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Alison Bezzina

Hunting down my principles

According to dictionary definitions, a ‘PRINCIPLE’ is a fixed rule, a method or practice, an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct, general law or truth from which others are derived. An ‘OPINION’ on the other hand is a sentiment; a view...

Happy Birthday to the love of my life

Around this time of year I’m always tempted to write about the one person whose existence has significantly shaped my life and essentially my entire world. It was on this day, 33 years ago, that my brother David was born. At birth he was suffering...

Listen to the Bishops

This week I found myself in agreement with something that the Bishops of Malta and Gozo suggested. The Bishop of Gozo  proposed that every parish in Gozo adopts a Christian family from countries where Christians are being persecuted. Auxiliary...

Cold feet in August

Up to a few days ago I didn’t think that there was anything that could ever happen that would get me to throw buckets of ice-cold water onto me. I hate feeling cold even if for a moment and I especially hate the combination of being wet and cold,...

We ALL have what to fight with

For the third time this month I’m breaking my vow of silence or rather, my vow for a well deserved break from writing.  How could I remain silent with all that’s happening around the world especially in Iraq? How could I not write a single word...

Even life itself is self-inflicted

Last week the Employer’s Association came up with what (at first glance) appears to be a logical proposition to curb sick leave abuse. On closer scrutiny however, it turns out to be rather silly and, as the PM called it, ‘draconian’.  The...

The break that never was

I was planning to take a good break from writing this month. I thought August would be perfect for this, you know with not much happening and the summer heat taking its toll. I was secretly hoping that everyone would go into holiday mode and not...

Of war and silver spoons

With so much terror and sadness going on around the world, from Russia to Gaza and from Cambodia to Libya, this week I experienced the irresistible urge to bury my head in the sand and block it all out.  The frustration came not only from the sad...

Nonsense Gas

Last week, I met a good (albeit weird) friend of mine who had had a week from hell and was dying to spill the beans to someone. By Friday evening she was seething through gritted teeth and some time during our first bottle of wine, she concluded...

Banning the Muslim veil

Let me make a couple things clear from the start: I will not wear a veil to cover my face if my life depended on it, and visions of women being forced to do so by their husbands or their religion make me sick. Having said that I totally disagree...