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  • Various notes of note

    Various notes of note

    Allow me a couple of personal notes to kick off with this week, if you would be so kind. As part of the fall-out from that horrid rag Kullħadd’s front-pager about me, about which a little more below, it was made known in another area of the media...

  • No to more polarisation

    The unfortunate abduction of Martin Galea in Libya, if anything, shows how some people are ready to try and score political goals at all costs. This, in general, applies to some core supporters on both sides of our political divide. However, one...

  • It is time up for Mepa

    It is time up for Mepa

    Last Sunday’s newspapers were full of stories about Mepa. The chairman must be livid. Vince Cassar is an affable man, well-dressed and upright, with that stiff upper lip English civil servant look. Almost like Sir Humphrey Appleby in the Yes...

  • Political courage needed

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has taken the proactive initiative to compile an ‘Economic Vision for Malta for 2014–2020’, a document which makes 52 concrete recommendations to the government that address the economic...

  • St Lawrence’s final days

    St Lawrence’s final days

    Although the feast of Lawrence of Rome is celebrated on August 10, the day he is said to have been executed on orders ultimately originating from Emperor Valerian, by today’s date, August 7, St Lawrence had already figured he had no more than...

  • The paralysis on Gaza

    “We must be careful about the endless enumeration of casualty numbers. The dead and injured in Gaza are not anonymous. Behind the figures lie multiple individual destinies now torn apart. Too often in their lives have Gazan civilians been...

  • The Commonwealth blues

    The Commonwealth blues

    The Prime Minister made an important, measured and well-received speech at the London School of Economics on July 21 on ‘The Commonwealth at 65 – From London to Valletta’. In Malta, there was the usual carping from those whose mindset is so...

  • Labour in cloud cuckoo

    Labour in cloud cuckoo

    As Libya was burning, our Prime Minister was in the UK planning the next Commonwealth summit in Malta, laying out his grandiose plans to flog life into a moribund organisation. He didn’t cut his visit short when it emerged that a Maltese national...

  • City awash with stains

    I congratulate Times of Malta for raising the issue of the stained surface of the Valletta paving forming part of Renzo Piano’s project. On the same day the article appeared, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure held a press conference to...

  • Undying belief in people

    Joseph Muscat seems intent on cancelling all local elections for the next five years. It should not have come as a surprise. It is yet another idea that exposes the mindset of Labour in government and their blatant disrespect for the people they...

  • Turmoil, wars and war crimes

    Turmoil, wars and war crimes

    It has not been a good two weeks on the international scene: Libya in falling apart (in our own back yard), the war in Gaza continues to claim many innocent Palestinian civilians, Russia persists in causing trouble in Ukraine, Iraqi Christians...

  • The case for non-holidays

    A couple of weeks ago Times of Malta reported the results of an NSO survey on income and living conditions. It seems that 60 per cent of Maltese households with children cannot afford a single holiday a year. The actual wording used in the survey...

  • Ashamed to be Australian

    This once proud country, my second home, built on the labour of migrants, has now become a fortress, determined to repel any invasion from desperate refugees fleeing from persecution and human-created hell in their own country. Against all humane...

  • Tragedy born of recklessness

    I was intrigued to read a letter published in Times of Malta last Wednesday, in which Russian Ambassador Boris Marchuk took to task a correspondent for daring to state that ‘Russia’s involvement (in the tragedy of Malaysia Airline flight MH17) is...

  • Protecting EU holidaymakers

    Europeans enjoy travelling, booking more than one billion holidays every year. Especially in times like this, during the summer months, as many as half of all citizens in the European Union go on at least one trip. Thanks to EU consumer protection...

  • The charity trump card

    On my way down to the beach, near the traffic lights there’s a giant painting of a man’s head topped by a huge lampuka. It’s been there for a couple of years – having been painted as part of the Sliema Street Art Festival. I can’t help smiling...

  • The shame in attacking sleeping children

    Three different epi­sodes communicat­ed to me more than anything else the horror of the collective hell called Gaza: the words of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, the tears of Chris Gunness who is in Gaza as part of his job with the United...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    “Who killed Laura Palmer?” The words are guaranteed to evoke nostalgia into the hearts of those of my generation. This was the tagline to Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s murder mystery series that gave the word ‘surreal’ a new meaning. I must have been...

  • I’m falling in love with the underdog

    I’m falling in love with the underdog

    Summers in Paola are a constant bombardment of firework mortars from all the nearby towns and villages. But a couple of weekends ago, the shaking of the ground was a bit too much even by our standards – it all felt like an earthquake in our...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 17...

    Wow! I have – thanks to Jo-zeff – just seen how the other half lives... and how! Yes, for the past 10 days I have been the ‘honoured’ guest of Is-Sur... (He doesn’t want me to broadcast his name, so let’s leave it as: A prominent and very wealthy...

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