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  • Writing notes from an island

    Writing notes from an island

    An island’s boundaries free the mind, says Anne Glusker, an author and former editor at The Washington Post who spent three weeks as an artist in residence in Gozo. The journey presented itself like one from a fairy tale: a long, narrow road that...

  • The lost generation that refuses to cry

    The lost generation that refuses to cry

    Herman Grech witnessed the terrible conditions of Cambodian children living in slums, the homeless and orphans, some of whom have been given a lifeline by Maltese NGOs and donors. A naked child plays with a toxic battery lying on a dirt track...

  • To build a railway line (1870-1883)

    To build a railway line (1870-1883)

    The railway was late in coming to Malta but when it did, it initiated urban sprawl that continues unabated. Mechanised rail transport had been firmly established in Europe since the 1820s but constructing a railway on such a small island did not...

  • Ferdinand VII’s Spain after the Napoleonic wars and Anton Schranz’s departure

    Ferdinand VII’s Spain after the Napoleonic wars and Anton Schranz’s departure

    In the second part of his article on Anton Schranz, John J. Schranz reformulates the question surrounding the artist’s coming to Malta with his family from Why did they settle in Malta? to Why did they leave Spain so suddenly? Anton Schranz’s...

  • Il-Karmelu – the Carmelite magazine issued since 1935

    In July 1935 the Carmelite friars published the first edition of their monthly magazine Il-Karmelu. In the first publication, the editor wrote: “One of the best means for improved progress and education to take place is through the press. On one...

  • ‘When the Lord wants to take me...’

    ‘When the Lord wants to take me...’

    Ask any older adult in Malta about their end-of-life strategy and you get an embarrassed silence. “When the Lord wants to take you...” The topic of death might not be the most encouraged topic in Malta because the Catholic Church has a very exact...

  • Constipated pets: the bottom line

    Constipated pets: the bottom line

    Last week, Marley was forced to endure one of those procedures vets and their assistants least enjoy – an enema. Marley is a two-year-old boxer, the life and joy of his owners, and usually unstoppable. But for the past two days, Marley had been...

  • Running the olive oil trail in Żejtun

    Running the olive oil trail in Żejtun

    Malta was always a key ingredient in the development of the Mediterranean diet, specifically due to its prominent role in the production of olive oil. Since Roman times, olive oil production in Malta was a very lucrative business, with large...

  • Myth debunked: Are dogs colour blind?

    Myth debunked: Are dogs colour blind?

    Many believe that humans’ best friends can only see in various shades of grey. While it is true that their colour range is limited, dogs can still appreciate sunsets, rainbows and forests. They just see everything a little differently. The...

  • The Maltese Martian

    The Maltese Martian

    Mars is the biggest contender for a second earth in the solar system. But what would it take to live there? For this thought experiment, let’s send a Maltese person to Mars. The optimal time to start our mission is when Mars is closest to earth.

  • Solutions to ease back pain

    Solutions to ease back pain

    Last week we looked at two new solutions for helping, and in some cases, solving back pain. They were the Egoscue and Gokhale methods. Today we are going to look at foundation training, created by American chiropractor Eric Goodman. Foundation...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    An artistic representation of how Mars may have looked 4 billion years ago. Huge oceans cover the surface and could potentially allow life to exist. Maybe we can bring our red neighbour back to its former glory by terraforming it in the...

  • Good foundation is crucial to any sport

    Good foundation is crucial to any sport

    With the Olympics in full swing, random channel-surfing may accidentally hook you onto some interesting new sport you never thought might tickle your fancy. This time round I’m loving the fencing. While many sports involve more apparent...

  • Barmy Brexit and Maltese women whose lives it might upend

    Barmy Brexit and Maltese women whose lives it might upend

    Helen Raine finds Brexit could leave Maltese in the lurch. She speaks to three women whose future in the UK is now full of uncertainty, wrapped up in lots of red tape.  Britain’s vote to leave the EU has massive implications not just for Britons,...

  • Polio resurfaces in Nigeria, and it's Boko Haram's fault

    Polio resurfaces in Nigeria, and it's Boko Haram's fault

    Two children living in areas of Nigeria controlled by terrorist group Boko Haram have been paralysed by polio, the World Health Organisation has said.  The infections represent a big setback for the WHO, which had previously thought it had managed...

  • 'Millions' of VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars can be unlocked by hackers

    'Millions' of VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi cars can be unlocked by hackers

    Millions of cars sold by the Volkswagen Group since 1995 can be unlocked by using a £30 homemade radio to spy on key fob signals.  The hack is effective on various models of the group's Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands and the company has...

  • Wake-up call as tobacco use is 'linked' to most fatal form of stroke

    Wake-up call as tobacco use is 'linked' to most fatal form of stroke

    A possible link between a deadly form of stroke and smoking has been discovered by scientists. Researchers in Finland found a sharp drop in the number of people who suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage - the most fatal form of stroke - occurred in...

  • South Korea looks to generate buzz for edible insects

    South Korea looks to generate buzz for edible insects

    Bae Su-Hyeon's lunch of sweet potato soup and funghi pasta has bugs in it. They're part of the recipe. "It didn't feel like eating insects," says Bae, an 18-year-old student having lunch with a friend at Papillon's Kitchen, a Seoul restaurant...

  • Paralysed patients ‘walk again’

    Paralysed patients ‘walk again’

    ‘Surprising’ clinical results show people with spinal cord injuries have some sensations in legs and muscle control after virtual reality system training Eight people who have been paralysed for years from spinal cord injuries have regained some...

  • Exceeding recommended exercise can lower disease risk

    The minimum recommended amount of exercise should be increased, researchers have said after a study found that more exercise can drastically lower a person’s risk of five serious diseases. Exceeding the current recommended minimum levels of...

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