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!

    Rob

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    • 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!

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  2. Caroline

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

    What’s Venice 24/7?

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    • 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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  6. Brian

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

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  7. Bert

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

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  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.

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    • 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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