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  • As the mighty Turkish armada was approaching . . . the nobility and bourgeoisie abandoned the island

    As the mighty Turkish armada was approaching . . . the nobility and bourgeoisie abandoned the island

    It is now common practice in contemporary European society that, when conscription is compulsory, not even royalty is exempted from national service; on the contrary they very often display outstanding valour on land, sea and air in the defence of...

  • The festa: analysis of a cultural identity

    The festa: analysis of a cultural identity

    With the Maltese festa season under way, many identify these events with bells, bangs and yells. A brief analysis backed by history data may clear the air for whoever has distorted or prejudiced views, says Charles Coleiro. To look through the...

  • The short guide to adopting

    The short guide to adopting

    You’ve set your heart on adopting a cat or a dog and are about to set out on your quest to find your perfect match. If you have not done this before, here are some tips to set you on the right track. Young, adult or old? Young animals may be cuter...

  • First test-tube baby reveals menacing, scary hate mail

    First test-tube baby reveals menacing, scary hate mail

    The world’s first test-tube baby has revealed the “sick” blood-splattered hate mail her parents received after her ground-breaking birth. Louise Brown, 36, was born at Oldham General Hospital on July 25, 1978, after her parents Lesley and John...

  • Don’t just pack and go

    Don’t just pack and go

    So you’ve sold your old house and you’re moving to a new one. Congratulations are, of course, due. But once all the excitement has quietened down to a simmer, you realise that now comes the dreaded part of packing up your belongings, labelling all...

  • Express delivery

    Express delivery

    The scuffle between online and bricks-and-mortar retail models has dragged on for too long. After all, both have their advantages. Online shopping is convenient, you can do it from the comfort of your home, and you can compare prices without...

  • A bright future

    A bright future

    In identifying a potential flag administration under which to register a vessel, fiscal considerations play a significant role. Malta is the smallest European country with the largest ship register in Europe and the sixth largest worldwide. At the...

  • Pushing for pedal power

    Pushing for pedal power

    Let’s explain the context first: Maltese roads. Statistics published by the EU Commissioner for Transport show that Malta has a better than average road safety and has one of the lowest road fatality rates in Europe. The reality on the roads,...

  • Shifting into green gear

    Shifting into green gear

    We’ve all seen them, parked on the side of the road or thundering by in the fast lane, owning the tarmac like that popular windscreen aphorism: king of the road. And yet, there aren’t many of them. While trucks make up only three per cent of...

  • Gaining momentum as distribution depot

    Gaining momentum as distribution depot

    Over the years Malta has acquired a solid reputation in the transportation logistics industry thanks to its high level of service and ideal geographic positioning. Malta is already one of the leading transhipment pivots for maritime trade in the...

  • The importance of aftersales and customer service

    The importance of aftersales and customer service

    Having had an influential presence in the maritime industry for more than a century, Sullivan Shipping Agencies Limited has evolved into a dynamic and modern logistic provider, placing its customers’ requirements at the forefront of all its...

  • Recognising growth

    Recognising growth

    Thomas Smith’s commitment to providing industry-leading services in air freight and logistics was celebrated when the freight forwarding division received the coveted silver award by Lufthansa Cargo. The award is given out on the basis of...

  • Solidarity on the road

    Solidarity on the road

    Forthy-seven cyclists participating in the Alive 2015 Cycling Challenge for Cancer have found important support from Express Trailers who offered to transport the athletes’ bicycles and cycling equipment by container from Malta to...

  • Alfons Maria Hili: a prelate endowed with wisdom, prudence and pastoral zeal

    Alfons Maria Hili: a prelate endowed with wisdom, prudence and pastoral zeal

    Gozo, in spite of being a small island and often omitted from maps of the Mediterranean, is proud of its heroes and patriots. One of these is Alfons Maria Hili, a man who loved Gozo and the town of Victoria, and a priest who devoted his life for...

  • The western, eastern, Italian fronts in the latter half of 1915

    The western, eastern, Italian fronts in the latter half of 1915

    At the same time as the Gallipoli campaign was being fought, the Allies, particularly Britain, France and their imperial troops, were fighting on the western front, trying to hold the German advance and also recapturing lost territory. There were...

  • Pet talk

    Pet talk

    Last weekend, on a particularly hot Saturday morning, I stopped for a badly-needed refreshment at my favourite snack bar. The tiny place was characteristically busy, with regulars enjoying an early lunch and others like myself simply rehydrating...

  • Bulgaria joins the war with Central Powers, Salonika campaign starts, Malta as nurse of the Mediterranean

    Bulgaria joins the war with Central Powers, Salonika campaign starts, Malta as nurse of the Mediterranean

    When the Ottoman Empire entered the war on October 28, 1914, both the Central Powers and the Entente recognised the strategic importance of Bulgaria. The price of Bulgaria’s participation on either side was Macedonia. As Serbia had secured most of...

  • After 145 years, Corradino’s longest prison term surpassed

    After 145 years, Corradino’s longest prison term surpassed

    Until recently, the longest term of an inmate in Maltese prisons since 1800 was that of John Naylor of the 88th Regiment of Foot, The Connought Rangers, who was imprisoned for 26 years and 360 days. On March 6, 1843, William Martin, a doctor and...

  • Above everything else

    Above everything else

    Flight gives us the means to travel and experience exceptional views and a sense of freedom, says Trevor Darmanin, flight instructor with Malta School of Flying and Malta Wings. Most children dream of being pilots one day. What makes flying...

  • Valletta: more than a port of call

    Valletta: more than a port of call

    Location, history, culture, warm hospitality and efficient support services are helping Malta’s cruise industry grow, says Stephen Xuereb, CEO, Valletta Cruise Port. The Grand Harbour has maintained a strategic importance for centuries. What are...

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