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  • 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:...

  • 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...

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