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  • The bakeries in Valletta of the Order of the Knights of St John

    The bakeries in Valletta of the Order of the Knights of St John

    Apart from being the capital city of Malta, Valletta is a fortified city built by the Order of St John shortly after the Great Siege of 1565. In order to sustain its vast population, and to be self-supporting in a time or war or a siege, various...

  • Keeping our feet on the ground

    Keeping our feet on the ground

    Malta is often considered an earthquake-free zone, but can we afford to be complacent when building our homes? Local seismologists and civil engineers investigate. On January 11, 1693 a major earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.4 on the...

  • Grand design

    Grand design

    Malta’s chequered history has left us an inheritance of architectural richness and noble buildings. But perhaps none has the iconic presence that Balluta Buildings in St Julian’s enjoy. The name of the buildings is derived from the Maltese word...

  • Going green

    Going green

    We all have our desert island fantasy. An island where the roads are deserted: actually, there are neither cars nor roads. The humming quiet is the only noise riding the airwaves. Time slips into a constant, with no hourly or daily alarms or...

  • Creating a new home for a new year

    Creating a new home for a new year

    Whether starting up a first home or just updating with beautiful furniture and accessories, The BoConcept Design Sale is a good placeto start. The Cenova sofa system offers a complete modular system, so whether it is a small three-seater or a...

  • Refurbishing works at four-star hotel

    Refurbishing works at four-star hotel

    Liland Turnkey Works Limited with the cooperation of Creations and Omni Stat Limited have been entrusted by db San Antonio Hotel for refurbishing works at the prestigious four-star hotel. This project was one of the turnkey jobs the company has...

  • To the power of 3D

    To the power of 3D

    As manufacturing and construction processes move into the 21st century, digital modelling and fabrication are bringing architecture designs to life. Various tools use computer numeric control to build 3D objects. Tools like computer milling, laser...

  • The million-euro question

    Don’t we all dream of having €1 million at our disposal? And if we did, what property would we buy? Three architects tell Veronica Stivala about their millionaire dream. Rehabilitating an abandoned property Andrew Vinci Discarding once again the...

  • Efficient building materials

    Efficient building materials

    Ensuring the finest building materials has and always will be an important function at Elbros. The Elbros PPB brand specialises in the design and manufacture of precast prestressed components used in the local construction ­industry, from simple...

  • Generation of new rim locks

    Generation of new rim locks

    Ignazio Anastasi Limited has launched Mottura’s new generation Champion Cylinder rim locks. The cylinders provide a higher level of security through the improved ­tempered steel five anti-­picklock shaped top and bottom pins and through its...

  • The Qormi school that was saved by the bell

    The Qormi school that was saved by the bell

    For 12 years, starting from November 1990, during my tenure of assistant headship and later headship of former primary schools A and B at Qormi (St George), I came to like the city and its people. My feelings were enhanced by the fact that during...

  • Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis

    Last week, one of my patients was brought to the clinic along with a family member for moral support. Clara and Pippi are eight- and nine-year-old miniature schnauzers, half-sisters born of the same mother but having different fathers, they are...

  • Mdina cathedral destroyed in the 1693 earthquake

    Mdina cathedral destroyed in the 1693 earthquake

    At about 1.30pm on January 11, 1693, Malta and Gozo experienced the worst earthquake in their history. The tremor lasted some four minutes and was felt all over both islands. In the words of a contemporary it “caused panic amongst the whole...

  • Thefts by knights from churches

    Thefts by knights from churches

    Eddie Attard’s article on thefts from churches in Malta (November 23, 2014) is an important overview of the subject from 1663 onwards. I had dedicated some research to ‘thefts with sacrilege’ in the 16th century, reaching the conclusion that these...

  • BOV’s ‘genuinely Maltese’ 2015 calendar

    BOV’s ‘genuinely Maltese’ 2015 calendar

    Bank of Valletta has launched its 2015 corporate calendar, featuring a collection of photographs and memories to better appreciate what is genuinely Maltese. The bank said that in recent yearsw it has been publishing calendars that “open a window...

  • Restoration works at St Dominic’s in Valletta

    Restoration works at St Dominic’s in Valletta

    The Dominican Friars of Valletta have em-barked on a project to restore the interior and exterior of their parish church, dedicated to Our Lady of Porto Salvo (Our Lady of Fair Havens) in Merchants Street. Extensive work is being carried out on...

  • Marking territory

    Last week, as I was driving down the road, I came across a large champagne-colour­ed male labrador squatting in the middle of the road and very obviously in the middle of urinating. I have often seen this dog walking on the street. He must weigh...

  • Striking, pictorial insight of Malta and its society

    Striking, pictorial insight of Malta and its society

    It is that time of year again, and photography enthusiasts, together with Melitensia collectors, are again being regaled with a book which has become an integral part of the local scene. The Times Picture Annual 2014, is in its ninth edition and...

  • A smarter way of life

    A smarter way of life

    Focusing on food waste, the sixth annual European Week for Waste Reduction held by the European Commission aimed to facilitate over 9,000 actions by public authorities, private entities, schools and citizens looking for a greener and smarter way...

  • When a business idea turns into a selfless act

    When a business idea turns into a selfless act

    While planning a calendar to promote her scented wax melts store, Stacey Abela decided she wanted her project to serve a higher purpose... and thought of raising funds for a charity. An old friend, Rosette Zahra, who fundraising coordinator at Dar...

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