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  • The slush pile

    A kind soul recently introduced me to The Good Wife, a courtroom drama television series. Meaning that I’m currently in the throes of yet another addiction as I binge-watch my way to pre-dawn most weekends. And, immersed as I am in subpoenas and...

  • Uniquely shot and strangely intimate

    Uniquely shot and strangely intimate

    MommyDirector: Xavier DolanStarring: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément103 mins; Class 15;Eden Cinema Release At the beginning of Mommy, a series of caption cards explains we are in a ‘parallel’ Canada... a country where parents...

  • Fashion month at Bay Street

    Fashion month at Bay Street

    Four young people are the protagonists of a series of ‘vlogs’ that Bay Street has commissioned to coincide with Fashion Month, to be held throughout May. Maria Farrugia, 25, an employee with a financial services firm, and three students, Matteo...

  • Tales of triumphs, near misses and tragedies

    Tales of triumphs, near misses and tragedies

    In October 1941 my troop took over XHD19, a four by 3.7-inch heavy anti-aircraft (HAA) gun position. It was out in the wild, close to Binġemma, with only a watch tower, built by the Knights of St John, and a large underground water reservoir...

  • Bringing your skills to life and living healthily

    Bringing your skills to life and living healthily

    Over 200 delegates from 29 counties, including Malta, attended the International Home Economics Conference, held at the University’s Valletta Campus. Themed ‘Action for family and consumer well-being: home economics literacy bringing skills to...

  • New edition of arts magazine

    Arts and culture magazine, Patron, is launching its fifth issue in St Anne’s Square, Sliema, at 8pm on Friday. Dubbed ‘The Quality Issue’, this edition digs into the cultural progress of Malta’s creative industries and attempts to focus on any...

  • Test: sit, rise and live long

    Have you ever checked the creases in your palm for a superstitious analysis of your life expectancy? Or perhaps a fortune teller has consulted a mystical crystal ball on your behalf for a prediction of your impending doom? As depressing as the...

  • Nature collection at Women in Me

    Nature collection at Women in Me

    In his second appearance at the annual The Women in Me event to celebrate Women’s Day, held at the Interconti-nental Hotel St Julian’s, Jesmond Sammut of YesusDeMaris launched his latest collection called Nature Invasion. Gloria Mizzi introduced...

  • Malta turns into the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’ as Gallipoli ends in stalemate

    Malta turns into the ‘Nurse of the Mediterranean’ as Gallipoli ends in stalemate

    In the wake of the Dardanelles campaign, preparations began for large-scale troop landings on the Gallipoli peninsula. After the initial landing, the Allies were able to make little progress from their landing sites as the Turks gathered more and...

  • NZ winemakers charting growth beyond Australia

    New Zealand’s wine industry is looking beyond its biggest export market Australia as the ‘kiwi’ dollar’s unprecedented strength against its Australian counterpart dents export earnings from the island nation’s closest trading partner. Australia...

  • Are you defiant?

    Are you defiant?

    Over the past couple of decades we have seen new categories of disorder. Some of these disorders would not have been classified in a medical category years ago and were just put down to the type of personality. Some categories have sprung up...

  • Rabies spread by dogs kills 60,000 each year

    Rabies spread by dogs kills 60,000 each year

    A British-led study has found almost 60,000 people die every year from rabies transmitted by dogs. The report is the first to consider the impact of canine-spread rabies in terms of deaths and the economic costs of the disease around the...

  • Trash that looks like roses

    Trash that looks like roses

    Trash (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 114 minutesDirected by: Stephen DaldryStarring: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Stepan Nercessian, Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein, Pedro Pauleey, Nelson Xavier, Leandro...

  • Epilepsy drug may help MS sufferers

    A drug commonly taken to prevent epilepsy seizures could be used to protect people from an eye condition that is often associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), research has found. Optic neuritis causes the nerves carrying information from the eye...

  • Doom-laden medieval fantasy romp

    Doom-laden medieval fantasy romp

    Seventh Son (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 102 minutesDirected by: Sergei BodrovStarring: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Kandyse McClure, Djimon Hounsou, Julianne Moore, Jason Scott LeeKRS...

  • Van Sant, Macbeth to jazz up Cannes

    Van Sant, Macbeth to jazz up Cannes

    Palme d’Or laureate Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth will jazz up the 68th Cannes festival, the glittering cinema showcase to which Woody Allen returns after a three-year hiatus. Todd Haynes’s Carol, a drama featuring...

  • Tribeca opens with documentary on Saturday Night Live

    The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off with a special screening of Live From New York, a warts-and-all documentary that looks at the storied 40-year history of the late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live. Vietnamese-American film-maker Bao...

  • Lady Gaga, Sam Smith booked for Montreux Jazz Festival

    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headline the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival and Brazilian legends Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil will appear in a rare double billing. The line-up for the July 3-18 event also includes veterans Santana, Herbie Hancock,...

  • Pushy UK parents in ‘curbing enthusiasm’ to take part in exercise sport

    Pushy UK parents in ‘curbing enthusiasm’ to take part in exercise sport

    Pushy, abusive parents in the UK are turning children as young as 8 off sport, according to a poll. Youngsters report being told they are “too heavy”, “lazy to run” or have made a “pathetic mistake” by mums and dads who are highly critical of...

  • Medieval Mdina

    Medieval Mdina

    Mdina has earned its reputation as the silent city. And it is. The squares are a stage for the sun’s rays miming a shadow puppet show. The thick ancient walls muffle the sound of steps playing a silent percussion along the narrow, cobbled...

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