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  • Outspoken hags or sluts

    Mary Beard, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, has a popular blog in the UK Times Literary Supplement called ‘A Don’s Life’. She writes about ancient Romans and draws comparisons to our contemporary world. She has published...

  • PM is in a fix

    It looks as if Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has put himself in a situation where he’ll be dammed if he does and he’ll be damned if he doesn’t.

  • Pimping public spaces

    The nameless drone at Transport Malta who came up with the vile idea of hav­ing floating billboards may not have been expecting the tsunami of public revulsion for the proposal, otherwise it wouldn’t ever have been floated. When people heard about...

  • The Maltese are southern Europeans

    I refer to ‘Sound Bites’ (‘Sounds of Science’, The Sunday Times of Malta, April 24). According to a section of this article the “Maltese come from a 12th century Sicilian Arabic origin”. I would like to make the following observations: The...

  • Islanders

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  • Is the Pope a Catholic?

    This question may confuse some readers and seem spurious to others. But those who follow ultra-conservative blogs know that anathemas are being hurled against Pope Francis with greater ferocity than lightning zig-zagging the skies during a...

  • God bless our new parish priest of Ibraġ

    Ibraġ has a new parish priest. During an enlightening ceremony Archbishop Charles Scicluna gave the keys of the parish to Fr Mario Tong. In the official citation, those present were literally awestricken by the pastoral, spiritual and leadership...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Ban the billboard!

  • The ‘Brexit’ effect on Malta

    When the Maltese finally waved the British armed forces goodbye in 1979, it never felt like they were getting rid of an alien oppressor. They continued to respect the English and have remained close ever since. The Maltese like the British and...

  • Having a bath

    Having a bath

    This water culvert in Bastion Street, Senglea, has been blocked for a couple of years and quite a few letters complaining about this to the authorities have been ignored. Now I am writing on behalf of the pigeons. Take your time, there is no hurry...

  • ZTV - Deviation

    ZTV - Deviation

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  • A Labour of love… Blogpost 38…

    Crisis? What crisis? Life goes on… we still have a walloping great majority in Parliament; God’s in His heaven, Jo-zeff rules benignly, and all’s right with the world… whatever the other lot and that Bidnija witch says. And what a farce that vote...

  • The king of this fair isle

    The king will flash his fakest smile and salute the crowd. And they, in awe, will scream in chorus their adulation, their overflowing emotion. The king has decided not to decide, the flock will roar, and all is good with the world as surveyed from...

  • After the reshuffle, will the Panama scandal go away?

    After the reshuffle, will the Panama scandal go away?

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has carried out the third reshuffle in his first legislature. In a move aimed at placating public anger over the Panama Papers scandal, he has stripped Konrad Mizzi of his portfolios but retained him as a minister,...

  • Work for third country nationals

    The fact that many migrants are employed at conditions that verge on modern-day slavery has been an open secret for a while. In today’s economics-driven world, anyone in a vulnerable position is often considered fair game and, sadly, few are in a...

  • Workers’ rights and obligations

    Today’s launch of the charter ‘Your employment rights’ is a guide to all workers on their rights and obligations at the workplace. Although many employees earn good salaries and have working conditions that go beyond what is requested by law,...

  • Question time: Constitutional supremacy

    Ray Mangion If the “Second Republic” means that the Constitution of our motherland is to be reformed, whatever the magnitude of the changes, amendments and additions, I am honestly for it. I am more than convinced that the present charter that...

  • The value of hope

    If a person loses hope in life, he would have lost everything. In every problem, a person is like walking through a long tunnel but at the end of the tunnel he must see a beam of light. A person of hope, who lived in 1945, was Fr James Keller who...

  • Dirty politics

    In the bible, Timothy (6:10) says: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” and, as the Maltese saying goes, “it’s their pockets they fill up first”. Past administrations, be they Labour or Nationalist, all had their Konrad Mizzis...

  • Disillusioned voters

    Simon Busuttil is setting standards, including ethical standards, in this country. In a couple of years of PN leadership, he confirmed he is a man of principle and that he is true to his word even in the most difficult circumstances. He is...

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