06 January 2016 No Comments

The festa season in Malta all but closes down in October. Only a couple of feasts are held after the end of summer – the last major one being Bormla’s Immaculate Conception, celebrated right at the tail end of

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21 October 2015 3 Comments

Anyone who has wandered the streets of Malta will have noticed that the Maltese are a house-proud nation.  It is well known that the locals have an infatuation with house cleanliness – some will even go to the length

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14 October 2015 No Comments

I admit I have a soft spot for young people with big dreams. And that soft spot becomes naked admiration when that person takes the plunge and decides to follow those dreams. Sef Farrugia falls squarely into this category.

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16 August 2015 No Comments

Salvu Mallia is the ultimate man of many parts. He’s done and seen it all – or near enough. Salvu is the hugely popular face of the Television Malta programme Madwarna – a weekly cultural programme with a difference.

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28 July 2015 No Comments

Mario Farrugia has probably done more than anyone else to safeguard British heritage in Malta. In an island with such a rich bequest left by the Order of Saint John’s 268

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06 July 2015 No Comments

At the young age of 27, Cospicua –born Esmeralda Galea Camilleri is quite possibly the finest harpist in Malta and could probably afford to take some time off to sit on her laurels; but knowing the girl she probably

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05 June 2015 No Comments

Tucked away in the sleepy and nondescript outskirts of Victoria is the studio of John Paul Azzopardi. At 36 Azzopardi has carved a niche for himself on the local art scene and is one of the youngest artists to

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20 April 2015 No Comments

Debbie Caruana Dingli (born 1962) is one of Malta’s foremost portrait artists. The Caruana Dingli name is closely associated with art in Malta. Her great uncle Edward (1875-1950) was the most fashionable portrait artist of his day while her

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02 March 2015 3 Comments

Anthony Burgess, the English author remembered for such books as Clockwork Orange and Earthly Powers lived briefly in Malta between 1968 and 1970. Burgess and his second wife Liana had left England primarily for tax purposes in 1968 and

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02 March 2015 1 Comment

Andrew Diacono has established himself as one of Malta’s best known and most sought after sculptors. I meet Andrew in his cluttered studio and true to his reserved nature he is reluctant to be photographed – a request I

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