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  • Stories of a hot summer

    One of the pleasures of summer is lying beside the sea after a swim, reading a good book. Each year, newspapers and magazines publish lists of ‘Best Summer Books’, featuring writers, academics, journalists, politicians or actors who recommend...

  • Do shops want business?

    Valletta’s Republic and Merchants streets with their adjoining streets have now become busy with traffic and one has to be very careful not to get knocked down during the mornings. Most establishments do not open for business before 9.30am and...

  • Casting stones. . . casting couches

    As if Malta wasn’t hot enough. Temperatures rose last Monday as the Maltese took to their couches, casting or otherwise. Tempers also flared on Facebook and other online portals as stones and judgements were cast at the latest sex scandal to make...

  • Megalithic remains

    Sicily is well known for its historic monuments and remains: Sicel, Punic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese, Baroque under the Bourbons, and lastly contemporary. Less well known and established are its rare...

  • This is the naked truth

    Is John Suda entitled to a fair hearing before a court of law? Yes he is. Is he innocent until judgment is reached? Definitely. Does the prosecution have to prove that the charges made in his regard are beyond all reasonable doubt? Of course. And...

  • The problem with the burqa

    Recently in Chad a male suicide bomber wearing a burqa blew himself up in a market killing 14 people. Also in the UK a non-Muslim male tried to carry out a crime dressed in a burqa. Besides being a threat to security, the burqa conceals all...

  • Is it not prudent to be prudent?

    Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas, together with a host of other luminaries, are definitively not amused by recent developments on this island of ours which threaten to turn some of their philosophical musings topsy-turvy. These eminent philosophers...

  • Ignored by wardens

    The junction between Triqil-Kappella tax-Xagħra withTriq Torri tal-Kaptan is “difficult and dangerous” for drivers. This was expressed by the Naxxar council to the Local Wardens Northern Region on March 12, 2014. After witnessing many accidents, I...

  • Islanders

  • Dictating theMaltese language

    Dictating theMaltese language

    Prof. Henry Frendo asked about the future of the Maltese language (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). The simple answer should be that the Maltese language is set towards healthy expansion to keep up with modern times and to be able to tackle...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    In the dog house

  • The naughtiest shop in town...

    I don’t know about you but when I saw that the government was to sanction the opening of sex shops in Catholic Malta, well... I did a double take. I kept thinking of my nanna turning slowly in her grave at the mere thought of rude retail. Having...

  • Wither Maltese?

    I felt empathy with Henry Frendo, history professor and director of the Institute of Maltse Studies, when he wrote that “for the first time in my life I am feeling uncomfortable writing in Maltese” (‘Maltese language: what future?’, The Sunday...

  • ZTV - Sigh...

    ZTV - Sigh...

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  • The government is trapped

    The government’s plans for the reintroduction of finch trapping after it was phased out six years ago are of grave concern both to the European Commission and environmentalists in Malta and throughout Europe. The first European Commission warning...

  • Some stupid questions

    Some stupid questions

    If Premier Joseph Muscat would be so kind, might I be permitted to pose a stupid question? I do this in the full knowledge that he might have to pull himself up to an imperious height and pronounce himself on its stupidity and, by necessary...

  • A simpler way to say line is busy

    When one rings a phone number that is busy, is it not rather pedantic and contrived to be told “Il-persuna li qed iċċempel ma tistax tirrispondik bħalissa” (the person you are calling cannot answer you right now) or else that “Il-klijent li...

  • Is our socio-religious heritage at risk?

    Visitors to our islands have always remarked about the rich religious physical heritage that is spread throughout the country – a heritage closely intertwined with our social history. While many of our churches are proudly well preserved thanks to...

  • A workforce of mixed ages

    Since the dawn of the industrial age, ensuring a good supply of jobs has been at the centre of political debate. The recurrent fear that new developments will reduce opportunities has frequently given rise to demands for labour protection. For...

  • Lost wallet returned

    On behalf of my father, Michael Fraatz, I would like to thank the kind lady, named Gloria, who very kindly returned by mail a wallet he lost during his holiday in Malta. The wallet happened to contain important documents. As we, unfortunately,...

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