Bus trips are a special opportunity to break away from carefully curated, air-tight social circles where many individuals willingly lock themselves up. Whether they like it or not, the bus is the space where each passenger has to face the stereotypical ‘other’.
Poetry of Maria Theuma.
In the name of profit, various commercial interests are seeking to take away all that Valletta has to offer to the good of society. Any vision for a better city ought to have our common good as its main aim.
The sea has always been the major force that shaped history of Malta. Today, the seafront as a public space seems to be the only resource element that somehow managed to survive, but for how long will it prevail?
Distinguishing between satire and dead serious news has become a challenge, hasn’t it? But there is a silver lining, too: satirical news portal Bis-Serjetà is the ‘jester that speaks truth to the king’.
To escape from the unpleasant sight and sounds of new developments, we flock to the sea, averting our gaze from land and thus silently allowing more exploitation to happen.
Outside the walls of the city ‘by and for gentlemen’ lies a boundary space where ordinary people have more say in shaping the way we share the commons. The Grand Harbour edge of Valletta outside the walls has not yet succumbed to commercial exploitation.