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  • Big history in small place

    Big history in small place

    ­­The site where Robert E. Leesurrendered his Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago on Thursday, effectively ending the US’s bloodiest war, is proof that history’s biggest turning points can occur in the smallest places. Ceremonies,...

  • Prince Harry flies a Spitfire

    Prince Harry flies a Spitfire

    File footage was released yesterday of Prince Harry making his maiden flight in a Spitfire on a sortie from Goodwood via the Isle of Wight, to launch a scholarship for wounded veterans. During the flight in February 2014, the Royal performed a...

  • When Malta took over air traffic control services and airfield operations from the British Services in 1979

    When Malta took over air traffic control services and airfield operations from the British Services in 1979

    While commemorating the centenary of aviation in Malta one has to highlight some milestones attained during these past 100 years. These include: the first flight that took place in Malta on February 13, 1915; the first Maltese pilot to obtain an...

  • Remembering colleagues in theaviation industry

    Remembering colleagues in theaviation industry

    Malta is this year celebrating 100 years of aviation history. In my 45 years’s experience of aviation and air cargo logistics I have come across colleagues who laid the building blocks for the success of this industry. I dedicate these...

  • Easter in a medieval Maltese city

    Easter in a medieval Maltese city

    In medieval times the city of Vittoriosa, being less insular than the rest of the island, witnessed the influx of ethnic mixture with the presence of Genoese, Venetian and Greek sea­farers and merchants, who all in­troduced their traditions,...

  • Maltese boys maimed, injured in 1955 accident in Australia

    Maltese boys maimed, injured in 1955 accident in Australia

    Barry Coldrey, who has written extensively on child migration to Australia, wrote the following on Maltese child migration: “Child migration from Malta was a marginal feature of Maltese emigration in general. It was first mooted in the 1930s when...

  • First solemn entry of the Archbishop of Malta into Mdina Cathedral in 1944

    First solemn entry of the Archbishop of Malta into Mdina Cathedral in 1944

    March 21 was an important moment in the life of the local Church, as newly appointed Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna took possession of the Maltese diocese. The celebration on the day also saw the new Archbishop’s first solemn entry into his...

  • Senglea’s Confraternity of the Holy Crucifix and its oratory

    Early in 1581, Senglea, which up till then formed part of the parish of Vittoriosa, became a new separate parish with Don Antonio di Nicolai as the first parish priest. As time went by, this became one of the main parishes of Malta, and on May 21,...

  • The Seven Last Words at Mdina church

    The Evangelists give us detailed information on the last moments of the life of Jesus Christ. The different narrations of the four Gospels create “the Passion of Christ” that integrates together the different details given by the Evangelists in...

  • Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapy

    Last week I attended one of Benny’s first hydrotherapy sessions. Benny is a 12-year-old shaggy, blond, medium-sized crossbreed I frequently refer to as a textbook case. Not in the classical sense of the word, though. It’s simply that over the...

  • Weaving spiritual awareness in our daily communication

    Weaving spiritual awareness in our daily communication

    To some of us, prayer is an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble, to others it has become an indispensable life attitude. The importance of daily communication through prayer cannot be overestimated. No wonder it is...

  • The Great and Holy Friday

    The Great and Holy Friday

    With Easter just round the corner, the religious side of the holiday starts taking centre stage. Iggy Fenech interviews sacristan Pawlu Zammit and avid participant Alexander Cachia Zammit about the Żejtun Good Friday procession. As Lent starts...

  • Easter gifting the sin-free way

    Easter gifting the sin-free way

    The problem with Lent is that it’s followed by rather a lot of feasting. Easter proves to be an excellent excuse for overindulgence and for those watching their own weight or trying to ensure their kids don’t eat a month’s worth of sugar over a...

  • Easter Sunday at The Riviera Resort & Spa

    Easter Sunday at The Riviera Resort & Spa

    Slowly but surely, spring is on the way and there is no doubt the Maltese islands look their best between April and June when the countryside is green and dappled with splashes of colour, the sea a vibrant blue and the air crisp and fresh. Easter...

  • A supernatural Swedish Easter

    A supernatural Swedish Easter

    Sweden is an easy target for stereotypes. You’re probably already thinking of tall, blue-eyed blondes hiking in bracing outdoor temperatures. When it comes to Easter, however, the standard assumptions about the country veer way off track. That’s...

  • A touch of Easter baking

    A touch of Easter baking

    Long before Lindt d’Or bunnies, Nutella crepes and the obligatory duty-free Toblerone, the Aztecs believed cocoa beans to be a gift from the gods. I can’t really find it in my heart to disagree with them. Chocolate first arrived in Europe aboard...

  • The sound of suffering

    The sound of suffering

    Holy Week music has a very specific purpose that Enya just doesn’t fulfil. Stick to theme, Alex Vella Gregory tells the masters of the holy ceremonies. One of my earliest childhood memories of Good Friday is watching the Good Friday procession...

  • Open air theatre in Għargħur today

    Open air theatre in Għargħur today

    Dwal Ġodda theatre troupe will today be holding their annual Holy Week production: Ħmar Tas-Salib. The setting is a rugged, open-air stage from across the Għargħur church parvis, serving as the backdrop for a Good Friday procession that,...

  • Giving it up

    Giving it up

    And so it is Easter and what have you done? With apologies to John Lennon, the fact is that it is Lent and a time for sacrifice and fasting. Have you taken on the commitment? I went to a Catholic school some 20-plus years ago and I recall how,...

  • The evidence is clear

    The evidence is clear

    Management is one of mankind’s oldest practices in organised social units. With time, management evolved to become both an art and a science. However, this evolution meant that the artistic portion has often manifested itself as the...

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