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  • Residents, reputation, religion and rebuilding in Valletta’s Mandraggio

    Residents, reputation, religion and rebuilding in Valletta’s Mandraggio

    Valletta hosted other more refined establishments aimed to cater for the families of British servicemen and the Maltese upper class, and again, men from the Mandraggio formed part of their staff. Although it had a bad reputation, many cap­able...

  • Malta, Nelson and a cuckolded English aristocrat’s tortured soul

    Malta, Nelson and a cuckolded English aristocrat’s tortured soul

    In the late 18th century, English gentlemen were expected to embark on the Grand Tour of Europe, particularly to Italy. It was a phenomenon of the period that saw its beginning in the late 16th century and subsequently it became fashionable for...

  • A wealth of art and architecture

    A wealth of art and architecture

    When was ReCoop set up and with what aims? ReCoop was set up just under 12 years ago by a group of conservators who had just graduated from the University of Malta’s very first bachelor’s degree in conservation which was offered by the Malta...

  • A good day at the office

    Roses planted at the perimeter of vineyards are an indicator of the vines’ health and an early warning of impending stress or disease. It’s not just agriculture that uses a system of indicators and early warnings. Even the economy, when analysed...

  • Origin and development of Valletta’s Mandraggio

    Origin and development of Valletta’s Mandraggio

    On March 14, 1566, just six months after the lifting of the Great Siege of 1565, the Order of St John set out to build a new fortified city as its seat in Malta, on the Xiberras peninsula between il-Porto Grande and Marsamuxetto. Grand Master Jean...

  • Maltese, Sicilian Magdalens and the trail of Caravaggio’s influence

    Maltese, Sicilian Magdalens and the trail of Caravaggio’s influence

    In 1672, Giovanni Pietro Bellori, a prominent biographer of artists of the 17th century, commenting about St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, wrote: “Per la chiesa medesima di San Giovanni, entro la cappella della natione Italiana dipinse due mezze...

  • Hyperthyroidism in cats

    Hyperthyroidism in cats

    Last week, I saw Michia for the first time. Michia, her owners informed me, was an elderly cat that had gone extremely thin. I could see from the way they spoke and looked at her that they had dreaded this moment. It was also clear that they had...

  • 10 things tourists do in Gozo that locals should remember to try

    10 things tourists do in Gozo that locals should remember to try

    When you live in a holiday destination, it’s easy to take the easy access to sun, sea, sand and adventure for granted. We end up neglecting some of Gozo’s premier attractions because we think they are just for the tourists. But the reason tourists...

  • The perils of being Gozitan

    The perils of being Gozitan

    Tongue firmly in cheek, Anna Marie Galea reminisces about being native to the sister island and the awe with which Maltese friends looked upon her. Ask any Gozitan (yes, that’s a thing; more about that later) what they hate most in the world and...

  • A new wave of Gozitan creatives

    A new wave of Gozitan creatives

    Iggy Fenech meets seven talented Gozitan friends to discover how they’re furthering Gozo’s name in the arts, culture, fashion and creative industries. Joeline Tabone, director/founder of Naupaca Dance Factory “I get inspired by everyday life and...

  • Spending the weekend poolside

    Spending the weekend poolside

    For many Maltese, some of the most anticipated summertime activities happen around the pool in some remote Gozitan farmhouse. Good food, ice-cream, plenty of sun... just the ingredients for a chilled break. But before you dive into the fun, be...

  • Waves of being

    Waves of being

    Three days and nights of music, arts and lifestyle. Over 40 acts including 15 international artists. And all this under the sun and stars at Ramla Bay. Sandra Aquilina discovers that Gozo turns hip for this summer’s Sunscape Festival. When all you...

  • Take a boutique break

    Take a boutique break

    If you’re based in Malta, then Gozo is probably one of your favourite places to get away from it all. And now, as Jo Caruana discovers, there’s a stunning new boutique destination that combines island charm with style and luxury. The great Gozitan...

  • Celebrating 130 years of the first regular Gozo-Malta mail service

    Celebrating 130 years of the first regular Gozo-Malta mail service

    We leave Valletta through the new Victoria Gate which has just been completed. There is an inscription in Latin on the inside to mark the event. Why write it in Latin when so very few understand it? Maybe it is because it is neutral in the battle...

  • Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby at the Battle of Waterloo

    Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby at the Battle of Waterloo

    As we contemplate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo there is one individual more than any other who commands our attention due to his close links, indeed, his governorship of the Maltese islands for seven years and his actions on that...

  • Who’s your (TV) daddy?

    Who’s your (TV) daddy?

    At any time there is going to be a show centred around a ‘standard’ family on television. They’re traditionally suburbanite and well off, so as to justify the three or more children and the large living rooms (so there is a lot of space for the...

  • Feeling the pressure

    Feeling the pressure

    A new baby brings a number of changes. Psychotherapist Charles Azzopardi tells Claire Caruana this period of adjustment can be stressful for the father too. When a baby is born, a lot of attention often shifts entirely to the baby, with many...

  • Turning bath time into playtime

    Turning bath time into playtime

    From bath time to bedtime, there are a number of rituals parents participate in with their children that bring them closer together. These small acts provide a sense of security to little ones and serve as family bonding time. However, many...

  • The real-life daddy day-care

    The real-life daddy day-care

    From changing nappies to afternoons at the park, James Broome tells Jo Caruana why being a stay-at-home dad may well be the greatest job in the world. James Broome has certainly got his hands full. As the stay-at-home dad of Megan, 6, and Ruby, 4,...

  • A dad, by any other name

    A dad, by any other name

    A total of 207 children are currently in foster placement in Malta. In the run-up to Father’s Day, Sandra Aquilina goes beyond the figures to listen to one man’s story of life as a foster carer “No one child’s story is the same as the other, no...

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