The big day has finally arrived and after last nights scare (it thundered and rained for twenty minutes) the weather this morning looks good. The early morning mist is clearing quickly, so looks like it's going to be another scorcher.

Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

I had to heave open my shutters this morning to check the weather. Last night was the trials final in Male (and I think the regional Miss Italy final too), the place was heaving, and they rounded the night off with some really loud dodgy rock covers band which went on into the early hours. Have you ever heard Smoke on the water sung in Italian?..."Fumare sull'acqua...e licenzia nella terra..." rock on.