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  • All of the effort

    All of the effort

    Panorama RestaurantBritish HotelSt Ursula StreetVallettaTel: 2122 4730 Food: 6/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 4/10Overall: 6/10 A man wiser than myself said that all the effort in the world won’t matter unless you’re inspired. The man is...

  • It’s a kind of medieval magic

    It’s a kind of medieval magic

    Two of this year’s pantos take the middle ages as their inspiration. Veronica Stivala goes behind the frills, the glitter and the wonderful silliness of the dames’ costumes. She’s got beans! An axe, a toilet roll, a borma, a reusable shopping bag,...

  • Parallel Coexistences

    Parallel Coexistences

    Alex Attard: Parallel Existences: The Notarial Archives: A photographer’s inspiration.Kite Publishing, 2018. Books, in this case the 22,000 volumes of notarial deeds housed at the Notarial Archives in Valletta, are a means to an end – they are...

  • Every picture tells a story (1): Marsamxett in the 1850s

    Every picture tells a story (1): Marsamxett in the 1850s

    Imagine Marsamxett in the 1850s: windmills on St Michael’s Bastion, Ponsonby’s Column, and Marsamxett Gate and Barracks. On the waterfront a baroque gate leads to the quarantine office, consisting of a parlatorio, fumigation rooms and stores; it...

  • ‘No one with Parkinson’s disease should live alone’

    ‘No one with Parkinson’s disease should live alone’

    This year the Malta Parkinson’s Disease Association marks 10 years since it began supporting people with Parkinson’s and their families. Association president Veronica Clark traces the long journey from its humble beginnings. Anne Downing founded...

  • Some deadly workplace tragedies of the past

    Some deadly workplace tragedies of the past

    Despite legislation regarding occupational health and safety, every year a number of employees are killed or injured at their place of work. Late last month, a 26-year-old Libyan plunged to his death after falling seven storeys at a construction...

  • Finances for diplomats

    John A Consiglio: Finance Readings for Diplomats. MEDAC Publications in Mediterranean IR and Diplomacy, 2018. John Consiglio is an ardent reader and a prolific writer. He is also a friend, I dare say my mentor, an inspiring person who has always...

  • The trial that led to cremation’s legalisation in the UK

    The trial that led to cremation’s legalisation in the UK

    A Bill to legalise cremation and introduce the first crematorium for humans in Malta is expected to be presented in Parliament at the beginning of next year. Eddie Attard gives some background on the subject and the trial that led to the...

  • Straight into wall of semi-literacy

    Straight into wall of semi-literacy

    It was the word that launched a hundred shrugs of the shoulder where some sort of indignation would have been understandable. A word that no doubt hundreds if not thousands of Maltese people use daily and continue to use even after someone has...

  • Encounters with Malta and Gozo

    Encounters with Malta and Gozo

    Lawrence Pavia: Trevelyan and Fedden: Encounters with Malta and Gozo Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, 2018. Julian Trevelyan and Mary Fedden were not only eminent British artists of the 20th century, but were partners in marriage who through their...

  • NOOS turns one

    NOOS turns one

    Countless were the times my husband had to sit down by a mannequin for a stretch of two hours, and that is without any exaggeration, while our girls and myself – which makes four of us – go around the store picking the styles as we please, trying...

  • Istanbul in a hurry

    Istanbul in a hurry

    Istanbul has been on Maltese travellers’ radar for some time now, and not without reason. No other destination, perhaps, offers to take you so far from home so close to home, to draw you in with its familiarity and excite you with its...

  • What is life?

    Jean Buttigieg: The Human Genome as Common Heritage of Mankind)Ibidem, 2018. The Department of Philosophy (University of Malta) and the Students’ Philosophical Society, recently launched and celebrated Jean Buttigieg’s new publication, titled The...

  • Orchestrating light and controlling matter with optical tweezers

    Orchestrating light and controlling matter with optical tweezers

    Light has always played a crucial part in our lives. Already serving as the basis for a vast amount of technologies in our lives, every major breakthrough in understanding and controlling light enables future technologies. It is for this reason...

  • Myth Debunked: Lightning is only dangerous when it’s raining

    Myth Debunked: Lightning is only dangerous when it’s raining

    The variation of this myth is that lightning is only dangerous in wet conditions. This is not the case since lightning can strike out up to five kilometres outside of a thunderstorm. If you find yourself standing around outdoors during a lightning...

  • Photo of the week - December 9, 2018

    Photo of the week - December 9, 2018

    Researchers at SLAC and Stanford University are developing new accelerator-based technology that aims to speed up cancer radiation therapy by hundreds of times, thus reducing the side effects suffered by patients. It also aims at making related...

  • Resort teams up with health distributor to offer free wellness screening

    Resort teams up with health distributor  to offer free  wellness screening

    Catching early diabetic symptoms, often known as prediabetes, can truly be beneficial in reducing the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. One of the main reasons why the Westin Dragonara Resort has kept its yearly appointment with Vivian...

  • Reception marks 30th anniversary of Mabel Strickland’s death

    Reception marks 30th anniversary of Mabel Strickland’s death

    On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of Mabel Strickland, her nephew, Robert Strickland, and his wife hosted a reception at Villa Parisio in Lija on November 29. The reception was attended by distinguished guests including the...

  • Honorary Consular Corps reception

    Honorary Consular Corps reception

    The Honorary Consular Corps held their annual reception at Villa Arrigo, Naxxar. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Michael Farrugia, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, were among the many guests present. Those attending also...

  • Dinner in the Sky Malta wins Best Overall Restaurant

    Dinner in the Sky Malta wins Best Overall Restaurant

    The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants Awards ceremony, held at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, celebrated the outstanding achievement of Malta and Gozo’s top-rated restaurants – as voted by diners who took part in the Malta &...