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  • Cancer survivor completes round-the-world trip in gyrocopter

    Cancer survivor completes round-the-world trip in gyrocopter

    A UK cancer survivor who navigated the globe in a gyrocopter has said his journey should give hope to other patients. Norman Surplus, 52, paid tribute to the humanity of those who helped him on his solo flight through so many different...

  • Charles and Diana rare royal wedding photos up for auction

    Charles and Diana rare royal wedding photos up for auction

    A rare collection of behind-the-scenes photographs from the royal wedding of Charles and Diana is due to go on sale at auction, 34 years after the images were captured. The 12 candid photos from the wedding reception, held at Buckingham Palace on...

  • St Lawrence and his legacy

    St Lawrence and his legacy

    Every August 10, the city of the Great Siege is en fête as Vittoriosa celebrates the liturgical feast of its patron saint, San Lorenzo, an early Christian martyr from Aragon (Spain) whose devotion and charisma spread like wildfire throughout the...

  • Studio photography in Malta reaches its heyday

    Studio photography in Malta reaches its heyday

    All the Malta studio portraits of the classical era I have seen have one feature in common: none of the sitters has a smile on their face. Male or female, young or old, civilian and military, they all look glum and intense, with a required or...

  • Translating the Holy Bible into Maltese – a century of bigotry and recriminations

    Translating the Holy Bible into Maltese – a century of bigotry and recriminations

    Unlike the first Civil High Commissioner in Malta Sir Alexander Ball (1757-1809), who endeared himself with the Maltese, the first colonial Governor of Malta Sir Thomas Maitland (1759-1824) was very unpopular and there was no love lost between him...

  • Feast of the Assumption in Mqabba

    Feast of the Assumption in Mqabba

    The feast of Our Lady of the Assumption, better known locally as Santa Marija, is celebrated from July 31 to August 22, reaching its climax between today and Saturday in various parishes, including Mqabba. The Assumption of Our Lady in Mqabba is a...

  • Time for North Korea to move its clocks back 30 minutes

    North Korea will establish its own time zone next week by putting the clocks back by 30 minutes. Local time in North and South Korea and Japan has been the same since Japan’s rule over what was single Korea from 1910 to 1945. The North’s official...

  • Stark remembrance

    Stark remembrance

    When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo – criticising the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for...

  • Great paintings of the Order of St John

    Great paintings of the Order of St John

    One of the highlights of the age-old conflict between Christians and Muslims was during the Crusades in the Holy Land. The Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, born to provide medical assistance to pilgrims, soon turned into an...

  • More notes for a history of photography in Malta

    More notes for a history of photography in Malta

    The revolutionary invention of photography in 1839 turned an image-starved civilisation into the image-glut society we today take for granted. I find the origins and development of photography in Malta thoroughly fascinating, and that enthrallment...

  • A scratching post for cats

    Last week I had a very interesting conversation with Holly’s owner. Holly is a two-and-a-half-year-old female ginger cat rehomed from the SPCA when she was four months old. According to her owner, Holly has turned out to be a super pet, gentle but...

  • As the mighty Turkish armada was approaching . . . the nobility and bourgeoisie abandoned the island

    As the mighty Turkish armada was approaching . . . the nobility and bourgeoisie abandoned the island

    It is now common practice in contemporary European society that, when conscription is compulsory, not even royalty is exempted from national service; on the contrary they very often display outstanding valour on land, sea and air in the defence of...

  • The festa: analysis of a cultural identity

    The festa: analysis of a cultural identity

    With the Maltese festa season under way, many identify these events with bells, bangs and yells. A brief analysis backed by history data may clear the air for whoever has distorted or prejudiced views, says Charles Coleiro. To look through the...

  • The short guide to adopting

    The short guide to adopting

    You’ve set your heart on adopting a cat or a dog and are about to set out on your quest to find your perfect match. If you have not done this before, here are some tips to set you on the right track. Young, adult or old? Young animals may be cuter...

  • First test-tube baby reveals menacing, scary hate mail

    First test-tube baby reveals menacing, scary hate mail

    The world’s first test-tube baby has revealed the “sick” blood-splattered hate mail her parents received after her ground-breaking birth. Louise Brown, 36, was born at Oldham General Hospital on July 25, 1978, after her parents Lesley and John...

  • Don’t just pack and go

    Don’t just pack and go

    So you’ve sold your old house and you’re moving to a new one. Congratulations are, of course, due. But once all the excitement has quietened down to a simmer, you realise that now comes the dreaded part of packing up your belongings, labelling all...

  • Express delivery

    Express delivery

    The scuffle between online and bricks-and-mortar retail models has dragged on for too long. After all, both have their advantages. Online shopping is convenient, you can do it from the comfort of your home, and you can compare prices without...

  • A bright future

    A bright future

    In identifying a potential flag administration under which to register a vessel, fiscal considerations play a significant role. Malta is the smallest European country with the largest ship register in Europe and the sixth largest worldwide. At the...

  • Pushing for pedal power

    Pushing for pedal power

    Let’s explain the context first: Maltese roads. Statistics published by the EU Commissioner for Transport show that Malta has a better than average road safety and has one of the lowest road fatality rates in Europe. The reality on the roads,...

  • Shifting into green gear

    Shifting into green gear

    We’ve all seen them, parked on the side of the road or thundering by in the fast lane, owning the tarmac like that popular windscreen aphorism: king of the road. And yet, there aren’t many of them. While trucks make up only three per cent of...

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