I wrote a week or so ago about the high price of gas (LPG etc) here in Puglia and throughout Italy. It is the highest in Europe by quite a long way and obviously it has a knock on effect on consumer spending and during the crisis on industrial production pricing. Our leader has now said that the 1% rise in VAT this July is almost certain to happen and so the price of gas will rise again. The Confederation of Italian Industry has said that the move will push Italy into a deeper recession and could well bring about massive unrest in the South where the effects of the recession he said are already no less than catastrophic. So imagine my delight to read that vast reserves of natural gas have been found in the seas around Puglia. Certainly the largest in the Mediterranean and in most of Europe. The plan would be to drill for it and then bring it ashore in Puglia providing a huge increase in jobs and wealth for the region. It would also eliminate the €62 Billion deficit the Italian government runs up each year importing gas from Russia but with the French as the middleman ( don’t ask ! it was a deal done to get Italy into the Euro when they missed meeting almost all the targets ). That €62B happily pays to lower VAT by a couple of points and cancel IMU tax on houses. Manna from heaven isn’t it?
Italians drilling Italian gas, brought ashore on to Italian soil and used by Italian industry and citizens. So an Italian decision let’s go for it. Err no, energy is an EU decision not a national decision and Brussels is on a renewable energy drive so little or no gas for Italy. So more austerity , a VAT rise and civil unrest while the Mafia here make millions on wind and solar scams. Yep that makes sense doesn’t it.
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Now we were talking about gas weren’t we and those clever criminals in Brindisi have come up with a new way of using gas to make money. Never mind solar scams there is more money in natural gas in canisters. Now a canister in Italian is an aptly named bombola. When you go into a store to get a 25 litre one you ask for a bombola di gas and the name always amused me. So the new game is you nick a load of bombola di gas and then you pile into a car with one, head for the nearest ATM in the middle of the night and blow it up using the said bombola. By putting gas into the seams around the ATM it appears that the explosion blows the whole ATM about 50 yards up the road where you pick it up and pop it in the car to open it at will later on. Most seem to have about 50,000 euro in them so not a bad nights work. Last night was the turn of Carovigno and Cisternino but Villa Castelli was done last week as were several other towns in the Brindisi province.
Last night was a little different because a local police car was going past the ATM when it blew and the robbers grabbed it and took off. They followed and a speed chase began. The police fired at the car as it sped along the streets but finally crashed injuring the two cops. The getaway car when found had blood on the back seat so hospitals have been alerted to look for a bullet wound. All very Hollywood isn’t it.
What is the best car chase in movies ? Lots of good ones but what about cops chasing robbers ? Narrows the field