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  • Leonardo da Vinci's ideal city was centuries ahead of its time

    Leonardo da Vinci's ideal city was centuries ahead of its time

    The word “genius” is universally associated with the name of Leonardo da Vinci – a true Renaissance man, he embodied scientific spirit, artistic talent and humanist sensibilities. Exactly 500 years have passed since Leonardo died in his home at...

  • Not quite a piece of cake

    Not quite a piece of cake

    The intricate legal considerations made in the judgment of the First Hall of the Civil Court of April 30 in the names of Cater Group Limited et v Baketech Supplies and Services Limited will certainly capture the attention of traders, lawyers, and...

  • Welsh and Scottish rum

    Welsh and Scottish rum

    Wales has a long history of spirit distillation, originating to the 4th century AD off its north coast. But the Scots claim rum as their own, says Kevin Pilley. In west Wales they use seaweed to flavour their rum. Barti Rum was launched in 2018...

  • It happened this month: Gian Francesco Abela (1582-1655) – Father of Maltese historiography

    It happened this month: Gian Francesco Abela (1582-1655) – Father of Maltese historiography

    May 4, 1655, marked the date of the demise of Gian Francesco Abela, one of the greatest personalities to leave their mark on Maltese historiography and the first native Maltese-born to write the history of our islands. In 1955, the third...

  • Queue to nowhere

    Queue to nowhere

    There are things normal people can manage during the day which I can no longer humanly tolerate. Going to the supermarket is one of them, and embarking on a pilgrimage to the bank is another. Praise the universe, the former can now be done at the...

  • The people have spoken

    The people have spoken

    NapoleatsDragonara RoadPacevilleTripadvisor rating5 stars The Baron Bar8, Triq iċ-Ċern,BuġibbaTripadvisor rating Today’s ratings are unusual. The reason for this will be clear in a while. It started with yet another discussion about tripadvisor. I...

  • No sex please, I’m old

    No sex please, I’m old

    We talk to children about sex using the ‘birds and the bees’ story – where the birds produce eggs and the bees pollinate plants – as examples of sexual reproduction. We also need a lesson about sex in older age as the rules of the game...

  • Revolutionary book updated

    Veronica Veen: The Goddess Of Malta; The Lady of The Waters And The EarthThe EANNA FoundationHaarlem, The NetherlandsINANNA publishers After 27 years, well-known art historian and cultural anthropologist Veronica Veen presents an updated and...

  • Maltese devotion to ‘Saint of Miracles’ remains strong

    Maltese devotion to ‘Saint of  Miracles’ remains strong

    This year the Dominican community is commemorating the 600th anniversary of the death of St Vincent Ferrer, one of the greatest saints of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). It is, therefore, appropriate to look at the history regarding the...

  • Eurosceptic and populist forces in the European Union

    Eurosceptic and populist forces in the European Union

    Populist and eurosceptic parties have emerged in many countries of the European Union and although not all go as far as wanting a Brexit-style departure, they are no friends of Brussels. European voters go to the polls to choose a new parliament...

  • Qawra’s Kaptan launches new menu

    Qawra’s Kaptan launches new menu

    Diners at Kaptan in Qawra can now enjoy a newly revamped à la carte menu offering a wide range of delicious dishes including innovative creations. The famous Maltese restaurant has been around since 1988, berthed in Qawra across the road from AX...

  • Artists express their imagination in Negroni 100 art competition

    Artists express their imagination in Negroni 100 art competition

    Gabriella Lukacs’ tailored pouch is the winner of the Negroni 100 art competition. The competition, organised by Campari to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic Negroni cocktail, saw more than 25 artists submit works which included...

  • Hamilton’s quaternions

    Hamilton’s quaternions

    On October 16, 1843, Sir William Rowan Hamilton was crossing the Royal Canal, Dublin, with his wife, on his way to presiding over a meeting of the Royal Irish Academy. While crossing Brougham Bridge, he had a moment of inspiration, and discovered...

  • Myth Debunked: Do numbers exist in reality?

    It is said that the Greek philosopher Hippasus, while on board a ship, discovered that the square root of two cannot be expressed as a ratio of two whole numbers – in other words, it is an irrational number. The Pythagoreans on board the same...

  • Photo of the week - May 5, 2019

    Photo of the week - May 5, 2019

    A plaque, close to Brougham Bridge, commemorating Sir Hamilton’s discovery of quaternions. Unfortunately, vandals have spoiled this plaque. It should read the following: ‘Here as he walked by on the 16th of October 1843, Sir William Rowan...

  • Team-building day

    Team-building day

    No fewer than 80 intrepid Frank Salt Real Estate warriors braved the hot depths of a converted quarry in Siġġiewi to attend Frank Salt Real Estate’s team-building day and battle for the honours at Malta Limestone Heritage. In what turned out to be...

  • Hospice Malta raises close to €200,000

    Hospice Malta raised around €200,000 from public donations during TVM’s Xarabank on April 26. Hospice Malta is a local NGO that provides and promotes free palliative care for persons suffering from life-limiting illnesses. Hospice Malta chairwoman...

  • Malta Falconers Club honoured by the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem

    Malta Falconers Club honoured by the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem

    The Malta Falconers Club was honoured by the Prince Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem, Don Basilio Cali of San Lorenzo, in the presence of dignitaries, club committee members and guests.  The strong ties of falconry in...

  • Marsovin marks 100th anniversary with concert and gala event

    Marsovin marks 100th anniversary with concert and gala event

    Marsovin, Malta’s household name synonymous with premium locally-produced wines, celebrated its 100th anniversary in the presence of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. Founded in...

  • Curacao readies for Scientolgy cruise ship carrying measles case

    Curacao readies for Scientolgy cruise ship carrying measles case

    The Dutch territory of Curacao said Saturday that to prevent any health risk it will check passengers before allowing them to disembark from a cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology that was quarantined after a measles case. The Freewinds...