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  • More snippets from my inbox

    How about this for an advert placed in Palermo’s weekly freebie newspaper Omert (I’ve had a translation of the text into English-ish made). “Signori... including capos, under-capos and consigliori... Have you ever wanted to get away from it all?...

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  • Watch: Sex abuse claims gone wrong

    Watch: Sex abuse claims gone wrong

    Tuesday's edition of Times Talk discussed the problem when the ‘perpetrator’ becomes the victim of malicious claims of sexual abuse. With criminal lawyer Joe Giglio, victim support lawyer Roberta Lepre and the CEO of the Foundation for Social...

  • Conduct unbecoming a minister

    It is crystal clear that Home Affairs and National Security Minister Manuel Mallia is uncomfortable committing himself to publish the findings of two inquiries both involving the police force. One is about a decision that was made by former police...

  • Where’s William Morris?

    Where’s William Morris?

    It’s a strange experience, living in Malta in the year 2014. It’s as if we’ve been transported, lock, stock and smoking barrel, into the land of milk and honey, where all is serene and blissful and the populace mooches about with a satisfied grin...

  • Telling appeal by the Pope

    I was intrigued by the words of Pope Francis at the opening of the Synod of bishops in Rome on Sunday to discuss family issues. He told the bishops to stop the bickering between progressives and conservatives. “Synod assemblies are not meant to...

  • Guests at the VVIP area

    Once Mario Dingli enjoys reading my letters due to the “fun” he gets, may I give him some more “fun” to make his day. In his reply to a letter of mine, he says that it is this government which is being “divisive” when President Emeritus Eddie...

  • Żebbuġ core in awful state

    Although I normally refrain from publishing any letters in the papers, I must admit that I feel I have no alternative. The prevailing state of the Żebbuġ village core in the Tad-Dawl area is awful. The roads and pavements are filthy, excrement...

  • High cost of paper

    Joseph Muscat (‘Cost of Paper’, October 7) should feel lucky. Go charge €2 for sending you a bill and an extra €2 if you decide to pay it yourself (instead of through direct debit). This is clearly stated in their terms and conditions.    

  • Lampuki from Vietnam

    I have just purchased two varieties of fish, in frozen form, from a well-established food outlet in Malta, these being lampuki (dorado) and Nile perch. However, while being unaware of the spawning capabilities of these fish or how far...

  • Position on illegal parking

    Can Transport Malta clearly state what the position is regarding illegal parking by vehicles bearing foreign number plates? Are they subjected to the same fines that can be imposed on us when we park our vehicles illegally, for example at a...

  • Mobile causes accidents

    Mobile causes accidents

    There was recently talk in the UK of introducing a new procedure when an accident happens. It was suggested that the mobile phone of the driver involved in an accident be checked for any usage immediately prior to theaccident to establish whether...

  • Synod Watch (2)

    The Synod of Bishop has reached its mid-mark. Now it is expected that the bishops will finalise a document which will serve as the basis for the workshop discussions next week. That document will give one a good idea of where the wind is blowing.

  • Amazing grace

    It is always a heart-breaking affair to see spouses and parents being mourned and wished a final farewell.   Believing, as some of us do, that we pass on to a better life, with angels and sweet music accompanying us for eternity, makes this...

  • B(R)A(N)D MANAGEMENT

    I would despair if I were Joseph Muscat.    At the very least, I would have to wonder why I bother having ministers, when it seems that I have to do everything myself.  Not that Muscat has shown much of an aptitude for doing anything other than...

  • Looking forward imperative

    Simon Anholt is the person who coined the term national branding. Today, by his own admission, he spends most of his time convincing people and governments that there is no such thing as nation branding. He says it is a myth and a dangerous one at...

  • Real but invisible

    Is it a coincidence, a calculated manoeuvre or an atheist fantastic notion that Karl Consiglio’s letter negating the existence of angels appeared in this newspaper on the same day as the liturgical feast of three great Archangels? I had written in...

  • Europe’s avoidable tragedies at sea

    Amnesty International has established a well-earned reputation as a fearless campaigner to end grave human rights abuses wherever they occur. In a report entitled ‘An avoidable tragedy’, Amnesty is highly critical of the European Union for failing...

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