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  • Hollywood films play to the faithful

    Hollywood has embraced God in a big – and lucrative – way. The movie Heaven is for Real, which depicts the story of a young boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, is the fourth faith-based film this year to stir...

  • Chinese beef noodle soup

    Serves four Ingredients1 litre water30g beef50g noodles2g saltFew drops of oil2g sugar3g soy sauce5g onions10g cornflour Method Boil the noodles in water until they are soft. Meanwhile, shred the beef into long thin strips and stir with the salt,...

  • Picky vampires land in West End

    A vampire who is a picky eater might seem to be a contradiction but is the star of the show in Let the Right One In, the latest transfer of a cinema hit to the stage. Although the main characters are teenagers – albeit one of whom is several...

  • So simple and sophisticated

    Even when he was in his 80s and in frail health, the French painter, sculptor and, latterly, master of painted cut-out paper Henri Matisse, still had it. That, in part, is what an exhibition of Matisse’s late-life works, some huge and covering...

  • New exhibition is a load of rubbish

    The Science Museum in London is planning a rubbish new exhibition – based on the amount of refuse it throws out every month. It is teaming up with artist Joshua Sofaer and asking visitors to help collect, sort and document the rubbish generated at...

  • Paris- Brest

    Ingredients60g butter or margarine185ml water120g plain flour3 eggs2 tbsps flaked almonds2 cartons small fresh cream1 tbsp icing sugar Method Preheat the oven to 205°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper and draw a 20cm diameter...

  • No one expects the Inquisition

    Particularly if it’s sporting sequins! The Dazzle Troupe is back with another instalment of Burlesque, and Jo Caruana finds herself glamoured by this year’s Middle Ages-themed edition.   Life doesn’t have to be taken that seriously, does it?...

  • Vassalli’s chains and demons

    Tyrone Grima’s Ċittadin Vassalli, staged at the Manoel Theatre as part of the Staġun Teatru Malti, is – as the play’s producer/director Mario Philip Azzopardi warns us in his programme note – a “socio-political fantasy”, as opposed to a...

  • Shakespeare made fun

    A new version of Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, is being shown in Malta after a short tour in South Yorkshire, the UK. Titled What You Will – A Sea Dog’s Tale, the play is the result of an international artist collaboration between South...

  • Pope Francis inspires an oratorio in tribute to Mary

    An oratorio titled Marija fil-Qalb Maltija (Mary in the Maltese Heart) has been composed by Alfred Massa, with a musical arrangement by Hermann Farrugia Frantz. The oratorio was inspired by an exhortation of Pope Francis to “learn from Mary and...

  • Applications for Notte Bianca now open

    Applications for this year’s Notte Bianca, which will be held on October 11, are now open. Now in its ninth year, Notte Bianca attracts over 60,000 people to the capital, making it the largest cultural event in Valletta and transforming the...

  • Celebrating women composers

    Known as principal flute with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and for her work with the Cosmos Wind Ensemble, Rebecca Farrugia Hall is now presenting a concert dedicated to female composers with the Camerata Galatea. How was Camerata Galatea...

  • When Italy played France

    The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Embassy of Italy and the Manoel Theatre, recently presented an all-French flute and piano recital by two young Italian musicians. Chiara Pavan and Eugenia Canale had a far-from-easy job in tackling their...

  • Smit(h)ten and south-rocked

    A sold-out concert by an international icon and a successful three-day festival featuring some 30 local and foreign acts – all in the space of a few days; you will, I’m sure, agree that this was a bonanza for every music lover. But where to begin,...

  • Help with bone health

    Last week we looked at bone health in general. Today we will explore the myths and how they can be explained. Women feature highly in the worrying condition of osteoporosis and therefore become concerned about bone health as they get older. Most...

  • Sofar Sounds now in Malta

    Sofar Sounds is an initiative that dates back to 2010 when the first edition was held in someone’s living room in Kilburn, London. Although there were only eight people in attendance, that first event proved to be a milestone gig, kick-starting...

  • My shoulder hurts, what should I do?

    The shoulder is considered to be one of the most complex joints within our body that has compromised on stability in favour of mobility, thus making it an area which is commonly injured. Shoulder pain strikes people of all ages and ranges from...

  • Bombers: Motorhead tribute

    Buskett will be rocked to its foundations to the sound of Motorhead’s mighty music thanks to Bombers, widely regarded as the ultimate Motorhead tribute act. Formed in 1996 by Abbath (Immortal), Pez (Punishment Park, Jef) and Tore (Old Funeral, The...

  • Unlocking the secrets of Maltese honey

    Malta has around 220 beekeepers. The country’s name is tied to honey that has been prized for its flavour and health benefits. Local researchers are finding out just how unique it is and some of its powerful properties. There are three types of...

  • Safari so good in the Ngorongoro Crater

    As morning mist rolls away, Stephen Bailey tries to look in every direction at once while on a safari trip in East Africa – but can he outstare a hungry lion? In the early morning mist, Ngorongoro looks magical, clouds dancing inside the stark...

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