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  • Does Malta need a British High Commission?

    I am English and have lived in Malta for 14 years. Recently I needed to contact the British High Commission as my passport expires towards the end of this year as I also needed some papers to be countersigned for my bank in the UK. When I...

  • Charlie Hebdo, at Vittoriosa

    Charlie Hebdo, at Vittoriosa

    No, not another caricature that hurts Islam but one that pokes fun at an old Catholic tradition which could have featured in Charlie Hebdo! It would have provoked a public outcry if it was published at the time it was made, over 300 years ago. At...

  • Save the Malta honeybee

    The indigenous, Maltese honeybee, Apis Mellifera Ruttneri, has evolved to live in perfect harmony with the local environment. Foreign apicultural experts are full of praise for this sub-species and strongly urge us, Maltese beekeepers, to protect...

  • Greece’s problems

    As the flamboyant 53-year-old Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis tried to gain support to alter the terms of the European bailout that expires at the end of this month, his fiscally hardline German counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble made it clear...

  • Repeating untruths about cycling and mortality

    I refer to the twin letters by Jim Wightman and George Debono in The Sunday Times of Malta of February 8, which are a direct response to my letter in the previous issue of the newspaper. It is indeed a pleasure to read Wightman’s reflective piece,...

  • Is there a glimmer of hope in Ukraine?

    Is there a glimmer of hope in Ukraine?

    The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that takes effect today offers a glimmer of hope that this conflict – which has so far claimed over 5,000 lives and plunged relations between Russia and the West to a new low – will be contained and perhaps one day...

  • Writing in the sand

    One hot summer evening three or four years ago I found myself at the Augustinian church in Valletta for a recital of Bach’s cello suites. It seems the timing coincided with what the friars call ‘il-Brevjarju’ (the Breviary), a Liturgy of the Hours...

  • Malta, Germany and Greece

    Current developments in the EU, in particular Germany’s attitude to the new Greek government, and the repercussions that a lack of agreement would have on other EU members, not least Malta, and the eurozone, reminds me of a string of personal...

  • On news and graffiti

    On news and graffiti

    An image went viral on social media last week, showing graffiti on the 17th-century coastal watch­tower at Qalet Marku in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. The story escalated when the picture was picked up by sections of the media and published online. Within a...

  • Begging for Mepa’s pardon

    Last Tuesday a number of environmental NGOs held a press conference in which they questioned and vehemently condemned the much-touted proposal for a Mepa amnesty regarding planning infringements that took place before 2013. The righteous...

  • Life on Amnesty Island

    Before the last general election held in Italy, Silvio Berlusconi had already become a parody of himself and the epitome of political absurdity. It wasn’t just his appearance, which was ridiculous – repeated facelifts left the former prime...

  • When a scoop is not a scoop

    Is it true that soon Malta will be hit by a shower not of hail (we have now been accustomed to that) but of missiles fired by Isis? It does not seem likely, and in fact, Isis, in the notorious and shabbily written document titled ‘The Islamic...

  • Islanders

  • St Paul was a switcher

    St Paul was a switcher

    And so it was that St Paul, on his way to be executed in Rome in AD 60, shipwrecked on an island called Melita. Now this could have been the Melita which became our very own Malta or else the other Melita, close to Dubrovnik in the Adriatic Sea,...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

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  • Are they prettying up the city? Or...

    Speaking personally, I think the idea of bringing some life to the part of Valletta known as City Gate, is nothing short of inspired. We need a fresh proliferation of tat and junk stalls in the entrance to our capital, like goldfish need...

  • ZTV - Contract

  • Valentine with Christian and Ana

    What kind of world is this that celebrates the feast supposedly dedicated to love by a film glorifying domination not love? Valentine Day this year was heralded by a perverse prelude, the release yesterday of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Those who...

  • The need for tax on fuel

    The debate about fuel prices is justified particularly so when we are under the yoke of a state monopoly. It is also justified when the global market for oil has collapsed and its price reduced by 50 to 60 per cent within six months. The debate,...

  • Village borders

    The fact that village boundaries according to the Church are not the same as those recognised by the State is rather confusing. A friend of mine says that during the Easter season a priest from Paola goes to bless his home when his post code is...

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