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Nov 2017 | Issue 95

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WhaT'S iN INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2018

CeLeBraTiNG MOVeMBer GETTING PERSONAL WITH CANCER SURVIVOR LUKE LYTTLETON


Editorial

vida.com.mt Issue 95 - November 2017 VIDA Magazine is a monthly lifestyle magazine distributed with MaltaToday on the first Sunday of the month. It aims to empower the people to lead a better, healthier and happier life. Publisher

editoRial rolling with the changes. autumn can be wonderful. as much as we love summer and a good night out, we finally get to bid farewell to sweating issues and the suffocating humid air. there is something refreshing about stepping outside and inhaling a deep breath of cool air. the fear of missing out is real in the summer, but as the days get shorter and the nights a little colder, we begin to crave relaxed nights indoors with a greater selection of tV dramas to indulge in and more frequent cup o’teas. We know we’re not the only ones. it’s finally cool enough outside to warm up with a magazine or a book inside. after the hectic summer season, we personally think that this makes it the best season for book lovers and readers to relax, slow down and read as much as they possibly can before gearing up for the crazy holiday season. this is why the pressure was on when former Vida editor rachel Zammit Cutajar passed on the “torch” to us. We have done our best to not only give the magazine a slight revamp, but to provide you all with fun informative topics which will allow you to read away a lazy autumn afternoon… (and not feel guilty about it). We cover several topics from fashion and health to travel and food. We have also dedicated a section to touch on the importance of men’s health and creating awareness on the movember cause, through a touching interview with luke lyttleton, a testicular cancer survivor. Without further ado, we hope you will be able to draw as much inspiration from the pages of this magazine as we did when putting it together. We look forward to taking on the exciting role as the new editors of ViDa… let’s hope that we will live up to your expectations.

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Philippa Zammit Claire Ciantar

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Contents Steve Hili can't help himself from getting scared Men's corner

Best colour combos for 2018

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Framing your favourite art

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Edgy in black

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Stephanie Xerri Agius' outfit Ideas A Greek journey through time A taste of Bali

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Balenese dishes you need to try

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Enhancing your psychological wellbeing

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Road to weight loss

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Kali Wallace's The Memory Trees

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What's on this month

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Joe Anastasi's heavenly racing experience

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Humour StEVE hili You may have seen him on stage, heard him on the radio, or laughed at his lack of colourcoordination (he’s the one walking down the street with the orange shorts and pink shirt). He is loud, hairy, controversial and… well… different!

sCaRy movie!

Last week Kat and I were watching ‘IT’ at the cinema. Th e movie had been Kat’s choice and I had gone along assuming that it had something to do with computers. To be fair I think she might have been attempting to explain the plot to me before we went in but I was not paying attention. You see I was far too excited by the fact that I had just bought popcorn that was STRAWBERRY AND CREAM FLAVOURED! Th e point is, had I known that we were about to watch a horror movie, I would probably have objected. “Why?” I hear you ask. “You seem to me to be a fearless specimen of a man. A colossus. Th e type of guy guys want to be and girls want to be with.”

when something scary actually happens on the screen, I am very easily startled. And when that happens, I can’t help myself. Even if I know that a fright is coming, it still gets me. I scream, I jolt and I inadvertently throw anything that I might happen to have in my lap (wallet, phone, sunglasses, popcorn and on one very strange occasion a goose egg that I had been given by a friendly farmer that afternoon) into the air. For a few years this was a source of near-constant amusement for my friends and family. Whenever a horror movie came out, they would buy tickets and invite me along. Th en they would give me some popcorn to hold, sit back and enjoy. And of course, it would happen. Without fail.

Thank you. You’re too kind. I have to point out that I do enjoy watching horror movies, just not at the cinema, because they bring out a certain… nervous disposition in me. (“Wuss. You mean they bring out the wuss in you.” Thanks Kat. Some people think I am a colossus. Just saying.)

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If anything, my problem is that I enjoy horror movie too much. I really get sucked into the story. So much so that

Inevitably at some point, a character would jump out of a wardrobe or appear in a mirror or pop out of a coffi n and I would be spooked. I would screech, I would spasm and I would shower the whole cinema with popcorn (and that one time, goose-egg-yolk). And last week, during ‘ IT’, it happened again. Th ere I was enjoying the luxurious taste of my strawberry and cream popcorn when just like that, a clown appeared in the drain.

EVEn iF i KnOW that a Fright iS COming, it Still gEtS mE.


humour

I yelped, threw my arms up involuntarily and created a popcorn-shower.

It was a Christmas miracle! Except not at Christmas time. That little piece of popcorn joy must have been on my jeans and fallen during my last jolt.

Kat looked at me and rolled her eyes. ‘Did you buy a second popcorn?’ I asked “No” ‘But it was strawberry and cream! I was really enjoying it.’ “So why did you throw it in the air?” ‘Can we get some more during the intermission?’ “Th ey don’t do intermissions in England you idiot. You know this. Don’t be a baby!” ‘Not baby. Want popcorn!’ I bawled. “Shhhh” hissed someone behind us who could obviously not grasp the seriousness of the situation. So I just sat there, sulking. (And convulsing and shrieking whenever something shocking happened on the screen. Which was quite often.)

And so what if it was in my sock? It was the top bit. Th e bit that hardly ever smells. I was very excited now. How could I not be? A piece of strawberry-and-cream-popcorn-heaven was there. Waiting for me. All I needed to do was take it out of the top of my sock. Slowly I reached down. And then the clown appeared on the screen again. But this time he didn’t just frighten me. He frightened everyone. Including the man who was sitting in the seat in front of me. Who jerked his head back. Whilst I was bending over. That is the last thing I remember, before waking up in the credits. “You didn’t scream at all in the second half,” Kat said.

Th en all of a sudden, I felt it. A tiny piece of popcorn, on my shin. It had lodged itself at the top of my sock.

“You must be getting better.”

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Men’s Corner What does it mean to be a man at present? And how has being a man changed over time? The world offers conflicting views of what it means to be a man. There has been an evolution of definitions, starting with the traditional idea of being a man meaning being dominant, macho, tough and determined. Crying was not an option. However, in this day and age, the definition has expanded and some traditionally feminine qualities such as caring and being sensitive are also being used to define manhood. ‘Manhood’ is constantly under scrutiny, and the more one subscribes to society’s standards of masculinity and to traditional ideas of what it means to be a man, the harder it may be to develop a healthy idea of masculinity or to go through life as a man today. No man’s world looks the same.

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Men's corner Philippa Zammit While working in sales and marketing at Media Today, she has obtained an honours degree in communications. With a fancy for entertainment, Philippa loves a sumptuous meal out as well as an exotic cocktail. Nonetheless, she’ll never say no to a cuppa tea and a soppy movie.

Re-moulding men’s stereotypes through the power of photography

Photography is a powerful medium where a simple photograph can be interpreted in a single glance. This powerful medium has the ability to re-mould stereotypical perceptions and break traditional stereotypes surrounding masculinity.

The way men are crafted for us in advertising and the media does not always reflect the way that they live. Men do exist outside of these stereotypes. We have compiled an insightful series of photographs taken by different photographers portraying men or boys going against the gender stereotypes that inaccurately try to describe all men. As what we

see is normally a skewed version of the truth, these photographs aim to encourage people to question the traditional definition of what it means to be a man. It is important to talk about these challenges, and having imagery representing men outside these stereotypes can be very influential in visualising change, giving photographs a lot of power.

‘Boys don’t cry’ Boys and girls cry the same amount as kids. However, growing up, we often hear “boys don’t cry” as a stereotypical test of manhood. Boys are taught to “man up” and hide emotions. They are encouraged to be like robots. Young men feel pain but are afraid to express it. The stigma of expressing normal human emotions is negatively affecting men and boys from a very young age. It is okay to be vulnerable and show emotions.

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Photography


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‘PInK Is For GIrLs’ We grow up hearing that ‘pink is for girls and blue is for boys’. No boy enters the world demanding a blue blanket. It’s about time we break away from this metaphorical mould which limits both boys’ and girls’ thinking and actions. There is no wrong choice in colour as this is just a personal preference.

culture in which men are considered to be the bread winners most of the time. This is not always the case and, even if so, doesn’t mean that men don’t play a role in domestic work. It is normal for couples to share house duties regardless of whether one or both of them have jobs already.

‘MEn PrEFEr sPorts to sInGInG And

‘dAds don’t sPEnd QUALIty tIME WItH tHEIr

dAncInG'

KIds’

There is a stigma associated with dancing and artistic expression for men. For many, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of dance is glitter and tutus. The fact that dance is marketed in that way inhibits men from taking up dancing lessons even if it’s what they desire from a very young age. There is obviously more to this in dancing. To be able to dance, one needs to be athletic, strong and have a sense of rhythm. We must learn to look past the stereotype and understand that it is an art form as much as it is a sport. Dance is for anybody who is interested in it, especially with the countless number of styles of dance one can opt for.

Unfortunately, this stereotype is still used by many. It is taken for granted by many that it is the mother’s job to bond with the kids. This is untrue as most dads love to spend quality time with their children.

‘MEn ArE UnABLE to do HoUsEWorK’ This stereotype where men are portrayed to be incompetent slobs when it comes to housework has been built into our society. They are also considered to be whipped if they help around the house. Domestic duties are for both genders. We live in a patriarchal

COMPETITION What comes to mind when you think of Autumn? We're interested to see what the change in the weather makes you think of. Send us your entries on snap@vida.com.mt. Photos can be taken with any camera, as long as they are at least 2 MP (approx. 1600 x 1200 pixels). There is no limit on the amount of photos you send in. However, make sure you do not attach more than two photos per email.

Palmyra Building, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara, BKR 9046 T: 2149 7335 T: 2148 2734 Last month's winner was Christina Galea who captured the statue of ‘Three Girls and a Boy’ in Berlin.

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Travel

This Movember

grow your

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Men's corner

the movembeR movement Movember is an annual global campaign that was launched 14 years ago. It’s aim is for men to grow a moustache in the month of November to raise awareness and funds for the biggest issues in men’s health - prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention. It all started in Melbourne when two brothers were discussing how everything from the 70s era had come back into style. At that point in time, the only thing they could think of that hadn’t come back into fashion was the moustache. It was now time for its revival. The challenge to bring it back was on. The following year, 450 people grew their moustache during the month of November and raised a sum of money for prostate cancer research. Fast forward 13 years, it has now become an annual event with approximately five million people joining in from all over the world and raising money for different programmes

worldwide which help to improve and save lives of men who are affected by these issues. Did you know? Every year 10,000 men die of prostate cancer - one an hour. Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 50. The lack of awareness and knowledge on men’s health issues is one of the causes of the poor state of men’s health. Ultimately, using the moustache as a catalyst, the movement’s goal is to change the face of men’s health by getting people to speak up and removing the stigma around it altogether. It aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths, and by 2030 aims to cut the number of men dying prematurely by a quarter. To participate in Movember all you have to do is grow out your facial hair for 30 days. Start clean shaven as from November 1st and end up looking like a grizzly bear by November 30th. It’s the perfect time to show off that perfect stache. You know you want to!


interview

Overcoming the stigma of testicular cancer

Philippa Zammit While working in sales and marketing at Media Today, she has obtained an honours degree in communications. With a fancy for entertainment, Philippa loves a sumptuous meal out as well as an exotic cocktail. Nonetheless, she’ll never say no to a cuppa tea and a soppy movie.

Check your nuts, guys!

This is possibly the ‘Mondayest Monday’ Luke Lyttleton has Mondayed in a while. After spending the night up with his two-year old daughter, he heads to our offices in San Gwann where he opens up about his battle with testicular cancer. He is now cancer free and urging all men to get tested. Before you were diagnosed with cancer, did you have a feeling something was wrong? What were the early warning signs? I figured something wasn’t right when one of my testicles felt firmer than the other. There was no pain whatsoever. It’s not something easy to bring up to anyone because it’s the manhood and no guy wants anything wrong there.

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interview During a drunken night out celebrating my wife’s birthday, I asked her if ‘this’ was normal. She immediately said “No”. Did you get it checked out by a specialist immediately?’ Yes. Straight away. I quietly visited my doctor, who suggested I get an ultrasound scan after which I was referred for an MRI scan. The doctor read the results there and then which detected the whole tumour taking up the whole testicle. How did you react to this? It was at this point that I started freaking out. I went back to the office and broke down without wanting to. I tried so hard to be strong but in that moment I was like “HUG ME!” Was there any way to save the testicle? In a jar in my room… No… We couldn’t do a biopsy. Since it is such a small area, it is very easy to miss the cancerous part. A biopsy may also increase the risk of cancer cells spreading. The only way to make a definite diagnosis is by removing the whole testicle and testing it afterwards. They told me it was very likely to be cancer so I would be needing an operation to remove my testicle. At this point, it was the only option so I told them “TAKE IT” without thinking twice. They could have taken it away for nothing, but luckily they didn’t, as it resulted to be cancer once they tested it after the operation. When was the surgical procedure performed? The surgery was performed the day after the diagnosis. There was no time to think about it so I barely got nervous. Within 24 hours I had undergone surgery… and bam it was gone. I had no time to process it and think to myself “Ma that’s my ball!” Did you undergo any major life changes since the surgery? Does having one testicle reduce fertility? The healthy testicle takes over sperm production so it is not an issue with regards to fertility. One testicle also makes enough testosterone which compensates for the loss of the other. The removal of both of them would have presented problems with fertility and development and in this case one would need to opt for hormone replacement. Having one testicle is not problematic at all! I now treat my remaining testicle with great care… I even have a special pillow especially for it! Joking aside, the chances of getting diagnosed with testicular cancer in the other testicle is the same as anyone else in the world getting diagnosed for the first time. Can you get a prosthetic testicle? It was an option I didn’t consider especially since I’m married. The decision to opt for a prosthetic testicle is a very personal one to many. It is a touchy subject since

we’re dealing with manhood. Many guys decide they feel better with one rather than without it as it boosts their self-confidence. Having one testicle isn’t something that affected me at all - on the contrary, it is now positioned better. Is chemotherapy necessary after testicular cancer? I opted for chemotherapy as I was told it reduces the chances of the cancer spreading from 25% to 2%. Since chemotherapy is said to decrease sperm production, the doctors encourage sperm banking which can be covered by the government before undergoing therapy. This is ideal for any cancer patient to put his mind at rest if he might want to have children in the future and the cancer treatment is preventing this. I flew to a clinic in London to bank my sperm even though my wife gave birth to my daughter through a natural pregnancy two years later. It is good for patients to know that they can and should store the sperm if they have reduced sperm quantity. Knowing we are backed up by the government helps even more! What follow-up care is important after treatment? This includes a check-up twice a year for the first three years, followed by a check-up once a year for the next two years. January 2018 will mark the fifth year since my diagnosis and surgery. I will go for my final scheduled check up after which I plan on returning for regular check-ups. It is very important for men to get checked out frequently. It might be uncomfortable to take the plunge and get examined but at the end of the day, the sooner you get to know if something’s up, the better. What is the survival rate and how common is it? On average, it has a 95 percent survival rate. If men carry out self-examinations regularly and treat the diagnosis at an early stage, the chances of death are tiny. It is the most common cancer to occur in men under 40 but we don’t hear of a lot of cases like this because people keep their diagnosis, treatment and recovery private. Men in particular are reluctant to touch on such a sensitive subject related to the manifestation of their manhood. Some haven’t even heard about testicular cancer or do not know how to detect it. Awareness is lacking and people are left to fight the disease in the dark. Luke is putting it all out there. He isn’t hiding anything. He hopes to help combat the negative stigma on testicular cancer by spreading awareness. He tells his story in his own humorous way and urges men to “check [your] nuts, [guys]”. He reassures men that even though he now has one testicle, he is still treated in the same way. He doesn’t think about it as being less of a man. In fact, he is still very much a manly man. Nothing’s changed. Well, actually it did... he is now slightly lighter. But most importantly of all, nothing bugs him about it.

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GREAT HAIR. GREAT CONFIDENCE. Getting straight answers about hair loss treatments can be almost as frustrating as losing your hair. And since most clinics offer only one solution, they’ll do whatever they can to convince you that it’s right for you. The reality is that each person’s hair loss is different. Some people are great candidates for hair transplant surgery, others prefer the advantages of non-invasive hair restoration methods, and some simply aren’t great candidates for any treatment. No matter what kind of hair loss you have, always talk to an expert who has your best interest at heart.

CAUSES

PRP

Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors, a genetic

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Restoration is a state of

sensitivity to the change in testosterone being a major one,

the art, non-surgical, totally natural, alternative medical

and is experienced by about 50% of males over 30 years

procedure used for the treatment of hair loss or hair

old. The rates for hair loss in females is much lower, and

thinning. It is an injectable treatment which uses the

there are significant differences in the type of hair loss.

patient’s own blood cells. With a thin needle, your own

The good news is that today, there are appropriate hair

enriched cells or platelets are injected back into the scalp

restoration treatments available to prevent further hair loss

allowing the growth factors in these cells do their job and

and offer an effective way to restore density and improve

stimulate hair growth.

receding hairlines.

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STEM CELL THERAPY Stem cell hair growth is a new, safe, and effective method of hair restoration. Many patients are excited to learn that stem cell therapy can be utilized as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, plateletrich plasma (PRP) injections, and topical treatments to maximize results.

HAIR TRANSPLANT There are only two methods to surgically extract

Although there is a lot of upsides to the newer FUE

follicular grafts from the scalp: FUE and FUT. FUT, is

method, an experienced hair restoration surgeon can

a general term that means Follicular Unit Transplant.

often obtain similar results with FUT, and in just 1 session,

While imprecise, the term is commonly used to

particularly if using the minimally invasive, strip technique.

describe a technique whereby a “pencil-line thin”, strip

Another advantage the FUT method offers, is the much

of scalp is excised from the donor area. The excised

lower wastage in extracted follicles. This translates into a

strip is then converted to follicular units in a two stage

smaller amount of follicles that need to be harvested from

stereomicroscopic dissection process. FUE on the other

the donor area in order to yield the same number (or

hand, is a method that utilizes a very fine manual or

more) of usable grafts. Both procedures have their place

motorized punch to individually harvest follicular units

– which one is right for you can best be assessed by our

from the intact scalp. This technique completely eliminates

experienced hair restoration specialists.

the use of a scalpel from the procedure.

FREE CONSULTATIONS At Persona we offer the widest available range of hair restoration procedures in Malta, providing you with an array of potential options. To see which one is right for you, we recommend booking a free consultation with our internationally renowned dermatologic surgeon, who has performed over 2500 hair restoration procedures and who is regarded as a true veteran in the field.

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men's corner STEVE HILI You may have seen him on stage, heard him on the radio, or laughed at his lack of colourcoordination (he’s the one walking down the street with the orange shorts and pink shirt). He is loud, hairy, controversial and… well… different!

UNDER PRESSURE

About six months ago, I was driving to a friend’s house when I felt my car starting to pull me to one side. So I stopped. And I realised that my tyre was in need of some air.

Unfortunately it was not an epiphany that opened my mind to the many intricacies of footpumps and tyre gauges, it was an epiphany about being man.

Because that is the kind of mechanically-minded guy I am.

Because Maltese men are constantly being judged. By what we should know.

I drove to the nearest petrol station and asked the attendant there to pump it up don’t-you-know-pump-it-up, but instead of appreciating my amazing musical humour, he just pointed to the nearest pump, and muttered that I should do it myself. And it was here that I floundered. Because I didn’t know what to do. I have only ever pumped up a tyre once in my life. I was 19 at the time, and because nobody had ever showed me what to do, I didn’t know at what point to stop (story of my life). Some of my friends still call me “il-boom” to this day. So, I told the attendant that I didn’t know how to do it.

We should know how to fix things. Put up a shelf. Sort out the gas cylinder. Change a tyre. Be a ‘real’ man. That is what our dads and grandads used to do after all. In fact it seems to me that the further you go back, the more ‘manly’ men used to be. Our great-grandads built houses with their bare hands. Our great-great-grandads probably wrestled lions or something. Yet I can’t figure out how to put air - something that is literally everywhere - into a tyre. The thing is, the world has changed. Men nowadys (rightly) do things that my grandad would have had a stroke just thinking about. Cooking, cleaning, looking after the kids whilst their partner is at work.

“How is that possible?” He said. “Raġel bħalek!” (I’d been working out.) “Just do it” he continued, obviously under the impression that quoting a famous sports slogan would somehow give me the knowledge of air-pressure that I was so Men who have not accepted that this is what they should be, are (rightly) considered to be neanderthals. But the idea of sorely lacking. manliness - the Mediterranean construct of a ‘raġel’ – lives ‘‘What bit of I-don’t-know-how-to do you not understand?’’I on. Male friends of mine who cook, clean and read bedtime asked, (although to be honest I was not genuinely interested). stories to their kids find it amusing that my wife earns more than me. Because, for a lot of us, the old fashioned male image is still as important as the new one. At which point the petrol attendant burst out laughing. And then called his mates over so they could laugh too. Our society suggests that men should be strong and silent. Laugh at me. But also in touch with their emotions. Men need to able to handle their drink, but also keep themsleves in shape. Men So I decided to take the high road. have to be perfect drivers, but perfect lovers too. And when I say high road, I mean I decided to leave the car where it was and take a bus. To the horror of the attendant who now had an abandoned vehicle in the middle of his petrol It is a clash of two worlds, and unlike in my tyre, there is a lot of pressure building up there. station. It was whilst waiting (and waiting) for the bus, that I had an epiphany.

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And sometimes, for some men, it all gets a bit much. Now I know it is extremely hard to be a woman too, I am not


Men's corner

negating that in any way. It is still very much a man’s world. But the statistics show that a lot of men want to leave it. All over the world, more men take their own lives than women. And it happens in Malta too. Why? Why? Why should anyone feel that there is no way out? I don’t know. To be honest I am not even sure how this article ended up like this. I wanted it to be funny, but it ended up being a bit sad. Which is, I suppose, a good metaphor for what a man’s life is sometimes like. And that brings us to the point. Every November, men all around the world ‘do movember’ - growing moustaches in order to highlight health issues that men are facing. This includes mental

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health issues. But moustache or not, we can all do our bit. And not only in November. I ended up going back to the petrol station later that day with my friend. He pumped up the tyre for me, whilst explaining how I should do it. Although, to be honest, I was so busy looking defiantly at the petrol attendant that nothing really sank in. But at least I could drive myself home again. So if you know anyone who might be struggling with the pressure of life, and what it means to be a bloke – a “raġel” - help him out. Give him a call. Be a friend. If you know a woman who is feeling down, do the same thing. And if you see someone struggling to blow up a tyre, maybe, just give them a hand.


FOOD DOMINO'S MALTA A month ago, the worldwide franchise opened its first store in Malta, and since then it's become the island's new favourite pizza place!

BRINGING PEO ONE SLICE AT

In the heart of Birkirkara lies a little gem – yes, that’s right, we’re talking about Domino’s Malta!

In the past, we’ve all had that one foreign cousin whose childhood memories have been defined by Domino’s pizza – well, guess what? We’re now part of that movement too! Following the very successful opening of Domino’s Malta on 4th September 2017, one thing is certain - we all like sometasty slices of delight in our life. The buzz surrounding Domino’s Malta comes as no surprise. In fact, the pre-launch hysteria generated by the Maltese population was phenomenal. Eager to get their hands on the mouth-watering pizza, the public waited in large queues, whilst the staff members were scurrying through the outlet to keep

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up with the orders! The great love of the nation for Domino’s was felt well before September though - in fact, weeks before the official launch, the Domino’s Malta Facebook page was brimming with comments, messages and pleas for early access to the world famous pizza. To date, the Domino’s Malta Facebook page has generated more than 13,000 likes, whilst its pre-launch video received an incredible 30,000 views. Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat have surely noted a shift in movement on our little island with everyone posting photos of their cheesy pizza, delicious starters and desserts, followed by selfies of themselves in the store. The orders keep rushing through faster than the blink of an eye!


FOOD

EOPLE TOGETHER ATT A TIME "DOMINO’S MALTA BROKE THE EUROPEAN SALES ORDER RECORD!" In fact, during the first week of sales, Domino’s Malta broke the European Sales order record! We did it Malta! The Domino’s Malta team is the backbone behind its success. In order to uphold Domino’s international standards, staff members have been trained accordingly to continually meet and exceed customer expectations. Additionally, Domino’s Malta currently has an ongoing recruitment scheme, to ensure that the customer service provided is exceptional. What Domino’s wants to achieve - people smiling from ear to ear! Technology has been successfully integrated into the organisation to ensure a seamless and efficient service. Domino’s Malta accepts orders from various online platforms including its user friendly Domino’s Malta App as well as its website. That’s what we call spoilt for choice! Dine-in, take-out, order on your laptop or order on your phone, the options are endless! That’s the beauty of Domino’s – it uses technology as a means to involve customers in all aspects of their order. Domino’s brings people together. The adventure has only just begun, but it is on a prosperous road to satisfying the needs of each and every person who walks through its doors, one smile at a time!

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decor EStEr mOCChEgiani If it is true that “The joy of dressing is an art”, Ester is definitely able to apply this rule to everything around her, from fashion to interior design. With a Master of Art from the Westminster University in London, for the past few years she has been collaborating with brands like Giorgio Armani, Tiffany, Hermès, Dedar both in Milan and in the UK.

matChing ColouRs 2018

The new ‘PANTONEVIEW Home + Interiors’ book reveals how one should match colours in 2018. It features a variety of choices, ranging from colour tones of fruits and vegetables to the glorification of technology in all its shades.

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“Inspiration is the process of being emotionally stimulated to prompt experience or sense something that moves, influences and encourages you, spurs you on and lifts you up. From tonal statements to colour stories of contrasting shades, these diverse and allembracing new colour palettes create a new level of 3-dimensional movement and energy for year 2018.” Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile exhibitions have given us a taste of the new interior trends for 2018, but it has been the trendsetter and colour specialist Leatrice Eiseman, Executive director of Pantone Color Institute, to properly reveal which hues will be trending in 2018, and what we can look forward to seeing in home design next year. From the bold colours to soft nuances featured, one will immediately feel inspired to revamping his own home. Thanks to an attentive analysis of international fashion catwalks and the study of the latest cinema trends, the new architectonic creations and the art of enogastronomy, Eiseman came up with some unique concepts for 2018. In fact, the new colour palettes are not only stunning but also very unusual - fresh but warm, innovative but classic, modern but romantic, dynamic but static. There seems to be something for just about everyone. We will see a continued infatuation with iridescence, whilst a movement to more intense and brighter colours gets the upper hand. We also notice a comeback of words and alphabet letters as a design element, as well as of a new supremacy of the triangular shape. New experimentations through the use of 3D printing are also prevailing - the desire of playing with multiple shapes and geometries will dominate the idyllic-romantic style of the “Greenery” season. Ready to start colour scheming for 2018? The following are the eight palettes you can expect to see next year. All about verdure A colour palette which not only reminds us of nature but also of vegetables: celery and foliage greens coexist in perfect harmony with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue. Vintage Power This palette plays with contrasts thanks to the

combination of two complementary colours which are opposite one another on the colour wheel; blue and orange. A bold juxtaposition which invites us to reinvent ourselves and our interiors through the use of warm and cold tones. And why not add a touch of vintage to it using some old furniture? Play. smile. Laugh. Sometime people must stop, smile and laugh - this is the new imperative for the year 2018. So, are you ready to let yourself go, have fun and enjoy the bright new shades of “Minion” yellow, popsicle lime, flash green and electric blue? romance, please This colour palette is all about nostalgia, demeanour, attitude, sobriety and moderation. Subtle hues such as elderberry and Hawthorne rose offer a new sense of romance: "Pink has developed more power than ever before," said Eiseman. Amalgamated differences This palette embraces different cultures and styles. Hearthy hues like corn-silk yellow and icedcoffee brown blend with more rosy tones like ruby red. Intricacy Intricate designs and dramatic hues are the protagonists of this palette. It combines neutral metallic colours (AKA, the “new neutrals”) with accents of yellow sulfur and holly berry red. defining intensity Power. Strength. Depth. Sophistication. An eclectic mix of colours like violet, blue and marine green blends with volcanic colours, all balanced with black and gold. itEcH-nique This palette is characterised by an explosion of technology evoked by powerful hues like bright turquoise, fuchsia and violet, all anchored with brilliant white and frosted almond. According to Eiseman’s this palette is “all about hues that seem to shine from within.” Bearing in mind that “mixing and matching” is the key to every successful creation, it is now your turn to start playing with all these new colours and sketch the house of your dreams.

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A large gallery display of photographs is an attractive way to infuse any room with warmth and style. Let’s be honest, we all have lots of pictures just waiting to be hung on a big empty wall. While it might look impossible and time consuming, it only takes a couple of hours to create an ideal, striking photo display.

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decor ClairE Ciantar Claire has a BA Degree in Communications. She is a model with a passion for design, fashion, sports and photography.

fRame youR aRt 3. ArrAnGEMEnts 2. PIctUrE sELEctIon

1. tHE LooK What kind of look are you going for: artsy, whimsical, homey, sleek?

Before putting any nails in the wall, lay the frames on the ground and play with different arrangements to see how they'll look. Start at the centre and work outwards. For example, if you' re going for a rectangular look, choose your wall, then place three identical size frames in the centre to establish a focal point. Then add rows, grouping pictures about 1 to 2 inches apart, to form a square or rectangle.

Choose the pictures you want to feature. It might help to start out with more than you need and then narrow it down based on space, mood or fi t.

4. PLAcInG Once you've found a shape you like, transfer it frame by frame to the wall.

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To hang straight rows of frames is always a timeless and sophisticated option, use string stretched as a guide. You can also choose to use a laser level to accomplish this. Make sure to use a level after hanging each frame to be sure each frame is straight before moving on to the next.

Remember, multiple frames look best when arranged in a diamond, rectangular, or square shape. Also, they should be spaced relatively tightly (1 to 2 inches apart). A looser grouping can work for a more casual display. For stairwell displays, make sure you follow the upward angle of the steps. This can be made easier by using string or a laser level.

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fashion Stephanie Xerri Agius Stephanie has been blogging since 2013 and since then has also travelled extensively to all continents bar South America and Antarctica. By exploring a variety of territories and lands, she has discovered her love for trekking, adventure sports, and physical training. When she is not en route to someplace exotic, Stephanie is passionate about fashion, channelling it through writing, content creation, and social media. Reading is another interest of hers, as well as catching the latest TV series.

Curating a Capsule Wardrobe: Outfit Ideas

Following the previous article in the October edition, which focused on the idea of sustainable fashion by creating and curating a capsule wardrobe, the aim this time round is to suggest a few outfit ideas that you can easily put together from the comfort of your home, by not only ‘shopping your own wardrobe’, but by blending classic and seasonal pieces. As already outlined, a capsule wardrobe consists of a finite number of classic, timeless pieces. Additionally, good quality is a step in the right direction for durability and getting as much wear out of the items. However, the questions that are most probably at the back of your mind at this point are: What do we do when we are bombarded with around 52 micro seasons every year? How can we resist the allure of the ‘New In’ section in stores? How do we make informed decisions about what we need versus what we want? Moreover, if the capsule wardrobe restricts us, then is it feasible or realistic?

The suggestion is to start slowly, because initially it will not be as easy to narrow your wardrobe down to 50 or a 100 garments, let alone to around 37 pieces. One way of going about it is reorganising your clothes in such a way that you become familiar with every piece you own, so that you do not run the risk of buying an item that is very similar to what you already own, just because a lot of your clothes are piled up on top of each other and you cannot find something. When that happens, chances are that you will forget you have a particular item, and will be more inclined to buy more of the same. When it comes to choosing your staples, focus on the type of clothing. Starting with the base, it is useful to think of the environment you work in or the pants and skirts you might find yourself wearing (or that suit your style and body shape). Denim is probably

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high on the list so decide how many pairs you really need. Then move on to formal pants and skirts. The latter could be divided according to their lengths and materials. Moving on to tops, you can never go wrong with shirts that do not present button issues - hence, the blouse-like shirt and other tops that have an interesting pattern but does not bother you too soon, too quickly. The fussier something is, the more likely you are to get tired of it. When the first layer is sorted, then outerwear is next. First choices gravitate towards the type of classics mentioned in the previous article, namely the trench coat, the leather jacket, and the blazer. Add a proper coat but also allow some space for those extra pieces of outerwear that will definitely make winter more colourful. Ditto for shoes and bags. These are the departments where you can be more creative while investing in long-lasting, well-made pieces.


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The Outfits Suggestion 1: Leather jacket + denim + slides + ruffled top + small black bag

The first combination is really very straightforward. It involves pairing rather traditional pieces such as a leather jacket and a light-washed pair of jeans but instead of opting for a nondescript top, I chose one

with a ruffled detail on the sleeves. A small black bag is very understated and it allows the focus to be on the embroidered slides, as its colours match the red of the slightly knitted top.

Suggestion 2: Structured trench + cotton track pants + blouse + heels + bamboo bag

Starting off with the bag this time, it goes to show that you can easily transition certain summer pieces - such as this bamboo bag - into the autumn, especially for a daytime look. The track pants might look casual if it were not for the stiffer material of more formal pants. Making this type of pant look more put-together can be done merely by opting for a pair of heels, a smart blouse tucked in, and the trench, of course. There are many trench coats on offer this season, but be sure to choose one that is not too flimsy or looks cheap; after all, this is a staple that is meant to last for years.

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fashion Suggestion 3: Leather-look skirt + striped shirt + (tan) blazer + top handle bag + trainers

This might not be your conventional pairing of a skirt with trainers, but when the latter is Vans and the former is on the shorter side, you want to keep the look feeling effortless by not adding further height, no matter how short you might feel in flats. I chose Vans rather than other trainers because its simple design makes it look less sporty somehow. Other classic staples to form part of a capsule wardrobe are the

striped shirt, the leather skirt, and the classic blazer - these three have not gone out of fashion. Adding some colour by replacing a black blazer with a tan one changes up the colour pattern, and makes for a good match with the top handle bag. In the bag department, having a tan bag is surely one of the capsule pieces. You will reach for it endlessly, as it goes with anything.

Suggestion 4: a pinstriped dress + a camel/beige coat + over-the-knee boots + an office-style bag

You can also call this the office-to-drinks / day-tonight outfit, for its versatility and relaxed feel despite looking formal. What keeps it so is the heel height of the boots and the simplicity of the dress. Draping the coat over the shoulders gives it a bit of an edge and the type of bag adds a touch of class to the whole ensemble. The coat is very lightweight but is made of wool so it will keep you warm enough without feeling too bulky. This is what I look for in winter coats, as well as the hue of camel/beige which helps to establish this coat as the camel winter coat in my wardrobe.

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fashion Suggestion 5: Leather-look pants + checked blazer + red shirt + crossover bag + ankle (sock) boot

This final look turned out to be quite a surprise for me, as I was not too sure whether it would work. When you pair something really classic such as a checked (houndstooth) blazer with leather pants, it can go either way. However, what works in this pairing is the balancing out of different styles and textures with the play on red. Matching the shoes to the shirt detracts from the

attention while retaining the sleekness via the sock style of the ankle boot. The latter is a seasonal piece that adds a dose of joy to your wardrobe without compromising on following the capsule idea. The last piece in this look is this pinkish-hued bag which acts almost like a neutral and complements the red, proving that red and pink do really go together.

The Photo Shoot The rationale for the photo shoot was firmly rooted in the idea of creating a number of outfits to test the so-called capsule wardrobe notion. I chose pieces I had in my wardrobe - three-quarters classic, one quarter seasonal - and challenged myself to match them in ways that were slightly different to the norm. Overall, my aim was for the looks to be straightforward but creative, minimalist but lively, and with some colour thrown in for good measure. Hence, the location that was selected reflected the brief of my outfit creation. After getting my makeup and hair done by Marlene Vassallo and Bernice Catania respectively (at Bliss Hair and Makeup), I met up with Ron Camilleri, the photographer, at Inhawi, which is located just up the hill from Balluta Bay in St Julians. I was pleasantly surprised that despite being a hostel, Inhawi has all the makings of a welcoming, high standard hotel, from its sleek design to its Scandi-inspired

minimalist look. The first three outfits were shot in different areas of Inhawi, whereas the last two were shot at ROCKSALT, which is the restaurant next door. The design of the restaurant made for a perfect backdrop to the more evening-style looks. Needless to say, the hair and makeup looks, as well as the setting for the photo shoot, chimed in perfectly with the choice of outfits, thereby consolidating the premise that a capsule-style wardrobe need be anything but boring! Finally, it can be mentioned that thinking outside the box when it comes to choosing your looks could make the difference. Whereas we cannot always go by the maxim that ‘life is too short to wear boring clothes’ because that might lead us to unnecessary purchases, we can adapt this to mean the following: despite having a more restricted number of pieces in our wardrobe, the pairings and combinations can still be representative of our personality, lifestyle, and identity. We can still have fun with clothes, but maybe we can be more strategic and conscious about our fashion choices.

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Lonely hour Black is always a good idea. Play with leather, frills and exaggerated shoulders to ramp up the drama. Photography: Gary Bugeja Styling: Malcolm Gauci Model: Claire at Supernova Makeup: Jennifer Dimech Hair: Neville at NVAD


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is a content writer with Focused Knowledge. She is an avid traveller, a fitness enthusiast, a lover of books, theatre, music and anything else related to the arts. She is also interested in photography, and has her own photography blog at www.mappedmemoirs.com

Greece – A Journey through Time

Christine Cassar

Beauty is Truth: Truth Beauty

Yassas! That’s how you greet people in Greece. Paying a visit to Greece has been on my bucket list for years. I love everything about the place – the food, the architecture, the music and so on. I am fascinated by Greek mythology – after years of having made reference to it whilst I read for my Bachelor’s degree, I took this opportunity to truly immerse myself in what I’ve read about for years. It was only appropriate to start off the trip by paying a visit to the main attraction – the Acropolis. Interestingly enough, I got to know that the Acropolis is often mistaken for the Parthenon - I was in fact one of those people who got the two mixed up! The Parthenon is the crowning jewel that sits meticulously at the top, while the Acropolis is the area where sights such as the Parthenon are located. Before heading to Greece, some people had warned me that the walk is meant to be an unbearable one, but I was set on doing it nonetheless. Much to my surprise, I found the walk to be extremely doable but I must say we really picked a scorcher of a day to do it – the heat was the only thing that held me back at times, but I was determined to keep trudging on until I reached the top. The first stop was the Theatre of Dionysus. This theatre is situated right at the foot of the Acropolis, and is dedicated to the god of plays and wine. In ancient times, this theatre was considered to be very important to the

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Greeks, since it was constructed during a time when theatre did not even exist yet. Major plays by Sophocles and Euripides amongst others, were performed as part of a cult festival of Dionysus during the 6th century BC. Luckily, many of these plays have survived, and we are still able to gain an understanding of what these playwrights’ were thinking. Also built at the base of the Acropolis is the The Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Herodes Atticus built this theatre in 161 BC, in memory of his late wife. Nowadays, it is still used as a venue for the Athens Art Festival, concerts and plays.

We made our way through the Propylaea - the main entrance to the Acropolis. To say that I was marvelled by every stop we made is an understatement. The Temple of Athena and the Erechtheion were probably my favourite structures, leading up to the Parthenon. I truly felt that everything I knew from the history books was coming to life at that very moment in time. The history behind the place and how civilisation came to be intrigues me - I’ve always said that if I had to transport myself to a particular era, I would choose ancient Greece. During the next few days, we got to know the capital city a little better. Our Air BnB apartment was situated in a neighbourhood called Thissio – very central to pretty much everything in the centre of Athens. It was convenient to have the train station situated close by


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Travel as this facilitated our travels around the city. From Thissio, we took the train to Monastiraki – the heart of the city. Known for its mosaic-effect streets, and its flea markets, this place was truly a must see. There was also a variety of restaurants to choose from – being such a fussy eater, I was delighted that I loved the Greek delicacies that I tried out while I was there. If I had to pick a favourite dish, Moussaka is a winner, hands down. Since our trip was a short one, we opted to go to for an overnight stay at one of the less popular Greek Islands – Aegina. Minute, but stunning nonetheless. From Athens, the ferry to Aegina took only an hour– this came in handy considering boats are not exactly my favourite mode of transport. As soon as we got there, we decided to rent a car to get around the island easier. Our first stop was the monastery of the Greek Ortodox saint - Agios Nektarios, situated in an area called Kontos, located around 6km from the centre of Aegina town. The building and all the intricate details of the place are truly captivating. Nowadays, a community of nuns who tend to those seeking solace and spiritual help inhabits the monastery. After spending an afternoon at a beach called Agia Marina, the next main attraction we drove to was the Temple of Aphaia. What a sight! Greece is truly temple central. It was time to head back to Athens to tick off the last few things that were on our itinerary for the last two days of the trip. After visiting the Acropolis Museum, we spent some time in Syntagma Square to pay a visit the Panathenaic Stadium – another significant monument in Greece. This stadium was first erected on a racecourse in 300 BC and later In 144 AD, the stadium was then immaculately re-made entirely out of marble by Herodes Atticus. After being disused for many centuries, in 1869, this stadium hosted the first Modern Olympic Games and was also used an Olympic venue in 2004. Nowadays, it is used to host concerts. As we started to make our way back to the hotel, we passed by the Temple of Zeus – located only a few steps away from the Panathenaic Stadium. Even though it was closed by the time we got there, we still managed to get a good glimpse of it from behind the rails. Our last stop before heading back to Malta was Mount Lycabettus – the highest point in Athens. After five, full days of touring around, walking up 200 steps (yes, I counted them!) to get to the top were the last thing I needed. That said, the views were truly incredible up there and well worth the effort. Until next time Greece!

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Travel Philippa Zammit While working in sales and marketing at Media Today, she has obtained an honours degree in communications. With a fancy for entertainment, Philippa loves a sumptuous meal out as well as an exotic cocktail. Nonetheless, she’ll never say no to a cuppa tea and a soppy movie.

A taste of bali

Bali, an Indonesian paradise island situated in the Indian Ocean, had been on my bucket list for quite a while. A travel destination with spectacular landscapes and a diverse culture, Bali is known to be as exotic as an island can get and I am glad to have finally crossed it off my list last Summer. I travelled there in September for a two-week getaway with a group of friends.

Even though Bali has everything you’d expect from a South East Asian island, I felt that it is also marked by a number of Western influences. Tourists are plentiful, however it still remains affordable by our standards. A good dinner would cost us an average of €10. The majority of locals practise Hindu and live a spiritual tranquil lifestyle. Traffic jams are common and, in the hot and humid weather, you’d think drivers get stressed and irritable. They do not. We were all amazed at how calm everyone was. This reflected the overall atmosphere in Bali; peaceful and serene. Locals are extremely friendly, but polite enough to mind their own business. The island comprises of many gorgeous and magical villages, each with different characteristics and offering something different. During the first week we were based in Ubud, a place where life feels just a little bit slower, and simply loved the laidback vibe. It served as a good base for most of the activities that we had planned, as well as being an

experience within itself. We spent endless hours at the markets haggling with vendors proudly saying “mahal”, the Indonesian word for “expensive”, which our wellread tour guide Widi taught us. Widi was the best guide that one could hope for, offering us interesting nuggets of information that we would not have heard elsewhere, whist leading us to Bali’s hidden, or not so hidden, gems. After Ubud, we ventured to the Gili Islands for a few days to experience amazing white sand beaches and nightlife. We ended our trip in the Seminyak area, Bali’s sophisticated yet somewhat mellow entertainment hubs. Here an abundance of dining spots and beach clubs are located, which double up as nightlife hangouts as the sun sets. With so much variety, it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone in Bali. Having spent only a short while there, I cannot give you the ultimate travel guide, but some of the top places you can visit are described on the following pages. I was only in Bali for two weeks, but what an incredible two weeks they were! Where to next?

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Getting up in the middle of the night is not appealing, let alone whilst on holiday. However, it is a breathtaking experience to watch the sun rising from the top of a 1717m high volcano. Our transport collected us from our hotel at 01:30 am and took us to the base of the volcano. Here we met our guides and started hiking up at around 4:00am. There were countless moments when some of us wanted to just give up but we managed to power through with the help of our amazingly skilled guides. Some paths were rocky, some were steep, and some were slippery. Finally, we reached the crater and were rewarded with a spectacular sunrise at around 6:00am. It was possibly the most beautiful sunrise of all time. Our guide cooked us eggs from the volcano’s steam and served us hot drinks, which we enjoyed whilst still admiring the beautiful scenery before our eyes (and trying to capture a good Instagram picture). The walk down was rather smooth compared to the way up. Oh, and a massage won’t hurt after this. I got one at the hot springs nearby to Mount Batur.

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Many restaurants that cater for tourists serve standard Indonesian dishes. Therefore, visitors sometimes believe that they are trying out the typical Balinese dishes when, in reality, they aren’t. We decided to attend a traditional Balinese cooking class as many people who had visited Bali had told us that it would be a shame not to experience the Balinese culinary delights. This added a whole new dimension to my Bali adventure. The group of us were welcomed into a Balinese family compound, where we got an overview of the components of Balinese cooking and their traditional dishes. It was a hands-on teamwork experience in which we were provided with fresh ingredients and taught how to cook up Balinese dishes from scratch. After this, of course, we were treated to our own authentic Balinese creations and left to devour them. At the end, we were also given copies of the recipes that we had used to be able to create these flavourful dishes in the comfort of our own home.


This is a must do in Bali if you love the outdoors, with an added splash of adrenaline (pun intended). There are two main rivers in Bali where one can white water raft - the Telaga Waja River and the Ayung River. We chose the Ayung River as it is situated in Ubud, where we were staying. The rafting company provided us with experienced instructors and protective gear to ensure safety. Whilst being exciting and packed with thrills, the rafting was safe and rather easy for anyone to master. We ventured through magical scenery and were given a background and history of the river along the way. We were obviously soaked by the end of the trip so it was a good thing that we brought a change of clothes with us. There were showers to rinse off at the end, followed by a good Indonesian buffet lunch. One last thing‌ I may have forgotten to mention the three hundred something steps down to reach the river and back up again. That was slightly stressful, but I still think that the experience was well worth it.

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Bali is home to countless ancient temples and a trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without visiting at least a few of them. An easily stand-alone trip, the stunning coastal temple Pura Tanah Lot features an ancient Hindu shrine which appears to be floating in the middle of the sea when the tide is high. We visited when the tide was low so we were able to walk to the rock base of the temple, where we participated in a traditional Balinese rice blessing from a Hindu holy man. Entrance is forbidden to tourists as local devotees use the temple to pray to the God of the Sea. On a separate day we visited the temple complex Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, the main attraction being the Tengahing Segara Temple, a majestic water temple. This magnificent temple rises from Beratan Lake, 1,200 metres above sea level (the usual hot temperature felt significantly cooler). The lush tropical gardens within the complex are a perfect spot from which to enjoy the scenic lake views and enormous mountain range encircling the temple. It was unreal.

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Balinese cuisine Bali is home to many food delicacies, inspired from a combination of Chinese, Indonesian and Indian cuisine. Most dishes are served with a pyramid of rice, unless the dish already contains plenty of it. Other common ingredients include vegetables like spinach and beans, eggs, coconut, tempeh, peanut sauce and different meats such as chicken, fish and duck. Beef is avoided since the Hindu population consider the cow to be the holiest of animals. Plenty of palm sugar is often added to dishes to satisfy the Balinese’ sweet tooth. During a cooking workshop that I attended in Bali, the two most memorable Balinese dishes were the coconut and snake bean salad and the deep fried tempeh in sweet sauce. Tempeh is an ingredient made of boiled soy beans, pressed and fermented, with a nutty texture a taste similar to that of peanuts. Both dishes are suitable for vegetarians and can be served as main dishes or as part of a shared meal with chicken satays, vegetables and steamed rice.

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2 packets of tempeh

4 shallots

5 kaffir lime leaves

10 red chillies

5 tablespoons sweet soy sauce, Kecap Manis

8 cloves of garlic

1 spring onion

Âź liter coconut oil for frying

salt and pepper

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¼ kilo snake beans

2 table spoons of base gede or basic yellow curry

¼ kilo broccoli

½ a whole fresh coconut

1 tablespoon palm sugar

1 tablespoon deep fried shallots

1 lime

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DaniEl PEtrE is a nutritionist with the Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine. He runs his own clinic, Karma Clinic, and has collaborated with the Fortina Spa for over 10 years.

Road to weight loss by ReduCing sugaR intake

Are you losing weight but finding it hard to keep it off? In a world surrounded by ambiguous diet plans and products, losing weight can be hard. According to a research finding published by Harvard Health Review in 2004, it is the high sugary foods which make one gain weight rather than high-fat foods. Watching the ‘Glycemic index’ or ‘Sugar Scale’ of food consumed is key to not only losing weight but to also to leading a healthier lifestyle altogether.

What is the ‘Glycemic Index’? Glycemic index (GI) indicates how fast or slow food can raise the blood sugar levels after intake. The GI of the foods consumed makes a big difference when it comes to stabilising blood sugar levels in diabetics. It's also useful for anyone who wants to manage weight, suppress hunger and prevent disease.

Stay away from refined carbs, white flour and processed foods. These have high GI values. Instead, eat whole, fresh, unprocessed foods. Some examples include nuts, seeds, almond flour and coconut flour.

CharaCtEriStiC maltESE hOmES arE in StYlE thiS SEaSOn How can the Glycemic Index help one with weight loss? When the blood sugar level is unstable, the person experiences sugar cravings and frequent hunger which leads to overeating. An insulin spike also occurs when too much glucose is in the blood which results to the sugar being stored as fat.

How should one use this scale? Look for fibre. High-fibre foods have a low glycemic index. All non-starchy vegetables (e.g asparagus) and fruits (e.g cherries) are very healthy food choices. Combine complex carbohydrates with protein-rich foods. This helps to lower the rate of carb digestion. Adding protein helps to slow digestion, curb hunger pangs and keep you full for longer. It's no wonder protein plays a role in weight loss. Choose healthy fats. Healthy fats from coconut and avocado have little or no carbs which brings down the GI value of the food.

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How does a low glycemic diet compare to a low-carb diet? A low glycemic diet can also be called a “slow carb diet.” There are many low-carb foods that also qualify as low glycemic foods because of their ability to prevent a strong release of insulin and blood sugar fluctuations after eating. Low-carb foods like fish, meat, oils and fats have a GI score of zero since they contain no sugar/starch/carbs, and therefore in general they don’t significantly impact blood glucose or insulin levels. Precautions When Eating a Low Glycemic Diet If a low glycemic diet seems overwhelming or restrictive, you should remember that your diet doesn’t have to be complicated to be healthy. Keep things simple by using common sense and choosing sources of carbs that are the least processed and contain the fewest added ingredients. Sources of carbohydrates like fruits, ancient whole grains, sweet potatoes and beans don’t need to be removed from your diet. It’s all about balance and eating real foods!


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LOW-GI FOODS All non-starchy vegetables especially all types of lettuce and leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, onion, green beans, artichokes, peppers, and others. Nuts, beans and seeds especially chia seeds, fl axseeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and walnuts, which are some of the best choices. Yogurt and other fermented dairy like plain, unsweetened yogurt, raw whole milk and traditionally made cheeses which are best. 100 Percent Whole/Ancient Grains like brown rice, wild rice,

sprouted grain breads, granola and muesli, and whole-wheat pasta. Most fruits including stone fruits, apples, berries, cherries and citrus fruits. Fresh fruit is a better choice over fruit juices. Quality Protein such as salmon, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef or lamb, raw dairy products (including yogurt, kefir or raw cheeses), cage-free eggs, and pasture-raised poultry. Refined grains, flours and grain products like most bread, processed breakfast cereals, cookies, cakes.

HIGH-GI FOODS Sweetened beverages such as soda and bottled juices. Dried fruits such as raising and dates. Starchy root vegetables such as white potatoes and winter squash. Fast food and fried food.

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health DR CHARMAINE GAUCI MD. MSc, PhD, FRSPH, FFPH

is the Superintendent of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Malta and is active in the field of public health. T: 23266000

Towards enhanced psychological wellbeing

How are you? is a very common question we ask each other when we meet. Yet analysing the replies opens a Pandora box of what we really mean when we reply to that question. Typical replies are “I am fine thank you”, “ could be better”, “ I am sick” , “ very busy!” etc etc. Analysis of such replies shows that few say “I am happy”. In order to say this, one needs to have a very high psychological wellbeing which refers to positive mental state, such as happiness or satisfaction. Psychological wellbeing refers to the extent to which people experience positive emotions and feelings of happiness. This is also referred to as subjective wellbeing however but on its own it is not enough. To understand this, imagine you are having a picnic in the countryside with your favourite food and drink and good company. For most people that would be very enjoyable for a while, but imagine doing it not just for a few hours but forever! That

may not be acceptable for many if you really think about it. This is because in order to really feel good, people need to experience purpose and meaning, having control over one's life and experience positive relationships, in addition to positive emotions in what we are doing. Having a positive psychological wellbeing is important as it has beneficial effects for many aspects of cognitive functioning, health, and social relationships. Sustainable wellbeing does not require people to feel good all the time. The experience of painful emotions such as when we are disappointed on a specific outcome, failure or grief, is a normal part of life. Being able to manage such negative or painful emotions is essential for long-term wellbeing. However situations of compromised wellbeing arise when negative emotions are extreme or very long lasting and interfere with a person's ability to function in daily life.

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When we talk about mental health, many associate it with disorders such as depression, but the focus needs to shift more on wellbeing and positive mental health. This positive perspective is also enshrined in the constitution of the World Health Organisation, where health since 1948 has been defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. In 2001, WHO defined positive mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. The distinction between disorder and wellbeing is important both to identify the drivers and also the approaches to manage both are different. Evidence shows that happy people tend to function better in life than unhappy people - they are typically more productive and more socially engaged and tend to have higher incomes. Such people have styles which are more self-enhancing and more enabling than those who score low in subjective well-being. Such people also behave in a more confident, optimistic, and generous way in interpersonal situations. This suggests that positive wellbeing, in turn fuels further positive emotions.

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Happy people are typically more productive and more social engaged and tend to have higher incomes.

It has long been known that negative emotions are related to a higher prevalence of disease. The famous “Nun Study” showed that the ageing nuns had all written brief autobiographies when they had entered the convent at around age 20 years. These autobiographies were categorised according to the number of positive statements they contained. Those nuns who had a lower number of positive statements died on average 9 years sooner than those with higher positive statements. This finding is particularly remarkable because from their early twenties, the lives of the nuns were as similar as human lives can be; so the difference in survival was not related to their lifestyle or circumstances in the intervening period, but to their positive emotions six decades earlier.


health There are various steps one can take to enhance psychological wellbeing. Having a good wellbeing does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult, however you would have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual. This is all about working to enhance wellbeing rather than saying I am a positive or a negative person.

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Keep learning. When one keeps learning new skills these can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Some ideas include starting a cooking course, taking a part time course at University or MCAST, learning to play a musical instrument or starting a hobby you love.

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Be altruistic. Give to others. Even the smallest act such as a smile, a thank you or a kind word can count. More involving acts such as volunteering at your local community, can improve your psychological wellbeing and help you build new social networks.

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Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Psychological wellbeing can be enhanced through various means:

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Connection. The more you connect with the people around you such as your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, the more you enhance your wellbeing. Spend time developing these relationships. Take time to be with your family. Switch off the TV and play a board game with the family or friends. Have lunch with a work colleague. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while. Be active. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Adults aged 19 and over should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as fast walking or cycling.

The science of wellbeing which focuses on what makes people flourish, on human assets rather than deficits. Advances in understanding the behavioural, biological, and social pathways to wellbeing will benefi t individuals, organisations, and society.

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These knotted memories that make us

Kali Wallace’s The Memory Trees may just be the seasonal read you’ve been looking for. Though targeted at the much-coveted ‘Young Adult’ audience, this intricate coming-of-age story about a long-held family feud with ‘witchy’ underpinnings makes for a universally likeable book to curl up with during the autumn months...

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books Books “A memory was a thing with no shape, no mass, but indescribable weight. Words spoken in cold winter air, secrets shared, a sprint, a chase, a favor, these things had their own gravity, distorting everything around them like the heaviest star, shaping time and space even when the heart remained hidden.” These lines open the 14th chapter of Kali Wallace’s second novel, The Memory Trees, and they perfectly encapsulate the melancholy but deeply immersive nature of the author’s follow-up to Shallow Graves. Both novels are squarely targeted the ‘Young Adult’ crowd, but, happily, what the successor shares with its predecessor is also an appealing way of crafting characters who are sympathetic and beleaguered but never annoying, and whose ‘young adult’ parameters don’t stop its author from delving into some perennial themes. The 16-year-old Sorrow Lovegood decides to take a trip back to her estranged mother’s rural home in Vermont from Miami, where she’s living with her dad and where, crucially, she is undergoing therapy - in large part due to the tragic (and still mysterious) death of her sister, Patience, eight years prior. Hoping to find some much-needed emotional closure — and, even, to address some disquieting gaps in her memory pertaining to her sister’s untimely demise — Sorrow’s trip to Vermont ends up tumbling her into a fresh barrel of anxieties. While the (now mute) grandmother appears determined to serve as something of a gentle guiding hand throughout, her mother, Verity, only appears to have grown more neurotic as the years went by. A neurosis that manifests itself most potently whenever the subject of the dreaded Abramses is brought up.

For as we learn early on in this narrative in which the distant past is interlaced with the present, the feud between the Abramses and the Lovegoods stretches deep. And Sorrow’s family legacy is known to have something peculiarly ‘witchy’ about it… The great thing, possibly the greatest thing, about The Memory Trees is that it remains a sensitive coming-of-age story despite the complex, time-hopping weave it’s dropped into. Even if we were to strip off the peculiarities of Sorrow’s situation - though why would we do that? Wallace’s story would remain a valid exploration of growing up with both a tragedy and a secret hanging over your head, all the while trying to make heads or tails out of everything as your supposed adult superiors are of zero help. A consistent characteristic of Sorrow’s relationship with her mother is the girl’s fear of saying the wrong thing, her aching need to walk on eggshells as she speaks to her. Apart from helping to form an image of Verity as a nervewracking Gothic matron in our minds, this quirk in their relationship is easy to relate to, and as Sorrow struggles to negotiate this psychological minefield, we’re with her all the way. She even characterizes it as such at one point. “Verity would ask her about the festival, and Sorrow would have to decide how to answer. She didn’t want to lie. She didn’t want to tell the truth. She hated the feeling that every possible thing she could say to her mother was a potential land mine, and she was navigating a path so narrow she could barely keep her balance.”

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But the setting is also a character in and of itself, and Wallace certainly gets plenty of mileage out of it all being set on one farm, with the action and stakes calibrated on a long-drawn out ‘showdown’ between the two families: a showdown that is, perhaps, currently dormant, but which is rearing to bubble back up to the surface at the slightest provocation. This palpable dread is masterfully turned into a creepy, autumnal vibe throughout the novel, which not only keeps the pages turning, but allows for moments of real beauty, too. Anyone with even a slight predilection for whatever we’re celebrating during Halloween will find something to love in Wallace’s evocations of the landscape; the valleys groaning with horror and promise, the huge, gnarly trees acting as ominous edges to the scene. Because this is, after all, a book about memory. And memory has plenty of room for both trauma and nostalgia. About the author Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov’s, Lightspeed Magazine, and Tor.com. Her first novel, Shallow Graves, was published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in 2016. Her second novel, The Memory Trees, has just come out this autumn, and will be followed by City of Islands in 2018. She lives in southern California.

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Motor Sports JOE anaStaSi

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started competing in local motorsport in 1964 with a Mini Cooper S. He also took part in numerous races in Sicily, including the famous Targa Florio, winning on seven occasions. Now retired, Joe helps Malta's young drivers to compete in Motorsport events in Sicily.

a month in heaven

My first attempt at racing outside Malta, apart from a dabble while studying in England in 1967, was in May 1972 when the late Matteo Sgarlata from Syracuse persuaded me to enter my low line Mini in the famous World Endurance Championship race the Targa Florio, with him as co-driver. It sounded like a good idea at the time for Matteo’s father was quite a “big wig” in Sicilian motorsport circles in those days, and if someone could secure an entry for us in this very special race, it was him. The Targa Florio, run along a 47 mile (72 km) mountain circuit in the Madonie mountains in North Western Sicily, and the Le Mans 24-hour race held annually in France, are considered the greatest and most gruelling races of all times, and also the most difficult, so it really was a baptism of fire for me, not to call it a big mistake. I was young, inexperienced and underfinanced, and needless to say my “Targa” didn’t last too long. But I still have the “Starter’s” memento, and there aren’t many people that have one of them. And the record books show “Car 51 – Mini Cooper – 1600 Prototype class drivers Joe Anastasi (Malta) and Matteo

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Sgarlata (Italia). Six years later in 1978 I was to return to Sicily to start something which nearly 40 years down the road is still going, that is my regular participation in Italian Hill Climbs, and it is thanks to 3 more Sicilian friends who are also no longer with us that I was able to do this in the first place. Alfio Vitale, known in racing circles by the pseudonym of “Jimmy” suggested that I should try participating in an Italian “Cronoscalata”. He offered to find me a drive in one of the very few competitive Mini Coopers in Sicily which belonged to Delfo Alessandro, and he also assured me that Catania Corse team President Santo Mosca would see to all the necessary paperwork... of which there is always plenty in Italian racing circles. He also offered to find a drive for my brother-in-law Alex Zammit. So in September of 1978 Alex and I actually participated in our first hill climb in Sicily, the Coppa Monti Iblei held on the 5.3km hill up to the little mountain top village of ChiaramonteI never looked back since. Even on the ferry returning home to Malta I was making plans for my return in 1979, only this time it would be with my own car. 79 was good. 80 was excellent, with 2 second places at Sortino and Sciacca, followed by 3 consecutive wins in 3 weekends, at


Motor Sports Giarre, Collesano, and Chiaramonte. It doesn’t get much better than that. Or does it? 39 years down the road it did indeed get better, or on four consecutive weekends between the middle of September and that of October this year, I was back racing my Mini in Sicily with the same sort of vigour, and success, even if now aged 71 my pace is somewhat more “pedestrian” than it would have been in my youth. And despite the aches and pains which appear to be part and parcel with old age, I am still loving every minute of it. I stopped temporarily with my racing in Sicily in 1983. It was an enforced stop, brought about by a sudden regulation change by CSA which outlawed overnight virtually 90% of the cars competing at the time, including mine. Many years passed but still the attraction of racing in Sicily was always at the back of my mind, so when the opportunity returned in 2014 I built up another race Mini to today’s International regulations, and I haven’t looked back since. In the 70s and 80s I had taken part in almost all the different hill climbs in Sicily. All except two. So when I decided to return three years ago I knew that those two boxes too would have to be ticked. I started off again with my favorite Chiaramonte, for the 6th time in 2015 and followed that up with my third visit to Giarre. But I still needed to tick those two boxes so in 2016 I included Monte Erice and the Coppa Nissena at Caltanissetta in my programme too. Erice was a bit of a let down following all the hype I had heard about it. The scenery is beautiful but you don’t have much time to admire the scenery when you are bombing up the hill in a race car against the clock. But it was love at first sight with the Coppa Nissena the minute I saw the blindingly fast 5km hill. I did it in 2016, and again this year when it was the first of four super weekends of racing in succession. The great thing about doing the same events on successive years is that you can compare your times and see your progress …or otherwise! At Chiaramonte for example I improved my time by four seconds between 2015 and 2016, and 9 whole seconds this year. And the same again at the Coppa Nissena, where an improvement of five seconds was registered over last year’s times. An excellent start to my four consecutive weekends of racing. Caltanissetta is not far from the superb Autodromo Valle dei Templi at Racalmuto

where my next appointment was to be, so I took the Mini straight there and left it safely in one of the many pit garages in readiness for the following weekend. This second event was to be the 6th round of the Racalmuto Time Attack championship in which some 18 Maltese drivers, as well as over 100 Italians, were also participating. Time Attack events are ideal opportunities for testing, for you get four or five sessions of 20 minutes duration on track, so everybody’s times improve as the cars are set up and the drivers get more acquainted with the circuit. Again the Mini behaved excellently, chipping almost a second off my previous best lap time. The third successive event was yet another motor sport discipline, proper wheel to wheel circuit racing, also at the Autodromo Valle dei Templi. The entry was good and competitive so both Johann Spiteri and I enjoyed our respective races and came back with plenty of silverware to prove it. And just last weekend - I am writing this article on Tuesday 17th October - I competed again in my fourth Giarre Montersalice Milo hill climb, and again it was a super fun weekend. The weather can be pretty aweful at this time of the year around Mount Etna. Last year it rained for most of the time and Milo up in the mountain was just one big patch of fog, but this year the sun was out and all was at peace with the world. The racing too was excellent as always. In Sicily there are a number of “old fogies” like me still racing, mostly guys I competed against 40 years ago, and quite a bit of the race weekend is consequently spent socialising and reminiscing, and generally winding each other up. It’s great fun. We talk about the cars, we admire the talent walking by, we even occasionally discuss our performance in the race car and our times, but at the end the discussion always centres around the same topic: where are we eating tonight? It’s a wonderful atmosphere, we still drive hard once the light goes green, but it’s not the end of the world if we don’t win. The more important thing is how good the wine is going to be that evening. Racing in Italy is great. I just love it. I suppose I wouldn’t have done it for over 40 years if I didn’t.

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EVENTS THIS MONTH NOVEMBER 7

As The Leaves Turn

Concert by two classical singers: mezzo soprano Althea Troisi De Menville and soprano Anna Bonello at the Oratory of St Francis, Valletta at noon. The performance entitled As the Leaves Turn, highlights a selection from Bach’s Easter Oratorio, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Haydn’s Benedictus from his ‘Little Organ Mass’ and two excerpts from Vivaldi’s Gloria. Moreover, the performance ensues with charming and intriguing arias by Georg Bizet, Donizetti, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Bookings: 7968 0952, baroccomalta@gmail.com. NOVEMBER 8

Sandro Zerafa 4tet – More Light Jazz concert at the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta at 20:00. Sandro Zerafa, one of the most active guitarists on the Paris jazz scene and Malta’s renowned jazz export teams up with French pianist Laurent Coq, French doublebass player, Simon Tailleu and Cuban drummer, Lukmil Perez Herrera to present music from his critically lauded fourth album as a leader, 'More Light', released earlier this year on the French record label 'Jazz&People' and distributed by Harmonia Mundi. Part of the Three Palaces Festival. Bookings: http://booking.teatrumanoel.com.mt/ Event/9895/.

Castalian String Quartet

NOVEMBER 9

Castalian String Quartet

Classical music concert at the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta at 20:00. Castalian String Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. In the past three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions and have performed widely throughout Europe and beyond. For this performance, they will play Haydn’s String Quartet in E flat, Op. 76 No.6, the String Quartet Ainsi La Nuit by Dutilleux and Schumann’s String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op.41 No.1. Part of the Three Palaces Festival. Bookings: http://booking.teatrumanoel.com.mt/ Event/9891/. NOVEMBER 10

The Blenheim Singers Oxford

Classical music concert at the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta at 20:00. Oxford’s world class vocal ensemble founded at Blenheim Palace – a World Heritage masterpiece of Baroque architecture, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and backdrop to Harry Potter and James Bond 007, Spectre – will present ‘Gloriana – The Two Elizabeths’. The concert will celebrate composers and writers who flourished during the reigns of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II, featuring some of the finest acappella singing in a celebration

of the music of the time of these two great monarchs and inspired by the spirit of each age. Part of the Three Palaces Festival. Bookings: http:// booking.teatrumanoel.com.mt/ Event/9896/. NOVEMBER 10

Composer In Concert – Celebrated Composer John Carmichael

Classical music concert at the Cathedral Museum, Mdina at 19:00. A unique and rare opportunity to listen to one of the world's greatest living composers – John Carmichael, play his own compositions together with concert pianist Antony Gray. Programme includes: J Carmichael Latin American SuiteF Poulenc - Les Soirées de NazellesJ Carmichael - PostcardsIntervalJ Carmichael HommagesC Saint Saëns - La Mort de Thaïs. Australian wine will be served after the concert with compliments of the Australian High Commission to Malta. Bookings: 7905 4688, info@ nikolaivukovic.com. NOVEMBER 11

Benjamin Baker & Daniel Lebhardt

Classical music concert at San Anton Palace, Attard at 20:00. Despite their young age, both violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt have won prestigious prizes and established a strong international presence, performing in concert halls all over the world. During this concert at San Anton Palace, they will treat the audience to Britten’s Suite Op.6 for violin and piano, Paganini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations on ‘Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento’ by Paisiello and Elgar’s violin Sonata in E minor. Part of the Three Palaces Festival. Bookings: http://booking. teatrumanoel.com.mt/Event/9898/. NOVEMBER 12

In Guardia Parade

Historical re-enactment at Fort St Elmo Place, Valletta at 11:00. The reenactment portrays the inspection of the fort and its garrison by the Grand

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EVENTS Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St. John in charge of military affairs. During the re-enactment, of the fort's garrison - some 50 re-enactors in all, kitted-out in their uniforms perform their military drill to demonstrate to the Grand Bailiff its state of readiness. Tickets at the door. NOVEMBER 12

Fiddler On The Roof

Production of the beloved musical at the Don Bosco Oratory, Gozo. Main parts will be played by Noel Galea as Tevye and Maria Cassar as Golde. Special guest star in this production will be Malta’s reknowned violinist George Curmi (Puse’). Other characters will be interpreted by Ruth Portelli, Fabian Galea, Antonella Rapa and Lara Xerri Mompalao together with other talented musicians, singers and dancers. The musical director is John Galea, Jamie Camilleri is the artistic director of the show, while the choreographers are Simone Grech and Frances Zammit. Bookings: 21556616, 99487751, donbogo@gmail.com.

collection of short stories Nismagħhom Jgħidu (Kite Group, 2016). NOVEMBER 17-26

ZiguZajg

Every year, this annual international arts festival delights audiences in Valletta and Gozo with a treasure trove of over 150 performances and workshops by critically acclaimed international and national companies. ŻiguŻajg's enduring popularity springs from its varied and multidisciplinary

programme of quality creative work for children and youth, which attracts audiences of over 13,000 every year. More information: http://www.ziguzajg.org/. NOVEMBER 22-24

Living Cities, Liveable Spaces

Titled ‘Living Cities, Liveable Spaces: Placemaking & Identity',the 2017 edition of the Valletta 2018 International Conference seeks to discuss and analyse the impact of re-branding policies and

strategies on cities and the community members who inhabit or interact with these cities. Taking cue from Valletta's run-up to the title of ECoC in 2018, this conference analyses the effects of such branding and re-positioning strategies by exploring research, policy and practical examples carried out by different researchers, academics, policy makers and cultural practitioners, and by combining policy and strategic aspects with practical, on-the-ground perspectives.

Sandro Zerafa

NOVEMBER 8-12

Malta Book Festival

Annual edition of the Malta Book Festival (formerly Malta Book Fair) at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. The programme of events will feature conferences on themes of literary and sociopolitical importance, book and author presentations, book launches, fun activities for children, readings and much more. This year's special guests include: Rosie Goldsmith, the renowned BBC journalist, the US born and UK raised novelist and poet Ros Barber, French novelist Gilbert Sinoué, Kuwaiti poet Shahd Al Shammari and local author Alex Vella Gera. Another special guest for this year is Ahmad Said Abdel Moneim, a renowned Arab publisher who will be giving a talk on subversive literature in the Arab world. Saturday evening closes off with a highlight event: the short film premiere in Temi Zammit Hall at MCC. This year’s winner of the NBC PBS Short Film Contest is the company Mitħolma of Charles Stroud, who will be adapting Joe Friggieri’s short story Dritt Għall-Punt from the

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ChriStinE CaSSar is a content writer with Focused Knowledge. She is an avid traveller, a fitness enthusiast, a lover of books, theatre, music and anything else related to the arts. She is also interested in photography, and has her own photography blog at www.mappedmemoirs.com

the RetuRn of the inteRnational aRts festival

The ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People is back for another year with its seventh edition. With Valletta 2018 preparations on the horizon, we can definitely expect yet another festival that promises a night full of theatre, dance, music, film and storytelling.

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I met up with the festival director, Daniel Azzopardi and one of the artists, Pamela Kerr, to discuss the build-up of this year’s festival and to see what’s in store.

views with an art installation in the main squares of the capital. In such a framework, our selection aims to champion the arts in a celebration of creativity and diversity.

1. daniel, ŻiguŻajg is back with its seventh edition. In light of the Valletta 2018 preparations, what can we expect out of this year’s edition? This year’s edition will be the most international yet, with 12 countries represented by over 150 participating creatives. The seventh edition will yet again aim to engage new audiences by presenting work of high artistic excellence that also tackles subjects that are most relevant to children and young people. The 10-day programme will have a multi-disciplinary selection of projects dealing with subjects such as the protection of our natural environment, the meaning of family, the effects of solitude, the protection of minors, the repercussions of confl ict and the importance of freedom of expression. Kids will be encouraged to express their

2. you will also be returning to Gozo with two musical productions. What can you tell me about these projects? Indeed this year we’ll be returning to Gozo with a programme specifically catered for the communities there. This was one of priorities we had for the 2017 edition to ensure our work reaches as many people as possible. During the festival there’ll be an exclusive opera by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra about the most notorious villains such as Iago in Othello and Scarpia in Tosca. This show will present a dynamic blend of visuals, live music and flamboyant interpretations by accomplished opera singers. Along with this, we’ll showcase a musical theatre show for primary schools by one of the most inventive companies from Chile about exploring new worlds and traditions. Surely those in attendance will be in for a treat!

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3. To name a few, some of the topics tackled in this year’s festival include the conservation of the environment, what it means to be a family, the effects of solitude and the protection of minors. Pamela, can you explain how you chose to go about the delivery of certain topics that are more sensitive than others to target all ages? In our project we deal with the notion of touch - from the playful naive touch, to something that could be interpreted in an abusive or sexual way. Throughout, there’ll be the underlying question of where do you draw the line between touch - what is socially acceptable and interpreted as playful, to something that can have a very negative meaning. We have opted to choose a clear narrative for the audience to follow and create mundane realities that people could recognise and therefore associate themselves with the scenarios. 4. Pamela, you have your own project, ‘Tag’, in this year’s production. Briefly tell us what we can expect. I collaborated with Kostas Papamathaiakis for ‘Tag’. It is a dance performance which tells the story of human growth through touch. Featuring two protagonists, one male and one female, it explores the ways in which as children grow their experience of touch changes and yet even in old age we long, desire, and need to be touched both

physically and spiritually. During the performance the two protagonists negotiate the opposing feelings of comfort and disquiet at being touched. We question the experience of touch and how it changes with age. And we also look into how our background influences the way we feel about being touched. Lignin Stories provides the dramaturgy for the project and we are also working with The Amber Spark for our soundscape. 5. The importance of freedom of expression has always been celebrated in every edition of ŻiguŻajg. How important is it that even children should believe in their hopes and dreams? I think everyone should believe in their hopes and dreams. I am a strong believer that hope gives life. Children should be encouraged to dream big, to express these dreams and we as adults are to give them hope that they can achieve whatever they dream, with the correct tools. The festival will be running between 17 and 26 November. Those wishing to attend can purchase their tickets online at ziguzajg.com or from the St James Cavalier box office. For more information call 2122 3200 or visit www. ziguzajg.org.

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