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  • Paqpaqli għall-Istrina trial – where does the buck stop?

    Paqpaqli għall-Istrina trial – where does the buck stop?

    I have long been researching the shocking Paqpali Għall-Istrina accident, which saw 23 spectators hit by a speeding car during what must be the biggest motorsport event in Malta, wondering how our law-enforcers would manage to sort out what is...

  • Of women, chattel and our law courts

    Of women, chattel and our law courts

    Yesterday we celebrated Women's Day, a useless pandering to the gods of commerce that's only rivalled by Valentine's Day. Yesterday, in Malta, we also celebrated the fact that a man can pretty much do whatever he feels like to a woman that is...

  • We could be heroes

    We could be heroes

    I finally got to watch Lampedusa, the play scripted by Anders Lustgarten and currently being produced by Unifaun at Spazju Kreattiv. As the kids say, it was intense. I cried, a lot, while trying to hide it so as not to freak everyone out. I also...

  • Ditch the Falzon #respect

    It's offensive. After the National Audit Office yesterday confirmed what we kind of already knew in the most damning way possible, there was only one possible acceptable outcome. The resignation of Michael Falzon, which was indeed what happened...

  • OD(Z)ing on bull

    In the face of disaster in terms of public image, one possible dignity- saving strategy involves creating some positive spin, typically through misdirection. Some ungrateful sod accuses you of corruption? Pull out a fast charity stunt out of your...

  • King of misdirection

    And just when you thought things couldn’t get more surreal... they do. As he continues falling over  himself to avoid annoying magnate Charles Polidano (aka iċ-Ċaqnu), prime minister Joseph Muscat  has come up with a novel reason why the law can’t...

  • She asked for it!

    Feminist rant alert. That is, if expecting not to be beaten up because I say something that some man somewhere doesn’t like qualifies as feminism. I would have expected it to fall straight under the human and civil rights department, but...

  • How very Christian

    This morning we woke up to more bad news, this time on the local front. And this time, it could possibly have been avoided. Some 70 people injured after a glass stairwell collapsed in a Paceville club. Currently  fighting for their life are two...

  • 5 things I learned from the Migration Summit

    The event that almost brought Malta to a standstill is now over. I might not be any the wiser as to what our world leaders intend to do to tackle migration in a humane manner, but this doesn't mean there weren't some lessons bidden in there,...

  • Shut the phone up

    Shut the phone up

    It started barely one minute in, with the man sitting in front of me leaning across to his companion, giggling and stage-whispering something into her ear. The woman giggled back and mockingly pushed him away. I resisted the temptation to whisper...