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  • Italy to bar big ships from inside the Venice lagoon

    Italy to bar big ships from inside the Venice lagoon

    Big cruise ships will be barred from Venice’s Saint Mark’s lagoon to protect Italy’s floating city from potential damage caused by growing traffic, the government has said. Venetians and environmentalists have long voiced concern about tourist...

  • Grand reopening

    Grand reopening

    Fireworks explode during the grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara Hotel and Casino) just after midnight in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday. The property, owned by SBE Entertainment and Stockbridge Real Estate, reopened after a...

  • Is it age or medical condition that matters?

    Recent news reports in the local media have sparked off a national debate on social media – whether elderly people are fit to drive and whether they should be allowed behind the wheel at all. It is a fact that, as we grow older, our bodies change,...

  • ‘Extra soul’ character

    ‘Extra soul’ character

    As Peugeot celebrates 30 years since the original 205 GTi was launched, it is now the turn for the 208 GTi to pass through the expert hands of Peugeot Sport, to give it a more radical character with what some call ‘extra soul’, in response to...

  • New world, new ideas

    New world, new ideas

    The world is changing and so are consumer expectations shifting at growing speed. And cars? Citroen’s answer to this is the C4 Cactus. In the fiercely competitive C segment with its apparently immutable design cues, the Cactus stands apart with a...

  • Designed for driving pleasure

    Designed for driving pleasure

    Muscats Motors recently launched the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé and the new BMW X4 at the Xara Lodge, limits of Rabat. The 4 Series Gran Coupé is the first four-door coupé in the premium midsize class that represents a consistent extension of the...

  • The break is over

    The break is over

    F1 championship resumes today in Belgium’s famous 1950s Spa Francorchamps. Despite the new and complex regulations, hybrid power units, smaller combustion engines and subdued engine noise, the championship so far has been a grand spectacle. The...

  • Concepts

    Concepts

    Name:Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept Debut:Detroit Motor Show 2014 Appearance:Taking a small pinch of inspiration from the classic Dune Beetles of yestercentury, the Beetle Dune concept ups the regular car’s ante – and ride height – with taller...

  • The rolling geeks

    The rolling geeks

    It was a week when the electric car came into its own. We enjoyed a couple of decent drives in the all new Electric Renault range (see pages 6 and 7) and then like topping on a good cake, we went off to Vault 2, Captain of the Galleys, Vittoriosa...

  • 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...

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