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  • Taking band music to a higher level

    Taking band music to a higher level

    From filling streets decorated with rope lights and garlands to churches gleaming in ancestral gold, the music of your village banda now also has its own place among the most hallowed halls of our educational institutions. A collaboration between...

  • Where can you go for a bit of peace and quiet?

    Where can you go for a bit of peace and quiet?

    Malta sticks out for having the lowest potential for quiet in a recent EU study. Noise maps identify the only quiet havens away from noise pollution as limited to remote cliff areas and Comino. The European Union is looking to “significantly”...

  • Secondhand smoking causing thousands of stillbirths in developing countries

    Secondhand smoking causing thousands of stillbirths in developing countries

    Pregnancy is a vulnerable time for a woman’s health and tobacco smoke harms mothers and their unborn children. In developing countries it is uncommon for women to smoke while pregnant – but their exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy is a...

  • 12th Kilimanjaro Challenge launched

    12th Kilimanjaro Challenge launched

    The 12th Kilimanjaro Challenge, which will see 17 people climbing the highest, free-standing mountain in the world at the end of this year in a bid to raise money to help an Ethiopian community, was launched recently. Over the past 11 years, more...

  • Birthplace of afternoon tea

    Birthplace of afternoon tea

    Butterflies melt in the mouth. They flutter on the tongue and glide down the throat. The ones that perch on perfect butter shortbread do anyway. London’s 1865 Langham Hotel at the end of Regent Street and opposite BBC Broadcasting House at...

  • Behind the bar at Nori

    Behind the bar at Nori

    Nori at The Villa, Le Meridien’s new signature Asian fusion and seafood restaurant, is now open and –  besides the mouth-watering menu, it’s also serving some serious cocktails. Behind the bar we find Daniele Russo and Zdravko Mitey, two...

  • Driving credits

    Film producers from many countries view Malta and Gozo as an ideal backdrop for their prospective productions. The historic and unique locations, sunny weather for most of the year, and a steady supply of supporting facilities are among the main...

  • Salmonella one of 250 microbes that can cause foodborne illness

    Salmonella one of 250 microbes that can cause foodborne illness

    Alerts about food make people more conscious of the risks of contamination. Although there are strict regulations along the food chain, mishaps do happen. Therefore, systems are in place to monitor and alert, so any hazards are picked up and...

  • Hungry Hungarians

    Hungry Hungarians

    Margaret Island BistroThe Strand, Sliema Food: 7/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 5/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 It is too hot for dumplings. And far too hot for goulash. Making matters worse is the malfunctioning air conditioning that gradually defeats our...

  • Valletta – a multicultural community

    Valletta – a multicultural community

    In a recent study, I focused on the demographic characteristics of the parish of Porto Salvo in Valletta between 1870 and 1875. Due to the voluminous data found in the church archives, I had to narrow it down to five years. Nevertheless, it gives...

  • Adventures in South America

    Adventures in South America

    Have you ever dreamed of taking a gap year out of real life in order to satisfy your wanderlust? Most of us will reply yes, of course, but few of us actually have the determination – or the guts – to follow through. Ryan Abela is one of the few...

  • Bags which are hot right now

    Bags which are hot right now

    I recently received a message from a reader asking me to write about which bags are really hot for this summer and, since it wasn’t the first time I had received this request, I thought I’d write a few words about the bags which are taking this...

  • GSK's severe paediatric asthma drug wins European panel thumbs-up

    GSK's severe paediatric asthma drug wins European panel thumbs-up

    GlaxoSmithKline drug Nucala has won a key recommendation from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel for use in the treatment of children with severe asthma, the company said in a statement on Friday. The EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products...

  • An evening to remember

    An evening to remember

    O’hea Opticians officially launched its new eyewear brand Etnia Barcelona during an evening with a Spanish theme at the Sheer Bastion, Senglea. Guests, who were served sangria and paella while being entertained by the Tikka Band, also enjoyed...

  • Gastronomic charity dinner

    Gastronomic charity dinner

    Infinitely Xara Co Ltd, owned by the Zammit Tabona family, organised a dinner in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza for the second year running. The dinner was held in the historical setting of the Misraħ il-Kunsill Pjazza, located near the Mdina local...

  • Fresh tastes of southern Italy

    Fresh tastes of southern Italy

    Al Basilico of Abate Rigord, Ta’ Xbiex, is the new hotspot for foodies in Malta. The concept for this new eatery centres mainly on fresh produce and was created with the goal of replicating some of the tastes and traditions of southern Italian...

  • Latest Ice-Watch collections in new store

    Latest Ice-Watch collections in new store

    The Ice-Watch Concept Store has just relocated and received an upgrade. What drives the Classic Group every morning is its collective love for jewellery, watches, beauty and fashion. And if one shares their love, then one must read on. Ice-Watch...

  • Delicata Wine Festival is back

    The Delicata Classic Wine Festival will once again take place at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta from August 9 to 12, every evening from 7pm to midnight. There will be over 25 wines to sample, including the semi-sparkling Frizzantes made...

  • Made up memories?

    Made up memories?

    If I was to ask you to recall your first memory, what would it be? Maybe you remember being pushed in your pram, playing with a favourite toy or maybe something more dramatic – your first fall? Well, it turns out it may not be a memory at all.

  • A night of culture through fashion

    A night of culture through fashion

    An international night of culture through fashion by the Chamber of Fashion took place in the gardens of Verdala Palace, Buskett. This prestigious event raised money for the Malta Community Chest Fund, while giving guests an opportunity to see for...