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  • Ensuring divers’ safety

    Ensuring divers’ safety

    Like in any other sport, scuba divers have to follow rules, and they have to do so religiously to prevent any kind of accident. Simon Sciberras, chairman of the Professional Diving Schools Association, gives Stephanie Fsadni some insight into...

  • Soaring over the waves

    Soaring over the waves

    Science fiction can sometimes turn into fact. Claire Caruana gets to grips with a new water sports gadget – the hoverboard– which was featured for the first time in the Back to the Future trilogy. She finds that it is similar to the wakeboard and...

  • Flying in the night sky

    Flying in the night sky

    After mesmerising passers-by with his flyboard performances around the island last year, Simon Desira is now organising night shows. Wearing a ‘Tron-like suit’ adorned with different coloured LED lights, he is performing at special events and...

  • Follow the underwater trails

    Follow the underwater trails

    There is a whole new world waiting to be discovered underwater. If you want to get a glimpse but diving is not your thing, there’s a more laid-back option: snorkelling. All it takes is a mask, flippers (optional) and a little sense of adventure.

  • Malta and the approach of World War I in 1914

    Malta and the approach of World War I in 1914

    The shocking news of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, heir presumptive to the throne, and his consort, the Archduchess, at Sarajevo, Herzegovina, on June 28, 1914, caused the most profound sensation and...

  • The European alliances, origins and outbreak of the war

    The European alliances, origins and outbreak of the war

    During the years leading to World War I, one of the main foreign policies of the Great Powers was to maintain the ‘Balance of Power’ in Europe. This evolved into an elaborate network of secret and public alliances and agreements. For example,...

  • Remembering Carmelo Ghio on the centenary of his passing away

    Remembering Carmelo Ghio on the centenary of his passing away

    A small silver box that had belonged to my late wife, inscribed A mio padre – da Sydney. 1884 aroused my interest as to its origin. I eventually discovered that it was a present given by Carmelo Ghio – my late wife’s great-grand­father – to his...

  • 10 tips for when you host guests to dinner

    10 tips for when you host guests to dinner

    “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning” – Winston Churchill. In 1940, Europe was in the clutches of the Nazis. Britain was on its knees. No one had ever conquered the mainland so quickly. This foe threatened to end ‘any...

  • Cottonera Hospital and Malta as the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’

    Cottonera Hospital and Malta as the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’

    The Crimean War highlighted gross deficiencies in military hospitals, both to treat war injuries and soldiers taken ill in the course of duty. These deficiencies proved to be a catalyst for reform. Following an appeal by Florence Nightingale on...

  • Malta’s artistic sophistication in the late medieval period

    Malta’s artistic sophistication in the late medieval period

    In the Late Middle Ages (AD1,000-1,500), Malta was no artistic wasteland on the extreme periphery of Europe; on the contrary, there were enclaves of artistic and architectural sophistication on the islands, particularly in Mdina and the Castrum...

  • Tal-Kaċċa should not become extinct

    Tal-Kaċċa should not become extinct

    Last week I was called out to vaccinate a Tal-Kaċċa puppy. This Maltese breed has always intrigued me, not only because of its beauty, but also from the perspective of the purity of its line. It was therefore with anticipation that I met the...

  • The importance of starting on the right paw

    The importance of starting on the right paw

    To get your certificate for one-year free insurance, you only need to make sure that Dogs Trust Malta has actually checked and confirmed it has received the necessary socialisation and habituation that is part of the Puppy Plan. However, you’ll...

  • First centenary of the start of the Great War

    First centenary of the start of the Great War

    Although the Great War began on July 28, 1914, the true beginning was a month earlier, that is, June 28, 1914. One of the long-term causes of the war was the resurgence of imperialism in the foreign policies of the great powers of Europe. The...

  • Remembering sculptor Gerolamo Darmanin (1834-1879) on his 180th birthday

    Remembering sculptor Gerolamo Darmanin (1834-1879) on his 180th birthday

    Gerolamo Darmanin was the firstborn of seven children. His parents were Salvatore Darmanin and Mary Anna Frendo, who were married at Senglea collegiate church on August 21, 1833. At the time, the Darmanin family lived at 174, Strada Due Porte,...

  • Paintings restoration at Ħamrun parish church

    Paintings restoration at Ħamrun parish church

    Since 2008, restoration works have been ongoing at St Catejan (San Gaetano) parish church, Ħamrun. It is particularly important to safeguard this church as it is richly decorated with art pieces produced by some of the leading local and foreign...

  • A tale of two Sicilian Cassarinos

    A tale of two Sicilian Cassarinos

    The ‘Cassarino question’ has fascinated Italian and Maltese researchers for over a century, drawing the attention of those who wanted to reassemble the pieces of the artistic and bio - graphical experience of one of the first followers of...

  • What became of…

    What became of…

    I’m often asked what became of a particular pet I would have written about. So, I thought it appropriate to take a break from my usual case notes and give an update of what became of some of the pets I treated over the past couple of years. Many...

  • Poop scoop

    Poop scoop

    June 13 is World Poop Scoop Day and though this may not be the most enticing topic for most, many quite rightly complain about poo on their pavement. The law is clear on the topic. You can get fines for not cleaning up after your dog, not carrying...

  • A grandad’s tale

    A grandad’s tale

    John Zammit says the love you have for your grandchildren is so different to the love you have for your own children. He speaks to Veronica Stivala about being a grandad. “It is amazing to be a grandparent,” says John Zammit. “The love you have...

  • A father’s plight

    A father’s plight

    Laurence Borg has two sons. The elder is a medical consultant and the younger lives with an intellectual disability. Laurence has dedicated most of his life to helping his younger son. He is now fighting tooth and nail to make sure that when he’s...

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