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  • Early taste of Oktoberfest this summer

    Early taste of Oktoberfest this summer

    The Dachau Volksfest is a miniature and possibly better version of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest, and beer, as Veronica Stivala finds out, is not the event’s sole attraction. Most people know that despite its name, Oktoberfest is held in Munich...

  • Touching exposé about autism

    Touching exposé about autism

    Part whodunnit, part political intrigue and part a touching exposé about autism, X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo? promises to keep readers guessing. Ramona Depares asks writer Mark Vella about what prompted this debut novel. This month sees...

  • The silent wonders of electric power

    The silent wonders of electric power

    Let’s look at the great little Twizy first. Those of you somewhat ‘long in the tooth’ may well remember the Messersmitt with its two seats, one behind the other, the mode adopted by Renault for this tiny urban delight. Twizy has superb swinging...

  • ‘Book’ a tour of London

    ‘Book’ a tour of London

    London is a great city to explore on foot, but as it is so large, choosing which area to see can be a challenge. Literature lovers could follow a Book Bench trail, a series of temporary installations in the British capital. Different artists...

  • Taking creative risks

    Taking creative risks

    Creating theatre should not be selective or secretive, says choreo-grapher and director Rob Tannion. Veronica Stivala attended his two-day workshop and, bruising aside, is glad she took the risk. It goes without saying that all those who turned up...

  • Has technology overtaken the combustion engine?

    Iain Dooley believes, to fully appreciate the advances of modern cars, we need to become more tech-savvy. If you still struggle with a smartphone, you’re not going to like the technology appearing in new cars. Without wishing to sound smug, I’ve...

  • An enlightening walk

    An enlightening walk

    Alison Bezzina shares the story of a young pilgrim who inspired a group of trekkers during their 120km journey along The Way of St James. Earlier this year, Jean Pierre Fenech, a 24-year-old man with Down Syndrome, walked 120km from Saria to the...

  • Violinist Nadine Galea chosen to join the European Union Youth Orchestra

    Violinist Nadine Galea chosen to join the European Union Youth Orchestra

    Violinist Nadine Galea has been chosen to form part of the 2014/2015 season of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), joining the talented group of young musicians who will bring to life the orchestra’s programme over the next season. Over...

  • Practical cars for older people

    Practical cars for older people

    As much as car manufacturers try to make cars suitable for all shapes, sizes and ages, not every car can offer the kind of attributes that make life a little easier. What will suit a 20-year-old tearaway may well be an annoyance to an older driver...

  • Summer in the city

    Summer in the city

      It’s not always possible to get away to some cool, shady spot during the summer months, but one can take inspiration from bustling cities and the way in which they keep their inhabitants cool with summer food and drinks. A light touch, combined...

  • Ryanair and Paypal join forces

    Ryanair and Paypal join forces

    Ryanair has launched a partnership with online payments firm Paypal. Customers can now settle the cost of their flights using their Paypal account, giving an extra level of security rather than inputting their bank details. However, the budget...

  • Skimmed return to the stage as duo

    Skimmed return to the stage as duo

    Skimmed return for their third gig as a duo alongside The Velts and newcomers Pyramid Suns. Since taking the step of becoming a duo earlier this year, Skimmed have been busy re-working and experimenting, leading to an evolution in their music...

  • Bizarre rules

    The AA has unearthed a collection of bizarre European driving rules that could catch unwary drivers out this summer. Believe it or not, you're not allowed to drive a dirty car in Belarus, Romania and even in parts of Russia. In Portugal it's...

  • It’s all about fragrance

    It’s all about fragrance

    The Palace hotel in Sliema has completed its Sixth Sense designer suite collection with the unveiling of the fragrance suite. This last suite forms part of six designer suites inspired by the five senses, each with its own theme, namely flavour,...

  • Monarch to stop flights from EMA

    Monarch Airlines will cease flying from its base at East Midlands Airport, from where it currently operates twice-weekly flights to Malta, by the end of April 2015. The decision to close the base is part of a strategic review under the ...

  • Hooligan and Lapes battle it out

    Hooligan and Lapes battle it out

    Rapper and hip-hop artist Hooligan will be taking the stage with Lapes in a face-off event, Botta u Risposta, that will see the two rappers engaging in a battle of the wits KoTD style. The MC battle, which is hosted by Nitrox and D Legacy from...

  • An obsession for Morris and Austin

    An obsession for Morris and Austin

    Ever since he can remember, Charles Borg was surrounded by either Morris or Austin cars. His father, Joseph, was obsessed with these brands. He had two old vehicles for daily use, a 1952 Morris 8 and a Baby Austin, the latter being a rare two-...

  • Bold, unmistakable and enduring

    Bold, unmistakable and enduring

    In its autum-winter 2014 collection, Spanish fashion house Massimo Dutti pushes its stylistic parameters, showing a brand increasingly inclined to pass on its attributes to its customers. “It’s all about a renewed confidence and bringing out one’s...

  • Panto in summer

    Panto in summer

    Panto in Malta is not only a big deal, but it’s also inextric-ably linked to Christmas time and to children. Or is it? Traditionally, panto also includes a fair amount of subtle humour aimed at adults. Little jibes here and there that fly over the...

  • A breeze to drive

    A breeze to drive

    It came as no surprise to find out that the A3 range had been awarded ‘World Car of the Year’. The original Audi Quattro was thrown up the notorious ‘Pike’s Peak’, a partly surfaced hill climb in the States and there it had taken best time of the...

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