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Mel Hart

  • Self censorship after Daphne's murder

    Self censorship after Daphne's murder

    Self censorship is healthy. Since I started writing I followed one piece of advice. Do not wait for inspiration to strike. Write as much as you can, as soon as you can and inspiration will eventually come. Following such advice will leave you with...

  • 'I used my fatness as a joke until I decided enough was enough'

    'I used my fatness as a joke until I decided enough was enough'

    There’s been a lot of talk about bullying recently. For many of us, maybe because of our appearance, bullying was part of growing up. But the fact there has always been some form of bullying doesn't make it justifiable. And in today’s world, with...

  • Oh my Malta, indeed

    Oh my Malta, indeed

    I’ve been on sabbatical from my writing and on April 21 it will have been six months since I felt the urge to write. The events which unfolded after October 16 2017 made me reconsider why I write and why I put myself out there, not just on this...

  • If we tolerate this...

    If we tolerate this...

    When the news of Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder broke the first reaction I had was that deep down I knew there was a reason why I slowed down on my writing since the birth of my daughter. The brushing off of threats, harassment and ridicule I...

  • When clicks are the most important thing

    When clicks are the most important thing

    The news cycle in Malta is a strange thing and when I say strange I really mean shameful. Same goes for the comments posted on social media really. I honestly don't understand how someone can go from "oh thanks be to God, they found them alive"...

  • It is not Sophie’s choice

    It is not Sophie’s choice

    As the day of reflection draws closer I thought I’d write about the profound choice we’re all facing come election day. Voting is personal and I’m not a big fan of all these statuses on social media which give a run down of voting intentions. This...

  • Seven reasons why people are so quick to believe Daphne Caruana Galizia

    Seven reasons why people are so quick to believe Daphne Caruana Galizia

    But there’s no evidence! How can you believe someone if they have no evidence? Well the answer to that is pretty simple, there is such a thing as conjecture which makes Daphne Caruana Galizia’s allegations easier to believe and while these points...

  • Don’t subscribe to opt-in ignorance

    Don’t subscribe to opt-in ignorance

    This government has made strides in legislations pertaining to equality with the introduction of civil unions, the criminalisation of gay therapy and other legislations such as the decriminalisation of religion vilification. But it’s looking like...

  • Spinning the power web

    Spinning the power web

    Only a few days have passed since the power cut which left most of Malta without any power and focus has already shifted elsewhere. Most people simply shrugged off Enemalta’s explanation and moved on, even if it never really answered anything. In...

  • When words resonate

    When words resonate

    It's not about how our politicians look or dress but about what they say and the way they act. This has never been more true than it has been in the past few days. There is a stark difference between our President and her very powerful words...