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  • Carpisa and Penélope Cruz together again

    Carpisa, the Italian brand leader in handbags and suitcases, renewed its collaboration with Penélope Cruz for 2016. We will see Cruz in the new spot of Carpisa, where she becomes a singer to perform the famous song by Domenico Modugno Tu si’ na...

  • A carnival dress to impress

    A carnival dress to impress

    A little workshop in Tarxien is a hub of activity at this time of year as members of the Għaqda Kultura Armar Marija Annunzjata are busily preparing for their first major event this year – carnival. You’ll find members doing stencil work on large...

  • Fruit and veg ‘help prevent weight gain’

    Fruit and veg ‘help prevent weight gain’

    Eating fruit and vegetables that are high in a key compound – such as apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries and radishes – may help prevent weight gain. Research from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia has found that fruit and...

  • Preparing for carnival: the finishing touches

    Preparing for carnival: the finishing touches

    The backstage to carnival is a busy one, says Stephanie Fsadni, as she joins two carnival companies busily putting the finishing touches to their floats. As carnival floats parade along Valletta’s main streets during the annual defilé, many...

  • Too much exercise can affect ability to lose kilos

    Too much exercise can affect ability to lose kilos

    Hitting the gym in the hope of burning up calories to lose weight can backfire as the body adapts to higher activity levels, a study has found. The change in metabolism means that slimmers who rely on exercise to achieve their goals are likely to...

  • In Italian Mafia stronghold, football players take a stand

    In Italian Mafia stronghold, football players take a stand

    Locri, a seaside town in Italy’s deep south, has long been a hotbed for the Calabrian Mafia, which uses threats and violence to extort virtually every business, from the pizzerias to the fishmongers. But the 12 young women of the Sporting Locri...

  • Queen of the desert

    Queen of the desert

    Manoeuvring a 170kg motorbike in desert dunes for more than 10 hours a day is the challenge that Laia Sanz is intensely preparing for. As she prepares for one of the world’s toughest races – the Dakar – Sanz performs the same routine every...

  • Technology at the wheel

    Technology at the wheel

    Volkswagen is entering into a strategic partnership with Mobileye, a technology leader in the area of automated image processing. The companies signed a letter of intent to this effect at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The central...

  • Giving a little more

    Giving a little more

    Driving an icon is not an everyday occurrence. The Fiat 500 is one such icon. Originally launched in 1949, the front engine 500 was aimed at meeting the demands of the post-war market which called for economy cars. Back then, it had a two-door...

  • New year, new concepts

    Kia A1A Optima Appearance: Brace yourself: Fast and Furious body styling has made a comeback. Allegedly inspired by the US state of Florida, Kia has taken an Optima and given it a huge twist. The showroom Optima is a really smart-looking car, but...

  • Bentley introduces stone interior veneers

    Bentley introduces stone interior veneers

    If wood trim just isn’t classy enough for prestigious British carmaker Bentley, there are now two stone finishes to choose from. The craftsmen at Crewe take slices just 0.1mm thick, cured with glass fibre and a bespoke resin, to give lightweight...

  • Along for the ride

    Along for the ride

    Car-sharing – especially to and from work – is not exactly popular in Malta but it is growing rapidly in popularity across all of Europe thanks to its cost-saving and environmental benefits. Simply hopping into a car with a friend, colleague or...

  • In the shadow of the volcano

    In the shadow of the volcano

    Normally when a car brand invites journalists to do a bit of off-roading they mean they’ve found a dusty track that wouldn’t trouble a golf cart, let alone a lightweight faux-by-four or crossover. Jeep, on the other hand, invited a small group to...

  • Passion for design rewarded

    Passion for design rewarded

    Four years after winning the EyesOn Design best concept car award for the Lexus LF-LC 2+2 Hybrid Sport Coupe, Lexus has received high accolades for the production car, the all-new LC 500 luxury coupe. The Lexus LC 500 was named 2016 EyesOn Design...

  • Express Trailers sponsor Escort Mk1

    Express Trailers sponsor Escort Mk1

    Victor Felice works as a truck driver at Express Trailers. However, when he’s not at work, he’s usually in his garage working on his Ford Escort Mk1. The flaming orange Escort, which is sponsored by Express Trailers, will again be participating in...

  • Best in class

    Best in class

    The Audi A4 Sedan 3.0 TDI with 160 kW/218hp has taken home the most prestigious automotive prize in the United Kingdom for this year. The expert jury panel for the consumer magazine What Car? designated the midsize sedan as the best car in its class.

  • Honda concept mixes maxi scooter and adventure bike

    Honda concept mixes maxi scooter and adventure bike

    Honda is trying to translate the adventure bike to the urban sprawl with a new maxi-scooter concept. The aggressive-looking City Adventure has dual-purpose tyres, angular bodywork reminiscent of current adventure bikes and even hand guards. It...

  • True to its roots

    True to its roots

    The latest model of the Porsche 911 is a symbol of evolution and perseverance that has become a benchmark in the motoring world. Throughout all these years, Porsche engineers have carried forward enthusiasm and emotion which in turn, have...

  • The urban all-rounder

    The urban all-rounder

    Recently launched in Malta, the all-new BMW X1 treats the premium compact segment to an even more potent shot of sports activity vehicle DNA. The second generation of this successful model, of which more than 730,000 units have now been sold,...

  • Restoration, conservation of Safi’s titular statue of St Paul

    Restoration, conservation of Safi’s titular statue of St Paul

    The way some works of art look now is different from the way they did at the time they were made, and therefore not what the artists had intended. The aesthetic appearance of most polychrome wooden sculptures in Malta has been changed at some...

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