MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A mark, a yen, a buck or a pound
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A mark, a yen, a buck or a pound

A truism set to music in the Kander & Ebb musical "Cabaret" is that money makes the world go round...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 7 Dec 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The Brexodus Effect
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The Brexodus Effect

Although newsrooms are reporting at the sharp end of the wedge this month regarding Theresa May's epoch-making battles, other intriguing angles are developing at the story's ever-widening circumference. Amongst them, applications for Maltese citizenship filed by British nationals have almost doubled in number since the 2016 Brexit vote...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 23 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The parish priest and the Porsche
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The parish priest and the Porsche

In a local twist on the trope of the actress and the bishop, Maltese social media is running high about the Gozitan parish priest who was led through the streets of the village in a parade...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 16 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters
#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters

It's becoming harder than ever to 'kill the story' in these technologically advanced times...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Go robot!
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Go robot!

At a media briefing this month, the island state of Malta has announced it would be considering citizenship for robots...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 9 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: When Daphne met Dropbox
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: When Daphne met Dropbox

For a nation-state marked in the recent past by the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on an island that is positioning itself as the future blockchain capital of the world, it was inevitable that both these strands would come together at some point...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 2 Nov 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Sign 'O' the Times
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Sign 'O' the Times

This month's anniversary of Maltese journalist-blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination has undammed a flow of reportage, ruminations and reminiscences...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 19 Oct 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: People who need people
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: People who need people

One of the advantages of living on the other side of the equator to South Africa is that it gives you a different perspective - on everything! From a Maltese standpoint, Marcus Brewster was led to look at a recent report about population density through the other end of the telescope...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 5 Oct 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Everything's coming up roses
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Everything's coming up roses

One of the charming oddities of living on a Mediterranean island is that a facet of national identity and indeed islander mentality manifests in how news is reported...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 14 Sep 2018

MALTA

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

At the end of August, I wrote that Malta has no hate crime on the statute books. A week later, an initiative has been launched aimed at tackling the proliferation of hate speech and bringing together a basic understanding of the dangerous discourse that has swamped social media...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 7 Sep 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Birds do it, bees do it
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Birds do it, bees do it

The Catzavelos hate speech case prompted Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster to investigate whether hate crimes exist on the Maltese islands and his findings may surprise you...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 31 Aug 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: How to steal a million
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: How to steal a million

Tender fraud and corruption are probably endemic throughout the world but a case has recently been unearthed in Malta that is so diabolically clever, so deviously contrived that it makes the various SAA, SABC, SANRAL and other cadre-deployment shenanigans seem blunt and clunky in comparison...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 24 Aug 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A shot of mass tourism on the rocks
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A shot of mass tourism on the rocks

Question: What do Malta and Iceland have in common besides being Game of Thrones locations? Answer: More than you think...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 3 Aug 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to live forever?
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to live forever?

When people ask me what the biggest difference about living in Malta is, my answer inevitably surprises them. I have become aware of a mysterious phenomenon, one that has such a surreal quality, that I can only invoke Salvador Dali to try to explain it...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 27 Jul 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The summer of your smile

Malta International Airport (MIA) has published its traffic results for June 2018. Passenger movements were up by 14.6% over the previous June. It proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that summer here is a thing.

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 20 Jul 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The spin doctor of Malta
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The spin doctor of Malta

Abroad, when politicians sponsor the football teams in their districts or dish out hampers and bottles of wine during electoral campaigns, they call it vote-buying. In Malta, these politicians are described as 'benefactors'...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 29 Jun 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Ahoy! Blockchain Island
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Ahoy! Blockchain Island

In November this year, some 4,000 delegates are expected to descend on "the rock" for the first Malta Blockchain Summit...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 8 Jun 2018

MALTA

(c) Lenise Calleja -
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Lady Harriet's consternation

After she had dropped us off in the village of Tarxien, Lady Harriet called later that evening to offer her advice. "Marcus, I want to tell you something that I don't think any other Maltese person would tell you..."

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 1 Jun 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: What Malta learned from Marilyn; the wages of sun
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: What Malta learned from Marilyn; the wages of sun

If there was a theme song for public relations in general and reputation management in particular, it should be the Marilyn Monroe and Frankie Vaughn duet Specialisation from her under-appreciated 1960 movie Let's make love...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 25 May 2018

MALTA

(c) Stefan Ember -
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The Daphne impact

You may not have heard of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was murdered six months ago, but Meryl Streep certainly has and it would not surprise me if the Oscar winner optioned DCG's story...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 20 Apr 2018

MALTA

Unbranded awning over Ta-Barbetta, the village baker | Mark Leach
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The invisible baker

Diagonally across from our village house and on the opposite corner lies one of the great marketing mysteries of Malta, a retail conundrum that would perplex even Sherlock Holmes - the case of the invisible baker...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 13 Apr 2018

MALTA

(c) Elizabeth Crego -
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A capital of knowledge

How does a nation get ahead in the global economy if its landmass and population size is small? Although I hadn't thought much about it previously, an article in the Times of Malta made me think of my newly adopted homeland rather differently. The answer is to position yourself as a player in the knowledge economy...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 2 Mar 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The secret language of doors
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The secret language of doors

To understand something about living in Malta, you need a little architectural history. Actually you need a lot of architectural history, but I'll go gently...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 23 Feb 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A Karnival of optimism
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A Karnival of optimism

There has been plenty to celebrate in Malta this month. We learned the island's GDP growth is predicted to be the highest in Europe and secondly, it's Karnival time!

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 16 Feb 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An economy of fireworks
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An economy of fireworks

After a decade's diet of negative South African poltico-economic views, I'd forgotten that curious feeling of civic optimism, the effervescence of possibility and the Candidean sense of living in the best of all possible worlds that good news cultivates...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 9 Feb 2018

MALTA

Marsascala enjoys a reputation as one of the prettiest seaside villages in the south | Mark Leach
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Clean sweeps and dirty reputations

I want to share two secrets with you. Firstly, how a lifetime in PR has qualified me, unexpectedly, to thrive in Malta. And secondly, to address the fear that all South Africans secretly have about living abroad...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 2 Feb 2018

MALTA

The Triton Fountain outside the entrance to Valletta | Mark Leach
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The Valletta effect

Because of my public relations background, I flagged a recent story in The Business Observer headed 'A great PR opportunity for the city and for Malta'. Of course, it was about the Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018 (V18) which just launched here this past weekend...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 26 Jan 2018

MALTA

The village of Zejtun lies in the south of the island of Malta | Mark Leach
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The culture of connection

Valletta, the baroque cityscape on the island fortress of Malta, is making global headlines this month - indeed this year - as it assumes the mantle of European Capital of Culture 2018. Last year, after having fallen in love with this little corner of the Mediterranean, I relocated to the archipelago for a sabbatical to take a front row seat for the programme of the next 12 months...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 19 Jan 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation
Female millennials are the most confident and ambitious of any female generation

New PwC survey dispels myths about women and work...

5 Mar 2015

UNITED KINGDOM

D&AD Awards: The nominations
D&AD Awards: The nominations

LONDON, UK: Here are the nominations for the D&AD Awards. See this year's In Book winners and Nominations below. Yellow Pencil winners will be revealed on Wednesday 12 June at the Awards Ceremony.

22 Apr 2013

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