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  • A sea of red

    A sea of words has flowed lately. We all cried when we heard the harrowing stories of people dying in the sea surrounding our tiny country. I say we all cried but some are still pig-headed and spout horrid words even about the dead, the sad dead...

  • In the Uncivil Court, Impertinent Jurisdiction

    By these presents, Ivan Mario Mxebba, "the Protestant", calls upon formally Premier Inter Primi Joseph Muscat, hereinafter "the Premier Protested" and states for posterity That the Premier Protested was by the majority of denizens of this fair...

  • Bridging the digital divide

    The digital divide is generally defined as the rift between those who have access to the internet and associated technologies with those who have no such access. While subscribing to such a definition I propose that the divide should also be seen...

  • I don’t care whether it’s a two-year-old boy or not

    What I care about is that it’s a human life. It’s a human life when it’s a two-year-old boy, and it’s still a human life when it’s a 25-year-old man. To me, there is no real difference. People are dying right on our doorstep, and not enough is...

  • Is it our fault?

    Is it our fault?

    The despicable British celebrity and columnist Katie Hopkins managed to sink to ridiculous lows through her column in The Sun when she compared migrants to cockroaches and advocated using gunships to stop them from entering Europe. Only recently...

  • Number indigestion

    Many of the less involved are pretending to have developed number allergies. Not a number of allergies, an allergy to numbers: they manifest this by posting comments, or Facebook stati (proper plural of statuses) or tweeting tweets which basically...

  • The horror that surrounds us

    The photo in  yesterday’s Times of Malta of a spread-eagle corpse of a little boy washed up on beach in Garabuli, a coastal town East of Tripoli, haunts me. How old could he have been? He looks the same size as the son of my niece. The comparison...

  • Move along, nothing to see

    Move along, nothing to see

    In his latest post, fellow blogger Fr Joe Borg chose to illustrate some mysterious ‘point’ by using a photo of a bare-butted man taken at a private party. No-one would have bat an eyelid had it been a layperson writing the post. Photos of naked...

  • The birds have been stuffed

    Growing up I only thought there were two kinds of wild birds; sparrows and pigeons. I also remember this one little song we used to have at school called L-Għanja tal-Pitirross (the robin’s song) by Trevor Zahra, and yet, back then, I had no idea...

  • The fat cats that rule the roost

    I trust that by the time of reading this blog you would have had enough of the referendum. The outcome was interesting. The Shout group won in Malta but lost in Gozo. Because of the great pro-hunter vote in Gozo, the hunters were the overall...

  • So we do live in cuckoo-land after all

    Let’s start with a gracious comment as all losers should. The hunters have won, the hunting lobby has got stronger, and the birds have lost. Congrats to the winners, hurrah to democracy and it is yes to spring hunting. Welcome 21st Century Malta...

  • It's sad, but life goes on (unless you're a bird)

    That I'm disappointed need hardly be said. I am fundamentally opposed to all hunting, for reasons that I've given time and time again, and on the matter of Spring hunting, unsustainable as it remains even if the Great Unwashed, bless their little...

  • No spine, no principles

    People of strong principles - the kind that don't waver according to which way the political wind is blowing, or according to who is lining whose pockets, or even to the mood of the day - are rare. This is a truth that I only figured out after I...

  • Let the birds fly in peace and multiply

    Saturday we cast our vote not with regards to our future in the EU, nor concerning the unity or otherwise of the family. This time it’s all about birds. So who cares? Can’t birds look after themselves? A much better scribbler than me once said...

  • Planet of the social media apes

    It’s a funny old world. Cast your mind back, if you will, to early January and the battle cry that became a worldwide mantra of defiance in the face of terror: Je Suis Charlie. The phrase was written on placards, T-shirts, and almost every single...

  • PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY

    I urge you, seriously, to please, please think carefully before accepting at face value the apparently reasonable point being made by the "faces" being wheeled out by the pro-bird killing lobby. The point I'm referring to is the one that goes "why...

  • 10 reasons to vote No on Saturday

    10 reasons to vote No on Saturday

    You might be one of the thousands who intend to keep away from Saturday’s poll because you think the shooting of birds during spring doesn’t affect you. That’s certainly more understandable than voting Yes because you simply want to be in line...

  • Malta’s unknown 13th ‘apostle’

    Malta’s unknown 13th ‘apostle’

    I guess most of the readers of this commentary do not know whom I refer to. But rest assured that Malta has its 13th apostle and that she is from Spain. The media did not report about her. Unfortunately in our society if you are not on the media...

  • The apex of our lives as Christians

    Today is the beginning of what is known as the Easter Triduum, the most sacred days in the Catholic world. During these days we re-live, more than just remember, the last days on earth of Jesus Christ. Our remembrance is an active one. We do not...

  • Fools in April, you say?

    Sorry for the absence, it was a bit longer than usual.  We were away for a short break, doing the culture thing up the Smoke, as they say. I've always wondered about the extent to which credulity and gullibility find a good home amongst the...

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