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Ramona Depares

Racists, you’re stupid

Racists, I’m sick and tired of the stupidity you show in your haste to incite hatred against those who don’t fit your notion of ‘pure Maltese blood’. Pure Maltese blood indeed – if  there ever was the perfect place to insert a ‘LOLZ’, this would...

If you vote yes

It's useless pretending most of the voting population gives a flying duck, or quail as it were, about the upcoming spring hunting referendum. The hunters do, of course. As for the rest, it's a very small minority of people who care enough about...

Sex offenders, event permits and loopholes

Charles Dickens was really not understating his case when he made one of his characters declare that the law is an ass. Consider this; Maltese law forbids a DJ/musician/entertainer from taking part in an event if he has been found guilty of a...

€20,000 worth of questions

 I'm not fond of jumping on the bandwagon and criticising just for the sake of it, which is why I have been biding my time before publicly commenting about the €20K contract awarded to William Mangion to "identify a space for bands to...

It's not just Fabrizio

Yesterday evening, singer Fabrizio Faniello spoke out on live, prime time TV about his battle against drug addiction and this morning the Internet broke. For a change, the voice on social media is united in empathy and approval. Lest I be...

Not in the name of Allah

"When activists need a pretext to justify their violence, they always find it." These are words that, in the aftermath of the horrific execution of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and editorial staff yesterday, we risk forgetting. They are words uttered...

Hibs, you're out of line

Everyone, even convicted criminals, deserves a second chance after paying their debts to society. It would be an inhumane world indeed were a person's life to be cut short of all opportunity on the basis that he or she has erred in the past. It is...

Charitable my foot

Yes, I know that begging is illegal and that having beggars on the street is not the ideal situation to aspire to. I also realise that not all those who wind up begging are actually in the dire straits they claim to be in. However, having put the...

Bravo, Mater Dei

A woman shows up at Mater Dei hospital in a state of visible mental agitation and pain. By her own account, she has taken a number of pills in order to induce a miscarriage. What do our noble hospital administrators do? Option 1. Treat her body...

Institutionalism 1 – Art 0

Last week was a pretty exciting one for those who appreciate street art. C215, the French artist who is fast making a name for himself on an international level with his vibrant work, visited Valletta and left his mark in several spots. And by...