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  • The sweet shall not inherit the earth

    So now we know. The Catholic Church in Malta was not ready for its first woman bishop. I’ve lost count of the number of references to Mgr Paul Cremona’s ‘ħlewwa’ in this past week of post-mortem sugaring. ‘Ħlewwa’ translates as ‘sweetness’. It is...

  • Five things we need from Busuttil’s speech

    This morning, PN leader Simon Busuttil must get noticed for the right reasons. He must ensure that his speech, at the Nationalist Party’s political convention, is an unqualified success. The task at hand is for Busuttil to sell himself as a...

  • An open letter to the Pope

    Dear Pope Francis, as Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona leaves the helm of the Church in Malta to pave the way for you to appoint his successor, please allow me to address an open letter to you as a humble member of the Church in Malta. I would...

  • Labour and indirect taxation

    The draft of next year’s Budget sent to the European Commission features a further shift from direct to indirect taxation, although it does not involve raising VAT. It proposes to increase revenue from indirect taxation such as levies on consumer...

  • The drama of debates

    It’s been a week of high drama in Parliament. During the debate about Enemalta and whether we would be getting a spanking new power station as promised, Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi made the big reveal – only it wasn’t the one we were expecting.

  • A new majority for change

    The Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, during one of the press conferences held during the synod which was concluded on October 18, was asked (no surprise for guessing!) about the growing number of cohabiting couples and the way...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Roll on my favourite week of the year – halloween. I was going to revisit my annual ‘scariest films to indulge in for Halloween’ post, but then I decided to swap the word ‘films’ for ‘books’. Chances are that said books will soon be turned to film...

  • Islanders

  • You’re Beautiful: is it worth 58c?

    You’re Beautiful: is it worth 58c?

    Forget the power station, forget the Budget, forget the dancing priests. There was only one big news last week: pop singer James Blunt has finally admitted that his song You’re Beautiful, is “annoying”. He was being slightly generous with his...

  • Nalizpelra

  • Let’s hear it for... Sisters Act

    I’d like to fantasise a little this week and look ahead to May 2015 and the aftermath of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. After the unlikely triumph of the bearded transvestite Conchita Wurst, the contest was held in her home country...

  • ZTV - War on drugs

  • THE HAS BEENS ARE NOW

    The Labour Party, currently governing the country, if that's what you can call not sticking to promises, not starting anything new, barely keeping the economy afloat and making sure your boys and girls get their plums, recently brought in Alastair...

  • Watch: Should Malta's illegal boathouses be demolished?

    Watch: Should Malta's illegal boathouses be demolished?

    The last edition of Times Talk discussed illegal boathouses in Malta, with particular reference to Armier and its environs. The programme tackled a number of questions including: Is the government justified in providing electricity to squatters on...

  • Music of the village feast

    As the festa season for 2014 is now coming to an end, with the last one being celebrated in Gudja in honour of Our Lady of Consolation on Sunday, I would like to give a pat on the back to all those people who voluntarily spare their free time in...

  • Early warning signals

    October is the rain season in Malta which brings with it the odd huge storm causing havoc and floods in areas like Birkirkara valley, Qormi and Marsa. A smart way to alert the inhabitants of the areas was the introduction of an early warning...

  • Controlling diabetes is healthcare priority

    Healthcare authorities have a formidable challenge to subordinate various pressing priorities in the health sector. A shortage of hospital beds, a long waiting list for surgical interventions and a pressing need for new medical equipment are some...

  • Tasks for new archbishop

    We have to draw a line between what is spiritual and profane and then what is pastoral and administrative. All parish priests should be scrutinised and checked for how they are carrying out their pastoral work. They must do home visits to help ...

  • Taken by the bus, Joe?

    Taken by the bus, Joe?

    I recall a snippet from my childhood when, driving past a sweaty squaddie running up the hill from Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, back in the days before Dom Mintoff’s intrepid battle to rid us of the colonisers, my old man jibed: “take a bus, Joe”, fondly, let...

  • Alternatives to hunting

    It is with some dismay that I hear that the shooting of migrating birds is still happening in the lovely island of Malta. I understand that during World War II this became a necessity as the population was starving. Now the whole world is doing...

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