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  • In praise of the humble spud

    In praise of the humble spud

    As the author of Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne, once said: “If a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” I quite agree! Be it ever so humble, one of the world’s most widely used vegetables is a real superfood.

  • Ryanair offers ‘snow fares’ sale from Malta

    Ryanair offers ‘snow fares’ sale from Malta

    Irish budget airline Ryanair has launched a New Year ski sale from Malta to Milan Bergamo, at fares starting from €22.99 for travel between January and March. There are dozens of ski resorts within a three-hour transfer of the north Italy city, as...

  • Artist Edward Lear remembered

    Artist Edward Lear remembered

    Palazzo Falson in Mdina, run by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, is the venue of an exhibition show-casing exquisite watercolours which Victorian artist Edward Lear painted during his visits to Malta in the second half of the 19th century. Lear is...

  • F1’s top 10 title deciding showdowns

    Today’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will decide the Formula One title, with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fighting for the crown. Since 1950 there have been 27 last-race deciders. The following looks at 10 of the best in...

  • Reflections on Malta’s connection with Mycenaean culture

    Reflections on Malta’s connection with Mycenaean culture

    The filming in Malta of Troy from Homers epic poem, the Illiad, written about 850 BC, brought to my mind the world’s most famous abduction so masterly described by Homer, the father of European literature. Throughout the years, this historical...

  • Countdown to Christmas with new Advent calendar

    Countdown to Christmas with new Advent calendar

    Make-up lovers can count down the days until Christmas with a new make-up Advent calendar by W7. Behind each of the 24 doors is a nail varnish, lipgloss, eyeshadow, glitter, foundation or lipstick, with a Lashtastic mascara especially for...

  • When music beautifully complements your meal

    When music beautifully complements your meal

    I have a thing about restaurants where they insist on playing loud music, loud enough to drown out any decent conversation. I absolutely loathe it. I am the sort who thinks that food is best accompanied by good wine and good conversation. Sadly,...

  • Guests ‘fined’ for bad review

    Guests ‘fined’ for bad review

    A couple ‘fined’ by a British hotel after they wrote a damning review about it are to be given a refund, a council has said. Tony and Jan Jenkinson said they were charged an extra €125 after describing the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool as a “filthy,...

  • A feast for eyes and mind

    A feast for eyes and mind

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Director: Francis LawrenceStarring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth123 mins; Class PG;KRS Releasing Ltd The five-star excellence of The Hunger Games and its first sequel Catching Fire gives way...

  • Audi in new design era

    Audi is launching into a new design era. Marc Lichte, head of design, is giving the Audi brand a new styling direction in the large coupé. “When he moved to Audi, Lichte launched a design offensive,” said Professor Ulrich Hackenberg, board member...

  • Our eyes and their nourishment

    Our eyes and their nourishment

    Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a popular topic. However, cataracts is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. In the UK, for example, the most common eye diseases are split into AMD (40 per cent), glaucoma (13 per cent) and diabetic...

  • Whisky, watches and good company

    Whisky, watches and good company

    Craftsmanship, style and generosity are at the heart of the recent collaboration between Chivas Regal and award-winning British watch company Bremont. Known for crafting beautifully engineered chronometers, Bremont has partnered with Chivas to...

  • New food culture

    New food culture

    A seminar on food safety issues and healthy and sustainable lifestyles, entitled ‘A new food culture: Towards Expo Milano 2015’, was held at the Italian Cultural Institute in Valletta. Organised by the Italian embassy and the Italian Cultural...

  • It’s Sydney the best!

    It’s Sydney the best!

    Backpackers, sunseekers, business travellers and globetrotters will all feel at home in Sydney – a city so diverse that it is worth the long-haul flight. With its superb climate, wonderful beaches, excellent dining establishments, lively nightlife...

  • The slush pile

    The slush pile

    Today’s column was not meant to happen. I had promised myself to steer clear of commenting on last week’s book festival, seeing how anything related to the book industry in Malta seems to get mired in controversy andpetty squabbles. But my life is...

  • Fear and loathing in Hollywood

    Fear and loathing in Hollywood

    Maps To The StarsDirector: David CronenburgStarring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson111 mins; Class 18;KRS Releasing Ltd David Cronenberg is a director whose eclectic CV includes Scanners (1981), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers...

  • How to be a better driver

    Lewis Hamilton might be doing well on the track, but for us mere mortals there’s always room for improvement. Be a better driver by following these ten simple tips. 1. Be sure The most common cause of accidents is not speed; it’s simply a...

  • Your baby deserves the best

    Your baby deserves the best

    A group of young mothers came together 30 years ago because they had one thing in common – they had breastfed or were still breastfeeding their babies and wanted to share this wonderful and unique experience with other mothers. They believed that...

  • Classic elegance and casual style

    Classic elegance and casual style

    The new Valentino Uomo fragrance is a mix of heritage and modernity, ideal for a man who loves classic elegance combined with a casual style. The bottle is a timeless Italian glass sculpture crafted with precision and know-how. Perfumer Olivier...

  • Chocolate masterclass competition

    Chocolate masterclass competition

    World class master chef Marc Pauquet hosted a five-hour chocolate-making demonstration at the Hotel Excelsior, Floriana. He was in Malta at the invitation of Worldwide Import & Export Ltd. Pauquet demonstrated his skills and gave participants...

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