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  • Charming Christmas customs abound in Albania

    Charming Christmas customs abound in Albania

    Christmas in Albania, called Krishtlindjet, is so different from that in Malta. This is so, primarily, because  Albania has a large Muslim population. Only 30 per cent are Christian, Catholic and Orthodox. Besides, the former Communist atheistic...

  • Turning hit singles into fab videos

    Turning hit singles into fab videos

    Ira Losco’s two new videos just hit the scene some days ago and the creative vision behind them is none other than Steven Levi Vella. He tells Iggy Fenech about his work with Malta’s pop princess and about his other collaborations with Malta’s top...

  • Light at the end of a dark tunnel

    Light at the end of a dark tunnel

    After living for 27 years with an alcoholic and drug addict husband, a few months ago, one courageous woman took the big step to leave that toxic relationship and start afresh. She spoke to Adriana Bishop about her difficult life so far and how...

  • Banning trophy hunting imports won’t save the world’s wildlife

    Banning trophy hunting imports won’t save the world’s wildlife

    Well-meaning celebrities and MPs recently published a letter in the Guardian, calling for a ban on trophy hunting imports into the UK. To the novice conservationist, this surely sounds like a good thing, right? After all, trophy hunting kills...

  • Stand-up comics are there to be funny: so don't take offence if they are

    Stand-up comics are there to be funny: so don't take offence if they are

    Stand-up comedian Konstantin Kisin was recently expected to sign a contract promising to steer clear of a list of potentially “offensive” topics before playing a UK university gig. Meanwhile US comedian and Saturday Night Live writer Nimesh Patel...

  • The real, true meaning of Christmas

    The real, true meaning of Christmas

    It’s true you know. We have all… well that means most of us… grown away from what this season of benevolence, peace on earth (ha!), goodwill to all men, truly means. Today’s version of the Christmas season is nothing short of a degrading fest of...

  • How to lie (politely) when you receive a bad Christmas present

    How to lie (politely) when you receive a bad Christmas present

    Whatever you think about Christmas – wonderful, a tyranny, excessive, irrelevant – the chances are that at some point during festivities, you will have to unwrap a present in front of the person who chose it for you. Perhaps it will be a gift that...

  • 6 ways to survive Christmas with the family

    6 ways to survive Christmas with the family

    Christmas! The most wonderful time of the year. And nobody does Christmas quite like the Maltese. From contorted Santa Claus figures hanging from balconies, to 2am fry-ups washed down with mulled wine, via awful renditions of Last Christmas on...

  • You could win the $321 million Mega Millions jackpot without leaving Malta

    You could win the $321 million Mega Millions jackpot without leaving Malta

    Imagine winning a lottery jackpot prize worth hundreds of millions of dollars. What would you do with all that cash? If you thought that you could only win such huge lottery prizes if you were living in the US, there is good news for you. The...

  • Christmas Day: to be a winning host, prep like a sports pro

    Christmas Day: to be a winning host, prep like a sports pro

    Hosting a Christmas gathering can sometimes prove challenging, much like a critical sports game can for an athlete. And while they have prize money, world rankings and pride on the line, your festive spoils – happy guests, a tasty lunch – can feel...

  • The Maltese calesse in 19th century travel literature

    With the advent of the British presence in Malta in 1800, the number of visitors to the island increased dramatically. The Malta garrison comprised not only soldiers and officers but also doctors, architects and those in charge of the island’s...

  • There’s a comet in the sky!

    There’s a comet in the sky!

    Comets have, in the past, laid question to the very foundation of our ancestors’ knowledge of the cosmos, simply through their sudden appearance in the night sky. The seemingly orderly vastness of the universe, with the backdrop of stars and the...

  • A school’s charitable Christmas gift initiative

    A school’s charitable Christmas gift initiative

    During the past few days over 700 new presents donated by the parents of students at San Anton School’s Early Years and Junior Sectors were distributed to various children’s homes and shelters following an overwhelming response to a charitable...

  • Myth debunked: Was the famous ‘Star of Bethlehem’ really a star?

    Myth debunked: Was the famous ‘Star of Bethlehem’ really a star?

    The famed star of Bethlehem, which heralded the birth of a new king and brought the Three Kings, or Three Wise Men, to Bethlehem, may in fact have been a comet, and not a star at all. The approach of a long period comet might have been the star...

  • Photo of the week - December 23, 2018

    Photo of the week - December 23, 2018

    Comet 46P passes next to the Pleiades in our night skies. Image taken by Joseph Caruana from Gozo.

  • President praises the ‘big heart’ of Palumbo ’yard

    President praises the ‘big heart’ of Palumbo ’yard

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca praised Palumbo Malta Shipyard for its “big heart” and corporate social responsibility to invest in the surrounding vulnerable communities of Cottonera. The shipyard president Antonio Palumbo donated €15,000 on...

  • One lucky winner

    One lucky winner

    So, you and your fiancé have it all set to be married next summer. You’re busy looking for the best furniture to doll up your place, among which is a kitchen to-die-for, where you can enjoy hours on end of imaginative cooking (or just plain...

  • A night for the ladies

    A night for the ladies

    A Ladies Exclusive event was held at Vinos Veritas, Charles Grech Bistro, Sliema on December 1.

  • Christmas... but not as we know it

    Christmas... but not as we know it

    As streets are dipped in lights and Christmas songs echo from shops, homes and cars, people from all over the world come together in celebration. In Malta, vetch seeds are bought and placed carefully in the dark, beautifully detailed nativity...

  • The ghost of Christmas assault

    The ghost of Christmas assault

    Increased alcohol intake, late nights and crowded social occasions lead to a spike in sexual assault cases over the Christmas period. Director of Victim Support Malta Krista Tabone gives Maureen Saguna some timely advice about how best to keep...