Goodbye Valletta, goodbye Strickland House…

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It has been a while since I posted here. In fact, apologies for the less than wow layout as I could barely remember how to use this blessed thing. But some things can’t be allowed to pass us by unremarked. And the move of Allied Newspapers headquarters from the iconic Strickland House on St Paul’s Street to Mrieħel is one such occasion.

Leaving Valletta is not easy, for several reasons. I’m a Valletta girl, born and bred. I breathe the city, I love every dirty, noisy corner at every time of day. But it’s not just that. There’s also the wealth of history and heritage tied to my workspace. Strickland House is a landmark. It is a building that comes not only with a host of memories for us, who have worked there. It comes with its incredible stories, its politically-significant past; with the bravery of the employees who have had to endure their fair share of battles, of brushes with ‘authorities’, of the fickleness of justice.

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In short, you don’t just leave a building like Strickland House, a city like Valletta.

The photos below are intended as a tribute to both, invoking memories from all of our days here, a celebration of past and present Allied Newspapers employees. The rainy days trudging from the MCP to the office, battling winds and puddles; the quick coffee breaks even as deadlines are knocking; the late evenings doing last-minute proofing and hoping everything works out well; the yummy lunch breaks, sampling every single place in Valletta; the pranking, the laughter, the proud moments & the scary ones too.

It’s not a bond that is easily broken, no matter where we are housed :)







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