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  • A centre for preservation

    As long as the historic structures are protected, allowing modern interventions can render historical centres alive and vibrant, says Joanna Spiteri Staines. How have Malta’s town centres and village cores changed in the past decades? The...

  • Let it be

    I recently helped a friend who was searching for a property to rent during her short trip to Malta. It was surprising how even apartments for short lets were difficult to find. We tried looking for a room in someone’s apartment, but even that...

  • Noble stones

    Edward Pullicino still remembers moments when as a young boy, while walking along one of the most prominent streets of Rabat, his late father Mario would point out to him that Palazzo Castelletti belonged to their family. However, during that...

  • A greener shade

    What are the main elements of a Mediterranean garden? When we think of a Mediterranean garden our mind instantly conjures up a typical setting in which vivid colours, subtle foliage and herbal scents feature prominently. Other characteristic...

  • Starting over

    A bored housewife is given the opportunity to go on holiday with her friend for two weeks in Greece. She packs her bags, leaves a note for her husband, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. What she finds is romance and a new awareness...

  • Fittings for 1001 uses

    In 1947, the first supplies of Kee Klamp fittings were imported by Joseph F. Spiteri & Co. The concept of tubular construction soon caught on in Malta and one of the major early projects was the provision of Kee Klamp jointed spectator grand...

  • Avengers director releases film online

    Avengers director Joss Whedon released his newest film, In Your Eyes, online just as it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, joining the ranks of film-makers experimenting with straight-to-consumer digital distribution. In a surprise video...

  • Lightweight and strong

    The EVG-3D construction system was launched in Malta in 2013 during a public seminar. Developed over 30 years ago, the system has been thoroughly tested and certified to all relevant building codes and international standards. The components of...

  • Blurred Lines is the most downloaded track in UK

    Robin Thicke’s controversial chart-topper has been named the most downloaded track in UK music history. According to a new countdown compiled by the Official Charts Company and unveiled by BBC Radio 1, the track Blurred Lines – which also features...

  • Views to a thrill

    As I enter this Madliena home during a hazy springtime dusk, I’m immediately stunned by the sea view, offset by a gleaming infinity pool. It’s clear that someone with precious design experience has been at work here – in fact, this unique...

  • Film releases

    KRS is today releasing the following films: The Other Woman (12A)Divergent (12A)The Grand Budapest Hotel (12A) For reviews of these movies, check this week’s culture section on The Sunday Times of Malta.

  • Lemon and almond tart

    Ingredients125g softened butter125g granulated sugar3 eggs, separated125g almond flour60g all-purpose flour, sifted1 tsp baking powderJuice and zest of 2 lemonsPowdered sugar (optional) Method Heat the oven to 355˚F/180˚C. Prepare a pan (eight...

  • Canadian singer climbs UK music charts with debut

    Female Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza grabbed the top spot in Britain’s music charts with her debut single Hideaway, which sold more than 136,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said. Calgary-born Kiesza is a classically-trained ballerina...

  • What are you trying to say, Ozzy?

    Ozzy Osbourne and Lady Gaga’s songs leave fans scratching their heads – the singers have topped a poll of acts whose lyrics people find most difficult to make out. Veteran British rock star Ozzy takes first place in the list, followed by...

  • Ultravox’s Vienna named top ’80s hit

    Moody chart hit Vienna by Ultravox has been named the favourite song from the 1980s in a British radio poll. The track, which famously failed to make it to number one after being held off the top slot by novelty hit Shaddap You Face by Joe Dolce,...

  • Hollywood films play to the faithful

    Hollywood has embraced God in a big – and lucrative – way. The movie Heaven is for Real, which depicts the story of a young boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, is the fourth faith-based film this year to stir...

  • Picky vampires land in West End

    A vampire who is a picky eater might seem to be a contradiction but is the star of the show in Let the Right One In, the latest transfer of a cinema hit to the stage. Although the main characters are teenagers – albeit one of whom is several...

  • So simple and sophisticated

    Even when he was in his 80s and in frail health, the French painter, sculptor and, latterly, master of painted cut-out paper Henri Matisse, still had it. That, in part, is what an exhibition of Matisse’s late-life works, some huge and covering...

  • New exhibition is a load of rubbish

    The Science Museum in London is planning a rubbish new exhibition – based on the amount of refuse it throws out every month. It is teaming up with artist Joshua Sofaer and asking visitors to help collect, sort and document the rubbish generated at...

  • Paris- Brest

    Ingredients60g butter or margarine185ml water120g plain flour3 eggs2 tbsps flaked almonds2 cartons small fresh cream1 tbsp icing sugar Method Preheat the oven to 205°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper and draw a 20cm diameter...

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