Take that, gender quota

We can do it! Fear not, I’m not about to launch into some annoyingly positive mantra, the likes of which litter politicians’ social media accounts on a daily basis, making me want to reach for a bucket in which to express my feelings for such fake jollity. And, although this post is related to the […]

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That’s NOT freedom of expression

Freedom of expression has been quoted all over the news this past week, mostly courtesy of the upcoming MEP elections. Which is usually a good thing, of course. Except that in this case, it wasn’t. Malta is one of those funny places that took quite a long while to embrace the whole idea of “freedom […]

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Big Brother is not the answer

Earlier this week, a fight in Paceville almost took away the life of a teenager. The injuries were allegedly inflicted by foreigners. Almost immediately, the cries of “give the streets back to the Maltese” and the equally predictable “see where being nice to migrants gets us” started. A very logical reaction, because clearly no Maltese […]

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En garde!

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Historical sword fighting brings back the nobility of weapons of old. Maestro d’armi Andrei Xuereb explains the origins of this discipline to Ramona Depares. An edited version of this interview was published on the Sunday Times of Malta. Conjuring images of swash-buckling heroes, damsels in distress and – for those with a more contemporary imagination […]

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Lucy’s first, not Lucy’s last

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Despite their name, it’s the start of what promises to be an exciting period for Lucy’s Last. Interview was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture. It is said that good music begets good music. So perhaps it is fitting that the founding members of Lucy’s Last – one of the newer bands […]

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Interview: The Prodigy

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The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett and Keith Flint, who performed in Malta this August, talk studio work, live gigs and Gozo raves with Ramona Depares. An edited version of this interview was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. All photos: Chris Farrugia Studios. Lucca, 7pm. The whole town is buzzing with expectation and, even though […]

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‘Fear lives inside me’

Photo: Chris Farrugia Studios

Writer Anton Grasso, whom many consider the forefather of horror on a local level, recently announced his intention to retire after a career spanning four decades. I found that the author is not as scary as his books. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. What does fear mean for you? The simplest […]

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Nobody wanted to leave

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This review was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. Two recent acoustic performances by Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad at St James Cavalier, Valletta, did a lot to restore my faith in local demand for what I like to call non-popcorn music events. The band, which won the award for […]

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Science fiction set to music

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I interviewed rock, electronic and hip-hop outfit The Cosmic Sect. The interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. A relative new addition to the local scene, The Cosmic Sect, was born through the chance meeting of musicians Jimmy and John Bartolo with Los Angeles-based producer Alex Fairman. Fairman had seen the two […]

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Best Scottish album winners in Malta

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Their latest album, Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, won the title of best Scottish album of 2014 and has been hailed as probably their most significant work to date. Mixed by Pete Katis, producer of The National, Jonsi and Inter-pol, the album signifies a return to the band’s unadulterated, edgy […]

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