Social and Personal

Social and Personal


HULL. On November 22, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Sarah née Bellia and Robert, God's wonderful gift of a precious son - NATHAN JAMES. A very big thank-you to all the staff at the hospital.

SOLER. On November 22, at St James Capua Hospital, Sliema, to Stefania née Lama and Mark, God's precious gift of a daughter - VALENTINA, a sister to Luca. Thanks to midwife Carmen Scerri, the obstetrician and all the staff at the maternity ward.

VELLA. On November 19, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Joanne née Bezzina and Odrick, God's precious gift of a first-born son - MATTHEW. Thanks be to God and Our Lady. Special thanks go to all the staff at the maternity ward, especially to midwife Marica Buttigieg.


Mr ANDREW BORG CARDONA and Miss ELAINE AZZOPARDI The marriage took place on October 21 at St Mary's parish church, Attard, between ANDREW, son of Mr and Mrs Stanley Borg Cardona of Lija, and ELAINE, daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Azzopardi of Attard. Fr José Debono celebrated nuptial Mass. Mrs Sebastiana Bonello and Capt. Michael Gauci witnessed the marriage. The duties of best man were carried out by Mr Lawrence Vento. The bride was attended by Miss Nicole Borg Cardona, Ms Darine Aboulezz and Ms Dalia Aboulezz. Master Thomas Azzopardi was pageboy. Mr Robert Azzopardi, Mr Nigel Borg Cardona and Mr Christopher Bonello acted as ushers. A reception was later held at Castello dei Baroni, Wardija. The couple spent their honeymoon in the Caribbean.


Debono. On November 26, at St Luke's Hospital, Anthony, aged 58, passed peacefully away, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his wife Carmen, his daughters Ritienne and Romina, his father Alfred, his brothers Julian and his wife M'Stella, and John and his wife Doris, his sisters Sr Maria Concetta, Mona and her husband Joe Borg and Carmen and her husband Alan Marston, residing in the UK, his in-laws, nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends. - R.I.P. The funeral leaves St Luke's Hospital tomorrow at 8 a.m. for Balzan parish church, where Mass praesente cadavere will be said at 8.30 a.m., followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery.

Mifsud Bonnici. On November 26, at St Luke's Hospital, Rose née Fava, aged 68, passed peacefully away, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her beloved husband Dr Antoine Mifsud Bonnici, her children Tonio and his wife Pamela, Maria, Paula and her husband Carlos, Roberta, Clara and husband Adrian, her brothers and sisters, Emma and her husband Joe, Andrew and his wife Tina of the US, Albert and his wife Josephine, Catherine and her husband Sebastian, in-laws, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Mass praesente cadavere will be said tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception church, Hamrun, followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to Id-Dar tal-Providenza will be appreciated. The family regret they are unable to receive visitors. Lord grant her eternal rest.

Zahra. On November 26, at St Luke's Hospital, Guzeppa, née Zahra, aged 83, of Zurrieq, widow of Frangisk, passed peacefully away, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her children Ganni, Karmena, Joseph, Gulinu, Leli, Rokku, Mario, Raymond, Twanny and Karmenu, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her brother Guzeppi, other relatives and friends. The funeral leaves St Luke's Hospital today at 2.45 p.m. for St Catherine's parish church, Zurrieq, where Mass praesente cadavere will be said at 3.30 p.m., followed by interment in the family vault at Zurrieq cemetery. Lord grant her eternal rest.

In Memoriam

BUGEJA - ADELGISA. In loving memory of Gisa on the 12th anniversary of her death. Fondly remembered and sadly missed by her husband Lino, her son Christopher, her daughter Nadya and her husband Paul, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Lord, grant her eternal rest.

CAMILLERI - EMANUEL, 22.11.01. Treasured memories of a beloved husband and father on the fourth anniversary of his death. Never forgotten by his beloved wife Angela, his children John, Doris, Connie, Catherine, Joe and in-laws. Masses and prayers for the repose of his soul will be said in various churches and chapels.
I know it is with you
I love the first and last
The whole field of the present view
The whole flow of the past.

His family.

CAUCHI. In loving memory of JOYCE, a dear mother, today the 20th anniversary of her demise. Always in our thoughts and prayers. Her husband Vince, her daughters Marisa, Anita, Sonia and Sylvana, sons-in-law and grandchildren.

ENRIQUEZ. In loving memory of VICTOR, a dear father and grand-father, today the third anniversary of his demise. Fondly remembered by his sons Noel and his wife Josephine, Robert, Frederick and his wife Catherine and his grandchildren. A prayer is solicited.

FALZON - EMMANUELA (Lily). Treasured memories of a loving mother on the eighth anniversary of her death. Fondly remembered by her children Agnes, Vivienne, Lina, Joseph, Stephen and their families.

LAFERLA. Loving and treasured memories of GUIDO, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, tomorrow the second anniversary of his meeting the Lord. Fondly remembered by his wife Mary Rose, his children and their families. A Mass for the repose of his soul will be said tomorrow at 6.30 p.m. at St Gregory's parish church, Sliema. May he rest in peace.

MICALLEF - SARAH. Treasured memories of a beloved, devoted mother and grandmother, today the fifth anniversary of her death. Greatly missed by her daughters, in-laws and grandchildren. May she rest in peace.

SULTANA - ROLAND. Cherished memories of a beloved husband and father, today the 16th anniversary of his death. Always in our thoughts and prayers. His wife Rita and daughters Roberta and Andreina. May the Lord grant him eternal rest.

XUEREB - LEONE (ex-PS 646). In ever loving memory of a dear husband and father, today the 21st anniversary of his death. Always in our thoughts and prayers. His wife Giorgia, 11 children, in-laws and grandchildren.

Sidonia Enterprises LTD

Christmas shutdown. Last trading day Friday, December 16, 2005. Re-open Monday, January 2, 2006.

Cactus Week

Cactus week at Waterfall, Vjal il-Qalbiena Mostin, Mosta, from tomorrow to December 3, 2005. Do not miss out. Phone 2141-6464/7959-3776.


Kindly note that Complete Supplies Limited will be on shutdown on Thursday and Friday, December 1 and 2, 2005. Orders can still reach our offices by fax on 2144-1611 or by e-mail and delivery will be carried out after shutdown.

Forum Day 2005

An Ecumenical prayer meeting with the theme 'We have come to worship Him' is going to be held next Wednesday, November 30 at St Mary's parish church, Qrendi, between 10 and 11 a.m. Refreshments to follow. Organised by Malta Catholic Action (Women) and the Catholic Women's League.

Appreciation - Antoine Camilleri

Mr Dennis Vella writes:

Antoine Camilleri was an artist whom no one attempted to imitate, let alone copy. A creator of great integrity, he left no school of followers, although so many must be grateful for his great contribution to Maltese art.

Camilleri, especially in his early decades, had the knack of sensing the best of international artistic developments of his time. Apart from his innate curiosity and receptivity, this also came about because he happened to study art in Paris just after World War II. That meant being in the right place at the right time, before the centre of creativity shifted to New York.

Not to be outdone, he was among the first few intrepid (read 'foolhardy') artists who introduced action painting and subjects featuring youth culture to Maltese art. His dynamic, vibrant paintings of rock 'n' roll dancing in low-life dives in Strait Street cannot have endeared him to the Establishment. At the time exhibitions were blessed on inauguration, and a blessing was given - or withheld - according to the subjects being presented.

Camilleri generally tended to give mainstream religion a fairly wide berth. However, few other artists were as genuinely spiritual in their inspiration, with authentic Christianity frequently being to the fore in a great number of his works. While these are treasured in Malta's leading collections, none seems to have found a place in our churches, although they always stood out in the various Christian art exhibitions he participated in.

Camilleri can be counted as probably the most 'modern' of the select few of his, or later, generations in his resistance to the established practice of accepting commissions. One episode he once recounted to me concerned an early commission to paint St Joseph the Worker at work in his joinery, which had somehow come his way. Having quite finished the painting (or so he thought) and feeling rather pleased with himself, he showed his work to his client. At this he was told his painting was not up to the mark because there were no wood shavings on the workshop floor.

Having told his would-be patron where to get off, Camilleri decided to have nothing more to do with commissioned work. He stuck to his resolve for the rest of his life. Among the few, and excusable, exceptions, were the set of small paintings on incised clay to be reproduced as postage stamps, on behalf of the Maltese postal authorities, eventually exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Arts last year.

Camilleri's art can be considered the most unsullied by any commercial considerations that might have affected its quality. This gave him the relatively rare privilege of painting entirely to please himself, and the result shows in his formidable 70-year body of work that is characterised by its cohesion and intensity of inspiration.

Antoine was among the first in Malta to introduce the practice of attaching 'found objects' to his paintings, although he was perfectly qualified to paint their likeness, had he chosen to. Thus seaweed, animal bones, gravel, foodstuffs, X-rays and medical certificates appeared in his work at various stages throughout his life. They were never capriciously applied but had precise relevance to a picture's content, ironically also breaking the boundaries of traditional painting, in the process.

This innovation led naturally, in the early 1960s, to his famous technique of incising images on a layer of fresh clay which, on drying, assumed a fine crazing on its surface which the artist then coloured in ochres, greens and purples, to great effect. This historic innovation should be seen alongside the 'impasto' paintings of Emvin Cremona who used plaster, gravel and, later, broken glass in his creations of the mid- and late Sixties. The work of both these artists should, in turn, be placed in the wider context of related developments by Alberto Burri and Antoni Tapies, among others, who were successfully using poor materials in their innovative works.

Camilleri's incisions on clay, apart from their powerful content featuring his mother, self-portraits, Maltese landscapes, spiritual themes and his basement studio are characterised by an individual iconography that is both ethnically relevant and universally significant.

Antoine Camilleri is one of Malta's gifts to world art.

Pharmacies Open Today

Malta: 9 a.m. - noon Gozo 7.30 - 11 a.m.

Collis Williams Pharmacy, 300, Republic Street, Valletta
Colonial Pharmacy, 706, St Joseph High Road, Hamrun
Tal-Hlas Pharmacy, 21, Freedom Road, Qormi
Rational Pharmacy, 74/75, Valley Road, Birkirkara
St Anthony Pharmacy, 56, St Joseph Street, Pietà
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Victor's Pharmacy, 9, Tower Road, Sliema
St Mary Pharmacy, 2, Antonio Schembri Street, Attard
Victory Pharmacy, 36, Victory Street, Naxxar
St Simon Pharmacy, 8, Islands Promenade, Bugibba
Distinction Pharmacy, 32, Antione de Paule Square, Paola
Kalkara Pharmacy, 8, Archbishop Gonzi Square, Kalkara
Felice Dispensary, 95, Sanctuary Street, Zabbar
John J. Borg Pharmacy, 1, Constitution Street, Zejtun
Kirkop Pharmacy, 9, Parish Street, Kirkop
De Rohan Pharmacy, 24, St Anthony Street, Zebbug
Nigret Pharmacy, Tiq iz-Zahar, Rabat
Tac-Cawla Pharmacy 'Marga', Dr Anton Tabone Street, Victoria
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