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  • Time is on your side

    Time is on your side

    You have to be careful what you wish for, as it might come true. And summer is just that. After a winter of wishing that the weather was nicer and that you had more time for yourself, summer comes along with longer hours and more varied options to...

  • A Protestant visitor’s view of 19th-century Malta

    A Protestant visitor’s view of 19th-century Malta

    The London summer had been one of those miserable successions of cold, wet days which only the English climate can conjure up. John Gadsby used to walk home every evening from his printing press in Bouverie Street and it was on one of these...

  • Amy’s liver

    Amy’s liver

    Last week, a much-improved Amy returned to the clinic. Amy is a white and grey petit cat I had first seen a couple of weeks ago. At the time, she was severely underweight. Amy was brought in because she had gone off her food, had become much...

  • Following beach rules

    Following beach rules

    Swimming is great exercise for us and our furry friends. It provides added resistance to muscles without the strain on joints due to weight. This summer you’ll have several beaches where dogs are allowed. With every privilege comes the...

  • The Maltese Temple Period and the island’s paleo-Christian heritage

    The Maltese Temple Period and the island’s paleo-Christian heritage

    It is indeed remarkable that one of the great steps in human evolution – the development of organised religion – took place in the Maltese islands during the period 3,600-2,500 BC. It is the declared hypothesis of present-day archaeologists and...

  • The Allied invasion of France and the situation in Malta in 1944

    The Allied invasion of France and the situation in Malta in 1944

    Following pressures, especially by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin for the opening of a second front in western Europe, on June 6, 1944, the Allies launched Operation Overlord – the long-awaited liberation of France. Following two months of slow...

  • The building of De La Salle College and its majestic monument

    The building of De La Salle College and its majestic monument

    The archives at the Mother House in Rome show that several attempts were made during the 19th century to establish the Institute of the Christian Brothers in Malta. However, it was mainly as a result of the Cambes Law (on the separation of the...

  • Malta honours Lord Gort, and the Italian campaign in 1944

    Malta honours Lord Gort, and the Italian campaign in 1944

    Malta was officially out of the war with the surrender of Italy on September 8, 1943. During 1944, very few episodes occurred which concerned the island. The respect and gratitude that the Maltese felt for Governor Lord Gort was marked by a...

  • Dos and don’ts of striking a lasting first impression

    Dos and don’ts of striking a lasting first impression

    Every beginning is uncertain and difficult. Was not our first day of school difficult? Or our first week at work? What about our first steps and attempts to speak? We were definitely not that eloquent in our speech and fell several times before we...

  • Which dog?

    Which dog?

    Last week I was really glad to see a client I hadn’t seen for a while. Her dog had passed away three months ago and, despite having declared that she would never get another dog so as not to go through the pain of another loss, the time of...

  • A shelter dog’s story

    A shelter dog’s story

    It would be impossible to tell you the many stories of the thousands of dogs that go through shelters. But there is always a system in place that helps shelters cope with the influx of abandoned animals. If a dog is surrendered by the owners, the...

  • Figuring out some family fun

    Figuring out some family fun

    Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to enjoy the great outdoors en famille. Jo Caruana chats to mum Nickie Vella De Fremeaux for inspiration on how a mother and her little ones can really enjoy their time together on the...

  • Words from my mother

    Words from my mother

    Having been there since day zero, mothers are an important part of their children’s lives. David Schembri speaks to some ‘children’ to hear what legacy their mothers have left in their hearts. Nadine Noko, designer and illustrator In Summer, when...

  • A fit and loving mother

    A fit and loving mother

    People with disability tend not to have children due to social barriers rather than to their physical or intellectual impairment. Although parenting is supposedly based on a principle of equal citizenship rather than parental competence, parenting...

  • Mammas you do not mess with

    Mammas you do not mess with

    Helen Raine revisits some mothers who were prominent in history to find out whether they were as formidable in the nursery as they were out if it When it comes to motherhood, there are two mythical camps; they’re either perfectly warm and loving,...

  • Old-school mother with a heart of gold

    Old-school mother with a heart of gold

    Simonne Pace catches up with Simshar actress and TV personality Clare Agius, mother of two-year-old Luke, who talks about the joys of motherhood, her booming career and her simple family life. Motherhood hasn’t changed TV presenter and actress...

  • Ideas to enjoy quality time

    Ideas to enjoy quality time

    Nothing like a mother-and-daughter day out to bring back quality time. Veronica Stivala suggests some ideas, from enjoying a rigorous massage, to moving to a Zumba class, to a more adventurous rock climb. A day at the spa Many mums find it...

  • Mother’s Day without mum

    Mother’s Day without mum

    When Hope Edelmann was 17 years old, her mother died. Her subsequent struggles with a grief that was “non-linear”, a pain that ebbed and flowed but never went away, inspired her book, Motherless Daughters. In it, she interviews dozens of women for...

  • Interview with a Mother’s Day survivor

    “The whole of the first year was just a vast plain of pain and loneliness. The pain, at first, was literally physical. In time it does ease and transforms into other feelings like emptiness, guilt, tremendous sadness and disbelief. But the four...

  • Flying the maternal nest

    Flying the maternal nest

    Having lived abroad for the biggest chunk of my early 20s, I’ve come to realise that the Maltese mind-set of living with the parents until a lifelong partner is secured is rather unique. Of course, there are various factors as to why this occurs;...

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