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  • Aunt Gerit

    She looked very much like the old silver-haired mother in Umberto Boccioni’s paintings. A great aunt with few words to say, mostly sitting majestically against the light of her window overseeing a backyard smelling of basil and lemons. Great Aunt...

  • Presidencies and other P-words

    Presidencies and other P-words

    As the long-awaited Malta EU presidency has turned Valletta into a hive of police activity right as I type this – to a ridiculous degree, with many of the few parking areas available cordoned off, traffic jams galore and pedestrians shepherded...

  • I never saw Star Wars

    I never saw Star Wars

    That's right. I never saw Star Wars until last night. That may strike many as strange. After all, Star Wars first hyper-spaced itself onto the silver screen in 1977 when I was just 17, the right demographic for the movie. And I am a Sci-Fi fan, so...

  • Take this plane to Uganda

    Take this plane to Uganda

    This is not to be taken as any manner of negative criticism of the men and women on the ground who handled the "hijack" last week, or of the coppers who were charged with ensuring that the "hijackers" were safely arraigned in Court. All these...

  • A glimmer of hope at the end of the year

    A glimmer of hope at the end of the year

    2016. One hell of a year, right? Seriously it was one hell of a year. Syria, South Sudan, terrorism all over Europe, thousands of migrants drowning, cultural icons falling like flies (David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Muhammed Ali), Brexit,...

  • The angry politics of corporate nationalism

    The angry politics of corporate nationalism

    Confronted by angry politicians whose followers refuse to be rational and who have a total disregard towards empirical facts, we are increasingly becoming afflicted by a sense that we have lost the ability to think freely and intelligently. This...

  • When words resonate

    When words resonate

    It's not about how our politicians look or dress but about what they say and the way they act. This has never been more true than it has been in the past few days. There is a stark difference between our President and her very powerful words...

  • Dom Mintoff’s and Mgr Scicluna’s yachts

    Dom Mintoff’s and Mgr Scicluna’s yachts

    I remember a speech by the late Dom Mintoff militating for social justice in Malta. He said that a society in which you find some people who have a yacht while others don’t afford a bicycle is an unjust society. He was right. Differences of such...

  • Jungle all the way

    Jungle all the way

    When the news emerged on January 10 that rock legend David Bowie had died, I was among the army of fans who went into overdrive to try to explain the terrible implications to anybody who dared to listen. Seven months later, a particular tweet...

  • If I may, Your Grace…

    If I may, Your Grace…

    I often find myself defending Archbishop Charles Scicluna for the wrong reasons, though this time I might be right. Over a year ago, in another part of the Maltese press, I published an article titled “Two Charlies and a secular quandary”, where I...

  • Joseph Muscat is right

    Joseph Muscat is right

    I thought that would get your attention. Don’t go running away with the idea that I have been converted to slavish adherence to the Movement, that abject manner of behaviour I shall leave to others, who seem to prefer to adopt the ostrich’s...

  • Hail to Mr Minority President

    Hail to Mr Minority President

    As at the point of writing Hilary Clinton has 1.75 million votes more than President elect Donald Trump; and that big gap is bound to increase! At the point of writing only 12 states have published certified results. By December 13 almost all...

  • Get 'em out by Friday

    In the post-truth era characterised by the electoral victories of Premier Muscat, that Farage specimen and - Gawd'elp'us'all - Donald Trump, it is possible to say what you like and get away with it, because, hey, it's an opinion, ay? My title...

  • A culture of resignation

    A culture of resignation

    The recent resignation of Pia Zammit from the Manoel Theatre Board a week ago, seems to have caused, remarkably, some ripples in the usually calm waters of the performing arts. This paper chose it, also rather surprisingly, as a front page...

  • The Antidisestablishmentarianism of it

    I never thought I'd use that word, particularly in a headline, but hey, we're living in the Post-Fact World, the one in which words have lost their meaning, so there you go, it's up there for you to admire. If you want to know what it means, look...

  • It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

    The classic REM song was uploaded by an incredulous friend on Facebook on Wednesday morning as the world was jolted out of its sleep to discover that a misogynistic, narcissistic, serial liar had been elected president of the so-called land of the...

  • A bad time to have a (decent) opinion

    A bad time to have a (decent) opinion

    A great post caught my eye this morning: the German people are encouraging Americans to go ahead and vote in a lying, racist thug who threatens to imprison his enemies and stifle any opinion other than his. "After all, what can go wrong?" they...

  • Demon alert

    Demon alert

    First off, happy Halloween guys. Yes, I know it's not a real holiday. Yes, I know it's a commercial US import. Yes, I know it's just another excuse to party, drink and be merry.  And, guess what, I'm perfectly fine with that. If we can comfortably...

  • Sorry not sorry

    Sorry not sorry

    "I'm sorry I was chatting on my phone, didn't see the lights turn red and wound up ramming the side of your car." "I'm sorry I forgot to declare a huge chunk of my earnings last year." "Oh, did I mention I'm terribly sorry I walked into your shop...

  • Pre-budget twaddle

    Pre-budget twaddle

    My knowledge of economics, as I have admitted on more than one occasion, is perhaps equivalent to someone as thick as two short planks, as my economics teacher in Sixth Form back some forty-five years was wont to remark. This does not mean that I...

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