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  • Have we finally struck oil?

    “Satire is a lesson, parody is a game,” novelist Vladimir Nabokov once famously said. Many might be going to watch the satirical play Sibna ż-Zejt with the impression it would provide the staple slapstick we normally associate with theatre in...

  • In the Court of Public Opinion

    In the matter of The Great Unwashed -v- Our Great & Exalted Premier Joseph Muscat  Abbreviated Judgement of the Court delivered in the English Language on 16th May 2015. The Court: Having seen the writ of the Plaintiffs and the defence of the...

  • Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s green agenda

    It is very clear that Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who celebrated his birthday today, has a green agenda. He spoke clearly during the ‘hunting in spring’ referendum. He was not against hunting as such, but against hunting birds on their way to...

  • A universal tale of grab grab grab

    I’m never perfectly sure if we live in a bubble, a gold-fish bowl or if we truly have fallen into the widest hole ever dreamt about by the fabulists. When Gonzi the horror ruled with a majority of one, a couple of party mavericks went insane...

  • Libya 'is full of cruelty’

    Discussing irregular migration is relatively easy but discussing irregular migrants is – or at least should be – difficult and painful. The reason is simple. ‘Irregular migration’ is an issue but irregular migrants are people. Issues do not sweat...

  • FANNED BY GREEK MASKS

    Apart from recording my deep satisfaction that Farage's horrid UKIP will be getting only a couple of seats in Westminster, and that only if their odious toad of a leader wins his own seat, and my less deep satisfaction that the wrong Milliband...

  • The two babies: Charlotte and Francesca Marina

    Charlotte. No one will ask: Charlotte who? Everyone knows who Charlotte is. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have called their new baby daughter – born Saturday - Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Media reports were quick to explain that the middle...

  • Would the hon minister?

    Extract from the proceedings of the House of Representatives of the People of the Republic of All Ours Land: Written Questions & Answers (Ref. 5637/SPK/2015 HORPQS) PQ 23123 To the Minister for Home Affairs, Mass Catering & Security Would the...

  • Is it going to be a perennial honeymoon?

    If things didn't change much we’d still be living in trees, munching nuts and vegetation. Cows, pigs and turkeys would have no worries about being gorged in sumptuous feasts. There would be no cars or stress to keep us all nice and...

  • Hunters: the new lepers?

    Will we soon have an edict stating that hunters should go around in groups shouting ‘hunters, hunters’ warning people that they are around? Lepers were forced to do that in New Testament times. Perhaps I exaggerate, but I don’t think I am...

  • No, you do not represent me

    Publicly-aired, racist opinions should never be tolerated. What about freedom of expression, I hear you ask. It doesn’t take someone with the brain capacity of Einstein to figure out that this freedom is limited by the tenets of modern-day...

  • RANT ON JOE

    Premier Joseph Muscat's Office declined to comment on Joe Grima's possibly illegal outburst on his Facebook page where the President was referred to in not very complimentary terms. Apparently, at least insofar as the OPM is concerned, if you're...

  • 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...

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