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  • The arduous road to independence

    The arduous road to independence

    It was December 1957 when in a rare show of national unity, the Maltese Parliament unanimously approved the Break with Britain Resolution. By then talks with the British government over then prime minister Dom Mintoff’s plan to integrate Malta...

  • Exhibition unwraps Pharaoh drama

    Exhibition unwraps Pharaoh drama

    Egypt’s “boy king” Tutankhamun has gripped the imagination since his tomb was discovered in 1922, and a new exhibition tells the enthralling tale of how archaeologists unearthed and recorded the contents of his 3,000-year-old resting...

  • It’s ska and Bomba for Rockestra

    It’s ska and Bomba for Rockestra

    With a handful of performances on the island to his name these past few years, it’s safe to say that despite the long distance, Maltese-Australian artist Nicky Bomba is fast becoming a household name on the Maltese music scene. As comfortable...

  • Sober and refined elegance

    Sober and refined elegance

    For the autumn-winter 2014/15 Chanel eyewear collection, Karl Lagerfeld photo-graphed Charlotte Free as a mischievous young woman in a romantico-rock ambience bursting with audacity, revealing a modern and feminine collection. With a sultry pout...

  • Independence was a godsend

    Independence was a godsend

    The Malta Labour Party boycotted the 1964 independence celebrations in Floriana, although a rowdy crowd of its supporters turned up to boo. But the party was not against independence, according to former Labour minister Vincent Moran. It just...

  • EasyJet has plans to grow fleet

    Low-cost airline easyJet stepped up its expansion this week by taking up an option with Airbus for the addition of another 27 planes to its fleet. The current generation A320s will give it 304 aircraft by 2019 but the airline said it has the...

  • Voices return with 12th edition themed Heart and Soul

    This year’s Voices concert theme presents a twist on the conventional English proverb. Heart and Soul is the title selected for this year’s series of concerts, with a theme that is the embodiment of the passion and efforts of a team of more than...

  • Designers splash out

    Designers splash out

                               

  • The constitution’s wordsmith

    The constitution’s wordsmith

    Now that the 50th anniversary of independence is fast approaching I often, in my old age, think of those exciting days. Two things in particular stand out in my retentive memory. First, how well I recall the protracted negotiations, for all of...

  • Plane bomb hoaxer is behind bars

    A student who caused chaos to air passengers’ travel plans by claiming an explosive was on a Turkish-bound flight is now behind bars. Muhammet Demir, 20, called police saying a bomb was on an easyJet flight due to fly from Gatwick Airport to...

  • When your past is one big mystery

    When your past is one big mystery

    Before I Go To SleepDirector: Rowan JofféStarring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong92 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd As she lies in bed, a woman’s eyes open, like they do every morning. The eyes are slightly bloodshot and express...

  • Seminar on hair products

    Seminar on hair products

    Arual Cosmetica of Spain will be launching their hair products in Malta through Regent Trading Importers of Valletta. To mark the occasion, a seminar will be held at The Victoria hotel, Sliema, on September 29 at 9.30am. An overview of Arual hair...

  • Malta has not become another Cuba

    Malta has not become another Cuba

    Like EU membership 10 years ago, talk about the island’s independence split the nation. Former Times of Malta editor Victor Aquilina recalls the arguments made against this political goal. Few, if any, would dare say today it might have been...

  • Caucasian charm lures both hikers and hipsters

    Caucasian charm lures both hikers and hipsters

    Michelle Moghtader shares the secrets of Georgia, which hit headlines in 2008 when Russia invaded but is now attracting tourists after years of war. A history spanning centuries and civilisations, churches perched atop green mountains and...

  • Swedes do humour

    Swedes do humour

    The 100-Year-old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And DisappearedDirector: Felix HerngrenStarring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg114 mins; Class 15;Eden Cinema Release I don’t think I am totally off the mark if I opine that...

  • Unmistakably British ingredients

    Unmistakably British ingredients

    The James Bond 007 fragrance is a fusion of traditionally authentic and unmistakably British ingredients, shaping a classic fragrance with a modern twist. For half a century James Bond has captured the collective imagination of the world through...

  • The write man

    The write man

    A moving letter addressed to the Maltese and written in former Prime Minister George Borg Olivier’s own hand on the occasion of the island’s impending independence has recently been unearthed in the storage rooms of the Nationalist Party’s...

  • Reading the future

    In the bewildering maze of our genetic make-up, there are markers which determine our future, including diseases to which we may be susceptible. Practically all diseases have a genetic basis to a smaller or larger extent, and therefore, our future...

  • Best job on the high seas?

    Best job on the high seas?

    During her recent voyage to North Cape on board the Costa Mediterreanea, Jennifer Grech asked Captain Mauro Bellomo about life on the waves. Walking into restricted areas on board a cruise liner, where only crew members are admitted, is...

  • A bomb that never explodes

    A bomb that never explodes

    “Get 3,000 young people with money, give them cheap alcohol and very sexy girls and don’t tell me this thing should not explode. Every night, it doesn’t.” David Pisani is talking to me in a Paceville lounge on a Saturday afternoon. Some music is...

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