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What we learnt from Patti Smith

For those who don't necessarily follow the arts scene, yesterday night was (yet another) one for the books in terms of music, with the legendary Patti Smith giving a two-hour intimate concert to a packed hall at University. I won't be doing my...

Ban the banning

People have been clamouring to have social networking site (I use the word ‘social’ very loosely here) Ask.fm banned from Malta throughout this past week, so I was not surprised when an actual petition landed in my inbox. The site is based on...

Presidential hostages?

I had been wondering for a while what on earth parliament is waiting for before it finalises the Civil Unions Bill. Now I have my answer – apparently President George Abela refuses to sign it, so we need to wait for the current presidential term...

Getting used to harassment?

I’m really not the bra-burning, militant feminist type, and I usually forget all about gender. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not ‘men’ or ‘women’, we’re people. Instead of making a big deal out of gender issues, I prefer to create my own...

A permanent nationalised bus service?

So it looks like the whole bus debacle has become Malta’s pigeon, and Malta’s only. When one of the largest bus operators in Europe won’t touch you with a bargepole (or a bendy bus), things start looking pretty dire. Maybe it was our fault; Arriva...

The ire for Ira

We must be a super-bored nation if Ira Losco's dress from last Saturday is still getting column inches. I'm going to take up some bandwidth myself, before hoping that everyone shuts up about it. Not about the dress, because I couldn't care less,...

We are to blame

As the winter Olympics kick off today in Russia, major corporations express holier-than-thou condemnation at Putin’s undemocratic administration. Google gave us a rainbow, Olympic-themed doodle. The Canadian Institue of Diversity came up with a...

Impeachment: know when it's time to go

Following the impeachment proceedings against Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco has become a bit like being at the circus. Will he fall, will they pick him up, will the tight rope he is walking on snap right beneath him? And how many more man hours...

Same-sex adoptions: not up to the public

I’m not a fan of surveys. I don’t believe in true random sampling, so I really look askance whenever we read about how X% want the government to do this and Y% want the exact opposite. I’m even more sceptical when the results of a survey happen to...

Sex, lies and legal tape

It was with shock that I read out the first important judgement of the year: a 60-year-old man gets three years’ prison for sexual violence on a minor. The shock increased as events continued unfolding after the judgement was made public. Or...