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Ramona Depares

Yes, the Maltese patata rocks

Seems like we have become so shallow and arrogant that we cannot even recognize a good thing for what it is. I'm talking about the puzzling reactions to a Youtube video about Maltese potato harvesting. The video went viral overnight, attracting...

Boston: is the worth of human life relative?

Let me be absolutely clear: my heart goes out to all the victims of the Boston bombings and their families. And I sure as hell hope that whoever is responsible for these deaths gets his (probably their) comeuppance. That was me stating the...

Still the dunces of Europe

Malta has done it again, distinguishing itself for... practically bagging the bottom spot in an international literacy study (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, PIRLS for those who dislike mouthfuls). Well, not quite last, but...

Expecting too much from the Pope

Now that the (gold) dust has settled over the papal throne, it’s time I add my two cents to the plethora of criticism that accompanied the obvious ‘habemus papam’ statuses on all social media fora. Those who follow me with even sporadic regularity...

Things I learnt from this election

It’s never too early for a greasy hotdog Valletta, Monday, 7am. The road leading to Castille is lined with fast food vendors and the aroma of  reheated sunflower oil fills the air in the best artery-clogging tradition. You’d think stomachs would...

Pull the other one, PLPN

Whenever I find myself having to explain to people why I’m attaching myself neither to the PN nor the PL bandwagon, I am always faced with scepticism. Actually, scepticism is the best-case scenario – the nastier ones among you usually accuse me of...

Peter Andre, Culture? Abs-olutely not

Culture must be one of the most misunderstood words ever. For some, it is synonymous with pretentiousness, with the so-called artsy fartsy crowd, the pseudo-intellectuals. For others it is equivalent to a skip, a catch-all phrase that captures...

Children of a lesser god?

I know I’m quite a bit off-topic here. But, just in case no-one realised from my lack of related posts, I’m finding the whole election crap incredibly tedious. Letters like Joe Zammit’s, on the other hand are as far from tedious as you can get.

We need us some Blackadder

Seems like we’re in desperate need of a Blackadder in Malta. Or rather, of a Rowan Atkinson. Not to distract us from the mega snorefest that has become the election campaign on both sides – although that wouldn’t be a half bad idea. Seriously,...

No hope for the human race

Whenever I wake up feeling all optimistic and generous about this world, it usually means that a cold wake-up call is fast on its way. Take today, it only took a letter on this website to remind me precisely why sharing the same air as some people...