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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2014: could do better

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The highs and lows on the local arts scene throughout this past year. This feature first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section.  Some of the artistic projects that came to fruition during the past year. As 2018 and everything it should bring with it race towards us, it’s been a colourful year […]

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Bravo, Mater Dei

A woman shows up at Mater Dei hospital in a state of visible mental agitation and pain. By her own account, she has taken a number of pills in order to induce a miscarriage. What do our noble hospital administrators do? Option 1. Treat her body and her mind, recognising the fact that the woman […]

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Books are the new cool

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This post first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. Today is the last day of the National Book Festival. What’s that got to do with pop culture, I hear you ask. Plenty, given my eternally hopeless drive to put the ‘popular’ back in books. If this drive never exactly worked back in […]

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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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Everyone’s win

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It felt good yesterday to be present during such a historical moment for Malta. Equal rights for everyone, and an inclusive society are two causes that have always been close to my heart, and not just with respect to gay issues but across the board. Equality and non-discrimination are two principles that should form the […]

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