Galileo Galileo’s Istoria e dimostrazioni intorno alle macchie solari e loro accidenti (“History and Demonstrations Concerning Sunspots and Their Properties,” or “Letters on Sunspots”), appeared in 1613. A group of amateur astronomers are celebrating its 400th anniversary during the event Star Party del Silenzio in Lajatico, near Pisa (where Galileo was born), by naming an asteroid after the crossover tenor.
The star Andrea Bocelli is 237 million miles from Earth. The tenorino a little closer.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.