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  • Why Nirvana Lives On

    We lost a woman of substance this week; a woman who faced her with her own mortality decided to reach out and help others lead a better life. I know that all this nice talk about Nirvana Ciavola Azzopardi seems like a cliché because we’re taught...

  • Bad News for Refugees

    Bad News for Refugees In my commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta of tomorrow (October 13, 2013) I briefly commented on the book ‘Bad News for Refugees’ just published by Pluto Press. The authors, Greg Philo, Emma Briant and Pauline Donald who...

  • BECAUSE I SAY SO, THAT'S WHY

    Any parent out there knows that it is a natural reaction to persistent questioning, generally from toddlers who have discovered the power of speech, to resort to the refrain in my title. In that context, it is an understandable, if not...

  • The leprosy of the papacy

    The ink on Pope Francis’s first interview was still fresh on the presses when he gave a second interview. This is not bad for a man who said that he used to dislike interviews. But this method of proceeding was, I believe, strategic. The first...

  • AAAW, POOR DIDDUMS

    For those not entirely up to speed on semi-archaic baby talk, the title is the phrase that is cooed to little babies who are bawling their eyes out because their little feelings have been hurt. It is the phrase that springs to mind when I glance...

  • We live. We learn

    I don’t go to the hairdresser often, partly because I can’t be bothered, and partly because my mother is also a hairdresser who offers me free services whenever she can. But today I had to get decent quickly so I went to the hairdresser next door.

  • The Tal-Qroqq savannah comes to life

    I remember very clearly a sequence from a programme on Animal Planet. The documentary was about a savannah in Africa. The summer period is dry and desolate. Death is in the air. Torpor is the order of the day. Then the first rain falls and the...

  • THE GRAND DELUSIONS

    Minister Dr Konrad Mizzi appears to have convinced himself of two things. The first is that his wife is being attacked. The second is that he is doing s good job. He has connected the two, concluding that the former is because of the latter. A...

  • FOXY NEWS

    The Prime Minister's assorted groupies are having conniptions because he appeared on Fox TV to tell the Yanks how to get out of their economic malaises, not realising, apparently, that the United States are not, exactly, floundering in the depths...

  • Electrifying stuff

    I’m so glad we had a thoroughly thought-out and planned roadmap for this country. The sketchy details we were supplied with before the election got us all so excited off we went to order it and dumped all our GPS systems, Google maps and any...

  • No porn please, we are Swedish

    My commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta of September 22 discussed the decision of the Swedish hotel chain – Nordic Choice Hotels - to ban porn movies from their 171 hotels. I commented that "It is ironical that a company in liberal Sweden...

  • Barilla no more?

    Guido Barilla, the founder of pasta Barilla, apparently feels secure enough in the market dominance of his brand to say that “gay people can buy someone else’s pasta”. Well, fine he didn’t actually say that in as many words. You can read the whole...

  • That’s all we need

    Admittedly, Maths is not my forte, but I honestly do not think that there’s any way in hell that you can somehow make what happened this week add up. Earlier this year, a study conducted by the European Commission revealed (or rather confirmed),...

  • WORRYINGLY ENORMOUS SIBLING

    The Government has told us, apparently repeatedly, that there are glaring inefficiencies in the processes concerned with the issue of passports and ID Cards and consequently it was necessary, nay imperative, for Super Minister Manwel Mallia to...

  • SHAME ON YOU, MINISTER

    In the run-up to the elections, our current Minister for Electricity Rate Reductions swept into the public consciousness with his immortal "Shame on you Minister". He was addressing the then-Minister of Finance, under whose purview Enemalta fell,...

  • Protest against the carnage in Pakistan

    The savage suicide bombing attack on an Anglican church in Pakistan is just the latest in a long series of violent attacks against Christian in Pakistan. This attack has struck the world headlines more than others because of its excessive brutality.

  • Somalis and Air Malta pilots

    According to a story currently being reported on timesofmalta.com a group of 29 Somali immigrants have been charged in court this afternoon, accused of trying to escape detention early today. The detention officers noticed the escape bid and...

  • Dom is back

    Let’s talk figures. Our China connection is going to give us—wait for it—1,635,122,429Yuan (that for the less knowing is what they call their money in Reddish China). Yes that is going to be what Joseph Muscat scooped in one quick deal with the...

  • NOT HUMILIATED

    Another newspaper, unintentionally, attributed humiliation to the Leader of the Opposition as a result of the manner in which the crowd behaved in his regard last Saturday during Rockestra. I wasn't there, for many reasons, not least of which is...

  • Banalities and preposterous prepositions

    I have long been waiting to comment on the homily delivered by Bishop Grech on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of Loreto (September 1). Bishop Grech used the religious occasion to address a subject of great pastoral and national importance:...

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