Archive for March, 2014

The End Of An Era
Posted on: March 29th, 2014 by Jane Hunt

So this is it … my last night in Italy, with a 4am start to get to the airport for my 6.45am flight to Munich (or Monaco in Bavaria as they call it in Italy).  Feeling sad, yet exhilarated, as I know what lies ahead & how exciting that’s going to be. By the time [...]

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Teetering On The Cobbles: But Not Stuck In A Rut – Bologna Blog
Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by Jane Hunt

Another day: another thing ticked off my must-do list, a new fear conquered & a new favourite location chalked up in the memory bank.  I began yesterday with a reference to there being (allegedly) 9 million bicycles in Beijing.  There are certainly thousands of potential silent killers on the streets of Ferrara, weaving this way [...]

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Time To Move On: Bologna Day 4
Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Jane Hunt

There are 9 million bicycles in Beijing (allegedly) and there are 85,000 students at the University of Bologna for a fact, as I counted them all as they blocked my way in the narrow streets of the student quarter, into which I ventured for the first time today, having been told by Mark, our stand [...]

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Mentors, Meetings & Major News – Bologna 2 & 3
Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Jane Hunt

When I was planning my Bologna adventure, people told me to be a sponge and I kept joking that this meant sponging up knowledge, not sponging off other people. As it happens, I’ve been a real freeloader in the past 24 hours!   The fair shut yesterday and, instead of heading back to the hotel, [...]

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Learned A Lot: Nearly Got Stranded – Book Fair Day 1
Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Jane Hunt

Survived my first day of a book fair – but it wasn’t all plain sailing.  Lots of PR work to do tonight, so can’t write a long blog, but I’ve discovered a lot today, attended some interesting seminars on Apps (particularly interesting as one of the comperes was the man I met in the lift [...]

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Spots of Time, Banda Rei & Brigitte Bardot: Bologna Day 2
Posted on: March 23rd, 2014 by Jane Hunt

Una città a misuro d’uomo.  I think that’s what it says about Ferrara in my Allegro 3 Italian book. When I first read that, I asked my teacher what it meant – it means a city that has the measure of man.  I didn’t get it, but I now I do.  Bologna is that.  I [...]

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Gratuitous? Most Probably – Day 1 in Bologna
Posted on: March 22nd, 2014 by Jane Hunt

Do you ever have days in your life when you’re just grateful for decisions you’ve made, as they’ve made your life so very different.  Today was one of those for me.  It started with me not wanting to move a muscle to get out of bed in Manchester at 4am and is ending with me [...]

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Blonde in Bologna – by popular request!
Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by Jane Hunt

So here we have it … the first ‘Blonde in Bologna’ blog, even though I’m still in Manchester, as you can see by the picture perhaps – all snug in pyjamas ready to get some sleep before an early flight to Munich and then beautiful Bologna.   An old friend of mine, who has admirably [...]

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The True Miss Hartwright
Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Jane Hunt

When I am out and about book signing – particularly in schools – I am often asked about my pen name of Gianna Hartwright.  As I tell enquirers, Gianna has been my name in Italian lessons for over 10 years, while Hartwright was my mother’s mother’s maiden name and also the name of my great-grandma, [...]

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Bring It On!
Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Jane Hunt

I’m definitely in the mood for Bologna now, getting my singleton head on, remembering all the time I spent on my own ‘on tour’ in Britain between October and December and my solo trips to Macedonia (actually, Rogue Elephants readers may think that’s enough to put anyone off and they don’t even know about going [...]

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