Christmas tree 2016
The holidays have arrived and with them a new frenzy. It’s hectic here so I’ll pause for a few days to try to keep pace with it all.
Many thanks for your company over this past year – for your reading, for your writing, for your sharing – and a special thanks to Naples for all the stories.
May the next few days be filled with friends, family and kindness … best wishes all round.
Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2018
San Gennaro and his ostensorium in the cathedral of Naples, Italy on 19 September 2016
The liquefaction of the blood of San Gennaro, an event known as ‘il prodigio‘, happens three times a year in Naples, Italy … at least it should. This December on the last, and least high profile, of these occasions for 2016, San Gennaro’s blood did not liquefy.
There are many in Naples who will see this as an ominous sign for the city.
The hair problem
The day arrives, a day that sends shivers through my toothbrush … it’s the day of the haircut. This dreaded day I am in Naples, Italy and about to pay my first visit to one of the city’s hairdressers.
In a froth of toothpaste I imagine a salon crowded with suntanned, Latin loveliness … icy, manicured fingernails stab down my spine.