Good morning from sunny Italy. Despite the bright sunshine the atmosphere here is very heavy indeed. The european cup is being seen as the means to settle old scores - very old scores, those going back to the desert war and the defeat of the Italian Army in North Africa in the spring of 1943. A certain section of the populace has not yet forgiven the allies for having halted Tito and his mob at Trieste in 1945.. In the local press Churchill is being accredited with things he never said, and the Italians are being told that they are very different from us (as though they didn't already know that!) I am being informed yet again that it was the Americans who liberated Italy. I wonder what sort of treatment is being meted out to the thousands of Italians living in England? Their relatives here never lose an opportunity to brag about that fact that their dear son/daughter/grandchildren live and work in London! Vitellino . August 1944 Churchill in my home town, Castiglioncello Edited to say: perhaps it's not called the European Cup....that shows how well informed I am...but it's going to happen tomorrow evening!