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December 17, 2012

Joseph sings selections from “Be My Love” on concert tour of Europe

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Joseph kicks off the New Year performing selections from his new Decca recording, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza, in concerts across Europe. The eight-city tour begins at London’s Royal Festival Hall on January 11 and continues with concerts in Pamplona (January 14), Paris (January 18), Munich (January 21), Prague (January 24), Vienna (January 28), Amsterdam (January 31), and Baden-Baden (February 3). When the album was released earlier this year, it topped charts in several countries and became the first classical recording to claim the number one position on the pop chart in Denmark. In its review of Be My Love, WQXR.com wrote that Joseph’s “Björling-like tenor is a bespoke fit to Lanza’s old time opera-meets-Hollywood religion,” and the Times (UK) affirmed that “these throbbing ballads will delight Calleja’s fans.”

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March 5th, 2015

Leave the excellent Maltese bread alone

One thing which is pretty unique in Maltese cuisine is our bread. Its really quite extraordinary especially when eaten still warm with a table spoon of olive oil, some fresh Maltese tomatoes, capers and tuna or what many call “Hobz biz – zejt.” Of all and everything in Maltese cuisine our bread is the one thing that has some international recognition of really being one of the tastiest sour dough around. The Puglia loaf comes close but doesn’t make the grade.

I was quite bemused when I read that the local health authorities  are suggesting to revise” the salt content in Maltese bread, potentially altering an ancient recipe that is already under siege from mass production and modern machinery. I mean really who comes up with this stuff? Can we tackle the disgusting fast food restaurants selling all that processed food before? What about any alcohol, sweets, cigars and cigarettes? Why don’t we ban everything and anything that might kill us or give us a couple of bars more in our blood pressure.

Surely the road to take here is to indeed protect the artisanal making of our Maltese bread and to remind the populace, through education, that moderation and a varied diet is the key to good health. There are plenty bigger fish to fry than our innocuous “hobza”…