Arthur Taylor writes about an old game that is still played on the island of Gozo (Malta's sister island) on The Telegraph:
"We heard the game long before we saw it – a distant clatter of wood on wood, shouts and laughter. Brilli's home ground is the hamlet of Santo Pietro, a fair stride downhill and up again from the village of Gharb. It was a Sunday morning and very hot. We followed the noise, keeping to the shady side of the street.
Seven men, elderly, but a tough-looking bunch with tattoos, were grouped around the crossroads, some playing, some resting in the shade of the bus shelter and watching. It looked like nine-pin skittles, but not as we know it."
Read the rest of Arthur's article on The Telegraph