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  • Understanding Malta’s military architecture

    Understanding Malta’s military architecture

    A cross between a museum, an information point and a resource centre, the Fortifications Interpretation Centre was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor and rated number eight on the list of Top things to do in Valletta. The centre,...

  • 5 Things to escape to this season

    5 Things to escape to this season

    5. Take in some jazz with Kikker Trio Kikker, meaning ‘frog’ in Dutch, is an Amsterdam-based trio consisting of musicians from Japan, Holland and Malta. Join in for a night of music, covering jazz repertoire and some original material. The concert...

  • The Slush Pile

    The Slush Pile

    Apparently, it’s de rigueur for everyone to list their summer reading. Politicians, all the way from Obama to our local varieties, are spending their summers indulging in politico-inspirational memoirs. Or so we’re told. So allow me to roll out my...

  • New phase for St James Cavalier rebranding process

    New phase for St James Cavalier rebranding process

    The growth process that St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity has embarked on during these past months has now reached a new stage with a number of milestones being ticked off what artistic director Toni Sant and chairman Rupert Cefai describe...

  • Through the keyhole

    Through the keyhole

    Iggy Fenech goes behind the bolted doors of the Corradino Correctional Facility to discover how unLOCK, an art installation curated by Pierre Mifsud as part of this year’s Valletta International Visual Arts Festival, has given the inmates the...

  • An emotional tribute

    An emotional tribute

    Driving toward the Maria Rosa Wine Estate, I should have known that the evening ahead would be breathtaking and magical. I was about to attend the launch of Maltese songstress Rachel Fabri’s album, Forever Yours, a compilation of carefully-chosen...

  • By the light of the moon

    By the light of the moon

    It was, as expected, a hot and balmy summer night, even in the open, airy courtyard of the Gozo University Campus in Xewkija. Organised by pro-rector Joe Friggieri and Manwel Mifsud, the event for which many gathered was titled Lejla Għall-Qamar...

  • Slowdive’s Neil Halstead in Malta performance

    Slowdive’s Neil Halstead in Malta performance

    Neil Halstead, guitarist and primary song-writer of legendary shoegaze outfit Slowdive will be playing a solo concert organised by HairyAmp Promotions. Neil has been hailed by AllMusic as “one of Britain’s most respected songwriters” with Time Out...

  • Areolas: shaken and stirred

    Areolas: shaken and stirred

    This year has been a very active one with gigs for The Areola Treat. What has been happening behind the scenes? We’ve been focusing on more new work. We will always welcome the opportunity to compose new material. Our drummer Chris has also been...

  • Never has a BMW looked this good!

    Never has a BMW looked this good!

    Name: BMW Concept M4 GTS. Appearance: Did you ever see that documentary where certain men had developed physical attractions to their cars? Expect a few more instances of that if this BMW is ever built. The bulging bonnet hides a...

  • Miriam Cauchi for this year’s La Bohème

    Miriam Cauchi for this year’s La Bohème

    Fresh from her resounding success singing with Joseph Calleja at his annual concert in Malta, I manage to find a few quiet moments with soprano Miriam Cauchi who, despite her busy schedule speaks to me about her forthcoming per- formance of Mimí...

  • Hybrids have staying power

    Hybrids have staying power

    In 1995, the first Toyota Prius prototype refused to move, baffling the project team and Takeshi Uchiyamada – Toyota’s current chairman. “We had no idea what was wrong, so we worked late every night to figure it out. We finally got it to move...

  • A leading lady

    A leading lady

    From Madama Butterfly to the soundtrack of Alien: Isolation, critically-acclaimed conductor Natalie Murray Beale’s repertoire is as diverse as they come. She speaks to Iggy Fenech about conducting the national orchestra in the upcoming concert...

  • Newly accomplished, refreshed and refined

    Newly accomplished, refreshed and refined

    The new Hyundai ix20, very popular for its versatile interior, is now available in a newly upgraded version, offering an engaging blend of premium design and technology. It is immediately recognisable by its neat design. The ix20’s compact body...

  • A solid crime drama

    A solid crime drama

    Anti-SocialDirector: Reg TravissStars: Gregg Sulkin, Meghan Markle, Josh MyersDuration: 116 minsClass: 15KRS Cinema Releasing Dee (Gregg Sulkin) is a young and exceptionally talented street-graffiti artist, expressing his anti-establishment views...

  • New VW Transporter

    New VW Transporter

    Volkswagen has recently announced the specifications for its new Transporter panel van and Kombi models. The sixth-generation model launches with the widest range of engines, transmissions and trim level options ever offered by the marque, with a...

  • A canine hero

    A canine hero

    MaxDirector: Boaz YakinStars: Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke KleintankDuration: 111 minsClass: PGKRS Cinema Releasing Sure to manipulate its way into animal lovers’ hearts thanks to the lovable exploits of its canine protagonist, Max is a...

  • More than a school

    More than a school

    In the 2015 Seat Leon Eurocup, there exists a unique racing team, Monlau Competición, an organisation of schooling for engineering and mechanics in Barcelona that complements ‘theory’ with the ‘practical’ side of real race experience. The...

  • Favourite foods, gluten-free

    Favourite foods, gluten-free

    I guess what coeliacs miss most is bread and pizza. There are many recipes for gluten-free bread, some with flours you may never have heard of or some too complicated. This instead is a very straightforward bread recipe that is quick and easy to...

  • Calling all Fiat 500 owners!

    Calling all Fiat 500 owners!

    Fiat 500 Club Italia, with the support of the Malta Automobile Club, will be visiting Malta on the weekend of September 4-6 for their annual Raduno titled ‘A Malta in 500’. The event will take place at Dock One in Cottonera, where the entire Fiat...

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