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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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What happened to the proposed donkey?4 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
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Malta Independence 196434 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
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Beacon House St Andrew's Barracks [Now].43 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military Brat
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Sliema 196748 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 196743 viewsThe slipway at Sliema.Military Brat
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More dinghy racing, circa 196560 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 Marsamxett95 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,51 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 Road105 viewsWell, they were made to keep the facade - so they did.....(taken 2018).admin
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Wedgie174 viewsHe's never got stuck there before.

1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Gone to roost170 viewsChicken shack route - one way ticket.

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Coming or going?131 viewsSeeing double, 1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Treasure in Malta257 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 men278 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 Kingsway206 viewsNow welcomes tourists in for drinks and to see its history.admin
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Imperial Hotel (matchbox cover?)183 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 breadmobile181 viewscirca 1980? Anyone remember this?1 commentsadmin
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Malta v England 3 June 2000161 viewsEngland 2 : Malta 1
At Ta Qali stadium

Improving

See MATCH REPORT
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Malta v England 12 May 1971125 viewsEngland 5 : Malta 0

See MATCH REPORT
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Stop me and buy one208 viewsadmin
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Well you can tell by the way I use my walk..241 views..I'm a woman's man.admin
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Fleet in port203 views1960s.admin
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Aerial view Manoel Is, Valletta and old Tigne.279 views1980s postcard.3 commentsadmin
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Malta National Archives Memory Project405 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 Malta491 viewsLinks to four films taken by the Stubbs family (no sound).

ONE

TWO

THREE

FOUR

Don Stubbs
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Air Spies of Malta351 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 !!718 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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"St George" Pretty Bay472 viewsWhere the Reed family lived 1950-3.

Sue Lewis (nee Reed)
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Slippery customer on slip.417 viewsKalafrana 1950

Sue Lewis (nee Reed)
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Pretty Bay party c1952395 viewsSue Lewis (nee Reed)SC-UK
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Buschetto Gardens 1952324 viewsMe in centre.

Sue Lewis (nee Reed)
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Fomm ir-Riħ506 viewsPrefect
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