The Gozo Observer: Read about local culture, Gozo tourism & local history

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The Gozo Observer: Read about local culture, Gozo tourism & local historyThe Gozo Observer is published twice a year by the University of Malta Gozo Campus, and contains articles relating to all aspects of life in Gozo, including culture, education, business, arts and literature, as well as recent activities at the University Gozo Campus

In his stimulating editorial Professor Maurice Cauchi highlights certain factors that emerge through the NSO 2014 publication, which, according to the editor, presents interesting data relating to the situation in Gozo as well as a detailed picture of the changes that have taken place on the island in recent years.

The historical aspect is treated through a contribution by Mariana Grech in her article ‘Gozo After the Siege of Malta: A study of the Acts of Notary Tomaso Gauci 1566-68’ whilst Father Geoffrey George Attard evokes memories about ‘The Storm that took Gozo by Surprise’ fifty years ago.

In his article ‘Gozo Tourism: Figuring the Figures’, the CEO of the Gozo Tourism Association, Joe Muscat, delves into and translates the figures related to channel crossings on the Gozo Channel ferries. He emphasises the need that such regular statistical data needs to be appropriately disaggregated in order that it may be of major benefit to researchers and operators in the industry.

Joanna Grima defines rural tourism and explains how it can generate economic benefits for residents, particularly focusing on ‘Wied il-Mielah and Wied il-Ghasri as Attractions for Rural Tourism in Gozo.’

The mayor of Sannat, Philip Vella, provides interesting historical, geographical and contemporary information about this Gozitan locality.

Miriam Muscat, in her contribution ‘An Uncharacteristic Success’ recounts the story of a man who, against all odds, managed to master the techniques of bobbin lace through the Lacemaking Programme at UGC.

This edition also contains two interesting book reviews, one by Professor Maurice Cauchi on the book by Anton F Attard ‘Il-Vizta Appostolika ta’ Monsinjur Pietru Dusina f’Ghawdex fis-Sena 1575.’

This book provides interesting historical information about the condition of Gozo after the Turks had carried away the Gozitan population into exile in July 1551. This information was compiled and translated from Latin to Maltese by the author.

Another book review is that presented by Fr. Geoffrey G. Attard regarding the collection of poems by Joe Axiaq ‘Imxi ftit passi mieghi’. Axiaq was born in Zebbug Gozo in 1954, and emigrated to Australia in 1974. Many of his poems portray a nostalgic feeling that has kept the poet linked with his native village and his ‘land’.

In the final article, Joseph Calleja, the Gozo Campus Administrator, gives further details about the Gozo Campus including that related with the courses currently under way together with a list of students who graduated this year after successfully completing courses at the same campus.

It is distributed without charge, upon request, to interested readers and the Gozo Observer can be viewed here and requests for hard copies can be sent to:

The University of Malta – Gozo Campus,

Mgarr Road,

Xewkija, Gozo.

Tel: (+356) 2156 4559, (+356) 2340 7900.

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