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  • Clap along to happy songs

    For some reason, my car stereo is always tuned to Magic Malta. And I know I’m listening to it too much lately, because I keep catching myself humming “Farrugia lighting and interiors… more than just lights” as if it was a Top 10 hit. The other...

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  • Warden charm offensive: The story so far...

    Last week, Sylvanus enjoyed an unprecedented stroke of luck. I managed to acquire – don’t ask me how – a copy of the missive sent to each and every local warden, instructing them on measures to try... yes, at least try... to make them just a...

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    Brian’s May-day to spring hunting!

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  • “Under the belt”

    Earlier this week the Employment Commission held another sitting in the case Norman Vella, a former TV presenter/producer and a current MEP hopeful, instituted against the Prime Minister. Mr Vella is saying that his removal from PBS and the...

  • Championing the minors’ cause

    Winds of change are blowing through an important sector falling under the government’s responsibility and which has been crying out to be administered with greater sensitivity. The words ‘crying out’ are apt for this concerns vulnerable children,...

  • May it finally happen

    I’m flattered; not even when I was Beck was I read by luminaries such as May, Brian of that ilk. He must have read me last Saturday, in between limbering up for his candlelit croon-fest with La Ellis and having his piccy taken with assorted rock...

  • Powerless

    I wish to bring to the attention of the minister concerned and appeal to Enemalta to rectify the inconvenience that we, the residents of part of Triq Il-Linja, Attard, have been going through for at least eight months. For instance, we had no...

  • Alternative racecourse

    As I write, the major Victoria-Nadur road is closed to allow cycle racing (sometimes it is closed for horse racing). The main alternative route out of the village is (and here is a surprise) blocked by a crane. However, Gozo has a plot of land...

  • Questions to the candidates

    If you conduct an online search you find no formal job description for the role of a member of European Parliament. Absent a succinct role description, how can the electorate decide which candidates are best equipped to represent us in...

  • Blinded by the light

    When I first heard about the Żurrieq incident on the news I knew almost at once that it was due to overexposure to UV rays. As a welder, I suffered from this effect during my younger days. However, what concerns me is how this could happen to the...

  • Tying the gay knot

    John Azzopardi, ‘Lull after the storm’ (April 7), believes in God but not in gay marriage. He keeps saying that gay marriage is non-existent but the thing is this: we have still got no evidence that God exists but ample evidence that gay marriage...

  • Robbed over medicine

    I refer to Maureen German’s letter ‘Pills dearer in Malta’ (April 4). The European Commissioner’s reply to her, that the scandalous prices of medicines in Malta “may be due to the small market”, is very unconvincing, to say the least. Were this to...

  • Beliefs and public duty

    Several correspondents have expressed approval of Martin Scicluna’s articles. I’m one of his admirers. Not only do I read his articles but I actually keep them. In his latest article, ‘A discordant swansong’ (April 2), Scicluna criticised George...

  • Justified concern in twin villages

    Decisions over sensitive issues taken by planning authorities everywhere are bound to raise controversy. But it does seem that Mepa is having more than its fair share of these. Hot on the heels of the controversy over the planned mooring of a gas...

  • Many shades of grey

    Recently, I was approached to answer a number of questions for a quick interview on a broad range of issues. I agreed and was presented with a question paper covering subjects from immigration to spring hunting to flying the EU flag at sporting...

  • Tribute to a surgical leader

    Some losses are hard to bear when viewed in the mirror of one’s lifetime. This is clearly significant with the departure from this life of Victor Griffiths, so well known to me as a teacher, fellow surgeon and a most humane mentor throughout...

  • Is a crafts village needed?

    The title has two words that have a somewhat broad definition and interpretation. Crafts are normally associated with the more tangible products that reflect the valuable work carried out by voluntary groups as well as skilled persons. The term...

  • Serenity and utter solitude

    Easter is within reach and a short break from politics is a must. It is an absolute joy to be away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and, for a couple of days, escape to the Alps where serenity and solitude walk hand in hand. The...

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