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  • Crop samples heading to seed vault off Norway

    Crop samples heading to seed vault off Norway

    Nearly 10,000 new varieties of crops from around the world are being added to the ‘doomsday’ seed vault in the Arctic as part of efforts to ensure global food security. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on an island off Norway’s northern coast,...

  • Chicken, chorizo and seafood paella

    Chicken, chorizo and seafood paella

    Serves 4 Ingredients400g medium grain rice10g saffron1 medium-sized onion, diced2 cloves garlic, finely chopped100g shrimps100g black shell mussels100g vongole meat100g calamari, diced250g chicken breast, cut into cubes100g chorizo, cut into...

  • Play taps phone-hacking laughs... but not for all

    Play taps phone-hacking laughs... but not for all

    Foreign visitors to London’s West End may benefit from a little background reading if they have tickets for Great Britain. A ruthless, scatological and no-holds-barred look at the British phone-hacking scandal and at media ethics in general, the...

  • The Man Booker shortlist

    The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, considered one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, will be announced today in London. Here are capsule reviews by Reuters correspondents of the six shortlisted contenders. The Lives of Others...

  • Wine producers in the UK increase by 50%

    Wine producers in the UK increase by 50%

    The number of new wine producers in the UK has increased by almost 50 per cent in the past year, research has shown. The total has grown to a 20-year high of 135, according to accountancy group UHY Hacker Young. The increase follows more demand...

  • Rapper Iggy Azalea leads music awards nominations

    Australian rapper Iggy Azalea scored the most American Music Award nominations with six nods, including the coveted artist of the year and favourite single and hip hop album, according to an announcement yesterday. Singers John Legend and Pharrell...

  • Kill the Messenger: ‘A story that had to be told’

    Kill the Messenger: ‘A story that had to be told’

    Whether it’s a serial killer, a bomb disposal expert or an investigative journalist in the political thriller movie Kill the Messenger, actor Jeremy Renner likes playing dark characters and ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Kill the...

  • Asparagus and scampi orzotto

    Asparagus and scampi orzotto

    Serves 4 Ingredients400g orzotto (wild barley)300g asparagus tips6 large scampi6 small scampi50g butter1 shallot1 pint of fish broth1 packet of saffronTomatoesSalt and pepper Method Shell the scampi, leaving the tail attached to the bottom. Put...

  • Knitting ‘is trendy’

    Knitting ‘is trendy’

    A knitted wall hanging featuring scenes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and piles of yellow and tangerine merino and alpaca wool were among items attracting interest at the Knitting and Stitching Show in London last week. Britain...

  • Ebola’s ‘collateral damage’

    Ebola’s ‘collateral damage’

    ‘Ebola collateral damage’ is the term used by Thaim Kamara, chief of surgery at Connaught Hospital in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, to describe the disruption of routine patient care caused by the epidemic. “Since the outbreak took its first...

  • Central American farmers abandon coffee for tomatoes

    Central American farmers abandon coffee for tomatoes

    Deer now roam and weeds flourish on deserted farmland in El Salvador where Julio Portillo used to grow arabica coffee beans until a devastating leaf rust fungus forced him to abandon coffee this year for the first time in more than two...

  • ‘No time to cry’

    ‘No time to cry’

    When I see the footage of health workers in protection suits taking up the fight against Ebola in West Africa, memories come flooding back. Nine years ago, I took a Reuters team into the heart of another haemorrhagic fever catastrophe, the 2005...

  • Challenging stereotypes through arts

    Challenging stereotypes through arts

    The people of Sliema are not just well-to-do businessmen who live in fancy houses. Clifford Jo Zahra and David Grima tell Veronica Stivala about their project, Linji Sfużi, that challenges this mistaken perception. In the conventional narratives...

  • Mirror, mirror on the wall

    Mention of self-portraits for me immediately conjures up images of Rembrandt, Frida or Van Gogh, three very different artists who have immortalised themselves for posterity in suggestive and memorable ways. All three had very different concepts of...

  • The reinterpretation of buildings

    The reinterpretation of buildings

    Following the launch of her architecture-inspired exhibition Construct, artist Celia Borg Cardona chats to Jo Caruana about the processes that led her to this dynamic solo showcase. Our surroundings provide so much inspiration for creativity. From...

  • Richard England’s Sanctuaries

    Richard England’s Sanctuaries

    Architect and artist Richard England is presenting a collection of artworks focusing on different churches at Art..e Gallery in Victoria. This is England's second exhibition at that venue. Last year he put on show a series of works that were...

  • Fuzzhoneys, Pyramid Suns, Falcon’s Flying Circus come together in one gig

    Fuzzhoneys, Pyramid Suns, Falcon’s Flying Circus come together in one gig

    Three indie music bands are joining for one big gig in Marsascala. Girl-duo Fuzzhoneys, four-piece rock band Pyramid Suns and rock’n’rollers Falcon’s Flying Circus will be performing original material as well as giving their take on more...

  • Satirising Maltese politics on stage

    Satirising Maltese politics on stage

    Mediteatru is putting up its second production, Politira, an original, fast-paced political satire in Maltese penned and directed by Keith Borg. The country is in election mode and the candidates are campaigning in full swing. Shawn Balzan is a...

  • Uh oh, it’s time to party

    Uh oh, it’s time to party

    Following the launch of their single and video, the guys from Massacre House Party take turns telling Ramona Depares all about the journey from concept to recording and distribution. Musicians Sylvan Borg, Aaron Sammut and Samwel Mallia are...

  • Pulling her strings

    Pulling her strings

    Veronica Stivala spends a day visiting Europe’s most successful puppet museum and the world’s oldest social housing estate still in use in the city of Augsburg. The puppets I have always been fascinated by puppets. Looking back, I would say this...