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    • 18 minutes ago
    • MWH

    Hello everybody. Bit of info if you're planning on hiring a car. Valetta now operates a CVA (what's that I hear you ask?) Well, it's Controlled Vehicular Access - basically they've got a Congestion Charge in place between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00 (full details here: http://www.cva.gov.mt ) If you hire a car you can't directly pay the charge because the vehicle will be registered to the car hire company. Before hiring, you NEED to make sure any congestion charges can be paid by you when you drop off the car. If not, you may get a nasty bill months later including an "admin fee" which you won't be expecting. All car hire companies have on-line access to all their vehicles and charges - allow 1 hour for a charge to be logged. Make sure your hire company have enabled the "Instant Charge" feature on their account. They can also contact CVA direct on 22064000 to find out applicable charges for your car hire duration so there is no excuse why you can't pay your charges on drop off and don't sign-off your rental agreement without checking and/or paying fees. Worth carrying a letter and presenting it at Luqa Car hire - something along the lines of this should do: "Please confirm you have Instant Access enabled on your CVA account and I am able to settle any CVA charges for the duration of my rental upon returning the vehicle to yourselves without additional penalty" I'm about to email CVA again and see if car hire companies are able to impose "commission" or "charges' when you pay. Ok, you have been warned!

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    • 12 hours ago
    • David Hill

    Interesting show, but with no lights between shows it's hard to know if anyone was watching it

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    • 2 days ago
    • Mick Burton

    A brilliant band display this morning. I assumed that they were the RMA Band.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Marion King

    It was great watching the band performing this morning (Saturday) but I wonder who they were. I failed miserably trying to find out.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Jon

    Lights have gone out - cutbacks!!!

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Jon

    Cheers Derek - trust you having a good time.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    MHW in the pub now.cheers

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • MWH

    Ah... I see the parking warden has moved on a few cars... All guests are all probably enjoying a beer in "The Pub" (a short stagger away) By the way, it's not raining; it's called "natural dusting" unless that is, you own a Fiat whereupon it's called "acid rain" (got two and they have bio-degradable wiring...)

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    • 6 days ago
    • Audrey Mason

    Had a little laugh at that MWH, looks rather wet there.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • MWH

    Looks like some security doo Audrey. Funny thing... I just saw a policeman running back to one of the black cars, pressed the remote and another black car opened up..oops... wrong car!! Guess that's the trouble with just having too many black swanky cars! Pic uploaded for late viewers

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    • 6 days ago
    • Audrey Mason

    What's happening today?

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    • 6 days ago
    • Jon

    Derek; I hope the police car & motor bike in St George's Square has nothing to do with any rowdy behaviour you might have been involved in after 1 to many cisks last night. Strong black coffee & some deep breaths of fresh air (and a greasy bacon sandwich) if that's the case. Hope the holiday is going well.

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    • 7 days ago
    • Jeffrey Hemingway

    Many thanks Derek looks like Grand Excelsior again this year, I wish I was there now. Enjoy your holiday I'm envious.

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    • 7 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Jeffery. I passed it today and it is still a building site , scaffolding up windows out. If I had known I would have took some photos.

Valletta - St.George's Square, The Palace

It is one of the most beautiful cultural icons of Malta and a must-see for people visiting Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), St. George's Square (Pjazza San Gorg o Misraħ San Ġorġ), also known as Palace Square (Misraħ il-Palazz) is the heart of the city, meeting place, crossing point, scenary of events of any kind flanked on one side by the Grandmaster's Palace (Il-Palazz tal-Gran Mastru), simply known as The Palace and the Main Guard Building on the other side.

The square was recently turned from a car park into a pedestrian area, an open space designed for enjoyment and relaxation surrounded by modern and historic buildings, The Palace is one of the most magnificent and purest examples of Maltese heritage; the centre of the square is enriched by a modern ground-level and rectangular-shaped fountain erupting and flowing in rhythm with the music at regular intervals, it is a pleasure for children of all ages who love running through it.

The Grandmaster's Palace overlooks the square, one of the most impressive in Malta, this building has hosted for a longtime the House of the Grandmaster of the Knights of the Order of St. John, then the British Government, today it is the seat of the President and home to the House of Representatives of Malta; The Palace was first commissioned by the Grandmaster del Monte, initially hardly showed any decoration, only after his death it was improved, enlarged and embellished under the Grandmaster Jean de la Cassiere and the architect Gerolamo Cassar (Gelormu Cassar), by the mid-eighteenth century The Palace reached its present structure, a Renaissance masterpiece of art and architecture, other decorative elements were added later such as the wonderful main doors and the wooden balconies. Two splendid gardens enrich its outdoor space, the Prince Alfred’s Courtyard and Neptune’s Courtyard where we can find a spiral staircase that leads to the entrance of the state rooms; the interior spaces are of extraordinary beauty, lavishly decorated marble corridors, beautiful frescoes, magnificent rooms, our tour should include: the Council Chamber, a splendid room adorned with tapestries, a personal gift of the Spanish Grandmaster Ramon Perellos y Rocaful, the State Dining Room, embellished by splendid paintings, the Supreme Council Hall (or Throne Room) boasting top quality frescoes that depict the Great Siege, the Ambassador’s Hall (or Red Room) where portraits of Grandmasters and other rulers hang, the Palace Armoury, one of the world's largest and richest collections of arms, three centuries of military history are here displayed through swords, guns, crossbows, shotguns and cannons, partly reduced by the depredations of the French; among the unique treasures the personal armour of Grandmaster La Valette, the founder of The City; all rooms are usually used for state functions, when possible, they are regularly open to the public.

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