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  • 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...

  • 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...

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