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  • Hunters, you want racist?

    I admire people like Mr Lino Farrugia, CEO of the hunter’s federation. Really. His sense of humour must get him through life with a constant smile on his face, and who wouldn’t want that? I’m assuming that it’s Mr Farrugia’s sense of humour that...

  • An open letter to Archbishop Emeritus Mercieca

    Dear Mgr. Mercieca, Today the Church in Malta celebrates the 40th anniversary of your episcopal ordination. This must be a great day for you but it is also a great a day for the whole archdiocese which you served so generously and so well for a...

  • Lies, damned lies and politicians

    I was brought up to believe politicians. Maybe not all but some select ones. Today it’s getting harder to believe any—and although I am no cynic by nature politicians’ ways are turning me into a politico-basher and a non-believer in all they do...

  • WHAT WONDROUS WORDS

    Does Commissioner-hopeful Karmenu Vella suffer from the delusion that his was the only vote in the referendum held to determine whether we would become members of the EU? Mr Vella's vote was, in fact, a single solitary one out of the many, many...

  • Please watch this clip... and think

    Please watch this clip... and think

    If there is one video clip you should watch today, it has to be this (click here to watch). It is not a video of Islamic State embarking on a trail of destruction. It is not yet another ice bucket challenge. But this six-minute clip should send...

  • Principles before popularity

    Today’s papers were graced with the photos of His Grace Bishop Charles Scicluna bird watching. Just for clarity’s sake I hastily add that he was watching the kind of birds the adherents of Birdlife watch. The accompanying words uttered by His...

  • Hunting down my principles

    According to dictionary definitions, a ‘PRINCIPLE’ is a fixed rule, a method or practice, an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct, general law or truth from which others are derived. An ‘OPINION’ on the other hand is a sentiment; a view...

  • BANG, YOU'RE DEAD

    Whether it's because he wanted to give Karmenu Vella a leg up in anticipation of his grilling by the EU Parliament or because he (Muscat) has perceived a numerical advantage in annoying bird-killers rather than appeasing them or because he...

  • Independent? Right

    It really doesn’t take a lot to distract us does it? Fifty years of independence slithered down the drain as soon as we got the first whiff of royalty on our shores this weekend. In the meantime, while Prince William did his thing and waved at the...

  • I was there

    The 1960s were the most exciting and creative decade of the 20th century. Pope John XIII and the Vatican Council II brought a new lease of life to the Catholic Church. The spirit of the Council was put under pressure during these last two decades...

  • The staining of a reputation

    I try hard to avoid commenting about our political class. They, unfortunately, are becoming ever more like the three-legged horse by the entrance to Valletta. They sit on pedestals, they look good but have something intrinsically wrong in their...

  • Hunters shoot themselves in the foot... again

    If you needed one good reason to support the government’s wise decision to suspend the autumn hunting season then look no further than the hunters’ impromptu, unsanctioned protest. As Malta enjoyed a rare show of political consensus to mark 50...

  • Lifecycle stands down in the Land of the rising sun

    The sun was setting and the lights were coming on in the Tokyo telecoms tower that is a landmark on Tokyo's horizon. About a dozen people were exercising their dogs on the grass, and a few joggers went past with earphones plugged in. Besides them,...

  • EBOLA BLUES AGAIN

    Joseph Muscat was probably right in barring entry to a merchant ship with a suspected Ebola case on board, given that it was closer to Italy than to here, but while it was legally correct, was it morally OK? I'm only making the point in the spirit...

  • Tokyo, here we come!

    We are on our way to Tokyo! The cyclist that had to drop out because of bike problems has borrowed the bike belonging to the injured one so 21 should be crossing the finish line some time this afternoon, although only 20 are still in the...

  • Happy Birthday to the love of my life

    Around this time of year I’m always tempted to write about the one person whose existence has significantly shaped my life and essentially my entire world. It was on this day, 33 years ago, that my brother David was born. At birth he was suffering...

  • Not giving up

    They say things happen when you get out of your comfort zone. Well, Lifecycle is certainly out of our comfort zone. And one of the strangest things is that the lower the lows, the higher the highs. The trip through the Baltics last year was slow...

  • CRUNCHING NUMBERS NOT PEANUTS

    My problem is that numbers make my teeth itch and my brain hurt, so when a story comes up that talks about this or that many thousands being on one side or another of an equation, I tend to go into a coma and ignore it. That is what happened when...

  • When the going gets tough...very tough

    Yesterday was one of those days when you go to bed swearing that this is your last Lifecycle. Never again, you promise. We were up at 4am to be able to leave at 6am. Well, that was the theory anyway. The reality was that most of the sleeping bag...

  • To name or not to name

    From time to time we experience a strong popular reaction to some event or other. The vehicle used to spread such popular concern is generally Facebook. The latest such reaction followed the arraignment of a member of the Society of Christian...

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