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Ramona Depares

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...

PL: stating the obvious

I know I'm probably driving everyone nuts by using these posts to criticise both PL and PN in quick succession, but bear with me. It is hardly my fault they are both making a pig's ear out of pretty much every political issue that we really care...

Chill, it's just satire

The political war has now officially reached a ridiculous level of low. Despite the childishness of the pre-election tactics that are typically employed by our MPs, I had truly believed that things had evolved enough for the usual suspects to be...

Seriously, Mr Grech?

I realise we’ve been busy with that small matter of flooding, but I can’t believe this little gem here has been passed over by most commentators. So - how does the saying go? “M’għandux żejt f’wiċċu.” Loosely translated, meaning “he knows no shame”.