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 […]

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Marc Storace Part II: Getting Personal

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Your fondest Malta memories as a child? I couldn`t think of a better place to have grown up. In my days, the traffic flow was still bearable, in spite of uncontrolled exhaust fumes. We roller-skated in the streets or along the endless Sliema promenade all the way to the Rocky-Vale skating-rink in St.Julian`s. Our beach, […]

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Marc Storace: The King is Back

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Together with Krokus, the band he co-founded, he plays to sold-out venues across Europe and the US, even as pop queen Rihanna rocks his band t-shirt on stage. I interviewed Marc Storace ahead of his participation in this year’s edition of Rockestra. This interview first appeared on the August 2015 issue of Sunday Circle. He […]

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Mana Tapu: The Maltese Road to Zion

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A review of the debut EP, Timpana, ahead of the band’s summer gig schedule. First published on the Sunday Times of Malta. It’s difficult to categorise and label Mana Tapu’s EP, amusingly named Timpana. This band’s music might be rooted in reggae and ska, but it also draws inspiration from a host of other sounds […]

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The new Avengers

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As was inevitably going to happen, Avengers: Age Of Ultron has sparked all kinds of conversation and debate as to where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes from here. Boing Boing has posted an entire discussion on the film’s ‘Easter eggs’ and the Internet as a whole has basically picked the film apart in search of […]

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Life, not as we know it

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Staġun Teatru Malti’s upcoming production, Sibna ż-Żejt, presents a future Malta with more than one political difference. I interviewed script-writer Wayne Flask – an edited version of this interview was published on the Sunday Times of Malta. The year is 2036. Joseph Muscat is still in power, more so than ever in fact. Democracy has morphed […]

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Marmalja’s album launch

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    Marmalja’s debut album, titled Demm Ġdid Vol. 1 Dissett, has just landed. I caught up with the hip-hop outfit to hear about which toes the no-holds-bar duo have been stepping on. When Claude ‘il-Lapes’ Agius’s and Andrea ‘Drinu’ Delicata’s daily hangouts in the Santa Margherita area of Mosta evolved into breaking beats and rapping together, […]

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Rock the South 2015: bigger & better

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A review of the Friday and Saturday performances from this year’s Rock the South. With many thanks for the cover photo of RAS & other photos that were used on the Sunday Times of Malta to Sarah Falzon.  To read reviews from Thursday click here and from Sunday here.  Now in its fourth edition, Rock the […]

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Hunting for satire

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The jury might still be out for spring hunting, but when it comes to witty campaigning there’s no contest. Well, if there’s one aspect that the Spring Hunting Referendum really brought out beautifully, this was the no camp’s altogether wittier approach to campaigning, in particular the online and newspaper cartoonists’. This was in stark contrast […]

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Saints, bikinis and doublestandards

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Malta gets a lot of accolades along the lines of Most Beautiful Place, Paradise on Earth, Most Stunning Beaches etc etc. What it hasn’t been awarded so far, at least as far as I’m aware, is the gold accolade for double standards. Which is very strange really, considering what professionals we’ve turned out to be […]

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