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June 11, 2013

Joseph Calleja teams up with Malta’s Bank of Valletta to launch children’s foundation

In a press conference on Monday, June 10, Joseph Calleja and Malta’s Bank of Valletta announced a new partnership including the creation of a foundation to help Maltese children and families in need. The tenor stated, “This has always been one of my dreams – to bring joy to people who are in need and not just through my performance, but through practical help… Thanks to this agreement with Bank of Valletta, we are putting in place the basis for this wish to be fulfilled and, together, we will be working to have the Foundation launched over the coming months.”

“The BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation will have an important social role within the Maltese society,” added Bank chairman John Cassar White. “This is the highlight of this extended and comprehensive collaboration between BOV and Mr Calleja”.

In addition to the creation of the foundation, the internationally renowned tenor will endorse Bank of Valletta for the next three years. BOV will also sponsor Joseph Calleja’s annual outdoor concert in Malta, to be held on August 1.

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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?