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Transgender people in Malta are allowed to change gender without surgery. Applicants can change their gender identity documents by simply filing an affidavit with a notary, eliminating any requirement for medical gender reassignment procedures under the Gender Identity, Gender Expression And Sex Characteristics Act. In December 2016, the Act was amended to allow minors who are sixteen and over to have their gender changed without needing to file and application in court and parental approval

10 Maltese Expressions

Bil-bajda mdawra (with the egg [testicle] turned round) – A Maltese person isn’t in a bad mood, they have their egg (which is slang for testicle) turned around.

Tħabbilx rasek! (don’t mess your head) – Don’t worry about it!

Tieħu ħsieb (to take one’s thoughts) – A Maltese person doesn’t take care of you, they take your thoughts.

Ħoll xagħrek u ġib iż-żejt! (undo your hair and bring the oil) – Do what you intend to do and take the consequences!

Tieħu għalik (to take for yourself) – People in Malta aren’t “offended”, they take for themselves.

Ħalib ommok fi snienek (your mother’s milk in your teeth) – You say this to describe someone very immature. Note that it changes depending on whom the person is speaking about; “ħalib ommu fi snienu!” (his mother’s milk in his teeth!)

Bla bajd (without eggs [testicles]) – A Maltese person isn’t capable of doing something, they’re without eggs (testicles)!

Bsaten fir-roti (sticks in wheels) – When someone wants to hinder you from doing something, they throw you sticks in wheels.

M'għawnx għalik! (there’s none for you!)  – Used very frequently. You say this to someone who does something really good (to you personally or not), or someone who accomplishes something.

Għandu riħ (he has a wind) – A Maltese person doesn’t have a cold, they actually have a wind.

Your Excellency President of Malta, Honourable Prime Minister, Honourable Ministers and Parliamentarians, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen – thank you so much for such a warm welcome on the occasion of Malta’s fiftieth anniversary of independence.

While I know that you were not expecting me until a few days ago, I must admit that I feel honoured to be able to represent Her Majesty in a country so beloved by her.

Catherine has asked me to say how very sorry she is that she couldn’t be the one to pass on The Queen’s greetings to you all.  She was looking forward to coming here, and I know she hopes very much that she will be able to visit in the future.

It is now a great privilege to deliver a message to the people of Malta from Her Majesty The Queen.

“Prince Philip and I send our congratulations to the President, the Prime Minister, and the people of Malta, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence.

We have such fond memories of your country at different stages of our lives, first as a young married couple when we lived in Malta, and then again when we returned at the time of our 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.

Over the years we have seen Malta grow and develop into the confident and proud nation we see today.  Next year you will showcase your country as hosts of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Prince Philip and I are grateful to the people of Malta for always making us, and our family, feel so welcome.

I send my warmest good wishes to you for your celebrations this week, and for the continued success and prosperity of Malta in the future.”

Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister – thank you so much for your warm and generous hospitality.  This really is a most beautiful country.  I very much look forward to exploring more of it in the next 24 hours and hope that you all have a wonderful evening.

- A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at Independence Day celebrations in Malta.


Malta’s first human habitation & the Skorba Temples.

This archaeological site, as well as other similar Maltese temples, provide us with crucial insight into the earliest periods of Malta’s human habitation. No ‘archaic’ Homo sapiens or Neanderthals have been found in Malta, despite at one time being widely dispersed elsewhere in the Mediterranean. The first people to inhabit Malta seem to have arrived around 4200 BCE, possibly from Sicily. These people had a Neolithic type of culture:

They brought with them crops like barley, two primitive forms of wheat, emmer and club wheat, and lentils. Remains of all these have been found at Skorba. Their boats were large and seaworthy enough for the transport of domestic animals, large cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs, doubtless securely trussed to prevent accidents (Trump, 1972:20).

These people built stone and mud-brick structures, as shown by a small oval-roomed 'shrine’ at Skorba (the front and back of which are visible to the left of both photos). Within this shrine structure, a number of goat skulls and female figurines have been found by archaeologists. The Skorba Temples (located on the edge of Żebbiegħ, Malta) are of a group of 24 architecturally similar ritual buildings on Malta and Gozo built c.3500-2500 BCE, and represent some of the earliest sophisticated stone architecture in the world.

When writing up this post, Ian Shaw & Robert Jameson's A Dictionary of Archaeology (2008) and Stefan Goodwin's Malta, Mediterranean Bridge (2002) where used. Photos courtesy & taken by Ronny Siegel.