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  • Celebrating art, life, love

    Celebrating art, life, love

    Fifty years after Omar Sharif and Julie Christie captivated audiences in David Lean’s Oscar-winning epic film Doctor Zhivago, the musical adaptation of the love story set during the upheaval of the Russian Revolution will open on Broadway. The...

  • Neverland on Broadway

    Neverland on Broadway

    Finding Neverland, Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein’s first hands-on foray into musical theatre and which follows the British family that inspired Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic children tale Peter Pan, has staked its place on...

  • Inflammation role ‘complicated’

    Inflammation role ‘complicated’

    Inflammation, often seen as a villain in relation to health, may protect against heart disease, a study has suggested. Scientists were surprised by the finding because they suspected inflammation was likely to increase the risk of heart and artery...

  • Too much red wine may harm muscles

    An ingredient in chocolate and red wine reputed to have anti-ageing properties may actually hinder the regeneration and repair of muscles in higher doses, researchers claim. Resveratrol, widely sold in supplements, is said to have powerful...

  • Coffee ‘may protect against MS’

    Drinking coffee may protect against multiple sclerosis (MS), a study suggests. Scientists attribute the effect to caffeine, which has already been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The researchers analysed data from...

  • Excessive sleep linked to strokes

    Excessive sleep linked to strokes

    Getting too much sleep may increase the risk of having a stroke, scientists have said. According to the study by the University of Cambridge, this risk doubles for older people who persistently sleep longer than the average of eight hours a...

  • Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat foods

    Aussie actor gets sugar rush from low-fat foods

    An Australian actor who set out to expose hidden sugar in health food said he gained 8.5kg and a paunch after a 60-day low-fat diet, including yoghurt, cereal, muesli bars and juices. Damon Gameau’s document-ary, That Sugar Film, studies the...

  • Towards female empowerment

    Towards female empowerment

    50 Shades of Grey might currently be making the headlines, but how much do women really know about their bodies? Sandra Aquilina puts the question to Nanette Brimmer, before her staging of The Vagina Monologues. “If it’s not out there, it’s...

  • The young man and the bent copper

    The young man and the bent copper

    The People Next Door, which was held at M Space, Blue Box in Guardamangia, was penned by the Scottish author Henry Adams. It can be described as a comedy thriller that must be seen, not just because it is very amusing and sometimes scary, but also...

  • European theatre festival for students

    Ħolqa, a European theatre festival for students, is being produced by Ġ.F. Abela Junior College and Troupe 18:45 as part of Junior College’s 20th anniversary celebrations. The festival is in its second edition and sees young Maltese theatre...

  • Bowled over by Bach

    Bowled over by Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach has been said to have been capable of composing music so complex it leaves one completely mystified. And yet, pianist Joanne Camilleri tells Veronica Stivala why he is one amazing man. Johann Sebastian Bach is really...

  • Reaching for the stars

    Reaching for the stars

    Ed eats Rampila1, St John’s Cavalier StreetVallettaTel: 9944 1120 Food: 6/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6.5/10 There’s one thing about Michelin-starred restaurants that is often overlooked. The rating system is complex but, as...

  • L’Elisir d’Amore at the Manoel Theatre

    L’Elisir d’Amore at the Manoel Theatre

    This year’s annual Teatru Manoel opera production is Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Possibly Donizetti’s most popular opera, L’Elisir d’Amore is a piece full of joy, hope and optimism and which makes you believe in love. With delightful...

  • Eggs-travaganza galore!

    Eggs-travaganza galore!

    I think eggs are wonderful. They’re full of protein and vitamins, cheap, quick to cook and very versatile. And they come in their own individual bio-degradable wrapper. Could you cook without them? I’m sure I couldn’t. I know there’s the...

  • A jubilee well celebrated

    A jubilee well celebrated

    Half a century ago Din l-Art Ħelwa, an NGO working for the safeguarding of our national heritage, was founded by Judge Maurice Caruana Curran and a small nucleus of associates. The event took place at the Manoel Theatre... so it was most...

  • Intricate language, tiny nuances

    Intricate language, tiny nuances

    I recently reread what, in my opinion, is one of the best books ever written on wine. Questions of Taste – The Philosophy of Wine is a collection of essays by a number of eminent philosophers and wine experts who discuss the topic: ‘Is wine truly...

  • Old criminal code of laws restored

    Old criminal code of laws restored

    Recently, the Chamber of Advocates has decided to champion a more cultural cause than those with which it is normally associated. Though still strictly speaking legal in nature, the merits of the decision taken to restore a surviving copy of the...

  • East-meets-West Sunday brunch

    East-meets-West Sunday brunch

    The Caprice Lounge and Terrace at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa in Attard is now serving an East-meets-West brunch on Sundays from 11am, starting from today. “We will be serving brunch favourites from both the East and West,” says the hotel’s...

  • Valletta City Gate project inspires exhibition

    Valletta City Gate project inspires exhibition

    Following his successful solo exhibition in 2011, fine art photographer Alex Attard – known for specialising in architecture-related series – is currently setting up his new exhibition, entitled The Overlooked Performance. The Valletta City Gate...

  • Going green with envy

    Going green with envy

    It wasn’t the first time I had landed up in a cemetery off the tee. I did it on the first on Ballybunion Old in County Kerry, Ireland. My rescue club saved me. But, on the sixth hole of the Parkland course at Donnafugata, the necropolis got the...

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