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Popeye Village: A historical landmark and tourist attraction

 - Local - Aug 17 2021 SHARE ON:
Popeye Village: A historical landmark and tourist attraction

Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is an immensely popular tourist attraction in Mellieha, Malta. How did this construct of wooden and rustic buildings come to be and how did it acquire its both local and international fame as a tourist hotspot? 

The village was purposely built as a film set which was later converted into a small attraction fun park. The live-action musical feature film ‘Popeye’, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions, brought famous actors Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall to film the movie on the island. 

With construction beginning in June 1979, a construction crew of over 165 workers built the village over seven months. Hundreds of logs and thousands of wooden planks were brought from the Netherlands, whilst wood shingles were brought from Canada. A 60-75 metre breakwater was built around Anchor Bay’s mouth to protect the set during the filming. 

The set is open seven days a week to the public, offering not just the film set as an attraction but also several other experiences. With props and dresses from the original film, a boat trip around anchor bay takes visitors for a 15-minute ride whenever the weather permits.

A cinema also shows a 15-minute audio-visual show detailing history and information about the filming and construction. Puppet shows also entertain visitors, especially children. The set also neighbours a beautiful bay known to be enjoyed by tourists and the Maltese alike. 


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Single COVID-19 case sends New Zealand into 3-day lockdown

 - COVID-19 - Aug 17 2021 SHARE ON:
Single COVID-19 case sends New Zealand into 3-day lockdown

After New Zealand registered a single new case of COVID-19 ever since February, the entire country was sent into a rapid three-day lockdown. The community was received with dismay in the country, especially considering how New Zealand had no breakouts from the more-transmissible Delta variant. The case was detected in Auckland, with the government advising the public to follow basic public health measures such as mask wearing, hand washing and scanning QR codes to assist with contact tracing. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern highlighted how New Zealand cannot take any chances with the ‘game changer’ Delta strain. She pointed to other countries and the variants’ impact, stating how they only get one chance to deal with it. Citing Australia’s struggles to contain the variant to defend her short and sharp reaction to the case, Ardern said that it is better to start high and be cautious to then move out as soon as the country is comfortable in doing so. 

Health officials have not yet established a link between the case and the border or managed isolation facilities. With the positive patient being a 58-year-old man, epidemiologist Prof Michael Baker stated that the latest case was almost certainly the delta variant. Baker said that the more optimistic scenario, despite being less likely, would be if the case was directly connected to the border without intermediary cases.

The other option, which is tougher to deal with, would be that the case appeared from an unknown source, meaning that ‘there must be other cases out in the community which haven’t been identified… That means there have been infectious people in the community, potentially for several days, and you don’t know how widespread the outbreak is.’ 


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MFA release statement about ongoing racism problems

 - News - Aug 17 2021 SHARE ON:

The MFA has recently released a statement in which they explained what they will do in the future to make football in Malta more and more inclusive.  They also mentioned their disappointment in the recent racism incident in which a Floriana fan abused Santa Lucia keeper Julani Archibald.


In relation to the recent incident, the MFA announced that “the Malta FA has been assisting the Police in their investigation to identify the alleged perpetrator(s)” they also announced that the Executive board of the MFA will meet to introduce ‘regulations about a 3-step procedure where discriminatory incidents take place in a local football match on the same basis of procedures implemented by UEFA.’

In the statement, the MFA also stated the importance of diversity in football. They said that with the help of it’s Football Social Responsibility Department they have managed to arrange a number of projects, all largely funded by the EU and UEFA. These projects have led to the MFA being nominated for a FIFA diversity award for its work with refugees and in promoting inclusion and integration.

Currently, the MFA have two EU funded projects ongoing. These projects are mainly focused on refugee inclusion and how football can make refugees feel included in our communities. They have announced that over the next 2 years, 13 football Inclusive Hubs will be set up over Malta and Gozo, to further engage with local communities.



This Australian restaurant serves everything from pancakes to pineapple burgers

 - Food - Aug 17 2021 SHARE ON:

The way with which owner Jesse Caruana introduces Two Buoys speaks volumes about his gorgeous all-day restaurant which not only brings the Australian vibe and culture to Malta but serves up some delicious, eye-catching dishes too.

Characterised as ‘where Melbourne meets Malta’, Two Buoys is located in one of St. Julian’s hottest areas and is well known for their extensive menu which serves everything from pineapple burgers to pancakes stacks and so much more.

Here’s an exclusive shot of the god of all bagels for your viewing pleasure: the Melbourne bagel, featuring avocado,…

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A look at the restaurant’s Facebook or Instagram pages already gives you a feel of ‘home away from home’ and when you sit down and indulge in the variety of wholesome, hearty dishes offered, you’re definitely in for a treat. Whether you want to elevate your weekly meetings or just socialise with friends over some great food and a drinks, Two Buoys does not only offers mind-blowing food with great value, but an Aussie atmosphere which is absolutely unmatched.

Speaking of drinks, don’t forget to pair your meal with a couple of beers or cocktails to top it all off… and if you’re not into the alcoholic beverages, the Buoys have got you covered with a wide variety of milkshakes, smoothies, juices and so much more. As a matter of fact, Two Buoys is the only restaurant in the world which serves their very own “Down Under”, a beer made with Australian hops by Malta’s very own The Huskie Craft Beer Company, which definitely seals the deal on the authentic Australian experience.


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P.S. For the adventurous ones, make sure you try out the Coke Spider, a mixture ice-cream and Coke which makes for an Aussie classic which will definitely tingle all the senses.



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