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The Prince And The Pauper

It seems that many in Malta and around the world are awaiting with bated breath the arrival of a new British royal this month. Kensington Palace officials did not reveal Kate’s exact due date, but it has been reported to be 23rd April. This info is all over the news… But I don’t care about the royal baby much! The fact that this particular baby will be born doesn’t excite me at all. Is there anything  wrong with me? I can’t help but wonder about the estimated 371,520 babies that will be born around the world on the same day that, the third royal baby will come to be. While  some of those common children will also be born into a world of relative privilege and safety—though not the royal levels of privilege, by any means—many more of them will not. Many of the babies born on the 23rd April will inherit a world that is dangerous and even deadly. Of the non-royal 371,520 babies that will be born on the 23rd April, it is estimated that 24,000 will probably not live to see their fifth birthd…

No Fate and No Destiny

Last night, I was sipping some drinks with a couple of friends at Castille Square. We were using the outdoor tables and chairs of The Beer Cave. I was having Amaretto. I love Amaretto. One of my two friends was having Black Label, and the other one was having Gin & Tonic. It was around 2 a.m. when the Gin & Tonic girl said something about fate and destiny to which I immediately replied that I don’t believe in such things. That single comment sparked a very long and exhausting debate.

One of the greatest and everlasting debates of humanity has been about the role of destiny in the lives of human beings. There was a time when it was almost an accepted fact of life, that each and every event was governed by destiny. Astrology was considered a science. Then with the advent of modern times, the importance of the role of destiny as a concept started losing weight. Today, belief in destiny is considered a superstition by the majority of people. And rightly so, since there seems to be …

Free the Female Nipple

Why are women’s nipples, specifically, so taboo? Why are people so shocked by women’s nipples? Why do they have so much power?

Men have them. Women have them. We all demand equality and want to be treated equally, yet women are still vilified for 'indecent exposure' for showing something that both parties naturally have. Why only women? As if the public is simply too delicate to handle seeing female nipples. When did a nipple become offensive? Where do you draw the line at 'indecent'?


What is it about women’s nipples that can stir so much interest in today’s society? They are, after all, a normal part of all women regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.
I’m trying my best to understand why society looks upon women’s nipples as offensive. I understand the whole religious morality issue – even though, as an Atheist, I don’t agree with it. Women were taught since early childhood that displaying their nipples openly is offensive, slutty, and completely against societal mo…

Top 7 Strange Sculptures in Europe

Among the many traditional monuments and statues we can find around Europe, there are those whose sculptors appear to have departed completely from tradition. I picked out a few of the most interesting, surprising and strange ones I could find. 1. Monument to a woman’s handbag - Cuneo, Italy
A women's handbag is a very important wardrobe item. Psychologists say that by the handbag you can determine the nature and hobbies of a woman. 
The most famous monument to a women's handbag is in Cuneo, Italy.
2. Monument to the Unknown Bureaucrat - Reykjavik, Iceland
Several countries have monuments to the Unknown Soldier, but perhaps only Iceland has a sculpture honoring the job of the bureaucrat. 
This 1994 sculpture by Magnús Tómasson depicts a man in a suit holding a briefcase, with his head and shoulders subsumed in a slab of unsculpted stone.
3. Untitled 1986 (The Headington Shark) - Oxford, England
Untitled 1986 is a rooftop sculpture located at 2, New High Street, Headington, Oxford, En…

Being Busy is a Disease

I’ll admit it. When someone asks me how I’m doing, the first word that usually comes out of my mouth is – Busy. Usually preceded by a big, overly dramatic sigh.And I’m definitely not alone.If you live in Malta in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It has become the automatic response to when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy.” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the usual response is a kind of congratulation: “That’s a good problem to have.” or “Better than the opposite.
Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working, or doing something to promote their work. I recently wrote a friend to ask if he wanted to do something this week, and he answered that he didn’t have a lot of time, but if something was going on to let him know and maybe he could get rid of work for a few hours.
This made me think about how we glorify being bus…

The Importance of Reading Fiction

If you know someone who questions the importance of reading fiction, just show them this article. Nothing else needs to be said. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to passionately explain that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. For the sake of clarity, I am biased, because I’m an author, often an author of fiction. I mainly write for adolescents and teenagers. My first two novels titled ‘The Wave’ and 'Far From Home' were published by Faraxa Publishing. I have a dream, that one day… I will be earning my living through my words, mostly by making things up and writing them down. It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction.  So I’m biased as a writer, but I am much, much more biased as a reader. Fiction has two uses. Firstly, it’s a gateway to reading. The drive to know what happens next. To want to turn the page. The need to keep going, because someone is in trouble, and…