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  • Parents have their say

    Krista Sullivan (mother of five-year-old Ayden) “Whenever I throw a party for my son Ayden (five), I always make sure to prepare a little cupcake for each and every child at the party. When we come out with Ayden’s big cake, we hand each child a...

  • Celebrating parents

    Celebrating parents

    Greta Psaila Savona, now a mum of two young children herself, lost her beloved mum Liliana to cancer in 2007. She shares some of the many memories that now live on as legacies of this much-loved mother and grandmother. • “If I could say one thing...

  • Botticelli drawing sells for a record £1.3m

    Botticelli drawing sells for a record £1.3m

    A drawing by Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli has sold for a record £1.3 million at auction. The 15th-century Study for a seated St Joseph, his head resting on his right hand fetched £1,314,500 at Sotheby's in London.The auction house said it...

  • Fairy tale wedding for Belgian prince in Rome

    Fairy tale wedding for Belgian prince in Rome

    A royal wedding in one of Rome's oldest churches was held for Prince Amedeo of Belgium and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein.  The wedding was held in the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere that dates back to the 4th century AD and houses...

  • Malta Police Force set up 200 years ago

    Malta Police Force set up 200 years ago

    The earliest records of policing in Malta date back to the Arab rule (AD870- 1091) when the sahib el-xurta was responsible for maintaining public order. During the Aragonese period, in 1283, this work was strengthened with the establishment of the...

  • Kittens

    Kittens

    Last week, I had one of those special clinic sessions where my primary client was a young girl of about seven. The patient was a kitten she had found outside and, although she came to the clinic accompanied by her parent, it was clear that my...

  • Play biting and bite inhibition training

    Play biting and bite inhibition training

    When those needle-like teeth make contact with your skin and your puppy bites hard, you start understanding the need for bite inhibition training. We call it play biting, especially in puppies, because it is mostly a play behaviour not meant to...

  • 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...

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