, Spain's best known gardeners and gardening authors.
The middle of August and another CCC copy deadline. Question is what to write about. Problem solved by reading through the last couple of editions and identifying a few problems facing those with gardens or apartment terraces.