Actually I don’t love them rather lacking in natural light, expensive to renovate and very costly to heat in winter but I just couldn’t resist the headline which I have borrowed from the song . My mother is still a great fan of Bing Crosby and I think I could have hummed this in my cot.
It was also the first song written by a woman to sell over 1 million song sheets.
There are lots of rather fun stories as to how they came to be here and what they were used for . Most centre around the idea that they were the first prefabricated houses easily erected and more importantly easily torn down to avoid, the story goes , the Kingdom of Two Sicily’s house tax inspectors. Yes even then everyone down here was avoiding tax and ironically there was an IMU tax on the first house way back then and here we were all thinking Mario Monti and his belle Frau Angela thought it up.
However new research shows that there are the exact same constructed buildings in Syria and Turkey and they were/are used as farmer’s shelters and to store crops . It seems to make sense. The estates down her were huge and lugging crops back to the masseria would have been very difficult and serve no real purpose. Far better to store them and then take them to market or the port for export. Furthermore as I sit typing this the thunder is rolling around and the forks of lightning are enormous. Time for every farm worker to take shelter. Where ? Ah the trullo of course. Yup it seems logical to me.
Number one record in 1944 when she met my father so that might have had something to do with it.
Apuglia which is the correct name for this region comes from the Latin meaning rainless. Now clearly it isn’t rainless down here but the locals here will often talk about rain using the word for water; ” L’acqua domani Mike ?” meaning is it going to rain tomorrow so it seems the Romans used it as waterless, in other words, no rivers. So now you know. I was never any good at Latin so given 98% of Italian words come from Latin you can see why I struggle with the present day language. Peter Cook had the same issue it seems.
And finally I can find no Italian word for the english word ” to fudge” probably because it comes from a German verb. But boy do they need one. Today the name of the new commissioner to look at the Steelworks here in Taranto was announced but there is more. He is appointed so he can appoint the real commissioner and then that person will appoint two deputy commissioners. Once that is done they have 36 months to come up with a solution. The government has put only one caveat on it -no closure ! Why ? well they say Italy cannot be without a steel industry, closure would look like failure and Italy would lose face but maybe the real reason is the government would lose €2Billion in tax revenue . Ahhh.
I was about to add Italian music but the storms are now knocking out the internet signal so best to publish now I think. Love this summer weather. Coldest start to June in Puglia for many many years.