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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


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All the best from Farsons 23 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin
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Triton Fountain 1960s64 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin
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Triton Fountain 247 viewsFor those who are unaware of the livecam on the roof of The Phoenicia I have been trying unsuccessfully to include a link here, but if you Google "Live Cam Floriana - The Triton Fountain" you will find it. There are other views, too - Tigne, St George's Square, Grand harbour etc.Ivan
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Triton Fountain 121 viewsNot quite sure which album to put this in, but Then and Now seems appropriate as we are all no doubt familiar with how the area around the fountain used to look, and here it is now. The shot is a screen grab from the livecam mounted on top of The Phoenicia. What an improvement! And with a new twist on the selfie, that's my wife and I sitting on the low wall, bottom right. Ivan
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What happened to the proposed donkey?28 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
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Malta Independence 196440 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
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Military Brats [Sliema 1967]13 viewsGary Kevin Steven and Leslie at the water's edge,
Sliema Creek.
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Beacon House St Andrew's Barracks [Now].53 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military Brat
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Sliema 196757 viewsOn the right a locally produced
Triumph Herald made by The Car Assembly Ltd [CAL]
at the Marsa production line.
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Sliema 196751 viewsThe slipway at Sliema.Military Brat
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More dinghy racing, circa 196580 viewsSwordfish from Garrison Club in M'xett. Sail no.174 in centre.

Navy dentist Jerry Gardner (RN Tower Road clinic) sailed 175 (actually a Navy boat from St Angelo) and lavished much attention on her with gleaming mirror finish. He kept her at MGSC and constantly beat the Pongos. In retaliation he was disqualified for not wearing the correct "15" mark on the sail. Sour grapes or what !
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More sailing in Marsamxett124 viewsFrom the Times of Malta 26 July 1970. Folkdance was a Garrison boat. Mike Johnson taught at St Andrew's.

Pictures of Sonia and Sheba (Navy Folkboats) required !!
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Garrison club dinghies in Marsamxett. Postcard,88 viewsPre 1980 when the Carmelite dome came to dominate the skyline. (Probably Swordfishes pre 1968 when the club bought Pegasus dinghies. Club closed in 1978 of course).

Sails are coloured in, they were white. Some cards show them as white but are less clear.
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RN families' clinic Tower Road147 viewsWell, they were made to keep the facade - so they did.....(taken 2018).admin
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Wedgie218 viewsHe's never got stuck there before.

1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Gone to roost216 viewsChicken shack route - one way ticket.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Coming or going?176 viewsSeeing double, 1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Treasure in Malta306 viewsFilm shot locally in the 60s.
With rising TH star Aidan Mompaolo de Piro.

Kids' stuff - but great.

Click HERE

This part one of four - the rest should list alongside.
Thanks to Anthony Zammit for uploading.
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Fishers of men326 viewsLuke 5:2-11

With Gasan Wayne Sliema bus below St Luke's, as per NT.
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British get out - MLP HQ Kingsway255 viewsNow welcomes tourists in for drinks and to see its history.admin
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Imperial Hotel (matchbox cover?)232 viewsCorner Rudolph St. & Dingli St.

Demolished 2017 to make way for a nursing home. Frontage will be retained and restored.
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Batman breadmobile229 viewscirca 1980? Anyone remember this?1 commentsadmin
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Malta v England 3 June 2000187 viewsEngland 2 : Malta 1
At Ta Qali stadium

Improving

See MATCH REPORT
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Malta v England 12 May 1971131 viewsEngland 5 : Malta 0

See MATCH REPORT
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Stop me and buy one215 viewsadmin
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Well you can tell by the way I use my walk..245 views..I'm a woman's man.admin
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Fleet in port205 views1960s.admin
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Aerial view Manoel Is, Valletta and old Tigne.286 views1980s postcard.3 commentsadmin
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Malta National Archives Memory Project409 viewsI work at the National Archives of Malta, on the Memorja (National Memory) project. I am conducting oral history interviews with British ex-servicemen/women and their families, who came to Malta after WWII. I was directed towards this fantastic website, and wondered if there was anybody who would like to speak to me about their experiences of being in Malta. By after WWII I mean any decade really! It would be great to have a variety of different decades if possible.

For people who are interested my email address is sandra.blake@gov.mt. I would be happy to provide additional information on the project and be very grateful for any assistance you are able to give.

Thank you and kind regards,

Sandra Blake

(More detail in comments below).
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Early 60s films of Malta495 viewsLinks to four films taken by the Stubbs family (no sound).

ONE

TWO

THREE

FOUR

Don Stubbs
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Air Spies of Malta354 viewsRipping yarn set in the 40s in a school rather like Verdala. In fact a Verdala with public school boarders. Think of Biggles, Famous Five, Jennings and Boys' Own all rolled together and set in Malta.

Who was Peter Jackson? He must have known Verdala (it wasn't Peter Prictoe, I asked him).

A search on www.bookfinder.com reveals plenty of copies available. (Thanks to Chris Barber for that info). Also on ebay from time to time. Much cheaper without a dustjacket.
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Things are looking UP !!723 viewsThe building of the huge 38-storey tower proposed by the Gasan Group is set to have a dramatic impact on views enjoyed by pedestrians strolling along Ghar id-Dud, the Sliema promenade, apart from breaking the skyline when viewed from as far away as Rinella Bay in Kalkara.

See THIS PAGE
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