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Message Number: 100
Date: Friday, August 9, 2013 17:49:28 GMT
Name: Barbara Ward nee Cleaver

Comments:
I have some wonderful memories of Malta. I lived in Sliema and went to school at Verdarla. Thank you to the people who made such nice comments about my father Basil Cleaver who taught at Tal Handaq. My sister Maureen also went there.
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Message Number: 99
Date: Monday, July 29, 2013 21:03:55 GMT
Name: Richard 'Tiny' Knapman

Comments:
I was at Tal Handaq Dec 63 to Dec 66 in forms 5B L6A and U6A, although it was so long ago I still have fond memories of the school, Tigne Beach, Barbeques at Golden Bay, and the youth club we started in a church crypt in Valletta. If anyone out there can remember these times please post. I was Head Boy & St Vincent house captain Sept 66 to Dec 66, I think Ken Laurence took over from me. I will be going to the 2013 reunion hopefully to some old friends 40 years on.

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Message Number: 98
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013 11:03:16 GMT
Name: DAVID HEBDEN

Comments:
Great memories of Malta and both Luqa School and Tal Handaq. That would have been in 1953 when I was about 9. I remember the Queen's visit and parade on the square outisde the Vencia Hotel.Also the Duke Of Edinburgh visiting the school. Names I remember were Commander Bellamy, Mr Johnstone. Lovely girl called Jane Ashworth. Michael Ralph. Mick Little ( who I am still in touch with ) - Maureen Derrick. We lived at Notre Dame near Valletta.
Would like to hear from others from the period.

Dave Hebden
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Message Number: 97
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 15:49:15 GMT
Name: Barry Quentin Horder

Comments:
Great memories of life in Malta and Gibraltar - Tal Handaq 1950-1954. Then lived and worked in all the great UK dockyards Devonport, Portsmouth and Chatham. Now retired and living in Perth Western Australia. Greetings to anyone who may remember me.
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Message Number: 96
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 21:55:22 GMT
Name: John & Barbara Pace

Comments:
Many thanks for the wonderful,happy memories.I was born and raised in Sliema.After my five year apprenticeship at the admiralty and the departure of the British forces,my family moved to New York.We always look forward to visit that little gem,and Balluta in particular.Rgrds.John Pace
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Message Number: 95
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 17:18:56 GMT
Name: Bob Satterley

Comments:
Re Mr Basil Cleaver.
A man who very easily helped form a boy's character: when refereeing a soccer match, it was not unknown for him to join in on one side or the other. As he had damaged knees & could not turn very quickly, I thought that I would be smart & 'nutmeg' him. As I passed him, he stuck out his foot & tripped me. The immortal words, "Don't mock the afflicted, Mr Satterley", have stayed with me! A lovely man.
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Message Number: 94
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 11:08:16 GMT
Name: tom challis

Comments:
one of my favourite teachers was Mr Cleaver,the Sports Master.During the War he was in the RAF serving with Coastal Command flying Ansons.After one particular sorte he crashed and was ejected through the canopy of his aircraft the jagged perspex sliceing away his face.He had numerous operations to rebuild his face,but if you looked closely you could see the scars in front of his ears.A very gallant gentleman. Tom Challis
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Message Number: 93
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 10:44:23 GMT
Name: tom challis

Comments:
First went to Tal Handaq in April 1956,after we moved from Sliema to Mosta,because the water was drinkable in Mosta.Went to the school on the notorious 13A so many of you will remember that we were always kept behind at assembly for playing up on the bus whilst in transit to school.
Tom Challis


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Message Number: 92
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013 08:49:51 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Welcome Michael, you have probably already found the photos of DF & CT in the 60s Album. No contact with them as yet.
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Message Number: 91
Date: Friday, March 29, 2013 23:03:44 GMT
Name: Michael Palmer

Comments:
Went to Malta in December 1956 and left in 1959. I was in Mary Ruddle's class, with Heather, Amanda, Denise. my main friends were Cris Tipping, and Dave Faulkner, we were all good mates, and it would be nice to get in contact with them.
I left Tal Handaq and joined the Royal navy, my first ship being part of the 8th destroyer squadron,we went back to Malta and whilst there I went to visit the old school. My wife and I have been back to Malta for holidays, and still love the place. If any of my old school friends are out there, get in touch, I know we are all pensioners now, but we are still young at heart. Mike Palmer
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Message Number: 90
Date: Monday, March 4, 2013 18:58:59 GMT
Name: Liz Mardel (Miss McMeeking)

Comments:

Calling all Old Verdalans and siblings of Old Verdalans! Please spread the word that we, too, have a reunion coming up. It's on the 26th October at The Manor Hotel, Yeovil. Link to the details on the Home Page of Verdala.com.
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Message Number: 89
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013 19:51:08 GMT
Name: Ivan

Comments:
Yes, I know that now - but then Red Barrel was regarded a a cut above Hop Leaf and Cisk.
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Message Number: 88
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013 19:07:18 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Bleeding Watney's Red Barrel? We had more taste!
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Message Number: 87
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013 17:31:52 GMT
Name: Ivan

Comments:
Prefect - you say "we used to dare each other to venture down Strait Street in search of something more exciting!" I recall it didn't take much daring. Our crowd would start at The Lantern (sad to see it now) with a pint of very expensive - 2/6d - imported Red Barrel. Then on to Strait Street. Wouldn't have missed it for the world. Happy days...
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Message Number: 86
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013 17:20:23 GMT
Name: Ivan

Comments:
I remember The Pit very well, being on the original management committee in 1965/66. When we took over the premises we had to knock down a good many internal walls. Hard work with sledge hammers! But we had some excellent gigs in there - remember the groups Count Five (young soldiers, I think) and The Helions (local Maltese boys, and my favourite group). Nigel Vaughan managed the Committee; anyone know his whereabouts?
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Message Number: 85
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013 09:39:09 GMT
Name: Kathy Byrne (that was)

Comments:
Anyone else remember the Pit? I have great memmories of it - I'm sure health and safety would have something to say about it these days!!
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Message Number: 84
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013 07:43:24 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Thats the one Liz. Not sure about a back entrance but when we boys got bored of drinking Coke we used to dare each other to venture down Strait Street in search of something more exciting!
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Message Number: 83
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013 00:56:42 GMT
Name: Liz Mardel

Comments:
Steve Mathews said that his parents ran a youth club (late 50s early 60s, I think for the school) in St Andrews Church of Scotland church hall (on the corner of South St and Old Bakery St.) Was there a back entrance on Strait Street I wonder? On Sundays we used the front door on Old Bakery!
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Message Number: 82
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013 13:41:16 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
That School Club was somewhere around the top end of Strait Street, Valerie. It closed around 1961 to be followed by others - Pembroke, The Pit and The Helix.
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Message Number: 81
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:05:32 GMT
Name: Valerie/Easter/Snowdon/Shutler/

Comments:
Hello Everyone,
So pleased to have found this site. I used to go to Tal-Handaq from September 1958 to May 1959.
I was in Mr Stanleys' class doing a commercial course, and we had Mr Tierney for English, and I think Mr Dickinson for Art/Craft and Italic writing. I used to go to the school club, which was in Valletta, but can't remember where. I have found one of my old school friends Sheila Weekes that was and I do see Freda Payne in one of the photos, nice to get in touch with her if she wants to. In my class there was Geraldine Knoller, Dawn Fear, Leslie Leathers and Heather Hollows. I can't remember anybody else. Went back in 1994 to see my old class room, and it had turned into a Night Watch Man's Hut!! They didn't speak much English so couldn't get much sense out of them.
Pure nostalgia. 'Bye for now Regards Valerie Easter. (That was)
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Message Number: 80
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013 00:38:23 GMT
Name: James Hendry
Email: repoman@y7mail.com

Comments:
1968 - 1970 Thank you, many fond memories have been rekindled.
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Message Number: 79
Date: Sunday, February 3, 2013 07:24:13 GMT
Name: Brennan Joe

Comments:

Hi to all tal handak people who visit this site! I was at the school from 1957 to 1960 and my last form was 4AM. If you were there at the same time be pleased to hear from you. The school as we knew it was demolished in 2011 and a wonderful new college has replaced the old buildings. I visited the site by chance on the day the JCBs set to work. I lived in Floriana at Msida Bastion just down from the big fountain at the bus station. All for one Joe
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Message Number: 77
Date: Monday, January 28, 2013 20:36:00 GMT
Name: donna edwards

Comments:
hi hayden , thats nice that you have been back as well . pure memories hit you as soon as you land dont they .we are hoping to move as my partner repairs mobile phones and there is only one shop in valletta that does it . hoping to live in buggibba . got to look into it with visas and working etc . we are going back in june this year . cant wait .

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Message Number: 76
Date: Monday, January 21, 2013 16:39:27 GMT
Name: Haydn Cornner

Comments:
Hi Donna
Saw your post - Thanks for getting back. I don't remember Karen Bruce,although the name sounds familiar. D block was the block nearest the gate and church. D block was next to C- I do remember a girl called Carol who used to live in C block. I've been back quite a few times, to Malta and Gozo. Last time we stayed in Valletta. I always make a point of going to the 'Second to None' bar in Sliema - it is on Tigne Street which leads down to the barracks.
Lucky you moving there - where will you live?
Good to hear from you.

Haydn

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Message Number: 75
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013 14:20:00 GMT
Name: ALLAN DAVIES

Comments:
Did i & 2nd years in 1b & 2b Sept 1969 onwards. Had the time of my life.

My brother Philip Davies was 2 years ahead of me (3rd & 4th years), sadly died 2009.
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Message Number: 74
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013 09:46:38 GMT

Comments:
hi hayden, i remember ian aldridge, but i cant remember you sorry . was d block down the end of the barracks?can you remember karen bruce she had twin brothers ross and ryan ? wonderfull memories there .have you been back to malta ? i have been back loads of time its weird to see how its all changed over the years . managed to get to see tal handaq just before they fully demolished it . tigne is part of the new complex now and the little church is now an estate agent . we are hoping to move there in about 5 years time all being well . thank you for responding happy new year to you .
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Message Number: 73
Date: Monday, January 14, 2013 18:53:48 GMT
Name: Susan Shaw

Comments:
So happy, just viewed a picture of HMS Ausonia which my father Leonard Naylor served on. We lived in Malta from 62 - 64 at Gzira (too close to the smelly Manole Island sorry for the spelling). I attended the naval school at Vardela and still have my school reports lol. Such happy and special memories of time spent on a beautiful island. Many thanks for this site xx
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Message Number: 72
Date: Monday, January 14, 2013 07:17:41 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Message to all readers.
If you wish your post to be visible to others, do NOT click the YES button.
If you do if comes as a PRIVATE message which only I can see and then I have to do a lot of fiddling around to re-post it.
The best way to send me a private message is via the CONTACT FORM in the Gallery.
As stated at the top, if you wish to contact another person directly & privately via email, then send me a Contact message and IF their email is available, I will pass it on.
Thank You
DMG
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Message Number: 71
Date: Monday, January 14, 2013 07:06:10 GMT
Name: Haydn Cornner

Comments:
I'm responding to Donna Edwards' message.
I remember you from school and Tigne Barracks.
I lived at 4D Tigne Barracks and my brother Daryl and I went to Tal-Handaq.We were at Tigne from 72-74. I was in 1BX and 2A2, my brother was in the 4th year.
The guy who lived in the flat above was called Ian Aldrdridge, do you remember him?

Haydn Conner
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Message Number: 70
Date: Monday, January 14, 2013 07:00:55 GMT
Name: Haydn Cornner

Comments:
I'm responding to Donna Edwards' message in December.
I remember you from school and Tigne Barracks.
I lived at 4D Tigne Barracks from 72-74.
My Brother Daryl and I went to Tal Handaq, I was in 1BX and 2a2, my brother was in the 4th year.
The guy who lived in the flat above was called Ian Aldridge, do you remember him?

Haydn Cornner
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Message Number: 69
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:33:47 GMT
Name: Roger Bevan

Comments:
Great nostalgia site.
I was a pupil at RN School Tal-Handaq class of 1958-1960.

Happy times in Malta. I loved the island. I hope to visit again on day.....

Would I recognise it?
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Message Number: 68
Date: Friday, January 4, 2013 20:44:46 GMT
Name: Bob Blackman

Comments:
Tommy Challis did you live in Mosta.We lived in Gaffa street from 56 till 58 then moved to Marshall Court Sliema.My family consisted of Mum, Dad (HMS Forth),sister Pauline 14,myself 13,sister Pat 9,and brother Geof 6.Your name rings a bell to me as does a Bob Bligh.Please get in touch if you remember me.
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Message Number: 67
Date: Sunday, December 30, 2012 18:13:59 GMT
Name: Frank Grant

Comments:

I was at Tal Handak July 1957 to Dec 1959, 3BM and 4BM (Mr Fuller's class) my memory of my time in Malta is fresh but not so my time at Tal Handak. A few named are there but not much else. I did go to Sicily 58 or 59 but cant remember. would like to hear from anyone from this period especially if u were in 3 or 4BM.
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Message Number: 66
Date: Sunday, December 30, 2012 16:18:56 GMT
Name: @aol.comfrank grant

Comments:
I was at Tal Handak July 1957 to Dec 1959, 3Bm and 4BM (Mt Fuller's class) my memory of my time in Malta is fresh but not so my time at Tal Handak. A few named are there but not much else. I did go to Sicily 58 or 59 but cant remember.
would like to hear from anyone from this period especailly if u were in 3 or 4BM
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Message Number: 65
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 02:33:29 GMT
Name: On behalf of Boaz Keyslay

Comments:
RE: message 88
To : Paul Billingham
You were asking about Boaz Keyslay. He is mentioned and on the photo in the magazine of 1971 http://www.rfaaplymouth.org/talhandaq/1971magazine/thmag71.htm

Please look at the following memorial. http://www.forevermissed.com/bo-keyslay

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Message Number: 64
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 13:14:12 GMT
Name: scrumpyrat

Comments:

Hi Everyone,
I was stationed at Malta 1960-1962 on HMS Duchess (Capt D) The other ships of the squadron were Diamond Diana Battleaxe and Crossbow.I was wondering if anyone can recall our time in Malta and any photo's of the above named ships would be very much appreciated.To all of you have a very Happy Christmas. Cheers scrumpyrat
Tom

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Message Number: 63
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2012 22:00:32 GMT
Name: donna edwards

Comments:
sorry paul cannot remember you . have you any old photos ? i always look on the photos its brilliant . ah well i will keep hunting a photo . hope fully find one soon . thanks for getting back to me . have a nice christmas .
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Message Number: 62
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012 17:06:28 GMT
Name: Eric Parker

Comments:
Nice to see some very old photographs of ships that I served on in Malta during 1958/59. Brings back lots of memories that I had forgotten.

Regards............Eric(Fezz)...RO2(G)
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Message Number: 61
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:11:47 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
The next Reunion is confirmed to be on 14 Sept 2013. The venue is not yet confirmed but the smart money is on Bath University. Viv Daly will be sending out the invitations directly to everyone who is on her database sometime in the New Year and details will also be on the Reunion website http://www.tal-handaq.freeserve.co.uk/ and there will be links to it on this site.
DMG
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Message Number: 60
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012 10:24:32 GMT
Name: patrick kiggell

Comments:
If there is to be a reunion in 2013 ,please let me know when / where /etc...?
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Message Number: 59
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012 19:16:15 GMT
Name: Paul Smith

Comments:
Small world Donna I lived in Tigne barracks in 73 too =)
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Message Number: 58
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012 09:07:54 GMT
Name: Donna Edwards

Comments:

hi i dont know if anyone remembers me . i was in malta 73 to 76 ,i attended tal handaq .we lived in 1c tigne barracks . me and my sister sharon went to tal handaq . i have scanned all the photos on the gallery and i am in none of them . my name is in the school magazines for sports achievments . i remember nicky evans maureen proctor . i was friendly with sharon powell and i banged into her in plymouth but sadly she passed away 2 years ago . my dad mislaid all our photos so do not have nothing . gutted . well i hope i have jogged some ones memory . my life was idylic in malta . been back a few times oh those memories are still so clear .
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Message Number: 57
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 22:50:41 GMT
Name: donna edwards

Comments:
hi i dont know if anyone remembers me . i was in malta 73 to 76 ,i attended tal handaq .we lived in 1c tigne barracks . me and my sister sharon went to tal handaq . i have scanned all the photos on the gallery and i am in none of them . my name is in the school magazines for sports achievments . i remember nicky evans maureen proctor . i was friendly with sharon powell and i banged into her in plymouth but sadly she passed away 2 years ago . my dad mislaid all our photos so do not have nothing . gutted . well i hope i have jogged some ones memory . my life was idylic in malta . been back a few times oh those memories are still so clear .
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Message Number: 56
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 13:29:53 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Thank you John. I don't remember the bomb incident but perhaps it was just before my time.
Got any photos?

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Message Number: 55
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 13:15:17 GMT
Name: John (Blondie) Townsend

Comments:
I attended Tal Handaq 1959-1961,Father was Station Warrant Officer at RAF Safi,but we lived at RAF Luqa.When not at School I spent most of my time swimming/diving all over the Island.Was the only non Maltese to dive from highest point cliff at Peters Pool.Head was Capt. Mannering, and form teacher was Mr Witherspoon.Friends I remember were the Ledingham brothers,Rodney(chops) Lamb,the Tonners,Flemings,Maureen Everett.Got on great with all the local Maids that worked on camp,
but not so well with the local lads!Anyone remember me bringing unexploded butterfly bomb that I found in Tal Handaq valley into class,and school being evacuated while bomb disposal blew it up in school field. Great days
super memories,couldn't buy nowadays!Very interesting site,that brings a smile when I read comments. Well done.
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Message Number: 54
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 07:21:47 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
I will forward any replies about Dilwara.
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Message Number: 53
Date: Monday, November 26, 2012 17:59:16 GMT
Name: Ann Godfrey

Comments:
I am trying to locate anyone who sailed on the Troopship Dilwara leaving Southhampton UK - 2 May 1951. I was amongst the 36 women joining their husbands - in my case Singapore. Please contact me if at all possible. Ann.

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Message Number: 52
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012 00:13:59 GMT
Name: Paul Billingham

Comments:
I attended Tal Handaq from 1967 to 1969 and they were the happiest of my school days. I still retain a great affinity with Malta, and plan to visit again next year.
Does anyone remember Boaz Keyslay.His father was the manager at The Sheraton Hotel.I spent many a happy hour as a guest there.
It would be great to catch up with some old classmates. Hope to hear from someone !
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Message Number: 51
Date: Friday, November 23, 2012 09:11:44 GMT
Name: 5Gillian

Comments:
My father Ron Porter was on HMS Silvia,this is the first time i have seen a photograph of her.
Really happy thankyou.
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Message Number: 50
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012 08:21:02 GMT
Name: NICK HOLLOWAY

Comments:
GREAT WEBSITE....TAKES ME BACK TO MY TIME AT TAL HANDAQ
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Message Number: 49
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2012 17:41:03 GMT
Name: Chris Weathered, nee Hoffmeyer

Comments:
What a great two years spent at Tal HAndak 1964-67. Great friends, great times some of the best years of my life
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Message Number: 48
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 19:21:15 GMT
Name: David Arnold

Comments:
Hi Shiela,

We have chatted before. Nice to make contact again. We seem to have many mutual acquaintances, and I have often thought it would be great to reminisce about the halcyon days of my youth in Malta. Regards
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Message Number: 47
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012 15:28:59 GMT
Name: sheila Macdonald nee Morris

Comments:
To David Arnold

Ilived in Tigne Barracks 1947-1952. 13A Block.
Went to Tal-handaq. Do you remember the Williams boys Billy and Freddie. The Rainers also lived there at that time. In fact I think Billy has registered with the Common Room. The Parkes Peter and Pat also lived in 13A Block.
Nice to hear that someone is still around from the old days in 36 Regt.
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Message Number: 46
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 18:33:16 GMT
Name: David Arnold

Comments:

Am I the only one left out of founder pupils ? Still hoping that one day some one will remember that maverick lad of 15 in 1947.
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Message Number: 45
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 13:01:56 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Also from Sharon - I attended Tal Handaq between 1974 - 1977. I lived in C Block Tigne Barracks. My parents are Ray and Dot Turnbull and my sister is called Diane. If anyone remembers us it would be great to get back in touch. I look back on those years as the best years of my life when I was at an age where you were free to roam and half days at school during the summer were the greatest!
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Message Number: 44
Date: Monday, October 22, 2012 21:11:44 GMT
Name: Sharon Burridge nee Turnbull

Comments:
Dear All

I have spent years trying to track down some of my best friends who lived in Malta between 1974 - 1977, in particular:

Wendy Adams
Gary Darch (brother I believe was called Mark?) Desmond Foster
Mark Johnston

If anyone knows their whereabouts please can you ask them to get in touch?
Kind regards and many thanks
Sharon
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Message Number: 43
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 19:33:59 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Tony, your message & email address have been sent to Dave Arnold.
Malcolm, thanks. There is some music on the Juke Box page and with some of the Magazines. The next Reunion is on 14 September 2013 probably at Bath Uni. The invites will be out after Xmas.
Big Dave, Prego. Inti wisq xorta.
DMG
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Message Number: 42
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 18:31:19 GMT
Name: Tony Tipton

Comments:
This is in response to a note in the guestbook from Dave Arnold dated Sept 29, 2012. I may be the person you inquired of. I was an American at Tal Handaq 1967-1968. Lived in a flat at Phoneix Mansions on Testaferrata Street in Msida during that time.


Best regards,

Tony Tipton
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Message Number: 41
Date: Friday, October 19, 2012 22:09:07 GMT
Name: Malcolm Shykles

Comments:
David,

Thank you so much for building such a wonderful Web site. I see that much additional material has been added since my last visit.

I did like the music though - which is missing at present.

Hopefully there will be another reunion not to far off. Look forward to seeing you again.

Cheers Malcolm Shykles 1950 - 1952
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Message Number: 40
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 21:10:28 GMT
Name: David Schembri

Comments:
Thank you most kindly for uploading such a wonderful album. Your pictures sure brought about great memories of friends from the past from my days with the Overseas Rugby and Sports Club, names such as Trevor Rickets, John Hughes, James Glover, Jack Sharp, and others whose names I regrettfully have forgotten.

Thank you also for the equally great memories of how MALTA was the, when a PEPSI cost 3d.

GRAZZI GRAZZI U GRAZZI HAFNA
Thank You, Thank You, and Thanks alot

Best Regards from a still suny and warm MALTA
David (Big Dave) Schembri
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Message Number: 39
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 22:10:14 GMT
Name: Janet Rule

Comments:
I am really sorry to inform all those who knew my brother, Colin Rule, that he died recently from a heart attack whilst out cycling in France. Age 63.

My endearing memory of Colin will be when he taught me to swim - by pushing me off the jetty at the Exiles in St Julians, and of going spear fishing at Armier.

JAnet
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Message Number: 38
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 06:37:11 GMT
Name: Stephen Spence

Comments:
I wish to make contact with anyone who remembers me from 1965-67. I was in Hawkins. I viewed the photo-gallery and remember Ron Leeman and Brian Jackson.I made a nostalgic visit to the school site just a few weeks ago, after 45 years
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Message Number: 36
Date: Monday, October 1, 2012 15:35:26 GMT
Name: keith Flynn (ex Mackie)

Comments:
I attended RAF Luqa primary school from 1967 through 1968. My father (David Mackie) was stationed at RAF Luqa and worked in the Transport Section as a fitter/technician. I remember friends such as Andrew Prymm, Diane Carter (my first true love)Stephen Bates, Jane Bates. If any of you are out there reading this, please drop me an email. I have just moved back out to Malta to live literally this past week -curretnly in apartment in Sliema.
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Message Number: 35
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 18:42:27 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Hello Dave,
Martin Shaw is registered in the Gallery and your message & email address have been forwarded to the last known address we have for him. There are photos of Mr Ricketts in the Staff Album though he is in disguise.
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Message Number: 34
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 15:24:21 GMT
Name: Dave Arnold

Comments:
Hi out there does anybody remember me. I've trawled through the last ten pages and not found anybody I knew. I was at Tal-Handaq from September 1967 to Jan 1969. I've been on the reunion web site and seen quite a few names of folks I remember. I found John Roddy. His brother David was a good mate, Martin Shaw, I tried to contact Martin in Australia with no luck. I also noticed the name Trevor Rickets was that the P.E. teacher with the blond hair. The person I would love to find out about is Mike Pellow. He was my best mate while I was on the Island, and of course anyone who knew me. I noticed a lady from the USA. would she have known Tony Tipton he was also a good mate while I was there. Thanks Dave Arnold.
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Message Number: 33
Date: Friday, September 28, 2012 16:52:14 GMT
Name: Maria Vella Wilson

Comments:
I just want to say thank you. I stumbled upon this site while I was on Facebook and I'm so happy to have found it. Thank you so much for such an excellent slide-show. You have evoked so many memories, bitter-sweet and nostalgic. You ave also kept me up-dated on recent changes in Valletta, Sliema and so forth. Great site. All those responsible, thank you and keep it up!
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Message Number: 32
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012 21:03:33 GMT
Name: Peter EVANS

Comments:
I enjoyed you snapshot of Mellieha. Had some good days at that beach. Thank you. It was second only to Ghan Tuffieha.I have displayed a few snap shots of Malta on my website wrpevans.co.uk if anybody wants to have a look.
You have a great site. Once again thank you. Cheers, Peter Evans
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Message Number: 31
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 14:31:16 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Welcome Dot,
But you are far from the oldest. We have some who date back to the beginning in 1947.
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Message Number: 30
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 14:12:49 GMT
Name: Dot Brown

Comments:
I guess I must be among the oldest members of this site. I was in Malta in 1957-59. Went to Tal Handak 3CM and 4CM. Lived in St Pauls Bay and then moved into Tigne Barracks. Came back to the UK when the regiment shipped out. Great memories, loved Malta, shame it is changing so much.
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Message Number: 29
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012 08:44:13 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Welcome Peter,
Your message and email have been passed to Spike who may well know where the others are.

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Message Number: 28
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 21:03:14 GMT
Name: Peter Taylor

Comments:
Firstly, congratulations on a splendid web site which has transported me back in time. I have seeen pictures of friends with whom I vowed always to keep in touch, but forgot to mention it would take 50 years!
My immediate interest is to find out if you have any contact information for Robin Palmer, Mike Eyett, Spike Walton. We were at Tal Handq together in 1959-1960

Thank you
Peter taylor
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Message Number: 27
Date: Friday, September 7, 2012 15:44:07 GMT
Name: Jean McKiney

Comments:
I was at the school in 1957 ish. Do you remember me Chris. Jacquea
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Message Number: 26
Date: Sunday, September 2, 2012 22:03:09 GMT
Name: Laura Marshall

Comments:
Hi

I was at TH 65-68 and lived in Mosta.
I have great memories of Tal Handaq school.
Friends Anita Bostock, Janet Lendrum, Sonia Ancliffe, where are they now.
It is a great website, lovely to look at the photos and tour around the school, fantastic.

thank you.


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Message Number: 25
Date: Monday, August 27, 2012 06:58:54 GMT
Name: Tom Challis

Comments:
I was at the school from 56 to 58. Miss Yule was our first teacher along with Lt.Wiltshire. I was on bus 13a we were always in trouble.Our Headmaster was Capt.Morgan.So many memories,anybody of my era please contact me.2709
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Message Number: 24
Date: Monday, August 27, 2012 06:50:42 GMT
Name: Jeffrey Lincoln

Comments:
I was at Tigne School from 1955. I was only 6 years old, my older brothers went to Tal Handak. My father was posted to Siggiewi and Luqa.We moved to Mosta, and I remember the address as 42, Oratory Street, just down the road from the Dome. Not a bad memory after 55 odd years!
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Message Number: 22
Date: Monday, August 20, 2012 07:30:08 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Looking forward to them Brian. You can register in the Gallery to upload or email them to prefect@rfaaplymouth.org
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Message Number: 21
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2012 21:30:49 GMT
Name: Brian LIncoln

Comments:
Just discovered the website. Tal Handaq pupil from 1955 to 1959.

Amazed to find a group photo ref: File 17/172, which includes me Brian Lincoln - third from the left.

Went to a Tal Handaq reunion some years ago and met Brian Fuller. Hardly anyone else from my era. I'm in touch with Tony Mullen, now in Aus.

I have a few photos that I'd be happy to upload.
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Message Number: 20
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 14:56:37 GMT
Name: Prefect

Comments:
Welcome Tony, in case you havn't yet found it, there is another site at www.verdala.com
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Message Number: 19
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 14:12:59 GMT
Name: Tony Fayers

Comments:
Can't believe I've only just thought about 'searching' HMS Verdala. My first School in 1952. Dad was serving on Cleopatra. Lived at 37 Falzon Street, Sliema.Flight home for Families delayed 24 hours meaning we flew into UK in the maelstrom that surrounded the '53 Great Flood.Flight was a Pegasus Airlines Viking, stopped at Nice, presumably re-fuel. Now going back to this great site and continue stirring old memory box
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Message Number: 100 Date: Monday, August 27, 2012 06:58:54 GMT Name: Tom Challis Email:

Comments: I was at the school from 56 to 58. Miss Yule was our first teacher along with Lt.Wiltshire. I was on bus 13a we were always in trouble.Our Headmaster was Capt.Morgan.So many memories,anybody of my era please contact me.2709 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 99 Date: Monday, August 27, 2012 06:50:42 GMT Name: Jeffrey Lincoln Email:

Comments: I was at Tigne School from 1955. I was only 6 years old, my older brothers went to Tal Handak. My father was posted to Siggiewi and Luqa.We moved to Mosta, and I remember the address as 42, Oratory Street, just down the road from the Dome. Not a bad memory after 55 odd years! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 98 Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012 21:58:04 GMT Name: Jeffrey Lincoln Email: Comments: I was at Tigne School from 1955. I was only 6 years old, my older brothers went to Tal Handak. My father was posted to Siggiewi and Luqa.We moved to Mosta, and I remember the address as 42, Oratory Street, just down the road from the Dome. Not a bad memory after 55 odd years! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 95 Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 14:56:37 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Welcome Tony, in case you havn't yet found it, there is another site at www.verdala.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 94 Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 14:12:59 GMT Name: Tony Fayers Email:

Comments: Can't believe I've only just thought about 'searching' HMS Verdala. My first School in 1952. Dad was serving on Cleopatra. Lived at 37 Falzon Street, Sliema.Flight home for Families delayed 24 hours meaning we flew into UK in the maelstrom that surrounded the '53 Great Flood.Flight was a Pegasus Airlines Viking, stopped at Nice, presumably re-fuel. Now going back to this great site and continue stirring old memory box --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 93 Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 02:25:30 GMT Name: Martin Powell Email:

Comments: ps to Joseph Sammut again - just noticed the Lascaris Assoc 2012 Reunion is to be held in Norwich at the George Hotel on Monday 24th September to Friday 28th September. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 92 Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 02:18:34 GMT Name: Martin Powell Email:

Comments: To Joseph Sammut - you may also like to know of this site (link on THN front page also) http://www.lascarisassoc.britanianet.co.uk/Home.html --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 91 Date: Sunday, July 1, 2012 00:00:16 GMT Name: Phillip Bird Email:

Comments: Happened across this site looking for a Bosun Sailing Dinghy. Strange as I first learned to sail thanks to Tal Handaq school back in 1969 to 1971 when my Dad(RAF W.O J.Bird) was stationed at Luqa. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 90 Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 21:05:52 GMT Name: Joseph Sammut Email:

Comments: just came across this great site brought back a lot of memories,As I served in The Royal Navy 1952-1957 stationed at St Angelo HMS Brigand and HMS phoenicia a great site please keep it going --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 89 Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012 11:14:12 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Thank you Joseph. I shall certainly try to. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 88 Date: Sunday, June 17, 2012 22:04:50 GMT Name: JOSEPH CALLEJA Email:

Comments: LUCKELY CAME ACCROS THIS SP[LENDED WEB CONGRATULATIOS PLEASE KEEP IT RUNNING --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 87 Date: Monday, June 11, 2012 10:04:07 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: I'm on holiday. Please minimise emails. New registrations in the Gallery will take a little longer than usual. DMG --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 86 Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 01:21:28 GMT Name: John Thompson Email:

Comments: Just stumbled across the website. Really pleasant surprise. Hope to get in touch with some old friends Attended Tal Handaq on and off between 1972 and 1975. Regards John Thompson --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 85 Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 00:11:39 GMT Name: Phyllis Geddis Email:

Comments: Great website, even found myself on it. Thanks to Sue Dove. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 84 Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012 18:35:32 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: With reference to the death of Mr Jack Smedley, lecturer at the Dockyard Technical School who was lost in St. Thomas's Bay in 1956. A close relative of is seeking any more information about this tragic incident. If anyone has any, I will pass it on. DMG

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Message Number: 83 Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012 15:32:30 GMT Name: Simon Crickmay Email:

Comments: Great times. I was there 74/78. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 82 Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012 13:34:19 GMT Name: Chris Sever Email:

Comments: Hello I was at Tal Handaq from 1970-1972 and was unfortunate to have to leave due to the Mintoff situation. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 81 Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012 10:11:28 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Message passed on Keith. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 80 Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012 05:52:34 GMT Name: Keith Paul Email: Comments: For Coiln Bishop In Aus,{ Please pass on} Hi Colin Keith here we are in New Zealand and have been here for the past 15 years. Went back to the U.K for 3 years and are now back here. Look the people I remember were Keith Hall,Christopher Hills,Dawn Kelman,Val Newman,Josett Vernon,Andres Oliver,Somez Tinker,my last form teacher was Ian Hesketh I think. We lived at 6 Sprettu Buildings,Mosta and used to bus in from Paramount Garage Best Wishes K Paul --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 79 Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 01:44:52 GMT Name: Charles Anastasi Email: Comments: I happen to come across this great web site while researching my dad's time (23 years) in the Royal Navy. I did not attend Tal Handaq but I remember with great fondness the Christmas Parties held by the Navy for children at Ricasoli, HMS Ranpura and other ships that I cannot recall. Your photos brought back a lot of great memories as I grew up at Gzira and Manoel Island was my favourite play ground. I will be in Malta in September and will visit Manoel Island once more....wonder how it has changed ! Thank you for the opportunity to share in your 'nostalgia trip'

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Message Number: 78 Date: Monday, April 30, 2012 20:31:33 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Welcome back Ann, Your message passed to John Golland and a postal address sent to you. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 77 Date: Monday, April 30, 2012 05:03:47 GMT Name: Ann Muehlebach, nee Welham Email:

Comments: Hello Prefect, So, I've already landed in the archives. Oh yea, it's like being relegated "to graze". No, I'm very much alive and constantly in memory in Malta although on Google Earth, I'm not sure I like some of the changes that have taken place. The new and old do not seem to blend there. John Golland wants me to contact him about St. Andrews Barracks. My e-mail address: apnmuehlebach@shaw.ca I would also love to hear from anyone from my Malta time: June Currie, Rosemary Ogden, Joy... and others from the 1956/57 cohort at Tal Handaq. Do not know how to send photos. Please give me a residence address. Cheers, Ann Welham --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 76 Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 22:17:10 GMT Name: Geoff Martin Email:

Comments: I attended the school from 1949 - 1951. Remember Mr Walker (gandy), Miss Leppard (french) and the head, Cdr Bellamy, his 6otb unforgettable. Returning to Malta this week on a nostalgic trip. Super Site. GSM. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 75 Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012 22:17:57 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: May's photo is on Page 5 of the 1950s Album. Colin, the only person who could answer that is Viv, the secretary of the Reunion Association who has a database of thousands. tal-handaq.freeserve.co.uk --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 74 Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012 13:17:44 GMT Name: MAY RANKIN (nee Mahood) Email:

Comments: Any one remember me? We came home in 1954. I was in 2ag --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 73 Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012 05:32:32 GMT Name: Col Bishop Email:

Comments: I would be interested to know how many ex-students and staff live "Down Under"? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 72 Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 20:50:19 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: • But not the oldest Anne, we have a few who go back to the 40s. No sign of those two names in the Contacts Register but here are some which may ring a bell - • John Richardson - 52/53 Chris Cockshott - 52/53 Michael Cook - 52/54 Nigel Hansell - 52/54 Margaret Baynes - 52/54 Denise Williams - 52/54 • Sylvia O'Shea - 52/55 Ann Wilson - 52/55 Michael Hann - 52/55 Robin 'Sparrow' Williams - 52/55 Dianne Cottrell - 52/55 Tony Plater - 52/55 • Tony Garland - 52/55 Dave Alexander - 52/55 Connie Townend - 52/55&56/60 Maurice Dowling - 52/60 John Davies - 53 Hardre Fenn - 53/54 • Shona Dryburgh - 53/54 Diane Stokes - 53/54 Ian Hann - 53/55 Kay Britnor - 53/55 Tony Clark - 53/55 Malcolm Savage - 53/55 Angela Edwards - 53/55 • Judy Phillips - 53/55 Andy Ware - 53/55 John 'Homer' Holmes - 53/55 Eunice Rolfe - 53/56 Jenny Lewarn - 53/56 John Hurley - 53/56 Sandra Markham - 53/56 • Rosalind 'Buzz' Newman - 53/56 Carol Downey - 53/56 Richard Waller - 53/57 Robert 'Smithy' Sm --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 71 Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 19:14:42 GMT Name: Anne Ye Myint(Abel) Email:

Comments: I must be one of your oldest members having been at Tal Handaq in 1953/4.My best friend was Janet Hampshire with whom I have lost touch.I was very happy at the school for we had a thriving Scottish dancing group for which I played the piano. Sylvia Linford was also a good friend. My Father served at Hal Far Air station. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 70 Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012 19:26:32 GMT Name: Rosanne Dingli Email:

Comments: David, you and your members might be pleased to know that "Camera Obscura" my new novel, which is almost entirely located in Malta, is now available. One can get the paperback or ebook (all formats) and enjoy a story of photography, art theft and romance, all against a background we are all rather familiar with. Enjoy!

http://rosannedingli.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 69 Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012 20:49:55 GMT Name: helen langan Email: Comments: Hello Donna, I think you were in the year above me, as i was 50 last nov, your name is familiar, its sad about your friend, but im sure you will have a good time in Malta when you go. We lived in Mosta just behind the dome and my dad was at RAF Luqa, please feel free to keep in touch, take care, regards Helen --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 68 Date: Friday, April 6, 2012 21:04:47 GMT Name: donna edwards Email:

Comments: hi helen i was in 1a1 2b2 and 3g . i remember nicky evans andy sidlow he was a bit of a bully . can you remember sharon powell i met her in plymouth where i live but sadly she passed away 2 years ago . we are going back to malta in june i love it there and it feels some what calm and nostalgic being there .i am 51 now aaargh . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 67 Date: Friday, April 6, 2012 17:25:48 GMT Name: helen langan Email:

Comments: Hi Donna what class were you in? I was at T H same years as you, your name and Sharons rings a distant bell, i was in 1b1 1c2 and 2a2 i left in 1975 best days ever, all the best Helen Langan nee Gough --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 66 Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012 16:58:13 GMT Name: donna edwards Email: Comments: does anyone remember me at tal handaq . i was there in 72 to 75 . with my sister sharon and my little sis went verdala . my dad was called nutty edwards . we lived in 1c tigne barracks .my dad lost all our photos so we have no memories only in my mind .have been back a few times . last time went to see school there was just a couple classes lkeft which were comiming down as i got there . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 65 Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 14:32:25 GMT Name: Tom Challis Email:

Comments: I was at the school from 56 to 58.Miss Yuell was our first teacher along with Lt.Wiltshire.I was on bus 13a we were always in trouble.Our Headmaster was Capt.Morgan.So many memories,anybody of my era please contact me.2709 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 64 Date: Monday, April 2, 2012 17:09:16 GMT Name: Len Moscrop Email:

Comments: What a brilliant site! Many happy memories of Tal Handaq between '70 and '74. We all remember the beach (Kalafrana etc) but I also liked sitting fishing with Maltese fishermen off Senglea, Sea Cadets on St Angelo and the original Barrakka lift as well as Charley’s Bar in F’Gura. Great sport with Mr Ricketts and of course setting up Safi Youth Club; helping Steve Jones' with his great mural of Slade I seem to remember? I remember Mike Smith (we used to cruise Strait Street together as 13 year olds!), The Beers, Dave Philips, ‘Twink’ Nicholson, 'Haggis', Cathy Stephenson (evening at Upper Barrakka!) also Leli and Joey Balzan; we used to look after sheep together in Pawla bondu after school. The most inspiring and life changing years of my life! It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers me! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 63 Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:48:54 GMT Name: Lino Bonnici Email:

Comments: Hello again. Glad to have found Tony Clark. My e-mail address is the one I have printed above.It is the only one I contact people abroad. Hope Tony can contact me. Thanks. Lino Malta. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 62 Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 20:38:27 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Hello again Lino, Tony Clark would like to contact you but the email address you entered is not working. Can you confirm it please, either here or with the Contact Form in the Gallery. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 61 Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 17:09:32 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Thanks Lino, your message has been passed on to Tony. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 60 Date: Monday, March 12, 2012 11:28:22 GMT Name: Lino Bonnici (from Malta). Email:

Comments: Hello there, my name is Lino Bonnici,and I was introduced to this wonderful nostalgia site by my son Martin. what a wonderful piece of photografis history is this!!. I am 74 years old and I had a lot of English friends in the fifties.I used to live in Pawla at Kordin area, and I have been in the Scout Movement ever since. Giong though all those photos,I have seen one with a Sea Scout Patrol,where there is a certain Tony Clark. Is this person used to live in Cospicua Road, Pawla,near the Iron Duke bar?His family was very friendly with my aunt who lived a few doors away from them.Infact when the Clark family moved to UK in the mid fifties, my cousin Eileen Beasley, joined them and she has been living in Kent ever since.I have a photo of Tony`s sister with some of my cousins,taken in front of "Gort" house Pawla.I have spent hours lately going through all those photos especially the navy ships. I entered the H.M.Dockyard 1952 as an Engine Fitter apprentice and I had a friend named Peter Hoare or( Hoare-Meach).Any --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 59 Date: Monday, March 12, 2012 04:38:18 GMT Name: Chris Clark (Christine) Email: Comments: Great to spend an evening enjoying all the pictures of years gone by! Was at Verdala 1954-1959 (5-10 years old) and Ta'l Handaq 1962-1965. ( 11-14) Lived in Sliema and had a brother Robert (aka Nobby) who was 3 years older than me. Thanks for those who contribute to make this possible. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 58 Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012 18:49:41 GMT Name: Paul Smith Email:

Comments: I was at Tal Handaq in 72-73 I remember several names here Ean Smith for one my old haunts around Sliema and St Julians the most surprising image was of hippy lol --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 57 Date: Monday, March 5, 2012 21:47:11 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Sorry Helen, I have no address for Tonia, but I see she is listed on the Contacts Register of the Reunion Website at tal-handaq.freeserve.co.uk If you contact Viv the Secretary at viv@dmeventservices.co.uk she will be able to put you in touch. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 56 Date: Monday, March 5, 2012 20:06:29 GMT Name: Helen langan Email:

Comments: Dear Prefect, Could you possibly pass my details onto Tonia Steele, i was in class 2A2 with her in 1974, Thank you, regards Helen --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 55 Date: Monday, March 5, 2012 19:50:44 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Thanks Maltacat, the photo of the Marfa Palace Hotel is on page 2 of Before Our Time. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 54 Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012 09:48:41 GMT Name: maltacat57 Email:

Comments: Wow! this is really a treat.

The Marfa Palace Hotel in the 1947 album was operated as a hotel by my maternal grandfather 'George tal Marfa' Vella and grandmother, Carmen. My mother spent a lot of time there. I would to to see it restored. Although the caption reads it is derelict, it has been used by the Sisters of Mercy. My grandfather gave them the remaining time on the lease. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 53 Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012 21:31:23 GMT Name: Allan Turner Email:

Comments: I had the pleasure of attending Tal-Handaq School in 1959-60, when my father was stationed at RAF Luqa. I recall spending much of my life at Tini Beach, since school was only half day in the summer.From an athletics perspective, I ran cross country and was a high jumper. I do recall that when I returned to England, I had a considerable amount of catching up to do with regard to grade level. Fun days and great memories.

Allan --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 52 Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 20:27:58 GMT Name: Jacqueline Ferguson Email:

Comments:

hi there my name is jacqueline ferguson, i was at tal handaq school from december 1975 til july 1978 when it closed. Loved that school, best years of school I had. My friends were Cindy Passey, Kim Scott, Steve Dove, Dave Dove, Sean Beckett, Dale Green, Stuart Mckee, all went to Safi youth club. great days. Best wishes to all.

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Message Number: 51 Date: Monday, February 27, 2012 20:34:45 GMT Name: Jacqueline Ferguson Email:

Comments: hi there my name is jacqueline ferguson, i was at tal handaq school from december 1975 til july 1978 when it closed. Loved that school, best years of school I had. My friends were Cindy Passey, Kim Scott, Steve Dove, Dave Dove, Sean Beckett, Dale Green, Stuart Mckee, all went to Safi youth club. great days. Best wishes to all.

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Message Number: 50 Date: Monday, February 27, 2012 07:15:52 GMT Name: helen langan(nee gough) Email:

Comments: Hi Janet I was in class 2A2 with you in 1974, i remember you well do feel free to get in touch, it would be great to hear from you. Best school days ever! Regards Helen --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 49 Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012 17:13:32 GMT Name: John Townsend Email: Comments: I was at R.N.Talhandaq college in the early 60s father was at R.A.F.lUQA It was the best school days in my life.would love to hear from anyone that was there at same time,particually anyone who knew me.really nice to read the comments,have never come across anybody that knew of it before. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 48 Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012 16:25:57 GMT Name: Paul Edmonds Email: Comments: anyone have contact with a Chris Harrison or "36" --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 47 Date: Friday, February 24, 2012 19:00:56 GMT Name: Janet Boneham (nee Hall) Email:

Comments: I have great memories of my all too short time in Malta and even shorter time at SCS Tal Handaq. Initially I went to Verdala from June 1972 until July 1973. I started my Secondary school career in class 1A2 in September 1973 continuing in 2A2 until February 1975 when we returned to the UK. I was very sad to leave! Jan --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 46 Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 14:11:39 GMT Name: Christopher Clarkson Email:

Comments: Thank you for a wonderful nostalgic trip. My father was posted to Tigne barracks in the early to mid sixties while in the army.I was five ish at the time So to see the very flat that we lived in ,and the railings I got my head stuck in was a brilliant blast from the past. Once again a very big thank you for compiling all this work. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 45 Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 20:27:57 GMT Name: Christopher clarkson Email:

Comments: Thank you for a wonderful nostalgic trip. My farther was posted to tigne barracks in the early to mid sixties while in the army.I was five ish at the time So to see the very flat that we lived in ,and the railings i got my head stuck in was a brilliant blast from the past.once again a very big thank you for compiling all this work. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 44 Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 15:54:36 GMT Name: Stefan Chircop Email: 

Comments: Holy moly...

Hi everyone. I was just looking around over the internet and came across this website and being myself an ex student at Tal Handaq I stayed looking.

My student years here were 1998-2003 but this website still made feel nostalgic as, from the photos, little has changed until my last year, but now I am sad to say that they brought some blocks down to make room for a modern, 1 block school. I can say that the 5 years I spent at Tal Handaq were the best years of all my student years.

I am proud to say I am an ex Tal Handaq student and honored to meet you guys. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 43 Date: Monday, February 13, 2012 20:05:12 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Thanks Margot, Didnt have fences in my day but then we loved it so much we never dreamed of escaping!! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 42 Date: Monday, February 13, 2012 14:41:02 GMT Name: margot draper Email:

Comments: Really enjoyed looking at the old photos and having my memory jogged.I was at Tal Handaq from 1974 to 78.Well our families were the last to go and I returned a couple of months later on holiday and never left........38 yrs later! Just love Malta although I must say I wasn't a fan of Tal Handaq I spent more time scaling the fence and skiving off and going to the Marsa to the stables!!Th.e only thing I was good at was sports. Well done a really good website --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 41 Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012 12:23:44 GMT Name: Colin Parry Email:

Comments: Attended 69-72, Head Cdr Law, I remember Tony Prince, Boaz Keysley, lesley Gaunt, and teacher Polly Perkins, --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 40 Date: Sunday, February 5, 2012 20:31:31 GMT Name: Ann Tomlinson Email: 

Comments: Great reminder of happy memories at Talhandaq. 1963 - 1967 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 39 Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012 10:47:06 GMT Name: Sharon Davies Email:

Comments: I would like to confirm to Sherree Flatbush that I remember her very well. We both lived in Naxxar, travelled on the same bus to school and I used to hang out at your house. You had fabulous long black hair then. You were also friendly with a close friend of mine James (Jimmy) Morham I lived in Sprettu Buildings If you would like to get in touch please do so by email and look me up on Facebook I go by the name Lesley Sharon Davies xxx --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 38 Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012 00:08:39 GMT Name: Sharon Davies Email: Comments: Dear Nostalgia Members

Does anyone have form photographs for 1969-70 Form 1A2 70-71 Form 2A2 and 3D just before the Mintoff exodus ?

If so I'd love to see them !

Thanks Sharon Davies x --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 37 Date: Friday, February 3, 2012 23:51:36 GMT Name: Sharon Davies Email: Comments: I would like to confirm to Sherree Flatbush that I remember her very well. We both lived in Naxxar, travelled on the same bus to school and I used to hang out at your house. You had fabulous long black hair then. You were also friendly with a close friend of mine James (Jimmy) Morham

I lived in Sprettu Buildings

If you would like to get in touch please do so by email and look me up on Facebook I go by the name Lesley Sharon Davies xxx --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 36 Date: Monday, January 23, 2012 09:51:50 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Sherry Flatbush - the email address you entered does not work. Please clarify. You can use the Contact Form on Home Page or on left of Gallery Home Page. DMG --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 35 Date: Monday, January 23, 2012 09:33:57 GMT Name: Christopher Rees Email:

Comments:

Comments: Sherry Flatbush remember us Chris and Rosalind Rees -we had a great time during 67 -returned to the uk in 68 -you saw us off at the docks. We have never forgoten you.send e-mail would love to chat. Chris --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 34 Date: Monday, January 23, 2012 00:54:03 GMT Name: Christopher Rees Email:

Comments: Sherry Flatbush remember us Chris and Rosalind Rees -we had a great time during 67 -returned to the uk in 68 -you saw us off at the docks. We have never forgoten you.send e-mail would love to chat. Chris --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 33 Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:22:13 GMT Name: Rosanne Dingli Email:

Comments: I would really like to thank all those of you who have bought my books, Death in Malta, or Counting Churches - The Malta Stories. I do hope you enjoyed the nostalgia, folklore and anedcdotes. I know some are looking forward to Camera Obscura, which is mainly located in Malta too.

Thanks for those who contacted me personally. I always appreciate feedback and comments of any kind.

You can see the covers of these books in one of the albums.

Thanks again. (Thanks, David!) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 32 Date: Monday, January 16, 2012 13:27:44 GMT Name: Colin Millsop Email:

Comments: Good to see all the old school pictures, was there from 75-78, until it closed. Have only been back once 10 years ago, but hopefully at the next reunion. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 31 Date: Monday, January 16, 2012 12:07:14 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: For Chris Caswell, There is now a not very good photo of Luqa School in the Other Schools Album and a bit of information on the School History page in the Archive. Hope it helps. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 30 Date: Monday, January 16, 2012 05:01:37 GMT Name: Sherry Flatbush Email:

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone who attended Tal-Handaq between June 1967 and June 1970. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 29 Date: Monday, January 9, 2012 19:53:31 GMT Name: Graham Robinson Email:

Comments: I had the pleasure of attending from 1957 -60 great time. I would appreciate any info and contact details for me to catch up with Robina Halford. Many thanks

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Message Number: 28 Date: Monday, January 9, 2012 17:35:59 GMT Name: Graham Robinson Email:

Comments: I had the pleasure of attending from 1957 -60 great time. I would appreciate any info and contact details for me to catch up with Robina Halford. Many thanks --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 27 Date: Friday, January 6, 2012 08:44:28 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Hello John, Unfortunately as Ann's post has been transferred to the Archive, her email address is no longer available, so we will have to hope she is still looking in. And we are still waiting for your photos Ann! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 26 Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012 23:22:55 GMT Name: JOHN GOLLAND Email:

Comments: Hello,Ann Welham. Message No 90. Do you remember three R.A. Gunners being killed in an accident at St Andrews Barracks in 1956? I served there from 1955 to late 56 before being sent to Tripoli. It would be great to hear from you in any shape or form! John, ex A/Sgt RA 80 LAA Regt. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 25 Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012 07:52:45 GMT Name: karen howlett ( nee fretwell ) Email:

Comments: hi..I was at Tal Handaq from 1972-1975..lived in Mosta and St.Pauls Bay..I have managed to find a couple of my old school friends and would love to find more...just like to add , it was the best 3yrs of my life... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 24 Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 16:01:31 GMT Name: Lisa Childs Email:

Comments: My mum and dad met at Rockyvale in the 1950's when my grandad was based in Malta on HMS Forth. They are about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and I would dearly love to find an image of the place to blow-up and frame as an anniversary gift. Does anyone know where I can find one? (Have already suggested the Rockyvale Cafe. Prefect).

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Message Number: 23 Date: Saturday, December 31, 2011 07:04:35 GMT Name: helen langan nee gough Email:

Comments: dear prefect thank you for passing message on to kim wishing you and the commitee a happy new year well done on a brilliant site regards helen langan nee gough --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 22 Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011 23:04:18 GMT Name: Chris Caswell Email: Comments: Going over a few things & it does sound possible. So where do you see the school being? The aircraft I was watching were taking off from right to left; I think there was a row of small trees, shrubs or something [a long time ago]. the classrooms seemed to be around a sandy play area was a square & where I played marbles. The windows appeared large, & I thought there was grass out this side, but I could be wrong; there was also a fence, at a guess 15 ft away from the classrooms. We also had school sports in the airort & I remember a teacher taking me to the toilet but we had to wai for a taxiing aircraft!! Just looked at that school report & it was spring 1958; my class was 3B. signed by class teacher GH Mortimer & headmaster that looks like Robert Cross

Apologies for rambling on, but this is the closest I have been in all these years. I cannot seem to find a map of the old RAF Luqa to see if I can recognise.

If you prefer I am taking up too much time; maybe you could offer me some suggestion

THANK YOU Caz --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 21 Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011 15:31:40 GMT Name: Chris Caswell Email:

Comments: hahaha you learn sumething everyday; I thought the office was in Sussex, but I am in Holland :) That will teach me for doing something personal at work... Thank you Caz --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 20 Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011 15:20:15 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: The web never lies! IP = 85.158.139.228 Information related to '85.158.139.0 - 85.158.139.255'

inetnum: 85.158.139.0 - 85.158.139.255 netname: MESSAGELABS-AMSTERDAM descr: MessageLabs Limited descr: Amsterdam Network org: ORG-ML31-RIPE country: NL

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Message Number: 19 Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011 15:01:55 GMT Name: Chris Caswell Email:

Comments: Thank you for your reply Prefect I will have view at photos when I get home from work & see if I fire up the grey cells.

Silly question time. There is a Dutch flag next to my name; yet I live & work in the OK! It says my IP is Netherlands!! odd

Thank you again Caz --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 18 Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011 14:48:48 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Hello Chris, The only clue I can find to the location of Luqa Primary School is "The Scout HQ was two Nissan huts with a covered walkway joining them. This was walled in, so the whole complex resembled an ‘H’. The huts were covered in bitumen to try and waterproof them and it was a dismal place. It was alongside the Luqa Primary School, behind the Airmen’s barrack blocks with no access to any grassed area." There was also an Infants annexe at RAF Safi. In the Other Schools Album we have a photo of the Luqa School Football Team in the 1970s. I believe the former RAF Barracks are now used by the Armed Forces Malta so probably are not open to the public. Others may be able to pinpoint it. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 17 Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011 14:30:12 GMT Name: Chris Caswell Email:

Comments: Can anybody help me locate my old school at Luqa. Over the last few years I have been unsuccessful, & many have said it was this school; Tal Handaq. But looking at maps I cannot see how this be... The school was called RAF Luqa & I checked an old school report I still have this morning to confirm. I use to look out the classroom window & gaze at the aircraft taking off [I was always getting in trouble for that] We lived in Corridino 1955-1958 Caz {Chris] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 16 Date: Saturday, December 24, 2011 11:18:11 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: OK Helen, your message and email address have been passed to Kim. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 15 Date: Saturday, December 24, 2011 00:43:25 GMT Name: helen langan Email: Comments: hi could you please pass message on to kim branch she is reg member class 2a2 1974 would love to hear from her kind regards helen langan formerly gough --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 14 Date: Friday, December 23, 2011 22:30:16 GMT Name: helen langan Email:

Comments: hi would love to hear from tonia steele class 2a2 1974 good memories wishing you all a merry christmas regards helen langan formerly gough --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 13 Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 19:24:53 GMT Name: Helen Gough Email:

Comments: hello,

my name is helen gough and i am a former pupil of the school i was in class 2A2 (Mr Allen) 1973-75

would like to get back in touch with fellow pupils from this era,

please contact helen.langan@hotmail.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 12 Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 03:05:04 GMT Name: Richard John Waller Email:

Comments: I was at RNS from 1952- 1958- long time because my Father was an engineer with the government. If any body remembers me contact at above e- mail. At present I live in Canada. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 11 Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011 19:17:50 GMT Name: Susan Luxford nee Reynard Email:

Comments: I attended Tal Handaq in 1959. I have some very happy memories of this wonderful school. I started my schooling in Malta at the equally renowned Verdala school. I especially remember Susan Pennington.My name then was Susan Reynard, I would be pleased to hear from other old pupils.. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 10 Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011 19:11:02 GMT Name: Susan Luxford nee ReynardEmail:

Comments: I attended Tal Handaq in 1959. I have some very happy memories of this wonderful school. I started my schooling in Malta at the equally renowned Verdala school. I especially remember Susan Pennington.My name then was Susan Reynard, I would be pleased to hear from other old pupils..

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Message Number: 9 Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011 18:32:03 GMT Name: Heather

Comments: I was at Tal Handaq 1970-1972. I was Heather Jones then, lived at Luqa my dad was SWO. I remember Kerry Bowles, Nancy Church, Susan Perkins and Paul Mower. I virtually lived at Kalafrana and the combined services saddle club in Marsa. Anyone rememeber me? I particularly want to catch up with Kerry - her dad was civilian,she had a brother Rod and sister Carol. Happy days!

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Message Number: 8 Date: Monday, December 5, 2011 11:09:04 GMT Name: Rick Martin Email:

Comments: Hi, I lived in 2 Juno Flats, Parallel Street between 1961 and 1963 and went to a small primary school just a short walk away. My father, Andy Martin, was in charge of building the first supermarket in Sliema. I know the school building is now not there any more but have you any photos or information about the school I went to or where we lived? My wife and I are coming to Malta for a weeks holday on January 10th 2012 and would like to explore where I used to live. I hope you can help me in my investigations! Best wishes Rick Martin

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Message Number: 7 Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011 23:38:39 GMT Name: Paul West Email:

Comments: Just wanted to record that I was thinking of my time at Tal-Handaq in 1974-1976. If any one recognizes Paul West - email me! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 6 Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 09:48:04 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: Hello Janet, Even those sandwiches would be preferable to the NAAFI Dinners I remember! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 5 Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 01:13:06 GMT Name: Janet Rule

Comments: I arrived at Tal Handaq in about 1965/6 after spending a couple of years at Verdala, and I've found a photo of me on the Verdala website. How cool is that!

Does anyone remember Despina Stylianakis - how I remembered that name I have no idea.

I also remember Heather Edwards, she used to have Naafi dinners and I had horrid ham and picallili sandwiches carried in a yellow plastic lunchbox. yes in that heat. Put me off them for life. Heather used to meet up with me every lunchtime.

Such wonderful times which shape your life for ever. I've been back to Malta regularly every couple of years and it has changed almost beyond recognition in many parts. The biggest change is that I now get to dive to see the warships which are rusting under the sea around the island. Soooo sad. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 4 Date: Monday, November 21, 2011 08:51:17 GMT Name: Prefect Email:

Comments: You can put it in without any of the prefix gubbins tal-handaq.freeserve.co.uk/contacts.htm There are several links to it on the site. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 3 Date: Monday, November 21, 2011 00:16:24 GMT Name: Martin Powell Email:

Comments: Quite a few down under Col - you could ask Viv Daly for a list at ww tal-handaq dot freeserve dot co dot uk/contacts dot htm (sorry for code but page prevents addresses). --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 2 Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011 03:16:18 GMT Name: Col Bishop

Comments: For Kieth Paul, sorry for the delay. I have been trying to remember name of my class Mates to add! Going to post of Photo of my Dad'd mob. He was the Provost Mashal at the RN &RM PHQ in Floriana. I don't know if anymore staff ot students live down under??? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Message Number: 1 Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 16:07:20 GMT Name: David Wirrich Email:

Comments: Just spent some time looking at some of these photos. My Goodness, don't they bring back just the most wonderful memories. I still aim to retire back there in a couple of years, if I make it! I know it's all changed but what can you do. Thanks for the memories David Wirrich (Malta 1954-72) Tal handaq 64-66 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 


 

Message Number: 39 - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 19:59:22 GMT
[IP = 212.183.128.39] -United Kingdom

Name:   Robert Bryan
Comments:
I was at Tal Handaq between 1967 to 1970

Message Number: 38 - Sunday, February 13, 2011 20:29:46 GMT
[IP = 95.149.201.73] -United Kingdom
Name:   Graham Holt
Comments:
To Martin Powell - Hi Martin, looking forward to a chat. We came to North Yorkshire from Malta in 1965 and I've been here ever since. Haven't heard from Prefect yet. Will be in touch soon. Regards, Graham.

Message Number: 37 - Sunday, February 6, 2011 17:05:26 GMT
[IP = 91.125.143.224] -United Kingdom
Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
To Graham Holt - hello Graham, good to see your name, where've you been? Have asked Prefect for your email address, will be in touch. Martin

Message Number: 36 - Thursday, February 3, 2011 14:29:39 GMT
[IP = 86.140.106.144] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   DICK ADAMS
Comments:
OOOOOOOOOOOOH SUCH GRAND TIMES,

Message Number: 35 - Sunday, January 23, 2011 03:39:35 GMT
[IP = 91.108.143.47] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   chris faux
Comments:
was at talhandqa 1971 was in the frist year. also play football in the school team. looking for any one who was thier at that time.



Message Number: 34 - Thursday, January 20, 2011 00:38:57 GMT
[IP = 95.149.201.226] -United Kingdom
Name:   Graham Holt
Comments:
I was at Tal Handaq from 1963 to 1965 after attending Verdala and St.Andrews schools. They were such good times. I'd just like to say hello to all my old friends and classmates wherever they are now!

Message Number: 33 - Wednesday, January 12, 2011 13:36:16 GMT
[IP = 62.24.129.68] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   Ian Smith
Comments:
I was at Tal Handaq from September to December '71 having been elevated from Verdala. Would be interested in hearing from Chris Young if anyone knows his whereabouts

Message Number: 32 - Monday, January 3, 2011 05:33:20 GMT
[IP = 75.56.143.47] -United States
 
Name:   Susie Pringle McBride
Comments:
I was a first year pupil in September 1971, but was only there for just over a term before Dom Mintoff asked us (not too kindly) to leave! I think that was January 1972, although my dad stayed on for several months.

Message Number: 31 - Wednesday, December 22, 2010 07:49:57 GMT
[IP = 86.112.57.3] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
And the same to you Peter. Without counting them, I reckon half of the sixties album is from those years, but it all depends on contributions!

Message Number: 30 - Tuesday, December 21, 2010 23:17:07 GMT
[IP = 82.43.180.193] -United Kingdom
Name:   Peter Shilling
Comments:
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from 2010. Going through the old photographs - not many from my era (1960 -1962) My Brownie 127 was too valuable to take out the box then !
 

Message Number: 29 - Sunday, December 19, 2010 07:51:33 GMT
[IP = 86.112.62.228] -United Kingdom

Name:   Prefect
Comments:
Thank you Carole for that rock solid commendation!

Message Number: 28 - Saturday, December 18, 2010 18:41:58 GMT
[IP = 99.232.199.158] -Canada
Name:   carole granite
Comments:
I found this website when out of curiosity, I googled 'Tal Handaq'. I attended the school between 1948 and 1951. Viewing the photo's and recognizing some of the names brings back many fond memories. I look forward to seeing more familiar names from my era.


Message Number: 26 - Monday, December 13, 2010 08:48:40 GMT
[IP = 86.112.62.228] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
Thank you Ben. That pic is on page 4 of Then & Now.
Album numbers can be confusing as they keep changing as more are added.
Better to give the pid number if you can find it in the URL or File Information, (in this case - displayimage.php?pid=2836) or just the Title which can then be found by the Search button.

Message Number: 25 - Sunday, December 12, 2010 21:42:05 GMT
[IP = 145.236.102.201] -Hungary
 
Name:   Ben Benfield
Comments:
the file 122 [sammut store] could have been Moroni St Gzira.
A great helping of nostalgia for me [1958/59 - Halfar and 1966/68 - Lintorn Bks]



Message Number: 24 - Wednesday, December 1, 2010 22:08:25 GMT
[IP = 86.112.48.141] -United Kingdom
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
The Gallery is back online. Lots of photos went missing and these are gradually being restored.
If you have previously registered and now find that you are unable to log in, just let me know (by email or the Contact Form) and it will be sorted.
DMG

Message Number: 23 - Wednesday, December 1, 2010 19:32:49 GMT
[IP = 178.107.182.83] -United Kingdom
Name:   David Arnold
Comments:
Hi Prefect - I seem to be locked out of the Gallery again. I've tried re-registering a couple of days ago, but have had no success. Help, please.

Message Number: 22 - Wednesday, December 1, 2010 13:05:54 GMT
[IP = 86.176.44.152] -United Kingdom
Name:   Robert Smith.
Comments:
I was a pupil at Tal-Handaq from 1954 to 1958

Message Number: 21 - Wednesday, December 1, 2010 09:56:29 GMT
[IP = 92.41.123.218] -United Kingdom
Name:   mark rowbottom
Comments:
hi mark darch i tried to reply to you but it said that you had deleated your acount and it was no longer in use my email is rowiemark@aol.co.uk

Message Number: 20 - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 08:39:18 GMT
[IP = 86.112.48.141] -United Kingdom
Name:   Mark Darch
Comments:
Message Number: #100 - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 06:54:28 GMT - IP = 196.215.111.147

Comments:
Message for Mark Rowbottom. Hi mate,hope you are well. I did leave at least two messages on Friends Reunited and got no reply, were you on holiday? ;-)
 

Message Number: 20 - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 08:39:18 GMT
[IP = 86.112.48.141] -United Kingdom

Name:   Mark Darch
Comments:
Message Number: #100 - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 06:54:28 GMT - IP = 196.215.111.147

Comments:
Message for Mark Rowbottom. Hi mate,hope you are well. I did leave at least two messages on Friends Reunited and got no reply, were you on holiday? ;-)

Message Number: 19 - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 06:54:28 GMT  
Private Message - See control panel

Message Number: 18 - Sunday, November 21, 2010 08:19:58 GMT
[IP = 86.112.87.144] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
Yes the Gallery is down due to a hiccup when it was transferred to a new server (in Houston, Texas!).
Hopefully it will be back soon.
DMG

Message Number: 17 - Sunday, November 21, 2010 03:01:40 GMT
[IP = 91.108.176.74] -United Kingdom
Name:   chris faux
Comments:
have a problen getting into see the pic today, is there a problem with the website.

Message Number: 16 - Friday, November 19, 2010 16:41:22 GMT
[IP = 92.40.17.88] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   mark rowbottom
Comments:
hi to mark darch tried to reply to ur message on freinds reunited but it says uve deleated your profile get back intouch mate



Message Number: 15 - Friday, November 12, 2010 21:20:44 GMT
[IP = 86.112.49.92] -United Kingdom
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
See new photo of the design.

Message Number: 14 - Friday, November 12, 2010 21:03:10 GMT
[IP = 86.112.49.92] -United Kingdom
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
Not sure. It will still exist according to drawings, but this is all I can find on the subject - "The Ditch area underneath the entrance to City Gate, dug out of live rock as a defensive measure and which today is currently being used as an informal car park will include landscaping works for recreational purposes and an extension to the railway via duct that had been added in 1898 using masonry pilasters and beams. Access from the ditch to the railway viaduct will be restored by means of a staircase and a lift."

Message Number: 13 - Friday, November 12, 2010 20:27:28 GMT
[IP = 195.93.21.1] -United Kingdom
Name:   Bovine
Comments:
Excellent portrayal of the remains of the Malta Railway. Enjoyed being reminded of my many trips to Malta.
But what is the future of the Valletta station tunnel?

Message Number: 12 - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 03:17:08 GMT
[IP = 91.108.159.158] -United Kingdom
Name:   chris faux
Comments:
I do not remember school be like that loll,but i was not thier at talhandqa to the 70th. but it was very intresting to watch thank you.

Message Number: 11 - Monday, November 8, 2010 00:17:56 GMT
[IP = 86.112.48.179] -United Kingdom
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
I'll think about it tomorrow. Good night.

Message Number: 10 - Monday, November 8, 2010 00:03:53 GMT
[IP = 87.114.100.37] -United Kingdom

Name:   MP
Comments:
Yes I know, and much appreciated that you've taken the effort to copy them all out there. Just thought it would be consistent to give him the same treatment as the other two with his own thumbnail.

Message Number: 9 - Sunday, November 7, 2010 23:38:36 GMT
[IP = 86.112.48.179] -United Kingdom
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
But you dont need searches or links to the BBC site, they are all copied to a page in this site -
rfaaplymouth.org/talhandaq/wm.htm

Message Number: 8 - Sunday, November 7, 2010 23:30:44 GMT
[IP = 87.114.100.37] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   Martin P
Comments:
I WAS paying attention but the work set was not very well explained by the teacher. If you type war or wartime into search you don't get a thumbnail of Bill Rickard's BBC page like wot you do with the other two. So unless you happen to know he's hiding in the wartime archive you will be lucky to spot him. Even if you knew his name, as the search won't find him. So a similar link would be good.

To Sheila M - not sure exactly which crest it was that went astray, it was a shield or plaque of some sort, never identified. Wouldn't say Marc lost it exactly - it went missing during his absence on a training course.

Message Number: 7 - Sunday, November 7, 2010 19:40:55 GMT
[IP = 86.112.48.179] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   sheila macdonald
Comments:
It was sad to hear that Mark Spiteri lost the plaque that used to be in the hall at TH. I am told that Mark Spiteri was an old boy. Does anyone remember the boards put up on the walls inside the hall recording the achievements of pupils past and present?

Message Number: 6 - Sunday, November 7, 2010 09:20:01 GMT
[IP = 86.112.48.179] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   Prefect
Comments:
Pay attention at the back!
Bill Rickard's account is already included on the Wartime Memories page accessible from the Archive Album. (Along with Paul Fuller & Margaret Staples.)
Eric Hartley has not registered but may still be looking in.



Message Number: 5 - Sunday, November 7, 2010 01:23:54 GMT
[IP = 87.114.100.37] -United Kingdom
Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
To David Arnold and Sheila Macdonald - there is another Ta'Xbiex veteran on this site - Eric Hartley has put a couple of pics on (use search button and type his name). Another one, Anthony Clover, is a correspondent of mine but hasn't registered here yet. There are some stories by wartime pupils Paul Fuller and Margaret Staples - type BBC into the search button on the left-hand menu and follow the coloured links under their photos. When on that BBC site also search for Bill Rickard (thanks to Liz) (how about a link to that please, Prefect?). And Peter Prictoe was at Verdala in the 30s - see his memories at searchmalta dot com / ezine / pprictoe . All a bit complicated, but heck - no problem for TH pupils!

Message Number: 4 - Thursday, November 4, 2010 19:45:30 GMT
[IP = 178.107.53.242] -United Kingdom
Name:   David Arnold
Comments:
Yes Sheila, and regular coach trips normally to ancient monuments, armier bay, ghajn tuffeha and (always?) dingli heights. (Very few people owned cars back then). The party were always in good singing form en route, adult throats being well lubricated with blue label. Boxing day "Funny dress football match" was always a winner with many players stretchered off for rough treatment. You're so right, the regt was like a large family in those days. Children's Xmas parties were always fab.

Message Number: 3 - Thursday, November 4, 2010 12:30:49 GMT
[IP = 86.165.2.245] -United Kingdom
Name:   sheila macdonald
Comments:
We used to go skating at Rockyvale too. Did you ever go on the trips the regiment used to run for the families to Commino they were great fun and do you remember the Officers/SNCOs Boxing Day football matches. The Regiment was really a big family we were very lucky to be a part of it

Message Number: 2 - Wednesday, November 3, 2010 21:10:23 GMT
[IP = 89.243.15.110] -United Kingdom
 
Name:   OldBat
Comments:
For info - Weather permitting the last airworthy Swordfish should be flying over HMS Victory at 10.28 tomorrow (Thursday Nov 4th) and over Ark Royal (also Pompey dockyard) at 12.05 on Friday.

Message Number: 1 - Tuesday, November 2, 2010 19:17:01 GMT
[IP = 178.104.79.57] -United Kingdom
Name:   David Arnold
Comments:
Yes Sheila, they were happy days - before and after the siege and bombing. Bill was always good for a biscuit or cake in my infancy and a bottle of Blue Label in my teens (drank on the veranda of the Sgts Mess).
Did you ever go skating at Rocky Vale or spend long hours nursing a drink on the "Chalet"? Our gang played hockey on skates at Rocky, sometimes monopolising the courts all afternoon. In later years I preferred their evening dances.

Message Number: 40 - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 18:15:20 GMT
[IP = 81.156.150.132] -
United Kingdom
 
Name:   Bob Satterley
Comments:
Re the dapper four: Robin Bowes - alas no longer with us, Bob Satterley/ now McMillan, Eddie Reubens & Roger Wilkin.
There were other gigs at which we performed either as a quartet or trio.
On one occasion we were auditioned at BBC Radio Centre, but it came to naught.
On another occasion in Plymouth in 1961, Robin & I played as a duo!
If anyone has any photos, a copy/ scan of them would be much appreciated.
Regards, Bob.

Message Number: 39 - Thursday, October 7, 2010 14:25:03 GMT
[IP = 86.112.52.21] -
United Kingdom
 
Name:   Mark Rowbottom
Comments:
Message Number: #100 - Thursday, October 7, 2010 14:20:40 GMT - IP = 86.10.179.215

Comments:
hi to any one who rembers mark rowbottom i was inturned at tall handaq 1974 to1978 im trying to contact my old mate antony da silver last seen malta 78 any one with info please getin touch regards mark701

Message Number: 37 - Thursday, October 7, 2010 04:39:02 GMT
[IP = 222.154.171.167] -
New Zealand
 

Name:   Keith Paul
Comments:
Hi Colin Bishop hows the stamp collection now? I am based in New Zealand Christchurch. It would be good to catch up.Have you made contact with any other's?
Just seen your class pictures which you sent in.
Best wishes
Keith Paul

Message Number: 36 - Tuesday, September 28, 2010 13:32:40 GMT
[IP = 41.30.208.237] -
South Africa
 
Name:   Mark Darch
Comments:
Hi!Any guys or girls in 2nd or 3rd year in 73-75?
Liz Edgar, Peter Glover, Nick Evans, Mark Rowbottom,
Gaye Adams?
Message Number: 35 - Monday, September 27, 2010 17:46:02 GMT
[IP = 195.93.21.1] -
United Kingdom
 
Name:   Philip Rooke
Comments:
I have recently been to the RN School Tal Handak Reunion at Bath Uni on Saturday 25th September

Nice to see old friends and this time i took my sister Susan Rooke and her school friend Anne Giles, they both enjoyed it and met up with old school friends.
look forward to the next one.

Message Number: 33 - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 18:13:04 GMT
[IP = 86.112.79.246] -
United Kingdom

Name:   Robin Riley
Comments:
Message Number: #100 - Tuesday, September 7, 2010 15:15:51 GMT - IP = 86.149.159.179

I attended TH from April 56 to august 57. I remember Roddy Robertson who lived in Sliema. Played in the school football team - often on Manoel Island versus local teams - all keen to beat us! I left to take up an aircraft engineering Apprenticeship at RAF Halton. Enjoy the website

Message Number: 31 - Monday, August 30, 2010 14:09:55 GMT
[IP = 62.31.151.130] -
United Kingdom

Name:   Paul Smith
Comments:
Finding this site was a surprise.I attended the school from 72 to 73 and i remember several names from this period listed here.It has certainly brought back memories. Regards Paul Smith

 


 


Message Number: 30 - Wednesday, August 25, 2010 21:04:42 GMT
[IP = 84.9.144.207] -
United Kingdom
Name:   Simon
Comments:
Hi, I grew up in Malta in the late 60s and 70s and have really browisng through seeing these old photos on a grey and windy UK 'summer' day. Thanks for sharing them and best wishes for your reunion.

Message Number: 29 - Thursday, August 19, 2010 07:18:08 GMT
[IP = 86.112.85.233] -
United Kingdom
Name:   Charles Camilleri
Comments:
Message Number: #100 - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 22:18:11 GMT - IP = 124.179.129.58
Name: Charles John camilleri

Hi i was born in Valletta in 1940 grew up in Sliema not far awy from Tony's bar i used to hang around at the ferry cafe and i new few service men i live in Australia have been for fifty years your your some of your photos sure made me home sick i LOVE your webside keep up the good work PS my uncle served in the raf and the other in the K.O.M.R in ww2 regards Charles John

 

 

 

Message Number: 100
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2010 17:39:51 GMT
Name: Christine Liddy
Comments:
I am delighted to find this website, as I went to The Royal Naval School Tal Handaq between 1967-1969 and would love to get in contact with friends. My name was Christine Spencer. Please get in contact.

It is so lovely to see the photos of the school and see familiar faces in the photos, as I dont seem to have many photos from that time.

Thank you once again.

Christine
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Message Number: 99
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010 11:53:07 GMT
Name: Prefect on Holiday
Comments:
Thank you Joseph. We will certainly try.
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Message Number: 98
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 14:03:27 GMT
Name: Joseph Borda
Comments:
Thank you very much for sharing these wonderful old pictures from Malta with us.

Keep up the good work, and look forward in seeing more nice photos.

Joseph Borda
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Message Number: 97
Date: Monday, June 21, 2010 07:20:49 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
I'm off on my hols. Please minimise emails for the next two weeks or my mailbox gets jammed.
New registrations in the Galleries are suspended.
The site should continue to function on auto with occasional interventions from an internet cafe.
DMG
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Message Number: 96
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010 06:29:06 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
Hello Susan,
Have you looked at the Contacts Register on the TH Reunion site? (Link on Home Page.) There are lots of people from your years there. You can also register yourself and get the details for the Reunion as suggested by Bus 68 in his usual charming manner!
DMG (One year ahead of you.)

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Message Number: 95
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010 00:04:41 GMT
Name: Bus 68
Comments:
To those browsing here for the first time - don't forget to book your place at the reunion: 25 Sept in Bath. Gatecrashers will be given the treatment traditionally meted out to First Years.
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Message Number: 94
Date: Friday, June 11, 2010 21:00:06 GMT
Name: susan mary sinden (waugh)
Comments:
Hello to anyone at Tal Handaq school from 1961 till 1963 in classes 4&5BG. I lived on selima see front where we used to meet on the rocky beach swim and go to the cafe,also i used to go to the pembrooke youth club in selima.
Regards susan (Waugh)
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Message Number: 93
Date: Monday, May 10, 2010 06:39:31 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
Hello Sheila,
Although we have photos of Lorraine,(and you) she is not registered with the site. Your message has been passed to Sheila Evans (Weekes) who supplied the photos.
DMG
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Message Number: 92
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2010 19:40:18 GMT
Name: Sheila Crowe
Comments:
Hello, would like to contact Lorraine Eaton, who was with my years 1957-1959 approx. Many thanks.
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Message Number: 91
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010 07:26:23 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
We would love to share your photos Ann. See Home Page for how to send them.
DMG
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Message Number: 90
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010 03:44:54 GMT
Name: ann welham
Comments:
Tal Handaq and Malta still vivid part of my memories (55 to 57). Lived in quarters St. Andrews Barracks. The Hon. Gwendolyn Fairfax in Tal Handaq's Importance of Being Earnest 57. Trip to Italy 56 - Suez Crisis - in charge of "tuck shop" - have many photos - now live in British Columbia, Canada. Ann Muehlebach, nee Welham.
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Message Number: 89
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010 18:40:55 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
But she would have been the Devonshire then, Anna.
Photo of yours truly on board on Page 4 of the 1960s Album.
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Message Number: 88
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010 17:11:19 GMT
Name: Anna Thomas
Comments:
Hi. Does anyone remember me. I was Anna Davies and when I left Malta in August 1960 I was in class 3CM. I notice that someone uploaded a picture of the Devonia - I went on there to Cyprus a fun experience.
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Message Number: 87
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 18:11:10 GMT
Name: Webmaster
Comments:
I think 1944 would be before the time of most of us Debra.
I remember the Army & Navy in the 1960s. Did a very good steak & chips for half a crown.
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Message Number: 86
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:45:00 GMT
Name: Debra Carr
Comments:
Did anyone frequent the Army@Navey resurant in 1944. Did you know Louisa Vella daughter of Hellen ta fish'n chips.I'm looking for a sailor called Horris.I dont
have a last name.He used to walk Louisas daughter Victoria up and down the esplanade.
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Message Number: 85
Date: Monday, April 19, 2010 10:52:01 GMT
Name: Helen Wilsonj
Comments:
My first visit to the site, what a surprise to see me - Miss Wilson's Class 1975! Happy memories of 1973-78.

The picture for 5J shows Norah Ash (Miss Ash) not miss Sharp.
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Message Number: 84
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010 14:34:36 GMT
Name: Ron Leeman
Comments:
Well hello ... anyone remember me. Probably!
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Message Number: 83
Date: Monday, April 5, 2010 22:30:04 GMT
Name: John Cleeveley
Comments:
Thanks I enjoyed the trip down memory lane
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Message Number: 82
Date: Monday, April 5, 2010 09:01:29 GMT
Name: Janet Harvey
Comments:
Just stumbled into this site - what joy! I was at TH from 1968 to 1970. Will try to dig out some old photos. I remeber Joe Vicenzi and Dominick - used to sing with him in the folk club.
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Message Number: 81
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 20:38:15 GMT
Name: chris madge
Comments:
fantastic to see pictures of tal handaq, and hello to michele tiltman and sean o carrol
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Message Number: 80
Date: Monday, March 8, 2010 17:51:07 GMT
Name: Jack Swan
Comments:
The unidentified girl in the picture in the 1960s gallery "saturday morning at Manoel Island" is Mary-Karen Ruhder (not sure of spelling) an American. She didn't attend TH but one of the convent schools where a bunch of NATO officers (French, Americans,etc) sent their kids. Love the site. Jack Swan TH VI form second 1960
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Message Number: 79
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010 21:27:28 GMT
Name: jack swan
Comments:
The unidentified girl in the picture in the 1960s gallery "saturday morning at Manoel Island" is Mary-Karen Ruhder (not sure of spelling) an American. She didn't attend TH but one of the convent schools where a bunch of NATO officers (French, Americans,etc) sent their kids. Love the site.
Jack Swan TH VI form second 1960
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Message Number: 78
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010 12:52:56 GMT
Name: Malcolm Shykles
Comments:
Anyone living at Marshall Court 1950 to 52 will remember Mrs Wilson playing Dream of Olwen on her Grand Piano of an evening. If you were there at that time please send an email to malshy@ayhoo.com. Three lads of that time are in contact. Remarkably I am now in touch with 5 others from those years.
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Message Number: 77
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010 14:33:36 GMT
Name: Martin Powell
Comments:
Hello Simon, see my reply under the Gozo Trip 1970 pic. Some of us went out for a reunion trip in 2009 - but only Joe Vincenti from that shot, and he lives there anyway! See the Comino Trip and TH visit pics. More pics to come - when I get them from Grahame Cain who has them on a disc.
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Message Number: 76
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010 09:39:06 GMT
Name: Simon Torrens
Comments:
Amazing to see the photos from 1970!
Joe Vincenti, Eddie Eichmann, Dom Wujastyk etc!
Where are we all now?
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Message Number: 75
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 14:27:14 GMT
Name: sheila macdonald
Comments:
Ian.
I was at TH from 1947-1952. Everyone remembers Miss Yule a wonderful teacher and woman. I also remember Lt and Mrs Parr. Lt and Mrs Wren. Cmdr
Miles and Cmdr Bellamy. Do you remember Derek Jennings,Ivan Baldwin,Sheila Sweet, Ant Caunter the Deacon girls Shirley and Pat. I could go on but I am afraid I will run out of space.
Sheila
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Message Number: 74
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 17:47:54 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
No, but I'll give you a list nearer the time!
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Message Number: 73
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 13:39:19 GMT
Name: Martin Powell
Comments:
Hi Kathy - I am he. Your name rings a faint bell - which classes were you in and which years (if you can recall). I was in first year (form teacher Mr Devine) 1963-4 until L6th 1968-9. Second year FT was Mr Pappin, 3rd Edgar Battye, 4th Mr Barraclough, 5th Bill Alexander - not that we saw them much apart from registration / tellings-off (and their subject lessons of course).

ps Yes Prefect I will remember - is that the only one you need now?
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Message Number: 72
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010 14:19:28 GMT
Name: jane banks
Comments:
Hello Kathy, pleased to have brought back some memories for you. Was your Father a civilian radio officer at Irton Moor wireless station ,then Dingli in Malta ? My father was and we did afew tours to Malta but before you I think. I was there at Verdala from 51-53 then 55-58.My brother you will see and read about in the school mags was at TH the same time. We always came back to Scarborough ! I'm retired now but go back to Malta for our hols.When did you live in Scarborough and which School ?
Look forward to hearing from you , regards Jane Banks nee Stubbs.
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Message Number: 71
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010 14:02:07 GMT
Name: jane banks
Comments:
My apologies,only Some things never change in Scarborough ! This year, summer 2010, we have the refurbished Open Air Theatre opening which will be the largest in Europe.Peasholm Park which we all remember for boating ,feeding the ducks and 'Naval Warfare'battles is still a favourite with locals and visitors and hasn't changed much .
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Message Number: 70
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010 13:39:05 GMT
Name: Kathy Byrne
Comments:
Message for Jane Banks
Thanks for letting me know about Scarborough - haven't been back for a few years since my parents passed away - happy childhood memories!
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Message Number: 69
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010 13:14:37 GMT
Name: MilkMonitor
Comments:
Some might think "thats a pity!"
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Message Number: 68
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010 13:08:10 GMT
Name: Jane Banks
Comments:
Message for Kathy Byrne
Yes Scarborough still has 'skipping on the Foreshore' and we have a Pancake Bell that starts the pancake race down the Main Street every Shrove Tuesday.Scarborough never changes !
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Message Number: 67
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010 14:12:08 GMT
Name: Kathy Byrne
Comments:
Not sure if I remember him but it was 46 years ago! - also not sure if the "skipping rope" thing still takes place in Scarborough - I doubt it - would just like to say thank you for all your hard work on a great website
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Message Number: 66
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010 13:46:27 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
Martin Powell, a regular contributor to this site. He must have been there about the same time as you. Just read your article and realised I forgot to have pancakes on Tuesday!
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Message Number: 65
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010 13:37:41 GMT
Name: Kathy Byrne
Comments:
Gosh! that was a quick answer - very impressed! Who is Martin??
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Message Number: 64
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010 13:25:34 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
Hello Kathy. I'm working on 1966 just now so it shouldnt be long. 1965 will not be until later this year as I havn't got one but my supplier is going to pass a copy over at the September Reunion.
(Don't forget Martin!)
DMG
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Message Number: 63
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010 13:12:45 GMT
Name: Kathy Byrne
Comments:
Reading through the 1964 school magazine I found an article I had written! - very nostalgic - can't wait for the 1965/66 mags to be put on the site - any idea when?
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Message Number: 62
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:39:30 GMT
Name: fabio cassar
Comments:
this is simply big nostalgia... dam i miss the school, it was one of the best on the island, i was there in 1981, from form II to form V.
i passed all O levels in form III and IV.
i miss the headmaster, Late John Michael Testa, he was so energetic.
for those interested, i got some pics....
thanks for reading
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Message Number: 61
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010 11:46:10 GMT
Name: John Atherton
Comments:
Great site, thank you for all the hard work. Attended Tal Handaq 1962/66. Some of the happiest days of my life. Looking forward to the September reunion.
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Message Number: 60
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010 00:09:07 GMT
Name: Denise Marshall nee Barrow
Comments:
This is a great site, I was in Malta from 1972 till
1975 and was very surprised to see my class photo.

Thank you so much for all this work, it really
brought back some fantastic memories.
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Message Number: 59
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 07:50:38 GMT
Name: Prefect
Comments:
We all remember Miss Yule, Ian.
Got any photos?
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Message Number: 58
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 05:52:28 GMT
Name: Ian Pearson
Comments:
Attended TH fron 1947-1950. 1950-1952.I see from maps that the school has expanded since my time.
Does anybody remember Miss Yule, Lt 'Charlie' Wren ,Lt Parr
I thoroghly enjoyed my years at the school
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Message Number: 57
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 21:50:00 GMT
Name: Andrew BLake
Comments:
I stumbled upon this site and am fascinated to see the pictures. I was in Malta for about a year (1950/51) when my father (Lt Com John Blake) was navigating officer on HMS Liverpool. I well recall a party for the crew's children on board. It's also nice to see the pic of HMS Decoy, on which I served briefly at Plymouth when in the CCF at the King's School, Canterbury. A lasting memory of my time there is of Sleima Creek full of frigates and destroyers. I have several photos of HMS Liverpool in the Grand Harbour (including some of the party) if of use - though I'd have to scan them first.
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Message Number: 56
Date: Friday, January 29, 2010 14:53:38 GMT
Name: Nigel Booth
Comments:
attended Tal handaq in 1976 - 1977 aged 11yrs post St Andrews school. Played football (goalie) for the Gunningham house (Green. Brother Gary and Karen (Older than me) also students of Tal Handaq.
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Message Number: 55
Date: Friday, January 29, 2010 11:55:22 GMT
Name: Lesley Burton
Comments:
Been looking at the photo's et al on this site and the odd memory has surfaced...though many of the names I remember are missing. I don't remember so much about being at Tal handaq, though I remember the beach of an afternoon and doing some high cliff diving from time to time - oh and the uniform. Fav teacher was Mr Alexander, the English teacher, and I do remember going on the cruise ships. Think I was there 67/68 ish.

Anyway a nice site and it took me back for a while. Nice to see it here. Thanks for looking after it.
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Message Number: 54
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:55:27 GMT
Name: Ruth Karen Markwell
Comments:
Hi

I was at TH from Sep 1974 to Jul 1977 and absolutely loved my time there. My older sister, Katrina, was there too but only until July of 76. We lived at Mosta and got the no. 71 bus, I think, from the Tip Top on the main road through the town.

When the time came to return to the UK, I was really sad to leave the school that I enjoyed so very much. Life after that just wasn't the same. :-(

Names that I remember are Denise Paul (sister of Keith), Karen & Heather McKay, Richard 'Hedgehog' Howarth (and his siblings Kathryn, Michael? and James, I think), Dawn Ramsay, Joanne Hill, Jacquie Hall, Julie Stagg & Johanna Hills.

I was the quiet one - honest! ;-)
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Message Number: 53
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 08:35:01 GMT
Name: Susan Gaydon nee Rooke
Comments:
I was there in 1956 left 1957 either the end of the 1st year or 2nd year.

Wonder if any one remembers me. Names that come to mind are Susan Masters and Kenneth Thomas, Pat Cavill, Susan Bird and Ann Dawson
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Message Number: 52
Date: Monday, January 25, 2010 14:02:21 GMT
Name: Bob Satterley
Comments:
Between the ages of 15 & 17, I was at TH (1958-1/2 to 1960-1/2). It was tremendously character forming. The memories - 'though blurred, yet remain vivid in patches & wonderful to boot. Anyone rememeber me, please get in touch. Regards, Bob.
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Message Number: 51
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2009 01:05:56 GMT
Name: chris faux
Comments:
Wishing all a Happy New Year.
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Message Number: 50
Date: Saturday, December 26, 2009 12:35:15 GMT
Name: MP
Comments:
ps to Robin again, see bbc dot co dot uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/15/a8874615 - it might be possible to track down Paul Fuller, he mentions his troop was at Senglea. But the BBC won't help find contributors, we've tried before.
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Message Number: 49
Date: Saturday, December 26, 2009 12:11:18 GMT
Name: Martin Powell
Comments:
To Robin Williams - I expect you've found that the Dockyard Sea Scouts were formed in 1914, see seascout dot org/about/history-uk . This is an American site but very well-researched, might be worth getting in touch to see where they got the info. There is a contact link at bottom of page.
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Message Number: 48
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2009 07:44:17 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Good point Liz. The quickest way to the Verdala site is via the link on the left hand side of the Home Page. (Pity there is no convenient reciprocal link!)
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Message Number: 47
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2009 21:19:37 GMT
Name: Liz Mardel
Comments:
Susan doesn't say whether she's found the Verdala.com website. She hasn't signed in there yet and she might find some more pictures of interest!
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Message Number: 46
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2009 07:55:40 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Welcome Susan. The best way to find your family in these pages is to dig out the family album and send in some photos!
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Message Number: 45
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 22:22:14 GMT
Name: ROWLEY FAMILY
Comments:
I have been filled with tears of joy remembering our times in Malta. We lived there on 3 different occassions. My first time was when I was 2 years old! When we went back I attended Verdala School and my later my brothers and sisters attended TalHandaq. I have looked through the photos but I cannot find us there! I have found my teacher's name though! My father was an officer in the Royal Navy based at Bighi & Mtarfa. His name was Arthur & my mother's name Beaulah. We lived in several places including Mtarfa, Kalkara & Birkirkara. My favourite special place in the world is still Mdina. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers us. Thank you so much. Susan :-)
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Message Number: 44
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2009 18:18:38 GMT
Name: vincent grima
Comments:
A very interesting site .I did like the photos very much.Good work !!
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Message Number: 43
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009 12:26:52 GMT
Name: Robin Williams
Comments:
Like Malcolm I too was a cross country runner when at Tal handaq 1952-54 I was also a Sea Scout but with the Dockyard Sea Scout Group which had a mixture of both UK and Maltese members which worked very well. I have been trying to find out the history and the circumstances of the demise of the Dockyard Sea Scouts but internet is not so helpful - any readers have any info please?
many thanks
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Message Number: 42
Date: Monday, December 7, 2009 19:33:17 GMT
Name: malcolm hall
Comments:
i was at school at talhandaq from 1953-1956.i was a good cross country runner, and i was a sea scout, as was my brother rodney.
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Message Number: 41
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2009 17:02:13 GMT
Name: pre
Comments:
We are here, but I'm not sure if we are all there!
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Message Number: 40
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009 22:19:28 GMT
Name: Martin
Comments:
And are you both still here?
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Message Number: 39
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009 22:05:23 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Sorry, I should have checked to see if you were there!
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Message Number: 38
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009 17:57:39 GMT
Name: Peter Jackson
Comments:
Thanks Prefect.Just checked the list to make sure that I am still there.
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Message Number: 37
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009 17:36:02 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Just to chip in Peter, I am not far away in Plymouth and will pass on the Reunion details when published. However if you care to register with Viv by filling in the form on the website mentioned by Martin (link on Home Page), you will get all the necessary bumph direct.
DMG
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Message Number: 36
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009 14:23:24 GMT
Name: Peter
Comments:
Thanks for the prompt reply Martin.Will watch for info on next reunion,I live down in sunny Plymouth so its not too far to go to Bath.I have looked through the lists of former pupils and tend to remember girls names more than boys.Wonder why this is?
Ps. My wife tells me that we are going to Malta for a couple of weeks next June,
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Message Number: 35
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009 12:09:55 GMT
Name: Martin Powell
Comments:
Hi Peter - no I guessed you hadn't written it aged 12, just wondered if there was an author in your family. As for names, there were up to 1000 there at any one time (same at Verdala) and they tended to stay only three years, so not surprising you don't know them all. You can get the full list of those in touch from Viv Daly at tal-handaq.freeserve co uk (not published on the site). Next big reunion is 25 Sept 2010 at Bath - details from Viv coming soon.
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Message Number: 34
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2009 11:02:47 GMT
Name: Peter Jackson
Comments:
To Martin Powell.No Martin.I cant say that I am the same person.Still,its nice to know that the guestbook is read by lots of people.Dont know about you but when I look through the names of old pupils I can only recognise a handfull.Must be something to do with getting old.
Best wishes
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Message Number: 33
Date: Friday, November 27, 2009 20:45:28 GMT
Name: Martin Powell
Comments:
To Peter Jackson, 11 Nov, below - Just wondered if you were any relation to the Peter Jackson who wrote Air Spies of Malta pub 1950 about a (fictional) RN School Malta during the war along the lines of Biggles/Jennings/Famous Five. Great stuff.
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Message Number: 32
Date: Friday, November 27, 2009 09:17:26 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Message Number: #100 - Thursday, November 26, 2009 01:09:22 GMT - IP = 90.197.214.217
Name: charlie pearce

Comments:
hi, remember me? HMS Burnaston 108 sweeper squadron, scout leader St Georges Barracks, remember the small youth club we started at the scout hut, is Roger and Bernard still active members of the committee, the school shield hangs on my wall and the group photo from my visit to your reunion hangs on my wall, a day fresh still in my mind, I am now 74 and working full time and play the tuba in HMS Sultan and wear a naval uniform even today, I am informed that my two years in the pacific at the H Bomb tests has effected my health in a positive way, I think of you all often. my address is 41 Homer Close, Gosport, Hants,PO13 9TJ my best wishes to you all. would be pleased to hear from you at some time in the future...Charlie.

(I have replied by email Charlie and passed on your message to the Reunion Committee. DMG)
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Message Number: 31
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2009 01:09:22 GMT
Name: charlie pearce
Comments:
hi, remember me? HMS Burnaston 108 sweeper
squadron, scout leader St Georges Barracks,
remember the small youth club we started at
the scout hut, is Roger and Bernard still active
members of the committee, the school shield hangs
on my wall and the group photo from my visit to
your reunion hangs on my wall, a day fresh still
in my mind, I am now 74 and working full time and
play the tuba in HMS Sultan and wear a naval uniform even today, I am informed that my two
years in the pacific at the H Bomb tests has
effected my health in a positive way, I think of you all often. my address is 41 Homer Close,
Gosport, Hants,PO13 9TJ my best wishes to you all. would be pleased to hear from you at some time in the future...Charlie.
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Message Number: 30
Date: Monday, November 23, 2009 10:28:23 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Message for Dave Northover, Phillip Hobday & Edward Said. Your Gallery registrations were accidentally deleted. Please feel free to register again.
DMG
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Message Number: 29
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2009 01:02:32 GMT
Name: Lynda Robson
Comments:
At Tal Handaq from 1961 to late 1963 when I was a third year. Lived at St Julians, Birkikara Road. Remember Tigne Swimming Club and milkshakes in Sliema sea front. Happy days!
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Message Number: 28
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009 19:47:31 GMT
Name: Harry Greig
Comments:
David,
Had a bit of bother sending an e-mail to you asking for your address so that I can send a CD to you. Pl. forward same to my e-mail address given above.
Sorry if this is not the correct way to seek this info.
Thanks for your help.
Harry
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Message Number: 27
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009 17:55:13 GMT
Name: webmaster
Comments:
Thanks for your comments. The picture size is not always a matter of my choice. The size limits I have chosen are 1024 x 1024 with a file size limit of 250 KB. This will produce a near full screen clear image. Limitations are necessary as space costs money and I fund this site from my pension!
Any photos posted by me are increased to as near these limits as possible whilst retaining acceptable quality. However many images submitted by members do not reach these standards often because the scanning from poor quality original prints just wasn't of sufficiently high resolution. Nevertheless they are welcome additions to our collective nostalgia. They are intended purely for viewing, not printing. Enjoy.
Further contributions of whatever quality will of course be welcome.
DMG
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Message Number: 26
Date: Friday, November 13, 2009 21:20:36 GMT
Name: Terry [astraltrader]
Comments:
A very good and informative site.

However I do think it is a great shame that you have chosen to display the many interesting pictures that you have here at such a small size. With many of the pictures shown at around 625x394 and the very largest at about 1024x800 it is impossible to appreciate them fully.
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Message Number: 25
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 17:49:42 GMT
Name: Bill Lear
Comments:
Message Number: #99 - Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:36:17 GMT - IP = 93.43.42.197
Name: Bill Lear

Comments:
Hi there came across the site by accident. Father was on HMS Ranpura. I attended Tal Handag from about 54....57. Lived in Gzira and often went swimming at Manoel island. The school set up a sailing school at Fort Saint Angelo and that is where I received coxswain ticket from the RN for dinghy's Regards to all
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Message Number: 24
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 14:45:14 GMT
Name: Peter Jackson
Comments:
I lived in Flat 6
.Block 1.Msida Rd.Gzira from 1951-1953.Was about 13 years old and attended Tal Handaq.Just wondered if anyone else visiting this site lived there after I returned to UK.Have been back to Malta about eight times over the last ten years and still love the place,but its not the same anymore.
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Message Number: 23
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 13:24:55 GMT
Name: Gordon Campbell Lawrence (jock)
Comments:
Lived in Malta 57/60 and lived in St Julians next door to Peter Shawyer-message90 and drank Spike Waltons coffee-message90.
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Message Number: 22
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:36:17 GMT
Name: Bill Lear
Comments:
Hi there came across the site by accident.

Father was on HMS Ranpura. I attended Tal Handag from about 54....57. Lived in Gzira and often went swimming at Manoel island.
The school set up a sailing school at Fort Saint Angelo and that is where I received coxswain ticket from the RN for dinghy's
Regards to all
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Message Number: 21
Date: Friday, November 6, 2009 13:25:05 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Not sure, but she lived in Balzan, so that might be a place to start looking. Or nearby Lija Cemetery or perhaps the large Addolorata Cemetery at Marsa.
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Message Number: 20
Date: Friday, November 6, 2009 06:56:48 GMT
Name: sheila Macdonald
Comments:
Thank you so much for the information concerning Jackie Yule. She certainly deserved the OBE. Would anyone have information as to where she is resting as I go to Malta every year and I would like to lay a tribute on my next visit
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Message Number: 19
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009 21:54:27 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Sheila. JY is no longer with us. See my comment under your last one in the Gallery.
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Message Number: 18
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009 19:12:49 GMT
Name: Sheila MacDonald
Comments:
What happened to Jackie Yule I would suspect she is dead by now. She always said she would never leave Malta. Does any one know if she did
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Message Number: 17
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 21:47:15 GMT
Name: il-fenek
Comments:
TH was renowned for its religious statues. They could be found at the back of assembly where Maestro couldn't see them not singing.
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Message Number: 16
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009 14:25:54 GMT
Name: Peter Shawyer
Comments:
Message Number: #99 - Saturday, October 24, 2009 08:35:42 GMT - IP = 81.156.93.14
Name: Peter Shawyer
Comments:
Found the site quite by accident whilst researching Malta History when the Tal Handak School popped up in the Religious Statues page?? I was in Malta 1956-1959, lived in St Julians Bay and spent some leasure time at Rockyvale and with the First Pembroke Scout troop at St Andrews. It was very pleaseing to see so many Names amongst the Photo Gallery that I knew.
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Message Number: 15
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009 20:01:02 GMT
Name: James Hair
Comments:
at TH from sept 1959 -sept1961
1CG,1BG.2AG

lived in Sliema and then St Julians.

rememeber two names: Anthony Christopher Will1am Vincent Gregory Marengo-Rowe, Joanna Vaughan-Cox

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Message Number: 14
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009 08:35:42 GMT
Name: Peter Shawyer
Comments:
Found the site quite by accident whilst researching Malta History when the Tal Handak School popped up in the Religious Statues page??

I was in Malta 1956-1959, lived in St Julians Bay and spent some leasure time at Rockyvale and with the First Pembroke Scout troop at St Andrews. It was very pleaseing to see so many Names amongst the Photo Gallery that I knew.

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Message Number: 13
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009 00:49:14 GMT
Name: Joseph Lock
Comments:
Went to Malta in 1957 with Mum, 3 bros and my sister. Dad had gone ahead, stationed at St Georges Barracks. Started at Tal handak in 1BM in 57. Ist in class at that age of 11. Went on through 2A to 4A. Believe I was in Stephenson, green I think. Great times at the school club in Valletta on sat night. Gone the cane for pinching pencils, loved Audrey Potts who tore up the valentine Card I sent her. Believe Amanda Beale was also in my 3A class. Remember cross country runs in the valley.Everything happened to me those 5 years in my life
salutations
joseph lock
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Message Number: 12
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009 16:14:10 GMT
Name: Spike Walton
Comments:
I first went to Malta in 1948 - I'm sure you all remember 1948 - and after a short while at Tal Handaq, Verdala was opened and I went there. I hated the school, the teachers and all the other kids but apart from that it was quite enjoyable.
Went back to Portsmouth, took the eleven plus and passed but as I hadn't made up my mind what I was going to do when/if I grew up I chose to go to the Portsmouth Technical School because I had cousins there. I hated the school, the teachers and the other kids but apart from that....Then in 1956 my Dad got posted back to Malta where I went to Tal Handaq and had a wonderful time. Left in 1959 and it's been pretty much downhill ever since. What about you?
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Message Number: 11
Date: Friday, October 16, 2009 19:01:09 GMT
Name: Paul Lovell
Comments:
This message is intended to reach Dave Gerrard.
Hi Dave. I've just come across this website - I guess I should have done a Tal Handaq search years ago.
It would be great to hear from you and get your direct E-mail address.

Regards - Paul Lovell
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Message Number: 10
Date: Monday, October 5, 2009 10:52:03 GMT
Name: Martin Powell
Comments:
To Letitia Duke - just seen yr message of 29 August. I think the Scot with the kilt was Jock (David) Norris who was going out with Debby Bradley - another oilfield "yank" (see Nelle Grace's recent pics). I have just got back from Malta where myself, Jock, Phil Woodcock, and Chris Harrison (all same age) had a Cisk Reunion with a few others of different eras. We had a great a trip to the school with demolition imminent - a few souvenirs were obtained ! (With permission of course).

I can put you in touch with Debby, Jock or the others. They are both on Facebook too.
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Message Number: 9
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 19:20:35 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
NOTICE. GALLERY REGISTRATION,
Due to an digital error, (I confess it was me clicking the wrong button), whilst removing some unwelcome intruders, all members who registered between 16 May 2009 and 27 September 2009 have been accidentally deleted. Despite the best efforts of my hosting company support whiz kids, we have been unable to retrieve you from the back-up MySQL Database. (No, I dont understand it either).
So I'm afraid I will have to ask you to register again. It only takes a couple of minutes. Sorry about that, I promise to be more careful in future.
Those who have uploaded photos should see them re-appear and I will be in touch by email.
DMG
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Message Number: 8
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 06:56:12 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
NOTICE. GALLERY REGISTRATION.
Due to some technical problems, some members may not be able to log in. I'm working on it.
DMG
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Message Number: 7
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009 06:49:07 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Hello again Valerie. Jane Banks (Stubbs) thinks her family knew yours in the 50s. There is a new pic in the 50s album. If you would like to reply you can register in the Gallery or I can put you in touch by email.
DMG
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Message Number: 6
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 07:46:31 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
Thanks Valerie, date corrected.
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Message Number: 5
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:34:55 GMT
Name: Valerie Glass (nee Tucker)
Comments:
enjoyed site. Heather Marriot shared a double desk with me in 1952-3. Recognised many of the buldings. My brother David Tucker is on a pic by Jenny Churcher dated 1954 - wrong date we left in 1953.
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Message Number: 4
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2009 17:51:30 GMT
Name: mary elliott, nee locke
Comments:
lovely websitre, enjoyed nostalgic look back
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Message Number: 3
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009 19:48:55 GMT
Name: Glenn Newcombe
Comments:
Nice website - brings back some old memories. I was at the school for a couple of terms in '77, coming from St Andrews school.
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Message Number: 2
Date: Monday, September 7, 2009 19:14:59 GMT
Name: DEBBIE WAKEHAM
Comments:
HELLO!!! WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYBODY THAT WAS IN MALTA FROM 74-76 THAT MAY REMEMBER ME. USED TO LIVE AT EGMONT CLOSE, SLIEMA. (OH, MY NAME IS DEBBIE WAKEHAM AND I HAVE A BROTHER CALLED MARK.)XX
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Message Number: 1
Date: Friday, September 4, 2009 06:43:09 GMT
Name: prefect
Comments:
All part of the TH Nostalgia service, Keith.
Both Keiths should now have each others emails.
DMG
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Name:   John Day
Comments:
Came across this site via Friends United. Inspred me to send in a load of original colour pics of around 1961. Great site too

Name:   prefect
Comments:
For the Captain of Hawkins Junior Hockey Team
1963.
The 63 Magazine is now on the site. This time
they managed to spell both your names wrongly in
one place! However I have added a correction.
DMG

Name:   OldBat
Comments:
There must be many interesting stories among former RN School pupils - perhaps not all as dramatic as that one! Your unusual childhoods produced an enterprising lot!

Sorry about the 'spots' instead of 'dots' in that last message - senior moments!!

Name:   prefect
Comments:
That worked. Quite a story!

Name:   OldBat
Comments:
Right, thanks Prefect.
The address is:-
the usual prefix plus kokodatreks(spot)com(spot)au(slash)docs(slash)TheSpiritofKokodainaVietnamVeteran(spot)doc

 
Name:   prefect
Comments:
Sorry Liz, this guestbook doesnt permit URL addresses as a security measure, but if you disguise it by spelling out DOTs and SLASHES it should be intelligible to humans but not
spammer's robots.
DMG

Name:   Liz Mardel
Comments:
Message for Paul Edmonds, Message 40.

Another ex-RN School pupil, also ex-Australian army in Vietnam, signed the Verdala.com guestbook on July 16th.

I've just tried to enter the website address for his story but unfortunately this site won't accept it!

You certainly sound to have made up for a rocky educational start!! Bully for you!

Name:   prefect
Comments:
Hello Marian,
Sorry about the spelling but it was the Editor's
fault not mine!
Mr Battye is there, listed as the Form Teacher
of 3BG.
The 1963 mag should be up in a week or so ... must get on with the scanning.
DMG

Name:   Marian Hemsted nee Fitzsimons
Comments:
I was at TH from 1961 to 1963. Have found my name misspelt as Fitzsimmons in the 1962 mag. I look forward to seeing the 1963 one when you put it on as I was more involved that year. I remember the fantastic Maths teacher Mr Batty (or Battie) but didnt see his name in the list of staff 1962 magazine. Great website. Thanks Marian

Name:   Banjax
Comments:
In answer to Steves enquiry, Paul Pond aka Paul Jones has retained a high profile long after his days with Manfred Man. He currently presents a show on BBC Radio 2 every Monday evening. He was born in Portsmouth and attended school at St Johns College, Southsea and Im particularly interested to learn that he lived in Malta.  


Name: Paul Edmonds
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Comments:
I was born 1949 and am not sure when I attended Tal Handaq but believe it could have been about 65,66 or 67. Did miserably academically . In 68 I emigrated to Australia and was called up for National Service. I served in the Australian Infantry in Vietnam with 7 RAR and 8 RAR. In my later years I decided to put my nose to the grindstone and obtained a Bachelor of Business(Accountancy) with a sub-major in law from the University of Western Sydney. I am currently living in Chile.

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Name:   Col Bishop
Comments:
Nice website. I went to Tal Handaq between 1974 & 1976. My class Teacher was John Hughes and I did keep contact for a while. Some names I remember are Valarie Newman, Alan Bird, Sean ????????, Evonne ??????, Mary Church.

Emigrated to Australia in 1977 and joined the Army here in 1979 and retiring from it this year.

Name:   prefect
Comments:
He is the Paul Jones of Manfred Mann. Not sure where he is now.

Name:   Steve L
Comments:
Is the Paul Pond the same person as the Paul Jones of the Blues Band?
Thanks.

 
Name:   Lyn Soussi (nee Powell)
Comments:
Greetings to all from down under..
I personally was in class 3C (I think.. green belt, 'St. Vincents' rings a bell) between 1966 and 1969 or so.. The family had 3 tours in Malta adn my two siblings would have spent more time in Verdala and TH than I did.. I'll try to get them to post as well.. they both have better memories then me.. People I remember; Gibbo, Ibbo (Ibbotson), Spider (singer in the band at the disco underground).. the incredibly popular girl with the floor length hair.. and the Maths teacher who made me stand at my desk ALL day trying to add 7 and 3... I fell asleep in his class - he woke me up by throwing the board duster at me.. I'm totally discalculic thanks to him! ;-D Ah happy days! The family has stacks of photos, I'll get approval from the other two and start uploading..
Lyn

Name:   Chris Howells
Comments:
Love the site and the pictures all bring back many memories. I will have to dig out my albums and get the scanner working.

I have two old school friends (Not from TH I hasten to add) who live in Malta and I do have a hankering for a visit.

Thanks to all!

Name:   Lesley Ancient/nee Cole
Comments:
The photo of Micheal York in a relay race has the comment that he was known as 'Bomba'In my opinion that is incorrect. it was Peter Reynolds that was known as 'Bomba' It seems too much of a coincidence if there were two with the same nickname, I know because Peter was my boyfriend and I also knew Mike York well enough to know he was not 'Bomba' as well!!!

Name:   Ko-Ko
Comments:
Aahh modified rapture! Not a bad effort for a second trombone, Nanki-Pooh.

Name:   prefect
Comments:
Your wish is my command.
Yes, you are right, as TH Nostalgia is run on a shoestring, we cant afford the Stones and apart from the copyright problem, MP3 files take up a massive amount of space.
Of course viewers can help by clicking on the odd Google advert, but dont go mad.

 
Name:   Saucy Sue
Comments:
Hello Honky-tonks. Ooh you are awful. Are you married? My boyfriend keeps asking to look at my midis but I don't let him.

I think you'd have to pay the Stones lots of to use HTW, it's not quite 50 yrs old amazingly. Failing some badly-behaved women, you could settle for some well-behaved ones. Three Little Girls From School? (Mikado).

Name:   prefect
Comments:
Hello Sailor,
Its not "smoke in your eyes", its "As Time Goes By".
I'm not familiar with HT Women but you hum it son and I'll play it. Or better still send me a midi file of it.

Name:   Whaler sailor
Comments:
Not too keen on smoke in my eyes. Can't we have Honkytonk Women?

Name:   chris f
Comments:
hi. great site was in malta in the 70th form 3 year had a great time. family club just up from were we live in brizebbuga. get the school bus just across from the church in the moring.i have more pic but my sis has then as soon as i get them back will post.have and one got pic of the family club from the 70th

Name:   prefect
Comments:
Hello Steve,
The best way to be found by old schoolmates is to put yourself on the Contacts Register on the TH Reunion website.
Follow link from the Nostalgia Home Page.

Name:   STEVE HALL
Comments:
STEVE HALL 1975 -1979
DAD- TED HALL 13 SQN RAF
MUM- JAN HALL
BROTHER- NICK HALL, WAS GOING OUT WITH BEV SMITH
LOOKING FOR OLD SCHOOL MATES FROM THAT TIME.

Name:   alf. booth
Comments:
attended talhandaq 1958/1960 4/5bm then 5am most enjoyable time ,what memories golden days for me unfortunately lost touch with just about everyone so if anyone remembers me,would be nice to hear from you alf.

Name:   prefect
Comments:
Sorry about that Colin. Your past will always catch up with you!
If you are on one of the class photos sent in by Sue Dove perhaps you could add some more detail.
We are a bit short of stuff from the seventies so anything you can send in will be welcome.

Name:   Colin Millsop
Comments:
Bit of a shock finding your website and my class picture on it ! And the Silver Jubilee photo from 77 - I think we should have a warning posted before seeing photos like that !

On the plus side nice to see photos of the old days.

Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
ps - a few of these talk about escapades at Malta en route to Suez e.g. David Grantham, Martyn Habberley  

 
Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
hmmm page not found - try britains-smallwars.com then enter then click Suez

Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
Actually it was I who was guilty of first using the word in my post about the Manxman. Prefect seems to have modified his prose. To get a flavour of the serviceman's view see britains-smallwars.com/suez/suez-index

Name:   Phill Rose
Comments:
Prefect
Try and get your hands on a copy of Suez 1956 by Barry Turner, it will confirm how right you were to use the word debacle.
Phill

Name:   prefect
Comments:
Point taken Phill. I shouldnt allow my political views to intrude in the Gallery. I have no problem with the military conduct or the principle of intervention to defend the lifeline to what was left of our Empire but you would have thought the politicians would have found out what the US reaction was going to be before they did it!

Name:   Phill Rose
Comments:
I notice along with the picture of the Manxman comment is made regarding the Suez Debacle.
Having just struggled through a new book on the subject I am inclined to agree that it was a mess, though the book was certainly written with a leftish outlook.
However I think the most telling comment came from President Eisenhower some years later to the effect that he considered his greatest foreign policy error was that he did not support Britain and France when they went into Egypt.
Phill


Name:   prefect
Comments:
Dear Viewers,
Dont forget to vote for your favourite photos.
It encourages the contributors.
But no use trying to rig the system, it wont let you vote for the same photo twice. (Unlike the UK Postal Voting System!)

Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
No I meant in general not the Manxman. Search on Malta in their search box and a few come up, but they're not actually too good.

Name:   prefect
Comments:
Unfortunately, the first link only shows her in disguise, and the second has no shots of her in or around Malta which is the criterion for this site. We must search elswhere for Manxman at Malta.

Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
HMS Manxman played a vital role in supplying Malta during the war.

In 1956 she was sent to Suez from Malta and was the first ship to enter the Canal after the debacle.

Starred in "Brown on Resolution" and "Single Handed", both shot at Malta.

See myweb.tiscali.co.uk/hmsmanxman . One link has Navy photos for Prefect to ask for at navyphotos.co.uk/index2.htm

 

Name:   Phill Rose
Comments:
Great picture of Sleima Creek, only thing missing is the old Manxman normally to be found on the Manoel side of the creek.
Lived in flat right up by Tigne Barracks overlooking the creek, great fun watching the ships attempting to tie up between the buoys.

Phill  

 
Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
To Mike Adams (and anyone else looking in for the first time): Prefect says you are from 1967-8 era. I confess I can't place you, but make sure you have registered with Viv Daly on the main school site (link on cover page) to ensure others can see you in the contacts list and to get an invite to the next reunion - pity you just missed one, they're usually every 3 years. Martin.

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Message Number: #9 - Thursday, March 13, 2008 07:09:41 GMT - IP = 161.51.11.6
Name: Michael Adams
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So glad to have found you all again after almost 40 years!

 

Name:   Jane Banks
Comments:
Prefect,I'd like to Thank everyone who has contributed to this Nostalgia Site .The School Magazines are a FAB read and I hope you will be able to get them all .Keep them coming please .

Name:   prefect
Comments:
Thanks for spreading the word Alex. There are lots more magazines to come but its a slow process(for me at any rate!)

Name:   alexander birt
Comments:
the school magazine are very good i spotted my elder brothers name in the 1958 mag in the sports section i will pass the info on to him so thanks for showing them alex

 
Name:   OldBat
Comments:
That's right, prefect, you tell 'im! That Martin Powell crops up all over the place!

Message Number: 4 - Friday, February 8, 2008 17:54:41 GMT
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United Kingdom
 
Name:   prefect
Comments:
No, you have to pay your own way. And its no use trying to hide your identity Martin, your IP address gives you away!

Name:   Bilbo Fenek
Comments:
Does being thrown off Dingli Cliffs include the air fare out there?

Name:   Martin Powell
Comments:
Well done Prefect. You are hereby promoted to Head Boy.

Message Number: 1 - Tuesday, February 5, 2008 07:11:33 PDT
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Name:   prefect
Comments:
Just testing.