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  • Sea legs for sea dogs

    Sea legs for sea dogs

    Over the next few weeks, most boat owners will concentrate on getting their vessels back in the water so they can plan their summer at sea. For many that will involve making minor repairs or planning their routes, while a few others will be...

  • Playing with wind

    Playing with wind

    “I’m happy I don’t live up to my own ideals,” I thought to myself as I drove up to Mellieħa from Żurrieq, the north wind battering my car in a week where I had been actively considering using a bicycle to travel around. Cycling weather, this was...

  • Foodies at sea

    Foodies at sea

    Days out at sea on a perfect Maltese spring day spell the ultimate in freedom and relaxation. As for the question of food, Ramona Depares discovers that sailing picnics don’t necessarily need to be primitive. Used to be a time when a day out at...

  • Exceptional quality and performance

    One of the leading motor yacht builders, Princess Yachts International plc, has established a strong reputation based on class-leading performance and exceptional quality standards. The company was originally founded in 1965 and has introduced...

  • A professional service

    With 20 years of experience, Boatcare Trading Ltd is one of the top yachting companies in Malta. The company started operating under the name of Yachtcare in the early 1990s. What started as a relatively small operation providing services to...

  • The perfect spot

    The perfect spot

    One month into spring, some boat owners may have already taken advantage of the better weather and set sail... Others may be raring to do so, especially new boat owners. But come a fine, cloudless day with a gentle breeze, where would be the ideal...

  • No need to board a plane

    No need to board a plane

    The Maltese Islands offer beautiful sights and one can easily spend days sailing to different coasts, bays, caves and estuaries impossible or difficult to get to from the land. The following are just a few suggestions of the many places you can...

  • Lest we forget

    Lest we forget

    This year marks the 99th anniversary of the ill-fated attempt by the Allies to knock the Ottoman Empire out of World War I early in the conflict. What had initially been designed as a naval operation, to force the stretch of water known as the...

  • A centre for preservation

    A centre for preservation

    As long as the historic structures are protected, allowing modern interventions can render historical centres alive and vibrant, says Joanna Spiteri Staines. How have Malta’s town centres and village cores changed in the past decades? The...

  • Let it be

    Let it be

    I recently helped a friend who was searching for a property to rent during her short trip to Malta. It was surprising how even apartments for short lets were difficult to find. We tried looking for a room in someone’s apartment, but even that...

  • Noble stones

    Noble stones

    Edward Pullicino still remembers moments when as a young boy, while walking along one of the most prominent streets of Rabat, his late father Mario would point out to him that Palazzo Castelletti belonged to their family. However, during that...

  • A greener shade

    A greener shade

    What are the main elements of a Mediterranean garden? When we think of a Mediterranean garden our mind instantly conjures up a typical setting in which vivid colours, subtle foliage and herbal scents feature prominently. Other characteristic...

  • Fittings for 1001 uses

    Fittings for 1001 uses

    In 1947, the first supplies of Kee Klamp fittings were imported by Joseph F. Spiteri & Co. The concept of tubular construction soon caught on in Malta and one of the major early projects was the provision of Kee Klamp jointed spectator grand...

  • Lightweight and strong

    Lightweight and strong

    The EVG-3D construction system was launched in Malta in 2013 during a public seminar. Developed over 30 years ago, the system has been thoroughly tested and certified to all relevant building codes and international standards. The components of...

  • Views to a thrill

    Views to a thrill

    As I enter this Madliena home during a hazy springtime dusk, I’m immediately stunned by the sea view, offset by a gleaming infinity pool. It’s clear that someone with precious design experience has been at work here – in fact, this unique...

  • Ignatius of Loyola and the expansion of the Jesuit Order

    Ignatius of Loyola and the expansion of the Jesuit Order

    The Jesuit Order this year celebrates 200 years since it was restored by Pope Pius VII after its suppression 41 years earlier. This is the first in a series of four articles in which Fr Robert Soler, SJ, reviews the Jesuits’ history from 1521 to...

  • Centenary of the Maltese Franciscan province

    Centenary of the Maltese Franciscan province

    On April 12, 1914, which was Easter Sunday, the Maltese Franciscan custody of St John the Baptist became the Maltese Franciscan province of St Paul the Apostle. The Friars Minor (OFM) are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of...

  • Britain uncertain about the defence of Malta

    Britain uncertain about the defence of Malta

    Top-secret correspondence that I recently discovered in World War II despatches reveal an abysmal laissez-faire attitude, uncertainty and crass ineptitude in Britain’s assessment of Malta’s strategic importance in the central Mediterranean basin...

  • A journey to a cultured lifestyle

    A journey to a cultured lifestyle

    Some are born great... some have greatness thrust upon them – William Shakespeare Ease, convenience and common sense are the three pillars upon which etiquette rests. And who doesn’t wish to have a gentle, proper and sensible friend? Your manners...

  • Prostate problems in dogs

    Prostate problems in dogs

    Last week, Meteor needed to be urgently operated. I have known Meteor since he was a seven-week-old puppy, all of 10 years ago now. Meteor is one of those lucky dogs that do not suffer from medical problems beyond the norm. In fact, I hadn’t seen...

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