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  • The horrors of Cambodia

    The horrors of Cambodia

    Bdejna! Soon after we sent off yesterday's blog to the Times of Malta we headed for bed, knackered, only to find that one of the girls (again, I'm sworn to silence) had locked herself and her roommates out of the bedroom and with no master key...

  • ...And so it begins!

    ...And so it begins!

    As expected we were overweight by some 55 kilos but we're not worried because this year the DO Cambodia team has grown and we split into two groups, so the excess baggage will be shared amongst the second team when they join us in two weeks...

  • Suffer the children

    Educational books raising awareness about LBGTQ relationships are given out in schools and all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, when our parochial lifestyle encounters something that is outside of our comfort zone, we transform into a nation of...

  • Beaten up – but he won’t take action

    Beaten up – but he won’t take action

    A message posted on Facebook by a woman last week immediately caught the eye of one of our reporters: “This African guy I know was spat upon and then beaten up by four or five men on returning home on the bus. He has a broken nose and...

  • A grand tale of glorious food

    A good friend recently confessed that I bore him with my boring stuff about politics. He’s right I suppose. So here goes - this is all about food, great, succulent, mouth-wateringly fabulous food. I’m going to talk about fairy-tale...

  • Persecution of Christians a daily experience

    This blog has repeatedly drawn its readers’ attention to the persecution of Christian around the world. In other countries Christians are not facing  persecution but are experiencing difficult situations and restrictions of their religious...

  • Peas in a pod

    How can one put together all the madness that has become our daily feed on this land of ours? Back in time one national mistake, or scandal, would hit the news then be flogged to death beyond the grave. Today scandals are uncovered and the main...

  • Sa(i)ve us the money

      Instead of calling journalists stupid, even if he clearly believes that journalists who ask awkward questions are stupid, Premier Muscat should have told us precisely what the Huawei "investment" means for the country.  Let me explain why, in...

  • ‘Tsipras the incompetent’

    Tsipras, the maverick Greek Prime Minister, did not manage to do a Mintoff, after all his efforts, grandstanding and brinkmanship. Mintoff had taken negotiations with the British government to the brink and managed to get a better deal at the...

  • Sai, thanks

    Our esteemed Minister for Foreign Affairs chose to express himself in a manner that only an insolent lout should properly adopt, when asked why Ms Sai Mizzi Lang has been given somewhat special treatment by the Government of which he forms...

  • “An economy of Christian inspiration”

    During his pastoral journey to Ecuador, Paraguay and Bolivia Pope Francis has been delivering one strong speech after another. No one should be surprised. He has said and written over and over again that the Christian message should not be...

  • Two Greek faces

    In classical Greek theatre, the players carried masks that would rotate between what today we'd call a smiley and a frown. How's that for a flippant start to an erudite piece about the tragi-comedy that has unfolded on Europe's Eastern border over...

  • Will Tsipras do “a Mintoff”?

    This coming Sunday the Greeks will vote in an important referendum. But is it clear what they are voting for? The ‘yes’ side are saying that those who want Greece to continue forming part of the Eurozone and the EU should vote ‘yes’. On the other...

  • How dare a black man tell us to stand in line?

    How dare a black man tell us to stand in line?

    I could bet my bottom dollar that were it a Maltese burly, foul-mouthed bully who was believed to have caused some commotion at the Valletta bus terminus, the police would have let him off with a friendly shoulder pat and the template ‘ejja nimxu...

  • Labour, business as usual

    Those of us of a certain age remember how Dom Mintoff and Dr KMB's Socialist Labour Party of the Republic of Malta used to do business. Labour Battalions were set up to absorb the unemployed and unemployable, factories to process capers and...

  • Is that 36,000 growing?

    36,000. To foreigners, unless they are very interested in our political intricacies, this is just a number. In Malta the number has magical, nearly-supernatural powers. It is a number that scares some beyond compare. All still remember it, all...

  • Your planet needs you

    A very popular and well-known World War I poster depicts Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener (1850–1916) – (a national war hero and Secretary of State for War) pointing his finger towards the viewers with the words: “Your country needs you”. The image...

  • AND WHAT WAS ACHIEVED?

    On Saturday, a number of thousands went to Valletta to protest against Premier Joseph Muscat's decision to site a "university" at Zonqor Point, a tract of land that is outside the development zone - ODZ in jargon. On Sunday, Premier Muscat let it...

  • Crossed pencils and crossed people

    This morning papers gave prominence to yesterday’s demonstration organised by a number of environmental NGO's under the leadership of Front Harsien ODZ. The Sunday Times of Malta said that thousands took part in the demonstration and described the...

  • When two tribes go to war

    When two tribes go to war

    Reading the online comments boards in reaction to the pro-environment protest I don’t know whether to laugh or cry in despair. “I hope Muscat ignores these time wasters,” wrote one. “The PN organised coaches from all localities,” claimed another.

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