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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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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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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Older students, better workforce?

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An edited version of this post was published on www.timesofmalta.com. Education minister Evarist Bartolo has just mentioned the unmentionable: raising the compulsory school-age from 16 to 18. A proposal that I applaud, because I genuinely believe that the more emotionally mature you are when you’re ‘kicked out’ of the system, the greater the likelihood of […]

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Putting a muzzle on artists

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An edited version of this post appeared on www.timesofmalta.com. About a month ago, a number of DJs who were scheduled to play during the Earth Garden festival were stopped from doing so in a move that was more reminiscent of North Korean tactics than the European democracy we so love to shout about when it […]

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Arts and matriculation: FAIL

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An edited version of this post was published on www.timesofmalta.com. So the advanced and intermediate matriculation results were published yesterday. I won’t go into detail about the worrying figures with respect to traditional subjects like maths and Maltese, because the excellent editorial on today’s Times of Malta said it all. I will, instead, focus on […]

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Quite the Jack Sparrow

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When the Sunday Times of Malta broke the story about the tanker that ‘escaped’ from Maltese waters, I’m afraid my first reaction was much laughter. The headline conjured images of a vessel with AFM boats in hot pursuit. And my imagination is the sort to turn the whole thing into a Tom & Jerry like […]

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