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  • Why do we still work half days?

    It’s hot in Malta, which is one of the reasons many foreigners have chosen to live here. And what is often pleasant at this time of the year is to step inside a shop or an office where air-conditioning is running in order to enjoy a brief respite...

  • No way to compensate for power cuts

    I have followed the events surrounding the major power cuts that affected much of Malta with interest. My reason for writing is to share my own understandings of such incidents while I worked for British Telecommunications in the UK. Margaret...

  • The problem with subtitles

    Mark Anthony Falzon’s article ‘Jien jisimni Bond, James Bond’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 17) makes some interesting points on the perception of the Maltese regarding the dubbing and subtit­ling of films – processes that are part of...

  • Association funds

    With reference to my letter under the same heading published on August 9, I was informed that the two officials responsible have been forced to resign. It was also decided that, henceforth, dealings with hoteliers, restaurateurs, caterers and...

  • How to make Mass experience better

    How to make Mass experience better

    I refer to the article by Fr Joe Borg in The Sunday Times of Malta (August 17). I will refrain from entering into the fray of the Church leadership, which is known to be in disarray by most. I will, however, comment on the solutions behind making...

  • Lethargy in worship

    I read with interest Fr Joe Borg’s comments about the leadership of the Catholic Church. No one person can be held responsible for the Church’s decline. Overall leadership by example is required by everybody, from priests to archbishops. This is...

  • Fix the sound quality in our churches

    I refer to Fr Joe Borg’s contribution in your columns, particularly to his reference to sloppy homilies and mediocre reading of the Word of God. First and foremost, the business of the Church is to speak out the Word of God. The basis of this is...

  • Fr Joe Borg and the Church

    I admit that I never read Fr Joe Borg’s contributions as I feel he is too prejudiced, but his opinion piece last Sunday was given great prominence. His criticism of the Church administration can only be taken with a pinch of salt. I am sure he...

  • Plight of the Christians

    I agree with Mgr Charles Vella regarding last Sunday’s article over the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria. I’m sure the vast majority expected the homily to include a message by the Archbishop reminding the faithful to remember the persecuted...

  • Mistakes in Maltese

    Alfred Brincat (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 17) rightly pointed out some common mistakes that have taken root among the population, like the wrong use of ‘għalfejn’ instead of ‘għaliex’ (why). However, something that irks me and probably...

  • Thank you Malta

    I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in your beautiful island where I visited my family and our precious granddaughter, who are now settled in Malta. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all concerned for such a hospitable...

  • Dogs left to bark

    Times of Malta ran a piece the other day about what dog owners should try to achieve in training their dogs but it omitted to mention what is by far the most selfish and irritating common fault of some dog owners. I refer, of course, to the...

  • Presidential pardon for Comino

    Two weeks ago, the President took a detour from a day trip to Gozo to visit Comino. It turned out to be little more than a stopover during which Her Excellency apparently met with employees of the hotel and the four remaining residents of the island.

  • A strategic direction

    Summer recess notwithstanding, thanks to the collective effort of its human resources and external collaborators, our ministry has continued to pursue its strategic direction in sync with its electoral programme and Budget 2014 commitments. About...

  • Priests: 50 shades of grey

    People come in different shapes and colours – so do priests. Maltese priests are still numerous, but in other countries priests are becoming extinct. Yet there is a new breed that is coming up – more Christ-centred, assertive and idealistic. My...

  • Education – what a good idea

    They might not admit it and most certainly would not want to see it written down in black and white, in so many words, on The Sunday Times of Malta, but here goes: my parents were quite blasé about my education. They probably didn’t realise it then.

  • Dancing in the dark

    Last week Fr Joe Borg broke ranks and wrote what has long been muttered sottovoce for a long time. In a nutshell, he said that the Church in Malta is facing a crisis of leadership and that the powers-that-be should get their act together or risk...

  • Church transfusion after effects

    Usually I write stuff I like writing about. Sometimes, however, I write things that cannot go unwritten. Last Sunday’s column was an example of the latter. Three sentences from that piece elicited discussion. In the din that followed, what I...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    I probably stand a good chance of finding my car tyres slashed after I write this, but I may be one of the very, very few people who never quite got the reason behind all the hype surrounding Star Wars. I’m sure that coming from someone who writes...

  • The devil is always watching

    The devil is always watching

    When we were little, a girl came over at the playground and informed a group of tiny us that whenever we were to hear the word ‘devil’, we had to quickly make the sign of the cross so as to scare him off. We all listened to her wide-eyed. We all...

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