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  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’

    I have just received this email from an Iraqi friend of mine. Together with his wife and children he lived in Malta in the 1990s. I had employed him with RTK, his profession being a transmitter’s engineer. Today he lives in Canada. His wife’s...

  • Of war and silver spoons

    With so much terror and sadness going on around the world, from Russia to Gaza and from Cambodia to Libya, this week I experienced the irresistible urge to bury my head in the sand and block it all out.  The frustration came not only from the sad...

  • IN DA HOUSE

    Such fun in the House currently. We have the Party Financing Bill, letting that Debono fellow (remember him?) feel all fuzzy and warm because one of his bugbears is being fed little morsels. If there was ever any reason to oppose a Bill, it's the...

  • The Calleja – Attard Concert

    Everyone heard about the Joseph Calleja annual concert on the Granaries; but what about the Calleja – Attard Concert? Probably you have never heard of it. I know that the concert will not be possible without Joseph Calleja and his friends. Calleja...

  • Sighing no sigh of relief

    Like most humans I have some trusted friends, the ones you listen to because they tell you the truth and the whole truth with no colouring or chiselling. Strangely they have told me very worrying stuff. One actually said that the PN, with its...

  • DEPLORABLE DOESN’T START

    The appointment of Dr Wenzu Mintoff to the Bench of Judges is deplorable in so many ways it’s difficult to know where to start. You can start from the unseemly haste with which the appointment was rushed through: the only hint was buried in the...

  • Arts and matriculation: FAIL

    So the advanced and intermediate matriculation results were published yesterday. I won’t go into detail about the worrying figures with respect to traditional subjects like maths and Maltese, because the excellent editorial on today’s Times of...

  • Who will be discarded next?

    Last Sunday in my weekly column in the Sunday Times of Malta I compared the theories of Sygmunt Bauman, the eminent Polish sociologist, with some of the homilies and speeches that Pope Francis delivers. Bauman’s well know theory about what he...

  • JUST NOT THE POINT

    It seems that Ms Sai Mizzi Lang is guilty of disingenuousness of cosmically culpable proportions, rendering her hardly fit for purpose in a diplomatic role. She whined, while sticking up for her poor little self, that she doesn't earn €13,000 a...

  • OH, REALLY?

    The headline that greeted us on Thursday morning had nothing to do with Brazil's humiliation at the hands of Germany or Argentina's boring win over boring Holland. Why is the game even going to be played on Sunday, why not just declare Germany the...

  • Thumbs down by Caritas

    Thursday night Archbishop Cremona outlined four principles that he said should guide the current debate about the decriminalisation of drugs. The best that one can say about the Archbishop’s position on Government’s White Paper is that he strongly...

  • Nonsense Gas

    Last week, I met a good (albeit weird) friend of mine who had had a week from hell and was dying to spill the beans to someone. By Friday evening she was seething through gritted teeth and some time during our first bottle of wine, she concluded...

  • AWDYTYA?

    The acronym stands for “And who do you think you are?” - adding a “P” for “precisely” would have been over-kill. The question is directed at a number of people, such that caught my eye on having a look around the news of late. It was reported,...

  • Damn goalkeepers

    Life is grand in this isle of ours. The heat is on and politics takes a break from our life as we follow the world cup with bated breath wondering who will win and who will cry. In Malta of course the ones wailing most are not the obsessives who...

  • The mighty fallen

    Those my age remember Rolf Harris as the most lovable entertainer. He provided us with good and clean fun on TV when transmission hours were still limited and the pictures was just black and white. I clearly remember him playing Australian...

  • Oil is struck off

    I can never work this one out. We’ve been told we will strike oil these last gazillion years. Then we dig and we’re lucky if we so much as find a watering hole. All we tend to find is rock and more rock. Sounds like the most boring story ever...

  • Banning the Muslim veil

    Let me make a couple things clear from the start: I will not wear a veil to cover my face if my life depended on it, and visions of women being forced to do so by their husbands or their religion make me sick. Having said that I totally disagree...

  • 20/20 IS LOVELY

    According to the adviser testifying before it, the Public Accounts Committee was told, Enemalta could have saved millions through earlier hedging of oil purchases. In fact, the headline to the piece on the portal says just that: Enemalta could...

  • Are you being served?

    There is a widespread perception that customer care service provided by private industry is better than that provided by the public service. This is not necessarily true. This week I contacted EneMalta in connection with the installation of a...

  • Putting a muzzle on artists

    About a month ago, a number of DJs who were scheduled to play during the Earth Garden festival were stopped from doing so in a move that was more reminiscent of North Korean tactics than the European democracy we so love to shout about when it...

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