Malta International Firework Festival

malta international fireworks festival

Who doesn’t love lights and loud noises exploding into the night sky?  Nobody, that’s who doesn’t not.

To put it more succinctly: Everybody loves fireworks.

Malta is particularly fond of fireworks, even the ones that don’t produce any fire or colour, but make up for it with concussive volume.  These are known as Petards and are let off during the day in summer months, but the Firework Festival will showcase the full coloured fireworks instead.
So when is the festival happening and what can you expect for the 2015 edition?

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Top Ten Things that Don’t Work in Malta

1. The Roads. For some reason cheese seems to have been selected as a principal ingredient when the roads in Malta were being laid. There can be no other explanation for the holes and cracks all over them.

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Snapshot of actual road in Malta – April 2015 St Paul’s Bay

2. Democracy. The vast majority of the population vote according to favours done by some local politico for a distant relative back in the 1950’s. And they ain’t switching sides now.

3. Customer Service. TV & internet providers, banks, government offices, transport companies… Don’t bother emailing these places, just attach a hand-written note to the leg of a nearby pigeon and send it off on its way. You will have just as good a chance of getting a satisfactory response.  It’s not just the big companies either – try booking an appointment for the dentist, hairdresser, driving school, dog minder and just about any other service provider you care to mention, and you will also experience the frustration of the terminally ignored.  Okay small business owner, it’s great that you’ve set up that facebook page, now stop posting photographs of adorable kittens and answer my £*&%ing email please!

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Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens

The Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens in Siggiewi are a celebration of the very stone from which pretty much all of Malta is built.  From ancient megalithic tombs to that ugly apartment building that was thrown up a couple of years ago, just about every building on the island has been hewn out of dusty limestone.

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Top Ten Crazy Maltese Expressions

Okay so these expressions may sound perfectly natural to the native Maltese speaker, but when translated into English they sound a little…. Strange.

Take a look and see what you think:

Kemm inti basla! – – – – What an onion you are!

– Basically this is a way to call someone an idiot or a dope.

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Moving to Malta: The Checklist

Thinking about relocating to Malta for a life in the sun?  Here are a few things you will need to think about:
1.Have you got a Visa?  If you’re a citizen of the European Union then you don’t need one.  Otherwise check out this page for more info.
2. Find a place to live.  Sliema is the main place for working and shopping, so that’s where a lot of people start looking.
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Job Agencies in Malta

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Fortunately enough, Malta has not been hit too badly by the tides of economic doom and gloom which have swept over much of Europe (5.85% unemployment as of the third quarter of 2014, compared to the Eurozone average of 11.4%*).  So there are plenty of jobs in Malta.  Which is good!

So if you’ve got the right skills, it’s probably worth considering working in the sun for a while.  At least that was my thinking, and I got a job within a week of landing here.  If you are looking for casual jobs, it’s going to be a case of knocking on doors and handing out C.V.s.  You can also check out the Malta Times listings for vacancies, although a lot of them will require you to be able to speak Maltese, which is not something to be attempted by the faint-hearted non-native.  For something a little more permanent, you will need to check out the various job agencies/sites available here.  To help you out a little, here are some of the more prominent ones offering jobs in Malta:

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Malta National Aquarium

Malta’s national aquarium opened in 2013, so it really shouldn’t have taken us this long to pay a visit.However another grey and rainy day provided the excuse for a weekend visit to look at fish.

I should start by saying that I am a fan of aquariums, having visited the Australian, Malaysian and Portuguese versions, among others.  Those three set the bar pretty high though, and the Maltese aquarium is operating on a much smaller scale.

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