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  • The New Rites of Spring

    Composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky collaborated in 1913 on the most groundbreaking music and ballet the world had ever seen, and it may still be the most striking work ever accomplished. It was called The Rites of Spring,...

  • The donkey adopted by horses

    The donkey adopted by horses

    I am not a morning person. If it were at all possible, I would not utter my first word before 10am. As it is, however, I need to have conversations which go beyond grunts at half six in the morning, because my daughter is my very opposite. What on...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 24

    I’d like to start by answering some of my fiercest critics. In the first place I’m amazed that I’ve got any critics; I’m lovely... ask my mother. Anyway, some misguided idiots have suggested that where our charismatic and loveable leader Jo-zeff...

  • Warsaw uprising

    A recently produced documentary, The Men Who Went to Warsaw: The Warsaw Uprising Airlift 1944marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which I thought might be of interest to your readers. My uncle, a Maltese national by the name of...

  • Neutrality vs complacency

    Not a week passes that we hear of more acts of Russian interference in the east of Europe, or of another terrorist attack on our freedom of speech, or of a new barbaric act by Islamic fundamentalists in the Middle East and North Africa. In no...

  • Education for sustainable development in Malta

    I recently attended the first conference on education for sustainable development. It was so refreshing to hear about the work being done by teachers in our schools assisted by the Centre for Environmental Education and Research of the University...

  • Monopoly

    Is there anyone capable of enlightening me as to why Virtu Ferries has, for years on end, monopolised the crossings between Malta and Sicily?

  • A restored Opera House is still an option

    I still believe that the Opera House should be restored. The prestige gained by Valletta, and by Malta, would be well worth the risk of such an expensive project. Opera houses lend prestige and grandeur to a city and a country. One such example is...

  • Many laws are ineffective

    In olden times theft was rampant and punishment was harsh, including long prison sentences, forced work on ships, exile and even death. There are documented cases of severe punishments for people who just stole a loaf of bread. However, there were...

  • Attracting a wider audience

    Reference is being made to Petra Caruana Dingli’s article called ‘On rock music and kartapesta’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 22). While noting Caruana Dingli’s views on carnival, the government has consistently stressed that we need to...

  • Monument to Nicolò Isouard

    Monument to Nicolò Isouard

    The year 2018, during which Valletta will be the European Capital of Culture, will also mark the second centenary of the death of the world famous Maltese composer, Nicolò Isouard. Even during the long years when he lived in Paris, Isouard never...

  • Mortality statistics for road users

    I refer to the letter by George Debono, ‘Artfully dodging the truth on bicycle safety’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, February 23), which is a direct response to a letter of mine in the previous issue of the newspaper and which implies that I am a...

  • Mediterranean cemetery

    The Mediterranean has become a burial place for the young people of Africa. According to International Organisation for Migration, about 3,072 people perished trying to migrate to Europe through the Mediterranean in 2014 alone. As the number of...

  • Islanders

  • British service pensioners

    In one of the many letters I wrote about British service pensioners – which all fell on deaf ears – I said that both political parties have been taking us for a ride for the past 20 years or so. I am now more convinced than ever that the present...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    What a surprise!

  • More common sense needed

    This letter is dedicated to the warden who on February 24 at 3.57pm slipped cunningly out of his hiding place at MIA opposite the arrivals terminal in the pouring rain and high winds and in the space of eight minutes placed a ticket on my...

  • Bicycle Marathon

    The Bicycle Marathon, which has become an annual event, is fast approaching. This year it is going to take place between March 13 and 15 at the Lyceum in Ħamrun. Once again the marathon will raise funds to provide primary, secondary and tertiary...

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  • Cycling lanes would change everything

    Why am I so jealous when I read in a recent edition of the Guardian Weekly that the city of Seville, in Spain, which has a population of about 700,000, has become a model city in terms of sustainable transport? Over there, the number of bicycles...

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