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  • 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...

  • The streets of Phnom Penh

    The streets of Phnom Penh

    Another day in Phnom Penh and who knows what's in store. Getting to work was quite eventful this morning as we drove through one of the worst roads I've ever been on in my entire life. Unfortunately, as Martina was casually filming from the...

  • The miracle baby

    The miracle baby

    The DO Cambodia group of volunteers dispersed for the weekend with some of the girls scurrying off to experience the majestic Ankor Wat in the north of the country, while the rest stayed in Phnom Penh to do a cookery course (have I mentioned that...

  • And the prize goes to …..

    There are so many prizes awarding myriad different things that if would be a pity if no prize is awarded to the champion of the silly season. There are currently three main contenders: the Gaffarena red herrings; the Identity Management office and...

  • A 'funtastic' Friday

    A 'funtastic' Friday

    Alan is AWOL this weekend and asked me to write the final blog for the week so here goes. Today the team rolled up their sleeves for something different - escorting 35 children around Dreamland, the fun park in Phnom Penh and clearly a highlight...

  • The children of the street

    The children of the street

    Last night was an eye-opener. Of course I knew that some of the children we work with live on the street - that's why they're called street children - but to actually see where and how they are living really does wrench at your heart. One of our...

  • How the other half live - The slums of Lu Teok Sa-ouy

    How the other half live - The slums of Lu Teok Sa-ouy

    My late, great dad would always say that when it comes to writing, the very first sentence is always the hardest. Not so in Cambodia because with so much going on, these reports just write themselves. The plan for today is arts and crafts, and the...

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