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Ramona Depares

Values? What values?

So beating up a woman to a pulp merits a mere two-year imprisonment sentence while the proposal to put up Anthony Neilson's theatrical work Stitching merits censorship from the highest court of the land and an outcry from half the nation due to...

No foreigners please, we’re Maltese

The general anti-foreign sentiments that float around this country are getting a bit disgusting. The whole ‘global village’ and ‘citizens of the world’ thing seems to have escaped most of us and this week’s events have only served to highlight the...

When one car isn't enough

I don't wish to sound like I'm on a personal crusade against Malta's judiciary/law-makers – though I'm very well aware that a good number of you will choose to think so anyway. But really, the number of times I'm faced with a 'what on earth'...

Rape is not a morality issue

For a nation that is so prudish when it comes to all things sexual, we sure know how to turn a blind eye when the darker side of sexuality rears its head. Which it seems to do with disturbing regularity. Considering Malta's size, words like...

Shutting down the city

When I was growing up, Valletta was the place to be. For the traditional Saturday morning coffee, the post-work shopping spree or just for a spot of people-watching and to have a drink... it was Valletta that people flocked to. Which is only as...

Circus of sadness

This is a painfully recurring subject for me, one that I had already written about on my personal blog last year. However, since it seems like we are not seeing the light of day as yet, I’ll just have to write about it some more. Until someone,...

Don’t blame the roads, blame Arriva

So when Arriva buses first made it to Malta (calm down with the cheering fellas), amidst all the no-shows, impractical new routes and clueless drivers, I was one of the few to say that everyone should calm the hell down and give them a...

Lighten up, folks

There's still about two weeks left to go before Halloween night hits, but it seems like the panic has already kicked off across the cyber-waves. Last year we had a parish priest sending an apocalypse-now style missive to the parishioners; feeding...

The gay, backwater of Mellieha?

I know I shouldn’t be flippant, really, given that the incident points to a highly disturbing mentality where the word “gay” is used as an insult and is also perceived as one by its recipient. But seriously, the amount of “what the hells” (since...

A dangerous game

I’m really not sure whether this man is the biggest troll ever or whether he is being perfectly serious. “Most men are provoked into domestic violence.” Immortal – not to mention totally unexpected – words uttered by Dr Josie Muscat. If any man...

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