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  • 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...

  • Remembering sculptor Gerolamo Darmanin (1834-1879) on his 180th birthday

    Remembering sculptor Gerolamo Darmanin (1834-1879) on his 180th birthday

    Gerolamo Darmanin was the firstborn of seven children. His parents were Salvatore Darmanin and Mary Anna Frendo, who were married at Senglea collegiate church on August 21, 1833. At the time, the Darmanin family lived at 174, Strada Due Porte,...

  • Paintings restoration at Ħamrun parish church

    Paintings restoration at Ħamrun parish church

    Since 2008, restoration works have been ongoing at St Catejan (San Gaetano) parish church, Ħamrun. It is particularly important to safeguard this church as it is richly decorated with art pieces produced by some of the leading local and foreign...

  • A tale of two Sicilian Cassarinos

    A tale of two Sicilian Cassarinos

    The ‘Cassarino question’ has fascinated Italian and Maltese researchers for over a century, drawing the attention of those who wanted to reassemble the pieces of the artistic and bio - graphical experience of one of the first followers of...

  • What became of…

    What became of…

    I’m often asked what became of a particular pet I would have written about. So, I thought it appropriate to take a break from my usual case notes and give an update of what became of some of the pets I treated over the past couple of years. Many...

  • Poop scoop

    Poop scoop

    June 13 is World Poop Scoop Day and though this may not be the most enticing topic for most, many quite rightly complain about poo on their pavement. The law is clear on the topic. You can get fines for not cleaning up after your dog, not carrying...

  • A grandad’s tale

    A grandad’s tale

    John Zammit says the love you have for your grandchildren is so different to the love you have for your own children. He speaks to Veronica Stivala about being a grandad. “It is amazing to be a grandparent,” says John Zammit. “The love you have...

  • A father’s plight

    A father’s plight

    Laurence Borg has two sons. The elder is a medical consultant and the younger lives with an intellectual disability. Laurence has dedicated most of his life to helping his younger son. He is now fighting tooth and nail to make sure that when he’s...

  • DIY dads

    DIY dads

    The difficulties faced by single mums are often brought to public attention… but what about single dads? Here Jo Caruana chats to two single dads to learn how they cope when they have to go it alone. Younger girlfriends. A return to single life. A...

  • Would you employ a manny?

    Would you employ a manny?

    Male nannies (aka mannies) are all the rage, at least among celebrities like Britney Spears, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Admittedly, comparing the habits of celebs to those of mere mortals like us might not be the most logical of paths to take,...

  • Daddy’s girl

    Daddy’s girl

    When performing artist Roger Tirazona is not busy working, he’s engaged in interesting conversations with his four-year-old daughter Lena, whom he loves to bits, trying to build a special bond with her to gain her trust and confidence. Simonne...

  • Delaying daddy-hood

    More and more men are choosing to wait until their 30s or beyond to become dads – so how does this affect fatherhood? Jo Caruana chats to one in-the-know father to find out. What’s your stereotypical image of a dad? Someone running on a football...

  • A modern father and his children

    A modern father and his children

    In an age when technology has seemingly taken over the task to raise this generation, three modern dads tell Iggy Fenech how they spend time with their offspring. Although I’m a gener-ation younger than the fathers in this article, and a...

  • The ‘Mother Man’ – Why your children need a father figure

    The ‘Mother Man’ – Why your children need a father figure

    “Do Men Mother?” That’s the intriguing and controversial title of a book on parenting by Dr Andrea Doucet. In it, she explores the role of fathers in the 21st-century family. And the key finding of her research is that that while men don’t exactly...

  • Like father, like son?

    Like father, like son?

    Like father, like son is a popular idiom, although we all know it does not always hold true. Stephanie Fsadni speaks to a few personalities to find out whether they have anything in common with their well-known fathers and what bonds them...

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