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  • Deadly bells

    For my sins, I live in Sliema, this chic and trendy place. We boast the best promenade in the world, we have great shopping malls and the classiest buildings this side of Valletta and beyond. I love living here. Almost all of us live in coops with...

  • Another bad financial deal

    On August 7, the Malta Financial Services Authority issued an ominous public notice concerning Maltese Cross Financial Services Ltd, an investment services licence holder, operating until recently under the name of Island Financial Services. A...

  • What was left unsaid

    I refer to Fr Stephen Attard’s defence (August 27) of his Sunday homily that I had commented about in the Talking Point of August 22. In his homily, he had quoted an imam (“not in Pakistan or Afghanistan, but in Belgium!”) as saying that Muslims...

  • That ‘feel-good’ feeling

    That ‘feel-good’ feeling

    I was going to start by going into grumpy old man mode and having a whine about – with due respect to celebrities such as the Prime Minister’s wife’s husband and that Times of Malta journalist’s current boyfriend – the spectacle people are making...

  • Cost-effective ways to raise awareness

    Cost-effective ways to raise awareness

    The President, the Prime Minister, the Acting Police Commissioner, the Auxiliary Bishop and other dignitaries have put dignity on the side and taken part in this ostentatious ice bucket challenge that is all the rage right now. It is fine by me if...

  • Due credit where credit’s due

    Due credit where credit’s due

    In its editorial ‘Plunged into darkness’ (August 17), The Sunday Times of Malta was very unfair with successive Nationalist administrations when it stated that “it seems incomprehensible that no proper investment was made in the country’s...

  • ARE THE MODERATES COMING?

    A clerical gentleman, and an erudite one at that, for whom I have great respect, not least because his sermons are a) meaningful and b) pithy, wrote a thoughtful piece on the interface between Islam and Christianity. Another reason why I hold dear...

  • Challenge to the NSO

    Inside a week, Malta’s tourism grew from 30 per cent to 35 per cent of GDP, that is, if statements by outgoing and incoming Malta Hotels and Restaurants chairmen are anything to go by. Not their fault really. I blame the National Statistics Office...

  • Islam: a Christian challenge

    Islam: a Christian challenge

    The absolute horror at the atrocities that Christians and other religious minorities are suffering in almost all the Muslim majority countries of the Middle East cannot be allowed to prevail over the sober observance of the Christian principle of...

  • Law-abiding citizens betrayed

    No sooner did the public learn that the Land Department has virtually ceased to apply the law on the illegal occupation of public land (with only 31 enforcements in 18 months, compared with an average of 170 a year in the previous five years),...

  • Diversity in swimwear

    Declaring himself an atheist (August 23), Karl Consiglio goes on to say that women should be allowed to swim fully clothed or even topless. This following the incident of the woman not being permitted to swim fully clothed in the Marsa Sports Club...

  • EU wake up please!

    To say we live in difficult times would be an understatement. What is being witnessed (and more worryingly what is not) is on the verge of apocalyptic. As we Maltese enjoy our usual summer down time, it is hard to believe that elsewhere on the...

  • Archbishop’s many virtues

    I fully concur with Philip Farrugia Randon’s contribution ‘Wrong target for criticism’ (August 22) about Archbishop Paul Cremona. I have known the Archbishop for many years and always admired his humility, his spirituality, his outgoing attitude...

  • Confusion and lack of vision

    On July 28, I arrived at 11.25am to catch the noon Gozo ferry. I was waiting in the fifth lane and there were nine or 10 lanes of other cars waiting to board. I presumed I would be able to board the noon ferry without difficulty. But I was...

  • Shining example

    Shining example

    As a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church making regular visits with my wife from the UK to Gozo for holiday and to visit Gozitan friends, I have been blessed in assisting Bishop Mario Grech at a First Communion celebration in St...

  • T’is the season to be noisy

    When I moved to Malta a number of months ago I started to wonder why so many Maltese people talked so loudly. Not being a native speaker, I had no idea what their conversations were about and I therefore presumed that they were simply...

  • Cold feet in August

    Up to a few days ago I didn’t think that there was anything that could ever happen that would get me to throw buckets of ice-cold water onto me. I hate feeling cold even if for a moment and I especially hate the combination of being wet and cold,...

  • Don’t pit Christians versus Muslims

    “We welcome them in Malta and they kill our people in Iraq. Muslims cannot be trusted.” This is what someone told me recently. Is this just the reaction of a very kind but quite a simple man, I asked myself. My fears that the feeling is widespread...

  • A chaotic government department

    The other morning, the director/manager responsible for the citizenship section at Evans Building took the decision to stop accepting ‘customers’ at 10am instead of the established time of 11am. A piece of paper was affixed to the door leading to...

  • Sleepless nights at St Julian’s

    On Monday/Tuesday night, I was among those residents of Portomaso, in St Julian’s who had a sleepless night as a result of the very loud so-called music emanating from an open air seaside eatery across the bay. The thumping noise was of such a...

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