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Alison Bezzina

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...

Show some respect

I’m fully aware that the police’s job is not to attract tourists to Malta, and I know that it’s certainly not in their interest to attract more mischievous young students to our shores, but for peace’s sake, do they have to make our little islands...

The truth and nothing but…

The whole ‘taking an oath’ process has always fascinated me. The sheer assumption that people are Catholic and that they would think twice about taking a false oath in front of a crucifix or a Bible, always seemed naïve and presumptuous, at least...

Women on top

Some people have interpreted the success of the female candidates in the last MEP elections as a sign that ‘women can do it for themselves’. Fellow blogger and friend Ramona Depares for instance interpreted this political success as a sign that...

Body over Mind

As ridiculous as I think that today’s day of silence is, in a way I’m thankful that I can write about something that’s closer to my heart than politics, politicians and all their antics, will ever be. A few days ago the department of information...

Challenged to make ends meet

When I first heard of Steve Hili’s 121 Challenge I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was another one of Steve Hili’s jokes and fobbed it off with the rest of the useless stuff I see on Facebook. You see, I’ve always thought of myself as a low...

The secret sexists

My neighbours have a habit of congregating outside their doors and having long-winded chitchats about their lives. Now I know that this is quite a tradition in Malta, and I would probably find it quaint and fascinating if only they didn’t do it in...

Exposing disabilities

Last week was a good week because my brother, who has an intellectual disability, was only going to get punched in the face once. I consider it a good week because this sort of thing happens on a regular basis simply because my brother, who is now...

Whipping Politicians

Last Monday, Malta became the 22nd European country to recognise same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt. As happy as I am that we’ve finally made it into in the 21st century on the right side of history, I’ve also come to...