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  • 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...

  • SO THERE WE HAVE IT

    So there we have it: both party leaders have decided, for reasons that are obvious to anyone with an ounce of political nous, that they will be voting for the derogation on spring hunting negotiated when Malta adopted the aqcuis communitaire to...

  • Knock out Pope

    Occasionally, a Pope comes around who truly sounds as if the wizened cardinals in the Sistine Chapel were inspired by a Holy Spirit when he was chosen. And Pope Francis is one of them. He is a true beacon and a fantastic innovator. If he can...

  • A good beating, and a whitewash

    A good beating, and a whitewash

    I was on my way to work 10 years ago to date when I got a phone call to alert me that detained migrants at Safi were holding a protest. When I reached a dusty football ground, adjacent to the detention centre, I saw a group of migrants chanting...

  • I have a big nose

    Anyone is free to laugh at my big nose and draw a caricature of it making it 10 times its size. No one would care. Or no one should care. And, because I am not a crazed numbskull, I would never show anger at this depiction, much less thump...

  • The Bully and the Beast

    This week the world’s attention was fully taken by the events in France. The massacre of journalists at Charlie Hebdo, policemen and others persons during a number of terrorist attacks were centre stage, and deservedly so. However during the past...

  • Bang, it's dead

    The Constitutional Court has, very politely, told assorted lovers of the heroic deed of killing birds that their application to fend off the referendum designed to end Spring hunting holds no legal merit and that there is nothing to prevent the...

  • CHANGE AROUND PLEASE

    Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil wielded his prerogative yesterday and set up a new Shadow Cabinet. It was a good signal that Busuttil chose to send out: the Nationalist Party is in the process of change and along the road, his circle of...

  • Don’t let them win

    Like many, I felt powerless watching the events of the #CharlieHebdo massacre unfold in front of my eyes. As news updates continued rolling in on Twitter it was not just sadness that I was feeling but anger too. Then, after reading an excellent...

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