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Ramona Depares

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...

Racists masquerading as patriots

Beating around the bush never did any good, so forgive me as, just for this post, I will throw all diplomacy to the wind and pose some direct questions to all those racists who are currently petitioning against the prime minister’s decision to...

Corruption of minors? Just a joke....

We’re back at it, treating crimes that merit the good, old “locking the culprit in jail and throwing away the key” treatment for all the world like they’re minor misdemeanours. The latest horror story to reach me is that of the 59-year-old bus...

An amnesty for what?

People typically celebrate happy events in their lives with a bottle of bubbly or two. Maybe a party, if they happen to be the ostentatious sort. Not so some political parties. The accepted method in this case seems to be to celebrate by letting...

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...