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  • 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...

  • EU sanctions: timely, needed

    This week, the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political and diplomatic efforts to restore peace and stability. The EU did not take this step...

  • Architecture without frills

    Architecture without frills

    The Renzo Piano designs for Valletta are beautiful in the harmony created by line and volume. Now that this project is nearing completion, many people who were initially sceptical and dismissive of the whole idea have come to appreciate its...

  • Just don’t rock the boat

    Just don’t rock the boat

    Except for a letter on Wednesday saying that its author had checked out the Spanish bus company and found it wasn’t exactly an enormous outfit, we don’t know much about them. What we do know, however, is that this newspaper’s sister-on-Sunday had...

  • Bells of joy

    The letter ‘Deadly bells’ was a welcome diversion from the current cascade of empty talk and speculation devoted to the internal squabbles of the Church in Malta. I have two suggestions with regard to the question of ringing. A short joyous peal...

  • The birth of a nation

    The birth of a nation

    Fifty years ago I was there. Not only to celebrate the birth of a nation when, at the Independence Arena, in Floriana, watched by over 100,000 people, the Union Jack was lowered and the red and white Maltese flag was raised on the same flagpole to...

  • Why choose the Spanish?

    As a visitor to Malta I remember the old buses, and they were good. I was surprised on my last visit to find Arriva with expensive bendy buses and expensive fares. It is hard to see how they failed. I wonder why the Maltese government thought the...

  • The missing letter ‘R’

    The first national monument in honour of our national poet Dun Karm was unveiled in Żebbug in October 1971 by the late President Anton Buttigieg. Dr Buttigieg interrupted his speech several times when he was overcome by emotion and shed some...

  • Pickpockets on bus 13

    I wish to thank the kind person who found my discarded wallet and returned it, plus my I D card, to my address in Sliema. The wallet was stolen from me on a packed bus 13 to Valletta. Apparently the route has become infamous for pickpocketing...

  • Users' guide to Japan

    When you are on the road for so many hours,  covering such a distance, there are so many things you notice that are unique to this country. Telegraph poles Because of frequent earthquake, all the wires run overhead. This means poles every 100m or...

  • Real cost of ferry trip

    We refer to Stephen Zerafa’s letter that was entitled ‘Expensive Ferry to Sicily’ (August 27). Zerafa gives the impression that he paid €433 for two adults and a car for a return voyage between Malta and Sicily on the Virtu Ferries vessel. The...

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