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Creative Commons AttributionMafia - Credit: Alberto P. Veiga

The Mafia is the scourge of Sicily and southern Italy, made up of criminal organisations in the form of 'families' that govern the underworld. Usually these families govern a territory, disregarding established authority such as government and police.

The real mafia is a far picture from the glamor of the movies, and is still very much a reality

Is the Mafia still powerful in Italy?



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Madrone Tree in Washington
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The Madrone tree is an evergreen native to Western Europe, North America and the Mediterranean. It gets its nickname 'Strawberry tree' from its fruit which resemble strawberries.


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Life after Twilight

Finished reading Twilight, and now wondering what on earth you're going to read next? Go straight to the next three books in the saga, in this order: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Or try Stephenie Meyer's other book, The Host.

If vampires is what you yearn for, try Love Vampires, a site dedicated to vampire fiction and urban fantasy. It provides book reviews for old and new releases, as well as interviews with authors like Charlaine Harris (True Blood), and PC and Kristin Cast (House of Night series).