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  • Thanks from Brazil

    I would like to heartily thank the Mission Fund for the regular contributions to help me and the community of the Franciscan Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus fulfil our missionary work in Brazil. We have already established a day centre in...

  • Battle dress cloth shoulder titles of KOMR

    Battle dress cloth shoulder titles of KOMR

    What a pleasure it is to read in two successive numbers of The Sunday Times of Malta that there are a number of enthusiasts about insignia of Malta’s only infantry regiment, disbanded (again) in 1972. It says something about the spirit of its...

  • Why the difference?

    My 10-year-old granddaughter needed to have a new passport. My daughter produced a new passport photo of the child who was wearing a one centimetre-wide hairband and which by no means was covering any part of the child’s face. The passport officer...

  • Still waiting for change

    It is 2.30am and there is a foul, acrid smell in the air, probably from the sulphurous fumes being vented from the chimneys of the Marsa power station. I go on the roof to breathe some fresh air, but there is none. The plants on my roof garden in...

  • Are airstrikes enough to defeat IS?

    Are airstrikes enough to defeat IS?

    There has been fierce fighting all week in the strategic Syrian Kurish town of Kobane, located near the Turkish border, between Islamic State and Kurdish forces. US-led airstrikes have dented IS advances, but these have not been enough to stop the...

  • Branding our country

    Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s controversial former communications chief, was spot on when he told an EY conference in Malta on Wednesday that Malta had a good image, but not a powerful one. Mr Campbell said it was clear that Malta was not known...

  • Poor public transport needs to be sorted out

    There is clearly a problem when a full bus arrives at a stop, only to be closely followed by another bus just as full. There is evidently a problem when 20 students (yes, I counted) alight at one stage and another 10 (yes, I counted again) alight...

  • Hunting suspension, bad politics

    I became Ornis Committee chairman 10 months ago. At the time of appointment, I promised parliamentary secretary Roderick Galdes I would do my job with impartiality and discretion. It’s a promise I don’t intend to break, which is why what follows...

  • The Med’s Mare Mortum

    Exactly one year ago today, Malta was dealing with the aftermath of yet another horrific tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea. Hundreds of men, women and children had lost their lives – most of them never to be found – while 146 of the people who were...

  • The thick of it

    The thick of it

    The recent keynote address by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former director of communications, helped throw into sharper focus how the media has evolved over the years, mainly but not exclusively, due to the mushrooming of the social...

  • Please expunge this archaic law

    Sections of the media last Sunday regaled us with pictures of new police recruits celebrating their ‘graduation’ at the Police Academy while a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs was reported to have said that it is prioritising the...

  • Our gridlock island

    I don’t know about politicians. Immediately before and after elections they’re pledging to keep their ears to the ground and their fingers on the nation’s pulse whilst simultaneously curing our ‘weggħat’ (ills and woes). This is politician-speak...

  • Straight talking and straight answers

    Reuters told us last Monday that Pope Francis asked the cardinals, bishops and others participating in the Synod of the Family currently being held at the Vatican to stop bickering. The Free Dictionary says that ‘bickering’ means “to engage in a...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    There are some shows that inspire conflicting reactions in me – a wary enjoyment tem­per­ed by a feeling of ‘what the hell am I watching here and what’s keeping me from switching to something better?’. Call it the train-wreck version of the small...

  • Angelina fasten your seatbelt

    Angelina fasten your seatbelt

    As you are reading this, Angelina Jolie Pitt is sitting on the beach at Mġarr ix-Xini Bay in Gozo, with her Maltese teacher, busy learning Maltese words. People magazine, which can always be relied on for its infinite number of unnamed sources,...

  • Islanders

  • More snippets from my inbox

    How about this for an advert placed in Palermo’s weekly freebie newspaper Omert (I’ve had a translation of the text into English-ish made). “Signori... including capos, under-capos and consigliori... Have you ever wanted to get away from it all?...

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  • Watch: Sex abuse claims gone wrong

    Watch: Sex abuse claims gone wrong

    Tuesday's edition of Times Talk discussed the problem when the ‘perpetrator’ becomes the victim of malicious claims of sexual abuse. With criminal lawyer Joe Giglio, victim support lawyer Roberta Lepre and the CEO of the Foundation for Social...

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