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  • Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking

    Plain tobacco packs likely to deter smoking

    Studies on the health impact of ‘plain’ or standardised cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through, scientists said. In a collection of scientific papers in...

  • 40 years of comedy

    40 years of comedy

    Top actors, pop stars, sports heroes and veteran comics turned out in force on Sunday for a special broadcast celebrating the 40th anniversary of the seminal late night comedy programme Saturday Night Live during a marathon live show. The...

  • Ronson single is million seller

    Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk has become the latest song to join the million-seller club. The soul-funk song, which featured US singer Bruno Mars, is the 158th UK single to record seven-figure sales, the Official Chart Company said. The song has been...

  • Fifty Shades rakes in $81.7m

    Fifty Shades of Grey, the widely anticipated adaptation of the best-selling novel about a kinky relationship between a businessman and a college student, took in $81.7 million in ticket sales to soar to the top of US and Canadian weekend box...

  • Hugh Grant finds surprise salvation

    Hugh Grant finds surprise salvation

    British actor Hugh Grant may be one of the most successful actors of his generation, but the star of the film The Rewrite says he has always been attracted to the comedy of failure. Grant, 54, plays Keith Michaels, a divorced Hollywood...

  • Saturday Night Live documentary to kick off Tribeca Film Festival

    Saturday Night Live documentary to kick off Tribeca Film Festival

    Live From New York!, a documentary about the NBC late night comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, will have its world premiere and open the 14th Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April, organisers said. The film follows the early development...

  • More than child’s play and tea parties

    More than child’s play and tea parties

    As the celebrated children’s book of Britain’s Victorian era turns 150, an exhibition in Texas traces its history to show how Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland adapted and transformed through now-familiar concepts of merchandising and...

  • ‘It’s now or leather’

    ‘It’s now or leather’

    ‘It’s now or leather’ for Elvis fans who want to get a look at one of the king’s most famous outfits. The black leather suit the singer wore for his 1968 TV comeback special has gone on show at an exhibition about his life. The US TV show marked...

  • Achieving unity through culture

    Achieving unity through culture

    At a time when Europe and the Arab world seem to be at odds with each other over beliefs and politics, Iggy Fenech talks to Valletta 2018 Foundation’s programme coordinator Margerita Pulè to find out how culture could turn out to be the missing...

  • Confronting Esben’s witch

    Confronting Esben’s witch

    Esben & The Witch are back in Malta with a new album, an edgier sound and a promise to blow our minds for a second time. Guitarist Thomas Fisher tells Ramona Depares about the new direction the band has taken. You performed in Malta in 2012. How...

  • Tenishia on MTV Asia

    Tenishia on MTV Asia

    With a national fan base and a long list of musical achievements, appearances on national TV stations are par for the course for the local DJ duo Tenishia. Their recent appearance on MTV Asia, however, made possible following heavy touring in...

  • Rubino’s rare Mass

    Rubino’s rare Mass

    For a few days midway during the recent Valletta International Baroque Music Festival was the Rome-based Sicilian music director Vincenzo Di Betta. His visit was linked to the presentation and launching of a CD featuring the Messa de Morti à 5...

  • Sounds of the city

    Sounds of the city

    Cities have long been the source of inspiration for musical compositions. From Provence for Milhaud, Arles for Bizet, Douarnenez for Debussy to more contemporary Calgary in Death Cab For Cutie’s I Will Follow You Into The Dark, Nantes for...

  • Laughing at what life throws

    Laughing at what life throws

    Now in its 11th edition, the Eden Comedy Club has made light work of making us laugh. Jo Caruana interviews comic David Tsonos, one of the performers at the upcoming show. A good laugh is worth its weight in gold. And that’s exactly why Eden’s...

  • Stepping through the Forbidden City’s gates

    Stepping through the Forbidden City’s gates

    For many years, I read several features and watched various documentaries regarding the Forbidden City in Beijing. However, once I found myself in front of Wumen, its main entrance, I simply stood in silence and awe. At an altitude of 38 metres,...

  • An evening of satire

    An evening of satire

    It-Tliet Angli... aħna aħna jew m’aħniex is the next production by stage company Teatru Rjal. Named after the satirical tele-vision programme by the same name, the three ‘angels’ are comedians Toni Busuttil, Snits and Ronald Briffa (Ron) who will...

  • Taste of Cyprus with flights offer

    Taste of Cyprus with flights offer

    Emirates is offering economy class return fares between Malta and Cyprus from €190, inclusive of airport taxes and fuel surcharge. The offer is valid for sale and outbound travel to Larnaca until June 30. Prices do not include a weekend surcharge...

  • Music from Naples

    Music from Naples

    The Manoel Theatre will present an evening of music from Naples with the renowned Italian folk singer Lucilla Galeazzi. The vastness of the Neapolitan repertoire extends over five centuries: its great variety of forms from instrumental music to...

  • Chile gets tough on tourists

    Chile gets tough on tourists

    Chile is introducing new rules to expel foreign tourists if they break rules intended to protect the country’s national parks, following a devastating fire at the famous Torres del Paine, the government announced. An Israeli tourist was fined last...

  • Last three chapels at St John’s Co-Cathedral restored

    Last three chapels at St John’s Co-Cathedral restored

    A 10-year programme to restore all the gilded carving that embellishes the chapels and nave at St John’s Co-Cathedral has been concluded with the restoration of the chapels of France, Provence and Anglo Bavaria. It also included the res­toration...

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