The Malta Independent 9 December 2023, Saturday
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Getting to know Michael Briguglio

Stephen Calleja Sunday, 20 November 2022, 10:00 Last update: about 2 years ago

Michael Briguglio is a dad, sociologist and drummer. 

He has a doctorate in sociology and is a senior lecturer within the Department of Sociology, University of Malta. He has published various scholarly books and articles, and his main research interests are environmental sociology, movements and politics.

Briguglio is an op-ed columnist with The Malta Independent and has previously been active in numerous civil society and political campaigns and roles. He is the drummer of Fire and Norm Rejection respectively. I am Public Relations Officer of the Malta Sociological Association.


Michael lives with his partner Gail and their blended family of three kids, David, Keira and Rose.

What was the last book you read?

Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology by Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

Who is your favourite author?

Albert Camus

What was the last film you watched?

The Big Ugly

Which film have you seen multiple times and enjoyed every time you saw it?


Who is your favourite actor/actress?

Jim Parsons

What is your favourite TV series?

Big Bang Theory

What is your favourite game or sport to watch and play?


Which team do you support?

Malta, Tottenham Hotspur, Denmark, Brondby,

Which song would you sing at a karaoke night?

An instrumental one!

Who is your favourite singer/band?

Deep Purple


Which show/event would you like to attend/have attended?   

I would have liked (the late) drummer Cozy Powell to have come to Malta when Black Sabbath played here in 1995. He had just left the band.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

Sunglasses, drums, pillow

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?

Not sure, but sight and hearing are declining

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

Grasshopper (I think)

What is that one thing you could not go a day without?


Which fictional character do you relate to most?

Leli ta’ Ħaż-Żgħir or Sisyphus

Do you check your horoscope?


What age would you choose if you could be one age forever?

My current age

What invention would you erase from history?

Fossil fuels

Would you like to know the day when you will die?



What's your favourite animal?


What's your favourite type of foreign food? 

Indian, Italian

What is your favourite hobby?

Drums (is life)

What's your favourite season?


What's your favourite ice cream topping?

Anything chocolate

What's your favourite board game?

Any game which my partner or our three kids want to play

What is your favourite pizza?

Marinara (the simplest pizza possible)

What is your favourite colour?


What is your favourite pasta dish?


What is your favourite cartoon show?

Morphle, when I watch it with my daughter Rose


What did you like to do most during the summer holidays?

Swim and go out

What career did you see yourself in when you were young?

Admiral, detective, politician

What is your best childhood memory?

Living in England

Did you learn how to ride a bike?

Yes, and broke my arm

Who was your super hero?

Spider Man

Which toy do you wish to have kept?


What subject did you excel in at school?

Essay writing

What subject did you dislike the most in school?


Was there some family tradition that was never missed?

Xmas lunch

What are the best values you owe to your parents?

Honesty, and standing for what you believe in, even if you don’t fit in


What would you change about yourself if you could?

Be calmer, but I’m getting there.

What really makes you angry?

Self-appointed experts

Is your glass half full or half empty?


Are you a sore loser?

Not at all

What is your biggest regret?

No regrets.

What’s the first thing you look for in a partner and/or friend?

That we click.

What is your greatest fear?

I am stoic, so I believe one should adapt

What is your life motto?

The obstacle is the way

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

He will say it as it is

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?

A walk


If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you do or buy?

I’d give a generous amount to charity and save the rest.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

George Orwell, Albert Camus, Louis Althusser, James Lovelock

If you could bring one person back from the dead who’d it be?

My mother

If you could time travel, when and where would you go?

Post-climate crisis society, if it will ever exist.

If you could relive one moment in your life, which would it be?

The present moment

If you could live anywhere outside Malta, where would it be?


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?


If you could know the truth behind a secret or mystery, which would it be?

The butter-side down hypothesis

If you could eliminate one of the seven deadly sins, which one would it be?


If you had to be given a superpower, what would you choose?

To see through deception


Coffee or tea?

Both, but currently in a tea phase

Walk or swim?


Summer or winter?


Italy or England?


Restaurant or delivery?


Early bird or night owl?

Early bird

Fish or meat?

Fish, but ideally veg

Mobile phone or TV?

Mobile phone

Black or white?


Film or TV series?



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