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  • Paris paramours foil love lockdown

    Paris paramours foil love lockdown

    A Paris push to rid the city of the thousands of ‘love locks’ weighing down its bridges is being thwarted by tourists’ relentless romance. For years, visiting couples have hung brass padlocks on the iron grills lining the city’s bridges to...

  • Concert to be held on restored organ

    The recently-restored Mascioni pipe organ that at the church of St Francis in Valletta will be the focus of a concert that will be held during this year’s Notte Bianca. Built in 1932, the organ is listed as Opus 443, one of 12 found in Malta (the...

  • Revellers cruise through Grand Harbour bash

    Revellers cruise through Grand Harbour bash

    Valletta’s view of the Three Cities was almost blocked by five cruise liners early this week, when four chartered Aida ships and the Mein Schiff 2 docked in Grand Harbour on the same day. The Aida Aura, Aida Blu, Aida Diva and Aida Vita were...

  • Norwegian wood

    Norwegian wood

    “I first played the Bruch Violin Concerto at 15, in Rio de Janeiro.” Bruch in Rio? Playing concertos at the age of 15? Charlie Siem belongs to a new generation of musicians who offer a curious blend of traditional and new. Playing concertos in...

  • S. Africa rules on child travel are postponed

    S. Africa rules on child travel are postponed

    South Africa has postponed bringing in two tighter regulations on travel for children after the tourism industry raised concerns, the department of home affairs has said. The controversial rules, which will require children to carry a full birth...

  • It’s għana, but not as we know it

    It’s għana, but not as we know it

    Guitarist and teacher Evan Plumpton tells David Schembri how, on Notte Bianca, 35 guitarists of different abilities are going to play with folk singers – but in a different style. Every Sunday, after Mass, a young Evan Plumpton – aged around 10 –...

  • Etihad to hold cabin crew recruitment days in Italy

    Etihad to hold cabin crew recruitment days in Italy

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is seeking individuals with outstanding hospitality experience to join its cabin crew. International recruitment days will take place in 12 different cities in Italy, Germany,...

  • Red lights on a white, swinging night

    Red lights on a white, swinging night

    Back in the good, old days of Malta as a navy base and the ancillary trades this brought with it, Valletta’s Strait Street was the place to go for a good time. Now, the street is showing very positive signs of life, with classy restaurants rubbing...

  • Car f(r)ee days

    As the sun set last week on a rather windy and subdued summer, the start of yet another scholastic year ushered in the customary traffic jams in practically every junction on the island, ironically on a day earmarked to be rid of cars. Throw some...

  • Ten years of lounging around

    Ten years of lounging around

    Emirates is marking the 10th anniversary of its worldwide lounge network and says after a decade, demand for the service is growing. More than 22 million customers have been served since the airline opened its first lounge outside of its Dubai...

  • For whom the bells toll

    For whom the bells toll

    Bellophone will see visitors to Notte Bianca choosing what music to play on a number of Valletta church bells, using a central console to control the notes. Ramona Depares asks Mario Sammut, who ­originated the concept, to explain more. On...

  • VIP delivery of all-new Nissan Pulsar

    VIP delivery of all-new Nissan Pulsar

    Nissan has celebrated the first customer delivery of the all-new Nissan Pulsar, ahead of its full roll-out this autumn. To mark the occasion Nissan's UEFA Champions League ambassador and FC Barcelona star, Andrés Iniesta, was on-site at the...

  • And when in Qawra…

    And when in Qawra…

    Ed eats DuoQawra RoadQawraTel: 2157 8236 Food: 6/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 I’m not quite sure what spurred the growing popularity of the food truck but there seem to be more of them. I suppose it makes sense. You’re...

  • Whatever you do, don’t miss the boat!

    Whatever you do, don’t miss the boat!

    Revelling in the luxuries of cruise liner travel while enjoying harbour hopping takes precision planning, Maltese travellers Lara Vella and Neil Agius tell Melanie Vella after almost being left on an island. Standing on the cruise liner’s highest...

  • Festival Mediterranea returns to Gozo

    Teatru Astra has announced the 13th edition of Festival Mediterranea, a series of concerts and events that bring together Italian opera and traditional music with other cultural events. This year’s pride of place goes to the production of Verdi’s...

  • Hamilton back on top

    Hamilton back on top

    From fastest to slowest. This is how I would describe the last two grand prix. The Italian Grand Prix was definitely the fastest of the season and the shortest one too taking just one hour, 19 minutes and 10 seconds to complete. This was thanks to...

  • Keeping yourself out of harm’s way on the road

    Keeping yourself out of harm’s way on the road

    Have a quick read of the news and you would be forgiven for assuming that the world is no longer a safe place to travel. From pickpocketing to mugging, assaults to terrorist attacks, travellers are often the targets of crime, which can prove...

  • Airport Impressions win US competition

    Airport Impressions win US competition

    Rock band Airport Impressions’ single Berlin won first place in the Adult Album Alternative category of this year’s edition of Unsigned Only. Unsigned Only is a music competition for solo artists and bands who are unsigned to a major label. Some...

  • New Toyota Cross Over concept in Paris

    New Toyota Cross Over concept in Paris

    Toyota will present a new Cross Over C-HR concept vehicle at the Paris motor show next month, revealing the company’s innovative vision for a compact crossover model. The C-HR concept combines a powerful new design language with an engaging...

  • Saffron-picking season needs a woman’s touch

    Saffron-picking season needs a woman’s touch

    Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice – and the fiddliest. Production is totally manual: it’s a labour of love. We were in the saffron museum in Madridejos, 30 minutes from Toledo, central Spain. A former nunnery, it houses saffron-farming...

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