Writer and Editor of Maltese culture magazine Encore, Veronica Stivala takes us on a jog through her new home of Neuperlach, a neighborhood in Munich, Germany. As we jog together, she tells us about the changing seasons, musing about the differences between Neuperlach and her former home in Malta. How long has she been in the neighbourhood? Three weeks, with a caveat.
Maltese chef Nicole Pisani recently made international news after she abandoned her job at a top restaurant in London to cook in a school canteen. She tells Veronica Stivala that it was travel that inspired her approach to cookery.
My internship was at the House of Commons, Westminster, London with Thomas Brake MP. The stint involved carrying out casework, social media and communication assistance, carrying out research, campaigning and working on fundraising strategies.
The internship lasted from October 2012 to March 2013. The bulk of the work was from October to January and then more sporadically from January to March. At the same time, I was reading for an MSc.
I found out about the opportunity through my University (LSE) careers service.
I opted for this form of training because I studied law and politics, focusing on equality and human rights. The MP undertook work relating to this. The opportunity to work for the deputy leader of the House was invaluable. I learnt so much from him and his wonderful team, the sort of things you can’t learn in a lecture theatre or from a book.
I’m lucky to be part of the generation who knows a life without computers (only just), and without Facebook and Twitter. While I must admit I have developed an unhealthy dependence on these sites, I know the benefits of life outside computers, tablets and smart phones. Here are some ideas for cultural activities for children in Malta.
The brainchild of musician Rosetta Debattista, the Toi Toi sessions for children at the Manoel Theatre are a stroke of genius. The fact that they are sold out way before the events is testament to the success and need for such events. ‘Toi Toi’ is a phrase used to wish good luck to an artist before they go on stage. The Toi Toi sessions are offered for children of different ages starting from as young as zero years old. The Toi Toi 022 are concerts for babies to two-year-olds and Toi Toi 325 are concerts for three- to five-year olds. The same team also offers pre-concert talks which feature anecdotes, historical details and insights.
Discarding once again the as yet unrealised fantasy of building my own little house somewhere, I would not hesitate to repeat what I did with my first two properties: I would look for an abandoned property and rehabilitate it to my liking. Not wanting to sound like a nostalgic, I feel that today’s you-only-live-once culture of consumables has also taken hold of our approach to construction and gone are the days when one built a property to serve the many generations to come.
Even with that generous sum in hand, I would probably go for a townhouse built around the early 20th century with apersonal preference for the Sliema area: at that time the tangible quality of vernacular construction was still retained yet enhanced with the time’s technological advancement that helped sort out issues prevalent in some older properties such as a widespread lack of damp proof courses.
Christmas is perhaps best enjoyed by children. Gianluca Tonna may be too young to enjoy all the Yuletide treats this year, but his parents are still planning a special first Christmas for their baby. They speak to Veronica Stivala.
I met Gianluca when he was barely a month old, but even then, one could see he was a cheerful and lively lad. His parents – Louisa and Karl Tonna – agree and point out how he loves to play and cuddle and, as with all babies, demands constant attention.
Louisa explains how Gianluca is very easily distracted “because he loves to investigate everything around him, by looking, feeling and grabbing”. His favourite toys are a squeaky giraffe teether and his Sesame Street Elmo soft toy.