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Watching Inspector Manara on MHZ. Just finished up with the first season.

Inspector Luca Manara, played by Guido Caprino, with a serious porn-stache, is assigned from Milan to a small town in Tuscany... far from the traffic and nightlife he's used to.

But there's always murder. Because small towns are always delightfully all about greed, jealousy, and passion.

Manara is assisted by the mother of his predecessor, Caterina Bentivoglio, played by Valeria Valeri, her niece, Inspector Lara Rubino, played by Roberta Giarrusso, and a quirky crew of police officers. Oh, and Bentivoglio's German Shepherd, Brigadier.

Lara and Luca have a past from the police academy years before and the what of that is the b-plot mystery for the first half of the season, giving it a real Moonlighting sore of vibe.


All the murders are rather bloodless in a Murder She Wrote kind of way, and Bentvoglio is delightful as an information source for the department, rather like Miss Marple, though it's always Luca and Lara who solve the cases.

I'm impressed that all the b-case plotlines are resolved by the end of the season, and one case involves a witness from a previous episode, so there's a good sense of continuity.

I'm looking forward to the second season but at only twelve 52 minute episodes, like season one, I'll need to pace myself- I burnt through the first season in four days.



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So, I'm learning Italian on DuoLingo and encountered this sentence last night:
"Lui cucina nella cucina."


Ok, so this is evil. He cooks in the kitchen.

The third person singular of cook in Italian (cucina) is the same as the noun for kitchen (cucina).

And somehow, I've still managed to get to 24%, Level 13, with a 43 day long uninterrupted streak.

I'm afraid that I'm going to plateau soon though. Some of the practices seem toughter, as of course they should, I'm just being wimpy.

I'm probably going to use this journal for focusing on my Italian, but I'll be cross posting when I post something somewhere else.

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