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  • Leslie Cole – a war artist in Malta

    Leslie Cole – a war artist in Malta

    While conducting research on World War II and St Augustine’s church in Valletta, I accidentally stumbled upon two paintings, one in oil on canvas, connected to life on the island during those turbulent and devastating years. The artist, then...

  • By the waters… we sat down and wept

    By the waters… we sat down and wept

    It was bizarre. We were standing next to a swimming pool, overlooking St Paul’s Bay, and hearing how Christians are suffering for their faith – from a patriarch from Damascus, a sister from Lebanon and an archbishop from Nigeria. This could only...

  • St John Bosco: the father of poor youth

    St John Bosco: the father of poor youth

    Fabian Mangion recounts the life and mission of the Salesian Order’s founder as his relics arrive in Malta today as part of his birth anniversary celebrations John Bosco was born 200 years ago, on August 16, 1815, to peasant parents in Becchi,...

  • Glorious 10th of May – Turning point in the air war over Malta

    Glorious 10th of May – Turning point in the air war over Malta

    Seventy-three years ago to date, a Sunday, the skies over Malta witnessed the most climactic air battle which finally turned the tide of the air war over Malta during World War II, signalling if not the beginning of the end, certainly the end of...

  • Using logic to dispel misconceptions regarding St Paul and St Publius

    Using logic to dispel misconceptions regarding St Paul and St Publius

    There are still number of misconceptions regarding St Paul and St Publius. Frans Said seeks to settle once and for all some of the most important controversies surrounding these two important saints in Malta’s history and traditions. The date of...

  • Emergencies

    Emergencies

    Last week, I met Bailey in rather funny circumstances that, nevertheless, could have had serious consequences had it not been for the intervention of his quick-thinking carer. Bailey, is an 18-month-old Shih Tzu with a mind of his own, and his...

  • Midnight doggie crises

    If you have pets, at some point you may find yourself worried about them being ill when your vet is closed or unreachable. Most of us are not vets and can’t tell how bad it is. We have been inundated with calls over the last few weeks from people...

  • Nothing about us without us?

    Nothing about us without us?

    Parliamentary discussions last month featured an interesting debate on the setting up of a Sign Language Council to advise government on issues related to the development of Maltese sign language. There was a level of excitement that Maltese sign...

  • Germans listen to fading voices of last survivors

    Germans listen to fading voices of last survivors

    Huddled with her younger brother and scores of other children in a Berlin bunker, Gisela Teichmann was gripped by fear rather than relief when the German army capitulated 70 years ago today, bringing the war in Europe to an end. “There was no...

  • Cospicua’s Dock No. 1 and what it replaced

    Cospicua’s Dock No. 1 and what it replaced

    The author of William Scamp’s obituary can be forgiven for overlooking the social and commercial importance of the site on which Dock No.1 had been built, and the drastic changes the urban reconfiguration brought about. After all, in 1872, the...

  • Mother issues

    Mother issues

    There is a reason why the psychiatrist’s cliché is “Tell me about your mother”, and it’s not because they brought us into this world. Mother’s Day is coming up, and pointless as these non-holidays are (a story for another day), we will be treated...

  • Sharing stories from our past

    Sharing stories from our past

    Nothing can quite prepare you for the adventure of motherhood. You spend nine months planning (and worrying) about the forthcoming event, ensuring that you have everything ready for the arrival of your little bundle of joy. Oftentimes, however,...

  • Life in an empty nest

    Life in an empty nest

    As children grow up and excitedly run to pastures new, their parents are sometimes left behind suffering from empty nest syndrome. Jo Caruana chats to one mum who’s experienced it. Parents all know that day will come – the day when their child is...

  • The gift of choice

    This Mother’s Day buying the right gift for your loving mum could be quite complex and time consuming. All the time and effort spent in trying to buy mum the ideal gift could end up being disappointing if mum doesn’t like the gift you have...

  • Getting along

    Getting along

    Sina Xuereb and Annalise Galea tell Claire Caruana respect is a crucial element, as is good communication, when seeking to maintain positive relationships with a mother-in-law. Annalise Galea Annalise, 24, who is getting married next month, admits...

  • Heading back to school

    Heading back to school

    One of the experiences every mother has to endure is that of seeing off her child on their first day of school. While some mothers look forward to some more time for themselves, others find it hard to let go. Then there are those mothers who...

  • Maybe one day

    Maybe one day

    As we edge closer to celebrating the mothers in our lives, it is important to remember that every mother was once just a girl with only herself to look after. The dreams and hopes and aspirations these women had, both for themselves and for their...

  • Time for stylish patterns

    It’s time to bring some colours to the wardrobe and Marella’s spring/summer collection starts right from the most characteristic element of this season, the sea: a dive into the intense blue of the deepest waters rising to softer and subtler hues...

  • All about my mother

    Marta Vella was born on May 12, 1990, which happened to be Mother’s Day. The event hints at the strong bond between the young actress and her mother Josette Ciappara, atheatre director. “For as long as I can remember it has always been us two - so...

  • Mum’s the word

    Mum’s the word

    You can never be prepared enough to become a mum. Four new mothers tell Veronica Stivala about what the books told them and about what it was really like to become a mother for the first time. “A smile is all it takes” Mum: Lara VellaChild:...

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