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Bronzes of Valletta Part 1: Monument to a wartime leader

Very interesting post.
looking forward to future instalments of ‘Bronzes of Valletta’.

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Bronzes of Valletta Part 1: Monument to a wartime leader

There is a relatively inconspicuous corner in Valletta’s Upper Barrakka Gardens which houses a simple but artistic monument.  The monument consists of a plain white marble column on which stands a beautifully rendered bust of Sir Winston Churchill, wartime Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World War.

Churchill had a long relationship with Malta, the island he was to describe as “the unsinkable aircraft carrier” for its unwavering defence against the Axis onslaught during the siege of 1941-43.  In fact he visited the island on no less than six separate occasions over a forty year period which covered both World Wars.  His first visit was in 1907 as a junior minister in the British government and his last two visits took place when the Second World War was still ongoing in 1943 and 1945 respectively.  In his…

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Lawful Hunters indeed

Maltese Hunter in Argentina “showing off” his catch.

Maltese hunters arrested in Argentina

The Spring Hunting Referendum is done and dusted and we all know how close the result was, yet unfortunately it went the hunter’s way.

This post is not going to analyse that result nor is it a comment on the referendum itself. However it is a comment on the reaction of the Hunting lobby itself after the result was known.

They all claimed that justice has won, that it was the correct and fair result… because – listen up here – because the hunters are not a criminal lot, they are not law breakers and they DO care for the environment.


So now we here that some three Maltese Hunters were arrested in Argentina when it was found that they had a number of birds stuffed into their luggage on their way out of the country. These birds being of one or more protected species. The report also quotes that the hunters formed part of a larger group which, it seems, got away undetected. So it is uncertain how many protected birds were actually killed during this hunt.

Lawful, environmentally aware hunters indeed!

But… they claimed, during the build up to the referendum, that this was their right, their bread and butter, what provided their family food to put on their plate – woe is them if they were to lose this necessity of theirs.

Basically they claimed that their choice of hobby was their right – regardless of the consequences and barbarity of it all.

So, if these woe begotten poor hunters relied on hunting for sustenance tell me please – How on earth do they afford to organise a trip all the way to Argentina, pay for the guides to lead them and for all the accommodation and transport costs such an expedition would entail?

And really… how many birds are there in that image above? Do they just eat bird flesh?

What a load of hogwash!

Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

Money talking here and it will be those who have it that would enjoy a continuation of internet experience as we know it now should these laws be adopted.
Is this possible? What next if not a throttling of free speech as seen in some dictatorial countries?

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“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

Net Neutrality under…

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Are we going to abandon the Ukraine?

“According to AFP, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he and US Secretary of State John Kerry both agreed that Ukraine should uphold a deal signed two weeks ago between ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and members of the opposition. He was reportedly speaking in a televised briefing after talks with Mr Kerry in Paris earlier.”
Report taken from BBC’s live feed on the Ukraine crisis.

Once Yanukovych fled the country, effectively abandoning ship did he not then also abandon his post? Then how can that treaty still stand?

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Your body is for you and your boyfriend. It isn’t for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with | worldobserveronline

Well said Sinead!
And good for you for not shying away from the language that gets the clear message across.

Ghandi xi Nghid

Sinead O’Connor: ‘You have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you.’ Photograph: Neil Gavin

Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares … So this is what I need to say … And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.

I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing…

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Welcome to the City of ‘Monti’

Headlines on today’s Times of Malta:

Sunday Monti hawkers want a better home too
Traders expect equal treatment as the daily market sellers

Oh hell, ain’t that wonderful. So, after having given the entrance of our capital city, and the public space which was created for the public underneath the new Parliament Buildings – a masterpiece by Renzo Piano, now we are going to have the Sunday Market installed bang infront of our Capital City again.

Our dear government, who is there to supposedly protect the future of our lives, country, history, culture, prosperity and all that. Protect us as a whole, as one country, one nation, one population – and such was their election pledge, wasn’t it? Isn’t that what they said with their ‘Malta Taghna Lkoll’?.
Not that we needed any genius brains to work out that it was simply just that – a slogan. No meaning, no depth to it except that it looked like a cool and hip slogan that would attract the fools.

So, these guys decided, made a pact would be more apt, behind our backs and without any public consultation, while they were still in the opposition (read that as ‘vote-buying’), with the Monti Hawkers and promised to move them back to the entrance of Valletta – our gem of a city.

The obvious had to happen didn’t it.. Now the Sunday Hawkers want a piece of the cake also.

After all the hard work done by the previous administration to clean up and improve the image of our Capital city, at the same time re-igniting the almost defunct social life of the city, it is being thrown to the dogs again.

Anyone arriving in Valletta will, instead of being able to appreciate the majestic buildings and glorious history of one of the most beautiful walled cities ever built, have to fend off numerous hawkers hell-bent on selling their wares.

Scare the people off again chaps… well done!

And to add insult to injury:
Come on… give us someone who has the credentials for this job and actually cares and understands what V18 stands for.