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  • A love affair with romance

    A love affair with romance

    Think romance is dead? Think again. Four people talk to Sandra Aquilina about the most romantic thing anyone ever did for them and the most romantic thing they ever did for anyone. Romance is everywhere on our TV screens, but much less so in our...

  • A much loved and highly esteemed bishop

    A much loved and highly esteemed bishop

    Archbishop Mauro Caruana’s episcopate was characterised by the politico-ecclesiastic dispute of the 1920s and 1930s, one of whose chief issues was the participation of priests in politics. The British government and the Holy See were both dragged...

  • Catching VD

    Catching VD

    Full disclosure: I don’t really commemorate Valentine’s Day in any way. I have been in a committed relationship for the better part of this millennium and, perhaps because we are a high-functioning couple, my significant other doesn’t care much...

  • Unique medieval, baroque music in the archives of Mdina Cathedral Museum

    Unique medieval, baroque music in the archives of Mdina Cathedral Museum

    Mdina, the cathedral city that flaunts two other Romance titles Città Vecchia and Città Notabile, has exercised various roles over the centuries. In medieval times it was undoubtedly the hub of ecclesiastical, artistic and social life on this...

  • Attention please

    Attention please

    Marketing is no longer just a matter of placing an advert and hoping the audience buys it. But then, it never was. Take cue from Mad Men, which tells of the birth of marketing as we know it. Even in the 1960s and 70s, the fictional Sterling Cooper...

  • Spread the word

    Spread the word

    When buying a tablet, choosing a restaurant or investing in a new car, what do you consider to be the most trustworthy advice: a review site, a slick advertising campaign, or a suggestion that a close friend or family member gives you? Even...

  • Stepping ahead

    Stepping ahead

    A domestic leader in marketing and brand strategy, Steves&Co. has positively taken the reigns on innovation of the industry’s changing landscape for advertising and classical conditioning. Steves&Co. is an adaptable group of individuals who react...

  • Bringing brands to life

    Bringing brands to life

    Blumerang Creative Hub is a design, branding and digital agency with an innovative and different approach to the market. Blumerang’s concept is based on the formation of a creative hub that works with a flexible pool of local and international...

  • Added value

    Added value

    The retail landscape has changed dramatically to become more sophisticated, intuitive and uncomplicated. The disruptive element is online shopping: from the proverbial comfort of your home, you can click and buy at any hour of the day and night,...

  • The good news or the bad news first?

    The good news or the bad news first?

    Oscar Wilde once said that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about at all. Like other thinkers of the time, histheory was that any type of publicity is good publicity. Not surprisingly though there is a chequered...

  • Eyes are the windows to the consum­­er’s soul

    Eyes are the windows to the consum­­er’s soul

    Eye tracking enables marketers to examine which visual elements attract consumers. By combining this with technologies normally associated with neuroscience, marketers can learn how consumers actually respond to those elements and can develop...

  • Where your brand comes to play

    Where your brand comes to play

    How could you possibly combine a passion for sports with a creative career? Marketing duo Jonathan Dalli and Jonathan Chetcuti did just that when a few years ago they founded the Concept Stadium, a fresh local boutique marketing consultancy...

  • Getting a high score

    Getting a high score

    If you’ve ever noticed how someone can get completely immersed when playing a video game, then you can start to understand why marketers are exploiting such behaviour to promote their products. Smartphones, tablets, apps and the internet itself...

  • Planning your online marketing strategy

    Online marketing is an ever-changing beast that needs quite a lot of time and effort put into it for businesses to make the best of it. One of the most important ways of staying on top of things is to read up about the subject as much as...

  • From Fort Augustus Abbey to the Bishopric of Malta

    From Fort Augustus Abbey to the Bishopric of Malta

    Concluding his oration at the funeral of Archbishop of Malta Mauro Caruana, who died on December 17, 1943, Auxiliary Bishop Emanuel Galea, said: “Elevated to episcopal dignity and arrayed in episcopal robes, he never set aside the religious spirit.

  • The 1807 Froberg regiment mutiny at Fort Ricasoli

    The 1807 Froberg regiment mutiny at Fort Ricasoli

    In December 1803, three years after the French occupation of Malta was brought to an end by the combined efforts of the Maltese population and British forces, a certain Count Froberg was granted a Letter of Service by Britain’s Secretary at War to...

  • Exercise: keep your dog fit

    Exercise: keep your dog fit

    Dask visited the clinic for his vaccination shots and his six-monthly check-up. Dask, pronounced ‘dusk’, is a two-and-a-half-year-old black male labrador. The visit was going fairly well. His examination revealed nothing untoward, his coat was...

  • Decades after Auschwitz, past horrors still haunt Polish town

    Decades after Auschwitz, past horrors still haunt Polish town

    World leaders and survivors today commemorate 70 years since the liberation of the most notorious Nazi concentration camp which claimed 1.5m lives Bogumila recalls how as a small girl growing up in the Polish town of Oswiecim she saw prisoners...

  • Elementary education in Malta during the early British period

    Elementary education in Malta during the early British period

    The long, bumpy road to compulsory primary education in Malta during the British period took 146 years to come to fruition. The Compulsory Attendance Ordinance was enacted and published on February 1, 1946, in the Malta Government Gazette...

  • Edgar Parnis’s bequest to the National Library

    Edgar Parnis’s bequest to the National Library

    People in Malta generally, and those who take interest and pride in the island’s history in particular, are right to be grateful for the munificent legacy bequeathed by magistrate Edgar Parnis to the National Library of Malta and the Valletta Museum.

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