Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Something New Under The Sun: A Venetian Gondoliera

News of the first-time-in-its-900-year-history induction of Giorgia Boscolo by the venetian gondolier's guild as an apprentice gondolier -- the guild's first trainee gondoliera and the first ever in Venice -- reminds the Jaded Consumer of this specious but entertaining account of Venice's harsh gondolier exams and its controlling supervising body.

Giorgia's father, proud of his daughter but not a particular fan of female gondoliers, hasn't sons to which to pass his craft. Her husband, a metal worker and father of her two children, knows better than to stand in her way.

Sometimes the news is worth reading :-)

No comments: