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Ouch, painful Slammer. Real glad to hear there's no serious injury. A shock to the system though - so I think another drink might be in order. To help soothe the nerves you understand.
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Happy you are okay, bit of rest and recuperation is now the order for today.
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ouch. take it easy, slammer. maybe have an extra drink for the nerves!
Take care Slammer, wishing a speedy recovery
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Re: How do you make a Maltese cross…..?

Thanks for the nice interesting thread, and the photos.

Sorry to read about your accident, hope you`ve recovered, and back on track.

The roads sound horrendous. I was there the day after Malta became part of the EU, and I was astounded that it was actually accepted!

We`ll be there in May for a holiday, at Xlendi on Gozo, with my newly attached ball and chain.
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Re: How do you make a Maltese cross…..?

Hi Slammer, Sorry to hear of your accident, and I know what you mean about the roads being like mirrors, they are. However, you need to follow local custom. I am sure you have noticed that most Maltese drive on the pavements (its shady there) and walk on the roads.

Loved the pics, but need your help to place the "time for a coffee" pic. A stab in the dark - Marsalforn?

Be careful when swimming at Ramla Bay in the summer. There are buggers of tiny fish there that really bite.
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Never took a dive before so it´s equal part hurt pride/hurt hip.
Need another beer.
Took a dive once, afterwards I bought a motorcross body armour jacket and hip protection. Might have to get something for you from usa though ATGATT works well to prevent the skin grafts! Tomorrow will feel worse!
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Hi Slammer, Sorry to hear of your accident, and I know what you mean about the roads being like mirrors, they are. However, you need to follow local custom. I am sure you have noticed that most Maltese drive on the pavements (its shady there) and walk on the roads.

Loved the pics, but need your help to place the "time for a coffee" pic. A stab in the dark - Marsalforn?

Be careful when swimming at Ramla Bay in the summer. There are buggers of tiny fish there that really bite.
Actually it´s Xlendi on Gozo, and yes the Maltese walk on the roads to be away from the dogcrap:-)
As to driving, well I am still trying to work out how the magical "third" lane works.
Back to the pig, I took a day off from riding and took the bus, as usual a Chinese built "King Long" built to CHinese specs and very uncomfortable for me, it would seem that there are three Chinese to one Slammer and I simply do not fit into the moulded seats (did you know that the bus company Arriva pulled out of Malta a week before the EU rapped them on the fingers for charging "tourist rates?") Anyway the next day I got back on the bike rode out of Buggiba onto the coastal road, the feeders to the mainroad are set at a angle and you need to do a Linda Blair to see oncoming traffic, WHAMMO! I have a Toyota up the exhaust and went down again.
Luckly no damage, but I took the bus.
Comes in threes don´t it? One more to go.
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Oh Slammer, those roads sounds awful. Maybe studded tyres for extra grip? Really hope you don't have a 3rd time unlucky. Do take care.
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Re: How do you make a Maltese cross…..?

I should have guessed the photo was Xlendi, losing my touch. Great photos though. Sorry to hear you have hit the dirt again. That coast road is the most dangerous in Malta.

I had no idea that Arriva had pulled out. Then again, the fact that it once took me an hour to get from Valletta to Spinola on one of their buses should've given me an idea that all wasn't hunky dory.

I really miss the days when every village had its own colour bus, a vehicle that usually dated from the 1950s with lots of shiny chrome fittings. Malta had something unique. The driver was always grumpy and usually argued with the passengers, who would often then argue amongst themselves. Always a shrine in the front, and old ladies would cross themselves when they got on the bus, and on most street-corners thereafter. They needed to pray given the standard of the driving. The bus was always too hot, as the engine was inside it on most models. You pulled the string above your head when you wanted to get off, and the driver may have let you off if he was in a (rare) good mood. The ride was noisy and uncomfortable. And I loved every minute.

Those were the days!
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http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Eur...oto1179882.htm

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Lazily reading through the classified ads on the Maltapark.com website, one advert grabbed my attention?
"CELTA certified teacher required on a part time base!"
You may remember that last year I struggled through a rather expensive CELTA in Basel, so methinks it is time for a bit of payback.
I replied to the ad and was invited to sit in on one of the lessons to get a feel for the place.
So come last Friday at nine on the dot I was shown into a classroom.
Then the phone rang?
"Ah!..Slammer, you..ah, gonna have to take over.. ah, Maria´s class, she has just called in sick, they have a test today, here are the papers, my name is Paul by the way, over there is the coffee machine, loo here, godda dash, me class is starting, may the force be with you, byeeee!"
No sooner than my jaw had shut and in walked my "Students"
Islamic students, walking, talking stereotypes, the full black beard, flowing robes belonging to twelve, let's call them "diplomats" from let´s say "far, far east"
I started off with gentle, easy questions, "where do you come from?"
"Someplace far, far east"
I told them that I came from a town called "Blackburn," a beautiful quaint old Victorian town, situated just to the north of England´s industrial heart and surrounded by green fields and gentle hills, where to the north, (here I waxed lyrical) windswept moors and the magnificent granite splendour of the tors and the crags and peaks of the lakes merged seamlessly into the Scottish highlands, I painted a picture of dry stone walls, gentle rain, like the wee of angels, of Tudor villages and a multicultural, friendly people.
I needn´t have bothered, as soon as I said "Blackburn" all they wanted was to talk about was the Rovers and the football.
I handed out the test.
Half an hour later the test just over and I was running out of things to say and so I started on British humour (remember I was only supposed to be a sit-in, nothing was prepared so I was ad-libbing along like a MoFo!)
What did they know about British humour??
Mr. Bean.
I had a computer connected to the Internet and an interactive whiteboard at my disposal (first time I had seen one by the way)
As I still over a half hour to kill I decided I would gave them a dose of Freddy Frinton and May Ward in "Dinner for One"
( ) just scroll throught the German bits.
We spent the rest of the lesson talking about the different dialects, about the different dishes served and what Freddy meant by:
"Same procedure as last year madam?"
"Same procedure as every year James"
"Well! I´ll do my very best!"
We shared a lot of laughs and it was quite refreshing after my "other" work at the online auctions house where I am keeping a low profile for the moment.
I had deleted an advert selling what I, honest to god, took to be a dildo, but was in actual fact the saddle from a High-Tec racing bicycle.
The woman who was selling had thrown a thermo-nuclear hissy fit because I had deleted the item using the dreaded "sex" tool.
From her complaint I gather that she is quite fond of the word "imbecile"
Another controversial advert that I had killed was for an artificial hip, made out of titanium, a steal at only 120 Euros´.
For "Decoration or Demonstration purposes"
And why the hell not, in fact if you got some more you could make yourself one totally rad wind chime, its only when you follow the link provided and get to the website of a Polish crematorium that things go waaaaay beyond creepy.
Fire sale.
1 Steadfast, the leading Titanium hip joint!
Used, only one previous owner!
Low, low, loooow mileage!

Of course I made that last bit up.
But that is fun and something that brightens my day, however the pervs that target the young girls looking for a baby sitter job are redlining my blood pressure at the moment.
Younger/cuter/blonder attracts these SOB's like flies to carrion.
The girls, they come in three categories, firstly those that thqueem and thqueem and thqueem, this will excite the guy, this is what he wants, this is what he lives for as he sees them as a soft target and he will do his very best to make the girls thqueem and thqueem and thqueem even more.
Secondly there are those that want to make the perv see the errors of his ways and start to argue and reason, all the while appealing to his humanity, it never ends well because Mr. Perv sees nothing wrong with what he does, his argument it that she should simply accept that some people are different and that there is nothing wrong with being different, and why won't she come around to his place to clean his bathroom in the nude..?
Then there is the girl that flatly tells the guy that the correspondence and his IP have been forwarded on to the authorities, he will then beg and whine and wheedle and be quite hurt as he was only having a bit of fun and that she should not have taken him seriously it was all a laugh and he thought that she was... and please don't... and sorry, so sorry.
My fantasies involve these creatures and a baseball bat studded with six inch nails.
But just like their fantasies, mine too will never happen, but it does good to paint the picture in my mind, perhaps there is not a lot of difference between them and me after all.

It comes in threes they say?
And every one comes out of the hurt locker.
The first time I have ever spun out on a motorbike has been just recently on Malta?s crappy roads, a result of the mirror-like surface on a nearby roundabout where Iron Pig and I parted company, I remember feeling an ever so slight twitch from the rear wheel, the next thing I know is WHAMMMO and that we had reversed orientation 90 degrees!
Thankfully the damage was slight, a banged up side case for the pig and a collection of bruises you could sell to science for me, I limped around for a while and took the bus to work.
A few days later and still feeling like King Kong's chew toy I very gingerly saddled up again only to be rear-ended by Toyota.
Again not much damage and after spending an hour with the 'ol fibre-glass repair kit we were as good as new.
Not even a WEEK later I end up on the bonnet of a SUV, this time the damage is more substantial, side case crushed (it would seem that they make great airbags though) damage to the fairing, rear lamp smashed and all the tough plastic around the rear end shattered.
But it would seem that the Pig looked after Slammer and I was not even scratched.
It does get one thinking about mortality and how fast things can go to hell in a hand basket, so after all the scrapes, bumps and narrow escapes from lunatic fringe drivers on dangerous roads you would think that I would see the light and mothball the Pig.
So not gonna happen!

Poor Pig looking all sorry for herself, hurts just to look at this picture.

However!
What will kill the Pig in the next few weeks or so is my arch-nemesis, burocracy!
It's getting to the point where we need to dump our Swiss plates and register ourselves on Malta, mainly because the Pig?s Swiss insurance is running out and I am long past the period of grace awarded by Transport Malta for the changeover, if caught it will cost a fine of 40E´s per day over that deadline.
Now then!
To import a Bike older than 14 years and with the Pig's quite substantial CO2 emission from the EU would cost around 300E´s!
But!
I will allow you to feel my pain, because this is the part where having lived in Switzerland comes to bite me in the arse.
As we know Switzerland is not in the EU and to import a bike older than 14 years with the Pig's CO2 emission from a not-EU country will cost me?
"Ahem! Drumroll please"
BRRRRRRR- Dang TUSCHHHHhhh Boom!
37.437,00 FrikkingE's!
I have been through the paperwork with a fine-tooth comb and if I can't find a loop-hole soon then the adventures of Slammer and the Pig will come to an end.
At least the busses are cheap and run on time..
..More or less?!

On the busses.
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I really miss the days when every village had its own colour bus, a vehicle that usually dated from the 1950s with lots of shiny chrome fittings. Malta had something unique. The driver was always grumpy and usually argued with the passengers, who would often then argue amongst themselves. Always a shrine in the front, and old ladies would cross themselves when they got on the bus, and on most street-corners thereafter. They needed to pray given the standard of the driving. The bus was always too hot, as the engine was inside it on most models. You pulled the string above your head when you wanted to get off, and the driver may have let you off if he was in a (rare) good mood. The ride was noisy and uncomfortable. And I loved every minute.

Those were the days!
The magic busses of Malta, complete with their little Madonna grottos on the dash, where little old ladies would kneel and make the sign of the cross.
Knowing how the Maltese drive I can´t say I really blame them for wanting to up the odds.
There are still a few of these very handsome vehicles on the road today, Old Leyland´s and Thames busses, beautifully restored, all gleaming chrome, with a mirror shine on the hubcaps and polished, spotless paintwork I see them from time to time on the promenade road in Sliema and Mosta and Luca rumbling past as they ferry tourists in search of the genuine Malta experience, there is even one converted to sell "sovineers," not to me they don't, I dislike tourist tat at best of times and take it as a bad sign if you can't spell what you sell.

The sad reality of the Magic busses, slowly fading away.
The grey paint scheme on this bus shows that it once drove the inhabitants of Gozo around the island.


However regardless of the chrome and wistful sighs that long for yesteryear, they seem displaced and out of time amongst Hyundai's and BMW's and Smart cars.
Now that they have been taken out of the context of their original purpose, they are now no more than shiny exhibits out of a museum.
The new King Long busses made in China are nice enough though, modern and efficient and economic and don't burst into flames like Boris (the merc) Johnsons castoff ex-London bendy buses they replaced.
That's all for now, so I´ll leave you with a picture of "The Pub" in Valletta.


A pub to die for as the late, great Oliver Reed would tell you.


Impressions

Carneval on Malta, as colorfull as anywhere else on the planet.

What do you do with old cannons, why you bury them in the harbour wall and use them to moor ships.

I was fascinated how the chain holding a floating mooring had cut through solid rock.

The causeway under the mighty walls of Fort St. Elmo

Malta´s new economy, huge reserves of Gas have been found just a few miles offshore.

Went swimming again and found this chappie, looks like somebody dropped an anchor.

A luzzu, one of Malta´s iconic boats ferrying the eternal tourist to all the bright spots
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Twas such a beautiful day yesterday and because Bexi came to visit and I was on the late shift we decided to to the tourist two step around Valletta including the grand harbor tour.....

The cruiseliner season is getting underway, over a half a million people visit the Island at some point during their cruise in the med.

The fortress of Floriana next to the Capital, just now everything is green and the air is full of the heady scent of flowers in bloom.

The fortress on Manoel Island, one of the most complete period fortifications in Europe, this Vaubanic style fortress is a massive screw you to any invader.

The old submarine base on Manoel Island, bomb and shell damage still evident. Undewater is a lighter sunk during the bombing, now a great dive site.

St Pauls Anglican cathedral.

The watchtower in Senglea, in the little tower you see carved eyes and ears, nobody get´s past without being seen and heard, you have been warned.


The old military hospital in Il Birgu, here, like all over Malta the war is still very much present.

A long time ago.
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The tourism department should pay you commission for these lovely photos that are sure to bring more visitors, slammer.
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The tourism department should pay you commission for these lovely photos that are sure to bring more visitors, slammer.
I shall certainly be back...
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Thanks for a set of interesting photos, Slammer. Indeed worthy of the tourist board. I beg to offer a small correction for the ferry boat though.The boat that you show is a dghajsa (pronounced dice-a). The luzzu is a fishing boat.
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Thanks for a set of interesting photos, Slammer. Indeed worthy of the tourist board. I beg to offer a small correction for the ferry boat though.The boat that you show is a dghajsa (pronounced dice-a). The luzzu is a fishing boat.
May I make a little correction to your correction...(Achtung, Nerd alarm!:-)
A dghajsa is one of the little double ended water taxis you see flitting in and around Grand Harbor, like pint sized Venetian gondola and propelled in much the same way, however almost all have a Outboarder bolted to the stern.

The other Boat that Malta is famous for is the kajjik, built like the Luzzu but only with a square transom.
The one in the picture is on offer in Maltapark.com for 600€ Hmm! Can´t say I much like the square transom. looks like it could cause a problem in following seas.
My favorate though is the Luzzu, double ended with the high prow and transom.
The fleet is around 30 to 40 years old with new ones being built mainly on Gozo, the design is said to hail from the Phoenicians and I can undertsand why, you simply can´t improve perfection.
All have engines but there are one or two with the sails, but I think that they are mainly for show to make Spinola bay a bit more prettier.
One curious design aspect and I havn´t yet found out why, apart from the main propeller all Maltese boats have a second, smaller prop offset to the port side?
Respectivly, a dghajsa, a kajjik and a Luzzu.
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Re: How do you make a Maltese cross…..?

I stand well and truly corrected after a closer look at the pic! Normally luzzus arent used for taxis, though they take tourists to the blue grotto and so on.

Your explanations were interesting, but what about the Gozo tal-latini boat with its lateen sails?
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I stand well and truly corrected after a closer look at the pic! Normally luzzus arent used for taxis, though they take tourists to the blue grotto and so on.

Your explanations were interesting, but what about the Gozo tal-latini boat with its lateen sails?
I havn´t seen one of those as of yet, and nobody who I have askes has seen one in quite a while, they seem to be the maritime version of the chupacabra, they are out there somewhere!
However in the boat yard near the marina there are a handfull of boats on land being refurbished so perhaps the mysterious tal-latini are hiding there.
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This thread is like a voyage far away.
I love the beautiful pictures and comments. Thank you Slammer.
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Here is where you can see a tal-latini, Slammer. BTW Gozo Heritage is run by volunteers, including many English members. They have beautifully restored grain silos within WW2 shelters in the walls of the citadel in Gozo - an interesting and free visit, though a donation is welcome.

The last surviving dgħajsa tal-latini – the tradtional Gozitan boat that used to ply the ferry route from Malta to Gozo in the days before steam – has just been fully refurbished and put on view to the public.

This particular vesssel was seaworthy until the 1970s after which it fell into disrepair. It was eventually bought by an entrepreneur who wanted to sell it to the Gozo Ministry. Wirt Għawdex(Gozo Heritage) intervened and the boat was instead bought by the Gozo Channel Co., which runs today’s Gozo Ferries.

The company provided sponsorship for the restoration and under the watchful eye of Wirt Għawdex the boat was put back in the capable hands of the Caruana brothers, sons of the original builder. Two years on, the boat is ready to be put on permanent display on the (also newly refurbished) Mġarr Harbour waterfront.
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