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  • The pursuit of SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau, the Malta garrison and German POWs in 1914

    The pursuit of SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau, the Malta garrison and German POWs in 1914

    In the early 20th century, Germany had no colonies or naval bases in the Mediterranean. However, two years before the outbreak of World War I, the German Imperial Navy sent two cruisers to the Mediterranean. So after the outbreak of the war, the...

  • Heraldic coats-of-arms in Birgu and Santa Venera

    Heraldic coats-of-arms in Birgu and Santa Venera

    In his article ‘Revisiting the memories of Birgu’s medieval Collachio’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 27), Lino Bugeja featured the armorial shield of Grand Master Fra’ Philippe Villiers de L’Isle-Adam carved in local stone, in the grounds of...

  • Birth of the Gozo diocese

    Birth of the Gozo diocese

    On September 16, 1864, the islands of Gozo and Comino were separated from the diocese of Malta and established as a separate independent diocese. So this year the diocese of Gozo commemorates its 150th anniversary. The movement in favour of this...

  • Kissinger’s leg

    Kissinger’s leg

    Last week we eagerly removed Kissinger’s cast. Kissinger had broken his left leg four weeks earlier and it had been an eventful month for both him and his owners. Kissinger is a two-year-old cat who lives in a house with his feline brother Sheldon...

  • ‘My human is happy with me’

    ‘My human is happy with me’

    “Hello! I am a five-month-old German shepherd. My name is Hadies and my human is Sam. I was born on a beautiful day in late March. My two litter mates and I were looked after very well by our mummy and her human Edwin. All we could do at first was...

  • Unsolved mysteries of St Gregory’s church

    Unsolved mysteries of St Gregory’s church

    Deep-rooted mysteries, which to date remain unsolved, are entrenched in the old parish of St Catherine in Żejtun, popularly known as St Gregory’s. Some of these dilemmas were discussed at the second national symposium organised by NGO Wirt...

  • Bishop Emmanuel Galea, a saintly prelate remembered

    Bishop Emmanuel Galea, a saintly prelate remembered

    Forty years ago, on August 21, 1974, Malta lost the sterling services of Bishop Emmanuel Galea, who for several years had been an authentic inspiration to clergy and laity alike. Those who knew him consider it a blessing having been acquainted...

  • Emperor Augustus’s legacy

    Emperor Augustus’s legacy

    There were and still are worldwide discussions, events, exhibitions and publications on the founder of the Roman Empire, Augustus, whose death’s bimillennium anniversary is being commemorated today. To mention a few, there was an exhibition at the...

  • The Salter album from World War I

    The Salter album from World War I

    Not long ago, a senior citizen residing in Canada allowed the National Archives in Rabat to make copies of a ‘Maltese’ album that had once been her father’s. Marylyn Peringer quite generously believed that this souvenir of her father’s service in...

  • St Helen’s titular statue restored to former glory

    St Helen’s titular statue restored to former glory

    Chevalier Vincenzo Borg Brared was one of the main benefactors of St Helen’s basilica, Birkirkara, and it was his life’s wish to donate a processional statue of the patron saint to his home town church. His dream materialised when he signed a...

  • Seeing practice

    Seeing practice

    This column was literally ‘this week with the vet’ for two promising veterinary students who accompanied me every day as I went about my work. Both students are in their final years of vet school: one studying at a university in the UK, the other...

  • 10 things to think about before getting a new dog

    10 things to think about before getting a new dog

    1. Why? Why do you want a new dog? A dog is meant to be a companion to the family, living with the family inside the house and enjoying outdoor activities with the family as well. If your idea of having a dog doesn’t fit with this, then think...

  • The ancient celebration of San Lorenzo-a-Mare

    The ancient celebration of San Lorenzo-a-Mare

    The people of the medieval city of Vittoriosa today celebrate the liturgical feast of St Lawrence with unbridled fervour and dedication, following in the ingrained tradition of their forefathers when Spanish galleys, berthed in Porto delle Galere,...

  • Maltese in uniform serving the Crown and its allies

    Maltese in uniform serving the Crown and its allies

    Our small island is renowned to have produced excellent seamen, soldiers and gunners. Even before Napoleon ousted the Order of St John from Malta, the Royal Navy employed numerous Maltese in its service. Like countless others, many paid the...

  • A unique painting of a 1783 Gozo event

    A unique painting of a 1783 Gozo event

    Ask any Maltese to associate Gozo with one particular date, and the answer will almost inevitably be Santa Marija, August 15th. That is a date which, on a religious plane, celebrates the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven, but which, over the...

  • From mere survival to universal restoration

    From mere survival to universal restoration

    Next Thursday, the Society of Jesus celebrates 200 years since its restoration by Pope Pius VII, 41 years after its suppression. Fr Robert Soler SJ discusses the slow and complex process that gradually led to the society’s renewed recognition by...

  • Teething problems

    Teething problems

    A friend of mine brought in an adorable four-month-old puppy named Johnny. A small-sized dog sporting a rough, fawn liver and tan coat and long thin legs, which are well-proportioned to his slim body. When you look at Johnny, you cannot be sure...

  • Can I still neuter my dogs and microchip them for free?

    Can I still neuter my dogs and microchip them for free?

    Neutering is a good thing for your dogs for several reasons and microchipping will help ensure your dog will be returned to you if lost and found. Dogs Trust Malta offers free neutering and micro-chipping packages to people on benefits, farmers...

  • Pet obesity awareness month

    Veterinarians and clinics have teamed up for a common cause – to boost pet obesity risk awareness. The main aim of the campaign, run by Royal Canin and supported by Animal Rights Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes, is to educate pet owners...

  • Divided they shall remain

    Divided they shall remain

    A United Nations peacekeeping force was deployed in divided Cyprus in 1964 and remains there till this very day, patrolling the ‘Green Line’. Ray Bugeja spoke to some of the actors on the Turkish-Cypriot side. A sad episode in the history of...

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