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  • Nalizpelra

    Nalizpelra

    “Boy, you gonna carry that weight”

  • An impersonal universe

    The outer space epic Interstellar is a ‘don’t miss’ movie, Time reported recently. Its review of the film starts as follows: “There is no reason at all you should care about the universe. For one thing, it doesn’t care a whit about you. “It’s...

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  • THE REPORT*

    The undersigned, hereinafter referred to as the Three Unwise Men (shafted) or TUM(s), being acquiescent to the Honourable the Prime Minister's fervent desire to pass the buck, dodge the bullet, avoid the flack and generally chicken out of taking...

  • A ‘Victorian’ issue in Gozo

    I thank Jesmond Camilleri, director, Identity Malta (‘Rabat is the real name’, November 28), for taking the trouble to give attention to my letter titled ‘Rabat, Gozo does not exist’ (November 22). The problem is that the basis on which the...

  • Enemy in our backyard

    According to the Italian Defence Supreme Council, which is chaired by President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Italy is not in a position to defend itself alone in the face of global jihad. They have also concluded that Libya...

  • Are mandatory exercise programmes really fit?

    Health authorities fret about the increasing incidence of obesity especially among our younger generations. Many students are becoming lazy, slow and less motivated as their excess weight leads to increasing low self-esteem and increased...

  • Help to tap EU funding

    I refer to the editorial entitled ‘Snip red tape to boost EU-funds take-up’ (December 2). The editorial states that “when applying for EU funds, many small organisations find the process quite Draconian even when they decide to pay for expert...

  • Now is indeed the time

    Now is indeed the time

    The title this week is the first half of the typing exercise that continues “to come to the aid of the party”. It does not fit if quoted in full but now is, indeed, the time. It is the time, I humbly submit, for the people who decided to vote...

  • Boathouse waste

    That Armier’s boathouses have water and electricity with a smart meter is one thing but I doubt if they have a drainage system over there, do they? So where is all their drainage winding up, in the sea?

  • Irresponsible bus driver

    Irresponsible bus driver

    What a lovely day it was. At least, for once, the car was left in the garage while I caught a bus to my destination. Yet, throughout the ride from Żurrieq to Valletta I kept praying I would get there safely, harbouring a sense of uneasiness...

  • Are all animals equal?

    After a successful revolt over their lazy owner the animals set up the animal kingdom whose basic law was enshrined in the Seven Commandments of Animalism. The most important commandment was “All animals are equal".The events that followed their...

  • Like a virgin... Touchy for the very first time?

    Like a virgin... Touchy for the very first time?

    Anyone with a semblance of political objectivity would admit that the Nationalist Party has had the upper hand in recent weeks. The unacceptable delay in the power station project, the jobs-for-the-boys extravaganza, the 'anything goes' building...

  • Migration: only a respite

    In Exodus 22:20-26 we read: “The Lord said to Moses: ‘Tell the sons of Israel this: You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt.’” It is an ironic truth that many of those who talk so loudly...

  • The impact of hunting

    For the last few years, I have been visiting Malta on an annual basis with a group of about 20 walking friends. We love Malta, its people, culture and architecture. I admired the strength of the people who had to endure all the wars and invasions...

  • Archaic laws, cutting red tape

    ‘Red tape’ generally refers to excessive bureaucracy: needless regulation and rigid conformity to rules that prevent or hinder action or decision-making. It is a phrase usually applied to governments, but may also afflict large organisations,...

  • Houses that we build

    Houses that we build

    We read that the Malta Environment and Planning Authority is working on a policy to end “modern slums” and is inviting public consultation on the matter. This is a subject on which I have worked and lectured for close to 30 years and, though I am...

  • Reassuring presence

    I would like to congratulate the authorities responsible for providing the presence of two, three or more policemen or traffic wardens at the gates of the Minor Seminary school, in Victoria when classes are about to start or end. The presence...

  • The kiss

    A kiss by a human being can have different meanings. Kissing the feet can be a sign of service, gratitude and humility. Kissing the hands is usually a sign of profound respect. Kissing the cheeks can have two meanings: the usual one is of ...

  • Extending our lives

    Extending our lives

    During moments of solitude and tranquillity, recollections filter through the mind, stimulating an urge to instant writing. The tandem of intellectual composition and the urge of physical action, especially writing, are mutually reinforcing. A...

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