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  • The quality of tourism

    It is with great interest that I read Martin Scicluna’s column and his valuable advice to the government and tourism industry of these beautiful islands. I have been coming here for more than 30 years and I have seen some remarkable changes, among...

  • Railway walk

    I reply to the letter of Bryan Carter (February 5). There is a UK book by Oakwood Press on the Malta Railway. It contains a chapter on where it is possible to walk today. Also, there are stations at Birkirkara, Valletta, Ħamrun, Mdina and Floriana.

  • Long walk for bus passengers

    Long walk for bus passengers

    The news about extending the bus terminus to the far end of St James Ditch requires careful rethinking. This would mean more than a kilometre of walk, come rain or shine, from City Gate to the farthest bus. Is this appropriate for aged persons,...

  • Gżira bus lane is unnecessary

    Having just waited over 10 minutes at the Gżira bus stop before a bus came along – and that was the X2 to the airport – and a further two or three minutes for a bus to Valletta, I realised that a bus lane along that stretch of road is completely...

  • Children who stand in trolleys

    I feel I have to write to strongly complain about children being allowed to stand inside supermarket trolleys. I have complained several times to the customer care at my local supermarket. Though they agree with me, they say they can’t do anything...

  • Sleeveless or strapless?

    Mary Anna Pace spoke in a letter of the ‘Immodestly dressed singer’, but can I ask her how the singer was dressed? Sleeveless, in short sleeves, with bare back or strapless perhaps? I remember the days as a child when we used to go to confession...

  • Australia in Eurovision!

    At last, winning Eurovision is now within Malta’s grasp! Great news for Malta now that Australia is included in the Eurovision Song Contest – its chances of winning have been doubled. Now Malta will get maximum points from Australia and vice-versa.

  • The jihadist threat in Libya

    As Libya descends into chaos and the jihadists of the Islamic State establish a foothold in this troubled country – in Malta’s and Europe’s backyard – the case for some form of international intervention becomes stronger by the day. Prime Minister...

  • ART FOR ART’S SAKE

    Amidst the general chorus of condemnation, except by those who matter (the PM and his Ministerial sidekick Bonnici) about the location of the tat-market next to the Piano masterpiece, there was a small side-show about the sculpture of four knights...

  • Women who batter men

    Yet another puff piece about ‘domestic violence’ by Times of Malta gives women the complete benefit of the doubt and portrays them as special snowflakes who are more sinned against than sinning. Conversely, it neglects to publish the man’s side of...

  • The elephant in the house

    The independent commission appointed by the Prime Minister to review the salaries of those holding a political office has reignited a long-standing debate for which there appears no end in sight. The initial reaction to the leaked report focused...

  • Model maker’s funeral in Germany

    Model maker’s funeral in Germany

    On January 27, three members of the Association of Model Engineers flew to Aschaffenburg, Germany, to attend the funeral of Rainer Mader, who was tragically killed in a traffic accident in Malta earlier in the year. The members, myself as club...

  • Electoral system reform

    Austin Bencini (February 11) is shocked that our Constitutional Court has joined the chorus of disapproval of our electoral system. The PRSTV (proportional representation single transferable vote) has many merits but it is linked to a ‘quota’.

  • Malta can rise to challenge

    The arrival of terrorist organisation Islamic State in Libya is of deep concern. The horrific murder of 21 Egyptians shows that barbaric extremists are now in effective control of cities a few hundred miles away from Malta, and therefore the...

  • Which one is the victim?

    The recent partially successful attempt by the lawyers of the accused in the case regarding the involuntary death of cycling philanthropist Clifford Micallef, to defend their client’s rights due to his being a vulnerable person, must surely bring...

  • ‘If it flies, then it dies’

    ‘If it flies, then it dies’

    Twelve years ago, under the leadership of then prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami, Malta was locked in a referendum campaign to ensure the country voted in favour of joining the European Union. Like independence, 40 years before, this was a pivotal...

  • Fuel price stability a myth

    Fuel price stability a myth

    Want the truth about fuel prices? Here it is in one simple graph. So much is being said about the price of automotive fuels that sometimes we miss the wood for the trees. While it does make sense to hedge against heavy fuel oil and gas oil prices...

  • A tale of two different languages

    English loanwords should be spelt in Maltese. Retaining the English spelling and italicising them or, worse, placing them in inverted commas is just wrong and I shall explain why. Maltese is, by and large, aphonetic language. It has a mostly...

  • The hunters were right

    In the case on spring hunting, which the European Commission instituted against Malta, the European Court of Justice ruled in 2009 that since the hunting period when the quail’s and the turtle dove’s appearance, if any, only lasted for a very...

  • Split sports awards in two

    Split sports awards in two

    In a glittering ceremony to honour sports’ top achievers in 2014, held recently under the auspices of the Malta Sports Council and the Sports Journalists’ Association, it was evident that the organisers deserved a pat on the back for such a...

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