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  • What we learnt from Patti Smith

    For those who don't necessarily follow the arts scene, yesterday night was (yet another) one for the books in terms of music, with the legendary Patti Smith giving a two-hour intimate concert to a packed hall at University. I won't be doing my...

  • “I had sex with …. I don’t know.”

    Let me make things straight from the very beginning. This heading should in no way be construed as some kind of public confession from my part made in the spirit of Lent. It is nothing of the sort. The above was the heading of a piece penned by...

  • A vote for spring

    Something has got to be said about people like Jonathan Shaw who stand up to be counted even when their opinion is not in line with the party they represent. Last week, in an interview with this paper, Jonathan publicly stated that he is...

  • MARLENE, ARE YOU FOR REAL?

    Ms Marlene Mizzi has been pleased to allow it to be put about that she is one of the more cerebral players on Labour's team, and an entrepreneur to boot. Her campaign photo, amusingly, has had more work done on her image than it takes to keep the...

  • Depressing issues

    Often I think I miss the point because I’m daft or because I might have missed out on some lecture or article written by one of our island’s bigwigs. A President has been chosen unanimously. When the Prime Minister announced his choice of...

  • Matters pertaining to the Church

    Yesterday the Curia lambasted Minister Helena Dali’s reported speech in Parliament of April 2nd wherein she stated that paedophile priests and paedophile laymen are treated differently and this has to stop. Minister Dalli seems to have repeated...

  • The spiritual giant with a sense of humour

    Blessed John XXIII, will be declared a saint on April 27. Many things have been said about him. A reference to him that I still remember vividly was published in Life Magazine. It featured a two-page spread of the corpse of John XIII with the...

  • Ban the banning

    People have been clamouring to have social networking site (I use the word ‘social’ very loosely here) Ask.fm banned from Malta throughout this past week, so I was not surprised when an actual petition landed in my inbox. The site is based on...

  • From a god to a con

    Our Prime Minister is a great man—greater than anyone I remember in my long years of living on this rock. I nearly said arid rock but then I remembered that since he climbed the hills of Castille and got into power the world here has gone from...

  • PRESIDENTIAL PRECEDENTS

    This bunch have a somewhat strange grasp of the import of the Presidency. It seems that the incoming President is going to take on something of an executive role, running a couple of social policy-affecting committees and generally being...

  • Keep silent and be damned

    There are times when silence—that commodity we hardly know the meaning of today—should rule. At times like these when the horrible tragedy of Lisa Marie Zahra has sent shockwaves around the island and beyond, we should all be silent, stop and...

  • Presidential hostages?

    I had been wondering for a while what on earth parliament is waiting for before it finalises the Civil Unions Bill. Now I have my answer – apparently President George Abela refuses to sign it, so we need to wait for the current presidential term...

  • Knocking out evil

    Last Monday could have been a sad day for many, but thanks to an overwhelming amount of good people, it turned out not to be. On Monday, at about 8 o’clock in the morning, a terrible and unexplainable act of vandalism was discovered at Inspire’s...

  • So much gas

    No one waited with bated breath for the conclusion of last Monday’s marathon Mepa meeting about the tanker/floating gas storage. Everyone knew what the conclusion would be days before the meeting was held. The formal vote at the conclusion of that...

  • OH, THAT'S CULTURE, IS IT?

    On Friday, we broke a long-standing resolution to forego the populist pleasures of Xarabank. Not to put too fine a point on it, whenever I've watched even a few minutes of it (not that on Friday we watched much more than that) I've been struck by...

  • SIMPLY DISGUSTING

    Fuelled by a police publicity stunt that can only be seen as an effort to pander to populist sentiment, and certain parts of a media world that played its own tabloid part, the comments accompanying the reports of the arraignment last night of the...

  • Let my people go

    These last two weeks have been bad weeks for Christians in several parts of the world. Truth be told, even the two weeks before these and the two weeks before those were quite bad. But let’s concentrate on the last two weeks or so. I will give...

  • WHOSE’S FAULT?

    Labour is currently adopting the policy that anyone who criticizes – read does not roll over and acquiesce – the doings and shakings of the Government is a traitorous swine who should be taken out and shot like the cur that he is. OK, I’m...

  • Hit and run

    Although I’ve always been fully aware that racism is alive and kicking, for a while I might have been living under the comfortable delusion that it’s only the ignorant and uneducated that become big fat racists.  Thanks to social media which has...

  • All this gas

    I’m no expert so I’ll just say very little about gas and tankers and sites chosen. The previous government - those PN ruffians - were arrogant, didn’t care about people’s health and they did anything they thought made sense even if others, more...

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