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Opinion

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Of course, right now everyone’s attention is focused on the World Cup. It annoys me no end when I walk into a restaurant, a bar or even a club to find that everyone’s attention is on the big screen. No amount of fashionably late entrances will...

  • How to eat in style (except when England are playing)

    How to eat in style (except when England are playing)

    If you slit open my brain at the moment all you’d find is WORLD CUP stamped in bold and italics all over the place. And it’s not just goals and scores, it’s also useless information such as: Why are players wearing unmatching shoes? Does Pirlo...

  • The Sunday Times’ ‘sowxill’ pages...

    VIPs and prominent personalities turned out in force last Wednesday in the Gloxinia Room of the Grockle Palace Hotel. They were there to help celebrate the Malta launch of the new and very latest Lavernier men’s intimate fragrance: Whyfront. This...

  • Best design is dismissed

    At least two months after the deadline, 18 contestants for the Muża national gallery design contest have finally received a communication from Heritage Malta. Heritage Malta has recently advised our office that our competition entry has been...

  • Pillars of citizens’ rights

    Pillars of citizens’ rights

    One of the ‘champagne socialists’ of whom we have many mooching around, though with the variant today that some of them prefer champagne because their switcher friends are of the (perceived) class that likes the bubbly stuff, poked a jibe at me...

  • Bill of rights for web

    The worldwide web has just celebrated its 25th birthday anniversary. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the web’s creator, recently made a call to action regarding our internet rights. Arguing that the web is facing serious threats to its openness and...

  • Thin edge of the wedge

    Referring to the recent case of the pseudo-Gothic historic house in Spinola, at 127, Spinola Road, Spinola, Times of Malta requested Din l-Art Ħelwa to comment on the current issue. One may argue that there may be insufficient fiscal incentives in...

  • Transition to new school

    Transition to new school

    One of the hallmarks of human development in the 20th century in the western world has been the ‘rise’ of adolescence. Unlike past centuries, where puberty opened directly the door to adulthood, adolescence now is firmly established as a...

  • Beleaguered countryside

    Beleaguered countryside

    “Breathes there the man with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said, this my own my native land.” These oft-quoted lines from The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Walter Scott (1771- 1832), best known in Malta for his famous quip about Valletta...

  • Justice and the rule of law

    While newspaper headlines offer graphic reports of the disturbing slew of savage terrorist attacks from Nigeria, eastward to Kenya, Iraq, Syria and beyond, this week Malta is at the centre of a long-term effort to help Africa and the Middle East...

  • Multiculturalism myths

    Multiculturalism myths

    On a brief visit to Paris last week, I caught up with an old friend, just as she was finishing doing up her taxes. “I still can’t get half the words, let alone the jokes, on chat shows,” I said, evidently referring to my French, “but I do...

  • Want not, waste not

    Want not, waste not

    Many of us look at our excess fat as a problem, something to be despised and to be eliminated. However, like a quarry, it harbours a structural potential that could help augment, redesign or even improve our body. Fat grafting is a surgical...

  • The PN ‘negativity’ hoax

    The fiction created by the Labour Party about the supposed negativity of the Nationalist Party reminds me of those Facebook hoaxes automatically shared by people who do not even check whether they are true. In this way, the hoax of “PN negativity”...

  • It is time to listen more

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat spoke, during one of his Sunday political sermons, about political fatigue, but it took one, battered from the polls, Opposition leader to take the bull by its horns and do the people a favour by putting an end to the...

  • Pensions time bomb

    Pensions time bomb

    Given the state of politics in Malta, there is only one issue that could possibly derail Prime Minister Joseph Muscat from sweeping back into office in four years’ time. This is the economy. While Malta’s economy has come through the eurozone...

  • Fire and risky business

    The discovery of fire paved the way for the evolution of mankind. And this did not happen just because it made it possible for humans to diversify their diet, tools and abodes. Almost two million years have elapsed since the monumental discovery...

  • Human rights champions

    Some days ago, there was talk by the government, more precisely by the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, about the setting up of a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in Malta. An article about the subject...

  • The rhythm of fair play

    The 20th edition of the Fifa World Cup is in full swing. For the second time in its history, Brazil is playing host to this highly-famed international men’s football tournament. Thirty-one national teams are taking part in this...

  • O go, O go Emmanuel

    O go, O go Emmanuel

    For all its talk of transparency and openness, this is no government that wears a negligee. Labour’s seductive appeal to a gullible electorate runs diametrically opposite to the luring methods applied by the oldest profession in history. Labour...

  • A gateway to Africa

    Is Malta missing out by generally ignoring the business opportunities offered by Africa? Can Malta really become what Dubai is for Asia and the Arabian peninsula? There is little doubt that Malta is attracting the attention of global investors and...

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