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Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison

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The piazza by the sea

From fast asleep to wide awake in one blast of a homemade megaphone.

‘Meloni meloni meloni!’ Nothing had changed in Andrano. Signor Api pumped petrol in a grease-stained shirt, fruit and vegie sellers flushed buyers from their homes, and a stray cat sought refuge under Pippo’s Fiat, which, as always, was parked across Daniela’s gate. Fishing boats returned to port, farmers toiled in fields, housewives hung washing on rooftops and children stole tomatoes from trailers. A man on a motorbike flashed past the castle balancing a watermelon on his fuel tank. A black widow pedalled across the piazza ferrying a fresh bunch of flowers to the cemetery. The whitewashed village outshone the sun as its bell struck nine o’clock. Thirty ...

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