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Sunday, 23rd October 2005, Novo Mesto, Slovenia
Set Books Free!
Ages ago I remember hearing about 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.

Our current 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 ( 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?


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