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started by: Sarino -Tesandori-945308 · last update: 1569257664 · posted: 1569257664

I need someone to help in translation/interpreting for a few hours a day for a week.  Looking for my Italian grandmother’s birth certificate in Lucca and I don’t speak Italian ( shame on me :)

started by: katie-540226 · last update: 1568388557 · posted: 1568388557

Hello, We live in France and love going to Brocantes/Vide Greniers etc, what are they called in Italy please? as we are planning a trip.  You will find Brocantes/Car Boot Sales every Sunday in different communes is it the same in Italy?  Thanks in advance for replies.

started by: Aakash-Sheoran-943198 · last update: 1566908817 · posted: 1566908469

i'm going to Florence in couple of weeks. I'll be there for for almost 3 week. So can anyone tell me about all the attractions in the Florence?

started by: ilaria-ficcanterri-867966 · last update: 1498905169 · posted: 1498905168

WE ARE A FAMILY OF 5 PEOPLE 2 ADULTS AND 3 CHILDREN, ONE 10 YEARS OLD AND TWINS OF 7 YEARS OLD. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A BABYSITTER WITH GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH (IT'ISNT IMPORTANT MOTHER TONGUE). WEWOULD LIKE THAT KIDS LEARNS ENGLISH PLAYING AND MY HUSBAND AND I  NEED ONLY CONVERSATION. CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOL FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, THREE DAYS UNTIL 1630. WE NEED ABOUT 15 HOURS A WEEK (TOGETHER WE CAN ORGANIZE THE COMMITMENT WEEK ). WE OFFER ACCOMMODATION IN INDIPENDENT FLAT WHERE YOU CAN LIVE ALONE (WE CAN SEND PHOTOS IN A PRIVATE MAIL) BUT NOT MONTH SALARY. WEARE INTERESTED FROM NOVEMBER UNTIL APRIL,IS’T POSSIBLE SHORT STAY TOO BUT LEAST 2 MONTHS. WE LIVE IN TUSCANY, IN SMALL TOWN CALLED VADA (LIVORNO) ON THE SEA AND NEAR PISA UNIVERSITARY CITY (30 KM).FOR MORE INFORMATIO YOU CAN WRITE : ilaria.ficcanterri@gmail.com

started by: Ros Green-765522 · last update: 1488117224 · posted: 1295341114

A message to all those living in southern Tuscany! It seems that most of the expats living in Tuscany settle in the nothern part - Firenze, Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo, Chianti, etc. There are very few of us in the south in the province of Grosseto - in fact, I've been here nearly 10 years and I only know one other person who lives here whose mother tongue is English! But there must be some more of you out there…. What I'd like to do is to form a group of us so that we can get together, say, once a month and have a bit of fun. And to have a list readily available so that members of the group can contact each other. So, anyone who's reading this that lives in the Maremma/Argentario region, please send me an email or post a response here. Write a short paragraph about yourself - a few details like name, age, email address, where you live, where you're from, how long you've been here, line of work, interests, etc.etc. I'll create a mailing list and circulate the details internally to all those who write - when a new person joins the list will be updated and you will be informed. All by email, of course. I may even do a newletter once a month - it just depends how many people respond. So, to start off, here goes my para. Ros Green, F, age 57 (born 1953) Lives in San Donato, Comune of Orbetello Born in Essex, England. Email: rosgreen@alice.it Tel: 0564 879139 Cell: 340 825 0076 Moved to Italy 2001 Works in real estate Interests: Animals, photography, gardening, cookery, visiting new places, walking, dancing, fitness (i.e. trying to get fit!) Look forward to hearing from you!

started by: Dave W-839 · last update: 1469816096 · posted: 1469816096

No one seems to know yet what Brexit actually means, least of all the British Government, however this link provides some clues as to how British expats may be affected.http://www.ecfr.eu/page/-/ECFR_176_-_HOW_BREXIT_COULD_HURT_EXPATS.pdf

started by: FOPCYN · last update: 1468525597 · posted: 1456446372

My name is Cynthia and I am American.  I've been living in Tuscany since 1994. I've been working for a professional training agency that offers English language training and I am the current Director of the Special Lang. Programs Dept. The Institution is called: Istituto Formazione Franchi. We have been teaching English conversation evening courses at a Pubblic High School in Grosseto  since 2010.  In September 2015, we won a pubblic bid to teach in a Public Junior High School. Being that the project is going well, we are expecting to be there agian in September 2016 with at least 2/3 more classes.  If you are a English speaker with a third level education and are seeking a part time teaching postion please contact me.  We have been advertising for months on various employement sites with no avail.  In the case the candidate doesn't have any TEFL experience, we offer free in house training.  

started by: Matthew-Adams-864326 · last update: 1468258571 · posted: 1468258571

I've recently moved to Argentario and am searching for Summer work. English is my mother tongue and my Italian is terrible, though I'm learning. I am very handy with carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, etc... Please let me know if you have any advice for me!

started by: Thomasteddy · last update: 1465824895 · posted: 1465824895

Teacher with English as a first language with ESL experience required in the Pisa area for September. For more information please call 3459743943 or email binniserra@gmail.com

started by: Blue Clementine · last update: 1459382728 · posted: 1423055781

Does anyone know where I can hire a bouncy castle?

started by: bleublack · last update: 1458114408 · posted: 1458114408

Two questions please.1. The areas within 30-45 mins outside of Florence, north, east, south, west, does any one area offer more attractive living than the others or are they all reasonably similar?2. Any advice on specific villages where we should conduct property searches. Preference is for a village with commerce, bakery, butcher, mini supermarket, and services such as Doctor, pharmacy.Many thanks for any comments/observations.

started by: Gleb87 · last update: 1454366447 · posted: 1451856993

Hello all!   I am going to relocate to Sesto Fiorentino to work in University and looking for the opportunity for long-time renting in this area.  I would be expecially thankful for any useful  information regarding renting politics in Tuscany (I have never lived in Italy before) for the agencies and private renting.   Thanks in advance!   Gleb

started by: professor-10050083 · last update: 1450528355 · posted: 1450528355

We are relocating and have items for sale, including antique and restored chaise longue, English Gentleman's library chair, and full length pine framed mirror, upright piano and more.. Please conract for further details. 

started by: Marina-765064 · last update: 1447891342 · posted: 1301657451

How many of us are there? I'd like to know who's out there and are there any regular get-togethers?

started by: Chen · last update: 1447809916 · posted: 1447809916

Does anyone giving away a leather sewing machine? or knows where I can buy it at a reasonable price.

started by: patty-549001 · last update: 1447180590 · posted: 1446584444

A new campaign group has recently formed in the UK called WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign) to "seek fair transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA). Hundreds of thousands of women have had significant changes imposed on them with a lack of appropriate notification. The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA to 65, the same as men’s. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), agree with equalisation, but don’t agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences." A crowdfunding exercise raised enough to pay for legal advice and barristers are currently considering potential action. A petition has been signed by more than 21,000 people since the 20th October. Yesterday it was announced that the Parliamentary Select Committee for Work and Pensions will be seeking submissions from women born in the 50's. "The Work and Pensions Committee have launched an inquiry into the new State Pension introduced in April 2016. Concerns have been raised that many of those who will be affected by the changes do not know enough about the changes or exactly what they will mean for their pensions." More details here http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2015/state-pension-launch-15-16/ I am sure that there are many of you (like me) who are affected by these changes. You may want to consider signing the petition and asking your family and friends to do the same herehttps://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776 You can find more information about the campaign and read some of the heartbreaking stories about women who have been left without the money they are entitled to herehttps://www.facebook.com/WASPI-Women-Against-State-Pension-Inequality-Campaign-877054125688402/?fref=ts Please pass this information to the women you know who were born in the 50's!

started by: patty-549001 · last update: 1446584460 · posted: 1446584460

A new campaign group has recently formed in the UK called WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign) to "seek fair transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State Pension Age (SPA). Hundreds of thousands of women have had significant changes imposed on them with a lack of appropriate notification. The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA to 65, the same as men’s. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), agree with equalisation, but don’t agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little/no personal notice (1995/2011 Pension Acts), faster than promised (2011 Pension Act), and no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences." A crowdfunding exercise raised enough to pay for legal advice and barristers are currently considering potential action. A petition has been signed by more than 21,000 people since the 20th October. Yesterday it was announced that the Parliamentary Select Committee for Work and Pensions will be seeking submissions from women born in the 50's. "The Work and Pensions Committee have launched an inquiry into the new State Pension introduced in April 2016. Concerns have been raised that many of those who will be affected by the changes do not know enough about the changes or exactly what they will mean for their pensions." More details here http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2015/state-pension-launch-15-16/ I am sure that there are many of you (like me) who are affected by these changes. You may want to consider signing the petition and asking your family and friends to do the same herehttps://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776 You can find more information about the campaign and read some of the heartbreaking stories about women who have been left without the money they are entitled to herehttps://www.facebook.com/WASPI-Women-Against-State-Pension-Inequality-Campaign-877054125688402/?fref=ts Please pass this information to the women you know who were born in the 50's!

started by: Chen · last update: 1444430323 · posted: 1444430323

I've been here for a while now, and Pontedera is a far cry from Nice, I was wondering if there are any English speaking or French people around nearby. I'm in my early 30's and single. It would be nice to make meet some people and hopefully make some friends.  If anyone is intrested please get back to me. 

started by: christy-10051112 · last update: 1444056938 · posted: 1441484341

Hi all, i have just moved into the Lucca area from Portsmouth, England and looking to meet fellow English speakers. Are there any clubs etc that I may get involved with?  i am going to start part time work at the Bilingual school of Lucca and am looking for other part time work, a house to rent and any advice on setting up a bank account and any other useful info for a newbie like myself. i am a young 52 year old with two small dogs and a cat and I love the theatre, arts/crafts etc but it would be lovely to meet new friends. any advice welcome! looking forward to hearing from anyone, Christy x

started by: angelaslade · last update: 1443604723 · posted: 1443469086

Hi all, Hope you all had a fab summer. I am after your ideas......   I had a good Internet deal with Wind it was unlimited until they forced me to change it!  It stopped working so had to renew but the new deal is not unlimited so I am unable to use Skype etc. as my gigabytes finish before the month is up! Looking forward to hearing your recommendations. Best wishes Angela

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