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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What we learnt from Patti Smith

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For those who don’t necessarily follow the arts scene, the Patti Smith concert was yet another night for the books in terms of music, with the legendary Patti Smith giving a two-hour intimate concert to a packed hall at University. I won’t be doing my usual music review on the printed paper, because it would […]

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Ban the banning

People have been clamouring to have social networking site (I use the word ‘social’ very loosely here) Ask.fm banned from Malta throughout this past week, so I was not surprised when an actual petition landed in my inbox. The site is based on anonymous profiles, and has been linked to severe incidents of online bullying. […]

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Presidential hostages?

I had been wondering for a while what on earth parliament is waiting for before it finalises the Civil Unions Bill. Now I have my answer – apparently President George Abela refuses to sign it, so we need to wait for the current presidential term to come to an end before we can take a […]

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The demise of the public library

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  Reading books has become a dying art and its death has turned our public libraries into ghost towns. Can this trend be reversed? An edited version of this report was published on The Sunday Times. There are 54 public libraries spread across Malta and Gozo, with over 21,000 members across the whole network.  And […]

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Plotting the readers’ return

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The very definition of reading has nowadays been extended to include newspaper reports, blogs and websites. Web-site ranking service Alexa.com lists local and international news portals as being among in the top 50 most-visited websites by the Maltese. Yet, we have no way of knowing how much time is spent engaging in actual reading, beyond […]

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The ire for Ira

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We must be a super-bored nation if Ira Losco’s dress from last Saturday is still getting column inches. I’m going to take up some bandwidth myself, before hoping that everyone shuts up about it. Not about the dress, because I couldn’t care less, but about the annoying way that people are using it to discredit […]

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It’s just culture, right?

Francesca Todde

An edited version of this opinion piece was first published on The Sunday Times of Malta. Opinions are free to air, but should not go unchallenged. Last week, the V18 Foundation announced that it is using a percentage of its budget to help organise an international football league. Many disagree. Now that excitable emotions have […]

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Impeachement: know when it’s time to go

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This post was first uploaded on www.timesofmalta.com Following the impeachment proceedings against Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco has become a bit like being at the circus. Will he fall, will they pick him up, will the tight rope he is walking on snap right beneath him? And how many more man hours and tax payers’ […]

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