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  • Tales of triumphs, near misses and tragedies

    Tales of triumphs, near misses and tragedies

    In October 1941 my troop took over XHD19, a four by 3.7-inch heavy anti-aircraft (HAA) gun position. It was out in the wild, close to Binġemma, with only a watch tower, built by the Knights of St John, and a large underground water reservoir...

  • Malta turns into the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’ as Gallipoli ends in stalemate

    Malta turns into the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’ as Gallipoli ends in stalemate

    In the wake of the Dardanelles campaign, preparations began for large-scale troop landings on the Gallipoli peninsula. After the initial landing, the Allies were able to make little progress from their landing sites as the Turks gathered more and...

  • Medieval Mdina

    Medieval Mdina

    Mdina has earned its reputation as the silent city. And it is. The squares are a stage for the sun’s rays miming a shadow puppet show. The thick ancient walls muffle the sound of steps playing a silent percussion along the narrow, cobbled...

  • Open those gates

    Open those gates

    You have spent most of your life in Mdina. How has the old capital changed along the years? I have spent most of my life in Mdina. Despite appearances and the impression that the bastions make the city impervious to change, Mdina has indeed...

  • The stage is set

    From battles and skirmishes to sword fights, live music, falconry displays and historic re-enactments, the Mdina Medieval Festival will show you exciting times. Anakron Living History Anakron Living History brings together people with an active...

  • A healthy investment

    A healthy investment

    How has the local buy-to-let market grown in these past years? In recent years, the buy-to-let market has enjoyed strong growth thanks to thousands of foreigners visiting our islands. This is because foreigners who are working here or are looking...

  • For your viewing pleasure

    For your viewing pleasure

    Endless driving around, dealing with hostile owners and viewing properties that look like they have suffered a natural disaster. Still, house hunting can be fun. The house you’re looking for is somewhere out there. The problem is finding it. For...

  • Market leaders

    Market leaders

    With over 25 years of experience, Mekanika is a leader in the supplying, commissioning and maintaining of air conditioning systems both for the commercial and residential market segments. Mekanika is the distributor for both Panasonic and Samsung...

  • Quality gates and doors

    Quality gates and doors

    With over 50 years’ experience in the sheet metal industry, FGP Limited has built a long-standing reputation of providing not only garage doors but also superior quality custom-made gates. FGP Limited manufactures and installs all types of gates...

  • Maintaining his composure

    Maintaining his composure

    Sean Mallia is a working photographer as well as a student at the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta, so it should come as no surprise that he has an affinity for architectural photography. However, a single label like...

  • How high should we aim?

    How high should we aim?

    Does Malta really need more high-rise buildings due to the limited land available? And what about the effect on the environment and society, asks Veronica Stivala. When the trend started back in the 1950s, high-rise was a quick solution to housing...

  • Getting the price is right

    Getting the price is right

    So you’re moving on. You’re setting up house in a quieter spot or a main town where everything is just a stroll away. You’re downsizing or have just bought a bigger house with a garden and pool. Whatever your reason for packing everything and...

  • Green building technology

    Green building technology

    With the onset of spring, we start to shed our grievances about the weather we have experienced. Reliance on heating systems may be on the wane but temperatures may still hover in the mid-teens. The same dependence on artificial conditioning...

  • The Battle for Malta – our finest hour

    The Battle for Malta – our finest hour

    At the end of the 18th century, the Maltese asked the British Navy in the Mediterranean, under the command of Horatio Nelson, to help them get rid of the French. Napoleon Bonaparte, on his way to conquer Egypt, had ousted, without a fight, the...

  • First flight over Malta and initial stages of Gallipoli campaign

    First flight over Malta and initial stages of Gallipoli campaign

    1915 opened with the prospect of a new front in the Dardanelles after the Ottoman Empire declared war on the Allies in late 1914. At the same time the first known aircraft flew over Malta for the first time. After a number of Allied warships were...

  • Reverse sneezing

    Last week Duchess’s owner phoned me panic-stricken because her Shih Tzu was having difficulty breathing. She described her dog as making terrible respiratory noises. Since I was unable to witness the respiratory attack, I asked her to place her...

  • Big history in small place

    Big history in small place

    ­­The site where Robert E. Leesurrendered his Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago on Thursday, effectively ending the US’s bloodiest war, is proof that history’s biggest turning points can occur in the smallest places. Ceremonies,...

  • Prince Harry flies a Spitfire

    Prince Harry flies a Spitfire

    File footage was released yesterday of Prince Harry making his maiden flight in a Spitfire on a sortie from Goodwood via the Isle of Wight, to launch a scholarship for wounded veterans. During the flight in February 2014, the Royal performed a...

  • When Malta took over air traffic control services and airfield operations from the British Services in 1979

    When Malta took over air traffic control services and airfield operations from the British Services in 1979

    While commemorating the centenary of aviation in Malta one has to highlight some milestones attained during these past 100 years. These include: the first flight that took place in Malta on February 13, 1915; the first Maltese pilot to obtain an...

  • Remembering colleagues in theaviation industry

    Remembering colleagues in theaviation industry

    Malta is this year celebrating 100 years of aviation history. In my 45 years’s experience of aviation and air cargo logistics I have come across colleagues who laid the building blocks for the success of this industry. I dedicate these...

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