Andrew Lawless is the founding editor and a regular contributor to Three Monkeys Online magazine.

Mario Monicelli’s Le Rose nel Deserto

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Last night I managed to get around to seeing Le Rose nel Deserto, the latest film directed by Mario Monicelli. Monicelli’s career spans the history of Italian cinema, having made his first film back in 1934. Monicelli directed Le Rose nel Deserto, on location in the Libyan desert in 2005, an admirable feat in itself, […]

Today’s mapmakers

Monday, June 11th, 2007

It seems that no news bulletin is complete, these days, without some reference to how wicked the internet can be. We’re consistently shown on lunch time news bulletins videos, of students behaving poorly, that have been posted on YouTube. TV journalists in Italy have yet to devote any time to a website that is proving […]

Asymmetric information – the three i’s

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Further to our last post, the documentary on Sex Crimes and the Vatican was shown on RAI due’s Anno Zero programme – albeit a week late, after the programme’s presenter took the opportunity to double check the documentary’s accuracy in the face of heavy criticism from the Vatican and various politicians. Despite the heavy insinuations, […]

Serving Mom’s Apple pie to the Italian blogosphere – the Wales O’Reilly code of conduct

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

The proposed code of conduct for Blogs, outlined by wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Internet 2.0 guru Tim O’Reilly has generated little interest in the media here in Italy thus far. This strikes me as strange, given the general preoccupation with privacy, and the tendency of the news here to jump on every possible scandalous […]

The writing’s on the wall – Police escort for Archbishop Bagnasco

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

On the 2nd of April a very public message was delivered to the new President of the Italian Bishops Conference, Archbishop Bagnasco. Daubed on the doors of Genoa’s San Lorenzo cathedral were the words ‘Shame on you Bagnasco’1 The message was, presumably, a reaction to the controversy generated by the newly appointed succesor to Cardinal […]

Prodi’s Government Falls – Mediaset Share Prices Rise

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Romano Prodi’s government has fallen, having lost a vote in the senate on a proposed renewal of Italy’s mission in Afghanistan. It’s unclear exactly what will happen – as consulatations start tomorrow to see whether the numbers can be found to form a new government, or whether new elections will be held. Mediaset shares, in […]

Today’s Lesson – Sports Ethics

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

When writing my last post, about Luciano Moggi, I had yet to come across the news that Moggi has been invited to address students at a technical institute in Agropoli, a city in the Southern region of Campania. The theme for the day – Sport’s Education. Afterwards he will inaugurate a Luciano Moggi Juventus fan […]

The Green Menace – Ireland & Islam

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Basking in a soft green glow Ireland, for the Italian media, exists t o provide occasional weekend-supplement travel articles. The island is remote (yet easily reachable by low-cost airlines, they stress), and populated by young creative types guzzling guinness. It is also, reassuringly, a Catholic country. Given that Ireland is rarely in the news here, […]

Kick a man when he’s down?

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

Perhaps, if only he’d stop moving. Rumours of Berlusconi’s demise, in what has become a tedious pattern, have been exaggerated. On Saturday, leading an anti-government march, Berlusconi was, without doubt, the star of the show. And it was a show that drew thousands into Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni (a location not chosen by chance – […]

International Gombeens – Or why you can’t buy drugs in the supermarket

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Reading Shane Barry’s commentary on financial scandals surrounding Bertie Ahern, it struck me that his posts could be applied, with virtually no changes, to the Italian situation. The Gombeen factor is to be found alive and well internationally – if that’s any consolation to Mr Barry. Only the names and donation sums need to be […]