“RUGRATS” Celebrates 32 Year Of Giggles, Diaper-Filled Adventures!

 - International - Aug 11 2023 SHARE ON:

Step aside, grown-ups, because it’s time to throw the ultimate toddler-sized bash! That’s right, folks – our favorite pint-sized adventurers, the Rugrats, have officially hit the terrific age of 32! 

Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday we were chuckling at their adorably hilarious antics and marveling at their pint-sized wisdom.

It was 32 years ago when “Rugrats” first wiggled its way onto our TV screens, forever changing the way we looked at diaper-wearing dynamos. This groundbreaking Nickelodeon gem introduced us to four unforgettable talking babies – Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil – as they navigated the bewildering world of toddlerhood.

Over the course of nine laughter-filled seasons, “Rugrats” regaled us with a whopping 172 episodes of toddler triumphs, sibling squabbles, and heartwarming life lessons. From daring escapades through the perilous expanse of a backyard to tackling the mysteries of mashed peas, the Rugrats carved their place in our hearts with their boundless curiosity and unmatched cuteness.

But hold onto your sippy cups, because that’s not all! The Rugrats didn’t just stick to the small screen; they blossomed into a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon. This iconic show gifted us with not one, but two sensational spin-offs. “All Grown Up!” took us on a wild ride as we watched our beloved babies navigate the awkward terrain of adolescence. And let’s not forget “Rugrats Pre-School Daze,” a pint-sized peek into their early escapades that had us rolling with laughter!

But wait, there’s more! As if the small screen wasn’t enough to contain their mega-watt charm, the Rugrats made a splash on the silver screen not once, not twice, but thrice! Three fabulous films propelled our favorite tikes into the cinematic spotlight, proving that their appeal knows no bounds.


Blessing of Fishermen’s Boats Marks Arrival of Lampuki Season

 - Local - Aug 11 2023 SHARE ON:

Marsaxlokk’s tranquil shores were bathed in a spiritual glow as a solemn mass resonated across the coastline, heralding the eagerly anticipated lampuki season.

In a tradition woven into the very fabric of local fishing culture, the blessing of fishermen’s boats took center stage, a poignant prelude to the bustling frenzy of the upcoming season.

As the blessing ceremony unfolded, wishes of prosperity and abundant harvests for the forthcoming season were woven into the salty sea breeze. Bugeja Said underscored the vital role of the fishing industry in bolstering the country’s culture and food security.

The gradual shift towards sustainable practices, echoing the spirit of the times, was lauded as a harmonious marriage of heritage and innovation.

With the lampuki season officially commencing on August 15 and casting its nets until the year’s end, the sea becomes a stage for a dance between tradition and progress.

A fleet of 84 fishing vessels, laden with nets, palms, ropes, and stones, stands ready to navigate the waves in pursuit of the prized lampuki.


Xewkija garden to become Gozo’s first carbon neutral open space

 - Local - Aug 11 2023 SHARE ON:

Ġnien il-Kunsill in Xewkija will become Gozo’s first carbon neutral garden through a project by Project Green and the Xewkija Local Council. The garden will include a wind tree, kinetic flooring, and other innovative renewable energy technologies.

Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli, Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri, Xewkija Mayor Hubert Saliba and Project Green CEO Steve Ellul, announced details of the project during a visit to this garden, which will be transformed into an eco-garden powered by renewable energy generated within the same site.

The plans submitted to the Planning Authority propose the regeneration of this 744-square-metre garden into a self-sufficient green open space, with new reservoirs and advanced irrigation systems that reduce water waste, new trees and shrubs, and solar-powered light poles. Project Green and the Local Council will also introduce other renewable energy systems, including a wind tree, which generates electricity through small wind turbines, and kinetic flooring, an innovative technology with surfaces that convert visitors’ kinetic energy into electricity as they walk, work out or run over them.

The garden’s play equipment will be replaced with kinetic jumping pods and spring riders that generate lights and sounds as children play with them. New climbing structures, slides and tunnels that blend in with the garden’s environment, and a balancing trail made of recycling plastic are also included in the garden’s new design.

The garden will also have USB charging stations and benches for persons who visit this open space to work or study. Project Green is also proposing circular benches around some of the garden’s existing trees. Pathways will not be covered in concrete or other impermeable surface but will instead be formed out of mesh and gravel, to increase rainwater absorption.

Minister Miriam Dalli explained that the opening of Malta’s first carbon neutral garden in Kalkara last year was very positively received, and the Environment Ministry and its entities are working to create more of these sustainable open spaces. Minister Clint Camilleri stated that he looks forward to seeing the first eco garden in Gozo.

Xewkija Mayor Hubert Saliba and Project Green CEO Steve Ellul explained that the two entities are making the necessary preparations to complete this project by the end of 2024. The Mayor explained that the application for the required development permits has already been submitted and the public call for the required materials and services will be issued later this year.

Project Green CEO said that the works contract will also include a 10-year maintenance plan, in line with the Agency’s commitment to longer-lasting, properly-maintained green open spaces that can continue to be enjoyed by the community for many years.


Shaun Farrugia Interrupted by Massive Gust of Wind during Valletta Busking Gig

 - Local - Aug 10 2023 SHARE ON:

To make up for his cancelled Farsons Beer Festival Gig on August 5th, Shaun Farrugia told his fans that he would be taking to Valletta’s iconic Triton Fountain for a unique busking session… and he was definitely met with the elements.


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Beyond the fact that the local star was performing in boiling hot weather, Farrugia’s busking gig went rather well, with more and more people approaching him before he and his spectators were hit by a small cyclone, dragging bag and guitar case into the fountain.

Farrugia attempted to recover his possessions after what he called ‘one of the most unexpected things to ever happen to him whilst singing’, getting drenched in the process. In a video posted to Instagram, he said (hopefully jokingly) that he took yesterday as a lesson to never go busking again.

Performing tracks like ‘Dear God’ and many others, Shaun’s Wednesday morning gig in Valletta is the latest of his local performances and, if his latest releases are anything to go by, we can’t wait for his next concert!


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