Too many holiday homes

Gripping news just to hand:

Despite a successful national vote against the profusion of holiday homes springing up in tourist regions, construction is still booming – much to the chagrin of several alpine communities.

“We went from house to house and we collected 45 signatures in five days – more than enough,” [Katharina] Belser told swissinfo.ch. “Even people from the construction industry signed. Some people did not want to – or did not dare to – actually sign the initiative, but we did not find anyone who thought the construction of second homes was a good idea.”

Corinne Arpagaus was another signatory. “It’s a shame that everywhere is being over-built,” she told swissinfo.ch. “Everywhere you look there are new houses that do not fit into the local character and where the shutters are almost always closed.”

Ah, the closed shutter syndrome – here they tend to be businesses in the High Street.   But is there internecine strife between the Arpagauses?

Apparently not:

Local builder Otmar Arpagaus (no relation to Corinne Arpagaus) submitted the applications through his company.

Meanwhile, in Iceland, in more smoking news:

Sales in loose tobacco in Iceland have increased by 34 percent during the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to data from the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland (ÁTVR).

State Alcohol and Tobacco Company, eh? We’re living in the wrong place.

And in Sud-Tyrol:

Italy’s economic crisis has only exacerbated Venetians’ resentment against the central government in Rome.   Recent surveys show widespread support for independence among Venetians, who speak a distinct dialect and feel geographically and culturally distant from Rome.

Well yes, from the days of their European subversion via Scarpi and others and being the proud pushers of usury, spawning the bastardized version of the Knights Templar, it’s understandable that they’re a bit peeved.

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