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  • This man makes curries so hot, you have to sign a waiver to eat them

    This man makes curries so hot, you have to sign a waiver to eat them

    South Korea is proud of its spicy food. It is one of very few cold weather countries to embrace the chili pepper. Foreigners are often incredulously asked, "You can eat that?" when tucking into a bowl of kimchi jjigae or a plate of fire...

  • Żabbar’s constant development as a parish

    Żabbar’s constant development as  a parish

    The concept of the formation of Christian communities has passed through various developments. The seed sown by the Gospel, enlivened by the apostles and first disciples, began to grow in various grounds in different ages. In time these...

  • Victories, retreats and stalemates during August-December 1916

    Victories, retreats and stalemates during August-December 1916

    On August 27, 1916, Romania declared war on the Central Powers and began the invasion of Austria-Hungary through the Carpathian Mountains. The Romanians advanced 50 miles into Transylvania. A day later, Italy declared war on Germany, thus...

  • Marking 800 years of Dominican legacy

    Marking 800 years of Dominican legacy

    This year, the Dominican order, or order of preachers, or even still, the black friars, are celebrating the 800th anniversary of its foundation by Dominic of Guzman – a humble friar who came from the small village of Kalruega in Spain, who managed...

  • Can elderly care standards be enforced?

    Can elderly care standards be enforced?

    As Malta begins moving towards providing more services to an ever-increasing number of older adults, the government is also radically changing how these services are provided. Initiated in 2015 with the termination of contracts with the Malta...

  • Injuries to the footpads

    Injuries to the footpads

    Last week, Gravy had an encounter with a door. Gravy is a two-year-old smooth-haired female miniature dachshund, very well proportioned with a lovely, pointed nose. The name dachshund is a literal translation of the German term for ‘badger dog’.

  • Myth debunked: Climate change deniers

    Myth debunked: Climate change deniers

    Despite the soaring temperatures, rapid-melting ice-creams, and frequent ‘Hottest [insert your favourite month here] ever recorded!’ headlines, people still remain sceptic about the (human-induced) change in climate across the world. The deniers’...

  • Art and science tie the knot

    Art and science tie the knot

    Picture the renaissance – a time of enlightenment reflected in a leap in artistic development; art that has vastly outlived its creators, become a staple in our collective memory and a pride of human achievement. Now picture what the renaissance...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams (shown here) and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA successfully installed the first of two international docking adapters (IDAs) on Friday, August 19, 2016, during a five-hour-and-58-minute spacewalk. The...

  • To the rescue

    To the rescue

    The word ‘volunteer’ is associated with positive vibes and a dose of admiration for people who act selflessly and without sparing any thought for financial profit. Think about it. When a water pipe bursts, you don’t call a volunteer plumber and...

  • To move forward in exhilaration

    To move forward in exhilaration

    Tomorrow, Daniel Massa is reading his poetry in English and Maltese on the stage of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival accompanied by Glen Calleja and Albert Gatt. He will then be interviewed by Kenneth Wain. Prof. Massa doesn’t often...

  • Decoding Scandinavian cool at Copenhagen Fashion Week

    Decoding Scandinavian cool at Copenhagen Fashion Week

    Copenhagen Fashion Week is the only fashion week that is covered by world-leading fashion site vogue.com, London-based fashion news site The Business of Fashion, W Magazine and Dazed Digital besides the leading fashion destinations of NY, London,...

  • Construction and problems of the Malta railway

    Construction and problems of the Malta railway

    An account of the construction of the railway was published in The Engineer of April 13, 1883, two months after the official inauguration. The description of the difficulties encountered during the construction would have resonated with Victorian...

  • Malta and World War I, July to December 1916

    Malta and World War I, July to December 1916

    Towards the end of June 1916, the Allies began a week-long artillery bom­­­­bardment of German defensive positions on the Somme River in northern France, in preparation for a major British-led offensive. Then, at 7.30am on July 1, 1916, the...

  • The painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta

    The painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta

    On our island, the devotion to the painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the basilica sanctuary in Valletta dates back many years. When the Carmelites entered Valletta after the Great Siege in 1570, they built a church dedicated to Our Lady of...

  • Keeping dementia at bay

    Keeping dementia at bay

    In November 1901 a 51-year-old woman developed a cluster of mental symptoms which included memory impairment. She was admitted to the Hospital for the Mentally Ill and Epileptics, Frankfurt am Main, under the care of Dr Alois Alzheimer who had...

  • Myth Debunked: Are chemtrails a secret spraying plot?

    Myth Debunked: Are chemtrails a secret spraying plot?

    Some groups and individuals erroneously believe that the long-lasting condensation trails, or contrails, left behind aircraft are evidence of a secret large-scale spraying programme. They call these imagined features ‘chemtrails’. Adherents of...

  • Nanobot wars

    Nanobot wars

    Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The Grand Canyon and other ones like it are some of earth’s most marvellous formations. It turns out these canyons may not be unique to our planet. Researchers announced last week that the Cassini spacecraft has identified canyons on Saturn’s moon...

  • Writing notes from an island

    Writing notes from an island

    An island’s boundaries free the mind, says Anne Glusker, an author and former editor at The Washington Post who spent three weeks as an artist in residence in Gozo. The journey presented itself like one from a fairy tale: a long, narrow road that...

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