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  • Death by neglect - Malcolm Borg

    As I sit in a tiny osteria in a charming village in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna and listen to the restaurant manager as he comes to our table with every course explaining the local roots, traditions and sources of what is on our plate, I find myself...

  • Year of hollow men - Ranier Fsadni

    Year of hollow men - Ranier Fsadni

    Strictly speaking, the future cannot be predicted. How things unfold depends on too many variables, on different choices that can go multiple ways. But forecasting can be based on tracking the most salient features of the present – the seeds of...

  • Tunnel facts - Steve Pace

    Tunnel facts - Steve Pace

    A recent Facebook poll revealed that while 41 per cent are supporting the tunnel between Malta and Gozo as proposed, 59 per cent are in favour of sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives. The poll shows that the absolute majority of...

  • St Paul’s shipwreck

    An aerial photo of the statue of St Paul on Selmun Island, at the entrance of the wide and long bay named after the apostle of the gentiles, was carried on the back page last Monday. The caption, wrongly, stated that the said island could have...

  • Multicultural aspects

    Multicultural aspects

    The Alternative Learning Programme school of Paola is involved in several Erasmus+, KA1 and KA2 projects. One of the projects, ‘Multicultural aspects in our schools’, is proceeding into its second year. After visiting Marigliano, in Italy and...

  • Vacant parking slots

    On a bright and sunny New Year Day’s morning, I left my home and headed to Fleming Pharmacy, in Paola. To my astonishment, all the parking bays there were taken. Only one was available, at a considerable distance from the pharmacy. Going back...

  • All are equal under the law, but some are more equal than others

    All are equal under the law, but some are more equal than others

    The Delia/De Fremeaux drama was plastered all over local social media over Christmas time, with everyone pushing their own agenda. While I have my own opinions about the Opposition leader – who could potentially be Prime Minister – being accused...

  • Beefing up blood donation

    A blood donation mobile unit, which, in the words of the Health Ministry, has become an important source of blood collection, has been out of service for a number of weeks. When, with very good reason, those responsible for the blood transfusion...

  • E-mail from a tourist in 2030 - John Ebejer

    Hello Jim. I will return home shortly after a three-week holiday in Malta. You ask me for advice for your planned visit to the Maltese islands. My last visit here was 20 years ago, back in 2010, and it’s sad to say that Malta has changed, and not...

  • Brazil’s presidential inauguration - Martin Scicluna

    Brazil’s presidential inauguration - Martin Scicluna

    Yesterday, Jair Bolsonaro, a controversial former paratrooper who built his electoral campaign around pledges to crush crime, corruption and the supposed threat from communism, was inaugurated as the President of Brazil.  Bolsonaro’s inauguration...

  • Write a novel, ride a bus - Nicole Klaesener-Metzner

    The top 10 New Year’s resolutions hardly ever change. Lose weight. Exercise more. Travel. Live life to the fullest. Read more. Write that novel you’ve been carrying within your heart for so long. And yet, and yet. These resolutions quickly fall by...

  • The miraculous journey - Patrick Pullicino

    Fourteen giant new sculptures by Damien Hirst, that show the development of a child in the womb from foetus to birth, have been unveiled in front of the new $8 billion Sidra Women and Children’s hospital in Qatar.   These bronze figures are...

  • Top trust rating

    The recent Eurobarometer survey gauging public opinion throughout the European Union, which shows that the Labour government in Malta enjoys the highest trust rating among all EU member states, must have ruined the Christmas spirit of quite a few.

  • Nostalgia

    Recently, Fr Hilary Tagliaferro said during L-Istrina that, nowadays, people seem to be obsessed about having more and more money because, although important, it should not be the be-all and end-all. I give him full marks for saying so. I...

  • No idle talk

    Just two days from the beginning of the new year, I encountered a very powerful paragraph from St Faustina’s Diary. In entry 1008, this Polish saint writes: March 1, 1937. The Lord gave me to know how displeased He is with a talkative soul. I find...

  • Exorbitant fees

    The operators of the Eden Cinemas garage appear to be shamelessly charging exorbitant parking fees. For watching a film, the other day, I was charged a whopping (if not obscene) parking fee of €10. No wonder the rich are getting richer and the...

  • Blessed Sacrament relegated

    Blessed Sacrament relegated

    Do you remember all the fanfare when the new white altar was consecrated in the fledgling Mosta basilica? The thrilled Archbishop rightly argued that the new altar’s dignified form harmonised with the contours of the Rotunda sanctuary because it...

  • Watch: Of monsters, sluts, tribalism... and turning leaders into bishops

    Watch: Of monsters, sluts, tribalism... and turning leaders into bishops

    Xarabank presenter Peppi Azzopardi thinks social media has turned the driver involved a policeman's hit-and-run into a "monster". Tenor Joseph Calleja admits he felt like a fish out of water when he was embroiled in a political dispute. Chris...

  • A 2019 wish list

    A 2019 wish list

    As we look towards another year, two important lenses come to the fore. That of the years immediately before alongside that of our hopes (or fears) for the year ahead. Such hopes or fears are most often personal related to family, well-being and...

  • Let’s hope it’s a good one

    Another year over and a new one has just begun. For those who believe in astrology, 2019 promises to be unchallenging, at least compared to the one we have just bid farewell to. The great Nostradamus, however, seems to have other. According to...