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Ramona Depares

Big Brother is not the answer

Earlier this week, a fight in Paceville almost took away the life of a teenager. The injuries were allegedly inflicted by foreigners. Almost immediately, the cries of "give the streets back to the Maltese" and the equally predictable "see where...

Exalting mediocrity

It is a sad direction society has taken when people are patted on the back and elevated to the status of heroes, not for going beyond the call of duty but simply for doing the minimum that is expected of them. This post is inspired by recent...

Quite the Jack Sparrow

When the Sunday Times of Malta broke the story about the tanker that ‘escaped’ from Maltese waters, I’m afraid my first reaction was much laughter. The headline conjured images of a vessel with AFM boats in hot pursuit. And my imagination is the...

Everyone’s win

It felt good yesterday to be present during such a historical moment for Malta. Equal rights for everyone, and an inclusive society are two causes that have always been close to my heart, and not just with respect to gay issues but across the...

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,...