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July 2018 | Issue 103




Editorial Issue 103 - July 2018 VIDA Magazine is a monthly lifestyle magazine distributed with MaltaToday on the first Sunday of the month. It aims to empower people to lead a better, healthier, and happier life. Publisher


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Summer holidays for the kids, and perhaps a working environment that’s just a bit slower than usual for the rest of us. Planning a holiday or long-awaited vacation to relieve stress and unwind? Looking forward but have no idea what you’re doing? Planning a long trip can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? Dr Charmaine Gauci stresses that no matter where you plan to go, one of the first things you should be doing is getting the recommended vaccines to lower your chances for getting and spreading disease. Travel vaccinations are an essential part of holiday and travel planning, and that should never be left to the last minute. The world is a great place of opportunities and possibilities, and never before has it been possible to make your dreams come true as easily as today. In this issue, Gili Amato Gauci speaks about his decision to go back to school as a mature student, encouraging readers who are debating whether returning to school as an adult is really worth it or not. He stresses that it’s worth all the time, effort, and sacrifice you’ll need to make to get there. We also get a closer glimpse of the Malta Chamber of Fashion, which mainly aims to collaborate with foreign countries (especially Italy) on various projects involving the fashion sector.


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It is understood that all material supplied by agents (printed or otherwise) to promote their products is supplied with all necessary permissions for reproduction. Whilst great care and attention has been taken by the editorial team to ensure accuracy of text, advertising and other published matter, we disclaim all responsibility for any omissions and errors. The editor and publisher do not necessarily agree with views expressed in articles, adverts, letters, or other content appearing in this publication.

Oh, speaking of Italy, our friends at Jacleroi provide our readers with some handy tips and tricks to impress your guests in an easy, tasty and authentic fashion. Who doesn’t love the concept of The Italian Aperitivo?

All yours to enjoy…

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CONTENTS Shirts and Sparta

The Woman in the Industry

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‘No Sinner No Saint’ - Ira Losco


Riots of Fashion and Fun at Malta Fashion Week and Awards ‘18


A Few Minutes with Undine


And the Award Goes to...


Melissa Pace: Malta’s Latest Fashionista


Promoting Culture and Education Through Fashion Gili Proves it's Never too Late to go Back to School



EPALE Awards 2018 Celebrating Adult Learning in Malta


Italian Aperitivo: A Chic Ritual before Dinner


Fashion Spread: Out Of Water


Vegano a Roma


Preserving Paradisiacal Islands


Prevention is Better than Cure


Someone Who is Like Us, or Completely Different t o Us?


The Big Deal Over Corporate Social Responsibility


Asthma: Things You Should Know Vintage June

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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!

SHIRTS AND SPARTA Last Saturday Kat took me shirt shopping. I need to point out that I don’t usually go shirt shopping with Kat. In fact, truth be told, I never usually buy shirts. I am not a shirt type of guy. I am a t-shirt and shorts type of guy. Jeans if it is really cold. I don’t generally do shirts. Except at funerals. Or when I want to impress someone. In fact, Kat sometimes reminds me of our second-ever date when I was wearing a shirt (in order to impress her) and I greeted her with the immortal line “Last time I wore this was because my great granddad was dead.”


The reason that I needed to buy one now however was because we have got a wedding coming up. ‘Where are they getting all these mad new-fangled ideas about dress-codes?’ I moaned.

Humour “That is because you very rarely remember anything from weddings. Because you always get drunk. And then you dance with the bride’s mother and then you get really emotional and talk about how beautiful it all is and how all the universe needs is love sweet love.”

Where all the fitting rooms were full too. I was starting to get desperate. Then it hit me. Why didn’t I just think outside the box? Or inside the box as it were.

‘I have no idea what you are talking about.’ The lift. I wasn’t in the best of moods anyway. A friend of ours had invited us over to watch 300 and at this rate we were going to miss half of it. And I love 300. Kat’s argument of “You’ve-seen300-a-million-times-and-the-wedding-is-literally-nextweek-also-you’ve-got-it-on-Blue-ray-so-just-watch-ittonight” was, I’ll admit, sound, but still didn’t stop me having a little sulk. I picked out a shirt (my second choice because apparently Hawaiian ones don’t count as wedding attire) and decided to try it on. The problem was, there didn’t seem to be any fitting rooms. “There are fitting rooms on the fourth floor and on the bottom floor” laughed the sales assistant, who had seemingly read my mind. Perplexed as to why you would only need to try clothes on if you were buying them on the fourth or bottom floors, I got into a lift and went up to floor number four. Where all the fitting rooms were full. “You’ll have to wait” said the Sales Assistant who had somehow found his way to the fourth floor too. Was he following me?

“What are you talking about?” Kat asked. “You always wear shirts to weddings.”

I couldn’t wait. I had 300 to watch.

‘I have no recollection of ever wearing a shirt to a wedding.’

So, I hurried back to the lift and headed towards the bottom floor.

Because to all intents and purposes, a lift is a kind of a fitting room itself isn’t it? A private little box with a mirror in. What more do you need? I got in. By some miracle I was alone. I realised that this could work. I could try the shirt on right here, right now. That way we could get out of the store and get to 300 before I missed too much. I was thinking like a real warrior! Excited by the plan, I popped off my t-shirt and went to grab my new shirt, when all of a sudden…the lift door opened. And everyone waiting to get into lift, including Kat and the Sales assistant (again), saw me standing there with my shirt off. In my defence I had very little time to think. And my mind was swimming with thoughts of the movie 300. Because if I had had time to think and I wasn’t thinking about 300, I probably would not have done what I did do. Which was to scream ‘This is Sparta!’ at the top of my lungs and then saunter out of the lift and go straight to counter to pay. Still topless. And that is why I am now going to the wedding wearing a shirt that is two sizes too small. But at least I saw most of 300.


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SOFIA ROONEY Sofia Rooney, a photographer and videographer based in Malta and the US, creates images and stories about femininity, womanhood, youth, and anything and everything else that is beautiful in the world. We catch up with her to get an inside look about the ups and downs of working in the industry. 2. WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART OF BEING IN THE INDUSTRY? Well, the industry here is difficult in itself, particularly as a woman. I can feel people rolling their eyes right now, but it’s true. I have very often been met with assumptions of my being the ‘assistant’ or being asked ‘where the filming crew is’., and it has been very evident that it was purely because of my gender. Comments on my equipment, and recommendations I never asked for, are a more common occurrence than can be explained away. This is one great aspect that makes an already difficult industry to navigate alone more tiresome. Nonetheless, it’s just another excuse to always work harder and ensure I place my focus and energy on the goal at hand. Another great difficulty is the notion held by a great number of people that videography/photography is not a profession. The clichè of being asked to work for free or for ‘exposure’ is very real, and to have to explain over and over again why one deserves to be paid for work can hinder one’s drive to move forward.

1. DO YOU HAVE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEO EDITOR OR DID YOU LEARN THE ROPES THROUGH TRIAL-AND-ERROR ? I partially completed studies for videography and photography, but found myself learning by myself far more effectively. I have been fortunate enough to have been trusted by various people who likely saw potential in me. Through that and constantly striving to make more whenever and wherever I can, I learned more and more. It is most certainly through trial and error that I learned the most. Picking up my camera and going for it, regardless of whether the outcome turned out as I foresaw or not. There is always further to go and more to learn.

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3. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST PART ABOUT IT? Now, there are much more positives than there are negatives. I work for myself, which has been my aim ever since I was very young. Having that freedom is vital for me. It pushes me daily to work harder and learn more, as it gives me full responsibility over where I am going, and provides me with no excuses to fall back on. Probably the greatest part about it however, is always being somewhere new and meeting new people. I’ve always loved telling human stories, because I adore people and I really believe every single person has a story to tell, and when given the platform to tell that story, we can move to accepting and listening to each other far more. I want to know and tell the story of as many people as I can, and capturing them so timelessly is what makes me want to always do more. Issue 103 July 2018



photography 7. WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE WORKING ON IN THE FUTURE? All of them! All the projects! Any project I can get my hands on. But in all honesty I hope to move into directing feature length films, and photographing as much as I can. Also writing scripts, as writing was always my first love. I hope to focus on writing and directing fictional pieces, but I also adore documentary. I can’t choose! I hope to do as much as I can.

8. DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING EVENTS/CAMPAIGNS/ PROJECTS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? I am always working on something new, and am currently building up my website with as much as I can. I am writing a couple of short films and working on a photo series right now which I hope to produce as soon as possible. I cannot say much right now in order not to spoil them, but watch this space!

5. HOW MUCH DIRECTION TO YOU TAKE FROM THE CLIENT? DO THEY DECIDE THE LOOK OR DO YOU SUGGEST THE LOOK FOR A VIDEO/VIDEO SERIES TO THEM? It all depends on the content itself. I have vlogged for some clients for a few years, and throughout this period I have worked with them on varying styles and ever-changing perspectives. I like to listen and take into consideration what any client says when producing something, however, I will never compromise what I believe is the best way to portray something. I think if you are confident enough in the way you work and how you see and capture everything, then clients are very open to going along with your ideas. After all, they must be hiring you for a reason. There always has to be a mutual understanding of wants, needs and artistic freedom.

4. WHICH WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON AND WHY? WHICH WAS THE MOST ENJOYABLE? The most challenging has been the most enjoyable for me so far. If I had to choose just one, it was when I worked as an AC on a documentary with the wonderful filmmaker Tim Lewis (Handcrafted Films). I can't say much about it, as it isn’t out yet, however it challenged me and taught me so much, primarily due to the way he works as a filmmaker and the people we met through the project. It challenged many notions I had of filmmaking in itself, gave me an even greater enjoyment for the craft, and also gave me a new appreciation for Malta itself, as I viewed it from a very different perspective.


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6. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED, WHICH INFLUENCES YOUR WORK ON A DAILY BASIS? I think the most important thing I’ve learned so far is that every single person’s story is worth telling and that it is vital to portray it in the most honest way possible, and that every story is important. No matter if it’s a fictional piece that takes you out of this world for a few minutes, or whether it’s telling the story of a woman who has never had her voice heard before, every story needs to be approached with honesty, and I always try to be honest with myself, first and foremost, when filming or photographing anythingtherefore allowing whoever is on camera to be honest with themselves too.


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NO SINNER NO SAINT Ira Losco has just released her double album marking her 15 years in music. The much awaited body of work titled No Sinner No Saint is divided into two CDS, one named No Sinner the other No Saint each including 11 brand new tracks as well as a bonus track.

“Following the huge success of The Fire was daunting, but once I started writing I realized this was not like previous albums. There were a lot of ideas on the table to choose from. The changes that unfolded in my personal life surely had an impact in some way or other on my writing. It also seemed right to celebrate so many active years in music. It was my wish to give something more to all those who have supported me throughout these 15 years and we ended up with 24 songs,” said Ira Losco. No Sinner No Saint is a manifestation of who I am. I’m neither a sinner nor a saint but a bit of both at different select times in my life. The idea of the double album is to enjoy both sides in whichever order one wants,” she added. Ira Losco is often to referred to as Malta’s Queen of Pop, other times as a Chameleon with her ever changing and unpredictable releases. From the rock sound of D riving One of Your Cars , to the reggae vibes of What I’d Give, the ska rhythm of Me Luv U Long Time or the pop anthem of One In A Million she’s always leaving her fans guessing what’s coming next. A description which she has earned and also suits her fine is that of a juggernaut; having released 6 studio albums , 2 full length remix albums, 1 full length DVD, a 400 page photographic journal and 2 EPs. Her last release was her EP with Warner Music which included Walk on Water. No Sinner No Saint is Ira's 7th studio album.

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All tracks were produced and mixed by Howard Keith at Jagged House studios. “This release is probably a first of it’s kind for Malta. It is certainly very unusual for an artist to release a studio double album nowadays. It has become a single’s market which unfortunately also means relationships with fans are short lived unlike Ira’s case.” Howard Keith also added, “The fact that it’s unusual makes it challenging but interesting. Ira’s at her best when challenged. Whilst the album has a very current sound to it, No Sinner No Saint has lots of personality with an eclectic variety of genres retaining Losco’s identifying sound. I say this with every album but truthfully her vocals just keep getting better“ One can identify an underlying tone from the 80s in some tracks whilst with tracks like Bad Habits there’s also a hint of 90s old school rap . On another song titled Holy Water ,where Destiny is featured as a guest singer, there’s a gospel soul touch to it and on the song titled Breathe it’s back to her roots showing off her raunchy vocals. The last track on the album titled You Did it Again coincidently marks Ira Losco’s 100th song to date . This is a clear indication that her repertoire has grown considerably through the past 15 years. The album also includes Losco’s most recent singles namely We Are The Soldiers, OMG , One in A Million and an anniversary edition of one of her very first singles, Love me or Hate me which she announced at her sold out concert last Christmas. Issue 103 July 2018


music Last week, Ira Losco surprised her fans yet again with the release of the Coca-Cola anthem for the FIFA World Cup Colors where she features alongside Jason Derulo. A few days ago she also performed her first series of upcoming live shows in front of a jam packed audience in Zabbar . The next Live concert will be in Gozo at Hondoq Bay on the 6th of July followed by an intimate performance at Infinity 11 th floor, H Hotel on the 14th of July. Ira losco has also announced that this album will be accompanied with more music video releases, a full length ‘making of’ video and a vast selection of merchandise.

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No Sinner No Saint is currently available from all digital platforms at €13.99, whilst the physical copy including 2 CDs will be sold for €15.99 and will be available in all leading outlets as well as as from Monday 25th June. However, some lucky fans were able to get hold of a signed copy and giveaways at a meet and greet held on Saturday 23rd June at Nestle, Lija. All the lyrics of the album are available for free download from Ira Losco’s site: Issue 103 July 2018




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A FEW MINUTES WITH UNDINE Undine La Verve has dazzled crowds worldwide on burlesque’s grandest stages, while also teaching, mentoring, acting, modelling, singing, and producing her own performances. As the frontrunner for burlesque locally, Undine’s commitment to her artform is unparalleled – she’s been active on the scene for 8 years and has no plans of slowing down. Martin Calleja Urry finds out more.

WHAT HAS BURLESQUE DONE FOR YOU ON A PERSONAL LEVEL? Burlesque is a creative outlet that changed my life, and has become my main motivation and purpose. It taught me to love myself, my body, and my flaws. It taught me who I truly am, giving me opportunities to meet amazing creatives and experience different cultures and new stages. I have learnt the art of seduction, but also the art of understanding people. I love having the opportunity to empower and inspire other women. Burlesque has made me the woman I am today. WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BURLESQUE? People think it’s indecent or inappropriate but usually that’s because they’ve never seen a single show. Burlesque is a multidisciplinary art form – it’s storytelling through dancing, acting, singing, comedy, and more. Some think it's a show for men, but the female following is actually bigger - ladies love to see strong women on stage who aren't perfect but are proud and confident! Prejudice is a huge shortcoming of all humanity. I say experience the art first, then judge.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR STAGE PERSONA ‘UNDINE LAVERVE.’ I feel that I’m my ‘true self’ on stage because I’m completely free to be myself without holding back. I can play up my emotions, have fun, and feel empowered because I know the stage time and creative processes are all mine. In some social situations, we water ourselves down to fit in or be accepted, but burlesque lets me live my true nature, my femininity, my sensuality - I take it back from the patriarchy and I own it! So,

burlesque allows my personality to shine through and live up to its full potential, rather than allowing me to create a persona. On stage, I can act a certain way according to my character, but deeper than that I am more myself than ever. HOW DO YOU GET MENTALLY PREPARED FOR A SHOW? Many performers have specific pre-show rituals, mine is preparing hair and make-up. When I put my show make-up on, that’s my trigger to get into the mood. Then there is a moment, right before I go up on stage, when I pause, and in those few seconds I gather myself and I’m ready to go!

HOW MUCH DID HAVING A MENTOR IN THE EARLY STAGES OF YOUR CAREER HELP YOU? My mentor, Liv Yorsten, helped me immensely and I was lucky that she was in Malta when I was starting up in 2009. I currently have 2 mentees of my own. It's important for older performers to teach the younger generation about the history of the art, and the performers that paved the way for us. Combine that with sharing experiences and knowledge about choreography, costuming, different styles and moves, and a mentor’s work is never really over. DESCRIBE YOUR MOST CHALLENGING MOMENTS IN BURLESQUE. The challenges began when my mentor left Malta, because I was still a burlesque newbie finding my way. It was difficult on my own, but I went to New York to watch shows and study the art. I worked on my acts and met a lot of amazing performers that welcomed me into the community. We’re far apart now, but I still feel surrounded by their love. Another challenging issue has been past relationships. I’ve had partners who supported me at first, but then had a complete change of heart, expecting me to stop performing and even threatening abuse. I once took a break for over 6 months, but afterwards realised that Burlesque is my passion, my ‘raison d’etre.’ From now on I will never let anyone, or anything stand in my way! Some people can’t handle me and that’s fine, I’m even more motivated now. HIGHLIGHT 3 ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES EVERY GREAT BURLESQUE PERFORMER MUST HAVE. There are no specific attributes a burlesque performer must have, but creativity and charisma certainly help. You don't have to be a particular shape, age, gender, colour or height. Bring something interesting or unique to the table and burlesque will accept you. I wanted to be a dancer but was never tall or slim enough. Our community features strong, independent men & women as well as gender-fluid & differently abled persons. The beauty of it is that you can be yourself and the diversity is inspiring. HAVE CROWD REACTIONS CHANGED AT ALL SINCE BURLESQUE WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO MALTA? Yes, they definitely have - when I started doing burlesque in Malta 8 years ago nobody knew what it was. Being the

only performer on the Island, it was an uphill battle. Initially, I focused on performing abroad to represent Malta, but in early 2015 I started producing shows, and in 2016 I produced my first burlesque theater production ‘MalTease.’ By showing the beauty, versatility and satire of burlesque along with the foreign performers who join me, we have been educating the nation together! HOW WILL YOU CONTINUE TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE FOR BURLESQUE IN MALTA? By preparing shows that feature more variety and different artists who have a unique take on the art, both for my monthly and annual shows. I want to break down boundaries by presenting different body types, styles and concepts. Also, by teaching girls at my classes, nurturing Maltese talent and continuing to empower women to be whoever they want to be. We've come far, and I've got lots in store for my little island! BESIDES DANCING, TELL US ABOUT ANY OTHER CURRENT AND FUTURE PROJECTS I've just finished two very exciting productions - Apocalesque and Steve Hili's Adult Panto. I'm currently working on a single with DJ Mykill, and planning to produce a special burlesque show in August. In September, we’ll resume the regular monthly shows. Next year, ‘MalTease’ will be back for its 3rd annual show, and I’ll have other shows abroad too. Issue 103 July 2018



fashion STEPHANIE XERRI AGIUS Stephanie started blogging in 2013 and since then, she 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 on her blog, and social media.



By now your social media networks would have been inundated with photos, press releases, and other information surrounding the buzz created by the major fashion event that takes over Malta during that one week in May. Malta Fashion Week and Awards has transformed itself into a highly anticipated event. This year the attendance was bigger and better than before, with heaving crowds congregating at the historic Fort St Elmo for a week-long celebration of fashion, whether it was to view homegrown local talents such as Ritienne Zammit and Marco Parascandalo, or to take a peek at what overseas

1. THE COMEBACK CLASSICS: BLACK AND WHITE OR FULL-ON WHITE Whether kitted in sophisticated black or in fresh and youthful white, rest assured that the two neutrals will save you time and time again when dressing up for an occasion. Take a leaf out of influencer Romea Adler’s book and go a bit playful or look at this attendee’s combination of white

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Another dominating trend, this time via a colour, was red. Pops of red were noted either as attendees wore dresses or pants, but also in the accessories department (red bag with tassels and heels as worn by fashion blogger Dorianne Mamo). Red and tasselled? Why not? (earrings

as worn by makeup artist Natasha Polidano). Long dresses or mid-length ones were not frowned upon or shied away from, as seen in the way Priscilla Sammut Preca (Project Coordinator for Malta Fashion Week and Awards) and Daniela Micallef (Priscilla’s assistant) almost coordinated their outfits in colour. What is even better than red and tassels together? Red and ruffles of course!

designers are creating, such as Aussie-based Jason Grech (with Maltese origins) or Argentinian designer Ocantos. This piece, however, is to also celebrate another type of fashion that is lived and breathed by attendees to the shows, some of whom have been gracing your Instagram or Facebook walls as burgeoning fashionistas and influencers. Here we analyse some styles and key elements that could be on your trending radar for the summer season.

separates for a daintier feel. Yet another blackand-white outfit noted by one of the attendees was through a houndstooth print in the skirt but the striking touch are the patent green ankle boots (tip: infuse an otherwise normal outfit with something that draws attention). If you like stripes but want to stay away from black-and-white, then opt for a different base (such as a blue-and-yellow jumpsuit). Issue 103 July 2018




her equally cropped flared pants, and her black cap. Another winning albeit minimalistic look can be seen via influencer Marie Claire Portelli (right) who wore her box-fresh white Nike pair with checked high-waisted The sport-led trend was still alive and kicking during pants and a spartan white tee. With hair sleeked back, Malta Fashion Week. Track pants were matched with this was one punchy look. Speaking of hair, there were a sheer sleek shirt as worn by fashion blogger and award nominee Dorianne Mamo (who also matched the quite a few attendees and influencers who took the turbaned route, such as fashion writer Inna Kay of shirt to the turban-style band, both by local designer Rosemarie Abela). Looking at the group photo, dressing Creative Direction One (left) who donned a striking up does not necessarily mean hobbling around in sky- skin-coloured shawl-like head cover that chimed in high heels. In fact, it was noticed that many attendees perfectly with her blue-toned ruffled and flared outfit. Don’t you love blue and tan for summer? (Sidenote: selectively stayed away from vertiginous stilettos and if wearing sneakers sounds stifling for summer, try were more relaxed in their choice of footwear. comfortable espadrille-like wedges). Another structured but youthful look was noted in the interesting mix of a Sensible footwear does not have to mean boring – take a look at fashion blogger Alina Anisimova’s outfit crisp white crop top and striped pants which, together with strappy white heels, all spell being ready for (middle; another red-pumped look) and note how summer. perfect the Vans sneakers fit in with her cropped top,

proved that (his denim jumpsuit and his all-black outfit with a twist are just a taste of his eclectic style). Local designers such as Ritienne Zammit have also reworked

5. GO BOLD – BE SHOWSTOPPING To conclude this fashion analysis, it can be said that dressier gowns have returned with a vengeance. Relegated to the ballrooms or halls of weddings, the longer-hemmed dress has claimed the attention and once again sashayed its way into our lives (e.g. pretty in pastels like model and award winner Madeleine Baldacchino). Enter couturiers such as Luke Azzopardi and Gaetano who are catering not only for the extravagant wedding market, but are also creating custom-made beauties for occasions such as fashion week and the much-awaited fashion awards night. They say a girl can dream if only for

4. BE DIFFERENT, BE UNIQUE – TRY SOMETHING NEW If you do not experiment and get out of your comfort zone during Fashion Week, where or when else can you do so? Indeed, Fashion Week is not only a riot of colours, designs, and styles, but a golden opportunity to shine, dazzle, and escape normalcy. Being daring and adventurous during Fashion Week is a calculated risk, but without the fear and angst of being labelled as weird-looking or being frowned upon. Indeed, the message transmitted through Fashion Week should be

norms and stereotypes, and it comes as no surprise that Ritienne’s work was chosen to represent the campaign poster for Malta Fashion Week and Awards.

a night, but when wearing one of these creations, it is women who can indeed feel like princesses. Whilst Tamara Webb’s dreamy floaty gown with tulle for days was designed by Gozitan Luke Azzopardi, model and award winner (for fashion influencer) Sarah Zerafa’s peek-a-boo animal printed floorlength gown was specially made for her by Gaetano. This goes to show that local talent can be cherished and supported. As the wedding season has earnestly started, you know who your port of call should be for custom-made one-of-a-kind showstopper gowns. Go bold or go home, as you have often heard them say.

more than that. It should extend to fashion on a daily basis. When local influencers (read: style tornadoes) like Tamara Webb and Danita Camilleri bring forward a healthy dose of fun, light-heartedness, and positivity to the table of fashion, what is there not to love? Why choose clothing that oppresses or limits us when it is meant to colour our world and give us a few breaks from the doldrums of life? This extends to men too. Just to give you an example of someone who lives outside the boundaries of what fashion should be and look like, model and award winner Robert Agius has Credits: photography by Justin Ciappara whose work during Malta Fashion Week and Awards included documenting people’s outfits.

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AND THE AWARD GOES TO... The Chamilia Malta Fashion Awards brought the curtain down to this year's edition of Malta Fashion Week and Awards 2018. This year the awards ceremony celebrated the 20th anniversary and for the first time ever, it was held at Tritons Square, using the majestic fountain as a backdrop. A timeline was set up alongside the red carpet, which showcased photos that were shot throughout the years, to complement the theme of the night - Memories. The show was hosted by different presenters who has previously presented other editions. More so, iconic people from within the industry were also chosen as award presenters. The night featured a catwalk show with outfits from stores found at The Point, a small showcase of local designers and hair shows by Chris Galea, Neville Roman Zammit, Flavia Borg Attard and Vanusia Mifsud Vella. Ira Losco also performed live and sang One in A Million. The winners in the different categories were Malcolm Gauci - Stylist, Madeleine Baldacchino - Female Photo Model, Ishmael Grech - Male Model, Robert Agius - Male Photo

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Model, Sarah Zerafa - Fashion Influencer, Stella Cini - Beauty Influencer, Chris Galea - Hair Stylist, Jennifer Dimech Makeup Artist, Malcolm Gauci - Stylist, Matthew Spiteri - Photographer. An Outstanding Achievement award was also presented to Bernadette Bonnici Kind, who for many years held the position of Company Director of Sales and Marketing for Mercedes Benz, Renault, and Michelin and has recently retired. A surprise was in store for CEO and founder Adrian J Mizzi an outstanding achievement award was presented to him by Vanessa McDonald, the same journalist who back in the first year was extremely skeptical about the future of the fashion awards. Thanks to our sponsors V18 European Capital City of Culture, Mercedes-Benz, TRESemmè, Aldo, Coca-Cola, Hilton, Eva Garden, Heritage Malta and GHRC. Special thanks to Chamilia, the main sponsor of Malta Fashion Awards.


PROMOTING CULTURE AND EDUCATION THROUGH FASHION Students following the Textiles and Fashion Design course at MCAST were invited to an inspirational fashion event on the 19th June at The Fortress Builders, Valletta. The evening was opened by The Hon. Minister for Education Dr. Evarist Bartolo. The event was an educational initiative made possible by The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to ' promoting culture and education through fashion'. Two unique fashion designers showed garments from their collections and talked to students about what inspired them to experiment with the complex methods of production. James Dimech, a Maltese designer who uses materials that have had a previous life, created a stunning dress modelled by Maria Ellul, Miss World Malta 2018, from used, metal caps from hundreds of cat food containers. The dress has been exhibited abroad and attracted International acclaim and recognition for his contribution to using waste materials.

as a fashion designer, and resulted in him creating a complex process of garment production which is original, meaningful, and representative of the cultivation of both body and mind. Matija's uniquely sculptural pieces are produced by taking 3D scans of the body and transposing them into 2D lazer cut patterns comprising hundreds of puzzle patterns which seamlessly interlock. The result is a complex polyhedron without any seams. Franciana Cassar modelled Matija's creations. Besides supporting education through facilitating study opportunities in fashion academies abroad, and sponsoring students to participate in events such as sustainable fashion, The Chamber of Fashion organises an annual International fashion show. On the 19th July, The Chamber of Fashion will hold the International Grand Gala of Fashion and Culture, in the beautiful setting of Verdala Palace. Tickets are being sold at â‚Ź25 in aid of The Community Chest Fund Foundation. Guests will view the collections of renowned fashion designers from Italy, Croatia, Malta, and South Africa, making this a major event in the 2018 Cultural Fashion calendar of Malta.


James also produces incredibly intricate garments from waste paper. Pages from used magazines are cut, folded, and refolded before they are woven into body fitting dresses, ruffs and headwear. Countless hours spent in concentrated thought, planning the process, and then the exhausting manual work involved in production, make James so admired for his commitment to creativity.

Participants include Italian couture designer Giada Curti, well-known for her fabulous gowns, Italian jewellery designer, Marina Corazziari, showing her large statement pieces, Sladana Krstic from Croatia, designs elaborately co-ordinated gowns and sculptural headwear using vibrant colours, and James Dimech from Malta who will exhibit his unique collection of sustainable fashion.

Matija Cop, a Croatian designer now living and working in London was brought up in the war torn Baltic counties during the 1990s and has seen people being caught up in conflict due to their national and cultural identities. This influenced his work

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FASHION interview

interview FASHION


MALTA’S LATEST FASHIONISTA Dayna Clarke meets Melissa Pace who has been making waves in the Maltese fashion circle since her debut during Malta Fashion Week. The fashion blogger made a strong presence and set tongues wagging. Dayna Clarke caught up with the rising star to find more about her and what makes her tick.

MELISSA, WHERE DOES YOUR LOVE FOR FASHION COME FROM? So, funny story about me…as some of you may know, in Malta we have a tradition called il-Quccija where on the 1st birthday of the child, several things are laid in front of the child (for e.g. a wooden spoon, an egg, a calculator, etc.), the child has to pick one item and the item is supposed to give an indication about the future interests or job they may be into in the future.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START A FASHION BLOG? To be honest I have been wanting to start a blog for quite a long time but never felt quite ready. This year I was going to attend the Malta Fashion Week and Awards and I thought that it would be the perfect time for me to start it up. I wholeheartedly agree with the saying of Lemony Snicket that states: “If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”, as I believe there is no such thing as feeling ready. WHAT IS THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF YOUR BLOG? The main focus of my blog is giving motivation and inspiration, giving out positive vibes, showing my life completely unfiltered, and sharing what I am most passionate about (mainly fashion and beauty). WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING? My favourite thing about blogging is that it’s a medium where people can express themselves. They are able to share their thoughts and opinions. I feel that everyone can inspire others in one way or another, because we are all different and we have different life paths. Therefore, I feel that blogging is a great means to inspire others.

follow quite a lot of bloggers and models, both Maltese and foreigners, who give me a source of inspiration. Having said that, not only bloggers and models inspire my style, most of the time I also get inspired by random people. WHAT IS THE BEST FASHION ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED? The best fashion advice I have received was that "everyone is different and unique. You should wear whatever you like and what you feel most comfortable in because wearing what you love will give you so much confidence and selfconfidence is the best outfit you can ever wear.” WHAT OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE? I currently have a Facebook page and an Instagram account. Ultimately, I would like to have a website of my own where I can write more onto and who knows, maybe creating my own YouTube channel? We’ll see but I have great projects in my mind so I am really excited for what the future holds.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE LOOKS FOR THIS SUMMER? I feel that summer is the best time to get creative. Currently, I am really into playsuits, dungarees, offshoulder shirts and shorts. I feel they are comfortable yet stylish at the very same time.

WHO IMPRESSED YOU DURING FASHION WEEK? There wasn’t just one particular person who impressed me. I feel that mostly I was impressed by the welcoming feeling I got from people who I follow and look up to (bloggers, models, designers, etc.) yet who had no idea who I was. Not just that though, I feel impressed by the fact that the connection I made with these amazing people during fashion week continued to evolve after fashion week was over.

WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS? Since I love variety, I don’t have one particular style icon. I

Melissa is available on both Facebook and Instagram as MelissaPaceOfficial.

Well, as a matter of fact, I picked a lipstick…so I guess my love for fashion and beauty started at the age of 1? All jokes aside, I remember myself dressing up, putting on make-up (or at least trying to), and posing for photos as a child, when in fact I was just staying at home! I actually was really interested in pursuing a career in fashion design when I was younger, but the only thing I am capable of drawing are stick people, so I didn’t feel it was such a great idea. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? I don’t consider myself as having one particular style especially since I love experimenting with different styles. But mostly, everything I wear solely depends on how I am feeling on that particular day.

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education GILBERT AMATO GAUCI A 30 year old, Tourism B.A (Hons.) graduate, currently reading for a Masters in Business Administration at university and working as a full time Insurance broker. His main hobbies are sport related. He plays with a local futsal team and watches any sports event whenever possible. He also enjoys social events and travelling.


Have you found yourself wondering “am I too old to go back to school?” Maybe you’ve thought about furthering your education for years and time has just gotten away from you. Or perhaps there were too many obstacles in your way before, but now that they’ve passed, you feel like the right time has passed, too. Gili Amato Gauci is here to change your mind!

academic challenges with their head held high. Years went by and I wasn’t happy at work. I felt like I had missed out on so many opportunities because of my lack of qualifications and just the experience of being a university student on the whole. I would also have mood swings and at times feel inferior to others. One fine day, I got the courage to speak out to a couple of friends who I had recently met; Thomas Farrugia and Warren Sammut. Thomas was reading for a degree in Psychology, and Warren did not only have a Bachelor’s degree but also a Master's, apart from being an active student, forming part of various organisations such as Kunsill Studenti Universitarji. All this seemed like a mountain to climb, and an impossible task for me to fulfil. With their encouragement and the reassurance from my family, I decided to apply for the Tourism B.A with Honours degree at the University of Malta. I was called for an interview with the dean from the Institute of Tourism, where I expressed my great desire to start fresh and make up for lost time and my lack of qualifications. I remember jumping with joy at home as soon as I received the acceptance letter. I felt young and motivated again. The next day, I handed in my notice, and eagerly waited for the big day when I would start my university adventure as a mature student. Resigning from the job ended up being the easiest decision of my life, even though I knew it would be a financial constraint since I had to pay off my car loan. A major advantage which I would like to highlight is that not all qualifications are needed when applying as a mature student and the first degree is also free of charge! For anyone over the age of 23 who is reading this, please take note, as not everyone is aware of this! Furthermore, professionals offer consultation and guidance in finding the ideal course for you, helping you through this life changing decision.

My academic journey post O levels started on a very bad note. I had tried unsuccessfully to get to University for two years in a row, with discouraging results in both instances. At 19 years of age, I gave up on tertiary education, thinking I had reached my limits, and would never attempt any exams again… let alone a degree. I spent four years and ten months of my life working as a Clerk, a job where someone like me with very basic qualifications is just a number. I would see other employees who started employment after me advancing on the job. Having a degree to their names, it seemed so easy for them. I remember many instances when my colleagues would speak about their university experience, including fun times such as events like Students Fest and the satisfaction of overcoming their

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I immediately got into the university spirit at Freshers' Week, which welcomes new university students on campus. I was blessed to have met amazing people in my class, who until this day are very dear to me, having a bond which grew through university events and group assignments. Since I had already wasted enough time, I decided to be an active student, specifically by joining the Tourism Studies Association, and together with other friends I met at university, such as Gayle Lynn Callus and Stefan Cutajar among others, we established the first ever UoM Futsal Team and I was the first President of the club. It gave me great joy seeing the university community come together through sports, and till this day it is still present! Also, through SDM, I got elected as culture and entertainment officer with Kunsill Studenti Universitarji, helping to create events for all university students to join. Together with the rest

of the team, I represented the university students and helped through various policies. From speaking with Warren in June 2013, I’ve managed to do what he accomplished and what I only dared to dream of. There was only one thing left to do. After successfully getting my degree, I still felt I needed to go the extra mile before being too late once again. I started working a full-time job once again. This time I did it with more determination and confidence than before! I enrolled for an M.B.A under the faculty of FEMA. I have just finished the first out of two academic years, and another thesis awaits next winter! However, just being there and attending lectures, the feel of lifelong learning is now instilled in me and I continue this journey with enthusiasm. To anyone reading this who is 24 years of age, 35 or even older, it is never too late! I’ve learnt that it is very normal for an 18 year old to not know which path to take. If you feel you can do it, then you will! Like me, there are many others who took this step successfully, feel rewarded, and have absolutely no regrets. Issue 103 July 2018





WORK-BASED LEARNING AWARD The deadline for nominating individuals and projects is Tuesday, 31st July 2018. The EPALE Awards evaluation board includes a number of local and foreign key experts working in the adult education field. The award winners will be announced during the EPALE Awards Ceremony which will take place on the 23 rd October 2018.

EPALE, which is an online platform community for professionals working in the adult education sector. The European Commission funds EPALE in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of adult learning in Europe.

For the EPALE Awards 2018 guidelines and nomination form please contact Mahira Spiteri via email or phone +356 2598 2278. The Directorate is the National Support Service for

Adult learning can transform lives. The EPALE (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe) Awards 2018 is an initiative organised to recognise the work done by professionals in adult education. The second edition of the awards aims to raise the profile of adult education in Malta. Nominations are now being accepted until 31 July 2018. The biennial Awards are organised by the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability within the Ministry for Education and Employment and they celebrate adult learning in Malta with the use of creative and inclusive learning methods. The EPALE Awards are the perfect opportunity to emphasise the value of adult learning to a variety of audiences and to help spread the voice and visibility of adult learning. Nominations will be received from learners, educators, public and private entities and civil society engaged in adult learning. Individuals and organisations who have shown dedication and commitment to improve themselves

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and their community through learning can submit a nomination. The Directorate is looking for people, projects and organisations that show the use of creative and inclusive learning methods that achieve outstanding results with the potential to be replicated and/or of inspiration to others. Nominations should reflect the priorities as stated in the EU Agenda for Adult Learning in Malta and the Lifelong Learning Strategy in Malta. Nominations for the EPALE Awards 2018 will be received for the following categories: INDIVIDUAL AWARDS Adult Learner Award Adult Educator Award Volunteer in Adult Education Award PROJECTS/ORGANISATIONS Adult Learning Project Award Digital Project Award Issue 103 July 2018















Some say they’re a bunch of snobby creatives passionate about Food and Wine. Others say they're a bunch of passionate creatives who became food snobs. The majority think they’re the first food and wine advertising agency that combine creatives, sommeliers, and gastronomes. One thing is sure: JacLeRoi has departed from the heart of the Italian Food Valley and is landing here in Malta.


Some handy tips and tricks to impress your guests in an easy, tasty and authentic fashion.

MISE EN PLACE LIKE A PRO Don’t just think about what you are going to prepare but also about how you are going to present it. By having a rustic style tablecloth, a traditional looking set of dishes and using some fun accessories which will enchant your guests, even the simplest recipe will appear to be created by a star chef. Seeing is believing! MAGICAL SUNLIGHT Summer aperitivos are obviously held outdoors so you can enjoy the golden hour with your friends whilst the sun sets, cocktails in hand, in the welcoming, homely atmosphere of your garden or terrace. Don't have a garden? Not to worry, try a chic-nic on the beach or at your local park for the ultimate outdoor aperitivo experience. These are the main key pointers for the perfect homemade aperitivo, now you only need to invite your friends or sweetheart and voilà! If you're still not sure that you can become the ultimate master of aperitivos, here's two incredibly simple but mouthwateringly delicious recipes for you to try out!

Italy is full of rituals, little everyday moments that immediately make you feel happier. The aperitivo is certainly one of those, a way to end the day in a relaxed mood after many long and labourious hours of work. The aperitivo has ancient origins and was born in Turin more than 200 years ago in 1786 when Mr. Antonio Benedetto Carpano started producing an aromatised wine with an infusion of herbs and spices in his little shop. The aperitivo was actually unconsciously consumed by the Romans who drank 'mulsum', a drink consisting of wine and honey, which was used to stimulate the appetite (in Latin "aperitivus" - that opens). The aperitivo (or happy hour) nowadays is an increasingly popular, worldwide ritual where more and more people choose to prepare it in the comforts of their own homes to enjoy a moment of conviviality with their closest friends whilst indulging in their favourite wines, cocktails and home-made appetizers. All of us can become a master of aperitivos if you know how to do it properly. Today we reveal to you all the secrets which are guaranteed to impress your guests by simply flaunting just a little bit of true Italian flair. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY It seems obvious but you always have to offer the highest quality of food and beverage items to your guests for an aperitivo. All of your finger foods have to be simple, appealing to the eye and made only with fresh and high quality ingredients. Check in your closest markets and delis for the most seasonal and locally sourced top quality products.

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SERVE TO IMPRESS You don't want to be serving the usual boring drinks do you? Ask Google or your most trusted barman for some advice to impress your guests in this department to suit your favoured palate. Every dish and drink must have a little garnish to add character, maybe add some small decorations like a few blueberries to the cocktail and try to use traditional style crockery to make your dishes appear more authentic. And each dish has to be Instagram-appropriate, of course! Issue 103 July 2018






Melon & prosciutto is the perfect combination of

Empire, to explore his theory of the four humours in

freshness and simplicity, a real Italian summer signature

order to understand the methodology behind this

dish. The delicate taste and balance between the

rather unusual pairing of sweet fruit and seasoned

juicy cantaloupe sweetness and the saltiness of the

meat. According to his studies, in order to be able to

prosciutto is quite simply an utter delight. It's a historic

cure illnesses it was necessary to restore the body’s

Italian recipe with origins dating all the way back to the

balance through feeding. That's why cuisine became a

ancient times of the second century AD. We have to go

combinational art form and this creative pairing became

back to Galen, the most famous doctor in the Roman

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energising drink, the perfect pairing with a freshly

an Italian classic that’s absolutely perfect for the

made melon & prosciutto roll and above all, nice

summer - the Spritz Hugo or Hugò!

and easy to prepare. Born high in the the Dolomites

The Hugò is a true blast of freshness - an elderflower

in South Tyrol, thanks to Roland Gruber who had

themed cocktail that's perfect for the aperitivo hours

the brilliant idea of flavoring the classic goblet of

or after dinner. It has a very low alcohol content

Prosecco with mint and elderflower syrup, the result

and can be considered as an alternative option to

is a sublime cocktail with a subtle, aromatic floral

the more common Spritz. It’s a very refreshing and

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1 ripe cantaloupe, cut into 40 bite-size pieces

12 – 14 slices Prosciutto di Parma DOP

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar 1 part elderflower syrup


½ cup butter

1/3 cup allpurpose flour

4 cups milk

½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano DOP


1 wedge of lemon or lime (squeezed)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium to high heat. Add flour, then whisk in the milk. Bring to boil whilst stirring constantly. Add the Parmigiano Reggiano DOP and stir until it has melted. Season with salt. Cut and deseed the

Ice cubes

1 part seltz

Fresh mint

¼ teaspoon salt


3 parts Prosecco

7. 8.

METHOD cantaloupe, then peel and cut the flesh into 40 bitesized pieces. Wrap a prosciutto slice around each cantaloupe chunk. Fill the bottom of the plate with Parmigiano Reggiano sauce, then add the melon & prosciutto rolls and garnish with a few traditional balsamic vinegar drops.

1. 2.

Place the ice cubes in a large wine glass. Gently muddle the mint and add the juice from one lemon wedge.

3. 4.

Add 1 part elderflower concentrate followed up to 3 parts Prosecco. Stir and add a splash of selz


gourmet MARTINA CAMILLERI Martina has obtained a B.A Hons. degree in Psychology. She has a strong passion for plant based cooking and nutrition. She strongly believes that, 'we are what we eat' and food affects us on a physical, mental and emotional level. Martina is also the owner of page, 'Food Therapy for a Conscious Living' where she strives to encourage others to opt for plant based healthy food.


The next day we visited Campo De Fiori Market - this is a must. It's an open-air food market which sells beautiful fruit and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, truffle, pesto, sundried tomatoes, herbs, oils, vinegars, and so much more. Every stall allows you to taste everything- it's a meal in itself!

Being vegan, vegetarian, or gluten intolerant can make travelling a little more complicated but it really isn’t as bad as it sounds. The trick is to be prepared and know what to expect. After all, nobody should be held back from the opportunity to travel. Finding the right food to accommodate your dietary needs can be quite challenging, but in Rome, Martina was lucky enough to find plenty of options and indeed did not starve herself. So if you’ve got the travel bug, but are worrying about how to travel vegan, Martina Camilleri has knocked up a guide with some of her discoveries which will help you make the most out of your next vegan travel adventure in Rome. Ahhh, Rome. The city of many piazzas, beautiful streets, cafès, shops and culture. If you haven't been, make sure it’s on your bucket list. Many people often mention the delicious pasta and pizza found in Italy, which in my case, being a gluten intolerant vegan (and mostly raw), I wasn't expecting to eat gourmet meals. After doing my research, I saw that there was a variety of restaurants which cater for my diet, however, I didn't want to spend three days running around Rome searching for a restaurant whilst missing out on what Rome really has to offer. This is something that I've experienced in my past travels, and I've come to terms with the fact that I'm just so much happier with some fresh fruit and something simple. During my last trip to Madrid, I took up jars of my Spirulina Seed Sprinkles which I added to simple salads or snacked on throughout the day. I’d normally rather eat simple meals and get to see more of the city than stress and fret over looking for a high-end restaurant which might not even be as good as the trip advisor’s reviews claimed it to be! (something I've experienced which is pretty disappointing)! However, if I happen to stumble upon a place that offers raw vegan food, I won’t complain. On the first day, I came across a food chain called Ginger e' Salute. It's not a fast food chain, but I realised that they had several restaurant joints around Rome. They

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have a vast menu serving both vegan and non-vegan meals. Their juices, smoothies and breakfast looked very tempting and appetising, even though they were quite pricey. Being dinner time, I opted for a raw vegan salad, which was great. On my second day in Rome, I went to the most amazing coffee shop. It's a typical Italian coffee shop where they literally sell coffee, coffee liqueur, and Italian biscotti. They recommend taking the 'Grand Cafe', made from their own blend of coffee beans. This is the best Americano you will ever taste.

After my coffee I walked to the Pantheon where I was surrounded by nothing but gelato and pizza. I found a gelateria which had gluten-free and vegan cones, and a variety of traditional gelato which was naturally lactose and dairy free. The dark chocolate, mango, and pineapple was divine!

There were also many restaurants that offer gluten-free pizza and pasta – something which indeed did surprise me!

After lots of nibbling and four hours of walking, I needed my espresso and something sweet. We visited Monti, a cute little village on the outskirts of the Colosseum. It is also the home to the magnificent Grezzo - my sort of heaven. Grezzo is a raw chocolate shop where they specifically serve raw chocolate and ice-cream. This is where I indulged and ordered a mocha ice-cream, one of their chocolates, and an espresso... not to mention the box of chocolates I bought to take back home with me! It’s definitely worth a visit, but be prepared to splurge as each tiny chocolate is worth three euros and prices go up to six, or even seven!

There is also an incredible organic loose leaf tea shop situated behind the Pantheon. It has a wider variety of all sorts of black and herbal tea, which is all bought by weight. Apart from tea, they had dark chocolate covered nuts (all vegan), raw chocolate bars and a few organic, artisanal foods. That evening, my friend and I went to a restaurant which specifically serves pizza and pasta - not exactly my sort of food. When I informed the waiter that I'm both vegan and gluten intolerant, his reaction was, “O mio dio... Why you do this?” I laughed it off and ordered a plain salad with cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, radicchio, green peppers, and corn.

Lunch on my last day was definitely a treat! I went to Ecru, a fully raw, vegan restaurant. They have a great menu with lots to choose from, including appetizers, raw burgers, zucchini noodles, and a variety of more for mains to choose from. I opted for the raw vegan sandwich with flaxbread and a sunflower curry paste - it was divine! My last and final purchase just had to be on gelato, which was possibly the best I’ve ever tasted from Gioletti! I would have never found it if it weren't for my friend. She insisted that I taste it before I head back to Malta - and I am so glad that I did! WOW, I mean WOW… I'm drooling just thinking about it! I had the chocolate fondente with mango and blackberry. So thank you Rome for surprising me with all the great vegan food. I honestly didn't expect it to be so good, and to have so many amazing treats. Issue 103 July 2018


interview health

interview health


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


disabilities, casting a heavy burden on health systems to control epidemics and to provide care. The frequency of diseases that can be prevented through vaccination in Malta is under control, as long as we maintain high coverage rates. Travelling to other countries where vaccination rates are lower and epidemics are prevalent, may lead to risks if an individual has not been vaccinated. Risks associated with international travel depend on characteristics such as age, sex and state of health, and characteristics such as destination, reason and delays. Travelling to exotic countries is becoming more popular. Travellers going to areas with a high risk of specific infections need to seek professional advice, as one may need vaccinations for diseases including cholera, hepatitis A, Japanese encephalitis, meningococcal C, rabies, tickborne encephalitis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and yellow fever. Additional risks to be aware of are insect bites such as mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies. These can spread diseases including Zika, dengue, and Lyme disease. Many of these cannot be prevented, or treated with a vaccine or medicine. Reducing the risks of getting bitten is important.

Going off on a holiday to recharge you batteries and broaden your horizons to different cultures? Many look for that something different - somewhere to take a break from their daily routine, or simply to have more time with their loved ones. It involves a lot of planning, however, one needs to remember that it is important to stay healthy. When travelling abroad, one can be exposed to diseases which are not prevalent in Malta. Many of these can be prevented by vaccination. Simple planning can reduce the risk of ill health and harm. Vaccination is a highly effective method of preventing certain infectious diseases. Years of experience with vaccines have proven that they are generally very safe and serious adverse reactions are uncommon. Routine immunisation programmes protect children from many infectious diseases which previously caused millions of deaths each year. Every year, diseases which can be prevented by vaccinationw are reaping the lives of about 1.4 million children below the age of five from all over the world, including 32,000 in Europe. In this region, about half a million children have not been vaccinated against this disease. Vaccination rates for various types of infectious diseases in both children and adults differ across the

globe, and some countries still have low vaccination rates. Hence, this increases the risk of such diseases spreading. One clear scenario of this is measles. Even though vaccination against measles has existed for about 40 years, we are still seeing epidemics of it. This disease has rebounded in the WHO European Region. It has affected 21,315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a low record of 5,273 cases in 2016. Vaccination with at least two doses of measles-containing vaccine remains the most effective measure to prevent it from spreading further. We did not have any reported cases of measles in Malta, over the past two years. This situation is the result of good coverage rates. As we see decreasing trends in vaccination, the risk of resurgence of these diseases will be high. Some people may not be aware of the dangers of such diseases, and therefore, decline vaccination. Moreover, the education and awareness about the safety of such vaccines is reduced by groups who raise doubts against them. Such doubts travel fast, especially through social media. There is a need for accurate and balanced information on vaccination, showing the risk of these diseases, and the actual benefits of vaccination. If vaccination rates fall, there is a serious risk that such illnesses return. This leads to deaths and serious

It is important to pack a good insect repellent, which contains at least 20% DEET. Snake bites are also a hazard, considering that most parts of the world are inhabited by venomous snakes. If bitten, apply a pressure-pad directly over the bite wound, and seek medical attention immediately. Therefore, it is essential to plan in advance and to take appropriate precautionary measures, as this can significantly reduce the negative consequences on one's health. The medical profession can provide a great deal of help and advice, but it is the responsibility of whoever will travel to seek the necessary help, and take the suggested precautions. The Ministry for Health provides advice on vaccines and medicines, and other necessary precautions to be taken. No single vaccination schedule suits all travellers. Each vaccination schedule should be personalised according to the traveller’s previous immunisations, health status, risk factors, the countries to be visited, the type and duration of travel, and the amount of time available before departure. These services are offered through the National Immunisation Service Centre in Floriana Health Centre.

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Travel MANDY FARRUGIA Following her studies in business and languages, she had the opportunity to work and travel for international companies in the tourism industry. Since then, she indulged in her passion for photography, travel writing and scuba diving with lots of destinations yet to discover.


Travelling around the world on the discovery of new places can be very enriching and surely contributes to one’s unique lifetime experiences. Nevertheless, it can also have very negative impacts on the surrounding environment, as it leads to increased pollution and natural habitat loss, exerting more pressure on endangered species. According to the latest United Nations’s reports, more than 40% of the global population lives in areas within 200km of the ocean. Considering also that 12 of 15 grand cities are coastal, the ocean has been under major threat for too long! Covering 71% of the earth’s, it regulates our climate and holds vast amounts of resources, providing us with the basics, such as food, materials, and energy. While most lands, lakes and seas are still clean enough for us to enjoy and explore, they have become almost uninhabitable for certain species. Divers, marine biologists, snorkelers, swimmers, and surfers experience this on a daily basis, where pollution and sewage have simply become synonymous with their activity, and an expected part of their experience. I can still remember some videos, which went viral on all social media back in 2015, recording scientists removing a straw embedded in a sea turtle’s nose. Other news which shocked the world, include the one from Henderson Island in the South Pacific, showing the

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hermit crab adapting to settle for shelter in plastic taps instead of seashells! Many of us accepted such situations, and got comfortable getting to the beach watching plastic bags and bottles being washed into our shores. Some would just complain, and then swim out from the coast, where the sea is cleaner. Others have made it a personal commitment, engaging in it as a profession, and lifestyle. One of these persons

Travel is Francesca Ferro, a marine biologist who graduated from Bologna University, and who is currently living on one of the remotest islands of the Canaries. I had the pleasure of meeting her at her Marine Biology Centre: Fuerteventura Ocean Academy. While on our way to her snorkelling tour to the pristine waters of Lobos Island, she explained to me the ideas behind her organisation and her work. She focuses her energy and continuous studies around this Island, which is a largely uninhabited natural reserve, home to diverse flora and fauna, including also very rare birds. As we started to approach this small volcanic island that emerged around 135,000 years ago, Francesca expressed her concerns on endangered species and explained that this island was inhabited by seals up until the 19th century, which unfortunately are now extinct. Apart from her studies, Francesca has embarked on significant travels, such as in Indonesia, where she joined in a coral reef project to learn about all the technical methods to analyse, evaluate, and monitor the health of the ecosystems. She also conducted an extensive underwater scientific research course at Tremiti Island, not to mention other diving expeditions to Bali, Cape Verde and Honduras, for the exploration of these islands’ sea beds.


These experiences have prepared her thoroughly for her current project, which is mainly focused on Lobos Island. She provides her students with marine species identification cards, designed by the talented diving

instructor and underwater photographer Eike Wemken. These cards help the snorkelers or divers to identify the species. By offering such a knowledge base, she aims to eventually also involve local residents and the general public, by creating various monitoring spots around the island. Such monitoring techniques provide specific data, such as the abundance of specific species in certain areas and their movements. This information is collected during different months, and it is then gathered in a database which eventually reveals all the changes obtained throughout various periods of the year. This project is also known as Citizen Science, where people are encouraged to offer their contribution, to assist in the preservation of their surrounding environments. Apart from understanding the effects and factors causing the disruption of the species around the island, such projects will make people more aware about the safeguarding of the marine ecosystem. This provision of data will help examine whether there are any invaded and threatened species, which can then be protected from potential future extinction. An example is the angel shark, which up until a few centuries ago was still spread all over the Atlantic Ocean. After being fished for, for so many years, a considerable decline in its quantity was reported, and since then, it has been classified under the IUCN red list of threatened species. Nowadays, it seems to have found its refuge around the Canary Islands, and has been spotted mostly around these seas.


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EXCEPTIONAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY BY EIKE WEMKEN Each one of us can make a considerable contribution in safeguarding and protecting our precious marine life and resources from extinction. It is our own underwater paradise, and we are deliberately destroying it. This summer, when travelling and discovering new beaches, BREAK THE HABIT and make sure to avoid using materials which are causing the destruction of our precious aquatic life, as much as possible.

SHOULD WE SEARCH FOR SOMEONE WHO IS LIKE US, OR SOMEONE WHO IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO US? After a lot of relationship failures, and after a lot of breakups, I always thought that the reason why they failed was because I was always in a relationship with someone who was different than me. Different in values, different in likes, different in dislikes, different in character, and different in life goals. I used to think that when you’re with someone who is different, you need to put in a lot of effort to argue less, and into the relationship in general. You might also need to change yourself and might need to accept things that you usually wouldn’t accept. And I wasn’t ready for any of this. So I was searching for someone who is similar to me. It would be easier, I thought. Year after year, I never found that guy who I was looking for. I never found myself in someone else, and I always kept meeting guys who were different to me. But last year, I fell in love with the guy I’m with today. It seemed to me that we very similar at first, but as time went by, and I got to know him better and deeper, I realised that he was actually extremely different. After a lot of arguments and disagreements, I was left to question; am I in a relationship with the right person, or not? Am I supposed to be with him because he’s different, or with someone who is similar me? I was speaking to the people in my life who I trust; those who I know want the best for me. A friend reminded me of the guys I used to date that were kind, generous, and nice - like I would like to believe I am. She reminded me that I didn’t want them, and that those relationships didn’t work out. I never really and truly wanted someone who was like me. Another friend asked me “aren’t we all different?” How true is that? Aren’t we all different?

Perhaps, I thought that being with someone who is the same will do the trick, and can make me live a happy life with no arguments. But the truth is, life is not always about being happy. Life includes some very sad and tough moments. To be able to accept that a relationship is just the same, is to be able to accept the truth in life. When I know that in a relationship I have finally managed to solve problems in a peaceful, calm way, without judging each other, and without a lot of distress and worries, then I know that I can also be able to solve problems, arguments, and disagreements with other people in my life; with my parents, friends, workmates, managers, and others. We like ourselves a lot, don’t we? We know that we have weaknesses, but we may not be too aware of what they actually are. But we still like our own selves quite a lot. If we are nice or selfish, if we don’t care about possessions, or we are materialistic, if we are kind or lazy, this is who we are. And we like it! So, of course we are going to like someone like us, simply because we like who we are. But the truth is, who we are is not always the best version of us. As we grow older than we were yesterday, as we age and as our body changes, one important thing that we need to keep in mind is that our character needs to change too. One of the most important ways to change ourselves is to step outside of our comfort zone, to think outside of the box, and to hang out with people who are different than we are. So, being with someone who is completely different to you isn’t bad after all! It’s what life is about, it’s about grabbing the good opportunities out of those which seem to be bad ones to you, and turning them into something beautiful; a better you. - Brenda Casha


health Georgiana Farrugia Bonnici She is a 27 year old, diagnostic radiographer and 5th year medical student at the University of Malta.


aldehydes. Should trigger-avoidance be insufficient, the use of prescribed medication is recommended. The treatment of asthma varies in different individuals, depending on the age group, severity of the illness, as well as the frequency of symptoms. Acute asthma attacks are frequently treated with medications such as bronchodilators or corticosteroids. These drugs can be administered orally in the form of dissolved tablets, or else via a metered-dose inhaler, coupled with an asthma spacer.

The prognosis for asthma is generally good, especially in children. It is a known fact that half of the asthma cases diagnosed throughout childhood will no longer carry the diagnosis after a decade. One thing to be aware of is that there are a number of conditions that may occur more frequently in people suffering from asthma as opposed to members of the general population that do not suffer from this respiratory disease. These conditions may include gastro-esophageal reflux, rhino-sinusitis and obstructive sleep apnea.


Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease, characterised by reversible airflow obstruction as a result of swelling and increased contractibility of the smooth muscles surrounding the small airways. Typical symptoms of asthma include recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Sputum may also be produced. Such symptoms are usually worse at night or early in the morning, in response to strenuous physical activity, or exposure to cold weather. Since 1970, the occurrence of asthma has increased significantly, especially in developed countries. In fact, it is estimated that 235-300 million people globally are diagnosed with this condition every year – the majority of whom are youngsters. A curious fact is that mild asthma attacks are twice as common in boys as girls, however severe asthma occurs at equal rates in both genders. Contrastingly, adult

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women tend to suffer more from this condition. The cause of asthma is not yet known, however, a combination of genetic and environmental factors are thought to be major contributors in the manifestation of this common disease. Smoking is also associated with a greater risk of asthma-like symptoms, hence it is recommended that it is limited both during and after delivery. Psychological stress may also be a causative factor, for stress alters the immune system and thus increases the airway inflammatory response to allergens and irritants. It is vitally important to be aware that future asthma attacks can be easily prevented by avoiding exposure to potential allergens and irritants, which may include air pollution, tobacco smoke, animal dander, dust mites, pollen, sulfite-containing foods, as well as strong chemicals such as perfumes, spray paint, latex and Issue 103 July 2018



business PATRICK J O' BRIEN Is an acclaimed journalist and Communication’s Director of Global Investment Broker Exante. Patrick who hails from Ireland has been working in Malta almost eight years and a contributor to some of the world’s leading financial and political magazines.


Corporate social responsibility is a hot topic for companies of every size. CSR is about a business being accountable for its activities and practices that affect the community, environment and society in general. An effective CSR initiative will enrich and contribute to them all. Businesses with a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative can drive their performance and boost retention and recruitment rates. Nowadays, over 85% of Companies are involved in CSR. Patrick J O’Brien encourages more companies to invest in this business approach.

Patrick J O'Brien Hosting Charity Event at Tiffianys Portomaso Knowledge of corporate responsibility issues is growing and local and foreign firms based in Malta believe that its importance will increase in the years to come. The understanding of the term corporate social responsibility (CSR) is moving away from just charitable contributions to include other aspects like environmental matters, health and safety and ethics, among others. Many companies have shown concern over water and energy consumption, health and safety, pollution and waste management.

Gregory Klumov CEO STASIS , Ulrich Bez, the famous former CEO of Aston Martin and PR Guru Patrick J O'Brien

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Browse the websites of the Malta’s biggest companies and you will see carefully worded commitments to “citizenship”, building “sustainability” and making “socially responsible” investments. For many years, with a few notable exceptions many companies did pay only lip service to doing their bit. But over the past decade this has changed. Businesses are aware that what they do has an impact on society and the environment.

Over 85 per cent of the Maltese companies have a CSR policy or program in place, many sharing an increased sense of responsibility towards their people, the environment and the wider community. Brand reputation and internal commitment to corporate values are the main key drivers of CSR efforts, while lack of financial and human resources are often identified as being the main barriers.

Exante’s Patrick J O Brien has been a leader in this arena. Encouraging companies to get involved with various local charities and for playing their part in improving Maltese society” We all have a role to play in making our society a healthy and safe place to live” he states “ We must all step outside our comfort zones and help those in vunerable situations” Patrick is IGAMING IDOL charity Ambassador and has also been spearheading the IL Gardina project which will provide a garden, a place of solace for people suffering from terminal Illness.

The iGaming community have played significant inroads in CSR. The industry has become a fundamental part of our economic make-up and social make up over the past decade and with over 9,000 people directly or indirectly employed by the sector, the sector through sponsorships and initiatives have enhanced the lives of many in local communities here.

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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.


The pace of things in general seems to slow down habitually in June. It could be the heat. It could be a thousand and one things. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing - certainly not where old cars and old motorcycles are concerned. The month of June usually provides a multitude of historic motor sport events, be it cars or motocycles, static displays, Raduno’s (Italian for noncompetitive rallies), or race meetings.

For the past 14 years, the Veteran Moto Club Ibleo, has invited members of Malta’s Historic Motorcycle Club to join a number of Italian “old motorcycle” enthusiasts for their annual “Raduno delle moto storiche nel barocco Ibleo”, a lovely and leisurely two day non - competitive event in the Ragusano, in the South East of Sicily. I have attended quite a few of these Raduno’s, and thoroughly enjoyed it every time. However, I had to miss the 2016 and 2017 editions, due to other motorsport commitments. When the date for this year’s event was announced - and that weekend was free, I immediately pencilled in the event into my calendar. I’m so glad I did. 23 other like-minded HMC members did the same, so on Friday morning, the 1st of June, we were all on the Virtu Ferry, heading for Pozzallo.

The Raduno itself was absolutely excellent this year. The routes chosen by the organising team were scenic, the company was excellent, and so was the lunch stop. That was Saturday. Sunday’s ride and lunch stop were equally excellent. By the time it was all over, our old motorcycles had covered over 500 trouble free, and very enjoyable kilometres. On the boat back, the general sentiment among the Malta contingent seemed to be that this had been one of the best of the 14 rallies by the Veteran Moto Club Ibleo, held to date. I’m so glad I made it this year.

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Old faithful 1934 Triumph was the motorcycle chosen for this year's "Raduno".

For this year’s rally, I chose to ride my reliable, old faithful 1934 twin port Triumph 350 OHV single, which I have owned for over 40 years. It was the first ‘old bike’ in my collection, and it is still my favourite. I have lost count of the number of rallies I have ridden it on… not just locally and in Sicily, but I also participated in the annual Irish International Vintage Motorcycle Rally with it some years ago. On all of these occasions, it never missed a beat. Since the Raduno was officially supposed to start on Saturday morning, club secretary Albert Pisani, who with me was a co-founder of the HMC in 1979, asked if I would plot a route for Friday, taking in a few of my favourite mountain roads, and of course a good place for lunch. This wasn’t a problem, and a route was soon planned. We would drop our bags at base, which was the Poggio del Sole Resort, near Ragusa, and ride in a North Westerly direction towards Syracuse via Salinella, Canicattini Bagni, and Solarino to Pantalica Ranch in the Valle del Anapo for lunch. Cesare at Pantalica had prepared his usual splendid selection of goodies for lunch, which went on till about four o’clock in the afternoon. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with the food at Pantalica Ranch. “Suitably drunk and fed up” in the inimitable words of Gerard Hoffnung, we mounted our old motorcycles again for the journey back to base. This time we took a different route and approached Ragusa from the North via Monterosso Almo, Giarratana, and Chiaramonte Gulfi. Even though it was a 180 kilometre ride, all the old motorcycles behaved impeccably.

Once again the Malta group returned home with an abundance of silverware.

A rest at Palazzolo before continuing on our travels.

Just one week after the old bike rally, it was time for the

The autojumble at the Historic Festival gets bigger every year.

annual Historic Festival at the Autodromo Valle dei Templi at Racalmuto. Now in its fifth year, this festival has grown each year, and is now recognised as one of the leading old car and old bike events held annually in Sicily. For this year, the event welcomed the 200 odd participants in the annual Giro di Sicilia with their wonderful old cars. The Giro attracted cars from Germany, Holland, Spain, Britain, France, and even one entry from Malta this year, so there was a lot to drool about in the paddock at Racalmuto. That was Saturday. By Sunday morning, the extensive paddock was bristling with other forms of old car and old bike related activity. The autojumble at the Historic Festival is fast growing into THE annual Sicilian autojumble, with stalls selling anything from Vespa parts, to all sorts of old car ‘parafinalia’, and there was even a stall selling 1/43rd scale model cars. Now, I have a collection of these which I have been Issue 103 July 2018


MOTOR SPORTS Albert Mamo (MGC) and Joe Mifsud (Porsche) enjoy a bit of a "ding dong".

The Historic Festival at Racalmuto is always fun. building up over many decades, so I made a bee line for that stall as soon as I got the opportunity, and it was well worthwhile. I restrict myself to collecting just 1/43rd scale Formula 1 cars and sports racing cars, but even among the huge collection on that stall alone, I managed to find seven cars I didn’t have. They are now nicely placed in my showcase at home, together with the rest of the ever increasing collection. Other excitement was caused by the Lancia Delta Integrale club, which turned up with some 20 cars on display, the FIAT 500 club, Alfa Romeo Owners Club, and others. The main attraction of the day was a 14 lap race by the 700 Minicar club. These are old style Fiat 500s racing with engines bored to 700cc, six speed sequential gearboxes, electronic fuel injection, and disc brakes. They all run on a control slick tyre. They have a strict weight limit, so the racing is extremely close, and attracts huge crowds of spectators. Apart from all that, the track is open all Saturday and Sunday for anybody wishing to have a thrash around the circuit - Sunday being electronically timed. For the second year in succession, this event was run in conjunction with Malta’s Old Motors Club,

and ten cars from the club made the trek across Sicily. I took the Mini along as did Charles Spiteri and Adrian Muscat Azzopardi, but other cars included OMC President Judge Michael Mallia’s immaculate Triumph GT6, Albert Mamo’s MGC, Joseph Muscat’s MGB, David Grech’s Mk 2 Escort, Philip Attard’s Alfa Giulietta, and the two Porsches of Joe Mifsud and Alex Mifsud – no relations! I didn’t do many laps with the Mini, preferring to keep it in one piece for the forthcoming round of the Campionato di Velocita, also to be held in Racalmuto later on in the month. For this event, things seem to be looking up again. As I write this article, midway through June, there are already ten entries from Malta for the weekend’s racing. The programme includes qualifying on Saturday morning, followed by three races of a duration of eight laps each; one to be held on Saturday afternoon, and two on Sunday. During my last outing there last November, the Mini showed promise, but I had to retire with a stripped final drive. I’ve done a few more things to it since then, so I’m looking forward to battle again with the friendly bunch that turn up from Palermo for these events each time, as well as the many other enthusiasts from all over Sicily, and this time also from Malta. It should be fun.

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