• About this website/blog

    I am a British citizen and have been living in the region of Venice since 1997, when I married my wife, Laura Ceccato, in Venice. Now we have two wonderful sons, Riccardo and Steffan. I lecture for the University of Iowa (USA), teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Blog posts about problems, challenges and improvements related to Venice are added regularly to this weblog. My writing publications are also provided on themed pages. I hope you enjoy the content. Please feel free to add your own comments. I can also 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.

After the Aquarius ship episode, how the #EU and #Italy are failing migrants. My article published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 20 June 2018. This is a link to it: FORTRESS EUROPE IS NO FRIEND OF MIGRANTS The text of the article is below; FORTRESS EUROPE IS NO FRIEND OF MIGRANTS It criticises Italy, yet the EU has been blocking migrants for decades. DOMINIC STANDISH LECTURER AND AUTHOR After the Aquarius ship carrying migrants was refused … Continue reading

My assessment of the new Italian government and how undemocratic it is, published by @spikedonline

The new Italian government has 8 unelected, technocratic ministers and EU institutions have again played significant roles in the formation of an Italian government. You can read the article, published on 7 June 2018, by clicking on this link below; TREATING ITALY LIKE A EURO-COLONY The text of the article is also below: TREATING ITALY … Continue reading

Sky news live interview with me on Italy, government, new elections and Italy exit from the EU

Sky news live interview with me on Italy, government, new elections and Italy exit from the EU, broadcast on 28 May 2018. Click on the link below to view the footage;      

THE THWARTING OF ITALIAN DEMOCRACY. My article on Italy, its election and towards a new government. Published by Spiked

‘THE THWARTING OF ITALIAN DEMOCRACY.’ How EU officials are overriding Italy’s popular will. My article on Italy, its election and towards a new government on Spiked-online published 24 May 2018 on this link; THE THWARTING OF ITALIAN DEMOCRACY Article text; THE THWARTING OF ITALIAN DEMOCRACY How EU officials are overriding Italy’s popular will. Dominic Standish … Continue reading

NOW IT’S TIME FOR ‘ITALEAVE’ – My article on Italy’s general election

The article in the link and text below on the general election in Italy held on 4 March 2018 was published by Spiked on 7 March 2018;   NOW IT’S TIME FOR ‘ITALEAVE’ DOMINIC STANDISH LECTURER AND AUTHOR Italy’s politicians must listen to the public and consider leaving the EU. The General Election in Italy … Continue reading

Decisions made for Venice cruise ships, channel routes and offshore platform.

A meeting was held on 7 November 2017 in Rome of the ‘Comitatone’ committee charged with managing Venice and its lagoon. This committee includes representatives of the national government and local administrators, including the Mayor of Venice.   After years of debate about different scenarios for cruise ships navigating the Venetian Lagoon, it was decided … Continue reading

Gender and gondoliers in #Venice; my comments in The Guardian

On 29 June 2017, the UK newspaper The Guardian published an article titled ‘Patriarchy on the canal: why is there only one female gondolier in Venice?’, written by Angela Giuffrida. To read the article in full, click on the link below; Patriarchy on the canal: why is there only one female gondolier in Venice? The … Continue reading

Article in The Epoch Times on Venice and tourism with contrasting views, including my own

This insightful and perceptive article by Angela Giuffrida was published on 31 May 2017 in The Epoch Times, which is based in the USA but is published in 21 languages and 35 countries. It includes different interpretations of how tourism is impacting Venice today and its historical role, including my own comments. Click on the … Continue reading

The mobile dam system in Venice is delayed by four years, but claimed as being six months late.

After an agreement on Wednesday 29 March 2017, an article in the newspaper Corriere Del Veneto claimed on 30 March 2017 that the delivery of Venice’s MOSE mobile dam system had slipped by six months. Yet the very same newspaper published an article on 28 April 2015 in which it was stated that the same … Continue reading

New book; ‘More than Cricket and Football: International Sport and the Challenge of Celebrity’

This book has just been published and explores different personalities in sport who have also generated media reputations outside their home countries. The book can be ordered from the publishers by clicking on the link below; http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1992   It is principally a sociological anthology with contributors from many different parts of the world. It includes … Continue reading

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    The banner image displayed at the top of each page on this website is adapted from the painting 'Ancient and Modern' by Patrick Hughes. I would like to thank him for generously offering this painting for use on this website.