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  • Richard of York gave in vain

    It’s been a bad week for politicians bleeding to death in public places. Last Sunday two nasty-looking men turned their whips on the mayor of Tarxien and flogged him to ribbons. Not one of several hundred onlookers lifted a finger to help him. He...

  • An exodus in five verbs

    Simon Peter had just professed his faith that his leader Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, was “the Christ of God”. Jesus ordered his group of disciples to tell no one and started talking about suffering, being rejected, dying and being raised...

  • Wrong by saying nothing at all

    Political parties, to some extent or another, are coalitions centreing around related beliefs. In many democracies this is reflected in the fact that multiple parties compete with each other, indicating that it is not possible to muster broad...

  • Was the writing on the wall?

    Erin Stuart Tanti and Lisa Maria Zahra. A modern-day Shakespearean double tragedy, love story and psychological drama which runs the gamut from the macabre to the surreal. Two families, not previously rivalled, drawn together by force majeure,...

  • Picking the wrong battles

    Tuesday evening was not a good time to be a Nationalist MP. As the members of the Nationalist parliamentary group walked out of the House after abstaining on the Civil Unions bill, they were loudly booed from the crowd which filled the square...

  • More than just chocolate eggs

    By and large British politicians have followed the advice that Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s erstwhile spin doctor, had given his master: “We don’t do God.” Most British politicians, in contrast to their counterparts on the other side of the...

  • Now I can... as long as...

    You don’t have to be a brilliant political pundit to detect that the Labour Party campaign for the European Parliament election due in May is being run through government-sponsored billboards throughout the island, government adverts in the local...

  • Out of the box

    A chance conversation last week led to me reminiscing about my favourite twist-ending films. I hardly need add that there will be many a spoiler present in today’s column, so if you spot the name of a film that you would eventually like to watch...

  • Islanders

  • ‘Mamà, my new friend has two mummies and no daddy’

    Ideally a child should be brought up in a home full of laughter; with a garden which has a wooden swing hanging from an orange tree; a clever mother and father who cheerily share the child-rearing tasks and who are madly in love with each other; a...

  • Nalizpelra

    Religious politics?

  • Some suggested jobs for the boys...

    Shock horror! The news hit me at lunch. I almost swallowed my tongue... well, not mine exactly, but some deceased bovine’s. What news? Well obviously the sad tidings that – bless him – Johnny Dalli had lost another job. Apparently, somebody...

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  • Simshar – the tragedy, the mystery… the film

    A fishing vessel with five men on board left Marsaxlokk on July 7, 2008. Some days later, an explosion destroyed the boat Simshar, killing some of the boat’s occupants and leaving others, including an 11-year-old boy, hanging on to a makeshift raft.

  • The revival of Valletta

    Recently the Valletta local council and various other entities celebrated the 448th anniversary of the founding of Valletta by Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette. The highlights of the events to mark this historic day were a Mass at St John’s...

  • How many tourists can island take?

    There has been such an abundance of ministerial performance reviews over the past weeks that few may have had an appetite to go into what the Central Bank of Malta had to say in its annual report. Only a few of the economic indicators usually make...

  • Pistorius the blade ‘liar’

    If William Shakespeare were alive today he would surely be inspired to write another new drama with Oscar Pistorius as the main character. Besides being a paralympic sprinter, the disabled South African star, who is on trial for murdering his...

  • Great are the humble

    I thought that the question of the existence of God was dead and buried (Karl Consiglio, April 12) after the plethora of exchanges during 2012. But one extract from my letter of July 12 that year is worth recalling: For me miracles (which were...

  • Courage of convictions

    John Guillaumier (April 12), ever keen to find fault with the Catholic Church, criticises two of Malta’s recent presidents for allowing their personal ethics and morals to influence their decision to refuse to sign the Civil Union Bill into...

  • Liberal or not so liberal?

    If I were a cynic, I’d be congratulating my gay friends on joining the world of marital strife, parents-in-law, custody battles and all the other great things in life that come packaged with marriage. To say nothing of the worry and expense that...

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