• Keep Going

    Martina-Anne Attard

    ‘Life is too short.’ I did not believe this until I got chance to participate in an exchange programme at Malmö University. Travelling poses different challenges. Thinking that I have to go back home, whilst knowing the fact that things did not really turn out the way I planned them ...

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  • “L-Għaġeb”

    Jean Claude Attard

    L-Għaġeb is a popular figurine, traditionally made of clay, in Maltese Christmas cribs. Most of the time this is a figure of ridicule; he is the freak, the fussy person, the exaggerator, the one who makes a mountain out of a molehill. L-Għaġeb is also the one, however, who expresses ...

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  • Would you come over to town?

    agara

    “You better watch out… Santa Claus is coming to town…” Well that’s what Michael Buble’ sings in the world reknown Christmas song, but I keep asking… would you, the reader, come over to town? To be more precise, would you come over to Dar Papa Franġisku and help out in ...

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  • Love was Born at Christmas

    Pyt Farrugia

    One of the things I appreciate most about the Christian faith is the special way it encourages us to understand holiness. Other traditions of faith, which very closely associate the idea of holiness with that of purity, have a tendency to maintain the strictest separation between that which is holy ...

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  • The dark side of voluntary work

    Maria Vella

    Many correlate voluntary work with the cliché romantic idea of going to Africa or Asia to help poor children for a month; maybe taking as many photos you can possibly take and post them all over the social media with the idea of bringing social awareness of another reality present ...

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  • Ir-Realtà tat-Tfal fid-Djar Residenzjali

    David Schembri

    Diversi nies jaħsbu li l-bżonn li xi tfal u żgħażagħ joħorgu minn ġol-familji tagħhom sabiex jgħixu f’xi post alternattiv hija xi ħaġa rari jew tal-passat. Oħrajn isibuha diffiċli biex jemmnu li ħafna drabi tkun ix-xewqa ta’ dawn it-tfal u ż-żgħażagħ stess li joħorġu mill-familji tagħhom. Ilni għal dawn l-aħħar ħmistax-il ...

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  • Surviving the Jungle

    agara

    The wait was over and off we were on board of an airplane, headed to Brussels. Picked up our rental car and off to France. The camps, well, I had mixed feelings. I admit, I had low expectations to what I will find in the refugee camps in Dunkirk and ...

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  • The Beauty of Being Human

    Martina-Anne Attard

    Each one of us has his or her own story that is worth telling. One’s life makes one’s story different from that of others, making it beautiful in various ways even if sometimes it’s quite difficult to bear. These difficulties, in fact, make the story of our life worth telling. ...

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  • Bogħod mill-qalb

    Benjamin Portelli

    Have you heard about the Swiss cart-rut photographer? Monika Trinkler has visited Malta twice a year since 1983. A lover of history, Ms Trinker sought, and failed to find, a guide to all the cart ruts in Malta, ultimately embarking on a project to map the cart ruts herself (ToM link). One particular quote struck ...

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  • The three Ps

    Jean Claude Attard

    Thierry Henry recently recalled how his former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola had a system based around the “three Ps” – position, possession and play. Perhaps the beautiful game, with its ironies and obscenities, is somehow a reflection of the life we lead. Insights from football characters like the now ...

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