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  • Lost and found Schranzes

    Lost and found Schranzes

    In the run-up to the 2018 Schranz Artists Bicentenary celebrations, John Schranz’s fifth article adopts a different viewpoint. Among the nearly 400 works offered for the exhibition are some whose owners discovered their painting’s importance when...

  • Celebrating St Paul and St Publius

    Celebrating St Paul  and St Publius

    It is strange that in Malta, where we are so proud of the historical event of AD60, the two saints involved had not been venerated until a few centuries ago. Why did it fall on two parishes that are not situated in any of the historical zones to...

  • We need to fight obesity, not obese people

    We need to fight obesity,  not obese people

    The alarming rates of obesity have brought widespread attention to the medical consequences of this public health problem. Often ignored, however, are the social and personal obstacles overweight and obese individuals face. People who are obese...

  • The meaning inside of words

    The meaning inside of words

    We often hear the idiom ‘read between the lines’, meaning to understand something that is not explicitly written. The nature of language does not stop there. Words also have their own hidden information tht is not explicitly stated and yet it...

  • Myth debunked: Bilingual children will not master either language

    Myth debunked: Bilingual children will not master either language

    Are you a concerned parent, wondering which language to use when speaking to your children? Maybe you have heard people telling you to stick to only one language because otherwise children will get confused if they learn both English and Maltese...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Logograms are circular glyphs used by the alien race to communicate with humans in the film Arrival. The main character is a linguist, who is tasked with the understanding of the language. She uses techniques that are normally used on words, such...

  • Floriana’s darkest day

    Floriana’s darkest day

    During World War II, Floriana’s location, being adjacent to Marsa and the Grand Harbour, made the Germans suspect the locality was used for storage, and that the parish church was of military importance. A man who served at Lintorn Barracks,...

  • ‘Massacre and terrorism from the air’

    ‘Massacre and terrorism from the air’

    Eighty years ago tomorrow, Guernica in Spain was heavily bombed during the Spanish Civil War. The attack gained infamy because it involved the deliberate targeting of civilians by a military air force. Charles Debono says that the aircraft being...

  • Malta and World War I – January-May 1917

    Malta and World War I – January-May 1917

    Charles Debono, curator of the National War Museum, takes readers back a century to the first few months of 1917 through some of the most significant or poignant wartime stories appearing in local newspapers of the time. Collections for welfare of...

  • Urethral plugs: a critical emergency

    Urethral plugs: a critical emergency

    This week, Dante’s problem finally cleared up. Dante is a seven-year-old ginger tom-cat who was rescued off the streets with a broken hip, nursed back to health and adopted by a loving family complete with nine other cats and a dog. His owners...

  • The big hoax

    The big hoax

    Following an article that appeared in this newspaper last Sunday about a new film linking the MMR vaccine to autism, consultant paediatrician Victor Grech explains why the claims are utterly false. Massive research (at the taxpayers’ [our!]...

  • The politics of dissent

    The politics of dissent

    There’s upheaval in the global political sphere. Brexit and President Donald Trump’s inauguration sent shockwaves the world over. In his article published in the latest Think magazine, Dr George Vital Zammit analyses the emergence of political...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A new wandering spider species has been discovered in Baja California Sur in Mexico. It mostly lives in grottos and old mines. With two red fangs, the Sierra Cacachilas wandering spider (Califorctenus cacachilensis) is a relative of the highly...

  • Myth debunked: Does the earth’s distance from the sun cause seasons?

    Myth debunked: Does the earth’s distance from the sun cause seasons?

    Our lives revolve around the seasons. They change the weather, amount of sunlight, rainfall and how plants and animals behave: in short our daily habits are defined by it. These all important seasons all depend on how far the earth is from the sun...

  • Maltese photographer chronicles 'a date that will live in infamy'

    Maltese photographer chronicles 'a date that will live in infamy'

    On the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, at exactly 7.48am, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. The date, which was famously proclaimed by President...

  • Prince Harry reveals decades-long struggle to confront grief of mother's death

    Prince Harry reveals decades-long struggle to confront grief of mother's death

    Prince Harry has revealed he sought counselling after two years of "total chaos" having spent nearly 20 years "not thinking" about the death of his mother. Harry was 12 years old when Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash but he said...

  • Ivory: A natural material reflecting the purification from sin

    Ivory: A natural material reflecting   the purification from sin

    On April 30, 2016, a huge bonfire was set alight in Nairobi where €99 million worth of poached elephant tusks, thought to result from 6,000 illegally slaughtered elephants, went up in flames. Many believe that as long as a legal ivory market...

  • Qormi’s medieval pala d’altare – a plea for its restoration

    Qormi’s medieval pala d’altare – a plea for its restoration

    One of the few existing medieval retables in Malta is a dismembered pala d’altare at the Qormi parish church of St George that dates to approximately the middle of the 15th century. This retable’s four component parts are, however, still extant...

  • Are we what we eat?

    Are we what we eat?

    We know that we do not eat as well as we should. As recently as 2016 an international team of dietary experts published The Healthy Plate – Dietary Guidelines for Maltese Adults. This study defined a simple healthy approach to eating. And the...

  • Restoring art to its former glory

    Restoring art to its former glory

    The science of conservation and restoration provides the chance for society to enjoy various works of art for centuries. As we celebrate Easter today different statues adorn our churches. However, variations in temperature and humidity provide...

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