It’s an ill Wind….

that blows no one any good. The wind went around to the South West a few days ago hence the warm weather to end September. Lovely for sitting in the sunshine and enjoying an indian summer . Do you know where the term comes from ? Well nobody really knows but it certainly came from North America and refers to native Indians and is possibly because the end of the sumer marked the end of raids on the new settlers by Indians. They went off to harvest their crops. however if the weather wasn’t too bad they would sometimes return for a few more raids in the autumn before the snow which the settlers called an Indian summer. How about that.

So what is to the South West of our house. It is Taranto home to the ILVA steel plant, the largest in Europe and one that has been belching out pollutants for years with seemingly no thought for the local population 40% of whom are employed there.

Mario Monti asked them very nicely if they would accept a shed load of taxpayer money and clean up their act. Maybe cut down on emissions that type of thing. Last year there were well over 240 dangerous level emissions from the plant. So much for asking nicely.

taranto emissions

Doesn’t look nice does it ? After a series of health reports the latest published this week is about fertility levels. It is now estimated that one in four couples in the Taranto area are sterile and 25% of Taranto women are in early stage menopause long before they should be.

The EU has now stepped in and accused Italy of violating the Industrial Emissions laws and failing to do anything about it. They have cited also Italy’s failure to uphold Article One of the EU Charter. That article simply sates EU citizens have a right to life and Governments must do all they can to uphold that right.

That really does say it all doesn’t it. The EU complaint goes on though to cite dangerous levels of pollution of the air ( which you can see from the photo) soil, surface water and ground water. Further it says this pollution is not confined to the Taranto are but clearly effects other areas dependent on which way the wind is blowing.

We took off to the beach today on the other side from Taranto to enjoy what all the weather forecasters have agreed is the last nice weekend of the year. Several papers urged people to go to the beach and enjoy a final swim of the year. Not many went along with the idea and we sat on a deserted beach with all the lidos bar one closed and boarded up for the winter.

I did swim and very good it was too though refreshing to say the least.  We had left Martina Franca under mainly cloud cover this morning. It often happens up here and you have to be alert to it. Our first summer here it rained in June for the first 3 weeks almost non stop up here and we sat disconsolately in the house ruing our purchase. However at a library meeting later that month we met all these beautifully bronzed people. Been away I asked? No just Torre Canne  on the coast they all replied. It then dawned on me ( every pun always intended on this blog) that there were two weather systems at play most of the year.

So I found three webcams on the coast nearest us and two on the Taranto coast and was ready. Now as it clouds over I look at the webcams and head for the place with no cloud. It works a treat though Geraldine thinks I’m a little obsessive about it all. But one up on the weather is not to be sneezed at.

As we drove back up to Martina many people had spent the day washing as the washing lines were all full. It is almost October 1st when the Martinese put away their summer gear and bring out their winter stuff. Off go the t shirts and on go the anoracks. the lines were full of long johns and warm P-Js  being washed ready for use from Tuesday.

It would be quite depressing, except I beat the system again today. Competitive me ? Go on, never.


About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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2 Responses to It’s an ill Wind….

  1. Yeen says:

    What a truly impressive daily effort your blogging is, especially how it seems so effortless. You complain like a local, it’s lovely. Having only recently discovered your ramblings, I get it now, but too late for our impending 3 week visit, that opting to stay in the centro storico at every stop is a poor way to get a proper meal let alone a half decent idea of the pugliese way of life, foraging that sort of thing. We’ll be looking out for those country lunches.

    • hereinpuglia says:

      Thank you, if you only knew the half of it! Enjoy your holiday and if you do find some hidden gems of restaurants down back streets in any Centro Storico do let us all know.

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