Blog and bits

Since 2004 people interested in Learn Italy have been sent a sporadic newsletter, with details of forthcoming study trips. This has been the chief means of publicising our activities. On the back of this single sheet of A4 there has often been a slightly rhapsodic piece of writing about something to do with Italy. What to call these bits of prose? Effusions, studies, blurb, lucubrations, sermons, essays, disquisitions, tracts, puffs, themes, compositions? People have said “you should do this as a blog”, so here are some of the more presentable ones.