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  • Building blocks for a better work team

    Building blocks for a better work team

    Whatever lessons about teamwork our childhood PE teachers attempted to drill into our heads, some people are just determined to barrel through their adult lives doing whatever they please. Shoulders set, blinkers down, and Frank Sinatra’s My Way...

  • Bad behaviour in class ‘cuts learning time’

    Bad behaviour in class ‘cuts learning time’

    Bad behaviour in the classroom is costing pupils up to an hour of learning time a day, a damning report from the schools watchdog in England has revealed. Some forms of “low level” ill-discipline such as chatting, calling out without permission,...

  • The post-restoration and contemporary Society of Jesus

    The post-restoration and contemporary Society of Jesus

    On Saturday, the Jesuit Order worldwide marks the end of the commemoration of the bicentenary of its restoration in 1814 by Pius VII. In this last of four articles, Fr Robert Soler SJ discusses the past two centuries in the life of the Society of...

  • Malta and Me: Gozo, Maltese politics and British settlers

    Malta and Me: Gozo, Maltese politics and British settlers

    Eric Shepherd disliked Malta, hated Sliema but adored Gozo. I believe he wrote what may be the most expressive, most bowled-over appreciation of Gozo and the Gozitans I have ever read. The crossing from Marfa to Mġarr lifted the curtain on the...

  • Resistance to significance of Independence Day bred useless division

    Resistance to significance of Independence Day bred useless division

    A symbol of national unity and pride in most countries, Independence Day in Malta became a hallmark of divisive partisan politics. Professor Joseph Pirotta, a political historian, traces the prickly path that led to independence after 164 years...

  • Different era, same page

    Different era, same page

    Joseph Muscat Prime Minister What is the significance of Malta’s independence to you? Independence is an essential cornerstone, a defining moment, in our history. As most Maltese, definitely those of my generation, I am sick and tired of those...

  • When ‘gay’ meant merry and Knorr-Swiss packet soup was a delicacy

    When ‘gay’ meant merry and Knorr-Swiss packet soup was a delicacy

    For those of us who were not around in 1964, the most common image many have is of Prime Minister Borg Olivier waving the independence document. But what was life behind that photo? What were the Maltese like? Kristina Chetcuti trawls the...

  • Pointy bras and Sunday gloves

    Pointy bras and Sunday gloves

    “You should have visited your chiropodist at least a week ago for a beauty treatment to your feet. And a manicurist for your hands,” wrote Paula the Times of Malta fashion correspondent on the eve of Independence Day in 1964. She went on to...

  • ‘September 21, 1964 was my father’s happiest day’

    ‘September 21, 1964 was my father’s happiest day’

    Fifty long years have passed since the father of Malta’s Independence, former prime minister George Borg Olivier, ceremoniously received Malta’s new constitutional instruments from the hands of the UK’s Prince Philip. Alex Borg Olivier, now 68,...

  • My mission, my country... my Fiat 500

    My mission, my country... my Fiat 500

    President Emeritus, former prime minister and independence campaigner Eddie Fenech Adami tells Herman Grech why he decided to do his bit in 1964. Just over 10 years ago, Eddie Fenech Adami stood on a podium at the Granaries in Floriana, with a...

  • Capturing the moment

    Capturing the moment

    It was an emotional day that will remain etched in the memories of the thousands who took part or attended the Independence Day ceremonies between September 20 and 21, 1964. It was the crowning glory of then Prime Minister George Borg Olivier. The...

  • Waving the Maltese flag for the first time

    Waving the Maltese flag for the first time

    Charles Farrugia remembers the very first time he waved the Maltese flag when the island gained independence 50 years ago. And he was not alone. Hundreds of other children around him enthusiastically waved the red and white cloth that had now...

  • ‘It was just unbelievable’

    ‘It was just unbelievable’

    Many have seen the iconic photo of former Prime Minister George Borg Olivier holding up the Constitutional documents when Malta gained independence from Britain on September 21, 1964. But what was it like to live the moment? Three people share...

  • The arduous road to independence

    The arduous road to independence

    It was December 1957 when in a rare show of national unity, the Maltese Parliament unanimously approved the Break with Britain Resolution. By then talks with the British government over then prime minister Dom Mintoff’s plan to integrate Malta...

  • Independence was a godsend

    Independence was a godsend

    The Malta Labour Party boycotted the 1964 independence celebrations in Floriana, although a rowdy crowd of its supporters turned up to boo. But the party was not against independence, according to former Labour minister Vincent Moran. It just...

  • The constitution’s wordsmith

    The constitution’s wordsmith

    Now that the 50th anniversary of independence is fast approaching I often, in my old age, think of those exciting days. Two things in particular stand out in my retentive memory. First, how well I recall the protracted negotiations, for all of...

  • Malta has not become another Cuba

    Malta has not become another Cuba

    Like EU membership 10 years ago, talk about the island’s independence split the nation. Former Times of Malta editor Victor Aquilina recalls the arguments made against this political goal. Few, if any, would dare say today it might have been...

  • The write man

    The write man

    A moving letter addressed to the Maltese and written in former Prime Minister George Borg Olivier’s own hand on the occasion of the island’s impending independence has recently been unearthed in the storage rooms of the Nationalist Party’s...

  • Around the world in 1964

    Around the world in 1964

    In 1964 the highlight for the Maltese was Malta’s road to independence from the British – the journey to becoming a nation State. But a lot more was happening around the world in that year. Kristina Chetcuti takes a trip across the globe. “I want...

  • Malta then and now

    Malta then and now

    We all know Malta has undergone vast social and economic changes since 1964. But what does that change look like in simple terms? Ivan Martin digs out the figures to expose the contrasts between Malta 50 years ago and today. Population 1964 -...

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