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  • Shut the phone up

    Shut the phone up

    It started barely one minute in, with the man sitting in front of me leaning across to his companion, giggling and stage-whispering something into her ear. The woman giggled back and mockingly pushed him away. I resisted the temptation to whisper...

  • I'm not, but...

    The phrase that betrays you as a racist, or a bigot generally, is the one that goes "I'm not a ..., but ...", as anyone with even the slightest ear for nuance knows.   Sometimes, to be fair, the wording is employed by people who mean well and have...

  • Help make it a success

    The Education Ministry and the Malta Union of Teachers recently locked horns about a very good initiative taken by the ministry which, in the opinion of the union, is not going too well. The MUT, furthermore, blames the ministry for the lack of...

  • Fire Joe Mizzi, now

    I use a motor-bike as a preferred mode of transport, because it’s easier to park, it gets through traffic like a knife through the proverbial and because, truth be told, it’s excellent fun. Except when some officious twerp decides that traditional...

  • Kick them out before they take over

    Nasa, or at least a scientist from Nasa, has announced that Mars has water on it. To me this doesn’t mean much, but to scientists this seems to prove that there could be life out there in the beyond. It also means that it is possible we humans...

  • Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s beef

    Like several other priests I went with mixed feelings to the meeting called by Archbishop Charles Scicluna for diocesan priests yesterday. Will he deliver the beef, many asked before the meeting. We were not sure. But he did, and big time. I do...

  • Bus off, why don't you

    It is not often that I find myself in agreement with anything the General Workers Union or its head Tony Zarb have to say. Not because I take a cavalier attitude to workers' rights (I hail from what is termed an old-fashioned workers' family), but...

  • The bad man … and woman … of Europe

    The Ottoman Empire, as it weakened, was called the sick man of Europe. Today there probably isn’t a sick man in Europe but a bad man there really is: Victor Orban, prime minister of Hungary. The disgraceful scenes witnessed yesterday on the border...

  • Fast forward. Pause. Play.

    Stereotypes have their advantages. They simplify the world around us making it easier for us to understand it. But they also tend to impoverish the world around us. They can make us see the partial vision projected by the stereotype without the...

  • Consultation? What consultation?

    The Government has rolled out a consultation programme to hear the views, proposals and ideas of stakeholders about the Embryo Protection Act being described as the IVF law. Such a consultation programme is right and fitting for a government that...

  • Mixed signals

    Our dearly beloved politicians seem to have reached consensus that the disgusting heat of summer is only conducive to rest and relaxation, so they haven't been too forthcoming in giving me grist for my blogging mill. That said, Premier Muscat has...

  • When fiction causes friction

    When fiction causes friction

    If you’re a regular reader of the Daily Mail then you can’t be blamed for thinking the refugees trying to get into Europe are nothing more than marauders threatening European civilisation. While the constant scapegoating of migrants from the Nigel...

  • How many deaths will it take?

    Last week I was touring the Black Forest, which is mainly in Germany but also spills in other countries. The beauty of the natural environment is breathtaking. One beautiful postcard follows another. But all this serenity was destroyed by a report...

  • Homosexuality not a disease

    Patrick Pullicino’s  opinion piece on today’s issue of the newspaper (read here: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150826/opinion/the-ethics-of-gay-conversion.581963) shocked and disgusted me. Masquerading as an objective analysis of...

  • On being called moderate

    In these days of political correctness (abhorrent concept) and blithe misconceptions about the meaning of words, it seems that being called "moderate" is taken as a compliment. How strange.  Being described as having only moderate attributes is, I...

  • Rent a womb

    I met several people who did not know the meaning of the word surrogacy. It is one of those technical words used in such a way as to make something negative palatable to decent people, if not look downright positive. Surrogacy means nothing but...

  • RESIGN, JOE, PLEASE DO

    If you want a monument to the body evidence that testifies to the unfitness for office of Minister the Honourable Joe Mizzi, just look around you. Do this little thing while stuck in the perception of a traffic jam that imposes itself on your...

  • Not about feminism

    Many are clamouring for ETC chief executive officer Philip Rizzo’s resignation because the “brains, boobs and balls” comment he made on Facebook with respect to one of his (female) heads of department is anti-feminist. Read the story here. I...

  • Waking up in Cambodia

    Waking up in Cambodia

    I'm not gonna lie to you - I struggled to get out of bed today. Teaching in the morning and again afternoon, then working into the evening to prepare blogs and plan the next day is hard work, especially when it's done in stifling temperatures. But...

  • Meet the team

    Meet the team

    I woke up before the sparrows again today, so I thought I might take the opportunity to introduce our dynamic team to our readers. I should perhaps start with myself, principal of the Helen O'Grady Academy in Malta and president of the Drama...

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