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  • Best in Europe

    I’m always fascinated, if not ever so slightly concerned, by the obvious bipolarism and ingrained inconsistency that seem to dominate the Maltese psyche. We love our dogs and cats yet we voted, via referendum no less, to keep taking potshots at...

  • Dementia, sex and the law

    Dementia,  sex and  the law

    There are events in life that do not fit our black and white moral principles. The monochromatic reality of our moral world is always outshone by the Technicolour nature of reality. People who are suffering from dementia expose some of these...

  • The wonder of budbreak

    The wonder of budbreak

    Magically, Malta’s precious countryside goes from drab to green as bare grapevines awaken from their winter slumber and are recalled to life again. This show of lush vegetation across our heavily urbanised island is not only a beautiful sight, but...

  • The pizza dissonance

    The pizza dissonance

    ElbaCoast RoadBaħar iċ-ĊagħaqTel: 9949 9960 Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 It takes effort to hold two contradictory opinions in one’s mind at the same time, acknowledging both as valid. We saw photos of the plumes...

  • Culture deconstructed

    Culture deconstructed

    I cried when I saw pictures of the blown up Buddhas of Bamiyan; I cried again when I saw what IS did to Palmyra and this week, my heart broke all over again when I saw Notre-Dame on fire. Like most of the world, I sat in abject horror looking at...

  • Conservation of L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla – the Lord’s triumph over death

    Conservation of L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla – the Lord’s triumph over death

    Thanks to its recent conservation, today the statue of the Risen Christ of Cospicua, commonly known as L-Irxoxt ta’ Bormla, one of Malta’s most important wooden polychrome statues, can once again perform the devotional function for which it was...

  • Global Capital Life Insurance honours sales team

    Global Capital Life Insurance honours sales team

    GlobalCapital Life Insurance had plenty to celebrate as it popped the bubbly to recognise its most deserving sales representatives during its fifth gala awards ceremony. A total of 10 awards – which ranged from best performer to the most promising...

  • Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair returns

    Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair returns

    The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair, one of the most popular events of the Corinthia Palace Hotel’s springtime season, returns on May 1.  However, given the consistently-growing popularity of this event, the fair has outgrown the Corinthia Palace...

  • Heartfelt reunion

    Heartfelt reunion

    Joseph and M’Assunta Caruana of Vittoriosa got married over a century ago and raised a close-knit family of nine siblings. The Caruanas’ grandchildren held a successful reunion two years ago with no other objective than that of celebrating life...

  • A spectacle of colour

    A spectacle of colour

    Desigual has unveiled two new fragrances celebrating a festival of colour, perfume and fun. Everything comes together – party, summer, young people in the sun dancing non-stop to the sound of music. Two proposals, for women and for men – a pink...

  • Reasoning about the infinite

    Reasoning about the infinite

    Infinity. What is it? In a sense, we all have a basic understanding of the concept of infinity: the idea that some things go on forever, without end. The counting numbers 1,2,3,..., for example, have no end; in other words, there is no biggest...

  • Myth debunked: Maths is not a science

    Myth debunked: Maths is not a science

    Mathematics is not a science. The objective of science is to ask questions about the universe and attempt to answer them systematically through a scientific method. This entails formulating a hypothesis and searching for evidence, through...

  • Photo of the week - April 21, 2019

    Photo of the week - April 21, 2019

    Muscular white whale captured by whale watcher David Merron at the Cunningham River in Somerset Island, Canada. The beluga flexed its muscles as it emerged out of the water.

  • CO₂ capture technology is not the magic bullet against climate change

    CO₂ capture technology is not the magic bullet against climate change

    According to a recent major UN report, if we are to limit temperature rise to 1.5 °C and prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change, we need to reduce global CO₂ emissions to net zero by 2050. This means eliminating fossil fuel use...

  • Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

    Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

    There was a time when persuasion was easy to recognise. It was the stuff on billboards and flyers or between the articles in newspapers and magazines. It interrupted TV and radio programmes and it was obviously trying to sell us something. We...

  • 'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

    'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

    The world's smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of...

  • Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

    Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

    Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time archive of grief in the making, as people expressed their dismay and sorrow at the damage wrought. Why is it that some heritage places publicly...

  • Easter: what the Catholic Church teaches about bread and wine

    Easter: what the Catholic Church teaches about bread and wine

    On the Thursday before Easter, more than two billion Christians worldwide observe the Eucharist, a special ritual that commemorates the Last Supper – a meal hosted by Jesus Christ for his friends 2,000 years ago, the night before he was arrested...

  • Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

    Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

    Everyone knows how important it is to have a home. It’s no surprise that being homeless is bad for a person’s health: it can even kill. And it’s just as obvious that housing which is damp, cold, overcrowded or riddled with toxins is a recipe for...

  • Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

    Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

    Scientists have managed to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they died, in a breakthrough Wednesday that experts said threw into question the very notion of what makes animals - or even humans - alive. Authors of the US-based...