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Penelope Hart

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Joined 2 years ago from Rome, Italy. Last activity 36 hours ago.

I'm Penelope Hart - born in North Wales, on a farm, the eldest of seven children.  I've had careers in journalism in London, as a motion picture researcher at MGM, Hollywood and as a TEFL teacher in Rome where I currently teach English to adult professionals in the Green Energy Business.

I'm a published magazine feature writer, culinary columnist, content writer, scriptwriter and playwright. Two of my plays were staged in British theaters!  Graduating from Goldsmiths University 2006 with an MA in Scriptwriting (and two completed screenplays) was a personal major achievement.

I write on various topics for Hub Pages, some of which are:  scriptwriting, food, drinks, extra virgin olive oil, olive trees and tourist attractions in Tuscany, and Rome in Italy, nutrition and articles to do with giving parties. Several of my articles were featured 'Hub of the Day'. I completed the six month Hub Pages Apprenticeship programme.

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  • 10

    Italian Beaches; Best Restaurants

    10 months ago

    A personal selection of best restaurants and great places to eat while on an Italian beaches holiday in my Maremma, Tuscany - for all dreams and budgets.

  • 47

    Mens Facial Hair Grooming; Tips for Girlfriends and Wives

    14 months ago

    I'm passionate about my man's facial hair! He is a knock-out specimen of a man in his middle sixties to me; his beard, his mustache and his mad hair are still a total turn on when I get to trim them!

  • 22

    What to Wear in Rome Italy in June

    11 months ago

    It's hot in June in Rome, 80° in the day 60° at night! Here's a list of what to wear to restaurants, museums, the beach and the Vatican tips - to fit in with the Italians.

  • 34

    Tasty Italian Sausage Recipe

    14 months ago

    It's the simplest, quickest recipe for sausage (with bay leaves + a dash of balsamic vinegar in the pan) - a real feast as brunch, lunch, a family supper or even as a dinner party meal.

  • 11

    Tips for Writing Short Screenplays

    15 months ago

    After brainstorming ideas, share them and then get practical! Make decisions about the genre, budget, locations etc. Short Screenplay writing is an art form, it isn't a short version of a long story. It has its own...

  • 32

    Romance Tips For Older Couples

    10 months ago

    "I miss being close with you so don't be surprised if I plan on doing something romantic with you very soon". Romantic tips for older couples who want to re-develop intimacy that are as unusual and purely...

  • 30

    Video Very Useful Tips on Cooking with Garlic

    15 months ago

    Garlic tastes better without the green shoot, which is bitter. Here's a video of how to take the shoot out. And a selection of quick, simple Italian recipe ideas with garlic - used chopped finely, coarsely and used...

  • 14

    Small Business Ideas for the Baby Boomer Market

    4 months ago

    Fun and practical small business ideas for the new 'baby boomer' market - from attractive looking, cool orthotics, to new style cross-stitch patterns for grandparents, to 'ban the bomb' print toilet paper.

  • 27

    Video Easy Italian Dishes; Spaghetti with Chili Peppers Garlic and Pecorino

    4 months ago

    The secret to making easy, tasty Italian (from Calabria) spaghetti recipe with chili peppers, garlic and Pecorino cheese is the timely mixing of the spaghetti together with the ingredients in the pan. The video shows...

  • 28

    50 Cute Doll Names

    15 months ago

    50 cute doll names for toy dolls; for barbie, American girl doll, rag doll, plush toy - for dolls with personalities, with soft vowel sounds, every kind of friendly name and important names too!

  • 26

    Delicious Cauliflower Leaves in Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe

    16 months ago

    A hearty, healthy recipe for cauliflower leaves which tastes delicious braised the Italian way in a tomato sauce ('in umido'). It's a tasty vegetarian meal, a saucy side dish with grilled meats and sausage and nice...

  • 18

    How to Have a Stress-Free Valentines Day Dinner

    2 months ago

    It isn't just about the dinner! A stress-free Valentines Day dinner doesn't materialize in your romantic thoughts. It's a success because you've been terrific about planning this celebration of love. There's a list of...

  • 35

    What is Traditional Christmas Pudding?

    4 months ago

    Traditional Christmas Pudding has lots of fun and games tradition attached to it in Britain. For a richly mature taste you make it two years before and keep the mice away from it. You hide a sixpence in it for...

  • 11

    Personal Trainer Service at the Spa of Argentario Golf Resort & SPA Tuscany

    17 months ago

    I have mobility difficulties and I'm lazy yet here is a contented review of my personal trainer service at the spa of the superb, Italian. five star Argentario Golf Resort SPA Hotel in Tuscany. The luxurious hotel,...

  • 27

    Using Balsamic Vinegar in Cooking; 3 Tasty Recipes

    15 months ago

    Balsamic vinegar is a flavorful syrupy-sharp ingredient for cooking meats and vegetables as well as a cold vinegar for salads. 3 tasty, quick to make, rustic recipes here for hearty winter dishes that taste great...

  • 38

    Rome City Center: Exploring Free Art Masterpieces in Churches

    17 months ago

    There are masterpieces of art and story to be discovered in small churches tucked in quiet piazzas round Rome center, not 100 yards from the Pantheon, which are free. They are San Luigi dei Francesi and Sant'Agostino. ...

  • 30

    The Most Comfortable Womens Sandals

    17 months ago

    A favorable review of the most comfortable womens sandals Mephisto's Helen. They're SoftAir technology makes them extremely comfortable, a classic design in a large range of colors. They age well, they're machine...

  • 18

    Welsh Rarebit Recipe

    18 months ago

    My Welsh mother's recipe for a simple Welsh Rarebit. the way she made it for us when we were children. She'd already made the bread and butter and sometimes the cheese - so it was quick and simple to throw together for...

  • 9

    How to Talk to a Film Director About a Script You've Written

    18 months ago

    Before you talk to a film director about a script you've written be prepared! Get to know all you can about them and their work. You'll be entering into a a merry go round of a collaboration and you'll lose total...

  • 10

    Simple Recipe for a Belgian Endives Tart

    18 months ago

    Simple Belgian Endives Tart takes about 30 minutes to make. Toss the wintry endives, onion and nuts in a pan with some extra virgin olive oil, lay on a pie crust pastry and bake. This bitter, sweet, crunchy tart makes...

  • 33

    Pretty Flowers in Vases Ideas

    18 months ago

    Lots of pictures of compositions of pretty flowers in vases to inspire how to make flower arrangements that reflect who you are. Ideas and photographs using vases from the thrift shop and bric and brac items - as well...

  • 21

    How to Make Wild Rose Hips Tea

    17 months ago

    Making wild rose hip tea from rose hips off the Dog Rose bush is easy and very good for you because hips are so full of vitamin C. Simple tips for how and when to harvest the hips, how to dry them and how to make tea.

  • 26

    Great Dress Styles from the 70's

    18 months ago

    From my 70's magazine collection here are photos of great dress styles of the 70's, mainly from London which trances the fashion from Mary Quant to the fashion designer Issey Miyake look and punk - through 10 years of...

  • 19

    Coping with Allergic Reaction to Wasp Sting; Anaphylactic Shock

    10 months ago

    Allergy to wasp sting is a life threatening condition and it is 'prohibitive'. From when you are diagnosed 'allergic' and can have anaphylactic shock, you need to take every precaution against the possibility of a wasp...

  • 5

    Grandparent Gifts Ideas

    19 months ago

    We are baby boomer grandparents. We're cool, a little nostalgic, we've got everything we need and we love the digital world. Great gifts for us would be iPhone, a digital radio, an air printer, a funky arc light like...

  • 29

    Should You Get a Puppy for Christmas?

    13 months ago

    You don't HAVE to get a faithful loving puppy for Christmas. First you need to be absolutely sure this puppy friend can depend on you, (or your loved one) for all their life. Second, that as owners you/they want that...

  • 44

    Awesome Goth Food Party Ideas

    4 months ago

    Uniquely contrived goth food ideas for your 'other', dark side party, even Halloween, with a menu and a recipe for a hot Nutella Sandwich Dobbed with Hot Black Fruits.

  • 22

    Mediterranean Zucchini Recipe

    11 months ago

    Summer sun caught and served in a Mediterranean recipe for stuffed zucchini (with anchovies and fennel flowers) in a tomato and wine sauce. It's a summery meal or a perfect dish for your party, or buffet table any time...

  • 44

    Easy, Moist Fig Cake Recipe

    4 months ago

    It's dark, so goth. It's a fig cake recipe with fresh purple figs, spelt flour, honey and extra virgin olive oil. It's dead easy to bake and it's great for Halloween, Christmas, Labor Day, or just if you want to be...

  • 24

    Video Great Names for a Calico Cat

    3 months ago

    Your calico (or tortoiseshell) cat has to have an original name to match her original orange black and white splodge markings. What about Ta Miu, Marzipan, Loffa - or how about Maryland after the Baltimore Orioles who...

  • 13

    History of Christmas Carols: Little Drummer Boy

    7 months ago

    More than 220 versions of The Little Drummer Boy have been released around the world since it was first composed in 1928. After some some show biz hanky-panky in the 1940's-50's 'Carol of the Drum' (original title)...

  • 31

    Low Fat Pumpkin-Banana Bread Recipe

    20 months ago

    Made with EVOO and spelt flour and honey this Low Fat Pumpkin-Banana Bread Recipe is healthy, nutritious and very Halloween to look at. The natural properties of EVOO help clear blood vessels of cholesterol, so it's...

  • 36

    Video Fig Trees

    20 months ago

    Our wild growing Tuscany fig trees produces pounds of ripe juicy fruit every day and provides shade. You don't have to prune the tree, it like lots of sun and space. The roots are long, meddlesome and cause damage...

  • 9

    Cartoon Character Costumes

    7 months ago

    A big-mix bag of cartoon character costumes to chose from for a Hallowen party, a cosplay convention, a Hollywood Boulevard gig, as a mascot for high school or college football team, or for just dressing up and having...

  • 36

    Garden Fresh Peach Cake

    10 months ago

    Recipe for a light, almond- crumbly sponge cake folded with freshly picked summer fruits - peach and grapes. It makes a festive midsummer festival party or tea cake!

  • 9

    Historical Uses of Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)

    20 months ago

    In the Maremma they say that Milk Thistle or Silybum Marianum was the thistle that made Jesus' Crown of Thorns. Here in Italy, it was used to build fences, cure the liver and when they were very poor they made coffee...

  • 17

    Going to the Beach in Italy; GiannellaTuscany

    11 months ago

    Access to all the sandy beaches and rocky inlets along the Tuscany shore is for everyone. Here are some helpful hints for going to the beach in Italy especially in Maremma Tuscany- how and where to park, how to pay...

  • 20

    Video Great Names for Wire Haired Fox Terrier Dogs

    11 months ago

    This incorrigible Wire Hair Fox Terrier dog must have a great name. Here are lists of examples of lots of great names from 'best names' to 'fun names' to 'Welsh names' to' British Names' and regal names and oh - what...

  • 6

    Diet Meal Plans through Chemotherapy

    11 months ago

    When you are on chemo, buying your own fresh foods and making your own nutrition- based meals will help you not only feel better but supply your body with nutrients you need. There are meal plans as examples of the...

  • 12

    Cooking Foods on the Barbeque the Healthy Safe Way

    11 months ago

    Clean hands, clean cooking instruments, being careful with marinades, not carbonizing foods, using natural fire products are a few of the tips for safe healthy cooking on the bbq.

  • 11

    Diet and Nutrition through Chemotherapy Treatments

    5 weeks ago

    Chemo is tough. Nutritional foods help you build your strength back. Tips what NOT to eat like soups, cheese and herbs and spices. And what foods are good for you (a balanced diet) because they help you to digest,...

  • 21

    Negroni Cocktail Recipe

    20 months ago

    The Negroni was invented by a barman in Tuscany, Fosco Scarselli in the 1920's for Count Negroni who preferred a bit more muscle in his 'Americano' cocktail. Since then it has become Tuscanys favorite cocktail.

  • 8

    Video Fun Activities in Italy's Maremma Natural Park

    2 months ago

    3 really fun things to do in Italy's Maremma Natural Park (or 'Parco della Maremma'); fishing with Paulo along its shore; a horse- and-carriage trip into the parklands - seeing the wild life. And canoeing on the river...

  • 9

    How to Rent a Holiday Villa in Tuscany through an Agent

    18 months ago

    Here's how to rent a holiday villa in Tuscany through a local agent who will take care of it all for you! They will: send you photos of properties, help you chose, advise on payment and liaise with owner on...

  • 18

    A Healthy Diet Guide to Recovery during Chemo

    11 months ago

    Nutritionist Dr Steiner in Rome says a balanced healthy diet of different biological seasonal vegetables, fruits and some protein each meal, three times a day does protect from damage of chemotherapy while helping...

  • 19

    Tips on Preparing to Become the Best Grandparents

    15 months ago

    It isn't always easy preparing to be Grandparents but there are things that you can do, even if your relationship with new Mummy and Daddy isn't easy. To connect with your grandchild you can: write a personal letter...

  • 11

    Video Healthy Cheap Recipes: Linguine Pasta al Garden Fresh Pesto Sauce

    9 months ago

    Here's a recipe for Italian Linguine (or spaghetti) with Garden Fresh Pesto' made from basil, which grows everywhere in Italy in the summer and conserved through the year as pesto sauce, (with EVOO). Making cheap...

  • 38

    Games on the iPad for Older People

    20 months ago

    Playing games on the The New iPad is a fun way for the elderly to constantly be in touch and connect with family and friends. Just two fingers tapping on a light portable screen is all it takes, it's so easy! Through...

  • 19

    Easy Mixed Drinks: Campari Grapefruit Cocktail

    11 months ago

    Campari Grapefruit is a simple refreshing Italian mixed drink cocktail. And very versatile. It's 1 part Campari Bitters to 3 parts fresh squeezed grapefruit juice - served over ice in a Highball glass.

  • 23

    Fruity Alcoholic Drink Recipe: Fresh Peach Bellini Cocktail

    3 months ago

    Alfredo from a Tuscany wine bar makes a Peach Bellini with Prosecco, yellow peach and mint.

  • 16

    Recipe: How to Make an Italian Arugula (Rocket) Mushroom Lemon Parmesan Salad

    18 months ago

    How to make a cool Italian salad with arugula, Champignon mushrooms, Parmesan, lemons and extra virgin olive oil.

  • 45

    How to Make Italian Tomato Cake with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    17 months ago

    How to make and bake Italian tomato cake with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Perfect over Christmas and whilst watching Italian football games cos of its green, red and white colors. Added recipes for...

  • 20

    How to Clean My House Using Old Rags

    2 months ago

    Using old rags (re-cycled cotton items) to clean house, saves money, physical energy and time.

  • 26

    A Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Pitigliano in Southern Tuscany, Italy

    4 months ago

    A perfect weekend between the Pitigliano museums steeped in ancient Etruscan, medieval, renaissance, Jewish history. Restfully reading 'Il Villano' before spa treatments at nearby Saturnia. Nights at suggested choice...

  • 29

    How to Order Coffee in an Italian Bar

    20 months ago

    Tips on how to feel super cool in an Italian bar ordering caffe and cornetti and how to pay for it using Italian phrases.

  • 89

    When To Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    23 months ago

    Extra virgin olive oils vs olive oils - extra virgin olive oil is much better for your health due to the cold process during extraction. 'Raw' it maintains all its health properties. 'Cooked', or 'frying' stimulates...

  • 20

    Video How to Get a Movie Script Produced

    2 months ago

    A few ways how to get a movie script produced through your local film industry and in Hollywood. What an agent does. What a Producer does.

  • 22

    Video How to Write An Interesting Movie Script

    2 months ago

    Before writing a script do the research. Read screenwriting text books, movie scripts, watch movies, study them, write short stories about your characters, know their worlds. Then write the Treatment.

  • 14

    Italian Cooking Schools and Classes in Tuscany Italy

    18 months ago

    My choice of five Italian Cooking Schools through Tuscany. They teach all about how to make Italian food the Tuscan way and make sure everyone enjoys eating it too.

  • 16

    How To Care For Olive Trees in Tuscany

    21 months ago

    How to care for olive trees in Tuscany through the seasons. An an annual cycle-chart shows which months the work gets done.

  • 14

    Video How To Prune Olive Trees

    17 months ago

    Franco from Tuscany shows how to prune olive trees for light, air and healthy growth.

  • 24

    How To Plant Olive Trees

    18 months ago

    A check list of the types of soil you need to plant olive trees and what the ideal conditions are for growing. Advice on where to buy olive trees and what type of trees to plant. How to plant them in their earth.

  • 16

    Italian Food; Cooking For Beginners

    20 months ago

    From a kitchen in Tuscany, Italian cooking for beginners. With a list of basic ingredients and the right pans you can make a great pasta dish.

  • 41

    Video How To Plant and Grow Wild Asparagus

    15 months ago

    How to plant wild asparagus. First you have to find it in the hedgerows.

  • 35

    Parenting Thirty Years Ago; An Essay

    20 months ago

    30 years ago we lived with less fear; I could bring my children up with just my own strength and very little money. Today, my adult children are not ready to let go of the fears that are inherent in their generational...

  • 14

    How To Sell A Movie Script Write The Treatment

    15 months ago

    The film business is a corporate owned, massive business world - So selling your story/script to it depends not only on how good your story is, but how industry standard your Treatment is (which is how you'll get an...

  • 14

    Five Easy Ways How to Reduce Meat Consumption and Save Money the Italian way.

    18 months ago

    Five easy ways to reduce meat consumption and save money: shopping for the basic ingredients for a balanced diet, make a weekly menu, buy a cookery book, look for fresh produce at markets and socialize with like...

  • 14

    "Seize the Day" Quotes that "Make Your Lives Extraordinary".

    4 months ago

    'Seize the day' comes from the Latin expression 'carpe diem' from poet Horace's Odes. Literary quotes illustrate how 'life' and 'death' 'time' and 'being human' influence the meaning of the aphorism 'seize the day'. ...

  • 22

    My Perfect World, My Charmed World. Painted by Me.

    15 months ago

    My perfect world would be a charmed world of sunny beaches, twinkling stars, lady birds flitting through the grasses, Easter eggs on windowsills. Problems would not exist, neither would food, or money or death. It...

  • 15

    How to Parent your Grown-Up Sons: A Guide to Mutual Independence After They Go Away from Home.

    22 months ago

    10 suggestions how to achieve mutual independence for family unity happiness and peace.

  • 19

    3 Frugal Recipes from Foraged Wild Greens and Asparagus

    11 months ago

    How to identify 3 healthy, green vegetables growing wild in the countryside; nettles, wild asparagus and chicory. Recipes of how to pick and make them into delicious, frugal meals.

  • 33

    How you need NOT prepare for a 3 month book- writing sabbatical abroad

    2 months ago

    How to prepare to go abroad on a Sabbatical to write a book takes money and determination. How I financed my journey to L A but haven't had time to write for the book. How much time it took some famous authors who...

  • 24

    How to make a good Italian pasta sauce recipe with Garbanzo beans (ceci).

    22 months ago

    Simple economic Pasta sauce recipe made with Garbanzo beans (ceci) the way Irma from ancient Rome made it, with just Garbanzo beans(ceci,)rosemary and olive oil.

  • 8

    Cheapest Traditional Italian Spaghetti Recipe with Delicious Anchovy Sauce.

    22 months ago

    How to make Gina's Italian spaghetti with anchovy sauce. It's a traditional old fashioned recipe using the cheapest ingredients ever. Delicious.

  • 19

    10 small very useful objects that she needs every day.

    20 months ago

    10 very useful small objects I use every day; pill box, neck cords, post it notes, a coin, paper tissue, LED key chain light,hair band, specs case and lens cleaner, chap stick. Life without them would be a lot harder.

  • 21

    Great Bands, Singers and Best Songs with a British Accent.

    17 months ago

    British songs and singers with British accents are a unique genre. Listen to their British accents in this selection of British music from Woodstock concert, to the Beatles, to Led Zeppelin to today's Arctic Monkey and...

  • 35

    Ways We Can Enjoy a Happy Christmas, even without family!

    17 months ago

    The kids won't be coming for Christmas after all. Ways for Mom to deal with it, and have a Happy Christmas, even without the family.

  • 11

    3 Quirky Italian Christmas Traditional Favorites with Zampognaro.

    17 months ago

    Three Italian Christmas traditions from different regions around Italy. In Naples the crib figurine makers make a bag pipe playing shepherd called a Zampognaro figure and puts him in the crib. In Maremma Tuscany they...

  • 14

    Isn't 30+ yrs of Fish Farm Hatchery in Orbetello Tuscany (Toscana) Italy a Sustainable Answer?

    17 months ago

    The fish farms Cooperative of Orbetello Maremma produce approx 20,000 tonnes of fresh Sea Bass, Sea Bream and Corvina per year. The aquaculture of these wetlands has been active since pre Roman,times due to the massive...

  • 26

    My Old Man, My Darling. A short love poem about getting older.

    15 months ago

    An ode of love for an old relationship, asking for dignity.

  • 24

    Italian Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe for Pasta; Garlic with Spaghetti, and Onion with Fettucine!

    4 weeks ago

    A fresh Tuscan cherry tomato sauce for spaghetti is best with garlic. And onion is better in the sauce for fettuccine - if you want to make genuine Italian pasta!

  • 44

    How to be a Great Bed & Breakfast Host in Maremma Southern Tuscany.

    10 months ago

    How to make your guest feel happy in b&b Southern Tuscany. A list of suggestions for hosting Bed and Breakfast in a room in your home.

  • 24

    Do 15 EASY Beat It Tips-How You Get Over the Fear of Cancer Recurrence, Ever!

    21 months ago

    Fear of cancer recurrence? 14 well tried tips to beat the fear, by a cancer survivor. Or 14 ways to walk with fear until you feel well again. Who would like to share their tip here?

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