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Alison Bezzina

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...

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...