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  • The age of stone

    The age of stone

    What stories do you tell in Construct, your new exhibition? Rather than actual stories, I think what I want to say is what grabs me about a particular scene. Sometimes I’m standing in a space – it needn’t be your traditional picturesque square –...

  • Capital comic

    You first visited Malta, and Valletta, in 2004. What inspired your choice of destination? My father is a former anthropologist and history buff and visiting Malta was on his list of life goals. When he was diagnosed with lymphoma, the doctor told...

  • A life of prayer

    A life of prayer

    Outside, Republic Street is loud with life. But inside the monastery of the Augustinian cloistered nuns of St Catherine, Fiona Vella finds peace. The concept of life as a cloistered nun has often intrigued people. How could one choose to deny...

  • Building impressions

    Building impressions

    Valletta is a beautiful creation of the late Renaissance: a rigid grid plan punctuated with palaces, baroque churches and bastions walls modelled around the natural site. Two architects speak to Veronica Stivala about their favourite features in...

  • Camera-friendly

    Camera-friendly

    Valletta must be one of the most photo-graphed locations in Malta. What makes it such an attractive subject? Joe Smith: Valletta is steeped in history and rich in architectural heritage. There is something to discover in every corner and even for...

  • A grand start

    A grand start

    The start sequence of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of the most spectacular in the world. The boats fight for position, masters of wind and waves. Then the cannons fire from the grandiose saluting battery and they’re off: a spectacular scene...

  • The street of eat

    The street of eat

    During Notte Bianca, the streets of Valletta will have a name: L-Ikla t-Tajba. Consulting chef David Darmanin lists the ingredients of the project. L-Ikla t-Tajba: how did it all start? It all started rather by accident. Some years ago, the...

  • Malta and Me: colonial politics, Il-Gross and university students

    Malta and Me: colonial politics, Il-Gross and university students

    On a couple of occasions Eric Shepherd tried his hand at prophecy too. He got one right, and the other almost, but not quite. Remarking how ‘prickly’ the Maltese generally were, how anxious they showed themselves to take offence when offence was...

  • Victoria’s statue of St George: an inspiration for 175 years

    Victoria’s statue of St George: an inspiration for 175 years

    A hundred and seventy-five years ago, the parish church of St George in Victoria was preparing to welcome the artistic statue of the martyr-saint of Lydda which gradually was to establish itself as the first titular statue revered on the...

  • Watch out for kidney disease

    This week Casper passed away. Casper was born on October 13, 1996, so he passed away just short of 18 years of age. If we apply the conventional formulaic equivalent, this translates to a venerable 96 years. For the medium-sized dog that he was,...

  • Why go green?

    Why go green?

    Interior plants offer businesses a simultaneously natural and beautiful addition to the interior while benefitting the overall well-being of employees. By incorporating plant life into the design of your space, your staff will be able to enjoy...

  • A project done well

    A project done well

    Omni Stat has successfully completed it latest refurbishment project, at db San Antonio Hotel & Spa. Furniture and seating were manufactured by Compir of Italy, based on designs by Martin Xuereb and Associates, and installation was carried out to...

  • Redefining the working environment

    Thanks to Workbays, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec developed a micro-architectural system that redefines the working environment and breaks the typical rigid planning structure of offices. Workbays provide office planners with a simple,...

  • Making life better at work

    Making life better at work

    As a leading company in the office furniture sector, years of experience have helped Micra build a strong reputation when it comes to supplying businesses and organisations with quality, versatile and affordable products. In addition, Micra has...

  • Not quite the usual office vibe

    Not quite the usual office vibe

    As they walk through the underwater glass ceiling tunnels, past stingrays and sharks, Alex Reeson tells Melanie Vella about the fun and fishy sides of his unconventional career. The Malta National Aquarium is home to sharks, tropical fish,...

  • A sure bet

    A sure bet

    Airy New York loft with digital games, a yoga room and table soccer. The Betsson offices in Ta’ Xbiex are so inviting, an employee would not want to go home after work. Ulrik Bengtsson tells Veronica Stivala why his offices are every worker’s...

  • Office innovations

    Office innovations

    Oxford House has been committed to providing quality office furniture for decades, continually updating its product range to bring the latest innovations to the Maltese market. Here is a brief look at three of the most exciting developments. The...

  • Are you sitting comfortably?

    Are you sitting comfortably?

    An office environment can be hard on our backs. Humans simply weren’t designed to sit in front of a computer every day. Dr Christopher Lynden has seen the results this sedentary life on our spines during his 25 years as a neurologist and...

  • Comfortable, flexible, creative

    Comfortable, flexible, creative

    Almost two years ago, Microsoft launched its Innovation Centre with the main purpose of supporting the local IT industry. The Microsoft Innovation Centre in Malta is part of the global network of more than 100 centres, which focus on innovation,...

  • Beauty in the office pays off

    Beauty in the office pays off

    If you trudge into a utilitarian, grey-looking office every day, you are not alone. Most places of work don’t prioritise office interior design, resulting in stuffy little cubicles or, if you’re lucky, corporate open plan spaces with dull but...

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