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  • Knowing more about fleas

    Knowing more about fleas

    Last week Tomas got infested with fleas. Tomas is a very large cat with a round, full face, luminous green eyes that mesmerise and a short coat. Tomas weighs all of eight kilos which, due to his large size, he carries very well. Three years ago,...

  • When Antonio Sciortino lost his cool

    When Antonio Sciortino lost his cool

    Do you tend to see creative artists as marginally bizarre recluses, often barricaded inside ivory towers, muffled in their own genius? Do you believe they sip nectar in the happy hour and rely on ambrosia to put on weight? Well, sometimes. It can...

  • In good hands

    In good hands

    We have a complex, love-hate relationship with tools. Within the context of household chores, home repairs and DIY projects that will not be completed in a thousand years, tools are instruments of torture. We pick them up grudgingly, use them...

  • All play and some work

    All play and some work

    You’re familiar with that saying about how all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. However, the reverse is also true: all play and no work will not only make you dull but will also close the door on some great opportunities. And that’s...

  • In classes of their own

    In classes of their own

    These summer camps for children combine the spirit of volunteering with a love of nature to create informal education spaces, says Melanie Vella. Growing their ownWhy Not? Creativity Vortex • What better way for children to spend their summer...

  • More of lens

    More of lens

    Whether you’re reading this because you want to take better pictures with your digital camera or because you want to get into photography as an art, it will help you understand the basic principles of a good photograph and hopefully, get you...

  • It’s all play with clay

    It’s all play with clay

    You would think that keeping what you know to yourself is the best way to protect what you’re good at. This is surely not the case at Alka Ceramics, Ta’ Qali, a company that not only produces outstanding ceramics for both local and overseas...

  • Power to yachting

    Power to yachting

    Mastering the art of boat handling, whether sail or motor, is a big challenge. Whether you are an experienced sailor, would like to start learning how to sail or are already a sailor but would like to sharpen your skills, Malta Sailing Academy...

  • Let’s stop illegal tobacco

    Let’s stop illegal tobacco

    On eve of World No Tobacco Day, report confirms sustained rates of illegal tobacco trade across the EU, worth more than €11 billion in lost tax revenue The scale of the illegal trade in cigarettes remains sizeable in the European Union, with a...

  • A learning experience

    A learning experience

    A direct flight from New York to Malta, if it had to operate, would take you 11 hours. As it is, with a couple of stops on the way, you would need around 20 hours to leave from JFK International and land in Luqa. However, it wasn’t the hours that...

  • Minimum standards for care homes

    As the government boasts of its efforts to raise the standard of services for the elderly in hospitals and homes, in many cases the situation on the ground is pathetic and deplorable. A correspondent writing on the horrors of ageing in this...

  • Welcome to Malta

    Malte Accueil is an active association for French expats and Francophiles. Set up three years ago, Malte Accueil has developed into a happy and lively group, doubling its number of members in the last year. The association is animated by...

  • Remembering the French

    Remembering the French

    That Malta has inherited a potpourri of cultures from different civilisations in the Mediterranean and beyond is not disputable. Even if our genetic timbre has remained 95 per cent Sicilian, including a notable North African variety, we cannot...

  • Brother Robert Pace – a unique, gifted and disarmingly selfless personality

    Brother Robert Pace – a unique, gifted and disarmingly selfless personality

    Records found in history books are a combination of facts and happenings. One can say that these occurrences changed and shaped the story of people’s lives. In fact, there are moments in a human life in which the spirit of solidarity and altruism,...

  • Memories of 400th celebration of anniversary of Great Siege victory

    Memories of 400th celebration of anniversary of Great Siege victory

    The old siege-battered city of Birgu, nestling behind the towering walls of the castle of St Angelo, gained worldwide fame following the ignominious departure of the Ottomans and the chanting of the Te Deum on that memorable September 8 in 1565.

  • Mount Saint Joseph retreat house: an evolving religious, social reality

    Mount Saint Joseph retreat house: an evolving religious, social reality

    Presently the peace enveloping the Jesuit-run Mount St Joseph retreat house is threatened, due to plans for a shooting range very close by. Retreat houses, like schools, form an integral part of Jesuit history. One may wonder what they were...

  • False pregnancy

    False pregnancy

    Last week Arya was brought to the clinic because she had gone off her food. Arya is a two-year-old white and orange Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is usually a delight to watch interacting with her owner because of the powerful bond that exists...

  • A pastor who gave his life for the poor

    A pastor who gave his life for the poor

    Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified today, 35 years after he was murdered out of ‘hatred for his faith’ Across Latin America, murdered Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero has long been revered by many as ‘the voice of...

  • Collective memory of a nation

    Collective memory of a nation

    A recent contribution in Times of Malta underlined the importance of the collective memory of our nation state on the 450th anniversary of the epic siege of 1565. Its positive outcome has left its indelible mark on European history. It was after...

  • City of the siege marks start of an epic battle

    City of the siege marks start of an epic battle

    Vittoriosa, the city of the iconic Great Siege of Malta, marks the first day of this epic encounter on May 18, 1565, with a fitting commemoration in memory of the Knights and the thousands of Maltese people who sacrificed their lives to defend the...

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