No harmony in the lullabies as the cradle of our civilisation is rocked
The author and broadcaster Germaine Greer once suggested that every woman, at least once in her life, should have a relationship - preferably of the torrid kind - with an Italian man.
She did not elaborate, but presumably it's got something to do with what has been dubbed "Latin Lover Syndrome".
Popular imagination has it that the Italian male does indeed have a panache and style, in relationships with the opposite sex, which leaves his northern European counterpart floundering. However, despite the assurances of Ms Greer, there are many without first-hand experience of such matters, who can only take her views at face value.