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The Knights of Malta

The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta (Latin: Supremus Ordo Militaris Hospitalis Sancti Ioannis Hierosolymitani Rhodius et Melitensis), also known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) or the Order of Malta, is a Catholic lay religious order traditionally of military, chivalrous and noble nature. It was founded as the…

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Sterling Mos-ta

The Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta) or the Mosta Dome, is a Roman Catholic parish church in Mosta, Malta, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. It was built between 1833 and the 1860s. The design of the present church is based on the Pantheon in Rome, and at one point had the third largest unsupported dome in the world. The church narrowly…

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A Lidl Bit of Shopping

One thing I’ve noticed about a grocery run in Llanelli is the constant rush. Planning everything as though it was the BEF (British Expeditionary Force ie Dunkirk). As with the BEF what began as Britain’s worse military disaster to date, became a rallying call and showed the resilience and fortitude of people. Having totally missed the bus stop on…

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Sunny Side Up!

In 1715, the Order of St. John built Arrias Battery as part of a series of fortifications defending Malta’s coastline. It was also called Xemxija Battery since it was on the sunny side of the bay (xemxija means “sunny” in Maltese), and the area around it became known as Xemxija. Today, the battery is a restaurant. “The Fortress” is a quaint friendly establishment extremely popular with visitors and…

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Run Rabbit Run

“Synonymous with genuine delicious food, friendly staffand a welcoming atmosphere.”  The above tagline is taken from the website of the fabulous “Victoria Restaurant” located in the heart of the bustling Bugibba Square, St Pauls Bay, Malta.  Maltese cuisine is quite eclectic fusing the usual suspects of Italian, with British and American. Also there’s a hint of more Mediterrean styles…

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All aboard The Ghost Train

Legendary SciFi author Issac Asimov penned in the 1950s, The Marching Morons; more recently Dr Who portrayed a time when we’d receive feeds directly into our brains in the Age of Steel. Neither pieces of fiction describes a happy ending for humanity. Luckily for us it’s only fiction.

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What a load of rubbish!

Tonight’s LatestSupper involves a subject that we Westerners or to be more accurate, we Brits, often are guilty of – waste! Despite our attempts at frugalness in these uncertain times, we all seem to squander money when it comes to the contents of the ‘veg chiller’. Too much emphasis is placed upon best before and sell by dates. What…

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“Not one of your best”

On a Sunday afternoon, when all you want is the sofa, remote control and mind numbing TV; don’t reach for the phone and succumb to a takeaway! Try this twist on cheesy nachos. Everyone should freeze left overs. So I grabbed a portion of my frozen quorn chicken chilli. Thawing in a pan I added yellow peppers, crushed tortilla…

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Lamb steaks with rosemary sweet potatoes

Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 4 lamb leg steaks 3 sweet potatoes , finely sliced 1 red onion, halved & sliced sprig fresh rosemary or 1 tsp of dried 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Heat half the oil in a roasting tray, then brown the steaks on both sides and set aside. Toss the…

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Bread of Heaven

The wonderful Welsh hymn Cwm Rhonnda (Rhondda Valley) was given English lyrics by the legendary hymnist William Williams (Pantycelyn). The hymn is more widely known by another title, taking it’s name from a line at the crescendo. “Bread of Heaven – feed me now and evermore”. Indeed it is true you can’t live without bread, whether dietary, spiritual, or…

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