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  • The rape of Malta

    The rape of Malta

    This article has been coming for a long time but after the Manoel Island fiasco, I think I’ve finally found the right words to write. A few short weeks ago, a foreign friend of mine who has been living in Malta for five years began passionately...

  • If machines could watch football

    If machines could watch football

    One out of every two people watched part of the FIFA World Cup last year. Yet in spite of the sport’s popularity, there is no robot that could sit next to you on a weekend afternoon, sip on a cold beer, and contemplate your team’s woes and...

  • Myth debunked: The Mona Lisa Effect

    The ‘Mona Lisa Effect’ refers to the impression that the eyes of a person in an image seem to follow the viewer as they move in front of it. Two researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology at Bielefeld University...

  • Photo of the week - March 10, 2019

    Photo of the week - March 10, 2019

    Fun fact: octopuses have three hearts, nine brains and all species have venom (mostly non-deadly). They even have blue blood due to a copper-rich protein in their blood that is more efficient than hemoglobin for transporting oxygen at lower...

  • The Boat premiere

    The Boat premiere

    Malta-made film The Boat opened at Eden Cinemas on February 22 with a star-studded red-carpet premiere attended by leading local personalities, as well as actor/producer Joe Azzopardi and director/producer Winston Azzopardi. A glitzy after party...

  • 'Glamping': Dubai's new take on desert camping

    'Glamping': Dubai's new take on desert camping

    Just over 100 kilometres from Dubai's skyscrapers, Mohammed al-Kaabi strolls through the tranquil desert with his friends as the sun sets. Kaabi, 27, hails from a long line of Emiratis, a people with a centuries-old bedouin history tied...

  • Woman's Day: Celebrating progress

    Woman's Day: Celebrating progress

    In no region of the world today do women and men have equal social, economic and legal rights, write daughter and father duo Ciara and Colm Regan Ciara writes: My parents often tell a story about my sister and I from our childhood. They laugh...

  • World designed for men constantly failing women

    World designed for men constantly failing women

    A "gender data gap" is making the lives of women around the world more dangerous - from the misdiagnosis of heart attacks to ill-fitting protective equipment, according to a new book published this week in Britain. Caroline Criado Perez, a British...

  • Russians splurge on flowers for International Women's Day

    Russians splurge on flowers for International Women's Day

    In the first week of March, crowds of buyers line the narrow petal-covered lanes of Moscow's Rizhsky flower market. Men from all over the Russian capital throng to the huge hall to buy flowers for female loved ones and colleagues to be offered on...

  • Das Kartoon: Romance meets propaganda in China's Marx anime

    Das Kartoon: Romance meets propaganda in China's Marx anime

    The Chinese Communist Party is trying a new way to woo younger people, commissioning an anime series whose hero is clean-shaven, slim and a hopeless romantic -- Karl Marx. Called "The Leader", the online cartoon series is designed to make Marx...

  • Of female portraits and prized possessions

    Of female portraits and  prized possessions

    The last resident of Palazzo Falson and her precious belongings, which include a chastity belt, are at the centre of a special tour being organised this week in the run-up to International Women’s Day on Friday. Teresa Lucia, née Prior and known...

  • Travelling back in time with the Neolithic people

    Travelling back in time with the Neolithic people

    Young visitors to Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra will be given the opportunity to make their own clay pots and flatbread this coming Sunday, as part of a Heritage Malta open day. Children aged 5 to 10 will be shown how to make their own Neolithic clay pots...

  • Different shades of pain

    Different shades of pain

    Pain is very much a personal experience, writes Charles Gauci, who argues that what is severe pain to one individual may not necessarily be as severe to another. Pain is caused by an event which has either damaged the body, such as chronic...

  • It's 'The Munsters'! Paris catwalk's arch Lurch

    It's 'The Munsters'! Paris catwalk's arch Lurch

    Gigantic monocles and a new look that had more than a touch of Lurch from "The Munsters" gave the Paris catwalk an arch American air Sunday. Balenciaga's red-hot designer Demna Gvasalia, whose ironic eye has skyrocketed sales, sent out a bolt of...

  • The right to, what?

    The right  to, what?

    The judgment of the Court of Appeal (Inferior Jurisdiction) in the case of Robert Galea v Major John sive Vanni Ganado et (41/2017/1) will surely send shockwaves throughout the legal community for the way it highlights the constitutional absurdity...

  • Concorde: technical feat, financial fiasco

    Concorde: technical feat, financial fiasco

    The Concorde airliner first took to the skies 50 years ago promising a revolution in air travel with its technical prowess and supersonic speed. But just 34 years later and with only 14 planes ever entering commercial passenger service, the...

  • The Glarac Association loses its life president

    The Glarac Association loses   its life president

    This year the HMS Glorious, Ardent and Acasta (Glarac) Association lost one of its founder members, first chairman, archivist and life president, when David Woodcock passed away after a long illness. His was a very tough battle which he fought...

  • Forever at sea

    Forever at sea

    The ashes of Captain Alan Everett, who had made Malta his home after serving for many years as a Master Mariner in the Merchant Navy, were last month scattered at sea in the Malta-Gozo channel in accordance with his wishes. Capt. Everett passed...

  • Carnival company

    Carnival company

    Last Sunday’s article described the carnival costumes worn by the children of Prof. and Mrs Peter Xuereb in the late 1920s. In this article we take a look at how their youngest child, Mafine, celebrated carnival with her friends almost 20 years...

  • How we whitewashed carnival

    How we whitewashed carnival

    My mother was never a fan of carnival: she always claimed it gave her the creeps, which meant that the task of ferrying us around on carnival weekend fell to my father who, like the true blue Gozitan he is, would take us up to Nadur. Having lived...