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November 16, 2012

Honoris Causa

On the 2nd of November I was awarded with a Doctor of Literature degree (Honoris Causa) by the University of Malta in the Jesuit’s church Valletta. It was a really moving ceremony with salient, somber moments and some pretty funny ones too.

I was both honored and quite moved by this conferral and flattered by the high turnout of academics, family and friends that filled up the church in Valletta. Afterwards it was a veritable pleasure to get to know the administrators of the University and again it was nice to hear that so many people consider me as one of the few “uniting” factors in Malta. The latter was meant as a compliment but I actually find it shocking and in fact quite sad. I do understand that it is the “political season” in Malta but I cannot find a real reason why we Maltese should be so divided and sometimes so bitterly spiteful towards each other. The whole country is so polarised in these instances, beyond anything I have ever seen during my frequent travels.

We have to keep in mind that we do live on an island where it is possible to walk from one end to the other in a single day. Is it that difficult to be united and sometimes just agree to disagree without losing all notion of basic courtesy?

The festive season is on our doorstep. Let us all remember on what great things we achieved by being united and take our differences a little less seriously……

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May 16th, 2016

Quo Vadis Eurovision and other stories

Malta did not win the Eurovision but lo and behold the sun still rose and the island (the center of the known universe) still spun…

My two cents is that Ira Losco gave a really good performance and that the whole presentation was excellent. She shouldn’t have performed cause she is pregnant? Come off it – I have performed repeatedly with pregnant opera singers well into their 7th and 8th month of pregnancy and trust me when I say that rehearsing and performing for a full opera production is much more physically demanding than a couple of days at the Eurovision. Of course there are those who know much better than the undersigned and who went on to say that the presentation was a tad “camp”…oh the irony when one considers that the Eurovision is the campest of them all.

Meanwhile, this wouldn’t be Malta and the Eurovision wouldn’t be the Eurovision unless its politicized to the exhaustible hilt. The inevitable “mud slinging competition,” which we will see a lot of in the coming 22 months, ensued and even yours truly (inexplicably) ended up in the midst of the fray, in yet another “supernova” in a tea cup. The Eurovision suddenly became an interchangeable bullet to be used ad nauseam by both sides much like bitter parents who use their innocent children during disputes.  I have always found sycophants interesting, even amusing but they will not be getting the much desired Streisand effect from me, thank you very much. It is part of human nature after all to conjure conspiracies and we are not going to let the simple truth get in the way of some exciting and convenient fiction.

Speaking of “conjuring” is it me or is a company advertising real estate using a chap “connected” with the tragic and unnecessary death of an underage girl? It must be a clone or a”doppleganger”, otherwise this would be the epitome of bad taste and a 100 shades of wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am all for “second chances” and all of that but shouldn’t there be due process first? After all Lisa Marie didn’t get a second chance did she?