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  • How high should we aim?

    How high should we aim?

    Does Malta really need more high-rise buildings due to the limited land available? And what about the effect on the environment and society, asks Veronica Stivala. When the trend started back in the 1950s, high-rise was a quick solution to housing...

  • A brilliant work performed excellently

    ConcertMusic by Karl Fiorini and Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovMPO, dir. Roberto Beltrán ZaválaManoel Theatre The annual International String Orchestra has developed into a series of events featuring different genres. Concluding this year’s ninth edition...

  • Getting the price is right

    Getting the price is right

    So you’re moving on. You’re setting up house in a quieter spot or a main town where everything is just a stroll away. You’re downsizing or have just bought a bigger house with a garden and pool. Whatever your reason for packing everything and...

  • Musings on gay identity

    Musings on gay identity

    The Malta Amateur Dramatic Club is presenting Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride, a drama that counterpoints two parallel love stories of three characters that alternate between two very distinct times. The play begins and ends with parallel images...

  • Green building technology

    Green building technology

    With the onset of spring, we start to shed our grievances about the weather we have experienced. Reliance on heating systems may be on the wane but temperatures may still hover in the mid-teens. The same dependence on artificial conditioning...

  • Baroque concert a tribute to Corelli’s legacy

    Baroque concert a tribute to Corelli’s legacy

    A baroque concert entitled Corelli’s Legacy is being held at the baroque church dedicated to the Madonna tal-Pilar in West Street, Valletta, on Sunday. The concert, which forms part of the RIDT Lunchtime Concert series, starts at 11.30am. Two...

  • Woodley is a ‘stars’ attraction

    Woodley is a ‘stars’ attraction

    In a night of naughty humour at the irreverent MTV Movie Awards, teen cancer romance The Fault in Our Stars walked away the big winner while Iron Man Robert Downey Jr delivered wise words for the youth-orientated show. Scarlett Johansson, Mark...

  • Kinks musical, Miller play are big winners at Oliviers

    Sunny Afternoon, based on the music of the 1960s rock group the Kinks, blew away American competitors to win best new musical at the Olivier Awards on Sunday, while a revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge took best play revival. Kevin...

  • Furious 7 dominates box office competition

    Furious 7 dominates box office competition

    Furious 7 roared to the top of the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, picking up $60.6 million and driving its stateside total to a massive $252.5 million. That is a slender 59 per cent drop from the Universal Pictures release’s...

  • Vinyl chart launched as sales soar

    Vinyl chart launched as sales soar

    It’s the vinyl countdown – soaring sales of traditional singles and albums will now be tracked in their own separate chart. An official vinyl chart has been launched that will track the popularity of the bestselling singles and albums every...

  • Child stress ‘spikeschance of diabetes’

    Child stress ‘spikeschance of diabetes’

    Stressful life events in childhood such as death or illness in the family, divorce or separation, can triple the risk of developing type 1 diabetes, research has suggested. A study carried out in Sweden analysed more than 10,000 families with...

  • DNA test gives breast cancer ‘risk score’

    DNA test gives breast cancer ‘risk score’

    Scientists have been able to test how likely women are to develop breast cancer and give them a “risk score” by analysing their DNA. Researchers said that improving the accuracy of risk analysis using genetic screening could help breast cancer...

  • Shortness ‘linked to heart disease’

    As if being short was not already enough of a disadvantage, scientists have now confirmed it increases the risk of heart disease. In fact the more vertically challenged you are, the greater are your chances of having a dicky heart, according to...

  • Vanessa Hudgens makes Broadway debut as Gigi

    Vanessa Hudgens makes Broadway debut as Gigi

    Nearly 50 years after Leslie Caron captured hearts in the film Gigi, actress Vanessa Hudgens is tackling the role in her Broadway debut in a more modern musical version of the French story. The revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s...

  • Honour for Eddie Murphy

    Comedian Eddie Murphy, famed for his roles in films like Beverly Hills Cop and Trading Places, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour this year on October 18. Murphy is the 18th humourist to be honoured with the award and follows...

  • Palestina vulgaris and gas masks

    Palestina vulgaris and gas masks

    Mario Azzopardi evaluates the Maltese version of Suad Amiry’s new book in the light of the author’s work leading a voluntary organisation aimed at safeguarding Palestinian heritage. Although Malta has consistently expressed solidarity with the...

  • Talk about theatre in Malta today

    Talk about theatre in Malta today

    A talk on ‘Theatre in Malta Today: Practice and Practitioners’, is being held on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Studio Theatre of the Manoel Theatre, Valletta. The talk, being organised by Friends of the Manoel, will host four speakers: The Sunday...

  • The art of the invisible

    The art of the invisible

    A new student magazine seeks to make the invisible visible by revealing the work of hidden artists. Sandra Aquilina meets Bettina Paris, communications coordinator of Hide+Seek. These days, as soon as she wakes up, Bettina Paris reaches for her...

  • Monuments at St John’s Co-Cathedral

    Art historian Dane Munro is giving a talk on ‘Interpreting the Symbols on the Tombstones and Monuments of St John’s Co-Cathedral’ on Wednesday at 6.30pm at the Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana. The is the second time that this talk, which is being...

  • A nod to the past and the present

    A nod to the past and the present

    For the most part, we live in a liberalised society that has embraced gay rights and which is working to make the lives of minority groups better and fairer. However, we don’t have to look too far away to realise how lucky we are. With reduced...

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