Sunday, 23rd October 2005,Novo Mesto, Slovenia Set Books Free!
Ages ago I remember hearing about
www.bookcrossing.com. It's a great concept - someone basically came
up with the idea of leaving several thousand books lying around the
world for people to find. The finders read them and when finished leave
them for someone else to find. Here's how the
Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines it:
bookcrossing n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up
and read by others, who then do likewise.
Hospitality Club host caught us browsing his bookshelf and
has given us 2 books to be read and then released into the
wild. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts and Ghost Riders by Richard
Grant. It's great to have something to read in English again!
Just found out from (http://roma.freewebpages.org/ici_vatican.htm) that the Italian Prime
Minister Berlusconi wants to
exempt the Vatican from a I.C.I tax (a municipality tax on
buildings that provides 35% of the municipality's income). To do this he needs to change
the law. Is this a last desperate attempt to gain some
votes? Umm - makes one wonder. Apart from the Catholic Church probably
being one of the richest bodies on earth - and the fact that
it already receives 3 billion per annum from the Italian public - isn't this rather unfair on all the other
religious bodies in Italy which won't be included in this tax
exception? According to the LP the country is 84% Roman
Catholic, 6% Jewish, Muslim and Protestant. Isn't there enough
religious discrimination in this world already?