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  • Death by renaissance

    Death by renaissance

    Angelo Xuereb has a 10-year master plan for Valletta. It’s actually a few badly-written pages of half-baked ideas and what looks like a page from a colouring book (five-star hotels in blue, promenades in green, and so on), but there are two...

  • Councils battle for coast

    One of the attractions of life in Sliema is its coastal location. The place is busy, but it also abuts a huge expanse of glittering, blue open space. It is pleasant to live near the sea, to walk along the promenade, or to just cross the road for a...

  • Rude awakening in St Julian’s

    If my life were a movie, August 28, 2016, would be the day I packed it all in. As the credits were ready to roll, I’d have loaded my Cadillac and would be heading out west on the interstate. But living in Malta doesn’t really permit (keep that...

  • Culture: Malta’s Cinderella abused by two ugly sisters

    Culture: Malta’s Cinderella abused by two ugly sisters

    As I have now found myself with more time on my hands, given that PBS has decided to axe Madwarna, the programme I used to write and present, I decided to take a break from painting and go on You Tube to watch the Cinderella operas by Rossini...

  • A Labour of love… Blogpost 42...

    • Oh joy, oh happy day. Yesss! Last Tuesday our charismatic and loveable leader Jo-zeff summoned me to his presence and – made me chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee overseeing all private development in ODZs (Outside Development...

  • So fish farms may not stink

    One of my fondest memories of childhood is steering my little frejgatina out of St Paul’s Bay, heading to the islands of St Paul and dipping in the clearest waters imaginable. Regrettably, I would not dream of doing the same today with my...

  • Question time: Tourists 365 days a year

    Paul Bugeja Everyone knows tourism is one of the country’s main economic motors but not everyone realises what is being done to keep the Malta product on the right track. Results speak for themselves. Figure-wise, in the period 2013-2017, this...

  • Summer reflections

    The art of dying was the title of an article written by the late Maurice Eminyan SJ in The Times of March 21, 1997. How I miss his articles. I used to look forward every week to his contributions which were always of an elevated nature that...

  • A camouflaged deception

    The debate on emergency contraception/morning-after pill in Malta must be confusing all those trying to make sense of the conflicting statements presented in the local media.  It is so difficult to analyse facts when they are completely masked in...

  • Another lost opportunity

    By trying to make him bigger and bigger, Dom Mintoff is only made smaller and smaller. While the 100th anniversary of the man’s birth was celebrated last month, hyperboles and platitudes were thrown around left, right and centre. While his...

  • People taking advantage

    People taking advantage

    One of the questions I find considerable difficulty in replying to has always been Minn fejn int?  (where do you hail from?). I find it almost amusing that in a small country such as ours, there is a very strong sense of belonging to particular...

  • The G20 Hangzhou Summit

    The G20 Hangzhou Summit

    On Sunday and Monday, the world will turn its eyes to Hangzhou, an enchanting Chinese city nestled by the West Lake. Hangzhou, renowned for its rich history and culture, is ready to receive guests from around the globeas China plays host to the...

  • Scams and more scandals

    The medical visas scam is the latest in a series of rackets that have hit the country since the Labour government was elected on the promise of a zero-tolerance policy on corruption but, instead, turned out to be the most corrupt government in...

  • The forgotten victim

    The forgotten victim

    The anti-vilification of religion law has been repealed, the provisions of the anti-hate law have been broadened, but the debate continues. Sharp as the debate is, however, the government and its critics are focused on one set of victims while not...

  • Sleeping with the enemy

    Sleeping with the enemy was a 1991 psychological thriller film.  Taking hint from the title of this thriller, can I probe if the Labour government is ‘sleeping’ with the ‘enemy’, metaphorically speaking that is? For some, this might be a...

  • The addiction to outrage

    I will start piece with a confession about my stance on free and open inquiry. I do not wish to bore you with platitudes but every generation has to have its superstitions refuted, no matter how tedious it may be. Therefore, deliberately...

  • Air Malta: the final chapter

    The Air Malta saga has been ongoing for the past 12 years as its accumulated losses posed a serious threat to its economic viability. Over these years, efforts were made to make it economically viable and an asset to the Maltese economy. One of...

  • Threat to Nato alliance

    Threat to Nato alliance

    When the Soviet Union collapsed 26 years ago, there were hopes that Russia would emerge as a democratic nation. President Putin, who has now served twice, as both president and prime minister, has frustrated those hopes. Longing to restore...

  • Put a cap on tourism

    Put a cap on tourism

    Tourism, it goes (almost) without saying, is a major factor – if not the major factor – in this country’s satisfactorily strong economy. If the other oft-mentioned contributors, such as “financial services” and being “an internet hub”, make any...

  • Breathing life into the goose

    A number of years back, the then minister of tourism and culture, Francis Zammit Dimech, published an opinion piece entitled ‘Polishing the stone’. In a clear reference to Malta’s character as a rocky island, but yet a diamond, he laid out what...

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