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  • Partying for a good cause

    Kids’ parties can be a nightmare to organise, not only because of the usual logistical nightmares that come with such events, but also because after a few years, it becomes awfully difficult to surprise your child with something different. Inspire...

  • When times are tight

    So the festive season looms on the horizon and you’re dying to throw a killer party. You know the kind, where the police are called in, the neighbours will hate you forever and you find guests sleeping it off on the floor sometime around noon the...

  • Inquests, autopsies and exhumations after unnatural death

    The code of Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, published in 1724, prohibited the removal or change of position and the burial of people who died sudden or violent deaths, whether showing the presence of wounds or not, before the holding of an...

  • Floriana’s lost historic treasures

    In the October 2013 edition of the monthly leaflet issued by the Floriana Senior Citizens, Salvator Mousu laments the loss of many of Floriana’s historic fountains. Seventeen fountains once embellished the gardens, buildings and public squares of...

  • One lump or two, dear?

    If you have ever got into a tizzy over how many guests to invite or what to do with that dancing Christmas angel your guest gave you, you’ll know that being a host or hostess can be tough work. But fear not, Tilly Mannersworth has all the...

  • What’s in a number?

    I recently watched an inspiring Channel 4 documentary entitled Fabulous Fashionistas. The cutting-edge short film presented six women with an average age of 80, who are determined to look fabulous and redefine old age. Sporting a short Mary...

  • Taking an active role

    We need strong public policies to facilitate social engagement in later life, says Dr Marvin Formosa, chairperson of the National Commission for Active Ageing. What new challenges does an increasingly ageing population present? The ageing of the...

  • Meet the grandparents

    We need to bridge generations and bring grandparents and grandchildren closer together, Philip Chircop tells Andrea Faye Christians. Last October 20 saw a first for Malta as the island hosted its first ever Grandparents Day. Already an officially...

  • Once upon a time

    If I squint my inner eye long and hard enough, I can just see them – they’re sitting down, as cosy as an old wireless set, warming up the leftovers of a conversation. Then they see me and wave. It’s my favourite version of an afterlife, and they...

  • Empower your health

    Physical rehabilitation helps patients regain their functional abilities quicker following surgery or illness. Situated in Manwel Dimech Street, Sliema, Livelife is the first private rehabilitation centre in Malta. It offers both inpatient and...

  • Caring for the elderly

    This year, Casa Antonia is celebrating its 10th anniversary since the opening of its nursing and residential home in Balzan. Offering long-term care, short-stay convalescence, and respite care, the residence is spread over a large area of...

  • Friends who care

    People over the age of 85 years are the fastest growing demographic, with half of them needing some form of help with their daily activities. However, over 95 per cent of older persons aged 75 years or older want to remain living in their own...

  • Remembering people with dementia

    What are the main symptoms of dementia and what causes its onset? Dementia is a clinical term referring to a group of brain diseases that result in progressive deterioration of cognitive functions. Approximately 70 per cent of all dementia cases...

  • Sir Hildebrand Oakes’ resignation as Governor of Malta in 1813

    Fortuitously, the advent of the plague to Malta in 1813 coincided with the islands’ transition to permanent British government. This was able to happen after Russia’s alliance with France broke down as Napoleon’s army threatened his one-time ally.

  • Mgr Tarċisju Gatt – preacher, Gozo Cathedral benefactor

    One of the lesser known benefactors of the Gozo Cathedral Church was Mgr Tarċisju Gatt, a priest from Victoria who passed away some 40 years ago. It is almost impossible not to hear his name mentioned every year during the annual festivities in...

  • Not such a horrible history

    October 31 has become a commercialised holiday with scary surprises, but Natalie Bowen explores its religious beginnings and different incarnations around the world. Pumpkins, witches, ghosts and monsters: modern Halloween festivities have...

  • Halloween house is ‘too gory for kids’

    A man who put up a gory Halloween display of disembowelled corpses outside his home has been told by police to tone it down after a passer-by said it made their child cry. James Creighton, 25, has decorated the outside of his house with skeletons,...

  • Tricks and tips for party treats

    Putting guests in the right mood for a little harmless horror need not cost a fortune, as Natalie Bowen finds out after scouring the web for cheap yet effective ideas. Ghostly light Candles are the most effective way of giving your party venue an...

  • Having one celebration is not enough at Bay Street

    Bay Street Complex in St George’s Bay will celebrate Halloween over this weekend and the first weekend of November. Halloween at the island’s established and popular shopping, dining and entertainment complex will be held from noon to 6pm tomorrow...

  • Monsters’ balls

    Event: A Funeral PartyWhere: Club Aria, San ĠwannWhen: October 26 from 11pm The Pudini crew is promising a funeral party that will echo into eternity, with a ‘techno requiem’ led by Sonitus & Dot and Danjeli (featuring Justin Galea), among other...

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