I Wonder as I Wander

The latest news and updates from NSTS in Malta

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Malta International Fireworks Festival 2014

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Pyrothecnic displays will take place on:

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Wednesday 30th April 2014 

A number of Maltese and foreign fireworks factories will be participating in this competitive event, presenting spectacular pyrotechnic displays synchronised to music. 

The festival forms part of the anniversary celebrations of Malta’s accession to the European Union. 

Tradition of Fireworks in Malta
Fireworks in Malta have a long tradition which goes back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John. The feu de joie using gun salutes, the musketterija firing of muskets, the solfarelli d’aria, St. Catherine’s wheels (irdieden) and other forms of fireworks originated from explosives that were lit off from mortars (maskli) as an expression of rejoicing. Special occasions when such festivities were held were: the election of a Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John, the election of a Pope who was the overall protector and ruler of the Order, the birth of a prince from a friendly European state or else to mark an important victory over the Ottoman military might. Fireworks developed into a craft when the Maltese started to celebrate the events connected to their British rulers in the 19th and 20th centuries. This centuries-old tradition is still very much alive in the crowded calendar of village festas that take place all over Malta and Gozo, especially in the summer months.

Friday 25th April 2014 
Marsaxlokk

International Pyromusical Competition 

Participants:

21:00 steyrFire - Austria 
21:30 Brezac artifices - France 
22:00 Pyrotex Fireworx - United Kingdom 
22:30 St. Joseph Fireworks Factory Ħaż-Żebbuġ - Malta 

Saturday 26th April 2014 
Bugibba


National Fireworks Competition 

Participants:

21:00 St. George’s Fireworks Factory Qormi - Malta
21:20 Banda Sant’Andrija Fireworks Factory Luqa - Malta 
21:40 Santa Marija Fireworks Factory Mgarr - Malta 
22:00 Banda l-Unjoni St. Andrew’s Fireworks Factory Luqa - Malta

   22:30 Lieto Fireworks (closing display by 2013 winner), Italy

   23:00 Winners’ Presentation Ceremony


Wednesday 30th April 2014 
Valletta Grand Harbour

Grand Finale

  23:40 Closing pyromusical show celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Malta’s accession to the European Union

Thanks to Visit Malta for this programme. Further information and contacts  http://www.maltafireworksfestival.com/

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Spring is like a perhaps hand by E. E. Cummings

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window,into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and from moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.

Spring is like a perhaps hand by E. E. Cummings

Spring is like a perhaps hand

(which comes carefully

out of Nowhere)arranging

a window,into which people look(while

people stare

arranging and changing placing

carefully there a strange

thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps

Hand in a window

(carefully to

and from moving New and

Old things,while

people stare carefully

moving a perhaps

fraction of flower here placing

an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.

(Source: jenniferlynnphotos)

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HOMESTAY at NSTS English Language School

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HOMESTAY / HOST FAMILIES
This unique accommodation option highlights the spirit of hospitality
which characterises the Maltese people.

NSTS officials personally visit and interview each host family before approval and keep regular contact to ensure you have the best possible stay. The focus is not only on the physical amenities but also on the hosts themselves

Guests are hosted on half-board – meaning breakfast and dinner are provided – with the latter most likely to be a typical Mediterranean-style meal with Italian influence. Families regularly host up to four English learners during peak times and provide shared facilities.Laundry facilities are available upon request. Executive homestay /host families are available on request.

For any further information or booking send an email to: nsts@nsts.org or visit our website nsts.org

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BLUE-BUTTERFLY DAY by Robert FrostIt is blue-butterfly day here in spring,
And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
There is more unmixed color on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
BLUE-BUTTERFLY DAY by Robert Frost

It is blue-butterfly day here in spring, And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry There is more unmixed color on the wing Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry. But these are flowers that fly and all but sing: And now from having ridden out desire They lie closed over in the wind and cling Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.

(via photograph-a-day)

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BUSINESS ENGLISH at NSTS

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These group courses will set you up with an advantage in daily professional life and career advancement, and improve confidence speaking in English on the subjects that matter to you most.

This course is designed for all professionals who are exposed to international commercial relations or simply seeking confidence and assurance in linguistic skills and improving communication skills in formal meetings, conferences, presentations, on the phone and at business social gatherings.

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The course can be undertaken as Business English only, or as
a combination of Business and Intensive General English. Learners can choose from the same programme of activities and excursions as the Intensive General English course, which also encourage English speaking practice outside the classroom.

Academic information
● Enrolments accepted all year round
● Minimum Entry level: B1/Intermediate
● Average/Maximum number of learners per class: 4/6

What’s included
● Welcome pack and orientation
● NSTS Placement Test
● 20 or 30 lessons per week, duration 45 minutes
● Wi-fi internet access at the school
● Weekly Focus Workshop
● 3 invitations to specific social activities per week
● NSTS English Language Institute Certificate
● 24/7 emergency number and support 

Academic Add-on Options/Combinations
●Individual tuition
●English for Professional Purposes

Typical Activities
(including optionals)
The NSTS activities programme includes outdoor adventures and water activities, visits to heritage and cultural sites, social and cultural events, culinary excursions, and hands-on creative activities.

Accommodation options
● NSTS Hibernia Residence, Sliema
● NSTS Campus Residence, Msida
● Homestay & Executive homestay
● Hotels and apartments

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claimBecause it was grassy and wanted wear,Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to wayI doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference. 

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

(Source: ksorra)

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