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  • Letting his voice speak

    Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy4 starsDirector: Andy SommersStars: Jonas KaufmannDuration: 115 minsClass: UKRS Releasing Ltd Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy is a concert film/documentary featuring German tenor Josef Kaufmann in two concerts. The first is at the...

  • Athens: the shock of the new

    As the Greek capital suffered the ravages of the economic crisis over the past decade a quiet revolution took place: a redefinition of what a ‘boutique hotel‘ can be. Mike Sweet celebrates a renaissance in the art of Athenian accommodation. A...

  • Pure, unadulterated spectacle

    Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets2 starsDirector: Luc BessonStars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive OwenDuration: 137 minsClass: 12KRS Releasing Ltd In a career spanning over 35 years, French director/producer/screenwriter Luc Besson...

  • Francesca Teresa Parlar: A life eminently and exclusively ascetic

    Francesca Teresa Parlar was born in Valletta on November 24, 1842, and baptised that same day by Fr Salvatore Pace OP, in the parish church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, Valletta. Her godparents were Don Luigi Fernandez, parish priest of Żabbar, and...

  • Groovy tunes and energetic improv

    What has The Ranch been up to recently? A lot of things have happened. We had a line-up change and went on a couple of tours (UK, Belgium, Holland, Lithuania, Poland). The tours were all a great success, we did around 15 shows on each. We even...

  • Suspended in the sky

    The concept of having dinner suspended metres above ground seemed like something out of a Jules Verne novel until Maltese chef Marvin Gauci brought it to our islands for the first time just over a year ago. Shooting straight up to number one on...

  • Bacteria in the mouth can cause dementia

    In the Maltese language, the word for both ‘teeth’ and ‘years’ sounds the same – ‘snin/snien’. The words are connected. Although we can tell how old horses are by the rings on their teeth, human teeth are a little bit more difficult to understand...

  • Friday night fishing

    Fins & GillsSt Paul’s Bay Food: 8/10Location: 4/10Service: 8/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 When Winston Churchill spoke of “the good companions” he was not waxing lyrical about his be­loved pet dogs Dodo and Rufus. He was in actual fact referring to...

  • Dog bites and their effects

    This week Barry was lucky to survive. Barry is a young seven-month-old wirehaired terrier. His owners had taken him out for a walk when they chanced upon another dog walker and they stopped to allow their dogs to greet one another. Unfortunately,...

  • Showing off Valletta

    Fashion designer Ritienne Zammit’s most recent collection is an ode to our capital. Anna Marie Galea finds a lot that celebrates the city’s beating heart. I’ve always felt that Ritienne Zammit’s collections have something of the wistful...