Erm. Not exactly. For a moment I almost thought that the comic genius Sacha Baron Cohen was about to make an appearance in Malta in the guise of a developmental psychologist. It was this article on today's Times that triggered off my suspicions - in particular the announcement that Professor Simon Baron Cohen will be delivering a lecture in Malta. It turns out that Simon does exist and he is not a spoof character. He is a leading professor and deals with the latest developments in autism.
The surname is no fluke though. For us lesser beings, the greatest thing that Simon Baron Cohen has going for himself is the fact that he is the cousin of the comic genius behind the characters of Ali G, Borat and more recently the lemur King Julian in the comic strip Madagascar.
Incidentally, now that we mention Baron Cohen, do look out for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, a forthcoming full feature mockumentary that is meant to make its debut on the silverscreen in November 2006. It risks being banned in America but that is because, like the Maltese, they have difficulty distinguishing humour from reality - they lead such a parody of a life already.
Bigup yourself... yakshemash!