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    I am a British citizen and have been living in the Italian region of Venice since 1997. I lecture for the University of Iowa (USA), teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and business courses. Blog posts are added regularly to this weblog. My media broadcasts and writing publications are provided on themed pages. I hope you enjoy the content. Please feel free to add your own comments. I can be contacted at dstandish@europe.com. My book 'Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality', published by UPA in the USA in January 2012, is outlined on the book information page link above and can be ordered from Amazon using the link below. Thanks, Dominic.

‘In Venice, cruising has been unfairly demonised but can be improved’, my comments for ‘Cruise ships: Blessing or blight?’ a Good Tourism Insight Bite including many contributions

These multiple contributions by travel and tourism stakeholders were published by the Good Tourism blog on 2 May 2023. You can read them by clicking on the following link and registering free for the Good Tourism blog, which I highly recommend: https://www.goodtourismblog.com/2023/05/cruise-ships-blessing-or-blight/#DS This is the text of my own comments: In Venice, cruising has been … Continue reading

My latest article on tourism in Venice: ‘Mass tourism in Venice: Are city officials overreacting?’ Published by The “Good Tourism” Blog

This article was published on 11 April 2023. It can be read by following the link below: It is free to subscribe to the above blog, which I highly recommend for many excellent articles. Feel free to share it on social media. The text of my article is also below: Mass tourism in Venice: Are … Continue reading

Reflecting on the election in Italy and whether Giorgia Meloni is far-right live on TalkTV

Peter Cardwell interviewed me live on 1 October 2022 below: This is the article I wrote before the election, published by Spiked-online on 23 September 2022: https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/09/23/italys-troubled-democracy/

As the last election results in Italy were being counted, I was interviewed live on TalkTV

This interview below was at 1.35 Italian time on 26 September 2022 This is a link to the article by me about the election published on 23 September 2022: https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/09/23/italys-troubled-democracy/

On the day Italians are voting for a new government, my live interview on TalkTV

Click on the image below to see the interview recorded live on 25 September 2022: This is a link to the article by me about the election published on 23 September 2022: https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/09/23/italys-troubled-democracy/

“Italy’s troubled democracy”. My article on Italy’s general election published by spiked-online.com

Before Italian voters go to the polls on 25 September for a vital general election, I set out the election’s importance and some of the key issues on 23 September published at this link: https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/09/23/italys-troubled-democracy/ This is the text of the article: Italy’s troubled democracy For more than a decade, Italians haven’t voted in their … Continue reading

Venice City Council will set limits on the numbers of day-trippers who can enter the city and charge entrance fees

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro announced on 30 May 2022 that Venice City Council will begin experimenting with bookings for day-trippers to enter Venice this July using this website: https://www.veneziaunica.it/en/content/how-it-works. He declared that this will not yet be obligatory to book to enter the city. Instead, day-trippers who book from 1 August 2022 thirty days before … Continue reading

Today the first dock, ‘Liguria’, for large ships was opened at Marghera on the mainland of Venice’s lagoon.

This new dock will allow a cruise ship to dock there this Saturday, 9 April 2022, for the first time. It will avoid sailing through the centre of Venice and St. Mark’s Basin. In addition, Fusina Terminal, also on the mainland of the lagoon, will provide support for docking and a second dock, Terminal Tiv, … Continue reading

‘What’s behind the worrying trend of people deliberately infecting themselves with Covid-19?’ My article published by RT

Unvaccinated people across Europe facing severe restrictions are deliberately infecting themselves to gain their freedom, but this risky to the health of vulnerable people. This article was published on 4 February 2022. Click on this link to read the article: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/548353-unvaccinated-people-infecting-themselves-covid/ or the PDF here:

The MOSE mobile dams were raised five times last week to reduce high flooding in Venice. But work on the dams is still incomplete and two locks are not functioning, placing limits on shipping and affecting the lagoon.

It is great that the MOSE mobile dams in Venice were raised five times last week to reduce high flooding. This means the dams have been deployed 25 times since 3 October 2020 against flooding. While most of the talk at the ongoing COP26 conference on climate change is focusing on mitigating against climate warming, … Continue reading

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