Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The Future of Maltese Folksong

For the vast majority of us, Maltese folk-singing (Għana) is at best a closed book, a genre which we cannot understand. At worst it is a monotonous wail practiced in backward villages in the past, and  soon to disappear. In … Continue reading

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More than a travelogue

From time to time we come across accounts of personal experiences which involve considerable stamina, courage and perseverance. Such is Beyond the Ghibli, a memoir published by Vicki Crowley. Briefly, this is an account of a girl born in Malta … Continue reading

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As Others See Us: What visitors to Malta over the ages had to say about Malta

Malta and Gozo were mentioned by early Greek writers and poets during the Greek and Phoenicians expansion into the western Mediterranean. Around 300 BC, Callimachus identified the island of ‘Gaudos’ with the island of Calypso. The first Latin reference to … Continue reading

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Science: believers and sceptics

It may be said that the world is divided into science believers and science sceptics who sometimes come to blows on topics that vary from global warming to vaccinating a newborn child. Controversial issues are not only plentiful but, with … Continue reading

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A prophetic message

It is not often that we get dire messages directed to the whole world relating to impending disasters but that is exactly what the latest encyclical from this unconventional Pope, Laudato Sì, actually is. The gist of the message, contained … Continue reading

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A man for all reasons

Roger Ellul Micallef: Zammit of Malta. Allied Publications, 2013. 902 pp. While there is no shortage of biographies of politicians and prelates in Malta, the same cannot be said about biographies of scientists who have made a real impact on … Continue reading

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