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  • 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...

  • One of the toughest challenges to date

    One of the toughest challenges to date

    The Actavis LifeCycle Challenge is turning into one of the hardest ever, with a route that is as treacherous as it is beautiful. The last cyclist arrived at the accommodation after 1am, having cycled since 7am that morning, and at 11pm, there were...

  • FLIGHT NO

    The title of this edition of my Great Thoughts (irritating enough for you, Lil’Elves?) can be read in two ways: flight is negative and flight is numbered. OK, enough of the silly puns. For some reason known only to those versed in the Dark Arts,...

  • Long rides, getting lost and beautiful bridges

    The GPS was directing us off the well-lit main road onto a dark side road, disappearing into the distance. There were a few scattered houses but it seemed a most unlikely place for a town sports centre. The road weaved left and right and...

  • Users' guide to Japan

    When you are on the road for so many hours,  covering such a distance, there are so many things you notice that are unique to this country. Telegraph poles Because of frequent earthquake, all the wires run overhead. This means poles every 100m or...

  • SPREAD YOUR TALENTS WIDE

    You have to admit that Herr. Juncker has a sublime sense of humour. First, he (or someone in his Cabinet) let slip that probably the most elderly of his Commissioners was to be appointed to take responsibility for youth and - wait for it -...

  • Juncker’s sense of humour

    Juncker’s sense of humour

    European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must either have a bizarre sense of humour or else we are underestimating our government’s negotiation skills. Why else would the EU boss give the environment portfolio to the nominee of a country,...

  • One of those days

    It's turning into one of those days. The usual spills - fortunately no serious injuries - and a broken spoke: all are enough to disrupt the plan. One cyclist is hours behind while another has lost an hour already. And it is only 3pm, with another...

  • A horse for her kingdom

    Soon Scotland will be holding a super-important referendum which could belittle Britain. Their votes in general elections hardly mean a thing, as London decrees and Scotland obeys but, this once, the Scots will decide their future...

  • Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Wednesday - day 1 of the challenge. Our Japanese mentor Rei Shiratori and the councillor of Fukuoka turned up with a few reporters this morning, waving Maltese and Japanese flags, ready to send off the team. For hours, the car park by the Fukuoka...

  • Listen to the Bishops

    This week I found myself in agreement with something that the Bishops of Malta and Gozo suggested. The Bishop of Gozo  proposed that every parish in Gozo adopts a Christian family from countries where Christians are being persecuted. Auxiliary...

  • Cyclists anxious at endurance test ahead

    Wednesday - day 1 of challenge. It will be dark for a few more hours but we've been up for an hour already. We are waiting to be picked up by the truck as we girls were in separate accommodation. The four cyclists have to assemble their bikes...

  • Christianity in action

    Both Archbishop Cremona and Bishop Mario Grech spoke, among other things, of solidarity during their respective homilies on the occasion of the feast of the birth of Our Lady which in Malta coincides with the celebration of two historically...

  • Ready, steady, go!

    It is hard to believe that 17 weeks have passed since training started. This has been one of the most challenging LifeCycle editions to put together. Our main sponsor Actavis was keen for us to go to Japan but finding free accommodation and...

  • YES, THEIR FAULT

    Some time ago (I’ve been taking it a bit easy this week, a bit like Manwel Mallia ignoring his EU counterpart) I read a piece by the President of the GWU, Mr Victor Carachi, who laid the blame for precarious employment directly at the door of the...

  • The stuff some experts come up with

    Sliema is my hometown—so I obviously start this with a caveat that I am biased in the midst of a concretely beautiful town. We, who live here, love life in boxes and other glittering stuff. Bisazza Street is one of the loveliest streets in Sliema.

  • A Maltese ‘secret’ revealed

    Maltese missionaries are really spread all over the world, in fact in over 70 countries. Their work is recognised and praised even by the several popes. Pope John Paul II during his first visit to Malta spoke to the Maltese missionaries and their...

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