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  • Simply sizzling!

    Simply sizzling!

    Creating an even faster, track-ready version of an existing supercar could be achieved very quickly – and cynically; an engine tweak here, a bigger wing there. But that’s not how McLaren has gone about creating the limited run 675 LT. The Long...

  • Vittoriosa’s Dominicans celebrate patron saint

    Vittoriosa’s Dominicans celebrate patron saint

    On the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege, the popular feast of St Dominic celebrated in Vittoriosa on the last Sunday in August at the church of the Annunciation, popularly known as Il-Lunzjata, will be celebrated with greater poignancy and...

  • It’s back to school

    It’s back to school

    Kids First Marks & Spencer launched its new range of schoolwear offering comfort and warmth in any style. Easy for mum From school to washing machine to wardrobe, the new range makes the journey easy and stays looking fresh all the...

  • Enter the X1

    Enter the X1

    BMW’s second generation X1 compact crossover does not share its platform with BMW’s current passenger cars but opts for the front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the 2-series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, as well as BMW’s third-generation...

  • Caterina Scappi, forgotten feminist benefactress

    Caterina Scappi, forgotten feminist benefactress

    Nowhere it is recorded if Caterina Scappi could read or write, but the part of her 1624 will by which she made manifest her determination to endow the hospital for women, is a little literary gem – perhaps not her own work but the notary’s: “As...

  • Johnny Depp is face behind new Dior fragrance for men

    Johnny Depp is face behind new Dior fragrance for men

    For the first time in 10 years, Dior has forged a new territory for men, an intimte connection with one’s true nature. This composition by François Demanchy harbours the very soul of a house that sets the bar extremely high. An olfactory shock...

  • Classic car encounters with an ex-judge

    Classic car encounters with an ex-judge

    In life, it is said that to fully benefit from your hobby, you should indulge in a pastime that is totally unrelated to your full-time job. Judge Michael Mallia, who has recently retired from the bench after serving for almost 30 years as a...

  • Cat flu

    Cat flu

    Last week Vleġġa almost didn’t make it. Vleġġa  is a five-year-old calico cat I saw on Sunday morning. She had earned her name from being so fast on the chase and she was clearly a lovely cat. But when I saw her that morning, her condition was...

  • Iconic soft sneaker is rediscovered, reimagined

    Iconic soft sneaker is rediscovered, reimagined

    Ecco has looked back on its soft sneaker of the 80s and realised the potential for it to be refined and reinvented for a new generation. “The initial idea for the Ecco Soft 7 was rooted in our archives. The original Ecco Soft was a firm favourite...

  • Fungal feet

    Fungal feet

    Not a pleasant subject, I am sure you are thinking. However, I have recently met many people who are suffering from a toenail fungus and, unfortunately, so am I. Fungal infections of the toenails and feet (athlete’s foot) are extremely common.

  • A Gem of a Car

    A Gem of a Car

    Pierre Fava test drives the 2015 Opel Mokka and finds out why it has managed to capture the hearts and attention of so many drivers. It’s been something like three years since Opel first launched the Mokka and since then, the car has reached sales...

  • How dogs react in new situations

    How dogs react in new situations

    What was that? This was Trotter’s question when we took him to the beach for a photoshoot. He absolutely loved it and behaved impeccably. We are never sure how shelter dogs may react in these new, strange situations. We usually observe how they...

  • Staying healthy and in shape

    Do you suffer from back pain? Some of the more bold statistics out there suggest there is more than a 50 per cent chance you answered yes. Aches and pains in the back can range from niggling and sporadic to dull and constant. They may affect any...

  • One billion use Facebook in one day

    One billion use Facebook in one day

      Social media giant Facebook reached a new milestone, recording a billion users in one day.   Just three years ago Facebook said it had one billion users a month. Now it's managed that many in 24 hours.  There's likes... loves... and...

  • ‘One for All… All for One’

    ‘One for All… All for One’

    Three leading Maltese charities and NGOs are working together on the charity fundraising event One For All... All For One. Nadine Busuttil and Patricia Tabone, the masterminds of the event, worked alongside Inspire Foundation president Nathan...

  • Young goths 'more vulnerable to self-harm'

    Teenagers who identify as goths are more vulnerable to depression and self-harm, say scientists. Research published in the The Lancet Psychiatry journal found that those who were part of the subculture at age 15 were three times more likely to...

  • Parkinson’s disease ‘makes brain cells burn out’

    Parkinson’s disease ‘makes brain cells burn out’

    Brains cells affected by Parkinson’s disease die prematurely because they are prone to burning out “like an overheating motor”, according to new research. Scientists, writing in the journal Current Biology, said they found the cells targeted by...

  • Too many antibiotics ‘can raise Type 2 diabetes risk’

    Too many antibiotics ‘can raise Type 2 diabetes risk’

    Taking too many antibiotics could raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes, research has shown. A study of more than a million people, including 170,500 with the disease, found a clear link between higher numbers of prescriptions for the drugs and having...

  • Global life expectancy on rise but people live sicker for longer

    Global life expectancy on rise but people live sicker for longer

    People around the world are living longer, but many are also living sicker lives for longer, according to a study of all major diseases and injuries in 188 countries. General health has improved worldwide, thanks to significant progress against...

  • Lack of vitamin D ‘could be a direct cause of MS’

    Lack of vitamin D ‘could be a direct cause of MS’

    Lack of vitamin D may be a direct cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), a genetic study has found. The discovery may have “important public health implications” since so many people have insufficient levels of the essential vitamin, say...

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