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maltatoday | SUNDAY • 22 JANUARY 2023 9 ALMANAC Nature Notebook 850. White Migonette IN Maltese we call it denb il-ħaruf (= the lamb's tail) and it's easy to see why. The flowers of the white mignonette grow in long taper- ing plumes of off-white florets that look positively fluffy! The white mignonette attracts many insects like bees, bugs, beetles, hoverflies and butterflies and helps to enrich biodiversity wherever it grows. It's a common plant that is already opening its first early blooms to adorn our roadsides with its prodigious masses of flowers. But – like many other wild flowers that have the cheek to grow without our express permission – the white mignonette is considered a weed and consigned to oblivion by bands of men armed with herbicides and grasscutters. It's sad that in this country many consider the oblit- eration of wild flowers as cleaning, upgrading and embellishment. CineAmbjent Film Festival 2023 Our beloved environmental film festival returns in February 2023 at the Valletta Design Cluster with a two-day program and the chosen theme of climate-induced migration. On Saturday the 4th the doors will be open from 3:30 pm first screening the movie Anote's Ark (Kiribati) with a dis- cussion afterwards. Subsequent we are showing Uma: A Water Crisis in Bolivia. Afterwards there will be an afterparty with DJ and food at Maori, Valletta. On Sunday the 5th doors will be open from 1:00 pm, starting with the documentary Thank you for the Rain (Kenya) and a following discussion. Last, we will show the film Delikado (Philippines).The doc- umentaries powerfully show how climate activists and indigenous com- munities from different countries in the Global South are leading their fight against extreme weather events due to climate change, corporate exploitation of natural resources or to protect their water from diversion and contamination. In doing so, they are fighting for their survival and right to exist. All four documentaries are thus emblematic of the fight for climate justice, because the devastating consequences of climate change are already being felt everywhere. Victor Falzon, Aron Tanti Green idea of the week 738: Read more about the program and get your ticket for Cine- Ambjent Film Festival 2023 Visit Friends of the Earth's website for more information about our work, as well as information about how to join us. You can also support us by sending us a donation – Don't miss this Citrus Festival 2023 Until 29 January Place: Lija On Sunday 29th January 2023, the Lija Local Council shall be organizing the Citrus Festival at Transfiguration Square and part of Transfiguration Avenue, Lija. This shall be an outdoor festival, which is open to all with no fee entrance. Give nature a voice. Become a BirdLife member Billie Eilish: Live at the O2 (Extended Cut) 27 January Place: Eden Cinemas, On Friday, 27th of January, for ONE NIGHT ONLY, viewers can experience the breathtaking live concert film captured at The O2 in London. Viewers can experience the breathtaking live concert film captured at The O2 in London. The never-before-seen Extended Cut version of this compelling concert film takes viewers on a visually captivating journey from beginning to end, to the heart of Eilish's record-breaking sold-out Happier Than Ever, The World To A GOOD WEEK Good Week/Bad Week A BAD WEEK Prince Harry's memoir Spare has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book in the UK since records began in 1998. The much-publicised book sold 467,183 copies in its first week, according to official figures from Nielsen BookData. British actor Julian Sands has been reported missing after going hiking in mountains north of Los Angeles. He disappeared last Friday in the Baldy Bowl area during bad weather in the San Gabriel Mountains. The book, which was written with celebrity ghostwriter JR Moehringer, went on sale on 10 January Sands, 65, is known for roles in popular films and TV dramas including A Room With A View, 24 and Smallville.

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