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Italian toy story: retired mechanic carves old favourites

Mr Collino playing with a puppet in his workshop in Busca, near Cuneo, northern Italy. He uses recycled material to manufacture toys following the Italian tradition, and performs in shows during local events, in schools or rest homes.

Cuneo, Italy

WITH his portly frame, bushy white beard and twinkling eyes, Italian toymaker and puppeteer Mario Collino could be a stand-in for Father Christmas.

But while he too carts around bags of toys made in his workshop, Mr Collino, who performs under the name "Prezzemolo" (...

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