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  • A magical Christmas tree

    A magical Christmas tree

    The Mdina Glass Christmas Tree, this year installed in front of the new parliament building in Valletta, was inaugurated on December 1. The lights were switched on by Jason Micallef, Foundation chairman of Valletta 2018 as part of the festive...

  • The summer of snow

    The summer of snow

    The papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome can be described as the nativity basilica of the West. In fact, the holy crib brings together Bethlehem and Rome. This is because while Bethlehem hosted the first crib with the mystic birth of the...

  • Claus and effect

    Claus and effect

    Red stockings, baubles, candy canes and Father Christmas have long since become a common feature among our Christmas decorations. Yet all too often, their meaning remains silent for many. Is this the way it should be or do they actually point to...

  • What the wise words say

    What the wise words say

    From A Christmas Carol to How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Night Before Christmas, we know what you read last Christmas. But apart from old favourites, there are also modern Christmas classics which will give you plenty of bliss under the...

  • A White House Christmas

    A White House Christmas

    US First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the 2015 White House Christmas tree in Washington on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. This year’s White House Christmas tree, which is a Pennsylvania fir, is nearly 19 feet tall and was brought to the...

  • Junior showmanship is a good start

    Junior showmanship is a good start

    Last week I had the pleasure of watching Paula Cuschieri compete at the 2015 Malta International Dog Show. Paula is a 13-year-old and this dog show was her fifth so far. This year’s dog show was hosted by the Malta Kennel Club and held at the...

  • Sciortino’s ‘lost album’

    Sciortino’s ‘lost album’

    An exceptional private collection of photographs of works by sculptor Antonio Sciortino will become public today. The collection was owned by sculptor Samuel Bugeja, a close friend of Sciortino and his brother Francesco Saverio. Bugeja’s son,...

  • Water tanks’ storyboard

    Water tanks’ storyboard

    The world-renowned film water tanks at Rinella are up for sale. Malcolm Scerri-Ferrante writes about their key role to the future of the film industry. The internationally-acclaimed water tanks in Rinella, formerly managed by Mediterranean Film...

  • US heroes of Montgomery bus boycott recalled 60 years on

    US heroes of Montgomery bus boycott recalled 60 years on

    Bus tours, lectures and youth summits include efforts to spotlight less famous players who worked alongside the famed leaders of the protests While Rosa Parks became a symbol of the US civil rights movement when she refused to give up her seat on...

  • Young and innocent brides

    Young and innocent brides

    Unicef reports that the number of African child brides is expected to soar by 2050 as the population grows and social change is hard to come by The number of child brides in Africa will more than double by 2050 if current trends persist because of...

  • ‘I did not know there were risks’ – girls speak out

    ‘I did not know there were risks’ – girls speak out

    Child brides from West and Central Africa share their stories of marriage and motherhood. Fatimetou, 16, from Mauritania, is seeking a divorce My parents married me off when I was 13. I wasn’t told about it. A friend came to tell me, and I...

  • Saluting Louis Shickluna, Senglea’s master shipbuilder in Canada

    Saluting Louis Shickluna, Senglea’s master shipbuilder in Canada

    A Maltese traveller in Canada might be surprised to come across a plaque comme­morating a Maltese man and finding out he played a significant part in this faraway city’s history and in Canada’s naval industry. Indeed, in St Catharines, Canada,...

  • Agostino Grimaldi -- Maltese temptations of a young knight

    Agostino Grimaldi -- Maltese temptations of a young knight

    Reliable contemporary biographies of knights of Malta of the 17th century and earlier are easier to wish for than to come by. They are either inexistent or, when they exist, turn into committed eulogies rather than detached, clinical accounts of...

  • Unchained sorrow

    Unchained sorrow

    At first glance a foreign domestic worker in Hong Kong, a Rohingya migrant toiling on a fishing boat, a sex worker walking the streets of Mumbai and a child labourer cutting bamboo in a plantation in the Philippines have nothing in common. But all...

  • Queen Elizabeth II’s connection to Gozo

    Queen Elizabeth II’s connection to Gozo

    The romantic story that evolved in Malta between the then Princess Elizabeth and her young and dashing husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with Villa Guardamangia, Pietà, as their home, is well known. Tens of biographies of the Queen refer...

  • Britain’s sporting legacy in Malta and beyond

    Britain’s sporting legacy in Malta and beyond

    During the Industrial Revolution, the UK became a mecca of sports and Britons abroad, whether as colonisers, missionaries or merchants, took their ‘games’ with them Malta’s transition from colonial status to complete independence in 1964 was...

  • Nuns pose as prostitutes

    Nuns pose as prostitutes

    An army of religious sisters who rescue victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes to infiltrate brothels and buying children being sold into slavery, is expanding to 140 countries, its chairman said last week. John Studzinski, an...

  • Slavery numbers in chaos, prolonging suffering for victims

    Slavery numbers in chaos, prolonging suffering for victims

    Governments worldwide have no hope of combating modern-day slavery unless credible data is collected on the hidden crime so victims can be identified and helped, a leading campaigner said. Estimates of the number of people forced to work in...

  • Queen’s visits reflect long, close links with Malta

    Queen’s visits reflect long, close links with Malta

    Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, their son Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is visiting Malta next weekend on the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in...

  • Fort St Angelo reaffirms its historical, political and cultural significance

    Fort St Angelo reaffirms its historical, political and cultural significance

    The Castrum Maris (Castle by the Sea), as Fort St Angelo was known in the Middle Ages, is once again in the vanguard of Malta’s checkered history as it welcomes the representatives of over 2.3 billion people from all parts of the world for the...

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