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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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42. O sole mio

The sun rises over the Bay of Naples, and the water winks its reflection at me. Despite four espressos, I struggle to translate the local morning paper, Il Mattino, into English. In the distance, the ghostly peak of Vesuvius seems to echo the whole environment’s laughter at my pathetic efforts.

Suddenly, one paragraph seems to make sense, but I can’t believe my translation. For the first time since I arrived, I break into a brisk walk and get myself an English language paper. My fears are confirmed: Shell, the imperious global oil giant, has joined Enron, Parmalat, WorldCom (et al.) on the list of corporate evil-doers. It appears the company has not only over-stated its oil reserves by an astonishing 25–30%, but also knowingly ...

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