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  • Of women and their plights

    Of women and their plights

    Despite a marked increase in the number of local female writers, Malta still lags behind when it comes to female literature, especially prose. Author Clare Azzopardi shares her thoughts with Stephanie Fsadni. If there ever was a Maltese writer who...

  • The murky waters of literature

    The murky waters of literature

    The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival in August is being held against a backdrop of tragedies. While contemporary writers are highlighting the issue, they are not abandoning the image of the Mediterranean as an ideal common space of human...

  • Helen Muscat’s life inspiration

    Helen Muscat’s life inspiration

    The book Her Way – Helen’s Inspiration to Life, written by Ingrid Zerafa for the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation, documents the NGO’s co-founder Helen Muscat’s approach to life through many testimonials. Muscat was renowned for her charismatic...

  • The legend of St George in Maltese

    St George is one of the most revered saints in the Maltese islands, and the legend of St George slaying the dragon has been recounted to generation after generation. Yet, to date there was no local retelling of the story in Maltese. To fill this...

  • Quiet please! I’m reading

    Quiet please! I’m reading

    Fancy reading in quiet and peaceful country surroundings? There’s now a purposely set-up garden in the Bir Miftuħ area in Gudja. The project, inaugurated earlier this month, is the result of collaboration between the Consultative Council for the...

  • Tales of triumphs, near misses and tragedies

    Tales of triumphs, near misses and tragedies

    In October 1941 my troop took over XHD19, a four by 3.7-inch heavy anti-aircraft (HAA) gun position. It was out in the wild, close to Binġemma, with only a watch tower, built by the Knights of St John, and a large underground water reservoir...

  • Malta turns into the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’ as Gallipoli ends in stalemate

    Malta turns into the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’ as Gallipoli ends in stalemate

    In the wake of the Dardanelles campaign, preparations began for large-scale troop landings on the Gallipoli peninsula. After the initial landing, the Allies were able to make little progress from their landing sites as the Turks gathered more and...

  • Medieval Mdina

    Medieval Mdina

    Mdina has earned its reputation as the silent city. And it is. The squares are a stage for the sun’s rays miming a shadow puppet show. The thick ancient walls muffle the sound of steps playing a silent percussion along the narrow, cobbled...

  • Open those gates

    Open those gates

    You have spent most of your life in Mdina. How has the old capital changed along the years? I have spent most of my life in Mdina. Despite appearances and the impression that the bastions make the city impervious to change, Mdina has indeed...

  • The stage is set

    From battles and skirmishes to sword fights, live music, falconry displays and historic re-enactments, the Mdina Medieval Festival will show you exciting times. Anakron Living History Anakron Living History brings together people with an active...

  • A healthy investment

    A healthy investment

    How has the local buy-to-let market grown in these past years? In recent years, the buy-to-let market has enjoyed strong growth thanks to thousands of foreigners visiting our islands. This is because foreigners who are working here or are looking...

  • For your viewing pleasure

    For your viewing pleasure

    Endless driving around, dealing with hostile owners and viewing properties that look like they have suffered a natural disaster. Still, house hunting can be fun. The house you’re looking for is somewhere out there. The problem is finding it. For...

  • Market leaders

    Market leaders

    With over 25 years of experience, Mekanika is a leader in the supplying, commissioning and maintaining of air conditioning systems both for the commercial and residential market segments. Mekanika is the distributor for both Panasonic and Samsung...

  • Quality gates and doors

    Quality gates and doors

    With over 50 years’ experience in the sheet metal industry, FGP Limited has built a long-standing reputation of providing not only garage doors but also superior quality custom-made gates. FGP Limited manufactures and installs all types of gates...

  • Maintaining his composure

    Maintaining his composure

    Sean Mallia is a working photographer as well as a student at the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta, so it should come as no surprise that he has an affinity for architectural photography. However, a single label like...

  • How high should we aim?

    How high should we aim?

    Does Malta really need more high-rise buildings due to the limited land available? And what about the effect on the environment and society, asks Veronica Stivala. When the trend started back in the 1950s, high-rise was a quick solution to housing...

  • Getting the price is right

    Getting the price is right

    So you’re moving on. You’re setting up house in a quieter spot or a main town where everything is just a stroll away. You’re downsizing or have just bought a bigger house with a garden and pool. Whatever your reason for packing everything and...

  • Green building technology

    Green building technology

    With the onset of spring, we start to shed our grievances about the weather we have experienced. Reliance on heating systems may be on the wane but temperatures may still hover in the mid-teens. The same dependence on artificial conditioning...

  • The Battle for Malta – our finest hour

    The Battle for Malta – our finest hour

    At the end of the 18th century, the Maltese asked the British Navy in the Mediterranean, under the command of Horatio Nelson, to help them get rid of the French. Napoleon Bonaparte, on his way to conquer Egypt, had ousted, without a fight, the...

  • First flight over Malta and initial stages of Gallipoli campaign

    First flight over Malta and initial stages of Gallipoli campaign

    1915 opened with the prospect of a new front in the Dardanelles after the Ottoman Empire declared war on the Allies in late 1914. At the same time the first known aircraft flew over Malta for the first time. After a number of Allied warships were...

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