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Daily Mail retracts blood-boiling comments about Gozitans being “unattractive”
Locals weren't happy...

Jillian Mallia

A recent article published by Daily Mail’s travel editor, Mark Palmer, is making the rounds on the local scene after he commented on (and later edited) Gozitans’ physical appearance. “Gozitans (as they are called) are not an attractive bunch. Perhaps it’s all those pastizzi (pastry stuffed with cheese) and lack of exercise,” he said in his previous version. Erm... #RUDE.

After receiving comments about his crude observation, Palmer edited the post to read “Gozitans (as they are called) are well-schooled in accepting their lot.” Thank you, I guess?

Apart from this retraction, Palmer didn’t hesitate to mention other things that bugged him about the sister isle. He mentions what we know to be a gorgeous five-star hotel, Ta’ Cenc, saying that it has “a spa that won’t win awards – but ask for a strong massage and that’s exactly what you get.” 

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Palmer also mentions the gorgeous seaside villages that are perfect for a weekend getaway, saying, “the people are friendly, it’s easy to get around, and what it lacks in sophistication is made up for by its authenticity. But, my goodness, some of the apartment buildings at the two main seaside villages — Xlendi and Marsalforn — are ugly.” He's pushing our buttons, but we'll give him that one, I guess.

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He then goes on to mention our prehistoric temples of Ggantija, that are magnificent in their own right. “They aren’t the prettiest archaeological discovery, but their existence is explained both succinctly and romantically in the visitor’s centre.” OK Mark, we’re done.

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At least he does mention the fact that the people are friendly, the stunning little cove of Mgarr ix-Xini, the grandeur at the Citadel, and the fact that a glass of good local wine costs £3.50. “Now that’s attractive,” he comments. Well, glad we could agree on something, Mr Palmer.

What do you think of his observations?

14th May 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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