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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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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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Let there be the Con

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A tad later than usual, but here it is – my annual Malta Comic-Con post. It turned out to be a super stormy weekend this time round, which gave me happy memories of the very first edition of the Con, back in 2009 if I’m not mistaken.  At the time, I wasn’t yet really aware […]

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Bring back the Veline

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If I really need to give you any background on Striscia La Notizia, chances are you don’t watch much Italian television, do you? Even in this day of cable television, when our foreign viewing isn’t restricted to Italian channels, Striscia remains highly popular with the islanders. It is, of course, a spoof news update, but […]

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Raising Zombie Children

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A couple of days ago I found a gem hidden among the news items. I say hidden, because it was buried as part of a bigger story about whether or not Malta has too many LSAs (Learning Support Assistants) or not. Since I’m not qualified to give an educated opinion about how many LSAs a […]

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Bitching about beans

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While driving around yesterday, I saw a billboard that is hilarious and offensive in equal parts. See what it’s all about here, on my latest Times blogpost: Bitching about beans

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