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  • When country came first

    The outgoing president’s tenure was an overwhelming success which, in turn, was brought about by the courage of former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi who appointed George Abela from the then Opposition camp (something that, to my knowledge, was a...

  • Silver lining at the bank

    Some weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the bad experience I had when I assisted my sister-in-law at the Żejtun HSBC branch to open a savings account so she could start receiving the widow’s pension. After my letter appeared, the Żejtun...

  • The two monarchies

    There are today two monarchies with global significance: the Roman monarchy of Pope Francis I and the British monarchy of Queen Elizabeth II. Last Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,...

  • The coming water conflict

    “Whisky is for drinking, water is for fighting over”(Mark Twain). Some may be surprised by this quote because ‘wars are fought on oil, not water’. Yet, John Bulloch, in his book Water Wars: Coming Conflicts in the Middle East, says that it is...

  • Streaming sweet by any name

    The recent policy decision by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo introducing “banding” in Year 4 and Year 5 of State primary schools is completely in line with his philosophy. In fact, when the death knell sounded for the elimination of streaming...

  • Drug addiction and law reform

    As part of the long overdue justice reform process that was set in hand by the Labour government 12 months ago, the highly-anticipated drug legislation review will be published in a White Paper before the summer recess. It is thought that the...

  • “I had sex with …. I don’t know.”

    Let me make things straight from the very beginning. This heading should in no way be construed as some kind of public confession from my part made in the spirit of Lent. It is nothing of the sort. The above was the heading of a piece penned by...

  • A vote for spring

    Something has got to be said about people like Jonathan Shaw who stand up to be counted even when their opinion is not in line with the party they represent. Last week, in an interview with this paper, Jonathan publicly stated that he is...

  • Muscat’s ‘surprises’

    During Times Talk, Godfrey Grima said he was very much impressed by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s forte – a penchant for surprising the public. It was hardly a pleasant surprise to hear Muscat’s reply, that the achievements of his adminis­tration...

  • Thinking palace

    I read that Edward Debono is ‘thinking’ of setting up a Palace of Thinking. I am sure that Dr Debono knows that we now have such a palace, at the Mile End.

  • Freedom Day commemorative medal

    While I was very pleased with all that was done to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Freedom Day, I sorely missed the fact that no mention was made of the noble idea of the then Minister for Culture Agatha Barbara. All school children had...

  • Music as a strong spiritual experience

    I would like to express my sense of awe and appreciation for the beautiful execution of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem which was performed by the Schola Cantorum Jubilate choir of Gozo. A special thanks should go to Stefan Attard, his companion Silvana...

  • Old habits die hard on buses

    I would like to thank Clint Grech for replying to my letter about the park-and-ride shuttle services. Things are now clearer but how could I know such facts if there are no notices telling passengers what number leads to where and when? These...

  • Great service

    About a fortnight ago, I had a severe eye infection which was getting worse by the minute. I went to the Floriana health centre at around 2.30am since my eyes were sore and in pain. I was immediately referred to Mater Dei Hospital. From the...

  • Hands off the children

    Last year was an extraordinary one for Joseph Muscat, especially for callowness, double-talk and dup­licity. But this year looks like it may be even better. The man who used to gush about meritocracy, and who used to get all worked up about the...

  • Just a thought

    Looking again at the luxury yacht from the Saluting Battery, that seems to be permanently berthed in Grand Harbour, the perspective reminded me of a model boat I once saw in my local Mecca toyshop – it cost a pretty penny, but only had a range of...

  • Please sir, she wants more

    That extraordinary tirade of priest bashing by Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli in Parliament last week was an unwarranted flashback to those horror Mintoff years we do not need reminding of. Her outburst didn’t make sense, at...

  • Editorial: Brian May is right on hunting

    Brian May is one of the world’s top guitarists and song writers. He is also an active animal rights campaigner. He runs a group called Save Me which campaigns for the protection of all animals against cruel treatment, with a particular emphasis on...

  • History repeating itself

    Why should good, sound initiatives be spoiled by stupid and anti-social proposals? The Gozo Channel Co. recently an­nounced mornings trips every half hour. Excellent news. Also, the recent free travel days initiative was admirable. Gozo Channel...

  • A true creative economy

    There was a time when the world economy was propelled by power-driven machines and natural resources. The industrial age lasted for about two-and-a-half centuries and its hallmark was ‘mass’ everything: production, markets, distribution. Now, a...

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