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  • Talks on draft law

    With reference to the article ‘Unions fuming over powers to change working conditions’ (November 30), claiming that the Forum Unions Maltin expressed their reservations with regard to a draft Bill on public administration, the Principal Permanent...

  • Luggage weight distribution

    My husband and I are booked to fly to Vienna next month. We like to fly Air Malta and have chosen to do so again for this trip. We will be flying business class as this is more convenient. The allocation of hold luggage for this flight in business...

  • Marsalforn shakes

    Marsalforn shakes

    As I write this, the table on which my computer rests is wobbling seriously. The waves pounding the Marsalforn promenade are transmitting their energy to our apartment and our neighbours’. It is just like being in the centre of an earthquake. I’m...

  • 350th anniversary

    The Confraternity of the Immacu­late Conception of Tarxien is 350 years old. When the parish church of Tarxien was being built in 1614, a certain Dijonisju Calleja offered to pay for all the expenses to build a chapel inside the church to be...

  • Nostalgic journey

    The article ‘Why had Mabel Strickland switched support to PN?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 25) sent me through a nostalgic journey to the day Mabel Strickland employed me as her night editor at the Times of Malta. Miss Strickland was...

  • Sliema is losing its character

    I love living in Sliema. I live in the old part of Sliema where I can find everything around me. However, I feel like Sliema and other towns are losing their character. We are losing the beautiful houses and there are cranes everywhere. A few days...

  • The PA should refuse the Saqqajja hotel application

    The PA should refuse the Saqqajja hotel application

    The street complex of iconic early 20th century town houses on Saqqajja Hill, Rabat, are under threat by an application (PA/09516/18) filed at the Planning Authority for  the construction of a four-storey boutique hotel on the footprint of houses...

  • Introduce double-deckers in Malta

    In 2011, the Maltese public transport system saw one of its biggest reforms to date, when Arriva took over. The bendy buses were among the new things introduced, and were somewhat controversial. The idea of being able to carry more people on the...

  • Male and female from the beginning

    “Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and wife,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). Thus the Catholic Church teaches us, echoing Christ’s words to the Pharisees: “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them...

  • Unfairly fined

    On November 22 I was fined by the Northern Local Tribunal for parking my vehicle by the side of a plot of land at the beginning of Wardija Road, Burmarrad. The Infringement Notice cited “Parking by a roundabout or Traffic Island”. Incidentally...

  • Conspicuous characteristics

    A contributor marvels at the Maltese for being “nasty and poisonous towards each other and also towards foreigners”. I think he is quite right. As with every other country, the first characteristic they trumpet is perversely the characteristic...

  • The Lord’s prayer

    Referring to Jesmond Grech’s letter (November 20) about the proposal by the Italian synod to change the clause “do not lead us into temptation” in the Lord’s prayer to “do not abandon us in temptation” and, in the event that a similar procedure is...

  • Lights out again?

    Will this year be another year in which the Sliema local council refrains from putting up Christmas lighting on the main roads? It did it in 2017. Never knew why.

  • Louvain memorial

    Louvain memorial

    I have just spent a wonderfully warm week in Malta but was very disappointed in one respect. My late husband was one of only 27 survivors of the sinking of the Louvain (above) in 1918 in which all the Maltese aboard were drowned and, in this...

  • Nationalists unable to lead

    The most significant words said by any speaker during the Nationalist Party’s general council meeting recently were those by deputy leader Robert Arrigo when he declared: “Whoever is not capable of running his own home cannot run a government.” He...

  • The radiant island?

    Malta: the radiant island? When Le Corbusier famously proposed levelling the right bank in Paris to build mass habitation consisting of 18 skyscrapers, each 60 storeys high, including offices blocks and freeways connecting the buildings, it was a...

  • Unaccountable

    Reading the report about the security flaw at the Lands Authority, I wondered why the chairman and CEO of this set-up are being paid. One does not know what is happening and the other is afraid to answer calls.

  • Seamanship test

    Seamanship test

    I was fiddling with the television remote control to find an interesting programme on Sunday and, by sheer luck, on BBC they were showing the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The feature is called The spirit of yachting. Being the 50th anniversary of the...

  • Working in the mid-day sun

    Regular readers will doubtless recall repeated suggestions in these columns that waste collections might best be made at night. Cynical commentators on the online forum usually quickly dismissed the idea as being “far too obvious an idea to be...

  • Stand against Hungary

    Perhaps out of some misplaced sense of respect for the man that Martin Scicluna once purported to be, I have, to date, refrained from ever answering one of his many outbursts. I (and a surprising number of his contemporaries who reached out to me)...