The new Avengers


As was inevitably going to happen, Avengers: Age Of Ultron has sparked all kinds of conversation and debate as to where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes from here. Boing Boing has posted an entire discussion on the film’s ‘Easter eggs’ and the Internet as a whole has basically picked the film apart in search of […]


Saints, bikinis and doublestandards


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


2014: could do better


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 […]


Books are the new cool


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 […]


What we learnt from Patti Smith


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 […]


The demise of the public library

shabby books

  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 […]


Plotting the readers’ return


The very definition of reading has nowadays been extended to include newspaper reports, blogs and websites. Web-site ranking service 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 […]


The ire for Ira


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 […]