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  • Quality gates and doors

    Quality gates and doors

    With over 50 years’ experience in the sheet metal industry, FGP Limited has built a long-standing reputation of providing not only garage doors but also superior quality custom-made gates. FGP Limited manufactures and installs all types of gates...

  • Maintaining his composure

    Maintaining his composure

    Sean Mallia is a working photographer as well as a student at the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta, so it should come as no surprise that he has an affinity for architectural photography. However, a single label like...

  • How high should we aim?

    How high should we aim?

    Does Malta really need more high-rise buildings due to the limited land available? And what about the effect on the environment and society, asks Veronica Stivala. When the trend started back in the 1950s, high-rise was a quick solution to housing...

  • Getting the price is right

    Getting the price is right

    So you’re moving on. You’re setting up house in a quieter spot or a main town where everything is just a stroll away. You’re downsizing or have just bought a bigger house with a garden and pool. Whatever your reason for packing everything and...

  • Green building technology

    Green building technology

    With the onset of spring, we start to shed our grievances about the weather we have experienced. Reliance on heating systems may be on the wane but temperatures may still hover in the mid-teens. The same dependence on artificial conditioning...

  • The Battle for Malta – our finest hour

    The Battle for Malta – our finest hour

    At the end of the 18th century, the Maltese asked the British Navy in the Mediterranean, under the command of Horatio Nelson, to help them get rid of the French. Napoleon Bonaparte, on his way to conquer Egypt, had ousted, without a fight, the...

  • First flight over Malta and initial stages of Gallipoli campaign

    First flight over Malta and initial stages of Gallipoli campaign

    1915 opened with the prospect of a new front in the Dardanelles after the Ottoman Empire declared war on the Allies in late 1914. At the same time the first known aircraft flew over Malta for the first time. After a number of Allied warships were...

  • Reverse sneezing

    Last week Duchess’s owner phoned me panic-stricken because her Shih Tzu was having difficulty breathing. She described her dog as making terrible respiratory noises. Since I was unable to witness the respiratory attack, I asked her to place her...

  • Big history in small place

    Big history in small place

    ­­The site where Robert E. Leesurrendered his Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago on Thursday, effectively ending the US’s bloodiest war, is proof that history’s biggest turning points can occur in the smallest places. Ceremonies,...

  • Prince Harry flies a Spitfire

    Prince Harry flies a Spitfire

    File footage was released yesterday of Prince Harry making his maiden flight in a Spitfire on a sortie from Goodwood via the Isle of Wight, to launch a scholarship for wounded veterans. During the flight in February 2014, the Royal performed a...

  • When Malta took over air traffic control services and airfield operations from the British Services in 1979

    When Malta took over air traffic control services and airfield operations from the British Services in 1979

    While commemorating the centenary of aviation in Malta one has to highlight some milestones attained during these past 100 years. These include: the first flight that took place in Malta on February 13, 1915; the first Maltese pilot to obtain an...

  • Remembering colleagues in theaviation industry

    Remembering colleagues in theaviation industry

    Malta is this year celebrating 100 years of aviation history. In my 45 years’s experience of aviation and air cargo logistics I have come across colleagues who laid the building blocks for the success of this industry. I dedicate these...

  • Easter in a medieval Maltese city

    Easter in a medieval Maltese city

    In medieval times the city of Vittoriosa, being less insular than the rest of the island, witnessed the influx of ethnic mixture with the presence of Genoese, Venetian and Greek sea­farers and merchants, who all in­troduced their traditions,...

  • Maltese boys maimed, injured in 1955 accident in Australia

    Maltese boys maimed, injured in 1955 accident in Australia

    Barry Coldrey, who has written extensively on child migration to Australia, wrote the following on Maltese child migration: “Child migration from Malta was a marginal feature of Maltese emigration in general. It was first mooted in the 1930s when...

  • First solemn entry of the Archbishop of Malta into Mdina Cathedral in 1944

    First solemn entry of the Archbishop of Malta into Mdina Cathedral in 1944

    March 21 was an important moment in the life of the local Church, as newly appointed Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna took possession of the Maltese diocese. The celebration on the day also saw the new Archbishop’s first solemn entry into his...

  • Senglea’s Confraternity of the Holy Crucifix and its oratory

    Early in 1581, Senglea, which up till then formed part of the parish of Vittoriosa, became a new separate parish with Don Antonio di Nicolai as the first parish priest. As time went by, this became one of the main parishes of Malta, and on May 21,...

  • The Seven Last Words at Mdina church

    The Evangelists give us detailed information on the last moments of the life of Jesus Christ. The different narrations of the four Gospels create “the Passion of Christ” that integrates together the different details given by the Evangelists in...

  • Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapy

    Last week I attended one of Benny’s first hydrotherapy sessions. Benny is a 12-year-old shaggy, blond, medium-sized crossbreed I frequently refer to as a textbook case. Not in the classical sense of the word, though. It’s simply that over the...

  • Weaving spiritual awareness in our daily communication

    Weaving spiritual awareness in our daily communication

    To some of us, prayer is an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble, to others it has become an indispensable life attitude. The importance of daily communication through prayer cannot be overestimated. No wonder it is...

  • The Great and Holy Friday

    The Great and Holy Friday

    With Easter just round the corner, the religious side of the holiday starts taking centre stage. Iggy Fenech interviews sacristan Pawlu Zammit and avid participant Alexander Cachia Zammit about the Żejtun Good Friday procession. As Lent starts...

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