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Ramona Depares

The secular state

It takes a news report titled ‘Church-State talks on amendments to marriages law successfully concluded’ to push the point home. The whole idea of a secular state – one of the foundation stones of any genuinely democratic state – really has not...

Transport Malta’s evaluation

So Transport Malta is evaluating the impact of horses and heavy vehicles on rush-hour traffic, huh? As a friend of mine aptly commented online this morning, “remind me why I employ these people, again?” Anyone with an I.Q. higher than that of a...

Civil unions, uncivil comments

So the Civil Unions Bill will finally grant same-sex couples the rights that should have been taken for granted in the first place, making history by allowing me to write “well done, Mr Government” without any hint of irony. That’s enough of being...

Barilla no more?

Guido Barilla, the founder of pasta Barilla, apparently feels secure enough in the market dominance of his brand to say that “gay people can buy someone else’s pasta”. Well, fine he didn’t actually say that in as many words. You can read the whole...

Raising zombie children

A couple of days ago I found a gem hidden among the news items. I say hidden, because it was buried as part of a bigger story about whether or not Malta has too many LSAs (Learning Support Assistants) or not. Since I’m not qualified to give an...

Twisted firestarter

I really am not one of those people whose favourite sport falls under the header of Arriva-bashing. I can see, of course, a multitude of shortcomings. Weird routes, a number of drivers who treat the road like it’s the track at Monza, and buses...

When will they learn?

I see that social media madness has hit again. Apparently, wishing all sorts of obscenities upon EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström some short weeks ago, and making us all look like Neanderthals on Facebook in the eyes of the world...

You are embarrassing us all

The advent of social media and other forms of online commentary have brought new meaning to the term 'freedom of expression'. Websites like Facebook and Twitter have certainly facilitated the exercise of this right. Unfortunately, they have also...

Bitching about beans

Sometimes, you learn new stuff at the most unexpected locations. Take yesterday, while driving back home and enjoying Ian Curtis’s morose voice, I was delivered a valuable life lesson as soon as I clapped my eyes on one of the billboards that...

Three things scarier than beach rats

The rat-on-a-beach story from yesterday was responsible for quite a lot of sniggers on my part. Yes, I am aware exactly how dangerous coming into close contact with a rat can be, but given that no actual harm was done I feel that I can give in to...