vendredi, septembre 30, 2005
"As the plane distanced itself from Malta, one of the Moroccans, who were all handcuffed, started causing trouble to the security officers and at one point assaulted one of them, injuring him in his face after being hit by the handcuff."
1. The phrase "to distance oneself" does not fit. It is normally used "to declare onself unconnected or unsympathetic to something." Like I would distance myself from both political parties.
2. "Who were all handcuffed" would be better phrased as "all of whom were handcuffed"or even more simply "one of the handcuffed Moroccans.
3. "causing trouble to the police officers". Ermmmm.
4. "at one point assulted one of them injuring him in his face after being hit by the handcuff". So a Moroccan assaulted him and a Moroccan injured him (presumably an officer) in the face. The sentence continues and the subject (the by now notorious Moroccan) has not changed so we must presume it was this Moroccan who was hit by the handcuff. A nasty handcuff indeed.
Self-defence? If I were di-ve I would plead ignorance of the grammar.
...The Waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
I was misinformed.
He concludes by saying: "Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed."
"OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"
His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the President sits, head in hands.
Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"
jeudi, septembre 29, 2005
Non Sequitur, latin for "it does not follow". A Non Sequitur is a statement that normally jars with the flow of thought in a particular discussion. It can also be present in a monologue or presentation when a particular part of the argument again does not fit in the general theme. In Maltese a Non Sequitur is normally followed by "X'ghandu x'jaqsam?" which can be closely translated as "What does this have to do with what we have just been saying?". Non Sequitur is also a brilliant comic strip by Wiley Miller which features the hero Obviousman.
The Opportuniste Non Sequitur
Eyes, Ears, Mouth are sealed.
24. 29th September 2005
The Spam Non Sequitur
It's the Spam that fills our lives. The background noise, the chaos we escape from.
23. 11th September 2005
The Valletta Non Sequitur
Sporting factoids, the thrills of weekend afternoons.
22. 7th September 2005
The Microsoft Purchase Non Sequitur
VOIP. Microsoft buying our future.
21. 5th September 2005
The Faulty Sources Scoop Non Sequitur
Attard Previ on TV? Tell me something I don't know.
20. 30th August 2005
The Lux Can Do It Non Sequitur
Anonymous tennis from Luxembourg.
19. 29th August 2005
The Guernica Non Sequitur
Advertising the plight of the human race. Save us from ourselves.
18. 27th August 2005
The Malta Hanina Non Sequitur
17. 12th August 2005
The Derby Draw Non Sequitur
See you next round.
16. 8th August 2005
The Passport Non Sequitur
In a world full of risks your passport is just a stamp and photo album.
15. 3rd August 2005
The State of the Blogosphere Non Sequitur
The other big bang.
14. 2nd August 2005
The Death of the G-String Non-Sequitur
On a not so fashionable note?
13. 28th July 2005
The Parking Non Sequitur
12. 25th July 2005
The Google Matthew Vella Non Sequitur
That joke will always be funny.
11. 24th July 2005
The Malta Censor Non Sequitur
Bathing costumes on the Maltese silver screen.
10. 17th July 2005
The In Paceville Non Sequitur
What is there in Paceville?
9. 11th July 2005
The Elitism Non Sequitur
Lupus in Fabula.
8. 11th July 2005
The Panama Hat Non Sequitur
Ah! Bocca's is white not shitty brown.
7. 9th July 2005
The Xifer Non Sequitur
It's Mark, Jim, but not as we know him.
6. 8th July 2005
The No Roms in Malta Non Sequitur
Minorities conspicuous in their absence.
5. 4th July 2005
The 4th of July Non Sequitur
Oh Say can you see�
4. 1st july 2005
The Arabidopsis Thaliana Non Sequitur
The Human Genome Project� you are not an insect.
3. 29th June 2005
The Luxembourg Weather Non Sequitur
Weather non sequitur� get it?
2. 28th June 2005
The Polish Plumber Non Sequitur
� and Sicilian carpenters.
1. 26th June 2005
The Real Estate Non Sequitur
Je suis pour le communisme
Gatt taught me one important lesson. You cannot change the Nationalist Party from within. His ideas which are more than reasonable are all too often drowned by the crowd of nazzjonalisti who he has chosen to be part of. There lies his greatest weakness. Another thought that frequently occurs to me is that the best partner for Gatt would have been Sant. On any other day in any other country a Gatt-Sant partnership would work wonders for Malta's economy. All we would have to do is to work out how to make people like us!
I thought this would be a good provocative point to reflect upon. Forget about the Fantasy Politics, it is all just wild ruminations on a cloudy day, but do look at the content of the article to see what I mean. Hardliners. Reformers. That is definitely a point for our plans ahead.
mercredi, septembre 28, 2005
I think it was very evident that the distinction between Old and New Politics in my earlier post was meant to draw a line between the faulted politics that is leading to a democratic deficit (as wolverine puts it) and real politics as it should be. It is New as opposed to the Old way of doing things. Of itself, the New Politics is not New as in novel. What most of us intend (and what Vlad in fact concludes) is that we need real politics the way it is meant to be. Yes. Politics full stop. This is why I do not see Vlad�s comment adding anything to the argument. It is just a preference on phrasing the issue that ignores the need to distinguish between politics past and politics to be.
And the Kinnie Generation. This is where I really felt the �you have to say something� really showed. No, it is not a curiously vague and inaccurate term.No we are not the generation of the Mars bar. We are the generation of closed schools when Mars bars were just a dream, we are the generation of one TV when Mars adverts were unheard of, we are the generation whose childhood was spent in the age of no choice. We are the generation for whom Kinnie, the only good Maltese product, represented a dazzling star in a cloud-covered night of national monopolies. The Mars generation comes later, it comes armed with cable tv, loss of multi-lingual capability and the spoiled brats that are the product of indiscriminate choice and suddenly enroll in ANR. We are not the Mars generation... they are alien to us (forgive the pun).
We are the ones who can see the need of the break in mentality (who says paradigm shift nowadays?... Joe Pirotta in International Relations maybe... but not the man in the street!). We see it because we know what it means to harbour a dream of a better Malta... as we did throughout our childhood.
As for paragraphs 5, 6 and 7 in Vlad�s comment.... to me it is one great non sequitur after the other. As the great philosopher once said: �What is your problem? What is your point?�
The liberal elite (and others like me) have got to the point of analysing the roots of the need for change. We will shortly move on to analysing the kind of change we need. Kinnie or Mars... whatever your generation, you are still welcome to join. What we need is not pedants... but persons ready to discuss. Full Stop.
This man is being quoted in his capacity as Shadow Minister for Home Affairs as having said that Labour will join the common front combating the problem of illegal immigrants but "only if it is kept on board".
The initiative is commendable, and the complaint of not being kept in the know as to the grand projects of the Nationalist government is understandable. What is curious is the choice of phrase by the Honourable Shadow in order to explain his party's extraneousness from the issue.
In fact Honourable Gavin was so eager to describe that his party is not being kept privy to the goings-on with regard to the plight of the boat people that he insisted that the MLP should be kept "on board" from now on. On board what Gavin? The boat? Freudian games here, but funny ones to boot.
Am i the only one to get this sinking feeling?
mardi, septembre 27, 2005
From the editorial of the last edition of MaltaToday:
"It is the likes of Alfred Sant that will keep the Labour party in opposition for another five years".
Oh yeah, and why not a quick Churchill quote:
"The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average (Maltese) voter."
lundi, septembre 26, 2005
Arcibald's original statement was to the effect that Gonzi's government would lose an election even if it contested it alone but as long as Sant and MLP are there it is not so sure. The import is that the PN do not win elections but it is Sant that loses them. I added in the comments that this is the typical comment of a Nationalist who says that he would vote Labour were it not for Sant.
Mark took exception to this statement and blogged that such Nationalists who make this statement are either (a) naive or (b) gullible voters who believe the mantras by PN about Sant's fallibility. (He also added the usual alternative argument mentioning Varist Bartolo and Anglu Farrugia as credible alternatives which would still push off PN voters!).
Now, to begin with I feel that the lack of respect for the hesitant voter is another aspect of old style politics. The label of "irresponsible voter" was slapped on to me the times I voted for AD. Most of the flak on my wasted vote came from the PN camp. I was not admitting hesitation there... I was clearly stating that I voted for another party. Now in our island, even hesitating about voting is a no-go area. Old style politics requires allegiance. Old style politics requires that at most you can consider reshuffling your party (good luck) but never switching to another party.
And it is in this age of old style politics that we begin to see the hesitant people. We had the labourites switching to vote for Europe in a referendum, we had the discontent nationalists voting AD for Europe. True no such switch has happened during election days and this is no thanks to Eddie's dire warnings or Freddie's incompetence. I resent however the attack on naivete. Even if I was not the one being referred to (especially since I know that I WOULD vote for a better choice) I still find the attack of naivete insulting.
To begin with, they are hesitant. They are the seeds of doubt that are sown in the cracks of the system. Not many can change. Not many will make the big step. Yes maybe the big propaganda machine of MLPN will turn them back on the eve of the election (as has been done before). There minor doubt must not be laughed at but cultivated and encouraged. They must be allowed to think freely. They cannot be labeled traitors before they even start to walk!
A bigger concern of mine is that this ludicrous allegation against these hesitant voters normally comes from the Labour camp. It could be a psychological reaction tantamount to the reaction to the kid who switches to the winning side on the last minute. It is almost a "We do not want you aboard. We have suffered the ignominy (only in Malta is Opposition a shameful position and not something from which constructive elements can be had) of opposition and we do not want you with us now that the moment of "victory" is almost here. We want to be able to point at you and laugh from the heights of Castille in the same way as we will point at all those nasty nasty nationalists who have terrorised us labourites and Dr. Saint for so long". This is a hunch of mine. it is a hunch that the labourite in opposition wants to gain power for revenge (unlike the nationalist who wants to gain power for economic and social gain) and he has no place for last-minute turncoats.
samedi, septembre 24, 2005
Illum fuq il-programm ghandna mistieden barrani... Daniel Xuereb. Tghiduli forsi illi huwa xi Malti. Pero le. Dawk illi jiftakru t-tazza tad-Dinja tal-1986 li nzammet gewwa l-Messiku forsi jiftakru ukoll il bleus ta� Platini illi kienu reduci minn rebha fit-tazza Ewropea u kienu mistennija jirrepetu rwiehhom god-dinja l-gdida. Fost dan l�Equipe kien hemm ukoll il-mistieden taghna Daniel illi kien frott ta� hafna kurzita meta deher fuq l-iskrin tat-TV b�dak l-isem Malti tieghu. Takkumpanja lil Xuereb gewwa l-istudjo ghandna lill Eileen Montesin, ikona ohra taz-zmien tax-Xandir lejberista maghrufa ukoll bhala il-kamaleonte minhabba il-kapacita impekkabbli taghha li tibdel kulur ghal kull bzonn.
Waqt id-dolcefarniente tal-llum ftakart fiz-zmien tal-primarja meta waqt il-break l-oghla awtorita� dwar ir-regoli tal-ballun u l-ghazla tat-timijiet ma kenux oggettivi. Le, dawn kienu il-gurisdizzjoni ta� min kellu l-ballun. Il-provveditur tal-balla gild kien jiddeciedi min seta jilghab u meta kien hemm penalty. Ghalhekk niftakar b�mod wisq car lil Adrian Caruana Anastasi liebes it-top isfar tar-Red Devil fil-court tal-basketball tal-Kullegg Stella Maris jaghmel l-ghazla kuljum u jigbor il-ballun u jserrep �l hemm meta taqbizlu jew meta it-tim tieghu ikun qed jitlef bi score kbir wisq. Zmien iehor. Xhin niftakar f�dawn il-breaks hsiebi dejjem imur ghal Cain Pavia, habib tieghi ta� dak iz-zmien illi halliena kmieni wisq kawza ta� vizzji oxxeni li qatt ma kellhom jinbdew.
Kien ukoll bejn DVD u iehor illum illi tajt daqqa t�ghajn lis-CNN dwar dak li qed jigri fit-Texas u dak li gara fil-Louisiana. L-gharghar huma forza inkredibbli pero nahseb tahfruli jekk nghid li ma tantx staghgibt. Niftkar darba wara Parent�s Day San Alwigi konn sejrin l-ura d-dar u inqbadna f�maltempata tal-beati pawli. Kif qrobna it-tunnels ta� Regional Road ta�qabel Swieqi indunajna li t-tela� kienet mizghuda karozzi wieqfa u li l-ilma niezel minnha kinn qed jaghmel impressjoni tajba tan-Niagra Falls. Kien ghalhekk li missieri immanuvra il-karozza lejn il-Wied u lejn il-Knisja ta� San Giljan fejn kellna nabbandunaw il-vettura u nimxu t-telgha minn Spinola sa� Paceville. Ma ketnix xena, kienet oxxena. id-diskoteka abuziva Tigullio kienet faret u splodiet u l-istatwa ta� San Giljan kienet imdawra karozzi jizfnu fuq wicc ghadira ilma. Domna xi tlett kwarti biex imxejna mixja li s-soltu iddum hames minuti. Niftakarna innixxfu l-kalzetti u saqajna quddiem heater tal-pitrolju bil-borma bl-ilma bil-lumi fuqu. Evviva l-progress.
Ninterrompu il-programm biex inhabbru lill-qarrejja illi l-ajruplan Eyptair gie assedjat minn truppi elit u inhelsu xi passiggieri. Se jkolli inhallikom ghar-rokna tas-souvenirs ghax kif forsi indunajtu il-hedla tal-gurnata ma tantx ispirat. Ghal darb�ohra.
Personalita tal-Gimgha: Daniel Xuereb jew Ksereb kif jghiduha huma. Laghab fit-tim olimpiku franciz gewwa dawk l-Olimpijadi tar-reklami f�Los Angeles. Intaghzel ghall-Les Bleus illi kienu kawza ta� hafna biki tieghi f�dak il-lejl fl-1986 meta permezz ta� penalty shoot out qalghu lill-Brazil ta� Socrates u Falcao izda ukoll ta� Jozimar u Bismarck.Dik il-loghba rajtha fil-Calypso Hotel go Marsalforn u niftakarni nohrog l-ahhar minn sala mizghuda nies biex nipprova nahbi d-dizappunt.
Programm tal-Gimgha: Fantastico It-tivu mill-istivale kien lahaq status ta� mit ga mill-bidu. Il-programm varieta� tal-Hadd filghaxija kien hag�ohra. Mis-sorelle Kesler sa Luis Moreno il-ventrilokwist, sal-Baudo l-ubikwituz, sa� Ciccio u Franco... kollha ghenuna insiru iktar konversant fil-banalita� mondana u ippreparawna ghac-cucati ta� dan iz-zmenijiet.
Prodott tal-Gimgha: Calciatori Panini: U liema tifel tat-tmeninijiet m�ghandux kollezzjoni wahda? Ghandi, ghandi, ghandi, m�ghandix. Kemm ittini ghal-Maradona? Imnalla ma kontx naf nitkellem hazin meta kont zghir ghax malajr kont nghidlu x�intih. Mhux sticker bhall-ohrajn jew? Jew jiswa iktar ghax jibla� d-droga...
Muzika tal-Gimgha: Shuddupayaface: Tiftakruha? Whats a matter you? Whadda ya think you say? Troppo ottanta.
Accessorji tal-Gimgha: Lampi tal-petrol, xema�, u lilo fil-karozza. Ghax id-dawl imur kull tant, u meta taghmel ix-xita� dejjem kun ippreparat.
Tim tal-Gimgha: Hsibtuni ha nghid Franza ta� Platini? Ma tarax. Ha nkun sadistiku u nfakkarkhom fl-Amburgu tat-�83. Dawk illi b�cikka kienu rebhu lill-beneamata sinjora fil-final tac-Champions. Qabel ma xi hadd jibda jidhaq infakkar li dan kien ftit qabel ma Liverpool rebhu c-Champions gewwa l-Olimpico u u kien iz-zmien meta l-Milan kienu jithabtu fis-serje B bil-goals ta� Joe Jordan jew Luther Blisset.
Hallejtkom ha mmur nara il-beneamata. Adi.
vendredi, septembre 23, 2005
jeudi, septembre 22, 2005
mercredi, septembre 21, 2005
I added the link to www.beppegrillo.it quite some time ago and have long been tempted to set up the proper meetup group as I am sure there are many Italian comedy enthusiasts in the vicinity. It is also an opportunity for some positive action politics to put our money where our mouth is. So in a way it is a double benefit. I do hope that as much of you will join. I could also suggest a setting up of Werzieq II in Brussels... a twin site which could also be joined by Luxembourgers (wink to David, Gybexi, Pierre et al).
Well here is the link to the MeetUp for anyone who would like to join.
Werzieq - Grillo Club dei Maltesi nel BeNeLux
But Ryanair estimates it would cost it �25 per passenger to operate to Malta - a figure made up of airport and handling charges, plus government-related security costs. MIA's discounted offer of �19 to all airlines to certain destinations was still not attractive for Ryanair, Mr Cawley said, given that most other airports it was operating to were charging just �7.50.
MIA once again came under attack, with Mr Cawley saying that a private monopoly did not have the social interests of the people at heart. He urged the airport to slash its rates to all airlines, provided they guaranteed big numbers in return."
mardi, septembre 20, 2005
I also relish the idea of a contest and the thrill of competition - anything from Eurovision to the World Final of Curling can become interesting if the competitive, almost cut-troath, element can in anyway be perceived. So, back to Miss Italia. There I was, lucky enough to have avoided all stages but two of the competition. The final five. Having scrutinised them as carefully and as subjectively as television pictures would permit I quickly narrowed down my selection to the obvious winner.... number 60. She was a Penelope Cruz lookalike from Sicily called Anna Munafo. Surely she would win hands down.
One agonising hour later, which had been spent with absurd fillers which could only have caused the most acute of ulcers in the stomach of the competitors, the choice had narrowed down to two. Penelope from Sicily was one of them, the other was a Miss Normality called Edelfa. She reminded me of the eighties girls we are used to on programmes like Drive In! or presenting one of the early Mediaset programmes like Bim Bum Bam. She was Piemontese, a northern girl with lovely eyes but lacking all the charm the South has to offer. There we go I said... Penelope should be handed the crown and enough with all this charade.
Instead... ten minutes later Bruce "Die Hard" Willis was placing the crown on Edelfa Masciotta's head much to my consternation. I was flabbergasted. The main reason was that televoting had a big part in this event and I would have thought that the Latinos have much the same tastes as me. Another case of the polls gone wrong?
The conspiracy theorist in me (the little Labourite midget I keep hidden for these occasions) immediatey plotted a racist slant to the event. The constant repetition of the phrase "Un altra Piemontese ha vinto" could only mean that this was a sublime message of Italy's powerful "C'e l'ho duro" north to its southern counterparts. But the anger of the moment subsided and was quickly and easily controlled. It was after all only a game, and like outlooks to life it tends to be very subjective at the end of the day.
The beholder indeed. Maybe eighties girls are back in fashion and the latina is being elbowed out of the scene. I wonder if we could speak of a majority when it comes to taste rather than opinion. Edelfa is queen while Anna lines up the lines of has beens. Till another year that is... when the absurd rules of a beauty contest are once again put into play for another trend to be set.
Meanwhile, as far as beauy goes how's this for a good description of beauty: Speaking of the iconic ST Dupont lighters, Raymond Chandler once said that they "could make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window." It may be his opinion but I sure love the way he described it.
The Dupont Lighter... an Adult's Zippo
lundi, septembre 19, 2005
When Chirac faced the referendum for the approval of the constitution of Europe he was quite sure that it would be a clear Oui by the French population. Until voting day was just round the corner, the positive result in the referendum was the smallest of Monsieur Chirac soucis. The French would show Europe the way.
But they didn't.
When Mr. Bush was up for his second scrutiny and a confirmation of a second term at the White House many pundits expected a resounding return of the Democrats. Again, until voting day was just round the corner, the shooing of Dubya from the White House was meant to be as easy as cooking a French Fry. The Americans would go out there and kick the warmonger out of office. But they didn't
Yesterday, the corridors of power in Berlin were meant to get a great big shake up. Angie Merkel was meant to become the first female Chancellor of the Bundesrepublik. Opinion polls, those makers or breakers of governments of the nineties, had given her a twenty point lead over Shrouded Schroeder. The Germans were meant to kick the social-democrats into kingdom come and reinstate the Christian-Democrat crowd in the steering position. But they didn't.
Three colossal electoral machines. Three wrong calls. Time for a strike out? Are we, as Schroeder put it last night, rejecting the manipulative media? Had the media which had been presenting us with a supposed victor throughout the late seventies, the eighties and the nineties finally been spurned by the voter? Gerhard seems to believe that he had never lost this election. That he had not Houdinied himself out of a disaster. He believes that the media had begun to ring his death bell long before he had even caught a cold.
Not too far a call. Noughties man can no longer identify with a political party. To speak of allegiance is definitely pass�. Noughties man is more down to earth and, though not always on the mark, knows exactly what he or she wants. Noughties man has shed the media as the ultimate guiding light for who to vote for. Has he really set aside the curtains of false propaganda? Has noughties man begun to dig the grave of the media that for so long has assumed him to be Na�ve Man ready to be manipulated by the marketing pundits of this world?
I am not sure and we will need to see this in more detail. In the meantime many questions arise:
1) Media and its use. If trust and faith in the media really withers out then all the battles for control (vide Berlusconi in Italy, vide Super 1 and Net in Malta, vide the giant corps in USA) will count for nought. A new, more pragmatic and realistic media must emerge that will survive this current mistrust.
2) The Emergence of New Media. Technological innovations, in particular the World Wide Web will continue their uncontrolled adaptation to this phenomenon. The blog, the interactive newspaper, the wiki and other such tools will adapt to the functional, practical and no-nonsense needs of the Noughties man (in political terms & this does not mean that other uses of the WWW will stop).
3) Political Parties & their Messages. The new political party will have to take note of this change. In a way the manipulation of Noughties man will not seem possible. The easy availability of information does not allow political parties to channel their own one-sided truths down the throat of the gullible voter. Noughties politics implies diversification, adaptability and interactivity. The distance between party and voter must be bridged and fast.
samedi, septembre 17, 2005
Insomma programm divertenti iehor u illum it-tema bdiet bix-xiri u allura inkomplu hemm. Hafna qabel il-Price Club u l-iSmart verzjoni Superstore konna nitpaxxew bil-grocer. Grocer malti of course bis-sinjifikati kollha tieghu. Forsi tiftakru iz-zmien meta, filwaqt li kontu iggrampati mad-dublett tal-mummy tinsistu ghal xi cikkulata, l-istess mummy kienet tispara lista ta' prodotti essenzjali lejn persuna li ma stajniex naraw in-naha l-ohra tal-counter u bil-mod il-mod il-qoffa tax-xiri (li ma kenitx kwistjoni ta' moda jew ta' funky environmentalism izda ta' nuqqas ta plastic bags) kienet tintela. Fil-kaz tieghi din il-persuna kienet Helen tal-Bonello store li kien jinsab Paceville ftit l-isfel mis-Sundown Pub faccata ta' fejn issa hemm Bloomers.
L-ura lejn id-dar konna nispakkjaw il-fliexken tal-halib tal-MMU (fejn jekk konna xortina tajba wiehed minnhom kellu tapp bl-ismontra roza u jkun fih milkshake tal-frawli lest). Probabbli kien ikun hemm hobza tal-malti vera, xi pakket krustini ghal mal Kafe' u pakketti tal-pasta le Rose. L-Anchor butter, il-bovril, il-jelly tal-Foster Clarks u imbaghad il-gabra ta' bottijiet jikkumplementaw l-ikla. Ma rridx naghti x'nifhem li konna ghaddejjin xi zmien fejn konna bil-guh izda l-ghazla kienet dik li kienet. Il-prodotti li sopravvivew il-bagitts tac-cinturin biex niftiehmu.
Iktar tard kbirna ftit u l-mummy kienet tibaghtni ghand il-London Store - xi erba bibien l-boghod mill-Misfits - fejn minhabba xoghol xi gharef fil-gvern non-vjolenti Laburista il-mahbub Mario Briffa - ghalliem eccellenti tal-Ingliz Alla jahfirlu - kien imexxi l-istore u jippuncja l-kont minn wara l-counter filwaqt li jitlob li xi rih benevoli jehlisna minn dan iz-zmien ikrah u jkun jista jerga jiddedika ruhu ghat-taghlim. Pero dejjem kellu tbissima Mario li anki f'dan iz-zmien kien jixbah lil Bettino Craxi. Dejjem xi kelma ta' inkoraggament. M'hemmx ghalfejn tmur Franza biex issib lil Monsieur Ibrahim!
Insomma semmejna prodotti u semmejna persunaggi. U sports? Il-Hamrun habib, il-Hamrun. L-iSpartans li illum jissieltu ma timijiet ohra medjokri bhall-Furjana u l-Belt sabiex ma jaqghux ghall-injominita' tat-tieni divizjoni. Dak iz-zmien kienu huma. L-ahwa Vella and Co li kienu saru qishom il-Juve tal-post.
Se jkolli inhallikom hesrem. Ergajt ghal Franza illejla. Ghandi festin ghan habiba tat-tfajla go Metz. Din ghada kif ghamlet operazzjoni biex tkabbar sidirha (il-habiba mhux it-tfajla). Ghadni qed nhewden ghandix nghidilha prosit jew le. Immagina "Bon Anniversaire... et complements pour tes seins... ils sont formidables!!" Naqa' funny hux... ara jahasra kieku ghadu maghna il-Kraxi zgur kien isibli kif nohrog minnha.
Souvenirs (in black and white bhat-televixin)
Prodott tal-Gimgha: Halib tal-MMU - onestament - kemm il-wiehed intrema' wara gurnata sajfija? Imma xi pjacir tilghab flying saucer bl-ismontra. Kien is-sehta ghal kull tifel li jkolli jimxi hafna bi tlett ifliexken meta imur jixtri. U ghada bla halib... ghax strakjaw... nahseb.
Persunagg tal-Gimgha: Mario Briffa. Ghalliem u Grocer u Filosfu. ghalijja jissimbolizza il-hela ta zmien vjolenti. Ghalxejn nichdu li ma kenux u nghidu li l-marmalja ta Lowell huma aghar. Ghax bhal dak li qallek il-hela ta bniedem bhal dak jaghti il-bqija tal-hobz u bacon tad-Dewfresh mhix vjolenza inimmaginabbli. U jekk jersaq lejn xi skola isir blu di pelle minbarra blu di colore.
Hanut tal-Gimgha: London Store & Bonello Store: It-tnejn go Paceville. Bonello sar hanut tal-Urban Jungle dan l-ahhar. London ghadu speci ta' store izda m'ghandux x'jaqsam mal-ispirtu tat-tmeninijiet. Illum minn dawn il-hwienet Anni Ottanta go pacevilel baqa l-Queens go Ball Street hdejn il-Briganta u l-Ghall-Kafe. Gewwa it-triq li tul it-tmeninijiet kien xieraq tissejjah Little Tripoli.
Team tal-Gimgha: Hamrun Spartans. Ma tantx kont nifhem fil-futbol lokali. Ma kelli xmin jehodni il-ground u missieri kien jehodna biss naraw lit-Tarxien Rainbows ghax Frankie l-Ghawdxi kien jilghab maghhom. Il-ftit li niftakr kien il-Hamrun ikaxkru.
vendredi, septembre 16, 2005
"In the report, which has so far not been published, the company says that its aircraft landing charges are among the least costly in Europe and cheaper than many other airports, used by leading low-cost carriers, in Spain, Amsterdam and Slovenia, for example. The report was drawn up in view of the controversy regarding the relationship between low-cost carriers that may consider Malta a potential destination and MIA. It seems the aim behind the report is for MIA to dispel misconceptions on its competitiveness and any erroneous understanding that it is, in any way, impeding low-cost carriers from including Malta on their list of destinations. ."
Now I do not know about you, but I am eagerly awaiting the publication of the report. I would love to know what exactly is meant by vague phrases such as "among the least costly" and "cheaper than many other airports". Even more , I would like to know how MIA will justify its recent action pinpointing those wonderful destinations of Girona, Barcelona and Geneva as destinations from where we would all like to receive more tourists (we have enough tourists from the North African coast I guess). I already asked the question and will ask it again... Why is MIA taking on MTA's responsibilities? Can it? Should it?
"The report was drawn up in view of the controversy regarding the relationship between low-cost carriers that may consider Malta a potential destination and MIA. It seems the aim behind the report is for MIA to dispel misconceptions on its competitiveness and any erroneous understanding that it is, in any way, impeding low-cost carriers from including Malta on their list of destinations."
... and the best way to dispel misconceptions is to show it to stakeholders and to the Times. I've said this in the August post and will say it again too (yes it is repeat my phrases day).... they do not care about the taxpayer... they care about the stakeholders.
"The problem is that the consumer still confuses issues, such as the origins of other taxes, including the Lm20 government tax on each ticket, the report argues. Furthermore, the adherence to EU regulations now compels the abolishment of any monopoly in favour of healthy competition, meaning, for example, that Air Malta and Servisair Globeground operate alongside each other as ground handlers on a level playing field."
This report argues very much like Beck argued on that hot August Saturdayduring the Great August Blog Snooze. For an answer to this issue of confusion go back to my August post. The point is not the confusion....
The simple, uncomplicated, unhidden issue is this - and I will not couch it in any metaphors or allusions or stats:
AIRPORT CHARGE + GOVERNMENT TAX + MONOPOLIST PRICE =
jeudi, septembre 15, 2005
Anyways� do pop over to http://www.anrmalta.info/ where you will freely get a cocktail of ridiculous propaganda peppered with the most atrocious of errors since the Times editor issued the Nulla Osta for Lorna Vassallo's weekly space. Here are a few indicting samples:
"Alleanza Nazzjonali Repubblikana announces its first public manifestation: A public demonstration against illegal immigration through a press release which you can find ****. "
Who will point out to these valiant crusaders that the above sentence implies that their demonstration will be made by press release? I will. Yes sirs. "a demonstration against illegal immigration through a press release means just that". Of course we all know that these brave white men really meant that they are announcing their first public demonstration by way of a press release � but we cannot keep trying to second guess what the hell they are trying to say can we?
"A.N.R. is not a single issue movement and would in normal circumstances have liked to avoid a subject matter which is bound to raise controversy as its first manifestation. The present situation however is far from normal and unless serious immediate remedial action is not forthcoming illegal immigration is bound to get out of control and overwhelm us. A.N.R. is against illegal action wherever it originates from as it has made abundantly clear on every occasion and expects to see affirmative action taken against economic illegal migrants irrelevant of race or religion."
They are now economic illegal migrants. What exactly is that? How economic do you have to be in order to be unwanted?
"A.N.R shall be releasing more information in a forthcoming press conference. The Police have been informed of its intentions and as is law we will apply for a permit in the stipulated time frame. Furthermore A.N.R. will insist that the police will take immediate action to any individuals who intends to use this manifestation to promote his racist views."
Suddenly the schizophrenic nature of ANR comes out. It speaks of itself as though it were another entity - "have been informed of its intentions". "As is law" is a classic and must be somewhere up there among "utterly badly" and "delineating our boundaries". Besides� what kind of immediate action will be taken "to individuals who intends..:"? A pregnant phrase if any. Pregnant with daggers taking a stab at the English language once and for all. To me it reads like the police will be taking a couple of action movies to some individuals who are one (since they intends). I'm not too sure but reading between the lines it might be a swipe at Norma Lowell. Duh.
"Members of the public who would like to give a helping hand are encouraged to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org "
You are guaranteed to receive an email in perfect gibberish.
"A Difficult Speech : Mr. Ranier Fsadni endulges in flawed historical revisionism to dilute the significance of our 8th Of September National Feast. He accuses the A.N.R of being pompous in its statements and of engaging in "bad myth making"."
Ranier. Did you have to go so far? Stop endulging (it's indulging actually)! Pompous? The ANR? They cannot get their language right how the hell can they be pompous?
"The Lionhearts of Malta : Just a few days after going public, Mrs. Daphne Caruana Galizia has concluded that we at A.N.R. should all go get a life."
When was that then 1992? 1993? I do not really remember when DCG first went public. Oh all right� I know you all get it� you know what they meant� problem is�. Do these gits get it too?
"prior to EU accession I myself had repeatedly, albeit hypothetically, raised such a possibility".
"They are African citizens."
"It was the Opposition Leader's turn now to voice his opinion. Feeling comfortable enough that others are fighting the opposition's battle, the former anti-EU socialist economist declared: "We are here, first and foremost, to defend the interests of our country". At no time has a Labour leader been so confident he will be applauded by supporters of the other party."
"is doing utterly badly financially"
"Definitely nobody is exulted about the ever-increasing influx of immigrants".
"The Maltese government should put the best available brains together [a sort of forget-me-not note] to solve the issue. It is time Malta flourished in its diplomatic relations [Dar Malta II maybe?]. And this is but a necessity. The Maltese contribution to European politics was very often underestimated. We tend to take upon our shoulders European "battles", notwithstanding our size, and solve them to everybody's amazement . It's time to start thinking again. Grand Master La Valette fought the Great Siege for Europe [for the Kings and Queens of Europe who were busy oppressing the lower social classes who inspire MLP's agenda] 10 generations back and World War II was fought for Nelson [ok. tell me there is a typo here! What war was fought for Nelson anyway? or is this Nelson a personification of Brittania??] one generation back; it seems it's time we fight another battle for (or with?[with??? are you nuts woman???]) Europe. Thus [could've been hence, therefore or even ergo], we badly need another Arvid Pardo or another Dom Mintoff [oh ever so badly needed]in order to delineate our boundaries[as dogs against a tree I guess]."
mercredi, septembre 14, 2005
A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.(Terry Pratchett, The Truth)
Matthew Vella is here on holiday. (Yeah). Between bouts of wankellectualism and attempts at snide coolness (and a labourite je ne sais quoi) the man with Sant's eyes and his banana brother provide a good source of company that is easily pushed into passing judgemental statements of the kind "You are such a nationalist". Notwithstanding the constant effort to outcool all around him by his apparent nonchalant approach to life and I-really-do-not care attitude Matthew "Santino" Vella is fun.
Matthew is a journalist and he works with that Guru of conspiracy theories in a team that we can call Balzan's Heroes for the sake of argument. Armed with a pen and a queer taste for the non-controversial controversies and attempting to uncover the uncoverable, Balzan's Heroes propagate the myth that feeds one half of the Maltese population � conspiracy theories and the allegation of ulterior motives for any person's public actions.
At the head of this brave unit of discoverers of the truth is Saviour "barkwithnobite" Balzan. Now, before you go clicking on REPLIQUE and covering me in filth, let me say that I like MaltaToday and what it is trying to do. Just like I like Alternattiva and what it is trying to do. I also like the 60's VW Campers. But I would never own one. Both Maltatoday and Alternattiva are attempts of the BR in Maltese politics to point one big Up Yours at the social and political status quo. They are a reaction to the Faustos of this world who think that a little evil is better than a worse evil and there is nothing you can do about it so curl up in your sofa read your Spectator and at some point remind people that you are Christian after all (and oh, I almost forgot� vote PN).
The good intentions of both Maltatoday and Alternattiva are evident to people like myself. However as the old adage goes� the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The tortuous road to street cred in Malta is piled with devilish obstacles. The insinuations and rumours spread by the big two and their media is only the tip of the iceberg. In order to break through the public mindset of dualism the young paper and party (who cohabit so funnily incidentally) must invest in stocks and shares of TRUST. The big T world. The Maltese public's political sway is so heavily dependent on Trust with that big T. Once you gain the people's trust you can say any amount of bullshit and they will believe you. You can promise that you will not raise taxes and then raise them, you can promise not to remove stipends and remove them, you can promise to remove a VAT and then remove it and then introduce the same tax with a different name� does it end?
In the case of the young paper and party, the gaining of trust costs at least triple. They start at a great disadvantage since they are non-conventional. Maltatoday has a bit of a headstart since it sells a product that is loved by many in today's voyeurist world. It also makes people feel happy and justified because it rants many socialist rants against those who earn too much (vide MEPs) � and in a discontent society those who seem to be better off are the first to go. Revolutionary is it not?
Now Balzan. The editorial of the internet version of this week's Maltatoday talks about criticism and when it is personal. Before I go on I must declare my personal link to part of the subject. Nathaniel Attard of Net TV fame (or notoriety) is my cousin. A very good cousin at that. I love his company and find him very congenial and I admire his achievements. We obviously do not see eye to eye in politics. I never liked the fact that Nathaniel was a newsreader on NET. Just as as I would ask Veronique Dalli how the hell she could stomach such biased news on Super 1 I would put the same question to Nathaniel. But that is his choice and I respect it (while still disagreeing).
Back to Balzan. His editorial first spoke about referring to people in opinions or leaders. He claims custom changed and now he joins the rest who drop names without restraint. Balzan then begins a little serenade about the new state TV head. He mentions both Vanessa McDonald and Nathaniel Attard as possible names. Now what irritates me is that Mr. The Truth is Golden and Mr. Personal Criticism is basing his Editorial on two rumours. Regarding Mrs McDonald he explicitly states that unconfirmed rumours are the source of his info. Regarding Nathaniel it is the Labour press that provide his source.
Why am I irked? Well. To begin with being a good old fashioned lover of proper journalism I believe that an Editorial is a sacred cow in the newspaper world. It is at once a summary of the main stories to be found within the paper as well as an expression of the Opinion of the institution that is the newspaper behind the editorial. That is why after reading the piece I was interested in finding out whether there is any truth in the possibility that Nathaniel could be head of news. I did not expect an editorial simply to repeat a rumour and leave it at that � especially in a paper that seems to take pride in its manner of investigative journalism.
Personal interest or not I would have like to know more. Instead the paper is completely devoid of any articles on the matter. Balzan's editorial turns out to be an agony aunt kind of rant that has nothing to do with what an editorial is all about. Rumour spinning and rumour-mongering is the domain of tabloids and the petty magazines purchased for the beach.
Is that what Malta Today is all about? Ironically I think that that is the only truth that we will be unearthing this time round!
* So�before anyone says it. Read the article again. Imagine Nathaniel was not my cousin but a hypothetical Franklin Mamo (who happens to be someone I know). Would it change anything about the worry of an editorial based on rumours? No. My guess is I would still get a comment stating that I have a personal interest in the matter� baffles me�. But hey� that's Malta!
mardi, septembre 13, 2005
lundi, septembre 12, 2005
"Making a million dollars is the simplest thing in the world. Just find a product that sells for $2000 and that you can buy at a cost of $1000, and sell a thousand of them." - Jerry Gillies
dimanche, septembre 11, 2005
Valletta FC defeated Marsaxlokk FC 3-2 tonight. Branko Nisevic scored once and Ian ZAMMIT scored twice. Rivals Floriana had succumbed to the might of Msida St. Joseph in yesterday's six-goal yawn. In other matches Pieta Hotspur's keeper Andrew Hogg scored a last minute equaliser for the team that also produced Bulgarian wonder Valerij Bojinov who was on the scoresheet for Fiorentina in their two-two draw with Messina. Juventus won 4-0 away from home against Empoli with goals from Trezeguet (2), Vieira and Camoranesi.
This is what is called a good sporting Sunday.