Three alternatives for the Valletta entrance

This morning Malta woke up to the news that the entrance of Valletta will be adorned with a sculpture of four knights commemorating the Knights of Malta.

bronzeknights1 To many, this was a bucketful of ice in the middle of summer, especially since news arrived only after a few days of the unveiling of Austin Camilleri’s beautiful piece of art ‘Żieme’ (currently the centrepiece of VIVA – the Valletta International Visual Arts festival). Culture Minister Owen Bonnici praised Camilleri’s art and many breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe, with Bonnici at the helm of culture, Malta can start expecting something other than the usual brass knights and historical figures being erected at every empty corner in the hope of embellishment and a nod to Malta’s past.

Turns out it was all a bubble of hope which was quickly burst when the MEPA notice for the Knights’ sculpture was issued. It does feel like the sculpture was commissioned without taking any notice of the current designs and will be placed there ‘just because’.

Since ‘just because’ seems to be the modus operandi of filling up empty spaces in the Capital I thought I’d offer a few suggestions the Government can find on for the fraction of the price. Thoughtful right?

Sottospecchio Nothing screams entrance hall more than the good old sottospecchio. In certain instances it can also come complete with a free haunting for all those special guests who enter Valletta. 3576611_1

Tork tat-Taraġ Statues who to this day still feel incredibly racist and still terrify children everywhere, the Torok tat-Taraġ would be a great addition to the entrance of Valletta. Afterall, like the Knights, the Turks too dipped their invading thumbs into Malta. 3576895_1

Par Vażuni Antiki Because, why the hell not? These are the pride and glory for many homes in Malta. Antique vases whose purpose is to never hold any flowers have been the rage for decades now. 3574271_1

Do you have any other suggestions? If you do, simply share your thoughts below.

What is so offensive about laundry?

The guys over at Bay Easy decided to veer off what they do best (and by ‘what they do’ I really mean what they think they do), and comment about the state of affairs in Valletta.

They posted this photo and comment on their Facebook page;

Bay Easy comments about laundry in Valletta

“Is this still acceptable in the future European Capital of Culture? Pants and socks hang on a line IN THE STREET near Fort St Elmo in Valletta”

Of course the comments section soon filled up with badly written sentences and appallingly written words. Disgraceful, shameless, how awful, they all cried, but what is so offensive about laundry?

Malta is blessed with sun and gentle breezes, and on a beautiful day like today, yes you do your laundry and stick it outside to dry. If that so happens to be facing a street because there is no roof access then so be it, there is nothing offensive about laundry.

If Bay Easy wants to point their fingers and shame then why don’t they point at all those people who leave their car on, in the middle of the road, while they go to buy their ‘pakkett imsiemer’ (cigarettes), or those who think our roads are just one big landfill, or worse still those who drive their cars thinking they are an Ayrton Senna reincarnation?

That’s what’s offensive, not clean laundry hanging in the street, which is at the end of the day part of our culture and heritage. So yes, Bay Easy, this is still acceptable, even for the future European Capital of Culture, the beautiful Valletta.