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Royal Wedding reception
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Sunday Trends presents the finest in local fashion and living from
homes and entertainment to philanthropy, dining and more. The
services and opportunities in Sunday Trends are sure to be noticed by
the discerning readers who receive our publication every two months,
out with The Malta Independent on Sunday.
We did say that your time would come, didn’t we, guys? Since the
March issue was mostly all about the ladies, we thought it was only fair
the May/June issue of Sunday Trends be dedicated in great part to the
gents of our community.
While we will celebrate the dads in our lives on Father’s Day, June
17, you don’t have to be a father to find something you will enjoy in
these pages. We have worked hard to come up with some enthralling
and exclusive interviews and stories. Sadly, my father has passed
away exactly twelve years ago. The commercialized aspect of the
day illuminates the absence of him, and I can feel the pains of grief
all over again. For those of you experiencing your first Father’s Day
without Dad, this can be especially raw. The year of “firsts” after you
lose someone special is something that you have to walk through, and
not around. And it is not easy.
For those who, like me, have been without Dad for some time, it can
still be a day of melancholy, a time where you can’t help but think,
“What if he was here?” You notice the families out for Father’s Day
brunch, you see the greeting cards that say just the right words, but
Dad is not here to be showered with your love and affection. I tell you
this small snippet about my father so I can better explain how I choose
to celebrate Father’s Day since his passing. He may not be able to
open up a card or present from me, so my gift to him is to use what he
gave me. Each time I do, I feel like I am honouring his spirit, what he
taught me, how he raised me, and how he lived.
Now that you have met the female movers and shakers of the
community, we will introduce you to some influential men in this
month’s feature. Learn about what makes them unique and how they
have or are impacting the community. If you haven’t already, you
will probably run into one—or several—of them in the main headline
grabbing news stories!
Preparing for a night out with the guys? We will show you the perfect
places in the community to grab a drink, watch the big game or just
catch up with pals. A cool place to be in for this forthcoming World
Cup is City Crown, right in the heart of Valletta, just opposite the old
Parliament buildings. If you would rather stay in, we provide you the
perfect stories and articles to read.
We also introduce you to a local duo who share their favourite things
with us. Finally, we put a spotlight on men’s favourite and top selling
motor vehicles. It’s been months since many of us made New Year’s
resolution to focus on our health and now’s the perfect time for a
check-in, so we brought in Mariano Farrugia to give you his top advice
on how to remain super fit.
Happy Father’s Day and happy June.
COVER STORY INTERVIEW
Re-evaluat e, create, be
BY MARTIN VELLA
ST: WHY ESTABLISH AND DEVELOP THE RESTAURANT
BUSINESS IN VALLETTA, AND NOT SLIEMA?
FG: Nowadays, Sliema and St. Julian’s are both considered as well
developed locations, so Valletta is the next locality with great setting to
be naturally targeted. Valletta offers a more relax environment place to
work, there is a lot of energy from everyone at the moment in the hotel,
leisure industry and retail industry. There is a lifestyle in Valletta; a mix of
business and pleasure atmosphere.
The project of Valletta 2018 was a massive success that officially lead to a
start-up of people knowing about our capital city and what we offer. This
year’s European capital of culture, Valletta 2018, has been in full swing
for the past years, is witnessing a renaissance and there is a sense of ‘feel
good factor’. Valletta is now known as a charming city by everyone, and it
offers a bright future ahead. This can be seen very clearly as many people
of a certain standard are investing in our city with boutique hotels and
opening other businesses. I am very glad that I am part of this outstanding
investment, crusading for continuous embellishment and contributing to
its further commercial and lifestyle development.
“it is one of the
projects I ever
ST: TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR LAST
INVESTMENT AND WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF
MANAGEMENT VENTURES BEING IMPLEMENTED IN
VALLETTA, AND WHAT ARE THEY OFFERING TO BE PART
OF THIS CAMPAIGN?
FG: The last project that I had was ‘Teatru Cafe’. This project came
through a tender that the government issued and I managed to secure.
Teatru Café is a coffee shop in a bar aimed to serve the public and also
the tourists. This idea came when we realised that when there’s an event
happening in the revamped old theatre centre, there was nowhere one
could go to enjoy a drink, coffee or a snack. That was the simple concept
that was behind the government drive to issue a tender for the F&B
cafeteria within the theatre space so it could be self-contained, including
eatery and refectory.
This has been an exciting project , drawing people from all over the world
to partake and enjoy an assortment of cultural events, and my next step
is to secure similar sites for same purpose, and harbouring my objective
to play a primary role in maintain embellishment of all the major
historical places that fall under my responsibility, mixing my own subtle
way of addressing and reflecting Malta's complex historical treasures by
restoring them to their magnificent beauty. It is my dream to surround
the area where Teatru Café stands, with stunning and attractive glass and
lighting through my l investment and long-term planning strategies.
ST: ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY PROJECTS AT THE
FG: I just opened a small bar here in Valletta, called ‘City Lion’ and we
have another project coming up named ‘The Gut, which will be finished
by end of this year. ‘The Gut’ is a part of Strait Street in Valletta, and the
name is derived from the rowdiness of British and American military men
back in the heyday of what was a notorious hot spot. I am always aware
of what is happening in Valletta as I plan more projects along the way.
Personally, as Frank Grima, I am loving the ambience and aura which
Valletta creates. Apart from the business, there’s a different existence. A
lifestyle where you can meet a lot of people every day, where business
can be made in a restaurant instead of an office, so there is a business
and pleasure state of affairs.
The atmosphere of Valletta and St. Julians is very different. When I used
to work in St. Julians, it was very a stressful and hectic situation, unlike
Valletta. I was working 16-hour days, seven days a week and it nearly
killed me. I had no personal life. But if you want to work in the hospitality
industry, it's vocational, not something you do on the side.
Frank Grima’s career has been interesting because he always
wanted to learn all the aspects of the restaurant business.
"You definitely have to have grease (passion) in your veins to
survive," confirms the veteran businessman and visionary behind
City Lounge Diner and Teatru Café. Grima’s mantra has been “Go
for it" and “don't be afraid”. Frank insists that, “If you believe in
yourself you can do anything. Dream big, why not, it's your life.
The more you connect with people the more exciting the dream
becomes.”MBR had a chance to interview the old-time business
impresario about the challenge of being a restaurant owner and
manager in the buzzing capital of Valletta, how to always try to
make your business better, and being the best you can.
Now Welcome The New Irish Pub (replacing The Plush St. Julians). Name: The Long Haul.
different, and open for all
ST: TILL NOW, WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL
EXPERIENCES ON VALLETTA 2018 AND
WHAT IMPACTS DO YOU THINK THERE
WAS ON THE BUSINESS?
FG: Valletta 2018 is still commencing. The opening
of Valletta 2018 was outstanding and a huge success
amongst the public, and now we are starting to see the
effect and productivity it left on our capital city. It is the
start-up of Valletta’s future. There are also some ongoing
projects at the moment, such as Marsamxett Harbour
and projects in all parts of Valletta, to keep attracting
more people towards our capital city.
ST: CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE MOST
IMPORTANT THINGS ON RE-INVESTMENT
AND RE-DEVELOPMENT IN VALLETTA,
ESPECIALLY IN THE INDUSTRY OF
CATERING AND ENTERTAINMENT.
FG: Firstly, I started noticing that many restaurants and
hotels were opening in Valletta, so by that time I could
notice that there is a new energy going on. And it is also
opportune time for investments to be made.
ST: BEFORE STARTING A PROJECT LIKE
THIS, ONE NEEDS TO DO A LOT OF
MARKET RESEARCH, RIGHT?
FG: Yes, that’s a very important aspect and you even have
to check what competition there is in the market, as well
as also knowing what the trends are. Before you set a
trend here in Malta, you have to travel and visit places all
over the world, so you can bring your own experiences
and create something of your own. Nowadays, Malta
has entered a new era where décor, quality, F&B, design
and other aspects are on a very different level than they
were back a few years ago. There, I also learned all about
purchasing, ordering, sizing, volume, packs, delivery, etc.
ST: FOR EXAMPLE, YOU MAINTAINED
THIS TREND BY INTRODUCING YUGTO,
A NEW CONCEPT. HOW DID YOU
FG: It’s a restaurant that specialises in Asian street
food, which is something totally different. My motto is
"MAKING A DIFFERENCE- If you can work locally then
you can change globally”. To me, the whole idea of
having the restaurant is to serve up "Community". I want
everyone who comes into the diner to feel connected in
some way or another.
I do this because I love it. It comes from my heart and
it feels right. The beauty of owning your own business
is that it gives you the ability to become creative in
whatever aspect of joy it brings. The joy it brings to me is
bringing people together to make things happen in my
community. If you work locally in your community you
can make changes globally.
ST: WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO COME OUT
WITH THIS IDEA AND TO TURN IT INTO A
FG: The first restaurant that I opened in London was
Asian and in Valletta there is a lack of Asian restaurants
so I noticed the need for opening one.
ST: VALLETTA IS A VERY CROWDED PLACE AND
THE CHALLENGE IS TO DIFFERENTIATE FROM
OTHERS. HOW DO YOU DO THIS?
FG: As I said before, you have to see what competition there
is and try to invent something new without following others.
And that attracts customers
ST: WHEN YOU START A BUSINESS ESPECIALLY,
IN VALLETTA, IT IS A VERY DEMANDING TYPE
OF BUSINESS. WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE
FACTORS FOR IMPECCABLE RESULTS AND WHERE
DO YOU SEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH?
FG: The costing is a very important factor in business. You have to
see in what financial state the public is in and target that particular
market, since nowadays people tend to go out more. The
argument is that because people are going out more, the money
they would have spent in one night is now being split into three
nights. So, you also have to create a market for those that spend
100 euros or more in a week. Seriously, the secret is to constantly
create a "buzz". Keep people talking about your establishment in
one way or another. This is where creativity is key to business; the
more creative the better.
ST: HOW MUCH IS IT CRITICAL TO BUILD A GOOD
TEAM THAT IS LOYAL AND TRUSTWORTHY?
FG: The biggest problem that we have here in Malta is the staff.
It’s a big challenge that sometimes one can give up from opening
the business. There are opportunities that I have, but I just can’t
do them due to not finding the right talent and a team that is
willing to work.
ST: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE SOLUTION FOR
FG: We need more people that are capable to train and lead
others in the catering business especially Maltese. I wish that
more Maltese people take into consideration these roles in both
leisure and catering.
ST: WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING PLANS FOR
FG: My next step is to open a beach club, and although we already
started the plans, it’s a very difficult lengthy process. The biggest
dream that I had for over thirty years, is to develop and ambitious
project and build an international brand.
ST: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST
PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS AND BIGGEST
FG: My greatest professional success has been to believe in
myself. My biggest setback - I don't think that way, I just keep
ST: IF I WOULD ASK AN EMPLOYEE OF YOURS,
REGARDING MANAGEMENT STYLE AND
ENTREPRENEUR LEADER. WHAT DO YOU THINK
THERE RESPONSE WILL BE?
FG: Although everything has its pros and cons, I think that all my
employees think very highly of me and enjoy working with me,
with the thought of never leaving. ST
Now welcome to the new Authentic Irish Pub just opened “THE
LONG HALL” (ex-Plush in Paceville)
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COVER STORY INTERVIEW
No need to visit Ireland to see the most traditional Irish Pub. Don’t miss out the World Cup
MILAN FASHION WEEK
CNMI General Meeting
(Ordinary and Extraordinary
sessions) appoints president
and board of directors
Milan, 24 May 2018 - A General
Meeting of CNMI members
was held today in ordinary
session at UniCredit Tower Hall to elect
a new management board for the
2-year period 2018-2020.
Carlo Capasa was unanimously re-elected President.
The following were unanimously elected Directors:
1. Patrizio Bertelli - Prada SpA
2. Lavina Biagiotti Cigna - Biagiotti Group SpA
3. Marco Bizzarri - Guccio Gucci SpA
4. Carlo Capasa - Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana
5. Jacopo Etro - Etro SpA
6. Giovanna Gentile Ferragamo - Salvatore Ferragamo SpA
7. Massimo Ferretti - Aeffe SpA
8. Luigi Maramotti - Max Mara Gashion Group Srl
9. Angela Missoni - Missoni SpA
10. Renzo Rosso - OTB SpA
11. Remo Ruffini - Moncler SpA
12. Stefano Sassi - Valentino SpA
13. Carla Sozzani - Dieci Srl
14. Tomaso Trussardi - Trussardi SpA
15. Ermenegildo Zegna - Ermenegildo Zegna Holditalia SpA
The Board is joined by Honorary Presidents Mario Boselli and Beppe
Modenese. President Carlo Capasa delivered his report on work done
in the past 3-year period (2015/2018). He began by thanking the
Strategy Committee and Management Board of Camera Nazionale
della Moda Italiana and all the Members and staff for having
contributed to the Association's activities with their formidable work.
These have been significant years for CNMI, with important results
in terms of the pillars on which the Association's strategy is based:
narration, sustainability, training, young and new brands, digitalization
and government relations, as well as organizing fashion weeks.
Members were directly engaged in CNMI activities in the form of
46 workshops on current issues (nearly one every three weeks) and
six discussion groups on the themes of sustainability, training, new
brands, HR and e-commerce.
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Meghan Markle to their
Royal Wedding reception
in this electric Jaguar
The E-Type Zero is now quicker than it was when
brand-new in 1968
Well over a billion people all over the world tuned in to watch the
Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th,
but now that it's all said and done, it's time to direct our attention to
the car that the newly crowned Duke and Duchess of Sussex drove to
their reception. The Jaguar E-Type Zero first debuted in September of
2017, but it's getting a whole heck of a lot more press today than it
did then. Welcome to the Royal Family, Jag.
Jaguar left as much of the original 1968 Series 1.5 E-Type intact as
possible while replacing the original inline-six engine with an electric
motor and battery pack. Enough power is sent to the rear wheels to
push this feline from 0-62 in just 5.5 seconds. That means it's quicker
now than it was when new and chugging on gasoline.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Windsor Castle for a
reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House,
in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle
was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been
converted to electric power
The E-Type Zero's range of 170 miles is way more than
enough to whisk the happy couple away from Windsor
Castle to Frogmore House on the Windsor Estate, where
Harry's father, the Prince of Wales, is hosting their wedding
reception. But if it were to run out of juice, its 40kWh battery
can be recharged in under seven hours.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex Image Credit: STEVE
PARSONS via Getty Images
Want one of your own? The Daily Mail says it will cost
£350,000 (that's over $470,000 here in the States). Just do
not expect a customized license plate to match the date of
your wedding. ST
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INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH
" Having the chance to reach out
to certain people who you really
respect or you really feel are
talented, and working together
as a team is something that is
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EXCLUSIVE: JURASSIC WORLD &
#039;S BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD
by Jessica Baker
Bryce Dallas Howard is not a face you forget. The actress, with
her fiery red hair, pool-blue eyes, and porcelain skin, has been
commanding audiences since her breakout role in the 2004 M.
Night Shyamalan thriller The Village, which she followed up with
turns in Spider-Man 3, 50/50, and The Help, among a string of
others. And despite a nearly three-year hiatus from the big screen,
Howard is yet again stealing the spotlight, this time in the summer
blockbuster Jurassic World. In the film, Howard stars opposite Chris
Pratt as Claire Dearing, the operations manager of the dinosaur
theme park. “I really enjoyed playing her because she is complex,
she’s flawed, she’s got a lot of different things going on,” the actress
tells MBR. With a global press tour in the works, projects slated
through 2016, and two kids, Howard can relate. Here, we talk
to the star about working with the beloved Chris Pratt, stepping
behind the camera, and finding herself through fashion.
ST: What can fans of the Jurassic Park franchise expect from
BDH: I think that just first off, speaking as a fan, what I was really
excited about is that the premise of the movie is basically the
actualization of Dr. John Hammond’s dream. This is a fully operational
theme park with 20,000 visitors a day, and it’s happening and it’s
in the world. And so that was something I was really stoked to see.
When I first talked to Colin [Trevorrow], the director, I was like, “Oh
my gosh this is awesome!” And I think it requires the time that has
passed between the first film and this film in order to really tell that
story, because it’s almost as if it happened in real time. You know, it
would take over 20 years, definitely.
ST: Everyone is buzzing about Chris Pratt. What was it like
working with him?
BDH: Ah, he’s the best! It’s so funny; working with Chris Pratt is
basically like working with a hero. He’s just the greatest human
being, to put it simply—he’s super-charming and hilarious and
genuine. He gives 100%, he’s really humble and gracious and
thoughtful and loves his family. Him and Anna [Faris] are for sure my
favourite couple. He’s just a really great guy, just an extraordinary
human being. And I’m so, so glad that he’s doing so well, because
he’s the best and he deserves it.
ST: Did you find it hard not to laugh on set all the time?
BDH: I mean, we did. We didn’t have to break during takes or
anything. You have fun, but especially with these big action movies,
there’s always a little bit of an element of danger, or the pressure
of time is really enormous on these sets because there is so much
to accomplish in a given day. So you know, we had a total blast
between takes. But usually if you have a flare in your hand or it’s
pouring rain outside and you are running through the mud in heels,
nothing is quite funny enough to take you out of those moments to
be like, “Oh yeah, I got a third-degree burn, but ha-ha.” But yeah,
off camera we just had a heck of a time.
ST: You’ve stepped behind the camera to write and direct your
own projects. What do you like about being on that side of things?
BDH: Directing is also so fun. I think what I love so much about
directing is it is such a collaborative endeavour. Having the chance
to reach out to certain people who you really respect or you really
feel are talented, and working together as a team is something that
is intoxicating, honestly. It’s basically—being a director, you are sort
of creating an event and throwing a party at the same time and
picking a group of people that you are like, “OK, this is going to
have a lot of challenges, but I want to work through these kinds
of challenges with you guys.” And so it’s really fun in that way. And
obviously, as an actor, it’s my job to go in there and do my best
and for every single moment give everything that I can and then
step away, and oftentimes there will be scenes cut or there will
be takes chosen that I could have never anticipated. And that’s a
lot of the joy and fun of being an actor is seeing someone else’s
vision and getting to be a part of it. Whereas as a director, it’s really
your vision—it starts and ends with you. And then you get to work
with fantastic people who elevate and craft and design that vision.
It challenges you to take responsibility, which I think is a really great
balance with a career as an actor.
ST: Has your father [director Ron Howard] given you any career
BDH: You know what, I’m actually surprised how little—I mean
he’s not really one to offer up advice, and he really downplays the
challenge of it. Like I remember before I started directing, he said,
“Oh yeah, it’s going to be easy. Directing is easy; it’s not as hard as
acting.” And that’s not true [laughs]. It’s different. Acting is perhaps
a little more anxiety inducing,
Photo: Zoey Grossman
because you really need to
perform. It’s like being an athlete.
But he’s been doing it for so long,
he almost—things that would
typically need to be a decision for
somebody are second nature to
him and habitual. He’s such an
effortless filmmaker, so he’s not
usually dishing out a lot of advice.
But whenever I do need advice,
he’s a fantastic person to talk to!
ST: Did you ever find it difficult
to make a name for yourself
growing up in a famous family?
BDH: In the beginning, when I
first started working, I actually
used the name Bryce Dallas,
because I wanted that kind of
space from [my dad’s] career,
because I think most of all,
honestly, I wanted to do right by
him, and I didn’t want to be a
distraction at all if I wasn’t good or if I started it, but ultimately it
didn’t work out. I wanted the privacy through that process, because
I didn’t want people to necessarily have opinions of that journey
with him in mind. Like I really wanted to make sure it was about the
work that I was generating as opposed to in context with my dad’s
career. And I think in retrospect that was definitely good. But as I got
a little older and started working more, I realised I’m so proud to be
a part of my family, and it was more about my own insecurity and
just wanting to get really pure feedback from people than wanting
to be separated from my family. And also, Bryce Dallas sounds like
a porn name.
ST: What’s your stance on fashion? Is it a big part of your everyday
BDH: Listen, I’m into fashion, I’m for sure into fashion. It’s mostly
for me about the visual, the creativity, the comfort level, or the
confidence that clothes bring you. Putting [an outfit] together is
always—it’s like you have to reconnect with yourself while you’re
doing it. It really brings me into the present moment. I’m thinking,
“What am I dressing for? Who do I want to be?” And that’s not
some sort of self-help question, it’s like ok, I want to be relaxed, I
want to be professional, I want to be comfortable, I want to be fun.
That’s just an easy question to ask. And there is the obvious “What’s
the weather going to be like?” And then you get to work and you
look at your closet, and oftentimes I learn more about myself in
those moments than if, say, I’m going to a yoga class where you are
really supposed to connect with yourself. I find that through getting
dressed, I connect with myself in a way that really resonates and
is concrete. I realised that I’m actually more kind of modest and
conservative than I think I would be. Because in work, I don’t care
about nudity, I don’t care about how I look, really. It’s not about that.
But in my day-to-day life, I realised whoa, I’m pretty conservative.
I’ll wear something that’s body conscious or whatnot, but there’s
usually not a lot of flesh. And then I’ll think right, I was raised in
Greenwich, Connecticut; I’m part WASP. But it’s only through
dressing that I really honour that side of myself—this aesthetically
traditional person. And also I’ve learned through dressing myself
and the different eras, I feel connected to what that might mean
about my personality and me as a person.
ST: What are some of your fashion go-tos?
BDH: I love online shopping; it’s incredibly convenient. My staples I
would say are, I mean, I get a lot of stuff online at Nordstrom, and
then for nicer stuffNet-a-Porter is fantastic, and Kate Spade is really
great—I’ve had a relationship with them for a while—and J.Crew.
And those are sort of my staples when I’m going online and getting
things. In terms of specific designers that I think I have a tendency to
gravitate towards, I’ve found some great stuff recently with Michael
Kors and Stella McCartney. AndZac Posen is a designer that I love
and love working with.
ST: What is the one piece you are wearing over and over again
BDH: I really like my Citizens of Humanity bell-bottom jeans. I’m so
into bell-bottoms—why did they ever go away? I’m going to hold on
to them until the bitter end. They are so flattering, and I particularly
like that these bell-bottoms are high-waisted. The silhouette of a
high-waisted bell-bottom is really beautiful in my opinion. And I
always like a dark wash. I’m into the midi skirt and the crop top; it’s
really good for me when I need to be formal in any kind of way. And
any striped shirt.
ST: So what’s next?
BDH: Well I’m stoked for the Jurassic press, and it’s really fun because
I’m not working with a stylist, so I’m actually getting to have a lot of
those moments of meditating on what feels good to me. And then
I’m going to be doing some more
directing in June and an indie film
in July, and my brother is getting
married, and I’m looking forward
to that. And hopefully some great
family time! I’m taking a class—a
UCLA course—that I’m finishing
up, so maybe I’ll take some more.
I’m very lucky this year, because
I did a film called Pete’s Dragon,
which I just came back from a few
weeks ago in New Zealand. The
seasons are opposite from here,
so I went over there when it was
winter here and summer there,
and then I came back when it was
summer here and winter there, so
I think 2015 was a beautiful year
because it’s the year of perpetual
summer, and it actually feels like
that as well even now. ST
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Credits: Narciso Rodriguez dress from
Barneys New York Beverly Hills.
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HOW DID GIANNI VERSACE BECOME A LEGEND?
As Ryan Murphy’s new TV series about him is about to be broadcast in France, we look back at an extraordinary character
who changed the face of fashion forever.
In the wake of infamous American footballer O.J. Simpson whose tumultuous lawsuit had the press in a frenzy for months, Ryan
Murphy has chosen to portray the much mediatised 1997 assassination of Italian couturier Gianni Versace for the second season
of his anthology series American Crime Story, set to commence on Canal+ on January 17th. Having made baroque glamour his
trademark, Gianni Versace, accompanied by his sister Donatella and brother Santo, built a veritable fashion empire. Supermodels
and celebrities, glitzy luxury and hard-hitting ad campaigns, a blanket refusal of good taste and provocative images, under the
reign of Gianni Versace, “too much” was never enough.
By Léa Zetlaoui
1- Glamour and decadence, Italian fashion according to Gianni Versace
Just as Gianni Versace founded his house, Italian fashion was booming.
Although often compared to Giorgio Armani, who opened in 1975, his
fashion was the opposite to the minimalist tailoring of his compatriot.
With the help of his sister Donatella, who was also his muse, he
established a glamorous, ultra-sexy and highly colourful style that
hijacked the codes of Italian culture, art and the trends of his era. A
true couturier, he constructed his creations by draping them directly
onto the models without patterns or sketches. Inspired as much by
theatre, ballet, architecture and modern art as by the prostitutes who
lined the streets of Calabria during his childhood and gay nightclubs in
New York, he blithely introduced black leather, bondage references,
garish colours, baroque prints, indecent lengths, slits and ultra-bodycon.
He mastered these codes so completely that even when he did
a grunge collection for winter 1993, it oozed sensuality. Encouraged
by Donatella, Gianni Versace would liberate women (and men) from
the shackles of good taste. He also applied his gaudy style, symbolised
by a golden Medusa head, to interior décor with his villa in Milan and
mansion in Miami, to perfumes, linen and tableware. From then on,
abundance of luxury and wealth had a name: Versace.
“Gianni Versace built a destiny that was the complete opposite to his
humble beginnings. An intense life shared between wealth, opulence
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2- Gianni Versace, 50 smouldering years of life
Originating from a small village in Calabria overrun with
poverty and corruption, Gianni Versace built a destiny that
was the complete opposite to his humble beginnings. An
intense life shared between wealth, opulence and celebrities.
In was in 1978, at the age of 32, alongside his brother, that
he created what would become the future Versace empire.
They were soon joined by their sister Donatella Versace,
whose flamboyant personality and party-girl reputation
further spiced the already vibrant Versace. Despite leading a
pretty simple life, Gianni Versace had a taste for the beautiful
things associated with an arrogant and rigid character. With
his extravagant parties brimming with celebrities, alcohol
and cocaine, his ultra-sexy models (both female and male),
his astonishing declarations (“I have a fantastic relationship
with money”), a handful of corruption cases and a (homo)
sexuality not entirely assumed in a timorous era… Gianni
Versace and his siblings were ideal fodder for the tabloid
press. Then in 1997 tragedy hit the Versace family. Outside
his palatial Miami residence, Gianni Versace, aged 50, was
shot down by serial killer Andrew Cunanan who then killed
himself before the police could arrest him. Subsequently, his
brother and sister continued the name of Versace, now the
stuff of legends. Because beyond his smouldering lifestyle,
Gianni Versace had truly revolutionised fashion.
“At a time when fashion was embarking on globalisation, these
supermodels enflamed an already very flamboyant house of
3- Creation of the supermodels
Last September in Milan, Donatella Versace honoured her
brother with a tribute runway show that brought the most
iconic Versace looks out of the archives once more. The artistic
director gave us a show that only Versace could do, with a
finale bringing together five of the biggest models of all time
- Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford
and Helena Christensen - all swathed in gold lamé, reviving a
golden age of fashion. Before 1986, these models with their
sculptural physiques were more used to appearing on the
pages of magazines than on the catwalks during fashion week.
But pushed by Donatella, Gianni changed that and put them
on his runway. It was a roaring success and the supermodel
era began. Boosted by the presence of these incredible girls,
it was a time when champagne, caviar and unforgettable
parties dominated Fashion Week. Later, it was Donatella who
suggested showing a young Kate Moss, a few months before
she started walking the runways. At a time when fashion was
embarking on globalisation, these supermodels enflamed an
already very flamboyant house of Versace.
4- Actresses, rock stars and princesses, the new models
As well as being an incredible designer. Gianni Versace was a gifted
businessman. Very quickly he realised the power of celebrities as
free publicity for his brand. Thanks to his encounter with Elton John,
whose theatrical style was the perfect match for the exuberance of
Gianni’s creations, he began to weave links with the music industry.
Like a walking advert for the Italian label, the English singer and his
40 number 1 hits on the American Billboard, massively contributed
to the promotion of the house in both Europe and the USA. Among
the artists dressed by Versace were Paul McCartney and Michael
Jackson in their video for Say, Say, Say, Bruce Springsteen on his
Born in the USA tour, and rapper Tupac who couldn’t get enough
of his famous Medusa head necklace worth $45 000. In 1991 it was
another personality altogether who wore the Italian designer. Shot
by Patrick Demarchelier for the cover of British Harper's Bazaar,
Lady Diana, still a princess at the time, gave the label a betterbehaved
image. And then along came Elizabeth Hurley who in 1994
joined her incredibly famous actor boyfriend Hugh Grant on the red
carpet wearing a revealing black dress held together with oversized
gold safety pins. That night both Liz Hurley and “that dress”, as it
became known, entered the annals of fashion history. After that
Gianni and Donatella would always invite celebrities to sit on their
front row and they were among the first to turn their runway shows
into red carpet events. ST
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, from
January 17th on Canal +
TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED
An Unusual Client
by Denise Formosa
Mario, who is a business man and owns several household outlets
around the island has a very interesting story for our blog.
He relates the story his 2 salesgirls experienced in one of his shops.
On a bright sunny morning, a mysterious lady visited Mario’s shop
and started to examine every object there was in the shop. Upon
seeing a plain white vase, she stopped her search around the aisles
in the outlet, and started to examine this particular object and after
some close examination, she decided to purchase the item.
With the white vase in her hand and her purse underneath her arm
pits, she approached the salesgirl who was behind the counter. She
did not utter a single word to the girl in the shop, and placed the vase
as well as her purse on the glass countertop. Until the salesgirl bent
down to get a bag from inside the counter, the old lady disappeared
into thin air! She did not take the vase, but left her purse behind her.
The perplexed salesgirl asked her colleague if she had seen this
old lady walk out of the shop, but the latter informed her that she
had seen nobody exit the shop’s door. This was a truly strange
occurrence. Greta decided to phone her boss and ask him if he
could perhaps come around to the shop as she had a very strange
story to tell him. When Mario got to know about the incident, he
decided to open the purse, so that he could see if it contained some
form of identification. He only found a few loose change, an old
document which was used in order to vote and a piece of paper with
a telephone number written in black ink. As he looked at the voting
document, the name read “Salvina Farrugia”. He wasted no time as
he wanted to return the purse to its owner. He dialled the number
that was written in black ink and waited for an answer at the other
end of the line.
“Hello”, said a cheerful lady’s voice at the other
end of the phone. “Hello, my name is Mario
and I’d like to ask if Salvina Farrugia lives in the
household…” The lady’s voice seemed to have
changed from its initial cheerfulness. “Why do
you ask?,” she replied. One of my salesgirls here
at the shop has informed me, that Salvina came
to buy a vase this morning, and left her purse
behind her”, said Mario.
“That can’t be!” said the lady. She’s my
husband’s mother and she has been dead for
the past 10 years!” she replied. “Well, she was
here this morning,” said Mario. “You can visit my
shop at your own convenience so as to collect
her purse”, he continued.
On relating this chilling story to his salesgirls,
Greta, the young lady who had attended to the
mysterious lady, was so scared that she decided
to visit the cemetery to see whether she could
find her grave, and in fact she did. On the
gravestone, she could see the same vase, the
old lady had tried to buy. “I will ask the parish
priest to conduct mass for the repose of your
soul Salvina,” she said.
“May you rest in peace!” ST
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TRIP TO AUSTRIA
By Grazielle Camilleri Alghren
Two weeks ago, we travelled with #MALTATV in collaboration with
Motors MT and the Malta Motorsports Federation to AUSTRIA for
a special experience involving cars and driving skills. We attended
various modules at Test & Training International.
As some of you may know, I
am an avid car enthusiast. I
enjoy not only the aesthetic
part of beautiful machines
but what lights my fire is the feeling
I get when I drive a beautiful beast,
that warm sensation I experience
when I attend car events and I meet so
many people, enthusiasts, who are so
passionate about cars or motorsports.
Before I gave birth to my daughter Luna,
I used to enjoy travelling overseas to
Sicily to drive on the motorways and to
challenge myself with some motorsports
action including racing on race tracks.
We always had to seek overseas
alternatives because Malta does not
offer the facility and this has been the
wish of so many car lovers who invest so
much time, energy, passion and money
in this sport.
The main intention of this particular
trip was twofold:
I wanted to attend a safety training
after my driving license, because
after having a few close calls lately on
the roads, I wanted to learn how to
tackle the car in difficult situations,
including road dangers and to learn
more about the functions of the
car. This was not available in Malta
so I found one available in Austria
at Test & Training International.
With help from the President of the
Malta Motorsport Federation Mr
Tonio Cini, we booked ourselves a
Following various conversations
on social media feeds about the
subject of a possible race track being
developed in Malta, with many
so-called experts shutting down
the idea, I wanted to investigate in
person, how possible it is to have
a facility that provides both the
services of professional education
and training as well as motorsports
or racing track. Before I comment
on something of this importance, as
a person I usually try my best to get
facts first, for instance, you need to
get a feel of the size required, the
budgets and to learn how such a
facility works before passing any
personal comments whether Malta
can have one or not.
So, asking myself the question “Can
This Type of Facility Be Introduced in
Malta?” I went to this place with an
open mind and an open heart, and I
filmed the experience to share with
you all too via my online channel
Malta TV, So, You will have to watch
it to see what my conclusion was!
TRAINING COURSE I ATTENDED
I booked myself the PHASE 2 ROAD SAFETY
TRAINING by Test & Training International
It was held at this dedicated facility
in Melk, which offers training tracks
that allow for behavioral training with
specially trained instructors. There are
many other facilities like this in Austria
but we were recommended this one
by the training teams and by the Malta
Oliver from Motors MT was also
investigating this facility with me so we
were able to take notes and discuss the
Yes there is also a go-kart facility which is
also used for bike training. Day and night
this facility never stops!
The Drivers Experience teaches you
how to manage a car in dangerous
situations and emergency situations
• Emergency Braking
• Avoiding Obstacles
• Physical Limits ( understeering,
skidding, oversteering etc
As a result from this training
course, I realised how much I
did not know!
• I learnt more about the possible
consequences of incorrect
• I learnt correct behaviours to
avoid critical situations
• I learnt measures to reduce
damage and injury
All the above are not available in
Malta because we do not have
a facility that provides this type
of training after you get your
driving license for both cars,
bikes or trucks. Why?
In my Malta TV video, I interviewed
a number of people including
the CEO of the Test & Training
Facility Mr frans Wurtz, ex race car
champion who was kind enough
to meet us to give us insight into
all the possibilities that a facility
can offer to not only individual
drivers like you and me, but to the
entire nation because the training
sessions like these are proven with
statistics, to minimise the amount
of accidents on the road and also
the damage caused to vehicles by
the drivers. Thank you so much for
your warm welcome and for your
”We cannot lessen any deaths on
the roads by increasing fines or point
systems, but we can save lives with
education. Drivers tend to think that
they know everything about driving.
In real fact, with the limited training
we are given to achieve our driving
licenses, none of us really know how
to act in difficult situations and also
we are not given training about the
ever-changing technology in our
Tonio Cini, Malta Motorsports
It is a compulsory requirement
in several European countries
such as Austria, enforced by the
government for all drivers to have
update driving sessions after having
achieved their Drivers License.
Evaluation studies by the Austrian
Safety Board clearly show each
year that with these education
programmes in place, the vehicle
accidents with personal injury are
drastically reduced by 34% the first
year. How impressive is a statistic
like this! Furthermore, large
companies that have fleets of say
50 trucks, who invest in educating
their truck drivers benefit from
huge savings because their drivers
are having less and less accidents
on the roads.
With regards to size, the first track
in Teesdorf we went to was 28
hectares large and this had all the
education and motorsports tracks
included. The second one in Melk
was a smaller one at 12 hectares.
To have a good sized facility which
offers exciting race circuits and
allows for enough challenges and
educational opportunities, from
personal experience, it needs to
be at least 30 hectares to allow
for 3 designed kilometre circuits.
It of course can be made smaller,
but it is not as fun when the racing
championships come to play.
What is excellent about these
facilities is how efficient they
are with providing a multitude
of services including training,
education events for car and
motorcycle drivers, tyre testing
for international tyre brands, car
launch events, company team
building events and the list goes
on thus making it financially
sustainable. The business model
is cleverly planned to allow for
income from various activity
Thank you all for your continued
follow. I love what I do.
Big thanks once again goes to
Tonio Cini President of the Malta
Motorsport Federation, strong
activist in the local activity for both
education and motorsports, Oliver
at MotorsMT and all the persons
at Test & Training International for
allowing us to film this experience
to share with our followers! May
the force be with you all. ST
Credit: Grazielle Camilleri Alghren
THE NO-BS APPROACH OF SUE ROSSI
From model to entrepreneur: Busy bee Sue Rossi talks about her modelling career, her
aspirations and path which led to establishing her own agency Modelle International, and about
her agency’s top priority to promote a more realistic image for women…
ST: Do you consider yourself to be a Superwoman in
every respect, and a role model women who don't just
see the goal ahead, but what lies beyond it?
SR: A superwomen is viewed as an extra ordinary person with
special powers. I am but an ordinary fragile and finite being
with a desire to accomplish goals which are necessarily beyond
ST: Did you ever have aspirations to become a career
minded woman and business leader?
SR: Circumstances and opportunities tend to mold any personality.
I always stood by incremental strategy formation. I was never
interested in a five year plan which fizzles into thin air. My priority
was to discover the changing environment and adapt a plan that
works within the current parameter without overextending my
financial resources. So am I a business women or a career minded
woman? I guess I have to find out the real answer all by myself.
ST: What was your path to reaching that goal?
SR: Being down to earth listening to those around me and never
thinking that I reached the stars, I was always that kind of woman
and I remain. Always there to learn from my own mistakes.
By Martin Vella
ST: Did you ever come up against any kind of resistance
or sexism because you were a woman pursuing a
SR: There is always resistance to change and I would like to think
that I have been a promoter of change in a subtle way mellowing any
form of hesitation through a good word and amicable conviction.
ST: What would you say are the two or three most
important qualities of a business woman? Because I think
they are very different than they were even ten years ago.
SR: Not really. I would point to determination, willingness to think
outside the box and to accept failure as well as success.
ST: How do you balance leading one of Malta’s most
successful modelling agency with raising a daughter, and a
son sustaining a 10-plus-year relationship, and just getting
your hair done?
SR: My family is a source of support. Both Val and Dean have
their own way of getting me going. They inspire me to keep on
moving on the right direction whilst dedicating an hour or so for
a visit to my hair stylist. Now I must say that looking back now
31 years living through this routines gives me energy everyday.
Honestly I cannot imagine myself in any other way. ST
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15 Alternative Uses for Rubbing Alcohol
The majority of us probably have rubbing alcohol in our bathroom
medicine cabinets. But that same bottle has probably been sitting there
for months, if not years, gathering dust and only being used on the odd
occasion to disinfect a cut or cool the heat from a fever. However, rubbing
alcohol has so many surprising uses, and since it's relatively inexpensive,
you should start taking advantage of them. Below you can find fifteen
great uses for rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol makes an excellent
stain remover, when combined with
water. It's effective on everything
from coffee and wine stains to ink.
So, leave that pricey stain remover on the
grocery store shelf, and turn to rubbing alcohol
instead. To make, simply add one part rubbing
alcohol and two parts water to a spray bottle.
When needed, spray the mixture on a stain,
allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, and then
throw into the wash as normal.
Ticks are not only annoying, but they
can also spread dangerous diseases
to both humans and animals.
Fortunately for us, they hate alcohol
which means that rubbing alcohol
can help in the process of removing
one from your body. To do so, douse a cotton
ball in rubbing alcohol and then gently rub
it on the area the tick is on. Immediately
afterward, remove the tick using a pair of
tweezers and spray the wounded area with
rubbing alcohol to disinfect it.
We all know how difficult it can be to
remove a sticker from something like
a picture frame or glass. It sometimes
takes an age to get off and, when you
finally manage, it leaves a sticky residue
behind. Thankfully, rubbing alcohol makes the
process a whole lot easier. Simply pour some
rubbing alcohol on the sticker and let it sit for 10
minutes. As rubbing alcohol is a dissolvent, the
sticker will peel off with ease.
USE IT AS A DE-GREASER
Rubbing alcohol is also a cheap and effective
de-greaser. All you need to do is pour some onto
a clean rag and wipe down the
stove. Not only is
it cheaper than products designed to do the same
thing, it arguably works better.
You don't even have to rinse,
as the rubbing alcohol dries
almost immediately after
If you find yourself without
deodorant, turn to rubbing
alcohol and essential oil
instead. Add some rubbing
alcohol to a fine-mist spray bottle and then
add 15 drops of essential oil. Lavender is ideal.
Spray your armpits as you would with any other
deodorant, but make sure to avoid applying it
after shaving, as it will sting.
NAIL POLISH REMOVER
If you run out of nail polish remover,
you can use rubbing alcohol instead. It
will take a little more rubbing, but it will work.
Just douse a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol
and rub it on the nail polish until it's gone.
8CLEAN THE SURFACE OF YOUR
Electronics such as computer, laptops,
and cell phones, are a breeding ground
for germs and bacteria. Therefore,
disinfecting them regularly is a must. And
rubbing alcohol is one of the best things you can
use. Simply dab some on a cotton ball and use it
to clean the surface of your phone, mouse, and
CLEANING GARDEN TOOLS
If you have been using garden
tools to remove rotting,
diseased, or dead plants, it's
important to disinfect those
tools or harmful bacteria will remain on them and
get transferred to healthy plants. While there are
sanitizers on the market which were made for
this purpose, they cost more, and you're more
likely to have rubbing alcohol on hand anyway. To
disinfect your tools, clean them using soap and
water first, and then allow each tool to soak in
rubbing alcohol for a minute or two. After they
have soaked, wipe them down with a clean rag
and leave to dry.
A HOMEMADE ICEPACK
An ice pack is great to have around.
It can help relieve pain, swelling,
and inflammation from injuries and conditions,
such as arthritis. An ice pack can be made easily
by combining one part of rubbing alcohol with
two parts of water in a freezer bag. The rubbing
alcohol prevents the bag from freezing into a
complete block of ice.
FROST ON YOUR
One of the most annoying things
about an icy cold morning is
having to make the effort to
scrape the frost off the windshield
of your car. You can save yourself all this
hassle in the morning by just filling up a spray
bottle with rubbing alcohol and spraying it
onto the windshield.
POLISHING YOUR SHOES
While rubbing alcohol can help polish
your shoes, it doesn't do the trick alone.
Instead, you will need a regular shoe
polisher, but before using it, rub your
shoes with rubbing alcohol and the
polish will go on much smoother,
making your shoes look shiny and
GET RID OF THAT GARLIC
When you are making a dish that
uses garlic, you're inevitably going to
get the smell of garlic on your hands,
and washing it off with soap and
water usually doesn't fully get rid of the odour.
Instead, pour rubbing alcohol onto your hands
and work it in really well. Afterwards, wash your
hands as usual, with warm water and soap.
Just like with your kitchen
appliances, you can also use
rubbing alcohol to clean
chrome bathroom fixtures. Just simply pour
some rubbing alcohol onto a soft, absorbent
cloth and rub it across the fixtures. Your chrome
will not only sparkle, but the alcohol kills germs
BROKEN EYE SHADOW
Cosmetics are expensive, and
eyeshadows tend to crack and
break easily. Usually, when this
happens, you've got to throw it out and
buy a new one. Don't do that next time.
Instead, fill up a spray bottle with some
rubbing alcohol and then spray a little onto
the eyeshadow. Use a spoon or your fingers
to smooth it out. Allow it to completely
harden for several hours, and then it will be
just like new.
TAKE HAIRSPRAY OFF
When using hairspray, it is
inevitable that some will end
up on the mirror. While you
might think you need glass cleaner to remove
it, all you actually need to do is wipe it down
with some rubbing alcohol to take away the
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FITNESS & WELLBEING
Be Mindful to
hen we get caught up in a busy
life, we tend to lose connection
with one another, and even with
ourselves. (Jack Kornfield) Being mindful
means not to use your mobile phone when
you are talking to someone; to listen
and understand and take time to digest
emotions and feelings and live in the full
presence of the moment. It is very easy for
us not to be mindful; not to live the moment
and instead let everything that surrounds
us distract us. We may find ourselves not
living the life we want or doing work we
do not really wish to do. This may lead to
ending up in a state of fitness that we do
not actually like.
Life is very short and we should respect ourselves and
people around us. This can only be done if our actions
and behaviour are more meaningful. It is so simple and
yet it is so powerful. Lack of meaningfulness leads to
chaos, disorientation, tension, anxiety and negativity.
No wonder it is difficult to focus, concentrate, do our
best and achieve a good mind-set when one is in one or
more of these chaotic states. I observe people and I keep
journals which I refer to every now and then, to try and
determine patterns of successful or unsuccessful stories
in people’s lives with respect to health and fitness. More
than ever, in my opinion, the main problem is not fat
or the lack of time and motivation. The root cause and
subsequent effect is, presumably, mindfulness. One
cannot expect to suddenly be mindful in his actions
simply by pretending to be listening to someone but is,
in reality, simple being passive; hearing and nodding to
what other people say- this only amounts to part time
presence. Part time presence leads to part time results.
If we are more mindful we are more UNDERSTANDING.
If we are more mindful we are more UNDERSTANDABLE.
Mindfulness has to start from within; from our core
beliefs; from the environment that we are living in and
from the people that surround us. Every one of us has
the ability to be mindful. We need to remind ourselves
to do it more often and to train, just like an athlete, to
be more mindful. We have to be consistent. If we end up
losing connectivity and mindfulness, we need to rewire
our mind and train and monitor ourselves. Ask concrete
questions to yourself; be honest and produce concrete
answers. Give yourself the chance to feel, perform and
live better. In the mean time, I thank you for taking
the MINDFUL time to read this short message and for
sharing it mindfully so together we will make the world
a better place!
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This is How to See What
Google Knows About You
Google knows much more about you than you probably
realize, and it’s collecting more and more data every
day. According to the Associated Press, Google already
monitors your online shopping, but it now has a new tool
to monitor how much people spend in physical stores
after they have clicked on digital adverts.
To be fair to them, Google does provide ways for users to
limit tracking and control adverts. For example, last year,
Google debuted the My Activity page, a dashboard that
gives a snapshot of the data that Google has gathered
from your online activities.
This is available at myactivity.google.com.
Things to Know about Google’s My Activity Page
When you arrive at the My Activity page, you’ll see a
timeline of your activity across Google products, which
can include websites that you’ve searched and visited,
as well as images and videos that you’ve viewed. Your
current privacy settings will determine what exactly is
being displayed on your timeline. ST
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“Today everyone is becoming a brand, there are no
more designers.” Interview with Shayne Oliver
With his label Hood By Air, the New York-based designer invented a way of combining
streetwear and fashion that spoke to a whole new generation. Invited by fashion label
Helmut Lang to be artistic director for a season, Oliver has revisited the house’s heritage
with wit and brio. Sunday Trends asked him all about the experience.
ST: Why did you decide to put your label Hood By Air
on standby? Was it before or after being contacted
by Helmut Lang?
SO: I put HBA on standby in January 2017. We were trying to
figure out what the next steps would be for the brand, thinking
about moving to Paris. There was a lot of miscommunication
between the business side of things and the management – a
lot of the decisions were made in this very panicky way, and no
one created a real business system within HBA. We could have
moved to Paris and become a sort of intimate brand, close to
the customer, but we didn’t really have a sales director. Everyone
began working on personal projects. It was the right moment to
pause and figure out internal problems. And a lot of insiders in
the fashion business have started to… not steal, but become part
of the market that we’d created. These people had a business
structure, and that wasn’t part of the DNA of HBA. I felt I was
just putting ideas out there, creating new brand theories, new
ways of thinking about marketing, about the meaning of fashion,
without gaining anything, not only financially but also in terms of
recognition. It became really discouraging for me to want to do
something new, upgrade the game, while no one internally was
taking advantage of it businesswise or creating a guideline for
people to speak about the brand. It was the right time to take
a break. Especially given how things are now – I didn’t want to
get involved in this weird streetwear thing that’s happening at
the moment. Those are ideas I grew up with, things I know. I’m
not doing it because I want to take advantage of the streetwear
market. Where HBA is concerned, the next step will be finding
a structure for the brand that lets me do what I need to do as a
designer. I want to do something I’m comfortable with, something
I feel is new. As a consumer, I don’t feel like I want to buy – I’m
lost. Because everything looks like gimmicky clothes. It’s all about
statement, there’s nothing that’s really designed.
ST: Your role at Helmut Lang, where you produced a
collection called Helmut Lang Seen By Shayne Oliver,
was very much like that of a curator. Did you approach
it in that spirit?
SO: Yes, absolutely. Because if I am working with them for just one
season, it doesn’t make sense to create something new. You just
curate. It was like both Helmut Lang and myself in this conversation,
about creating a taste level for myself based on the history of
Helmut Lang. That was the most organic thing to do.
“Today everyone is becoming a brand, there are no more
designers. I don’t think that’s a problem, but I just think that you
cannot call things fashion when there are no designers. No one is
saying, ‘This is what I designed this season, you can buy into it.’ It’s
the other way around: ‘Look what I am implementing into these
criteria, buy into this because this is actually just a brand.’ People
forget that the aesthetics that someone created are for a reason.”
ST: As a designer, you have been strongly influenced
by Helmut Lang in your HBA work. What aspects of his
oeuvre did you focus on in this collection?
SO: I wanted to explore the sensuality of what he’d done in the past.
There was very little physical archive for me to explore, so the idea
of working with his oeuvre became very fetishized. I began to think
about how he’d been a sort of fashion pornographer, and created
a new fetishism based on fashion, on how people dress in codes.
I began to think about bras, socks, underwear, undergarments,
lipstick, ritualistic hairstyles, and essentially just pulled and plucked
at the archive that I had. From what little there was I picked three
coats, and all the basics: a pair of slacks, a pair of jeans, a tank top,
a men’s shirt, a women’s basic dress. I wanted to follow a storyline
of keeping it sensual and focusing on his eveningwear. Because I’m
sure that some of the designers who come after me will focus on the
bomber jacket, but I feel this is something that has been exhausted
by the current generation. I’m not trying to sell Helmut Lang to this
generation – I want them to understand the attitude and the vibe he
put out. So I took whatever they had and restyled it – made the waist
lower, made it higher, pulled the jacket to the side, pinned the dress
up. And we created new patterns from that. Nothing was created
from scratch. It was only about using old things, pulling and tugging.
Except for the accessories: the collection was heavily accessorized
because it just felt right. I was trying to distil what I felt about the
clothes. That’s where the bra bag came from, and the folders based
on a school-uniform idea – we created fashion binders, as though
you were going to school but with a clutch.
ST: HBA and its runway shows were conceived as
performances that critiqued fashion. Has this critical
and performative aspect found its way into your work for
Helmut Lang ?
SO: A lot of the things that I put out on the table over the years are
now trendy topics, and I wanted to step away from this false political
aspect that everyone has in fashion right now. I think it’s great that
people are starting to un-train consumers, but it’s almost another
version of entitlement, being able to say something like that. So I
wanted to move away from that and do something that’s romantic,
and not political. To me, in fashion, doing a collection and giving all the
profit to a cause, that’s political. You can’t be a major brand and have
slogans about politics when the structure of your brand
is not going towards the effectiveness of that meaning.
For example, I don’t see anyone designing anything
that’s feminist. I see everyone saying it, but I don’t
see any products being made. I just see people
regurgitating designs that aren’t feminist. That’s where
the giant bra in my collection came from: accentuating
a woman’s anatomy. I felt that was the most political
statement I made in this collection. I don’t really feel
like I have any solutions to the problem of politics
and fashion, so for the time being my standard is to
be at a minimum. It’s good to take a moment and do
something that feels standard, so that you know and
understand what’s frivolous in a social way.
ST: Is this also why you came back to tailoring,
at a time when everyone else is jumping on
the streetwear bandwagon?
SO: Yes, we’re at a moment where you wonder, “Are
you into streetwear because you’re favouring the new
and the next, or just because that’s where the money’s
going? Do you really believe in the idea of diversity in
fashion?” Today everyone is becoming a brand, there
are no more designers. I don’t think that’s a problem,
but I just think that you can’t call things fashion when
there are no designers. No one is saying, “This is what
I designed this season, you can buy into it.” It’s the
other way around: “Look what I’m implementing into
these criteria, buy into this because this is actually
just a brand.” People forget that the aesthetics that
someone created are for a reason, and if you don’t
like it then you shouldn’t be buying the brand in
general. That’s why ever yone adapting streetwear
feels inorganic and cheap. I don’t see anyone doing
it in a demanding, highbrow way. They know what it
looks like, but they don’t really understand it. Right
now streetwear is no cooler than it was in the 90s
when people were actually wearing it. I don’t see
anyone taking it to the next level, except a few specific
designers. So in my collection for Helmut Lang, it was
all about keeping it in the tailored world. Yes you can
buy a T-shirt and hoodies, but I don’t even think it was
necessary to show them on the runway. And most of
the brands that adapt streetwear today shouldn’t be
showing it on the runway either: they don’t have the
precision that makes it important.
ST: And what about all the Helmut Lang logos
you played with?
SO: There was so much to play with! But everyone has
referenced Helmut Lang so much, including myself. At
some point, for example, we wanted to reference his
Mapplethorpe vibe, but realized it looked like a collection
that Raf Simons did before. So we just chose to do the
most basic things, rewriting Helmut Lang’s name like a
little child. Very primary things seemed to be the point.
“When you are a young designer taking over a house
that was created by one of the great names of couture,
you really have to be strong.”
ST: Helmut Lang’s current structure is quite
experimental, with an editor in residence,
Isabella Burley, and guest designers. Do you
feel this is relevant?
SO: Yes. It was interesting for me to take the risk of
doing something that hasn’t been done, but with
someone else’s project. It was good to be there at
the beginning. In the future it will be great if it really
goes into this idea of curation. Isabella has done great
examples of that with the capsule collection that
recreates pieces by Helmut Lang, and I think other
brands will start to do their own version of this. Isabella
is smart enough to keep it going in a good way. As for
me, I began working on the holiday collection, with
the Helmut logo, then a preview collection that was
shown in July and released at the end of November.
The third instalment will be the spring/summer 2018
collection that was in the New York show. As I begin to
progress as a solo designer, I’m open to other projects.
I don’t know how demanding the next ones will be,
but I’m totally into it. I’m confident about the process
– as long as I’m working under a designer I respect, of
course. It helps me to grow up as a designer.
ST: Do you think this idea of guest designers is
a solution to the constant coming and going
of artistic directors that we have been seeing
at the big houses over the past few years?
SO: Yeah I know, the pace is crazy. At first I didn’t
have a problem with it because, well, that’s the way
the world goes. But then I started to realize that
sometimes, after some designers have worked at a
house, they do not have a second chance, you know
what I mean? Their name has become synonymous
with a brand – it can be hard to break the visual
identity that people associate with you. So I think that
for me, what’s really cool is what Nicolas Ghesquière
did at the beginning of Balenciaga, because he grew
the house to the level where it is today. That’s why he
was able to move on to Louis Vuitton. When you are a
young designer taking over a house that was created
by one of the great names of couture, you really have
to be strong. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible – some
people can do it. It’s more about having the time to
mature something that’s relevant. Today, a lot of the
things we are seeing are consumer-ready, but not
really relevant. That’s what worries me. Of course you
have to sell, but the challenge of fashion is to be able
to do something that sells but that is also relevant. ST
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MILAN FASHION WEEK
CNMI worked on a series of projects telling the story of Italian fashion's
values and tradition and produced two important exhibitions:
"Crafting the Future. Stories of artisans and innovation" curated by
Franca Sozzani and opened in September 2016, and "Italiana. Italy
through the eyes of fashion 1971-2001" curated by Maria Luisa Frisa
and Stefano Tonchi, which closed on 6 May after drawing over 26,000
visitors in just over two months.
The first CNMI Fashion Summit - Crafting the Future of Fashion
organized in June in collaboration with Bain & Company and Business
of Fashion was attended by the main players in the Made in Italy
fashion industry. Two editions of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards
Italia (24 September 2017 and 23 September 2018), an event wholly
dedicated to the values of sustainability.
CNMI is a leading voice on sustainability issues at world level. Its aim is to
achieve the highest standards of sustainability through close collaboration
with industry and the engagement and training of the various players in
In addition to the aforementioned Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia, four
important documents were published:
• Guidelines on Eco-Toxicological Requisites for articles of clothing, leather
goods, footwear and accessories (February 2016);
• CNMI Principles for Sustainable Retailing (September 2017);
• Guidelines on Eco-Toxicological Requisites for Chemical Mixtures and
Industrial Discharges in Manufacturing Businesses;
• Bioavailability of Carcinogenic Aromatic Amines (March 2018), a
Two International Roundtables on Sustainability by CNMI have
already been held (March 2017 and March 2018), in which numerous
international brands took part. A major project enabling CNMI
members to obtain EIB financing for investments in production -
Funding Sustainability - was launched with partner UniCredit.
The aim is to complete the road map by the end of 2020 with the
drafting of documents on sustainable procurement of raw materials,
supply chain management and control, circular economy and social
and environmental responsibility. CNMI also supported the first-time
inclusion of certain Italian and international brands in the calendars of
Milano Moda Donna and Milano Moda Uomo with a substantial (sixzero)
investment in free facilities for young and new brands. Camera
Nazionale della Moda Italiana is pleased to announce the
birth of CNMI Fashion Trust, a non-profit organization,
funded by a heterogeneous group of memebers aimed
to select new Made in Italy talents and to help them to
transform their talent in a global brand.
CNMI has a programme of digital culture promotion
and has strengthened its online presence, especially
for the main events it organizes. Seven workshops have
been held on digital themes. The Association initiated
analysis of online conversations during Milan fashion
weeks and how they compare to major fashions weeks
in other countries:
• 1 million engagements generated during the 2017
Milan fashion weeks;
• 4 million engagements generated by #MFW as of
RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOVERNMENT
Over the 3-year period CNMI strengthened its
relationships with government, both in Italy thanks
to the collaboration with other fashion Associations,
and abroad, and with other fashion chambers in terms
of sharing calendars and young designer promotion
initiatives. CNMI has established a strong collaborative
relationship with the European Community focussing
on issues such as intellectual property and e-commerce.
CNMI also renewed the agreement with its institutional
partner the Municipality of Milan and was able to count
on vital support and co-operation from the Economic
Development Ministry and the Italian Trade Agency
(ITA) in putting on the abovementioned exhibitions and
the Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia. CNMI sits on
the Italian Fashion and Accessories Committee set up
by the Economic Development Ministry in 2016.
President Carlo Capasa brought the Meeting to a close
by thanking the Management Board for its significant
efforts over the last three years and expressed
confidence that implementation of the Association's
strategy will produce good results in the next 2-year
period and beyond. ST
Courtesy: Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana
10 Drinks That Contain Fewer
Calories, but Taste Great For Summer
A mojito is one of the most popular beach drinks, but
thanks to its high sugar content, a standard serving (9
fluid ounces), can have up to 240 calories.
Replace it with the less popular (but still tasty) Martini,
which contains only 70 calories per 9 fluid ounces.
Mojito (242 Calories) –
Martini (70 Calories)
Long Island Ice Tea (424
Calories) – Cosmopolitan
Long Island Ice Tea contains vodka, gin, tequila, rum,
triple-sec, and Coca-Cola. This is why a standard glass of
this drink (14 fluid ounces) contains 424 calories.
The Cosmopolitan, on the other hand, contains less
alcohol and a little cranberry juice. It’s tasty and a
normal-sized glass of this drink (9 fluid ounces) contains
around 100 calories.
Gin and Tonic (175 Calories) –
Lime Soda Indian Style
Gin and Tonic is a carbonated drink that contains a lot
of sugar – 9 fluid ounces of this drink contains around
Lime Soda Indian Style is the perfect alternative as it
doesn’t contain as much sugar, meaning there are 106
calories in 9 fluid ounces of this beverage.
Rum and Coke (210 Calories)
– Rum and Diet Coke
Rum and Coke is a very popular party drink, but 10 fluid
ounces of this drink contains 210 calories.
To reduce the number of calories in this beverage, you
can replace the regular Coke with Diet Coke. As a result,
you’ll have only 115 calories in 10 fluid ounces.
The most popular cocktails contain alcohol and a lot of calories.
This is why alcohol and diets are definitely not a good match.
However, sometimes it’s important to relax and have a good
time with your friends. So, what do you do in this case? Well,
you can easily replace them with lighter drinks that taste just
as good as your regular cocktails, but contain a lot less sugar,
meaning they won’t spoil the results of your diet. Below are 10
alternatives to popular cocktails that are just as fancy and tasty
as the most fashionable beverages:
Gin and Tonic (170 Calories) –
Gin and Slimline Tonic
Gin and tonic is another favorite beach and club drink,
but it has a high sugar content. Just 7 fluid ounces of this
drink contains around 170 calories.
Slimline Tonic is another tonic beverage that has fewer
calories. Gin and Slimline tonic looks the same as a
regular Gin and Tonic, but it has only 70 calories per 7
White Wine (160 Calories) –
Champagne (89 Calories)
Wines can be different and the amount of calories in
them depends on the type of grapes and additional
sugar used. However, the approximate number of
calories in 6 fluid ounces is 160.
Champagne can actually be considered a diet
carbonated drink. One 4 fluid ounce glass contains
fewer than 89 calories.
Pina Colada (300 Calories) –
Fuzzy Navel (120 Calories)
A Pina Colada contains a lot of pineapple and coconut,
which is why there can be up to 300 calories in a
standard glass (8 fluid ounces).
The cocktail which goes by the name Fuzzy Navel
contains peach schnapps and orange juice, which makes
it a great alternative with just 120 calories.
White Russian (208 Calories)
– Daiquiri (140 Calories)
The White Russian became popular after the release of
The Big Lebowski – the main character of this film drank
it throughout the movie. However, it’s not that good for
you in terms of calorie content – 3 fluid ounces contain
The best alternative is a Daiquiri – a refreshing drink
made with lime juice, mango, and rum. 3 fluid ounces
contain just 140 calories.
Margarita (280 Calories) –
Moscow Mule (120 Calories)
An 8 fluid ounce glass of Margarita contains 280
calories. In fact, a 100g slice of pizza has fewer calories
than this drink – 253.
A great alternative is the Moscow Mule – it has only 120
calories in 6 fluid ounces.
Dark Beer (220 Calories) –
Protein Beer (92 Calories)
There are thousands of different types of beers and
each one has its own calorie content. The type of beer
that contains the largest number of calories is dark beer.
Just one pint of this drink contains 220 calories.
Protein beers are gaining in popularity due to the fact
they have fewer calories – just 92. However, it can be
quite tricky to get your hands on some. ST
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DOCTOR ON CALL
Prevention Vs Cure
in Health Systems
If we had the same enthusiasm for health statistics as we do for our
political parties, football teams and parochial band clubs, this would
call for a nationwide celebration which would however seriously
overlook the pressing public health issues at hand. In fact, these
commendable figures on the European public health platform must
certainly not mask some less ‘healthy’ statistics such as the quarter
of our population, including the paediatric counterpart (aged 11-15)
which suffers from obesity - the highest rate in the EU, that diabetes
and HIV also have a relatively high prevalence compared to other
As a medical practitioner with more than a couple of decades’
experience up my sleeve, I confess that one of the ironies that always
baffled me in the patients I meet is that while most of them swoon
even at the thought of a chronic illness, especially if it is cancer,
hardly any of them does anything concrete to prevent it. Most of us
still smoke anything from tobacco to weed, drink alcohol in amounts
that can keep an Olympic torch alight for decades and thrive on a
staple diet of fats and refined sugars in various concoctions. And
then we spend the rest of our lives either sitting on our behinds or
lying on our sides thus avoiding any form of exertion whatsoever.
The World Health Organisation defines health not just as a
state of wellbeing in the physical but in the mental and social
spheres. Sadly mental health especially at the workplace
has become a growing health challenge in the last decades
while loneliness, insecure (liquid) relationships and financial
instability have become the hallmark of our existence mostly
for those at the lower bracket of the social scale.
Had we formed part of the post-war society, we could have
been excused for lack of education in how to prevent most of
the common ailments that are afflicting us. However living
in the post-millenium affluent society, where we know what
to avoid more than we actually know ourselves, we cannot
and thus the responsibility lies squarely on our shoulders.
Whichever way we look at it, we are what we eat and
subsequently drink, smoke or exercise. Our health is our
responsibility and taking regular blood tests and doing
copious medical reviews is useless unless we seriously
commit ourselves to living well. Prevention has been proven
to be better than cure time and time again. As a result,
choosing the healthier options is our duty to ourselves and
those around us. ST
Credit: Dr Moira Borg
Dr. Moira Borg
It is widely claimed that prevention in health systems is better
than cure which is glaringly true especially when one compares
the lower cost of public health programs and campaigns as
opposed to treatment and intervention of most of our ailments.
Locally we seem to be doing it right, despite being the smallest
Member State of the European Union, considering that we boast
of a higher life expectancy and declining death rates from all
causes. In fact, according to a recent report - Malta, Health Systems
Review, published last year, our islands have the lowest rates of
preventable mortality and its citizens tend to spend 90% of their
existence in excellent health.
diabetes and HIV also have
a relatively high prevalence compared to
other European countries.
Dr.Moira Borg is a medical
practitioner in private practice
and a Gestalt psychotherapist
with a speciality to work with
children and young people. She
is also a freelance medical
writer. with children and
young people. She is also
a freelance medical
Tech Icon Steve ‘WOZ’ Wozniak Rocks Audience
At GIG’S Annual Employee Conference
At the 5-year company anniversary event
“GiGsters Connect”, organized by Gaming
Innovation Group (GiG), legendary Silicon
Valley tech wizard Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak
was welcomed by a cheering crowd while
whizzing into the InterContinental Arena in
Malta on a Segway.
The audience included 650 GiG employees
(“GiGsters”) from Malta, Norway, Spain and
Denmark as well as over 500 external guests
who were given a free ticket by GiG: UoM,
MCAST and Middlesex University students
and professors, members of the Maltese tech
community and high profile guests.
Kelly Kehn, Co-founder All-in Diversity: “What
an inspiring and engaging event for students,
employees and the local community!”
The gadget guru captivated the audience with
an inspiring and educational fireside chat with
GiG CEO, Robin Reed, and also took questions
from the audience.
“In an industry where recruitment of top tech
talent may be difficult, GiG is truly leading the way
by opening up their awesomeness and sharing
it with all of us. What an inspiring and engaging
event for students, employees and the local
community! More of this please!”, commented
Kelly Kehn Co-founder of All-in Diversity an
industry-driven initiative to benchmark diversity,
equality and inclusion in iGaming.
Employees and students express gratefulness
to GiG for this great opportunity. Sharing a
wealth of anecdotes ‘Woz’ had the audience
glued to his every word: while working at the
video game company Atari, he had dreamt of
a “computer in color”. After "four days and
nights without sleep", the image of a colored
computer screen had popped into his head. It
was "just a digital number" but that was all it
took to change the industry.
“I am really grateful to GiG for this wonderful
opportunity of a lifetime. I got to meet one
of my role models, talk to him and have him
sign my books and my shirt. Today was a good
day.”, said GiG Solutions Architect and former
MCAST student Chris Demicoli. And listening
into conversations after the event he seemed
to speak for almost every guest that evening.
The 2-day GiGsters Connect event meanwhile
has been featuring many more in-depth
knowledge session, hackathons, parties and
learning opportunities lined up for all 650 GiG
employees in attendance. ST
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he best way to look for a good shoe, is to be somewhat creative
and buy shoes which still have adequate foot support. The heel
part of the shoe should be always be sturdy, whilst a slight heel
raise helps to keep the foot in a more comfortable, slightly turned
downward position. The idea of flat shoes is not ideal since a flat shoe
places the foot in a more pronated position causing an increase, in back
and knee pain.
The ankle should also have adequate strapping so to prevent the foot
from sliding in and out of the same shoe. When a shoe is kept loose, the
foot will tend to retract the toes as to keep the shoe in place increasing
muscle tension unnecessary. Keep in mind that due to hot temperatures
feet will tend to swell up more - ideally shoes should be purchased after
a day’s work, rather then right after waking up.
shoes in Summer
By Clinton Schembri Francalanza
just round the corner and
temperatures starting to climb,
the attire changes accordingly and
so do our shoes. I find myself in a
very difficult situation when my clients
ask me footwear advice for the the hot
summer months. Going to the beach is
inevitable, BBQ gatherings are a must
and strolling along the sea shore is
the norm; however certain people
find it hard to buy adequate
Socks are a great piece of clothing which was invented for a reason.
Cotton socks help to absorb moisture away from the foot, whilst
producing an intermediate layer between the shoe and the foot- which
helps to reduce blisters and unwanted odors; and please do not place
talcum powder inside sock less shoes, since sweat and talcum have
a tendency to stick together and cause very unwanted odors. When
wearing closed summer shoes it is always ideal to wear socks to prevent
In summer, the chances of foreign bodies being stuck under our feet is
more common, and there is higher chance of getting an infection. The
most important tip is to avoid barefoot as much as possible and to wear
some sort of sandals at the beach to reduce the chances of lodging
pieces of glass, sea urchins, beer caps (I am not joking), metal shavings,
In the case that you still listened to my advice and managed to suffer
from a foreign body stuck to your foot, do not try and remove it yourself.
Seek professional advice, since its very difficult to remove a foreign
body from one’s foot without causing damage.
Health in Motion Clinic
One last point from my end would be to increase water intake – 2-3lts
daily as to keep the skin hydrated as much as possible and in the case
of people suffering from dry skin to apply more foot cream, around the
foot especially the heel area. This helps to keep the skin supple and
elastic. Other then that you will end up with cracks. A crack is a portal
for infections so beware! ST
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Christine X Art Gallery
Christine X Art Gallery was established in 2004 by Christine Xuereb
Seidu, an artist herself. Her intention was to gather a collection of
local artists and represent them under one roof, promoting the local
art scene. Over the years, Christine curated several exhibitions with
original artworks from the many artists she represented.
In August 2017 Christine moved to Ghana and her brother Jonathan
Xuereb took over Christine X Art Gallery who has been running the gallery
ever since. Over the months, Jonathan brought aboard a few new artists
for customers to be able to view a wider range of artworks in different
styles, media, form, content and technique. At the gallery, one could also
view photography by well-known professional local photographers.
When one visits Christine X Art Gallery, they are sure to find an artwork to
suit their needs and their likes. One would find modern art, contemporary
art, landscapes, views, floral as well as abstract art in all sizes.
Over the years the appreciation of art is constantly increasing.
Purchasing an artwork is for life. It is not a short-term purchase. A work
of art expresses one’s feeling, mood or emotion. An artwork could also
brighten up a room and give it colour. It could also compliment a room
or a corridor in your home or office.
Are you at a complete loss in choosing a gift for a friend or loved one?
Are you undecided what to buy as a birthday gift, house warming,
engagement, wedding or anniversary gift? Why not buy an original
artwork by a renowned local artist? At Christine X Art Gallery, you are sure
to find an original artwork to suit your budget. Vouchers are also available.
Only a few weeks ago, a new website was launched. The website
www.christinexart.com was designed to be user-friendly and easier
to view the artworks, and one could sort by artist or price at a click of a
button. All available artworks are available online. On the website one
could reserve the artwork by filling in their details.
Subscribe to our newsletter to receive monthly emails of all new
artworks received at the gallery. Christine X Art Gallery is also on
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Christine X Art Gallery is situated in Tigne Street (corner with Hughes
Hallet Street) in Sliema. Jonathan may be contacted on 21316708 or
99844653 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ST
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Malta is excited to announce the return of ‘Su Misura’. This
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along with the house’s first prêt-à-porter collections. Ermenegildo
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The Global Search for Education:
What does the fourth industrial revolution and the extraordinary period of
societal change mean for teachers and learning? How can classrooms equip
learners with the competencies, mindset and agency to shape their own lives
and contribute to the lives of their communities?
A ground-breaking new book by Armand Doucet, Elisa Guerra, Michael Soskil,
Jelmer Evers, Koen Timmers and Nadia Lopez, Teaching in the Fourth Industrial
Revolution: Standing at the Precipice, shares predictions and strategies for an
education system that matches the needs of the AI future.
Welcome to the Fourth Industrial
Revolution. It’s a complex, volatile, everchanging
world where we have already
witnessed fundamental shifts in the way
we live. Given this extraordinary period
of societal change, what will this mean
for teaching? How should teachers
equip learners with the competencies
and mindset to approach learning as
being life-long? How can education
equip learners with agency to shape
their own lives and contribute to the
lives of their communities?
Six internationally recognised Global
Teacher Prize finalists have authored
a new book (Teaching in the Fourth
Industrial Revolution: Standing at the
Precipice; Routledge, March 2018)
in which they share their vision and
strategies for an education system that
matches the needs of the future.
The Global Search for Education is
pleased to welcome co-authors Armand
Doucet, Jelmer Evers, Koen Timmers,
Michael Soskil, Elisa Guerra Cruz and
ST: How can education lead us through
an unknown future to a place of peace
Michael Soskil: Only by keeping
education rooted in human relationships
and empathy can we meet the great
challenges on the horizon. Our students
are craving the opportunity to make a
difference and shape the planet they
will inherit from us. Our global society
faces dangers of inequity inside and
outside our schools. If we are to realize the peaceful and prosperous vision of the
future we desire, a focus on equity through and within our educational systems must
be one of our main driving forces. Ever widening inequity will be one of the gravest
threats to the health of our future society.
ST: How does a good teacher prepare her students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Nadia Lopez: Teachers must be life-long learners. Teaching is not just about preparing students
for a particular workforce, but to also become agents of change that have a positive influence
within humanity. When we teach girls that they can be entrepreneurs, architects, computer
scientists, and engineers, then we begin to dismantle the stereotypes that limit them from
pursuing any and every career. Education can build bridges across the globe and we can learn
from one another.
ST: What are some of the key take-aways from your research in Teaching in the Fourth
Industrial Revolutionwith other teachers?
Elisa Guerra Cruz: Children need the artistic touch of human connection to reach their unique
potential. Even in environments devoid of technology, excellent pedagogy is still leading to
astonishing student learning outcomes. True educational success lies in a system that meets
the needs of the individual, with or without the use of technology.
“Passion is what engages and empowers students. Schools
have timetables; learning does not.”
— Armand Doucet
Yes They’re Ready to Teach in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
By C. M. Rubin
ST: You write about the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution requiring a shift to holistic education. What are the
steps we must take to accomplish that?
Michael Soskil: We need a shift in focus from accountability measures based on standardized test scores toward metrics that take
into account universal access to quality teachers and learning environments, robust curricula that include the arts, as well as student
engagement and well-being. Passionate teachers having professional discussions about what is best for kids leads to a better education
system. Each individual student is a new independent and constantly changing variable in an ever-changing context.
ST: You talk about “flipping the system” that is changing education from the ground up. How do we do it?
Jelmer Evers: It will take professionalism and also activism by teachers to help build those new systems. We need to embrace a
new paradigm: the networked teacher. We need to build our classrooms, schools and educational systems based on the principles
of collaboration and trust. We need to be aware as teachers how global forces influence our classrooms. Students need to be
invested in what they learn.
“As the world continues to become
more globalized and interconnected,
the ability to understand diverse
perspectives and work with those that
have divergent worldviews will become
— Koen Timmers
Elisa Guerra Cruz, Armand Doucet, Michael Soskil, Koen
Timmers, Jelmer Evers, Nadia Lopez, C.M. Rubin
ST: You talk about the learner profile (Teach ME) as a
practical guide to allow teachers to introduce a holistic
approach to learning. What are some of the key drivers?
Armand Doucet: Teachers need to evolve from simply
delivering traditional knowledge towards designing
lessons that develop literacies, competencies and
character. Society needs to be as concerned with the
education of our teachers as we are with the education
of our students. As educators, our responsibility is not
solely to create the next workforce; it is to help raise the
next generation of citizens
ST: True personalization involves more than content being chosen for
students by algorithms. A few thoughts on how tech and traditional
learning will co-exist?
Armand Doucet: Without great pedagogy, technology integration is
worthless. Passion is what engages and empowers students. Schools have
timetables; learning does not.
Koen Timmers: Technology is a pedagogical catalyst. It can make good
classroom practices great, and it can make bad classroom practices even
ST: What’s the key take away you want other teachers to have from
Koen Timmers: Education is a human right. Everyone, everywhere has
a need and the right to quality Education. As the world continues to
become more globalized and interconnected, the ability to understand
diverse perspectives and work with those that have divergent
worldviews will become increasingly important.
Armand Doucet Jelmer Evers: Education should be at the core of any
proposed solutions, and teachers must play an integral part in shaping
them. Teaching is not an exact science, because, quite simply, humans
are involved. Rather than passively wait for history to take its course, or to
succumb before the inevitable shifts that come ahead, we want to inspire
educators and the society in full to make active decisions and take whatever
roads we need so as to guarantee that every child in the world has the
opportunity to thrive. As we enter a new age of Renaissance in education,
it is key that in each educational jurisdiction, we align our vision to what is
truly happening in the classroom. ST
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12 of the Best 4-Wheel Drive Cars to
Buy in 2018
The new car market in 2018 is laden with truly brilliant models, so if you're
looking for a new car yourself, you're really spoiled for choice. With that being
said, I've picked out the very best four-wheel drive performance cars that
your hard-earned money can buy. Four-wheel drive is a system of drivetrain in
which a car's engine power and torque are sent to all four wheels, as opposed
to two. Benefits include better traction, better cornering, and an all-round
safer driving experience. Here are four-wheel drive stars of 2018:
1. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
It isn’t often that a sports utility vehicle can truly be called a performance
car, but Alfa Romeo has really achieved something amazing with its Stelvio
Quadrifoglio 4x4. The fire-breathing SUV features a 2.9-liter turbocharged
V6 engine that produces over 500 horsepower, which is delivered to all
four wheels via an 8-speed transmission. Some road testers have even said
that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is actually even better to drive than the Giulia
Quadrifoglio saloon over broken road surfaces.
2. Audi R8
Although it's been around for more than a decade now, the Audi R8 is still
one of the cars that epitomizes what a modern supercar that you could
use every single day if you wanted to is all about. It boasts attributes that
one comes to expect of Audi, such as slick exterior styling and a beautiful
interior, but it’s very much defined by its four-wheel drive system and its
ability to put its power down with a minimal amount of fuss.
3. Audi S1
This model is one that almost everyone has already forgotten about, but
it really shouldn’t be that way. Its price-tag means that it’s more expensive
than conventional front-wheel drive superminis, however the technological
punch that this car packs shouldn’t be overlooked. Granted, it isn’t quite as
exciting to drive as rivals such as the Ford Fiesta ST, but its four-wheel drive
system makes it unique in its class and gives it poor-weather ability that’s far
greater than its rivals. This model is one that almost everyone has already
forgotten about, but it really shouldn’t be that way. Its price-tag means that
it’s more expensive than conventional front-wheel drive superminis, however
the technological punch that this car packs shouldn’t be overlooked. Granted,
The BMW M5 is synonymous with sideways hooliganism, so it’s
it isn’t quite as exciting to drive as rivals such as the Ford Fiesta ST, but its
interesting to think that the latest iteration of the model is actually
four-wheel drive system makes it unique in its class and gives it poor-weather
four-wheel drive. With that being said, the car does has a “drift
ability that’s far greater than its rivals.
mode”, which sends all of its 592 horsepower to the rear wheels
(cue destroyed tires). It’s believed that BMW decided to go with a
four-wheel drive powertrain on the latest version of the M5 due to
the fact that previous rear-wheel drive versions struggled to contain
their (lesser) power outputs!
5. Ferrari GTC4Lusso
If you ever fancied a Ferrari capable of getting you up to a ski resort high in the
mountains in the middle of winter, then this is the one for you. The GTC4Lusso
features a hugely complicated drivetrain, with the front wheels being driven
by a separate transmission to the rear. It also features four-wheel steering,
making it extremely nimble for a car of its size. The car’s grunt comes from an
enormous 6.3-liter V12 that produces over 680 horsepower.
Should you wish to own a Focus that pays homage to the four-wheel
drive rally versions driven by the likes of the late Colin McRae, then
this is the one for you. The most recent version of the Focus RS has
a GKN “Twinster” rear clutch pack, which features torque vectoring,
allowing 100% of the car’s power output to be sent to a single rear
wheel. The result is that the Focus RS will go sideways just as well as
the best rear-wheel-drive cars can. If you want one, then put your
order in now, because the Focus is about to be replaced by Ford
and there’s no new RS model in sight as yet.
6. Ford Focus RS
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Cold Tomato Soup
* 1 kg (35 oz) ripe tomatoes
* 500 ml (17 US fl oz) water
* 100 g (3.5 oz) breadcrumbs
* 100 ml (3 US fl oz) Borges olive oil
For the mint oil:
* A bunch of mint
* Borges Extra Virgin Olive oil
Step by step
To make the mint oil, blanch the mint, then plunge
into ice water, dry and crush with the olive oil.
Cut up the tomatoes and put into a bowl with the
breadcrumbs (it’s best to do this the day before, so
that the bread softens and soaks up all the flavour).
Blend to make a thin paste and then add salt, pepper
and olive oil. Strain through a chinois to remove any
skin and seeds. Chill well.
Add a little mint oil before serving. ST
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The latest version of the Honda NSX (badged as an Acura in the
US) is nothing short of a technological marvel, featuring a twinturbocharged
V6 engine coupled with an electric motor to drive
the rear wheels, as well as a further two electric motors that
drive each front wheel respectively. What’s more is that it has
no less than nine gears to put its 573 horsepower to the road.
The NSX is capable of 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds and will hit
a top speed of 191 mph.
7. Honda NSX
8. Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Many enthusiasts believe that Lamborghini has gone soft with its
recent offerings, but any doubters about its true intentions should
take a closer look at the Huracan Performante. This 631 horsepower
weapon has a stiffer suspension than a “regular” Huracan, active
aerodynamics and a four-wheel drive system that’s biased toward the
rear of the car. Despite being such a focused car, it’s still surprisingly
forgiving when driven on the road.
Mercedes’ AMG E63 is arguably more at home barrelling down a
highway with its occupants in sumptuous comfort and in relative
silence than anywhere else, but it’ll definitely slide around a corner
if you want it to. This super-saloon can reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds
thanks to its 4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, but it also happens to be
a very predictable car to drive quickly. Nevertheless, it still features
a drift button if you fancy being a hooligan on any given day…
9. Mercedes-AMG E63
10. Nissan GT-R
It’s hard to believe that the R35-generation Nissan GT-R has been
around for ten years at this point, and it’s still as appealing a car as
it was back then. The model was recently facelifted, and the interior
was also improved. It’s supposed to be able to go from 0-60 mph in
just 2.7 seconds, and its four-wheel drive system is an inherent part of
its dynamics. It’s true that the rest of the manufacturers have caught
up with models to match its staggering ability, but the GT-R is just as
complete of a performance car as it ever was.
11. Porsche 911 Turbo
Just as with the Audi R8 mentioned above, one of the hallmarks of
the latest generation of 911 Turbo is its everyday usability in spite
of its prodigious performance capability. Four-wheel drive has long
been a key feature on 911 Turbos, and with good reason – the
drivetrain helps to keep ever-increasing power outputs in check
and ensures that the car is usable in all conditions. It’s not the most
exciting model in the 911 line-up, however, it’s a very reassuring car
to drive in the wet and over pour surfaces.
12. VW Golf R
Many enthusiasts believe that Lamborghini has gone soft with its
recent offerings, but any doubters about its true intentions should
take a closer look at the Huracan Performante. This 631 horsepower
weapon has a stiffer suspension than a “regular” Huracan, active
aerodynamics and a four-wheel drive system that’s biased toward the
rear of the car. Despite being such a focused car, it’s still surprisingly
forgiving when driven on the road. ST
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PTV Group cooperates with FIA at the Formula E race in Rome
PTV presents sustainable mobility solutions at
the FIA Smart Cities Forum
Sustainable mobility concepts are becoming
increasingly important for the International
Automobile Federation FIA. Evidence of this is
the electric racing series Formula E. On 14 April
2018, the gladiators of the E-Prix conquered
the newly created racing track in Rome for
the first time – a spectacular highlight in the
current season. In the accompanying FIA
Smart Cities Forum event, decision-makers
from the automobile industry, cities and the
industry discuss pioneering scenarios for our
mobility of tomorrow. The transport experts
at PTV Group will be taking part in the forum.
Mayoress Virginia Raggi initiated the
Smart Cities Forum in Rome. PTV CEO
Vincent Kobesen welcomes the initiative:
“Motor sport is immensely important for
the perception of our mobility. It is a great
opportunity for representatives from the
city and the automobile industry to be
working hand in hand here and taking on a
visionary role together for Smart Cities.” PTV,
as provider of technology, will illustrate how
cities can optimise their existing ecosystems
for mobility and make them fit for the future.
“It is an honour for me to discuss alongside
FIA President Jean Todt and Rome's Mayoress
Virginia Raggi about how we can use
innovations to improve road safety and the
quality of life in our cities in the future.”
Motorsport and particularly Formula E is the
pinnacle of e-Mobility technology and PTV is
at the pinnacle of smart cities technology as
is electric racing for vehicle mobility. The PTV
Group plans and optimises everything that
moves people and goods and, in addition
to its 20 international subsidiaries, has its
headquarters in Karlsruhe. Right next to the
racing track, not far from the Colosseum
in Rome, around 40 employees at PTV
Sistema develop software solutions for traffic
management in real time.
FIA introduced its concept for Smart Cities to
interested transport planners at the Italian
user meeting for Traffic Software at PTV
Sistema on 11 April.
The FIA Smart Cities Forum in Rome will be an opportunity
to discuss how cities facing similar issues as Rome can
accelerate the progress towards more efficient, inclusive
and environmentally friendly mobility by using of technology
and innovations. The Fifth Smart Cities will local authorities,
international mobility experts, representatives of global
industry players and members of the startup community to
share knowledge and experience related to urban mobility
transformations. Participants will also have an opportunity to
observe the latest innovations in the field of e-racing and learn
about their potential transfer to road cars.
The Forum in Rome will address:
• The scope of policies and actions under the Sustainable
Mobility Urban Plan;
• The state of the art in innovative smart urban mobility,
including infrastructure and traffic management;
• The role of new technologies piloted in Motorsport in
advancing sustainable urban development;
• The role of partnership and cooperation in deploying
large-scale innovative solutions.
The electric racing series Formula E was successfully
introduced four years ago and is enjoying growing popularity
alongside the classic Formula 1. The new course in Rome runs
through the southern part of the city and has a total length of
2.86 kilometres. This makes Rome the second-longest circuit
in the racing calendar after Marrakech. The Circuto Cittadino
dell'EUR includes 21 curves which wind through the south of
the Eternal City. Rome will be the sixth venue in the Formula E
calendar. After the race on 14 April 2018, the series moves on
to Paris, Berlin, Zurich, New York and Montreal. ST
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During Valletta 2018 European Cultural Capital, as part of the Cultural
programme, the Solar Cinema will visit the islands of Malta and Gozo
with a selection of films which will be screened under the stars in
several locations like village squares and beaches. Solar Cinema will
be touring the islands from May to October 2018 with weekly or biweekly
The concept of Solar Cinema has been travelling the world for ten
years, bringing unseen films to unusual places, all powered by 100%
The Solar Cinema is a converted Volkswagen Transporter van with
three 170 wp solar panels on the roof. These panels gather energy
which is stored in a AGM battery pack. A converter converts 12v into
220v to power all audiovisual equipment needed for a big outdoor film
screening. Sunlight is converted to power for the projector and sound
equipment at night.
After sunset open-air film screenings are organised in public spaces.
The Solar Cinema is completely self sufficient and the solar system
works easy and fast. It makes no noise and the sun is always available
especially here in Malta. The battery pack stores enough energy for a
film screening and within a day the pack is fully charged up again.
The Solar Cinema was first created in The Netherlands and was the
founder of a international network called Solar World Cinema. This
network has created new solar cinemas across the globe and has
helped to connect them together. In the last few years, new solar
cinemas have been set up in Croatia, Brazil, Australia and even in the
Sahara Desert. The network has reached out to the most remote and
culturally deprived areas of the world.
Back in 2012, the Solar Cinema already briefly visited Malta for a mini
tour of three screenings in Valletta, Birgu and Qbajjar in Gozo. At that
time there were far less solar panels in use in Malta. Valletta 2018
made it possible for Solar Cinema to come back and it is amazing to see
how many roofs have solar panels on them and how the Maltese are
discovering the great power of solar energy!
The mission of Solar Cinema is to democratize the access to cinema,
creating a special platform to screen films with social matters for free,
turning public spaces into self sustainable open-air cinemas. The Solar
Cinema brings unseen films to unusual places. Our objective is to
raise awareness and stress the importance of switching to renewable
energies. This awareness is embedded in the daily life of the audience
by organizing free screenings, workshops and cultural activities.
Furthermore we are an alternative distributor of independent cinema
that reaches an audience in remote places that are normally difficult to
reach. We go beyond the borders of the traditional cinematic world.
Not only is the Solar Cinema an innovative tool itself, it also brings
sustainable solutions in people’s daily life, but also bringing inspiring
content is an important mission.
In Malta this summer Solar Cinema will offer a curated programme of
local and international short films, thought-provoking documentaries,
animations and feature films. All selected within the themes of:
sustainability, climate change, migration, travelling, island life, the
sea and memories. We have selected over eighty short films in nine
curated programmes, from twenty different countries in the world. We
will also be showing three documentaries and two feature animated
films. Many of these films have their premiere here in Malta!
powered by the sun!
Some of our screenings will have a side programme of spoken word, music
or an introduction. All the screenings are free and suitable for all. You can
bring your own chair or cushion, food and drink and get comfortable
watching films under the stars.
Solar Cinema is also working on stop-motion film workshops for children
that bear a green theme thanks to the use of recycled materials. The short
films produced in the workshops will be screened on the big screen.
Twenty four screenings will be executed during the summer, and the kick
off screening took place during the Valletta Green Festival on Saturday the
5th of May at St. George’s Square in Valletta at 8.30pm. During the event,
the short films produced by the children during the stop motion animation
workshops which will were held on 3,4 and 5 May were premiered.
All our screening dates and programme info can be found on our Facebook
page: facebook.com/solarcinema.org ST
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MALTA 2018 AIR MALTA
SATURDAY 28 JULY 2018
Air Malta Appointed Official Carrier of Unite With
Tomorrowland Malta 2018 Air Malta has been
appointed the official carrier of the second edition of
Unite With Tomorrowland Malta 2018.
On July 28th the People of Tomorrow from Abu
Dhabi, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Spain and
Taiwan will witness a magical celebration with a
massive line-up and a live satellite connection from
the Tomorrowland main stage in Belgium. Under
the colourful flags of UNITE With Tomorrowland,
Malta will be part of a memorable global event shot
through with that “indescribable Tomorrowland
vibe”. Steve Aoki, NERVO and Vinai will fly to Malta
to perform live on the magical stage designed by
Tomorrowland. A magical connection will also be
set up with Tomorrowland in Belgium and guests at
UNITE with Tomorrowland will experience 3 DJ sets
of Tomorrowland headliners, live from the legendary
Belgium Mainstage and united with hundreds
of thousands of people around the world, all
synchronised simultaneously. Thousands of people
hailing from over 50 countries have attended last
year’s event in Malta.
The festival, which was very well received by those attending, was described as a
big success. Through this collaboration, Air Malta and Unite With Tomorrowland
Malta are offering travel packages which include the event ticket and special
flight fares on selected routes. Both Air Malta and Malta will benefit from the
international media exposure this event generates. Commenting on this event,
Paul Sies, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer said, “We are thrilled to be
associated with this prestigious event. Malta is truly an amazing place to organise
such events, especially in peak summer. Apart from enjoying our entertainment
scene, visitors can also enjoy a great holiday in Malta with fantastic beaches,
exciting water sports including diving, great cuisine, and the awesome historical
and cultural heritage the Islands have to offer.” Air Malta has always been at the
forefront as the national airline to assist the organisation of such activities held on
the Maltese Islands. Through its participation it continues to show its commitment
and support to national events that benefit the Maltese community. ST
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PLAYER TONI KROOS
HUGO BOSS is joining up with professional
German soccer player Toni Kroos. Within the
scope of this partnership, the international
player will also represent the BOSS brand
beyond the world of sports: at events,
public appearances and campaigns.
“We already know Toni through our
collaboration with the German national
team and with Real Madrid F.C. and we
hold him in high esteem. Therefore, we are
very pleased to be able to welcome him on
board as one of our brand ambassadors”,
states HUGO BOSS CEO Mark Langer.
As a player, Toni Kroos is characterized by his precision, his focus, and his passion. He is a strategist who can turn any game around with
a decisive pass. Above all, his willpower makes him a vital member of the team. Whether he is playing for the German national team
or internationally for the record-breaking Spanish club Real Madrid, Toni Kroos has repeatedly proven himself by consistently playing
to an excellent standard.
“HUGO BOSS has been a part of my professional career for many years, at first during my time at FC Bayern, followed by the national team,
and now with Real Madrid F.C. I am a huge fan of BOSS because I know the brand and the people behind it very well”, says Toni Kroos. ST
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Travels of Odysseus
The Odyssey is an epic, an adventure story attributed
to the Greek poet Homer. Most historians think The
Odyssey was composed in the 7th or 8th century BCE.
The Odyssey tells the adventures of the Greek hero Odysseus, a
veteran of the Trojan War. (The Odyssey is a sequel to Homer's
other epic, The Iliad, which tells the story of that war.)
Follow the footsteps of
an ancient adventurer
Cursed by Poseidon, god of the sea, but favored by Athena,
goddess of wisdom, Odysseus sails the eastern Mediterranean
for 10 years before reaching his home and family on the island
Use this geotour to follow Odysseus and his crew as they
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Inspired by The Odyssey
The travels of Odysseus have inspired writers
for more than 2,000 years.
• The Roman poet Virgil wrote The Aeneid
in the late 1st century BCE. The Aeneid
is the story of Aeneas, as The Odyssey
is the story of Odysseus. Both books
tell the legend of the Trojan Horse, and
both the Trojan Prince Aeneas and the
Greek King Odysseus have adventures
throughout the eastern Mediterranean.
(Aeneas and his company of Trojans go
on to settle in the western Italian region
of Latium—where they became the
founders of Rome.)
• Ulysses, by James Joyce, was published
in 1922. Widely regarded as one of
the most important English-language
novels of the 20th century, Ulysses
is a day in the life of two friends,
Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom.
As Odysseus met unanticipated
adventures as he roamed the
Mediterranean for 10 years, so Dedalus
and Bloom meet everyday adventures
on their errands and strolls through
Dublin, Ireland, on June 16, 1904.
• The Penelopiad, published in 2005, is
Margaret Atwood’s “parallel novel” to
The Odyssey. The Penelopiad tells the
story of Odysseus’ wife, Penelope, from
her own point of view. She recounts
her childhood, her marriage, and how
she governed the kingdom alone for
20 years. Penelope, narrating from the
underworld of the 21st century, wonders
why Odysseus’ stories have survived for
so long, when Odysseus himself admits
to being an accomplished liar.
Geography of The Odyssey
No map of The Odyssey is definitive. “You
will find the scene of Odysseus’ wanderings
when you find the cobbler who sewed up [his]
bag of winds.” So wrote the ancient Greek
geographer Eratosthenes in the 2nd century
BCE. Nevertheless, countless geographers,
classicists, historians, and literary critics have
speculated on the landmarks of Homer’s
epic. Some speculations are more exotic than
others—from the Azores to the Amazon, the
Caribbean to Great Britain.
The travels of Odysseus form just one
part of The Odyssey. Another part, called
the Telemachy, focuses on Odysseus’ son,
Telemachus, who left home in search of
his long-lost father. The final section of The
Odyssey is called the Nostos (“homecoming”
in Greek). The Nostos addresses Odysseus’
adventures once he returns to Ithaca:
meeting Telemachus, who was an infant
when Odysseus left two decades earlier;
slaughtering his wife’s suitors—the men who
would take Odysseus’ place as king; and,
finally, reuniting with Queen Penelope, who
had remained a faithful wife for 20 years.
HOMER (c. 8th cen - c. 8th cen) and
Samuel BUTLER (1835 - 1902)
The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient
Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad),
attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is
commonly dated to between 800 and 600
BC. The poem is, in part, a sequel to the
Iliad, and concerns the events that befall the
Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back
to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy.
It takes Odysseus ten years to return to
his native land of Ithaca after ten years of
war; during his 20-year absence, his son
Telemachus and his wife Penelope must
deal with a group of unruly suitors who have
moved into Odysseus' home to compete
for Penelope's hand in marriage, since most
have assumed that Odysseus has died. The
poem is a fundamental text in the Western
canon and continues to be read in both
Homeric Greek and translations around the
world. (Summary from Wikipedia) ST
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