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  • First ‘bikini trial’

    I refer to the article ‘Déjà vu for court as first ‘bikini trial’ was in 1964’ (Times of Malta, September 4). This brought back fond memories, as I well remember my father, the late legal procurator Benedict Dingli, recounting this case in family...

  • Scottish independence

    As the Scottish independence referendum approaches, I have been frequently asked my thoughts regarding the outcome. I was born in Scotland and lived there for almost 40 years. I regard myself as a patriotic Scot who supports Scotland in all its...

  • Obama’s strategy against the IS

    Obama’s strategy against the IS

    US President Barack Obama has outlined his strategy to combat Islamic State (IS) jihadists who have taken over vast areas of Syria and Iraq and who have committed horrendous crimes against humanity as well as genocide against thousands of...

  • Tall, dark, talented, and a millionaire

    Unlike most people I know, I took a liking to the Individual Investor Programme (IIP) the minute I read about it. Anything that blows a raspberry at the twin deities of blood and soil is welcome as far as I’m concerned. If the mockery can bring in...

  • Two scandals and a farce

    As the months roll by, the true colours of Joseph Muscat’s government are starting to emerge. In the past few days alone, we have witnessed not one, but two major scandals: the sale of the 100-year-old Australia Hall to private owners and the...

  • Decision time for Scotland

    It is decision time for Scotland. Is it going to be a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ for independence? The latest polls are suggesting that it is too close to call. An unthinkable scenario up until recently, the prevalence of the ‘Yes’ camp all of a sudden...

  • The empire strikes back – again

    Russia’s intervention in Ukraine was one of two important issues discussed by leaders from 28 countries gathered for a Nato meeting in Wales earlier this month, after which Nato issued a statement saying that the leaders and the alliance “stand...

  • September diary

    I suppose that by today’s standards, Valerie Trierweiler has come out a winner. By writing a tell-all book about her relationship with French President François Hollande she has hit ever so many birds with one stone. First there’s the way...

  • Rainbow, river, pilgrim, Areopagus

    In the hustle and bustle of everyday parlance and argumentation, one tends to forget that at the basis of every issue that is raised in the political, cultural, economic or any other sphere of society there is probably a philosophical perspective...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    So Neil Patrick Harris finally married his partner David Burtka and the whole world celebrated with him. It never ceases to amaze me how the actor is loved universally. We all remember him as Doogie Howser – cue the oohs and aaahs of über cuteness...

  • Islanders

  • Independence days ahead

    Independence days ahead

    In between discussing whether Kate Middleton will be coming to Malta and exclaiming how immaculate our freshly-painted roads now look and how long will they last, we vaguely try to remember the original reason for this royal visit. Err, what was...

  • Nalizpelra

    Nalizpelra

    The new “guy” ... and hope springs eternal!

  • Conduct unbecoming a guest...

    “So the felony... misdemeanour... whatever... occurred on a solemn and prestigious occasion, you say Sergeant Scrote Refalo?” “Oh indeed Onorevoli. It occurred at the climax of the laying of the foundation stone of the brand new public...

  • ZTV - Anything goes

  • FLIGHT NO

    The title of this edition of my Great Thoughts (irritating enough for you, Lil’Elves?) can be read in two ways: flight is negative and flight is numbered. OK, enough of the silly puns. For some reason known only to those versed in the Dark Arts,...

  • Long rides, getting lost and beautiful bridges

    The GPS was directing us off the well-lit main road onto a dark side road, disappearing into the distance. There were a few scattered houses but it seemed a most unlikely place for a town sports centre. The road weaved left and right and...

  • Let the truth soon prevail (1)

    I have three grandsons attending St Michael’s Church School. The news that the school’s assistant head (complete with name and surname) has been accused by the police of indecent assault came as a shock to all. I do not know the person, not even...

  • Let the truth soon prevail (2)

    I refer to the news item ‘Probe police handling of teacher abuse cases’ (September 3). Even though it is perfectly understandable and legitimate that the name of the 10-year-old boy who reported Anthony Callus, (a member of the society of...

  • Parties continue to rule air waves

    Even if it may be accused of acting after the horse has bolted, the Broadcasting Authority ought to be lauded for launching two consultation documents, one on the correct use of the Maltese language and the other on the protection of minors. One...

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