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  • Setback for Islamic state

    It seems that the Islamic State terrorists have set their eyes on Rome. A document released some time ago said that a shower of missiles will fall on Rome with a greater ferocity that a shower of hail. They also said that Pope Francis is not their...

  • ART FOR ART’S SAKE

    Amidst the general chorus of condemnation, except by those who matter (the PM and his Ministerial sidekick Bonnici) about the location of the tat-market next to the Piano masterpiece, there was a small side-show about the sculpture of four knights...

  • To Marsa, with love…

    To Marsa, with love…

    Marsa Power Station has been the unsung heroine of the Maltese islands. She has been serving our country for more than 50 years and on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at around 11am she took her last breath. It was a sad affair. The power station that...

  • Buzzword bunglers

    People get the government they deserve said some old sad sage. Two years ago, we the people chose a party that breathed and gave life to buzzwords. Big beautiful buzzwords. And life was breezy, life was bliss. Marketing themselves as the new party...

  • Valentine with Christian and Ana

    What kind of world is this that celebrates the feast supposedly dedicated to love by a film glorifying domination not love? Valentine Day this year was heralded by a perverse prelude, the release yesterday of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Those who...

  • A tale of two mothers

    Two very moving stories of two Maltese mothers are in the news. Both are named as ‘angel’ and both their stories are bitter/sweet. Times of Malta  has reported that Angie Bajada,a 25 year old young mother has passed away. She was left in a...

  • War in Italy

    A country close to us in Europe has a terrific internal war going on. Italy is ravaged by killings, maimings, bombs, and riven by sectoral and political fighting. No end is in sight and most of its infrastructure is in tatters. The present is...

  • €20,000 worth of questions

     I'm not fond of jumping on the bandwagon and criticising just for the sake of it, which is why I have been biding my time before publicly commenting about the €20K contract awarded to William Mangion to "identify a space for bands to...

  • Be seated please

    I am known for an affliction that involves my brain spinning and my teeth itching when numbers come into play, so forgive me for not being in a position to explain the arithmetical effect of the mistakes made by the Electoral Commission in the...

  • Start spreading the (false) news

    Start spreading the (false) news

    In June 2011, an article in l-Orizzont claimed that a mysterious, blast-like sound heard off Dingli was in fact a Libyan Scud missile being intercepted by a Nato missile as it headed towards Malta. Then Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, Nato and the...

  • Stalls and the City

    What’s going on? Is the government so opposed to good style and the Renzo Piano designed Valletta entrance that it is doing everything in its power to make sure that the whole area looks as tacky and in awfully poor taste as humanly possible? It...

  • Thank God for Jose'

    Undoubtedly the talk of the town – and the country, at that – these last few days was the design (can I use such a word to describe such ugliness?) of the new Monti stalls and the decision to have this open air market cheek by jowl to Piano...

  • Ħu ġo fik

    For the benefit of non-Maltese speaking readers, the phrase in the title tries to convey a vindictive, vengeful sentiment on the part of someone who can only be described as a self-absorbed bully who, perversely, thinks he has right on his side...

  • The Monti-fication of Renzo Piano

    The Monti-fication of Renzo Piano

    Before all hell breaks loose next week, just take a look at this picture of the hideous white structure, yes the one which looks like a reject from a 1980s Malta bus stop. As from next week, these Monti stalls, consisting of a metal frame fronted...

  • Wishing for ...

    On a human level, the scenes of visceral joy that greeted the election results in Greece were understandable. The proletariat had more than enough reason to feel betrayed by the ruling classes, whose cavalier attitude towards good governance and...

  • To speak or not to speak

    Love him or hate him. Agree with him or disagree with him. Whatever your preference, you have to agree that he showed great intellectual honesty and courage. I write of Bishop Charles Scicluna and his position against spring hunting expressed...

  • No, no, a thousand times, no

    If I needed any reason to vote "no" and do my bit to kick Spring hunting into history, the Federation of Conservationist Bird-Killers' reaction to a statement made by two Attard Local Councillors was more than enough. To be sure, I have many...

  • When one is more than 99

    I have never been good at maths. But I know that ninety nine is bigger than one. But now I have my doubts. When today (Wednesday 21) the rich and the powerful start their annual meeting at the exclusive ski resort at Davos they will be faced by...

  • Two ayes, therefore more ‘noes’?

    Simon Busuttil has just announced that he will vote yes in the referendum which is asking voters to decide whether Malta should keep the derogation given for limited spring hunting before our accession to the European Union.  He said that as one...

  • It's not just Fabrizio

    Yesterday evening, singer Fabrizio Faniello spoke out on live, prime time TV about his battle against drug addiction and this morning the Internet broke. For a change, the voice on social media is united in empathy and approval. Lest I be...

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