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Messina – Norwegian aid dish, harbor & imaginary bridge

The highlight of Messina is the main church with a astronomical clock tower offering a clock show everyday at 12:00. 1908 the city was struck by an 7,1 earthquake and Norway sent two ships of cod as aid and Messina’s main dish Stocco alla Messinese was created. In the video I also visit the imaginary bridge area and best view sites.

Messina is a city with 236000 inhabitants where the the harbor connects Sicily with Calabria by mafia controlled ferry traffic. Will the bridge ever be built?

The reason I don’t believe in Roberto Saviano – author of Gomorra

Roberto Saviano no one has missed as he is the author of the world famous Gomorrah book and TV-series based on his book. I have never believed in Saviano and the threats he claims he has from the Casalesi clans. I will explain why.

His book Gomorrah was published 2006, the era when the italian government was most successful against the mafia, ironically it was during the Berlusconi era. Berlusconi has been accused to have connections with the mafia, which never has been proved. After Berlusconi was put aside the mafia started to grow rapidly again. In recent years it has been revealed that the italian government is strongly linked to the mafia and has got its own name “Mafia e Capitale”, meaning “Mafia and the Capital”. Savianos work and success with the book came during the time mafia faced hard resistance from the government. Saviano needs police protection 24 hours due to this book he claims the mafia hates.?

Have you ever heard of Angelo Jannone?

Angelo Jannone was the commander of the police in Corleone, Sicily, 1989 to 1991. With Giovanni Falcone head investigator on the heritage of Tot? Riina and the accountant Pino Mandalari. Angelo managed to enter the Corleone clan and was then transferred for security reasons. He has been shot by sicilian mafia clans due to arrests and investigations and in Calabria he signed a bill which lead to the arrest of 187 mafia members from Cosa Nostra and local clans in Calabria. In Calabria there is the Ndrangheta clan, which is one of the most dangerous and powerful clans in the world. Jannone was transferred from Calabria after a informer releaved information a bomb was planned to kill Jannone.

Then he lead a three year investigation against italian IRS corruption and was again almost shot to death with a Kalasnikov by people he investigated. He was then transferred to Rome, left the police and was inserted in special investigation unit. During that time he managed to get infiltrated in criminal organisations in Italy and Colombian drug traffickers linked to Camorra clan allowing the seizure of 280 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of over 43 people in Naples, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam and Venezuela. He drafted the first report on Economics, Crime and Finance in Italy.

I have met Angelo Jannone in Catania where he received one more honor award for peace work in the world. He travelled without bodyguards and police protection, recieveing the award in an open public place in Catania.

If a man like Angelo Jannone can travel and live in Italy with work positions in government and universities, do one really think a book writer like Roberto Saviano, that has not lead to any arrests or much disturbance at all, needs all this police protection? This is why I think Roberto Saviano is a media hoax. What he has created is just another fiction, but no true real work.

Angelo Jannone


Roberto Saviano ingen har missat, eftersom han ?r f?rfattare till den v?rldsber?mda Gomorra boken och tv-serien baserat p? hans bok. Jag har aldrig trott p? Saviano och de hot han p?st?r att han har fr?n Casalesi-klanen. Jag kommer att f?rklara varf?r.

Hans bok Gomorra publicerades 2006, den tid d? den italienska regeringen var mest framg?ngsrik mot maffian, var det ironiskt nog under Berlusconi-tiden. Berlusconi har anklagats att ha har kopplingar till maffian, n?got som aldrig har bevisats. Efter att Berlusconi avsatts b?rjade maffian v?xa snabbt igen. Under de senaste ?ren har det visat sig att den italienska regeringen ?r starkt knuten till maffian och har f?tt sitt eget namn “Mafia e Capitale”, vilket betyder “Maffian och huvudstaden”. Savianos arbete och framg?ng med boken kom under tiden d? maffian m?tte h?rd motst?nd fr?n regeringen. Saviano beh?ver polisskydd 24 timmar p? grund av den h?r boken han h?vdar att maffian hatar.

Har du n?gonsin h?rt talas om Angelo Jannone?

Angelo Jannone var polisens bef?lhavare i Corleone, Sicilien, 1989-1991. Med Giovanni Falcone huvudutredare p? arvet fr?n Toto Riina och revisorn Pino Mandalari. Angelo lyckades komma in i Corleone-klanen och flyttades sedan av s?kerhetssk?l. Han har skjutits av Sicilianska maffiklaner p? grund av gripanden och utredningar, och i Kalabrien undertecknade han en proposition som ledde till arresteringar av 187 mafia-medlemmar fr?n Cosa Nostra och lokala klaner i Kalabrien. I Calabria finns Ndrangheta-klanen, som ?r en av v?rldens farligaste och starkaste klaner. Jannone flyttades fr?n Kalabrien efter att en informat?r informerat att en bomb var planerad att d?da Jannone.

Sedan ledde han en tre?rig utredning mot italienska skatteverkets korruption och blev n?stan skjuten till d?ds av en Kalasnikov av personer som han unders?kte. Han flyttades sedan till Rom, l?mnade polisen och startade arbetet i s?rskild utredningsenhet. Under den tiden lyckades han bli infiltrerad i kriminella organisationer i Italien och colombianska narkotikahandlare med anknytning till Camorra-klanen som m?jliggjorde beslag p? 280 kilo kokain och gripandet av ?ver 43 personer i Napoli, Milano, Rom, Amsterdam och Venezuela. Han utarbetade den f?rsta rapporten om ekonomi, brottslighet och finans i Italien.

Jag har tr?ffat Angelo Jannone i Catania d?r han fick en hedersutm?rkelse f?r fredsarbete i v?rlden. Han reste utan livvakter och polisskydd, mottog utm?rkelsen p? en ?ppen allm?n plats i Catania.

Om en man som Angelo Jannone kan resa och bo i Italien med arbetsplatser i regeringen och universitet, tror man verkligen att en bokf?rfattare som Roberto Saviano, som inte har lett till n?gra arresteringar eller mycket st?rning alls, beh?ver allt detta polisskydd? Det ?r d?rf?r jag f?r bilden av att Roberto Saviano ?r en mediabluff. Det han skapat ?r bara en fiktion, men inget riktigt verkligt arbete.

Taormina a military zone for G7

22nd to 28th May Taormina is closed for visitors and only residents and workers with a pass can get in. Everything is been carefully searched before they let you in with a pass and by the metal detectors by Porta Messina and Porta Catania the queues are very long. All his for the G7 meeting to be held 26th and 27th May, this weekend. The road entrances to Taormina looks like the border from Palestina in to Israel (yes, I have seen them myself). G7 is highly excessive.

I has been stressful times for us working here in the tourism sector as the information has been close to zero from authoroties and so many rumours has been circuling like “they will close the highway” and “internet and telephones will be closed down!”, which are silly rumours but typical for Sicily to create more mess than necessary. Roads has been closed an opened with not much pre warning so much has had to be solved in last minute to understand how to get e.g. guests to the hotels. It is not the works or events like G7 and Giro Italia, that passed here a week ago, that disturbes, it is just the bad organisation and lack of information. It is quite fascinating to see how adult men in leadership positions do not manage to do more than create more mess of a mess and the mayor crying in the media that he is the most hated man. Well, you are not respected that for sure as an german five year old could have done the work much better. So please take in outside competence the next time you even think of organizing a big event here again.

Some words has wispered in the ear that the company that got millions in euro to renovate all the streets in Taormina is Renzis friend who just opened a VAT number this year to be able to get the contracts. Well, I can believe that is true as it is the Italian Style. Atleast we have new nice roads, roads signs, renovated bridges that got damaged from last years tropical rains, new walls…until the first rains comes as they have also managed to cover the drainings. Who live will see! And then Black Bloc will demostrate in Giardini Naxos this weekend and you probably remember how their demostration went in northern Italy 10 years ago with coma and death. Nobody understands how a mayor can allow them … but that’s how it is when the money talks.

For women who love men in uniforms it will be in total of two weeks of drooling and vet dreams as only 9,000 military soldiers has arrived and even more cops. Champagne cork to be fired towards the sea when all this is over 28th afternoon! Ciao from Taormina!


22-28 maj ?r Taormina st?ngd f?r bes?kare och bara boende och arbetare med ett pass kan ta sig in. Allt blir noggrant genoms?kt innan de sl?pper in med ett pass och vid metalldetektorerna vid Porta Messina och Porta Catania ?r k?erna mycket l?nga. Allt detta f?r G7-m?tet som h?lls den 26 och 27 maj, denna helg. V?garna till Taormina ser ut som gr?nserna fr?n Palestina in till Israel (jo, har sett dem sj?lv). G7 kraftigt ?verdrivet.

Vi inom turistsektorn har haft stressiga tider eftersom informationen har varit n?ra noll fr?n auktoriteter och s? m?nga rykten har cirkulerat som “de kommer att st?nga motorv?gen” och “internet och telefoner kommer att st?ngas!”, dumma rykten men typiska f?r Sicilien att skapa mer r?ra ?n n?dv?ndigt. V?garna har st?ngts och ?ppnats med inte s? mycket f?rvarning s? mycket har varit tvunget att l?sas i sista minuten f?r att f?rst? hur man f?r till exempel g?sterna till hotellen. Det ?r inte arbeten eller h?ndelser som G7 och Giro Italia, som passerade h?r f?r en vecka sedan, som st?r utan det ?r bara den d?liga organisationen och bristen p? information. Det ?r ganska fascinerande att se hur vuxna m?n i ledarpositioner inte lyckas g?ra mer ?n att skapa mer r?ra av en r?ra och borgm?staren gr?ter i media att han ?r den mest hatade mannen. Ja, du ?r inte respekterad f?rvisso eftersom en tysk fem?ring kunde ha gjort jobbet mycket b?ttre. S? sn?lla ta in extern kompetens n?sta g?ng du ens t?nker p? att organisera en stor h?ndelse h?r igen.

Vissa viskningar i ?rat har sagt att f?retaget som fick miljoner i euro f?r att renovera alla gatorna i Taormina ?r Renzis v?n som just ?ppnat ett momsnummer i ?r f?r att kunna f? kontrakten. Tja, jag kan tro det ?r sant d? det ?r den italienska stilen. I allra h?gsta grad har vi nya fina v?gar, v?gskyltar, renoverade broar som har skadats under det senaste tropiska regnen, nya murar … tills de f?rsta regnen kommer d? de ocks? lyckats att t?cka avloppen. Den som lever kommer att se! Och sen ska Black Bloc demostrera i Giardini Naxos till helgen och ni minns s?kert hur deras demostration gick i norra Italien f?r 10 ?r sedan med koma och d?d. Ingen f?rst?r hur en borgm?stare kan till?ta dem…men det ?r v?l s? n?r pengarna talar.

F?r kvinnor som ?lskar m?n i uniformer kommer det att vara totalt tv? veckors dr?ggel och v?ta dr?mmar d? endast 9000 milit?rer har anl?nt och ?nnu fler poliser. Champagnekorken ska skjutas mot havet n?r allt detta ?r ?ver den 28:e p? eftermiddagen! Ciao fr?n Taormina!

Insurance – Perhaps most fraudulent system here

The italian insurance system is perhaps the most fraudulent system in this country. Every insurance is expensive because this is one of the sectors all parts try to get that extra dime. I always look for the cheapest option and only pay fro RCA, which means only the basics to cover damages for third part. You can get lucky with good insurances if you are all very good friend with the agent or who deals with issues.

My car got damaged by my neighbour last year. He tried to intimidate me with his temper and size that the accident was my fault. It clearly was his and I screamed back at him everywhere he raised his voice. The insurance company finally put the blame on him. With accidents you have to be very careful as you are not allowed to move the items before the police comes to document how the accident may have happened and it is their final that counts very much in the version to the insurance company. DO NEVER MOVE YOUR THINGS EVEN IF IT BLOCKS THE TRAFFIC! My neighbor moved his car. The police was very angry at his behaviour as he even tried to make me look like a fool infront of the police. There are very prejudices againts people from east Europe here and my neighbor did not know I was from Scandinavia. So when police took my documents they told the man “that this woman come from one of the best countries in the world. And look at our country and your behaviour. It is easy to knoe who to believe.” It is terrible this way they think, but this is the way it is here.

So then starts the insurance process. With all papers the company calls a controller and asks me to bring the car to a mechanic. Now it gets interesting. I calculated the damages to be maximum 500-600 euro. After ten days comes the controller from my insurance company and without my presence he and the mechanic calculates the damages to be 1200 euro. It was way too much. But in Italy it works often this way that perhaps the mechanic took 600 for work and 600 was given as black money to the controller from the insurance company. I was then sent a check of 1200 euro. I have to go to the postoffice to change it to money. Then go to the mechanic and give the cash for a receipt. This whole paperwork and get the car repaired took four weeks. It went faster than normal as I got also got a witness and many people back me up with their point of view. My neighbor had to move as so many were angry at him.

Never ever spend your money in advance. It is a very little chance you get them back. I recommend to just pay for the cheapest insurance and no extras. Please just take this as a recommendation, then of course you decide what to do.? It is also better to have insurances through your bank, as there you already have a personal connection.? Often you find the cheapest options online.

I got the recommendation to visit a doctor and ask the company for neck and back pains. Many do it here even if nothing happens. This way you can get your extra dime, 4000-7000 euro, for free. But then also the process takes much longer. I did not do it! Many thinks I am a fool.


The money I am taking to mechanic? // Pengah?gen som ska till mekanikern


Det italienska f?rs?kringssystemet ?r kanske den mest bedr?gliga systemet i det h?r landet. Varje f?rs?kring ?r dyr eftersom det ?r en av de sektorerna som alla parter f?rs?ker f? mj?lkat extra ?ren. Jag ser alltid efter det billigaste alternativet och betalar bara RCA, vilket inneb?r endast grunderna f?r att t?cka skador f?r tredje part. Du kan ha tur med bra f?rs?kringar om du ?r mycket god v?n med agenten eller den som sysslar med skadefr?gor.

Min bil blev skadad av min granne f?rra ?ret. Han f?rs?kte skr?mma mig med sitt hum?r och storlek att olyckan var mitt fel. Det var helt klart hans fel och jag skrek tillbaka p? honom ?verallt han h?jde r?sten. F?rs?kringsbolaget la slutligen skulden p? honom. Med olyckor m?ste man vara mycket f?rsiktig, det inte ?r till?tet att flytta objekten innan polisen kommer f?r att dokumentera hur en olycka kan ha skett och det ?r deras sista ord som r?knas mycket i versionen till f?rs?kringsbolaget.? FLYTTA ALDRIG DINA ?GODELAR ?VEN OM DET BLOCKERAR TRAFIKEN! Min granne flyttade sin bil. Polisen var mycket arg p? hans beteende n?r han f?rs?kte f? mig att se ut som en d?re framf?r polisen. Det finns mycket f?rdomar mot m?nniskor fr?n ?steuropa h?r och min granne visste inte att jag var fr?n Skandinavien. S? n?r polisen tog mina handlingar sa de till mannen “att denna kvinna kommer fr?n en av de b?sta l?nderna i v?rlden. Och titta p? v?rt land och ditt beteende. Det ?r l?tt att best?mma vem man ska tro.” Det ?r fruktansv?rt detta s?tt att t?nka, men det ?r s? det ?r.

Sen startar f?rs?kringsprocessen och med alla papper kallar f?retaget en skadereglerare som ber mig ta bilen till en mekaniker. Nu blir det intressant. Jag ber?knade skadorna vara maximalt 500-600 euro. Efter tio dagar kommer skaderegleraren fr?n mitt f?rs?kringsbolag och utan min n?rvaro ber?knar han och mekanikern att skadorna kostar 1200 ?. Det var alldeles f?r mycket. Men i Italien fungerar ofta p? detta s?tt att kanske mekanikern tog 600 f?r arbete och 600 gavs som svarta pengar till skaderegleraren fr?n f?rs?kringsbolagets check. Jag skickades sedan en check p? ? 1200. Jag m?ste g? till postkontoret f?r att l?sa ut den till pengar. G? sedan till mekanikern och ge pengar mot ett kvitto. Hela detta pappersarbete och f? bilen reparerad tog fyra veckor. Det gick fortare d? jag hade vittne, samt m?nga som st?dde min version. Min granne fick till slut flytta f?r s? m?nga var arg p? honom.

Aldrig n?gons spendera egna pengar i f?rv?g. Det ?r en mycket liten chans att du f?r dem tillbaka. Jag rekommenderar att bara betala f?r den billigaste f?rs?kringen och inget extra. V?nligen bara ta detta som en rekommendation, d? naturligtvis du best?mmer hur du ska g?ra. Det ?r ocks? b?ttre att ha f?rs?kringar via din bank, eftersom du redan har en personlig koppling. Ofta hittar du de billigaste alternativen p? n?tet.

Jag fick rekommendationen att bes?ka en l?kare och be f?retaget ers?ttning f?r nack- och ryggsm?rtor. M?nga g?r det h?r, ?ven om ingenting h?nder. P? s? s?tt kan du f? lite extra pengar, 4000-7000 euro, gratis. Men d? blir ocks? processen mycket mycket l?ngre. Jag gjorde inte det! M?nga tycker att jag ?r en idiot.

Sicily News

So the ex president of Sicily is in trial for mafia business and other corruption. They ask for ten years in jail. During Lombardos time Sicily has suffered alot; instead of paying un employees they have used the money for parties and expensive vacations. And the funds he has given to his friends instead giving a population a fair chance to the funds.

The Comiso airport has now a functioning line to London and two new routes are planned: Milano and Bergamo. You could already fly to Bruxelles.

Metro plans are going strong; Catania is already in full operation, Palermo will be next and new on the list is also Messina. Crocetta said that it will be a metro in London style.


S? f?rra presidenten f?r Sicilien ?r i r?tteg?ng f?r maffiaaff?rer och annan korruption. De beg?r tio ?r i f?ngelse. Under Lombardos tid har Sicilien drabbats av mycket illvilja; ist?llet f?r att betala arbetsl?sa, har pengarna anv?nts f?r fester och dyra semestrar. Och fondmedel har han gett till sina v?nner, ist?llet f?r att ge befolkningen en r?ttvis chans till fonderna.

Comiso Flygplatsen har nu en fungerande linje till London och tv? nya linjer planeras: Milano och Bergamo. Du kan redan flyga till Bryssel.

Metro planerna g?r fram?t, Catania ?r redan i full drift och sen kommer Palermo bli n?sta och ny p? listan ?r ocks? Messina. Crocetta sade att det kommer att bli en tunnelbana i London stil.

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