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PRIMA MAGIO.......

Il Piccolo has this photo at the head of its website. It reminds me of my first assignment when I joined Ops section in TSO.. It was customary to hold "manifestazioni" (demonstrations) on the First of May; May Day was celebrated here; now it's the Spring Bank Holiday and no longer Labour Day.

My assignment was to cover and report on the demonstrations.



In the photo the "bandieri" are the flags of the old Yugoslavia.; the headline in Il Piccolo calls them "Tito's flag" so the chaps wearing the partisan caps have jumped the gun a bit.

Re: PRIMA MAGIO.......

Here we have a more serious side to May festivities



Why do some folks regard fans of the Morris as eccentrics? Surely there are highly popular crazes - such as addiction to "soshal meejah" or supporting Chelsea (or any other bunch of pampered millionaires) which are much odder!

Re: PRIMA MAGIO.......

……..and somehow one appears in Piazza Borsa:

Re: PRIMO MAGGIO.......

.....and in the oddest places...