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Britain Bids Farewell To Margaret Thatcher Amidst High Security



LONDON – Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was honored Wednesday at a solemn funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral in central London.

An estimated 2,300 people from 170 different countries attended the ceremony, which Reuters compared to Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965.

The scene inside St Paul's #thatchertwitpic.com/cjy5bs

— Shropshire Star (@ShropshireStar) April 17, 2013

The Independent reports that activities of extremists from Northern Ireland, as well as left-wing protesters, were being tracked by MI5 agents and counter-terrorism services ahead of the morning procession, and that security was increased in response to the terrorist attack on the Boston marathon.

#Thatcher passes. Somber silence, then a wave of polite British applause. twitter.com/davidenrich/st…

— David Enrich (@davidenrich) April 17, 2013

Four thousand police were on duty in London but there were no signs of protests during the funeral procession, which carried Thatcher's coffin draped in the Union flag from parliament to the church of St. Clement Danes on a hearse, before military guard placed it on a horse-drawn gun carriage that carried the coffin to St. Paul's Cathedral.

Dismissing concerns by some Thatcher critics about the cost and pomp of the event (an expected 10 million pounds), Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron told BBC Radio 4 "I think what is happening today is absolutely fitting and right," before adding “in a way we are all Thatcherites now.”

Some in the funeral crowd applaud as a marching band heads through Ludgate Circus to St Paul's. Others boo and chant "Waste of money!"

— Jon Kay (@jonkay01) April 17, 2013

Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century, the "Iron Lady" — a nickname Thatcher’s uncompromising politics earned her -- died from a stroke on April 8, aged 87.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

@comunisti_alla_ribalta via Instagram
Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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