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  • Oscars calling Cumberbatch

    Oscars calling Cumberbatch

    The Imitation GameDirector: Morten TyldumStarring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode114 mins; Class 12;KRS Releasing Ltd The Imitation Game is a film that will in all likelihood earn Benedict Cumberbatch his first Oscar...

  • Few Russian skiers chill Alpine hosts

    Few Russian skiers chill Alpine hosts

    A sharp drop in Russian visitors is sending an icy chill through Alpine ski resorts that have previously profited from free-spending eastern tourists. Moscow’s standoff with the West over Ukraine and a weakening economy, which has seen the rouble...

  • A feast for eyes and mind

    A feast for eyes and mind

    InterstellarDirector: Christopher NolanStarring: Matthew McCon-naughey, Anne Hathaway169 mins; Class PG;KRS Releasing Ltd Oh Christopher Nolan, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. The way you tell epic stories set in atypical landscapes –...

  • Bizarre queries for hotel workers

    Can I borrow your socks, is the beach new or old and is Brighton where the tunnel to France starts? are just some of the odd questions customers have asked hotel staff. More unusual requests by people staying at Brighton’s two Travelodge hotels...

  • A film that lingers in its emotion

    A film that lingers in its emotion

    Two Days, One NightDirector: Jean-Pierre DardenneStarring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne95 mins; Class 15;Eden Cinemas Release The Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, have been making films about ordinary folks dealing with...

  • German nuclear bunker may be visitor attraction

    German nuclear bunker may be visitor attraction

    Hidden away in a forest near Berlin lies a huge, abandoned Cold War-era bunker, built to withstand a nuclear attack, which enthusiasts hope can become a new magnet for tourists visiting former East Germany. The 7,750-square-metre, three-storey...

  • Here we go again

    Here we go again

      The Marsa Shipbuilding site once echoed with the rumble of heavy metal and the shuffling of thousands of workers. But this year, the echoes are different – more musical. Following the hosting of the Junior Eurovision, the former shipbuilding...

  • Thailand prepared for heavy tourist dip

    Thailand expects to receive around 25 million tourists this year, down a million on 2013, the government said last week, thanks in part to months of street protests in the capital that ended with a coup. Two unsolved murders of two young British...

  • Vieni to Vienna

    Vieni to Vienna

    Following Conchita Wurst’s victory, Vienna is preparing to host the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. But apart from the contest’s sugary tunes, Austria’s capital has other dessert delights to offer. Here is a selection of the city’s sweet...

  • Recollections of the past

    Recollections of the past

    Ed eats Vino Veritas59, Dingli StreetSliemaTel: 2132 4273 Food: 6/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6/10 If you’ve read this column before, you’ll have noticed that I’m not here to pass value judgement about anything, least of all...

  • Living the simple life

    Living the simple life

    Pokhara is one of the main tourist hot spots in Nepal. Budget travellers and more upscale visitors gather before and after treks and adventures to soak up the sun, relax by the lake and plan their next trip. Joined by my three best friends...

  • European Film Festival launched

    European Film Festival launched

    The 12th edition of the European Film Festival was launched on Friday, November 14 with the screening of the Italian film Il Primo Incarico at the Westin Dragonara Resort. The festival is organised by the European Commission Representation in...

  • Pink magazine turns 10

    Pink magazine turns 10

    A catwalk, brought to life by past issues of Pink magazine on the ground and 30 models wearing designer clothes, was set up at Progress Press in Mrieħel to mark the magazine’s 10th anniversary and the launch of a new magazine – Places: Design &...

  • Scribbling out of a suitcase

    Scribbling out of a suitcase

    I found Malta seeping history from every balcony, palace and decadent building, with Valletta being the treasure trove of the island’s vast history and rich cultural legacy. While going there is to see the melting pot of cultures shaped by the...

  • Thank you for the music

    Thank you for the music

    You might dismiss Abba’s music as the kind that your parents listen to, which is, of course, an epic fail if you’re under 20. But admit it, every time you hear Gimme, Gimme, Gimme or Dancing Queen on the radio, you find yourself singing along.

  • More meaning with Patches

    More meaning with Patches

    The Patches Christmas fair will be held on November 30 from 12.30pm to 8pm in the Magazino hall at the Valletta Waterfront. Patches is an experiential fair, connecting contemporary, creative makers with people who appreciate handcrafted and...

  • Beginner’s guide to working across the EU

    Beginner’s guide to working across the EU

    As an EU national, you generally have the right to work for an employer or as a self-employed person in any EU country without a work permit. Some restrictions are in place for Croatian citizens in some countries, and for some EU citizens in...

  • In the mood for love

    In the mood for love

    Love makes the world go round, especially that of the Eurovision and the national song contests that send it love letters. Tune in to the national festivals and you’ll be served a cocktail of love, from the jilted kind to the passionate yet...

  • Artisans NGO launched

    Artisans NGO launched

    Original Malta, a local NGO set up by Malta Artisan Markets founder Lisa Grech, aims to promote and raise the profile of Malta-based contemporary artisans. Helped by the Malta Enterprise Network Support Scheme, www.originalmalta.com hopes to...

  • Sax and the City

    Sax and the City

    Dinant on the Meuse river in Belgium is the place for sax maniacs looking for a weekend break. It’s the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. La Maison de Monsieur Sax on Rue Sax is an “interpretative centre” offering an...

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