15 April – Saying that I love you on your answering machine

From Italy Minor to Italy major in 24 hours. Talk about convenience, even though if it’s your birthday in these countries, it’s likely you’ll be having a small celebration. Stay safe, people.

Our friends in Italy have at times had a strained relationship with our favourite TV show. They have their own, coming from the resort of Sanremo, which seems to be the bigger thing. Nevertheless, many Italian stars have gone and done their stuff. Today’s birthday boy Luca Barbarossa won Sanremo in 1992, but four years earlier he’d gone to Dublin with a songs that might – just might – contain the only ever fade out of a Eurovision performance (unless you know differently). Luca came equal twelfth with his guitar-heavy song in which he apologises for writing to his love. But he was in good company, as a Swede shared his placing that year.

Luca is 59 today.

Buon compleanno, Luca!