XXX – Sneak Preview

Extracts from tomorrow’s article in the Indy:

Everybody knows about the infamous “Tape tal-Bass u Hara” that did the rounds in the eighties and can now be found on the internet. Everybody knows but of course nobody will talk about it. Xtruppaw are more than a couple of steps ahead from the tape in question. True, they do not hesitate to write about problems related to the bowels (Dlam Cappa…) or about the raw realities  of reaching the pubertal stage in life (Il-Puberta’) but there is something more to Xtruppaw than gratuitous vulgarity. Songs like Malta or Generazzjoni ta’ Meqrudin are an incredibly accurate photo of society. (on Xtruppaw)

Enter Austin Gatt. Or as they have it on the Facebook group, Austin Guts. The no-nonsense reputation seemed to be confirmed with the approach. As the Hearse question became a Trojan horse for a pre-emptive strike by other sectors the hot potato grew in size and problems. The newborn Federation can only be seen as that, a Trojan horse that used the Hearse pawn as a basis for a general anti-liberalisation protest. (on Austin and the strike)

Did we learn anything from pumping money into the dry-docks? Have we learnt the lesson that subsidies and financial assistance must be guided and purposeful and that the government coffers are not their to be milked by hotheads who believe that it is their divine right to be on the receiving end without giving anything in return? I am not sure yet. The triumphant return to abnormal service has cost us 230,000 euros. That’s you and me paying a quarter of a million of the crispy banknotes to the hearse owners in order to help them “prepare for the liberalisation of the market”. (on liberalisation)

I’m off on a boat trip for the whole day. Then it’s the feast of St. George in Victoria. No internet access till Monday. Have a spiffin’ weekend. Viva l-megalomartri!

4 responses to “XXX – Sneak Preview

  1. The opening of this column is vastly improved in the automatically rendered reading provided at the bottom right-hand side of this site. To hear a sexless, deadpan American voice read the words “Tape tal-bass (base) u hara (hare-a)” made my day. It is just a shame that the service only offers a snippet.
    And yes, I clearly have more time on my hands than I claim to.

  2. Tres cher Vladimir,

    The parched Maltese blogosphere is crying out for your wonderful wit and your well-aimed jibes at the pompous, the clueless and the plain tedious.

    Surely you have some time to spare our thirsty nation!

    Your hopeful fan

    S. Bonello

  3. Sigmund:

    There aren’t enough hours in the day to do justice about the horrors perpetrated by the columnists in Malta. As it happens, I am due for a visit back home in a couple of weeks and that may give me the requisite shot in the arm to get my sorry excuse of a blog off the ground.
    But, god, where do I start?

  4. Don’t worry Vlad.

    While I can understand that it is difficult to get back into any routine once it ends, once you do get rolling you might find that you will want to keep it, especially if there is plenty of wood to fuel your fire. ^_~

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