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  • Enjoy food, wine and great music

    Enjoy food, wine and great music

    Qormi, which is well renowned for its wine-making culture, is once again reviving this centuries-old tradition with a wine festival on September 5 and 6. The 10th edition of the festival will also feature music and food. On Friday, the Mark...

  • Creating one’s own world

    Creating one’s own world

    In less than a month’s time, Malta marks the 50th anniversary since its independence and the end of British colonial rule. But the influence of that rule – starting from the language this very article is being written in – is far from gone. Malta...

  • The pursuit of SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau, the Malta garrison and German POWs in 1914

    The pursuit of SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau, the Malta garrison and German POWs in 1914

    In the early 20th century, Germany had no colonies or naval bases in the Mediterranean. However, two years before the outbreak of World War I, the German Imperial Navy sent two cruisers to the Mediterranean. So after the outbreak of the war, the...

  • Half-price flights to Dubai and Cyprus with Emirates

    Half-price flights to Dubai and Cyprus with Emirates

    Emirates is offering half-price return economy fares from Malta to Cyprus and Dubai for the next fortnight. Business and leisure passengers can save 50 per cent on flights to Larnaca and Dubai between tomorrow and September 15, on the condition...

  • Malta places second in barista competition

    Malta places second in barista competition

    Eighteen-year-old Wayne Falzon placed second in the Costa Coffee Barista of the Year European finals in Warsaw, Poland. The winner was Matyas Svaton, from the Czech Republic. The competition took place over two days and consisted of two challenges.

  • Artists, activism and visibility in the Arab world

    Artists, activism and visibility in the Arab world

    The terraced hills of Amman, Jordan, spin on my screen as Khadija El Bennaoui shows me her surroundings off her iPad as we’re about to start our interview over Skype. She’s in Jordan for Dewan, a symposium retreat with a focus on contemporary...

  • Heraldic coats-of-arms in Birgu and Santa Venera

    Heraldic coats-of-arms in Birgu and Santa Venera

    In his article ‘Revisiting the memories of Birgu’s medieval Collachio’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 27), Lino Bugeja featured the armorial shield of Grand Master Fra’ Philippe Villiers de L’Isle-Adam carved in local stone, in the grounds of...

  • Diet and health controversies

    Diet and health controversies

    Recommendations about the relationship between which foods (and supplements) and good or bad health seem to change every so often, confusing not only lay people but also doctors. There seems no end to this problem – in fact, scientific...

  • Capital’s shabby-chic charm

    Capital’s shabby-chic charm

    Following friendly advice, Michel Rizzo is mesmerised by Lisbon’s ‘old Europe’ appeal and immediately gets the impression something great once happened there Lisbon, or Lisboa in Portuguese, had been on my ‘want to visit’ list for a long time,...

  • The Famous Grouse 40 scoops yet another gold

    The Famous Grouse 40 scoops yet another gold

    The Famous Grouse 40-year-old blended malt has secured another win, a gold at the International Spirits Challenge 2014 Design and Packaging Awards. The award is the latest achievement for this rare blend after having scooped the highest accolade –...

  • Helping launch indie film

    Helping launch indie film

    It has long been said that director Steven Soderbergh’s seminal 1989 film Sex, Lies, and Videotape (styled as sex, lies and videotape) was the film to launch the independent movement. Granted, the concept of independent cinema (fluid though that...

  • Birth of the Gozo diocese

    Birth of the Gozo diocese

    On September 16, 1864, the islands of Gozo and Comino were separated from the diocese of Malta and established as a separate independent diocese. So this year the diocese of Gozo commemorates its 150th anniversary. The movement in favour of this...

  • MS – find the trigger

    MS – find the trigger

    MS afflicts around 2.5 million people worldwide and is believed to be a disease of the central nervous system. This includes the brain and spinal cord. Nerve cell branches, or axons, in the central nervous system are protected by a fatty coating...

  • Scents in the city

    Scents in the city

    Cities, some more than others, have their own distinct odour. Veronica Stivala explores the pongs and shares some tips on how to enjoy ‘smell travel’. Anyone who has ever visited Edinburgh will recall the distinct smell of hops as you enter from...

  • Cherry-flavoured beer

    Cherry-flavoured beer

    Following the launch of Cisk Chill lemon-flavoured lager beer a couple of summers ago, Simonds Farsons Cisk plc has this year launched a berry-flavoured one. Cisk Chill Berry is a refreshing blended lager beer with berry flavourings and with a...

  • Knights to conquer New York Times

    Knights to conquer New York Times

    Some say we all have a story to tell – something deep inside us which only needs a tap and it will magically flow out. Steve Berry had more than one story embedded inside him and, once he managed to tap them out, they flowed on and on. And people...

  • Kissinger’s leg

    Kissinger’s leg

    Last week we eagerly removed Kissinger’s cast. Kissinger had broken his left leg four weeks earlier and it had been an eventful month for both him and his owners. Kissinger is a two-year-old cat who lives in a house with his feline brother Sheldon...

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

    We have gone a long way from believing that the mind and the brain are two distinct systems, one being the repository of the soul, the other being purely a physical/mechanical mechanism. This duality has long ago been challenged and put to...

  • Travel briefs

    Travel briefs

    Ryanair has targeted corporate travellers by launching its version of ‘business class’ earlier this week. Benefits of the budget airline’s new Business Plus fares include the flexibility to change tickets on the day of travel, 20kg check-in bag...

  • Couple share food-beer pairings in new cookbook

    Couple share food-beer pairings in new cookbook

    Husband and wife team Brooke and Luther Fedora show how beer adds complexity to a dish and why selecting the right brew can elevate any meal in their debut cookbook, The Foodie’s Beer Book. The culinary couple have been creating beer-inspired...

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