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A common misperception of Italy is that it’s prohibitively expensive. Of course, there are extravagant palazzos where a glass of orange juice will cost you $20, but the reality is that Italy is home to many small and affordable hotels run by amiable innkeepers who will help unlock the secrets of whatever region you’re in. Over my many years of exploring the country, I’ve uncovered a number of treasures—some dirt cheap, others a bit more of a splurge—but all guaranteed to be amazing. These are some of my favorite addresses. A Stylish Tuscan Villa Ondine Cohane did one of those things you always fantasize about when you’re on vacation: she and her husband John—a former music exec—decided to buy an old stone farmhouse in Tuscany and become innkeepers. Cohane, a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, brings an eye for design that she clearly cultivated while checking out some of the world’s top hotels for the magazine. Surrounded by a spectacular infinity pool and a fire pit, La Bandita has low-season rates starting at $269. Cohane and her husband’s latest project is a sister property, La Bandita Townhouse, in the village of Pienza. A Remarkable Le Marche Find In the hilly Le Marche region, Casa San Ruffino is owned by another expat couple in search of la dolce vita: Ray and Claire Gorman, who got tired of the grind in England and decided to leave their banking jobs behind to open a four-room inn with beamed ceilings. This $193-a-night hotel is so chic that it got the stamp of approval from Vogue. Bonus for bargain-hunting fashionistas: Tod’s and Prada have outlet stores not far away. Can you burn plastic. Well it never burns easily – it melts and bubbles. It will burn eventually but you have to keep heating it – click here if you want to know why. And when you do set fire to plastic it gives off a terrible smell – at least in my experience as a child playing round the back of the derelict garages I hasten to add. But is it bad for you? It could be lethal. The smell according to the naked scientist could be anything. They say There are lots of different plastics, and they will give off lots of different vapors when they decompose. It could be just a simple hydrocarbon, or it could contain cyanides, or PCB or lots of other substances. Without knowing what the plastic was it would be difficult to know what are the likely volatiles it would create…. volatiles given off from plastics in house fires are a major cause of death. PCBs? – thats a dioxin and dioxins are nasty! Eeek! Setting fire to plastic filled ditches Yes it is apparently safe to burn polythene – it can even be reprocessed as briquettes to make a very efficient fuel. But its a big NO if its a halogenated plasticse one of those made from chlorine or fluorine Halogenated plastics include Chlorine based plastics Chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) Chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) Polychloroprene (CR or chloroprene rubber marketed under the brand name of Neoprene) PVC Fluorine based plastics Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) Burning these plastics can release dioxins. Dioxins are unintentionally but unavoidably produced during the manufacture of materials containing chlorine including PVC and other chlorinated plastic feedstock. Dioxin is a known human carcinogen and the most potent synthetic carcinogen ever tested in laboratory animals. A characterization by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of cancer causing potential evaluated dioxin as over 10000 times more potent than the next highest chemical (diethanol amine) half a million times more than arsenic and a million or more times greater than all others. The World Health Organization said Once dioxins have entered the environment or body they are there to stay due to their uncanny ability to dissolve in fats and to their rock-solid chemical stability. That is because dioxins are classed as one of the persistant organic pollutants POPs also known as as PBTs (Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic) or TOMPs (Toxic Organic Micro Pollutants.) London (AFP) - Some 41 million British wills dating back to 1858 including those of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana were made available in an online database Saturday. The government full archive of wills from England and Wales stretching back more than 150 years has been put on the probatesearch. It includes the wills of World War II prime minister Churchill novelist Charles Dickens Diana princess of Wales children writer A. A. Milne code-breaker Alan Turing writer George Orwell and author Beatrix Potter. The digital copies of the wills cost £10 ($15.50 12.75 euros) but basic details for some of them are available online. This fascinating project provides us with insights into the ordinary and extraordinary people who helped shape this country and the rest of the world said Courts Minister Shailesh Vara. It is a fantastic resource not only for family historians but also for anyone with an interest in social history or famous figures. Previously the archives had only been publicly available to search in person. In Churchill will he gave £304044 -- worth more than £5.1 million nowadays -- to his family. When Dickens died in 1870 he left a will written in cursive script that laid out highly specific directions for his funeral. I emphatically direct that I be buried in an inexpensive unostentatious and strictly private manner he wrote adding that mourners must not wear scarves cloaks long hatbands or other such revolting absurdity. Orwell who died in 1950 insisted that his archive of papers be preserved while economist John Maynard Keynes who died four years earlier wanted most of his papers destroyed. Milne who wrote Winnie The Pooh gave shares of his future royalties and copyright to his favourite London club and Westminster School when he died in 1956. Peter Rabbit creator Potter left a lengthy and generous will reflecting her love for conservation and nature. Though the archive has been converted into digital format the original paper records will still be kept in a temperature-controlled environment.