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  • Wrong locality

    I refer to the article ‘Arraigned over JB Stores theft’ (August 18). The Birkirkara local council would like to clarify that Amadeo Grima never worked for it. Editor’s note: The newspaper report was based on what was stated in court.

  • An olde worlde method

    An olde worlde method

    If you had the energy, which I certainly don’t in this revolting heat (did I mention that I hate summer?), you could probably look back on my columns, even when I was Beck, and find assertions, with scorn poured upon them by assorted lil’elves,...

  • Red, amber and grime

    What could one do with: a quad bike, one pair of hands, a pail, soapy water, sponge and a two-metre rod? Answer: clean in one day all the island’s traffic lights of accumulated dust and grime thus exposing the red, amber and green to...

  • Disappointed with Labour Party

    In my lifetime I have seen many elections – I am 89 years old – but I cannot remember a government that was elected on as comfortable a majority as this one, an astounding victory for Joseph Muscat. And yet, I cannot really understand how he is...

  • Accept Co-Cathedral’s limitations

    Accept Co-Cathedral’s limitations

    The recent ‘project’ conceived by the St John’s Cathedral Foundation is an excellent example to use in economics classes. It illustrates the basic concept of opportunity cost (the price of what you give up to get what you want), but this time not...

  • Guidelines on use of social media

    It has happened again. A senior government official, this time the Employment and Training Corporation’s CEO, has drawn severe criticism over his inappropriate use of social media. Philip Rizzo posted what he later admitted were “facetious”...

  • Why vilify vilification now?

    Myths abound when it comes to debating the issue of whether the criminal of-fence of vilification of religion should remain on the statute book. The first myth, propounded by the progressive and liberal lobby, is that this offence is a special...

  • Libertinage – the silent killer

    Unless we are constantly on the lookout, we shall be overtaken by a barrage of ideas in conflict with what we believe in and stand for. In a very short period our society’s foundations are being shaken and under the guise of pluralism and...

  • Our national treasure

    Our national treasure

    I have always been enchanted by Gozo. When we were still children, my sister and I spent many summers in Marsalforn with my parents and grandfather. I have faint recollections of the place we used to stay in, now replaced by a horrid block of...

  • Bus lane

    All this hullabaloo about the ‘illegal’ bus lane on the Sliema-Gżira road is a load of hogwash. Nobody asked the most important question: is the lane allocated to ordinary traffic wide enough to support traffic both ways, and that includes 12 ...

  • ‘Parkers’ are just spongers

    A pleasant evening can often start on a bad note when one encounters one of the numerous car park attendants (who are colloquially known as ‘parkers’) who litter so many of Malta’s public parking spaces. The issue at stake is not whether motorists...

  • Potential high cost of National Bank case

    Potential high cost of National Bank case

    In connection with the case of the National Bank of Malta, may I recommend to the members of this government that they watch the excellent movie Woman in Gold. It tells the story of a painting by Gustav Klimt which was looted from a Jewish family...

  • Who needs a new theatre?

    It will come as no surprise to many that when the original proposal for an open air theatre to replace the Royal Opera House was first made public, I was at the forefront of those objecting to the idea. Some noted my objections and claimed I had a...

  • Project fired by political expediency

    When all the fluff is taken out of the controversy over the State guarantee for a bridging loan to a consortium entrusted with the building of a new gas-fired power station, what remains is the government’s political urgency to meet an electoral...

  • Check price before buying

    I refer to the letter ‘It’s a high fee for a clinic’ (August 12). It would appear that the correspondent does not seem to be sure which part of the bill he paid constitutes the consultant’s fee and which is the clinic fee. It must be pointed out...

  • Facebook Islamologists

    Facebook Islamologists

    Last week, writing on his Facebook page, Jason Azzopardi, the shadow minister for justice, citizen rights and democracy, asked for a rational, unprejudiced debate on whether the burka should be banned. It’s clear that Azzopardi meant any full...

  • The queue jumpers at Gozo ferry

    The other morning, I was in Gozo and needed to be at work in Żurrieq by 9am to open my shop. As I have done on other mornings, I got to the ferry at 8am and, ticket in hand, made it to the gate by 8.08am, only for the gentleman to tell me that...

  • Sewage marks on the rocks

    Sewage marks on the rocks

    Environmental education has started bearing fruit but enforcement is still needed. Thanks to the increased concern about protecting the natural environment, the perceivable sea pollution seems to have decreased at least in the area where we have...

  • Unsuitable consultants

    I read lately that Toni Abela, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, earned €52,000 over the last two years as a consultant to Minister Joe Mizzi in solving Malta’s transport problems. I wonder if this money was well spent or whether the people’s...

  • ‘Mad apples’

    On reading Ranier Fsadni’s charming feature, ‘Crazy apple, zest of lemon’, instinctively my mind flashed back some 71 years in time when my Ħamrun primary school teacher was preparing us for the Lyceum entrance exam in 1943. Among many other bits...

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