Malta busses – At 0.09 you will notice this is dangerous, at 0.40 you won’t believe your eyes

First of all I’m really sorry about the title but this video felt too much like an opportunity for click bait! Do watch it till the end, it really is worth it. 

And after watching this video the first reaction is, most probably, to laugh, but when you start thinking how this was a bus full of people then the situation becomes more serious, bordering on frightening. 

This video was uploaded to YouTube on the 31st of August and already has 5000 views, shows the sorry state of public transport. The more time goes by the more Arriva is looking like a distant dream Malta should have clutched onto. 

Unfortunately this incident happened just one day before The Malta Independent featured a story about a bus driver who mocked a lady by first insulting her saying “Itla, kemm ghandek h**a ma s****k” and then continuing by calling her a goat, completing the whole charade with goat noises. 

The main problem with public transport nowadays is that there is less of a sense of accountability. Had this incident happened with Arriva a complaint would be in order, but nowadays people don’t feel like it’s worth their time and energy to contact the Public Transport Authority because it will just fall on deaf ears. 

We’ll wait for the new bus operators with bated breath but in the meantime, Minister Joe Mizzi, don’t you think it’s time for an explanation as to why these things keep on happening?

Malta Weekly Roundup – A River of Love, MaltaToday laziness (?) and some perspective

Well of course this week this happened:

Which then led to this:

Yes! Some guy called Matthew Grech and his shiny purple tutu went on YouTube to share their opinion about an up and coming theatre production called Jiena nħobb, Inti tħobb which centres around gay adoption. Matthew Grech decided to share his River of Love and tell the rest of us what we should think in semi coherent Maltese. Supressat, really? Xarabank, never missing a beat, dedicated a whole night to it. Since God is punishing us for allowing such a production and he sent all this wind our way, most of Malta stayed in, decided to watch Xarabank and took to Facebook to say how much shit it all was. Circle jerk anyone?

Luckily for the rest of us a local comedian, Matthew Bonnano provided some comic relief.

Have MaltaToday  given up on journalism and are asking you to do it for them? Looks like no one in the newsroom is up to going through the 240 page share transfer agreement between the Government of Malta and Arriva.

(UPDATE) To be fair, MT’s editor explained the story behind this particular tweet and now it all makes sense. MaltaToday were simply looking for some fresh perspective on the agreement. Citizen journalism FTW!

Kurt Farrugia was very right when using the #GetThingsIntoPerspective hashtag on Twitter. On the 23rd January The Times carried a story about MP Justyne Caruana using the AFM helicopter to reach the airport in time because of a last minute decision to take a flight. The PN jumped on the wagon screaming abuse at which point MaltaToday came out with a list of times when PM Lawrence Gonzi used the same service. I fail to understand how this is news. The AFM helicopter is used for a plethora of things. If there is no need for it, then why all this fuss? Surely there are more important things deserving of The Times of Malta’s front page.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s roundup. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below.

GBU!