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  • The Cinderella syndrome

    The Cinderella syndrome

    In the latest Cinderella film by Disney, Cate Blanchett depicts an evil stepmother with icy assurance. She follows a long tradition of portraying mother substitutes as being scheming meanies, from the Queen in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline to the fairy...

  • Don’t let stress take over

    Don’t let stress take over

    With life in the fast lane being de rigeur for most mothers (and parents in general) these days, it is little wonder that stress is on the increase. There’s the job, the children, the housework, the hubby... each area of life comes with its own...

  • Mothering your own mother

    Mothering your own mother

    What happens when it’s your own mother who needs help, and how does one juggle this new responsibility together with a job and looking after your own children? Helen Raine puts the question to one mother who is going through this experience. With...

  • Dog walk in aid of The Island Sanctuary

    A dog walk in aid of The Island Sanctuary at Tas-Silġ, Marsaxlokk, is being held on Sunday. Everyone is invited to participate with their dog/dogs. Those who do not own a dog can walk a dog from the sanctuary. But since the number of dogs is...

  • Malta’s finest hour, the end of the siege

    Malta’s finest hour, the end of the siege

    By the end of June, a big part of the Luftwaffe in the Mediterranean had moved to the Russian front where it was more urgently needed. There were still heavy raids but fewer and smaller. Instead the Germans had decided to starve us. It became very...

  • Major land, sea, air offensives during the first half of 1915

    Major land, sea, air offensives during the first half of 1915

    During the period from January to June 1915, offensives on the western and the eastern fronts were launched by both the Allies and the Central Powers. At the same time the Gallipoli Campaign was being fought in the eastern Mediterranean. Naval...

  • Going to the kennels

    Going to the kennels

    Last week Betsy came in for a complete check-up. Betsy is a medium-sized eight-year-old cross breed with large, soft, brown eyes. Unfortunately, these past five months, Betsy has been through the wars. After losing an inordinate amount of weight,...

  • Cool gadgets for your boat

    Cool gadgets for your boat

    If you’re a picnic boater, a fisherman, a party person in need of extra seating or dry technology, then here are some nifty boat and yacht gadgets you should check out, says Veronica Stivala. Sounds dry Ah, life on the high seas, where you can...

  • Forget all about fouling

    Forget all about fouling

    Sailing vessels tend to suffer severely from the growth of barnacles and weed on the hull, called ‘fouling’. Thin sheets of copper or similar metal are nailed onto the hull in an attempt to prevent marine growth, as this affected performance in...

  • Blowin’ in the wind

    Blowin’ in the wind

    Sailing encourages children to be disciplined and independent while also forming part of a team, says Anna Rossi from the Malta Young Sailors Club. She talks to Sandra Aquilina about the experiences. Anna Rossi is in no doubts about the benefits...

  • Chartering a boat

    Chartering a boat

    Nautica Ltd has been established in the marine industry since 1988 and is today acknowledged as one of the leading provider of yacht charter holidays in Malta. The company owns a fleet of modern sailing yachts which are available either as...

  • Connecting boats with holidaymakers

    Connecting boats with holidaymakers

    Buying a yacht is a major investment and can often leave you stuck in the same region unless you want to sail long distances. A new company launched late last year www.Sailo.co, is about to change all that. They are doing for yachts what Airbnb...

  • Sailing the boozy seas

    With yachting season just round the corner, avid drinker Iggy Fenech serves us some delicious cocktail recipes that can be enjoyed at sea or on land. I’ve never been a big fan of summer, but I do love spending a day out at sea with nothing but...

  • Strand Marine is Nuova Jolly local distributor

    Strand Marine is Nuova Jolly local distributor

    Strand Marine, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has been appointed local distributor for the full range of Nuova Jolly ribs. Nuova Jolly is a renowned Italian rib manufacturer which first started to manufacture inflatable boats...

  • Tasty delights

    Walking down the street the other day, I caught the smell of a charcoal fire on the breeze and knew for a fact that summer was once again on its way. Yes, sunny summertime is almost upon us, so slap on your sunscreen and get ready to enjoy the...

  • (Don’t) rock the boat (baby)

    (Don’t) rock the boat (baby)

    It’s suddenly warmer. Hot, actually. We all know that Malta has only two seasons: summer and not so summer, and despite the highly irregular rainy season we’ve just experienced, we can still chalk that up to an aberration, considering that one day...

  • A sailing dream never lost

    A sailing dream never lost

    Helen Raine writes about the legendary Hōkūle’a, a double-hulled canoe that uses ancient Hawaiian navigation techniques thanks to the Sidereal Star Compass. These days, we take navigation for granted; GPS has made it child’s play. But when the...

  • Remembering one of the bloodiest battles of WWI

    Remembering one of the bloodiest battles of WWI

    100 years ago, thousands of soldiers struggled ashore on a narrow beach at Gallipoli at the start of an ill-fated campaign that would claim more than 130,000 lives Today marks the centenary of the ill-fated landings on the Gallipoli peninsula in...

  • One family’s Anzac story

    One family’s Anzac story

    Outsiders wonder why Gallipoli is of so much significance to Australians. This offensive was a tragic failure and ignominious evacuation and not a victory. On January 1, 1901, six colonies became a Federated Commonwealth of Australia, a...

  • Encouraging reading numbers

    Encouraging reading numbers

    Reading levels among the Maltese may be lower than the EU average but figures are showing a positive trend. National Book Council chairman Mark Camilleri tells Stephanie Fsadni about various initiatives promoting reading, especially among...

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