Mon, Oct 29, 2007 - Page 15 News List

Paint it red, the protester said 抗議民眾染紅羅馬許願池

The Trevi Fountain on Oct. 19, 2007, Rome, Italy.

Photo: Afp

A man threw a bucket of red paint or dye into Rome's Trevi Fountain earlier this month, coloring the waters of the 18th century monument bright red in front of a crowd of astonished tourists and locals, witnesses said.

The man escaped, leaving the fountain, which normally runs on a closed cycle, spouting red water. Police arrived at the scene, and technicians briefly shut off the water before restoring a clear flow.

Experts said the fountain was not permanently damaged and the marble statues had not absorbed the color.

"There shouldn't be any relevant damage," said Eugenio La Rocca, superintendent for Rome's monuments.

The landmark, designed by architect Nicola Salvi, has been a tourist hotspot since Federico Fellini's 1960 movie La Dolce Vita, which featured actress Anita Ekberg seductively splashing in the fountain's waters. Many visitors flip a coin into the fountain, as tradition says that doing so promises a prompt return to the Eternal City.

The news agency ANSA reported that a box was found near the fountain containing leaflets by a group that claimed responsibility for the act. The leaflets said the red paint was a protest for expenses incurred in organizing the Rome Film Festival and symbolically referred to the event's red carpet, ANSA reported.

Rome's monuments are monitored with security cameras and police, but the risk of random vandalism remains, said Silvio Di Francia, city councilman for culture.

"We are obviously in a city full of tourists so the gesture of an agitator is always a potential problem," he said.(AP)




Hal: Have you ever gone swimming in a public fountain?

Leonard: No, but I think it would be a blast and make for a good story.

Hal: You'd have to choose a fountain without much security, so you wouldn't get into trouble.

Leonard: You seem to have already thought this one out.

Hal: No ... I was only speaking hypothetically.






be a blast 好玩的趣事

Something that is a blast is a lot of fun. For example, "I think the trip to the amusement park was a blast," or "You should think about coming to the party with us; it's sure to be a blast."

我們形容某事「be a blast」代表那件事非常有趣,例如:「我覺得我們去遊樂園玩的那次非常好玩,」或是「你應該考慮跟我們一起去參加派對,一定會很有趣的」。







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