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  • The lost generation that refuses to cry

    The lost generation that refuses to cry

    Herman Grech witnessed the terrible conditions of Cambodian children living in slums, the homeless and orphans, some of whom have been given a lifeline by Maltese NGOs and donors. A naked child plays with a toxic battery lying on a dirt track...

  • To build a railway line (1870-1883)

    To build a railway line (1870-1883)

    The railway was late in coming to Malta but when it did, it initiated urban sprawl that continues unabated. Mechanised rail transport had been firmly established in Europe since the 1820s but constructing a railway on such a small island did not...

  • Ferdinand VII’s Spain after the Napoleonic wars and Anton Schranz’s departure

    Ferdinand VII’s Spain after the Napoleonic wars and Anton Schranz’s departure

    In the second part of his article on Anton Schranz, John J. Schranz reformulates the question surrounding the artist’s coming to Malta with his family from Why did they settle in Malta? to Why did they leave Spain so suddenly? Anton Schranz’s...

  • Il-Karmelu – the Carmelite magazine issued since 1935

    In July 1935 the Carmelite friars published the first edition of their monthly magazine Il-Karmelu. In the first publication, the editor wrote: “One of the best means for improved progress and education to take place is through the press. On one...

  • ‘When the Lord wants to take me...’

    ‘When the Lord wants to take me...’

    Ask any older adult in Malta about their end-of-life strategy and you get an embarrassed silence. “When the Lord wants to take you...” The topic of death might not be the most encouraged topic in Malta because the Catholic Church has a very exact...

  • Constipated pets: the bottom line

    Constipated pets: the bottom line

    Last week, Marley was forced to endure one of those procedures vets and their assistants least enjoy – an enema. Marley is a two-year-old boxer, the life and joy of his owners, and usually unstoppable. But for the past two days, Marley had been...

  • Running the olive oil trail in Żejtun

    Running the olive oil trail in Żejtun

    Malta was always a key ingredient in the development of the Mediterranean diet, specifically due to its prominent role in the production of olive oil. Since Roman times, olive oil production in Malta was a very lucrative business, with large...

  • Myth debunked: Are dogs colour blind?

    Myth debunked: Are dogs colour blind?

    Many believe that humans’ best friends can only see in various shades of grey. While it is true that their colour range is limited, dogs can still appreciate sunsets, rainbows and forests. They just see everything a little differently. The...

  • The Maltese Martian

    The Maltese Martian

    Mars is the biggest contender for a second earth in the solar system. But what would it take to live there? For this thought experiment, let’s send a Maltese person to Mars. The optimal time to start our mission is when Mars is closest to earth.

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    An artistic representation of how Mars may have looked 4 billion years ago. Huge oceans cover the surface and could potentially allow life to exist. Maybe we can bring our red neighbour back to its former glory by terraforming it in the...

  • Barmy Brexit and Maltese women whose lives it might upend

    Barmy Brexit and Maltese women whose lives it might upend

    Helen Raine finds Brexit could leave Maltese in the lurch. She speaks to three women whose future in the UK is now full of uncertainty, wrapped up in lots of red tape.  Britain’s vote to leave the EU has massive implications not just for Britons,...

  • 'Millions' of VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars can be unlocked by hackers

    'Millions' of VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars can be unlocked by hackers

    Millions of cars sold by the Volkswagen Group since 1995 can be unlocked by using a £30 homemade radio to spy on key fob signals.  The hack is effective on various models of the group's Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands and the company has...

  • Dom Mintoff – on the centenary of his birth

    On August 6, 1916, Ċetta tax-Xiħ from the heart of Il-Bastjun, Cospicua, gave birth to her third child, her first son. It was the day of St Dominic’s demise, but the feast of Our Saviour according to the liturgical calendar. She and her husband...

  • Dormition of the Blessed Virgin

    Dormition of the Blessed Virgin

    In the western Gozitan countryside, known as Id-Deżert, lying west of the Citadel of Victoria, on a rise at the edge of an inland cliff, there arose a chapel of unknown date. The chapel lay near the hamlet of Ta’ Għammar, between the village of...

  • Climax to triple anniversary year

    Climax to triple anniversary year

    As President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca arrives for the Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of St Dominic in Valletta this morning, she will be leading the congregation in the climax of celebrations in this parish’s triple anniversary year. The...

  • New Master degree shifts focus to teaching practice in schools

    New Master degree shifts focus to teaching practice in schools

    Teaching is becoming a more demanding and complex undertaking and assessing learning that takes place even more so. In the midst of all the developments taking place within the profession, locally and internationally, teacher educators play a...

  • Treating Maltese limestone

    Treating Maltese limestone

    Our landscape of stone. We readily connect with the beautiful ones. Those in the historical palaces of the city, the parish churches of the older villages and those shaping the cliffs on the coast. We disconnect just as quickly however, when those...

  • Myth debunked: Detoxing

    Myth debunked: Detoxing

    We all feel the aftermaths of a few days of heavy eating on junk food or the odd beer session. However, do detoxing juices and meals help in any way? No, but first of all what exactly are toxins? Toxins are the chemicals in our bodies that...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The pink iguana is only found on one of the Galápagos islands. It is one of the species Charles Darwin used as evidence for his theory of evolution and is now classified as an endangered species. Credit: Larry Moore

  • UK mum celebrates surviving tumour op by buying lottery ticket - and wins millions

    UK mum celebrates surviving tumour op by buying lottery ticket - and wins millions

    A mother who felt lucky after surviving a tumour operation in the US has described how she rang her daughter back home to insist she bought a lottery ticket - and won £61.1 million. Sonia Davies, 53, who was in Florida with partner Keith Reynolds,...

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