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  • Get a desk job

    As a freelance writer and a full-time content specialist, my desk is sacred to me. It is the place where my magic, and sometimes a bit of tragic, happens. It’s my bubble, with plenty of clues about my personality: little gizmos I’ve brought back...

  • The cool factories

    Would you like to work in the world’s most colourful offices? Join the queue because these offices pack intelligent design, creative zones and plenty of happiness to make sure you have an eight to five smile. Lloyd’s of London, London, UK Located...

  • Maltese escape committees and the Dodecanese setback

    When Italy surrendered on September 8, 1943, the Germans surroun­ded Rome and a considerable number of patrols were set up at all major intersections of the city. At this point all Italian prisoner-of-war camps were left unguarded, and a...

  • Wartime memories of a young man from Valletta

    Francis Lauri is now 92 years old, but despite his age, he vividly remembers his youth. Born in Valletta in 1921, and the youngest of 18 siblings (eight of whom died during birth), he is proud of the city and on many a morning he grabs his walking...

  • The growth of Malta’s linguistic nationalism

    The battle of the languages – Italian, English and Maltese – was started by the Imperial government when, in 1825, a commission was appointed to investigate and to reform the laws of Malta. The violence of the Language Question was not mitigated...

  • Benito Mussolini’s rescue and the German massacre in Cephalonia

    On the night between July 24 and 25, 1943, the Italian Grand Council of Fascism approved a motion of no confidence against Il Duce Benito Mussolini. On the same day, King Victor Emmanuel III replaced him with MarshalPietro Badoglio and had him...

  • Ahead of the curve

    Fresh from signing a partnership with Malta-based agency BRND WGN, Chris Sykes, CEO and founder of the digital agency Volume, says that Malta has talent to spare. You run one of the UK’s top 10 independent digital agencies. How did you get...

  • Connecting ways

    The success of an advertising campaign depends on a healthy relationship with clients and audience, says Chris Bianco, Managing Director, JP Advertising. How has marketing changed since JP Advertising started operating? Marketing is certainly...

  • Causing disruption

    Great ideas are the source of revolutions and success in the creative economy. It is ideas that have brought about a string of upheavals that in turn have wrought great change in concepts like mass production, the media and subsequently, our...

  • Cunning plans

    A marketing campaign might look good and be attractively designed – however, without a strategy behind it, it will not go far. At Steves&Co we take great enjoyment in expressing our creativity. Yet, it is marketing research and campaign strategy...

  • Little lies and bigger truths

    Who is John Wilson? The short version is that John Wilson is a man in his 50s who spent many years working in ad agencies in the dreary weather of London and has decided to settle down in a warmer climate in the Mediterranean. I’m now living in a...

  • Do like Don

    The last we saw of Don Draper, he was pulling outside a dilapidated corner house in Pennsylvania. The crumbling, wooden house stands in the shadows of the surrounding hulking blocks of apartments, like a lost childhood dream dwarfed by adult...

  • Mass media is not dead yet

    The widespread penetration of fast internet connections, smartphones and social media may lead us to believe that advertising on traditional mass media has become a waste of money. Pierre Mizzi looks at the current media landscape in Malta and...

  • A brilliant idea

    There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Which is to say, everything in life has a price. And if something is discounted, that same discount still has an invisible tag attached to it. That said, we still think that the value of something can be...

  • V for Viral

    Situationist Guy Debord once said that art is disturbance – a red-rash slap in the grey face of eight-to-five routine. Similarly, that is what viral marketing does – it stops us in our tracks and engages us. Viral has been around for more than a...

  • A career in marketing

    Misco is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing to deliver diplomas and certification in marketing. Accreditation means that each centre has been quality-audited and approved to teach CIM qualifications and that tutors have access to...

  • The historic church dedicated to St Julian, Senglea’s special patron saint and protector

    Senglea is the smallest of the three cities in Cottonera. This peninsula, less than a mile long, and protruding into Grand Harbour, faces the charming walled city of Valletta and is situated between Galley Port (or Dockyard Creek) on the...

  • Spokes out

    With good health increasingly topping our agenda, Malta has seen a wave of interest in different sports over the past few years. Until recently, Malta’s sports culture was dedicated to a few types of sports, while others were relegated to the...

  • Malta’s role in the surrender of the Italian battle fleet to the Allies in September 1943

    The Italian government had kept the armistice it signed on September 3, 1943, a dead secret, even from its own military commands, such as Supermarina, the Admiralty. Indeed, when on the evening of September 6, extensive shipping movements along...

  • Cruising is fun

    Being islanders, where the sea is practically within walking distance from any location, referring to our affinity to water possibly has the same connotation as when referring to fish and the sea. Maybe I’m going slightly overboard in my...

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