• Change it… but keep it!

    MarieLou Camilleri

    “My life has changed, and I’m changing with it” Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess Every year the same song ‘As old as time’ (sung by journalists rather than by Angela Lansbury) about how the thousands of students who graduate each year find immediate employment. What they forget to harmonise in ...

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  • “Allahu Akbar”

    Sara Ezabe

    God is the Greatest, that is what “Allahu Akbar” translates to. Yet, so many people dread the moment they hear this word, especially in the western world where this phrase is almost a synonym to “I’m a terrorist”. It must be one of the most misused phrases of our time. ...

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  • An Encounter with Beauty

    Pietre Vive Malta

    “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – Edgar Allen Poe There must have been, at some point or other, an experience in your life in which you were moved to tears, or were gripped by an overwhelming need to bury your ...

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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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  • My brother’s keeper


    Outrageous! Shocking! These are only some of the emotions triggered upon learning the news of the recent happenings at the eastern German town of Schmölln. Not only did a young Somali man, aged 17, commit suicide just days after he had been dismissed from a psychiatric facility where he had ...

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  • The Opportunity to Play

    Bernard Micallef

    Why do we practice sports? What is so fascinating about running? About a group of people passing a ball around? About spending hours training at the gym? I have been asked these questions many times. The most basic answer I could come up with is: “because we have the power ...

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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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  • Il-Mara l-Ħoxna: ix-xipli, il-godlija, u l-bejniet

    Għaqda tal-Malti Università

    L-idjoma dwar id-dehra tagħna, bħala bnedmin u bħala Maltin, ma tonqosx. Ħu mill-għana tradizzjonali (“L-Aqwa Nisa l-Maltin,” tar-Ringu), u poeżiji oħra (ara l-istudji t’Immanuel Mifsud), u tinduna kemm dan hu minnu. Imma qabelxejn, x’nifhmu b’użu idjomatiku? Minbarra li b’idjoma nifhmu mod ta’ espressjoni, nifhmu wkoll frażi li intużat ħafna u ...

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  • Defending the Common Good

    Dr John Paul Cauchi

    In this small country of ours, we often find ourselves wondering whether we have any concept of common good, or as it is more commonly known – public good. Some of you might say that we have a social welfare system that, despite its many faults, ensures that a common ...

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