category: Gazette

A Slice of Maltese Life

7:32 PM, Wednesday 17th February 2016 POSTED BY

A piano sits abandoned on a bright Maltese day. Suddenly, a pigeon plummets onto its keys, landing with a tuneless thud. Thus begins Malta’s very own Do Re Me Fa, written and directed by Chris Zarb. The film comprises of four parallel, but partially interwoven, plot threads, all set within the confines of our very own island.


How to Drown Mediocrity (When We Ourselves are Drowning In It)

4:01 PM, Monday 6th July 2015 POSTED BY

Over the past couple of years I have read and re-read Walter Benjamin’s iconic essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – originally out of duty and consequently out of enthusiasm. The essay, written on the cusp of the Second World War, endeavours to understand the relationship between human visual experience and mechanised …


The Creators Project

1:11 PM, Tuesday 19th May 2015 POSTED BY

“Moving on to the new, Halycon have released a demo of a song called To the End. If you like your music rough then you’ll like this band. They’re simply a bunch of post-pubescent punks and there’s no harm in that. This is a band I’m keeping an eye on, however, because there’s something about them that …


The (Probable) Birth of Maltese Cinema

11:52 AM, Thursday 7th May 2015 POSTED BY

The cinema industry in Malta is presently undergoing notable positive changes, continuing to entice Hollywood directors and producers to create their films locally. Only recently was the news announced that Michael Bay’s drama on the killing of the American ambassador in Libya would be filmed locally. From an economic perspective, having such films shot in Malta is …


“This is a song about child exploitation.”

10:59 PM, Tuesday 17th February 2015 POSTED BY

I turned the corner and found a closed gate. Swearing and sweating like only the Maltese in summer can, I took off my top and trekked back up out of the quarry, where the questionably-positioned sign that first sent me down there was. After walking further on, past a gargantuan unleashed dog outside someone’s fuck-me-I’m-rich mansion that …


The City of Nostalgia

1:40 AM, Tuesday 3rd February 2015 POSTED BY

Walking into Valletta, one is borne upon the current of bustling suits, briefcases, shopping bags and cameras. The scenery: a river of faces avoiding glimpses of acquaintances keeping with the steady beat of rubber soles slapping the ground and the occasional clank of metal being assembled in the shape of modernity. Yet take a left turn around …


The Man Preserving Our Musical History

10:01 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

When No Bling Show released their single Marija s-Sabiħa last year, I couldn’t help but be spirited away by the għana sample that introduces the track (it comes in at about 2:27 in the above video). Even though the NBS track itself is beautiful, there was something haunting and otherworldly about the old sampled Maltese voice singing …


The Catalyst

9:50 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

‘Our goal was to state clearly, through a symbolic, emblematic act, that culture in Europe needs to be one of the strengths in the construction of Europe.’ – Jack Lang, Former French Minister of Culture, Creator of the European Capital of Culture


Making Do

4:26 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

World War Z. Conan the Barbarian. Game of Thrones. The Devil’s Double. Agora. The Da Vinci Code. Munich. Alexander. Troy. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Count of Monte Cristo. Gladiator.


Hipster Than Thou

4:16 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

PATRON looks around the assorted knitted scarves, vintage hats and out-there coats on show outside Owls & Antlers, hoping to catch a glimpse of Yumi, the artist girl who always behaves like a cat. Not simply to peer of course. We brought our pocket chihuahua with us dressed in a très chic checkered flannel waistcoat, hoping to …


Impetus Moment

3:59 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

A quick shift. Then a sublime drop. A timbre frequency rapidly elevates – then descends deeper than it had before. Visions of floating islands and pristine panoramas mixed with shade and unknowingness. 


The Lords Of The Flies

3:03 PM, Wednesday 15th October 2014 POSTED BY

My first real experience of politics at the university level came at the annual general meeting of students in my first year. It was a meeting beset by problems, with an incompetent chair, a stream of students entering and exiting the hall without registration, a large crowd of Pulse supporters from Junior College whose presence would have …


A School to Enrol In

2:31 PM, Wednesday 8th October 2014 POSTED BY

About a year back, I started receiving packages from places unrelated to me in any way – I got a package from Taiwan containing some earrings, I got a package from Wales containing a blazer and a dress (Monsoon brand), and other such assorted international goods. While I was sure, at first, that these packages were nothing …


Code Breaking

1:08 PM, Friday 3rd October 2014 POSTED BY

Since its first print run back in ‘82, the Codex Serafinianus has galvanised readers around the globe. In its fourth edition, with the tome growing larger each time as new chapters are added, the mystery of the Codex is as intriguing as ever. The book is written in a fantastical made-up alphabet and illustrated with hand-drawn pictures …


Viva Malta u l-Maltin: Chapter II

5:10 PM, Friday 26th September 2014 POSTED BY

‘Oi Ton!’ thundered a voice three meters away from its intended recipient. You could see the hair on the back of Tony’s neck remain as motionless as the hulk it grows on. Xejn.