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  • Take a boutique break

    Take a boutique break

    If you’re based in Malta, then Gozo is probably one of your favourite places to get away from it all. And now, as Jo Caruana discovers, there’s a stunning new boutique destination that combines island charm with style and luxury. The great Gozitan...

  • Celebrating 130 years of the first regular Gozo-Malta mail service

    Celebrating 130 years of the first regular Gozo-Malta mail service

    We leave Valletta through the new Victoria Gate which has just been completed. There is an inscription in Latin on the inside to mark the event. Why write it in Latin when so very few understand it? Maybe it is because it is neutral in the battle...

  • Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby at the Battle of Waterloo

    Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby at the Battle of Waterloo

    As we contemplate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo there is one individual more than any other who commands our attention due to his close links, indeed, his governorship of the Maltese islands for seven years and his actions on that...

  • Who’s your (TV) daddy?

    Who’s your (TV) daddy?

    At any time there is going to be a show centred around a ‘standard’ family on television. They’re traditionally suburbanite and well off, so as to justify the three or more children and the large living rooms (so there is a lot of space for the...

  • Feeling the pressure

    Feeling the pressure

    A new baby brings a number of changes. Psychotherapist Charles Azzopardi tells Claire Caruana this period of adjustment can be stressful for the father too. When a baby is born, a lot of attention often shifts entirely to the baby, with many...

  • Turning bath time into playtime

    Turning bath time into playtime

    From bath time to bedtime, there are a number of rituals parents participate in with their children that bring them closer together. These small acts provide a sense of security to little ones and serve as family bonding time. However, many...

  • The real-life daddy day-care

    The real-life daddy day-care

    From changing nappies to afternoons at the park, James Broome tells Jo Caruana why being a stay-at-home dad may well be the greatest job in the world. James Broome has certainly got his hands full. As the stay-at-home dad of Megan, 6, and Ruby, 4,...

  • A dad, by any other name

    A dad, by any other name

    A total of 207 children are currently in foster placement in Malta. In the run-up to Father’s Day, Sandra Aquilina goes beyond the figures to listen to one man’s story of life as a foster carer “No one child’s story is the same as the other, no...

  • Gayby boomers

    Gayby boomers

    Having gay parents might not be the norm in Malta, but in the US, it’s already old hat. The phenomenon even has its own moniker; the ‘gayby boom’ and there are plenty of celebrity trailblazers showing that being gay is no impediment to raising...

  • In the dad’s house

    In the dad’s house

    Being a single dad not only carries a stigma, but comes with a specific set of hardships. Helen Raine finds that one organisation, DadsHouse, is striving to change that. Becoming a single father can be an isolating experience. With women often the...

  • Putting the pieces back together

    Putting the pieces back together

    Marital separation is about the breakdown of a couple. But it’s also about the evolution of a family and marks a huge change for the children involved. Jo Caruana gets expert advice on how to help children cope when their parents decide to part...

  • Dads and discipline

    Dads and discipline

    How does the modern-day dad feel about discipline? And is authority a thing of the past? Iggy Fenech speaks to three dads to find out what they think. There is no doubt about it: over the years, the role of the father has changed. In this day and...

  • Tender loving care

    Tender loving care

    Most children often worry about what is to happen to their parents as they get older and become less independent. The decision as to whether one is able to care for the parents is often tough to take. This was not the case for Veronica Calleja,...

  • Procreation? I’ll think about it

    Procreation? I’ll think about it

    I always seem to lag behind my friends when it comes to life milestones. Their graduations, promotions, property acquisitions, weddings and the like preceded mine by years. It’s like I missed some vital growing-up process during my stint living...

  • Full boom rising

    Full boom rising

    In Saints and Fireworks: Religion and Politics in Rural Malta (1965), Dutch anthropologist Jeremy Boissevain – who at the time was in Malta studying the village of Ħal Kirkop – predicted that local communities were becoming more outward looking...

  • A cunning plot

    A cunning plot

    What do Monica Bellucci, Elvis Presley and Greenpeace have in common? They all feature in the first edition of the Valletta Film Festival. Veronica Stivala takes a seat. Next week, Monica Bellucci will be at St George’s Square in Valletta –...

  • Silky soft moisturiser

    Silky soft moisturiser

    Nivea in-shower body moisturisers are a hassle-free way to moisturise your skin. Ideal for busy women, they are designed to be used after shower gel, leaving the skin hydrated and silky soft, even after towel drying. Nivea in-shower body...

  • The heart and what matters

    The heart and what matters

    An average of 1.5 million tourists visit Malta every year, almost half of which arrive in the summer months from June to September. For a country of our size, I think that’s a pretty impressive number. We all know why most foreigners choose to...

  • A race with time

    A race with time

    What makes the Trophée Bailli du Suffren one of the most beautiful races in the world? First, there is the route, which takes the competing boats from Saint-Tropez to Porto Rotondo and onwards to Castellammare del Golfo and finally, the Grand...

  • Depth charge

    Depth charge

    The statistics are staggering. The ocean covers 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface and contains 97 per cent of the planet’s water. Moreover, 95 per cent of the underwater world remains unexplored. It’s the same with Malta. The island may only...

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