What happened? I used to be numero uno!



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17 responses to “What happened? I used to be numero uno!

  1. Rob C

    Venice 24/7 was a bit of fun, but I think they had tried a bit too hard to find English speaking Venetians as their main characters, unfortunately most of these weren’t true Venetians, especially the Sicilian woman fire chief who was so obviously a political appointment and not well liked by her ‘team’.

    The South African A&E consultant was fun, but I doubt he normally goes out on Ambulance runs!



    • Come to think of it, you’re right with those observations, Rob. The female fire chief did get the cool shoulder didn’t she!

      The other 2 episodes haven’t been put on YouTube; I just have to get on with life, eh!


  2. Caroline

    Wouldn’t they use ‘Calli, Campielli e Canali’, like the rest of us? 🙂

    What’s Venice 24/7?


    • You gave me my morning guffaw, Caroline! Thanks for getting my Sunday off to a good start.

      24/7 is a documentary (4 part I think), that was on one of the Brit TV channels. The first 2 episodes were on Youtube, about the emergency services, and just right for the tragics among us.

      Here is the link to numero uno! http://youtu.be/HGM1ae9Vl70


  3. Hi, Andrew. Some nice soul put the first 2 parts on Youtube, but not the last ones. Sospiro! It must be tricky for the emergency services folks, for sure!


  4. Andrew

    Did you get to watch Venice 24/7? Even the firefighters had to ask the general public for directions. You’d think in this technological era that there’d be an app for identifying where each illogical number was located.


  5. When I read the title for this post, I wanted to scream “No, no, Yvonne’s blog is number one!”. Wonderful post, thank you!

    Bert, I hope to meet you someday in La Serenissima. I will buy the spritz.


  6. Brian

    We’re Number 4955!!!, We’re Number 4955!!!, We’re Number 4955!!!


  7. Bert

    ‘Austrains’ – the railway system in Australia, obviously.


  8. Bert

    There must be a book somewhere that traces the history of civic numbering in Venice. Until I find it, I’ll have to go with theories. I believe that there is a theory that, under the Austrian administration, they tried to instil some sort of Teutonic order to the crazy system that the Venetians had been happy with for such a long time. So, the first house in a street , in this case (Calle Rota, Castello) the first house after a turn in a street, would henceforth be No. 1. The new system soon ran into trouble when they found that there were often several streets with the same name in the same sestiere. Take a look at the numbering in Calle Priuli ai Cavaleti, if you get the chance – the Roman numbers are incised backwards on one side of the street. When the Austrains left, the Venetians went back to the old system – with a few changes. You can see old numbers painted on some door lintels that are just slightly different from the current number.


    • It is really fascinating to pay attention to house numbers as you perambulate through Venice. They could be the subject of a great coffee table book, to go with the pissotte!

      I used to use Austrain, but they became too expensive, Bert. 🙂


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