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  • Motorised bicycles

    I am writing to express my concern regarding the increasing number of young people driving what I can only describe as motorised bicycles. The Saturday before last I was crossing a pedestrian crossing in Rabat at about 8.30pm. Two cars had already...

  • Think twice before you park

    May I make an appeal to all drivers to think before they park and never block the pavements’ disabled access ramps. I also appeal to all drivers to stand up for the disabled as well as pushchair and pram users and honk their horn every time they...

  • Netanyahu’s shameful U-turn

    Netanyahu’s shameful U-turn

    The victory in Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party, which took many observers by surprise, has made the possibility of a peace agreement with the Palestinians even more remote and has created a new dilemma for both...

  • What culture?

    Recently there has been a lot of talk about ‘culture’ in Malta and how highly regarded it is. May I ask what sort of ‘culture’ is this when anything attractive is removed and replaced with nothing but open spaces, apparently so beloved by our...

  • You cannot be serious, man

    Last Tuesday’s Times Talk was something of a journalistic scoop. It told us what we already knew, but it also told us that what we knew was not necessarily true. Simon Busuttil is in a very difficult position, for three reasons. First, a good...

  • Ping pong accusations

    There they go at it again with the ping pong accusations of the honoraria. Whom are we to believe? There is only one way to settle the comic tragic saga of the honoraria that has been dragging on for years. The Ministry of Finance has the means...

  • Has multiculturalism failed us?

    It is becoming fairly obvious that we seem to be at a loss what to do about migrants that land unwanted and unwelcomed on our shores. Nations around the world have taken diametrically opposite views as to how to tackle this urgent problem. In...

  • The Marsa spin party

    The fires at Marsa are out, and the power station has stopped belching smoke and flames. Tearful employees said goodbye, having struggled with this iron monster for decades, like a friendly dragon which they cared for in spite of its faults. An...

  • Favouring the law’s delay. . .

    It was a matter of time before Mr Justice J.R.’ Micallef made the news. With initials like those, you’re bound to make the headlines, sooner or later, in Texas or in Malta. His name popped up quite a few times in the media last week: first when he...

  • After the leaders’ TV debate

    Televised debates between political leaders aren’t the audience magnets that they were a couple of decades ago when a Dom Mintoff/Eddie Fenech Adami confrontation meant deserted streets and their exchanges echoing throughout the country as the...

  • Cynic Malta and the ‘u iva’ culture

    Three judges have been sacked al­though they did not do anything illegal. Don’t get too ex­cited. This did not happen in Malta but on a different planet. On the other hand, on the ‘u iva’ island, a magistrate is still sitting on the bench months...

  • Islanders

  • “How are you?” “Insomma”

    “How are you?” “Insomma”

    Here’s a quick look at how people of different countries commonly greet each other when they meet: Italians: “Ciao, come stai?”; “Bene, benissimo.” French: “Bonjour, ça va?”; “Oui, ça va bien.” Spaniards: “Hola, ¿cómo estás?”; “Muy bien.” Brits:...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Simon says...

  • More snippets from my ‘In’ box

    My e-mail inbox is frequently the recipient of ‘advice’ from readers as to precisely what I should be writing about. Mostly this concerns matters political, but I also get more interesting suggestions. For instance, lately the three topics that...

  • ZTV - Off the record

  • Archbishop Charles Scicluna in the hot seat

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna in the hot seat

    Malta’s new religious shepherd, Charles J. Scicluna will take centre stage on Tuesday’s edition of Times Talk. What sort of leadership are we to expect from Archbishop Scicluna. Will he carry out any radical changes? Is he the kind of leader the...

  • Dimech dismissed too hastily

    Dimech dismissed too hastily

    Columnist Ivan Fenech has a critical mind, an incisive pen and a perfect command of English, however, it is sad to see him in an all too partisan fashion repeatedly dismissing Manuel Dimch as ‘a criminal’ (March 10). I do not think much of the...

  • A setback for Middle East peace

    The surprise electoral victory of Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud Party in Israel is a major obstacle for peace in the Middle East and has been met with dismay by the international community. Mr Netanyahu was widely expected to lose...

  • Pork barrels and shows

    Pork barrels and shows

    I was buttonholed by a gent at the place where I pass some of my time on a working day (no, not at Cafe’ Stretto, which is a place to take breaks) who told me that he enjoyed my assorted public utterances. No accounting for taste, is there? If you...

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