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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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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Lucy’s first, not Lucy’s last

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Despite their name, it’s the start of what promises to be an exciting period for Lucy’s Last. Interview was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture. It is said that good music begets good music. So perhaps it is fitting that the founding members of Lucy’s Last – one of the newer bands […]

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‘Fear lives inside me’

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Writer Anton Grasso, whom many consider the forefather of horror on a local level, recently announced his intention to retire after a career spanning four decades. I found that the author is not as scary as his books. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. What does fear mean for you? The simplest […]

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Nobody wanted to leave

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This review was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. Two recent acoustic performances by Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad at St James Cavalier, Valletta, did a lot to restore my faith in local demand for what I like to call non-popcorn music events. The band, which won the award for […]

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Best Scottish album winners in Malta

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Their latest album, Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, won the title of best Scottish album of 2014 and has been hailed as probably their most significant work to date. Mixed by Pete Katis, producer of The National, Jonsi and Inter-pol, the album signifies a return to the band’s unadulterated, edgy […]

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Comics as an educational tool

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There’s a drive to include comics in the country’s national drive for literacy and it’s all thanks to the people behind the Graphic Novels Library Malta. It all started with Batman, Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM) co-founder Luke Caruana tells me with a smile. “A number of us realised that we had a love for […]

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Prompting involuntary memories

The entry of Charles Balzan’s art into the public consciousness couldn’t have been more successful with his winning entry for /ru:t/ leaving a definite mark. I interviewed him to find out more. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section.  When the winner of /ru:t/, a collective exhibition to commemorate the 10th […]

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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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