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  • Fixing time

    Fixing time

    I meet Stephen Zammit on the roof of the Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa in order to watch closely the mechanism of the British 19th century clock which he restored last year. This was certainly an exclusive moment since I was clearly warned...

  • Every second counts

    Every second counts

    Nicola Muscat, Swimmer, 20 Best time: National record for 50m freestyle: 0:26:59hr in Eindhoven, April 2014. Nicola Muscat started swimming when she was five years old and has been swimming for the national team for six years. When she was five,...

  • Time for style

    Time for style

    What role does a watch play in a wardrobe? A watch is just like any other accessory but of course functional as well asvisually appealing. Does this role vary from a male to a female wardrobe? Generally, a watch is morevisible on a woman,...

  • Serious watches for serious sports

    Serious watches for serious sports

    Ever since the creation of its first diving watch in 1965, Seiko has been exceeding the expectations of those whose sports require watches with truly professional specifications. Now, Prospex brings together all Seiko’s sports watch expertise in...

  • Senglea’s church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo

    Senglea’s church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo

    Prior to its foundation by Grand Master Claude de la Sengle in 1554, the land on which Senglea was built was mainly used by hunters. This explains the presence of the earliest known church built there, that dedicated to St Julian, the patron saint...

  • A healthy skin and glossy coat

    A healthy skin and glossy coat

    ‘This week with the vet’ felt more like a month… and not because it dragged by but because it felt as if in one week I’d seen a month’s worth of dogs with coat and skin problems. Skin problems are one of the most common problems dogs suffer from...

  • Austrian Navy squadron’s visit to Malta in 1914

    Austrian Navy squadron’s visit to Malta in 1914

    A seven-day visit to Malta in 1914 by an Austrian naval squadron aroused particular interest among local inhabitants because the island had had a strong connection with the House of Habsburg in the past, through the Hospitaler Order of the Knights...

  • Giving life, sharing faith in Ethiopia

    Giving life, sharing faith in Ethiopia

    Pontifical Mission Societies Malta (Missio Malta) has so far this year sent €520,312 to mission territories for various projects. Besides its primary aim of spreading the Gospel, Missio Malta creates awareness and encourages people in Malta to...

  • Celebrating two centuries of public auditing in Malta

    Celebrating two centuries of public auditing in Malta

    This year marks the 200th anniversary since the establishment of the Audit Office in Malta in 1814 by Governor Thomas Maitland to address lax accounting practices, corruption, poor financial information, competence of officials and inadequate...

  • Motion sickness

    Motion sickness

    Last week Sam returned from her travels. Sam is a six-year-old female ginger cat who spends the summer months sailing around the Mediterranean on a 50-foot yacht. Apart from her owners, her on-board companion is Thomas, a petite grey tabby who is...

  • The Church’s future life, credibility are at stake

    The Church’s future life, credibility are at stake

    Il sesso secondo Francesco is the title in bold black letters with a collage of Pope Francis on the cover of a left-wing national Italian magazine, referring to the Synod of Bishops on the Family that opens today. Quite rightly, Archbishop Nunzio...

  • 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...

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