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  • The sounds of our lives

    The sounds of our lives

    Every morning I wake up to the sound of chirping birds, trees hustling in the wind and the cows mooing in the fields. No. I don’t. I wake up every day at 6am sharp to the dreaded sound of the alarm clock, which gets louder and louder with each...

  • A bridge/tunnel too near...

    As a fairly frequent visitor to Gozo I have been following the tunnel/ bridge controversy with some interest. And... it occurs to me – and no doubt to nine-tenths of the rest of the archipeligo’s population – that the politicians and pundits have...

  • Gozo’s operatic legacy

    The recent splendid performance of Nabucco at the Astra Opera House in Victoria shows how Gozo has developed an irresistible passion for music, fully deserving to be called Malta’s cultural city. The Astra Musical Society deserves praise for an...

  • The spring hunting issue: focus, facts and foreigners

    Come April 11, I will line up to vote against the hunting of game birds over the Maltese islands in spring. I hope, however, that the campaign to achieve this objective will be focused and factual. ‘Focused’ because the aim of the referendum is...

  • Blasphemy laws reform

    I refer to the article about the reform of blasphemy laws (‘Plans for reform of 1930s blasphemy laws’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). It is important to differentiate between blasphemy and obscenity. Blasphemy involves an insult to God...

  • The Paris shootings

    I refer to Fr Joe Borg’s article about the aftermath of the Paris shootings (‘Are all lives equally sacred?’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). I admit the Charlie Hebdo maga­zine is vulgar and intimidating but the point of it all is not...

  • Cultural tourism niches

    There has been much talk about Malta’s upmarket tourism potential. Without entering into the merits of the ‘quality versus quantity’ contention, it is a well-known fact that a number of cultural and religious events take place in the shoulder...

  • Certainly not upmarket at all

    I refer to the article ‘We need quality not numbers – hotel chief’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, December 14), which highlighted the need to attract a better quality of tourist to the island. My immediate reaction to the article was dream on –...

  • Islanders

  • Restoration of fountain in Victoria

    Restoration of fountain in Victoria

    I refer to the item ‘Fountain restored’ (Gozo page, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). The Wirt Għawdex NGO is to be commended for the sterling work it is undertaking in the restoration of various historic buildings and monuments in Gozo.

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Breast or Wings?

  • A link between Gozo and Malta

    The feasibility of a permanent link between Gozo and Malta is being studied. It is therefore relevant to ask how many Gozitans are in favour or against. The referendum on spring hunting may offer an opportunity to obtain a reliable indication at...

  • ZTV - Problem

  • No, no, a thousand times, no

    If I needed any reason to vote "no" and do my bit to kick Spring hunting into history, the Federation of Conservationist Bird-Killers' reaction to a statement made by two Attard Local Councillors was more than enough. To be sure, I have many...

  • Watch: Are we corrupting the Maltese language?

    Watch: Are we corrupting the Maltese language?

    Do you agree with the trend of spelling English words phonetically in written Maltese? Is this assimilation of foreign words healthy or is it detrimental to the language? Is this also negatively affecting the standard of written English? The...

  • Destructive force of inequality

    In a recent interview on the BBC, former British prime minister Tony Blair raised an interesting question. What is the relationship between economic growth and democracy, he asked. Blair sees the dearth of economic growth as evidence that...

  • Language question revisited

    Historically, the language question arose for political reasons. Today, the problem is different. It concerns the way one should deal with the large number of English words that are constantly being imported into Maltese. Although, at first sight,...

  • Moral rectitude is mark of good leadership

    Hundreds of people offer their services to organisations that aim to promote the activities they believe in. These organisations may have connections to business, philanthropic, sports or other worthy causes that in some way benefit society. The...

  • 20,000 islands in great need

    A letter from the far distant isles of the Pacific! I have just received a generous donation from the Mission Fund operating in Malta. This has been a timely help in our mission work in the Pacific. I am a Discalced Carmelite (Tereżjani)...

  • Make up your minds, do

    Make up your minds, do

    There is evidence that this government is the very epitome of vacillation, imitating a wind vane veering madly from north to south and points in between in the shifting breeze. It is anecdotal, to be sure, but it exists. For instance, some bright...

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