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  • Banksy: who should foot the bill to protect his work in public spaces?

    Banksy: who should foot the bill to protect his work in public spaces?

    When a mural by artist Banksy appeared on a garage wall in Port Talbot, the building’s owner, Ian Lewis, had no idea just how many people would want to get a good look at it. The mural has attracted thousands of visitors and Lewis has been keen to...

  • Swine flu kills 40 in western India

    Swine flu kills 40 in western India

    At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said Friday. Last year around 1,100 people died and 15,000 were...

  • Free public transport is great news for the environment but it's no silver bullet

    Free public transport is great news for the environment but it's no silver bullet

    When Luxembourg announced recently that all public transport in the country will be free from next year, this radical move was received with astonishment. After all, most nations would surely shy away from putting such strain on public finances...

  • Gillette ad isn't anti-men, it's anti-toxic masculinity – and should be welcomed

    Gillette ad isn't anti-men, it's anti-toxic masculinity – and should be welcomed

    Gillette’s new ad – “The best men can be”, which plays on the razor brand’s long-held motto, “The best a man can get” – is powerful and emotional, a carefully-spun narrative about the role models young boys see in their daily lives. It tackles...

  • Exercise can fast-track your workplace well-being

    Exercise can fast-track your workplace well-being

    Exercise has been found to reduce stress, increase positive mood, decrease anxiety and alleviate depression. But you may not know that the emotional well-being associated with exercise is also linked to key attributes that can help us while we...

  • After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

    After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

    Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour, keeping a six-century-old tradition alive. The night watchman, one of the last in Europe, no longer...

  • Swine flu outbreak: what happens now?

    Swine flu outbreak: what happens now?

    The diagnosis of 33 patients with the deadly and highly-contagious swine flu has reignited concerns of an epidemic among both healthcare professionals and the public. But what is the swine flu? According to the World Health Organisation, the swine...

  • Why you shouldn't follow the health regimes of these 'peak zen' people

    Why you shouldn't follow the health regimes of these 'peak zen' people

    January is a popular month for newspapers to publish health and fitness articles. One that caught my eye was in The Times and featured health fanatics who have reached “peak zen” (whatever that is). There’s Alex Beer (38), a model, Tim Gray (39),...

  • Lingerie looks for new bottom line after #MeToo

    Lingerie looks for new bottom line after #MeToo

    "We haven't yet found a better way of selling knickers than a beautiful bottom," says Sarah Stagliano, one of a new breed of French lingerie designers grappling with how to make exciting underwear in the age of #MeToo. With G-strings and push-up...

  • Brexit: Theresa May survives confidence vote, but Brussels is in charge now

    Brexit: Theresa May survives confidence vote, but Brussels is in charge now

    Just 24 hours after suffering a historic defeat in parliament over her Brexit deal, the prime minister has survived a vote of no confidence in her government – thanks to the support of her backbench MPs. Up until this point, these same backbench...

  • Is social media causing more harm?

    Is social media causing more harm?

    With social media and private chat groups becoming an increasingly popular option when it comes to communicating official and unofficial news, many are questioning whether this new reality is causing increased damage to those who have suffered...

  • Is the ftira a marker of Maltese identity?

    Is the ftira a marker of Maltese identity?

    The Maltese ftira is undoubtedly the most popular local bread-based product. It can serve both as a full meal or as a light snack, and it can be filled with virtually anything to one’s liking. The mouth-watering ftira may be considered ordinary,...

  • Amazon, Facebook and Google know what you're talking about

    Amazon, Facebook and Google know what you're talking about

    If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly...

  • Why we shouldn't all be vegan

    Why we shouldn't all be vegan

    After decades in which the number of people choosing to cut out meat from their diet has steadily increased, 2019 is set to be the year the world changes the way that it eats. Or at least, that’s the ambitious aim of a major campaign under the...

  • 'Naive, reckless' tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

    'Naive, reckless' tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

    Seeking an "authentic" experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts. Despite the country's decaying...

  • Save bees and butterflies to save urban life

    Save bees and butterflies to save urban life

    Pollinators such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies, are responsible for the reproduction of many flowering plants and help to produce more than three quarters of the world’s crop species. Globally, the value of the services provided by...

  • Post-Brexit vote: be wary of prospects of a new 'consensus' approach

    Post-Brexit vote: be wary of prospects of a new 'consensus' approach

    Another day, another record. The 230 majority against the motion to approve Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement on the UK’s exit from the EU smashes pretty much any parliamentary record one cares to discover. That May’s immediate response was to...

  • Would a Norway option break the Brexit stalemate?

    Would a Norway option break the Brexit stalemate?

    The Labour politician Jim Callaghan famously remarked to his colleagues in 1970 that a referendum on Europe might end up being “a little rubber life raft” into which they all might one day have to climb. Just five years later they did so, holding...

  • YouTube bans dangerous pranks and risky 'challenges'

    YouTube bans dangerous pranks and risky 'challenges'

    YouTube on Tuesday clarified rules against posting videos of dangerous pranks, as risky "challenges" prompt people to video themselves doing things like biting into laundry soap or driving blindfolded. The company already forbid content inciting...

  • Sweet, sour and thoroughly modern

    Sweet, sour and  thoroughly modern

    Propped on a sofa and illuminated by natural sunlight, beneath several planters dripping with lush foliage, four large canvases lie in wait, hungry to be consumed by more wandering eyes. In her cosy studio on a blistering winter day, Lisa Falzon...