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Ramona Depares

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...

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...