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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Same-sex adoptions: not up to the public

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This blogpost was first published on www.timesofmalta.com I’m not a fan of surveys. I don’t believe in true random sampling, so I really look askance whenever we read about how X% want the government to do this and Y% want the exact opposite. I’m even more sceptical when the results of a survey happen to […]

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Sex, lies and legal tape

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This blogpost was first published on www.timesofmalta.com It was with shock that I read out the first important judgement of the year: a 60-year-old man gets three years’ prison for sexual violence on a minor. The shock increased as events continued unfolding after the judgement was made public. Or rather, as they failed to unfold. […]

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Bilingual, my foot

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This blogpost was first published on www.timesofmalta.com   I really hesitate to do a Scrooge on you all, but amid all the chocolates and mince pies there recently nestled a report by the University of Malta. The report centred around the performance of students in the written section of the English language Secondary Education Certificate […]

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So cool they’re hot – 2013 culture roundup

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An edited version of this feature was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. It’s been a strange year on the culture front. As we move one year closer to the big year – that’s 2018 – when Valletta will be officially crowned Capital of Culture, we’ve had hits, misses and glitches that are making […]

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More Ġieh ir-Repubblika recipients

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If an 11-year-old singer – a pretty charismatic and talented one, but that’s hardly the point – is deemed the ideal recipient of the highest honour of the country just to satisfy all the Eurovision fans, then I don’t see why my favourite people shouldn’t also receive the award. They’ve all done a lot more […]

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