Something Gozitan

Take a ride to the golden glow of Gozo in random nuggets.

26. Valletta: a Mediterranean fortress bathed in winter sun

Less than thirty miles from Gharb as the crow flies (though if you don't have wings you'll need to take a ferry) stands the age-old city of Valletta, a fusion of European, Arabic and North African influences: palm trees against... Continue Reading →


25. The Sword and The Scimitar

The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball is a swashbuckling adventure on the rip-tides of faith and fate in The Middle Sea (that’s the Mediterranean) in the sixteenth century as two cultures face up to each other across the... Continue Reading →

24: The Middle One’s comments on Running in the Mediterranean

A week of running in the Mediterranean, battling with a slight groin niggle! Well!  What do you know? Although I am blocked by two of four children on Facebook and believe I am carefully screened out of many of the posts... Continue Reading →

23. Gozo’s story-book beach

When The Boys were small, we had a children's book (The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg) in which, unobtrusively in the backdrop of one of the early pages, a Spider-Man costume hung on the washing line between the everyday socks and... Continue Reading →

22. There’s something about Segways!

My monthly column in the November edition of Oxfordshire's glossy, OX magazine, is about Segways, and although it might seem an odd match, Segways are big entertainment in Gozo. When The Significant Other and I first began planning our relocation... Continue Reading →

21. The pleasure of window-shopping

  Window-shopping in Gozo's Victoria is not the pleasure it might be on London's Oxford Street or in a North European capital. The buildings here are designed to keep the sun out and the temperature manageable, and so narrow frontages... Continue Reading →

20. Best foot forward into Autumn

In Faringdon, the leaves are lying thick in the woods, warm reds, oranges, russets and auburns as the autumn chill sets in, and running through drizzle earlier this month the only blue was the cerulean shirt on my back and... Continue Reading →

19. Victoria in Bloom

Art..e is a small and peaceful gallery that I always pop into whenever I'm in Victoria, and over the last three weeks it's been rich with colour as British artist Ed Roberts, who has made Gozo her home, presents her... Continue Reading →

18. The Kapillan of Malta

As it is published by Cassell, I’d expected The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monserrat to be a remove from the literary genres I normally most enjoy which, while encompassing a variety of styles and settings, includes little military history.... Continue Reading →

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