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  • A centre for preservation

    As long as the historic structures are protected, allowing modern interventions can render historical centres alive and vibrant, says Joanna Spiteri Staines. How have Malta’s town centres and village cores changed in the past decades? The...

  • Let it be

    I recently helped a friend who was searching for a property to rent during her short trip to Malta. It was surprising how even apartments for short lets were difficult to find. We tried looking for a room in someone’s apartment, but even that...

  • Noble stones

    Edward Pullicino still remembers moments when as a young boy, while walking along one of the most prominent streets of Rabat, his late father Mario would point out to him that Palazzo Castelletti belonged to their family. However, during that...

  • A greener shade

    What are the main elements of a Mediterranean garden? When we think of a Mediterranean garden our mind instantly conjures up a typical setting in which vivid colours, subtle foliage and herbal scents feature prominently. Other characteristic...

  • Fittings for 1001 uses

    In 1947, the first supplies of Kee Klamp fittings were imported by Joseph F. Spiteri & Co. The concept of tubular construction soon caught on in Malta and one of the major early projects was the provision of Kee Klamp jointed spectator grand...

  • Lightweight and strong

    The EVG-3D construction system was launched in Malta in 2013 during a public seminar. Developed over 30 years ago, the system has been thoroughly tested and certified to all relevant building codes and international standards. The components of...

  • Views to a thrill

    As I enter this Madliena home during a hazy springtime dusk, I’m immediately stunned by the sea view, offset by a gleaming infinity pool. It’s clear that someone with precious design experience has been at work here – in fact, this unique...

  • Ignatius of Loyola and the expansion of the Jesuit Order

    The Jesuit Order this year celebrates 200 years since it was restored by Pope Pius VII after its suppression 41 years earlier. This is the first in a series of four articles in which Fr Robert Soler, SJ, reviews the Jesuits’ history from 1521 to...

  • Centenary of the Maltese Franciscan province

    On April 12, 1914, which was Easter Sunday, the Maltese Franciscan custody of St John the Baptist became the Maltese Franciscan province of St Paul the Apostle. The Friars Minor (OFM) are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of...

  • Britain uncertain about the defence of Malta

    Top-secret correspondence that I recently discovered in World War II despatches reveal an abysmal laissez-faire attitude, uncertainty and crass ineptitude in Britain’s assessment of Malta’s strategic importance in the central Mediterranean basin...

  • A journey to a cultured lifestyle

    Some are born great... some have greatness thrust upon them – William Shakespeare Ease, convenience and common sense are the three pillars upon which etiquette rests. And who doesn’t wish to have a gentle, proper and sensible friend? Your manners...

  • Prostate problems in dogs

    Last week, Meteor needed to be urgently operated. I have known Meteor since he was a seven-week-old puppy, all of 10 years ago now. Meteor is one of those lucky dogs that do not suffer from medical problems beyond the norm. In fact, I hadn’t seen...

  • Getting your dog ready for the new arrival

    Children are not the easiest to live with from a canine perspective. You will want to prepare your dog so you get to keep him around for when you need the comforting and unconditional love only a dog knows how to give. Very rarely do children...

  • Ring the happy bells at Eastertide

    Many of us are familiar with the traditional Eastertide ceremonies, however Guido Lanfranco shares some little known and possibly forgotten rituals with Veronica Stivala. As we move further away from the Second Vatican Council (1965), memories of...

  • The heart of Christian faith

    In our contemporary culture, practices such as penance, mortifications and bodily denial are sometimes seen as remaining symbols of an ‘outdated spirituality’, almost an affront to human dignity. Yet, paradoxically, so many of us are willing to...

  • What would Jesus do if he lived today?

    It’s 50 years since Malta became an independent state, but for Scotland, independence still hangs in the balance, with a referendum planned for September. Against that political backdrop, a new Easter theatrical piece is about to debut in Edinburgh.

  • A Holy Land experience in Valletta

    Simonne Pace catches up with Anton Cassar, a commissioner of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Crucifix of Ta’ Ġieżu church in Valletta, who says he hasn’t missed out on a single Good Friday procession since he was four years old. It was so...

  • Focus on the Spanish rites

    The youth section within the Saint Mary Society and Band King George V Band Club, in Mqabba, are holding their eight annual exhibition during Holy Week. Official Mario Zammit explains that this exhibition differs from others that are traditionally...

  • A true labour of love

    Holy Week displays are a true labour of love. Dedicated individuals spend long hours of their free time planning, carrying out, setting up and maintaining these exhibitions... for no monetary compensation but all for the enjoyment of...

  • Going eastern for Easter

    Before the age of text messages and FaceTime, before, even, the Morse code and the printing press, our ancestors used various mediums to pass on messages; mediums that helped relationships blossom and warmongering thrive. These languages gave rise...

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