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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Eagle Aviation Dakota - Blackbushe to Luqa45 views1956

"The plane took off from Blackbushe and climbed to 10,000 feet which was its cruising height, but the flight to Nice was terrible, there were storms all the way, and apart from flying upside down the aeroplane was being buffeted all the way. Flying at 10,000 feet meant that if you hit an air pocket, the aircraft would drop almost 2,000 feet. The poor flight attendant Miss Bolton went through the aircraft picking up sick bags, the only person not sick was Kelvin, the only one on the aircraft able to eat his inflight meal and drink his tea, he even sucked on a sweet for landing so that his ears would not be painful. Then the aircraft made a perfect landing at Nice and all the passengers got off. Kelvin bless his cotton socks called 'Bboobb' at the top of the landing steps, and like a good boy he covered every step in inflight meal, crisps, cup of tea and the sweet. The French ground crew were not happy and said so."

Read Mike Palmer's memoirs by instalment here - The Old Sea Dog

Be sure to tune in regularly to Mike's blog for the latest in nostalgia (and to leave an appreciative comment).
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Cdr Miles and HRH Princess Elizabeth 194912011 viewsInstructor Captain A. H. Miles, C.B.E.

Captain and Mrs. Miles left Malta on llth May 1958 after an association with the school since 1934.

Captain Miles was on the staff from 1934 to 1940 when the RN school was at Verdala. After the war he re-opened the school in two houses at Ta'Xbiex; supervised the move to Tal Handaq in 1946; re-started the primary school at Verdala in 1949, and remained as Headmaster until January 1951, by when the school had reached 1,000 pupils. Mrs. Miles was Secretary of the school from 1946 to 1952.

As Fleet Instructor Officer, Captain Miles was then Chairman of the Committee for Malta Service Children's Schools from 1953.

See also HERE

...and HERE
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My Mum overlooking Mellieha Bay 195813128 viewsUnspoilt view.1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Me April 19591772 views...but does anyone know where this is?1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Me in Maroni Street Gzira on the roof 1959597 views1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Dingli cliffs 1958535 viewsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Chadwick Lakes 1958485 views1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Baileys' tennis team at Marsa 1959558 viewsMe in the striped dressvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Dingli Wireless Station February 1960441 viewsWhere my Dad workedvalerie easter/snowdon/
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The new Triton Fountain 1959448 views1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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The Newman Family 1958454 viewsHeather middle left and Tony went to Tal Handaqvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Sliema Creek 1958444 views1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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HMS Forth at Christmas 1958463 views1 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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HMS Eagle 1958380 viewsLeaving Grand harbour for Cyprusvalerie easter/snowdon/
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HMS Daring 1958323 viewsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Gnejna Bay 1958362 viewsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Pieta 1958532 viewsLooks like an RFA ship.4 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Paradise Bay 1958 565 viewsAbove Paradise Bay with the gang 1958. L-R Sheila Weekes, Cliff Payne, Freda Payne's brother, Margaret Polkinghorne, Me, and Ronnie Fenech whose uncle used to drive the bus. He now lives in Winchester!!! He is my FB friend.2 commentsvalerie easter/snowdon/
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Marsaloxkk464 viewsMe with friends at Marsaloxkk 1958valerie easter/snowdon/
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Which school?521 viewsDoes anyone know which school and where this could have been taken ?1 commentsLindab
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School uniform 455 viewsIs this the school uniform ? It was taken in 1951. I am trying to find out what RNS my sister Betty (Elizabeth) Blakelock attended 1 commentsLindab
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Golden Bay524 viewsThe Toms family and friends at Golden Bay 1954Podge
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Summer 1954522 viewsRoger Toms with 2nd Sliema Scouts 1954 names required1 commentsPodge
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Malta '54510 viewsRoger Toms with David ? At the Marsa club.1 commentsPodge
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451 viewsMyself standing with David ? At the Marsa club.1 commentsPodge
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Mike Lyman 1957 - 1960671 viewsPrefect
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Peter Sheldrake & Barry Horder 891 views Tal Handak Sports Day, Wednesday 21st May 1952 at Manoel Island.1 commentsPrefect
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Heather Marriott and John Clark613 viewsSt Julian's c 1953.
Photo from the late John Clark.
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David Chambers - Neil Atkinson - Bruce Williams743 views At Robb Lido 1958.Prefect
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Wendy Scott c1956905 viewsPeter Evans
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Staff Photo in front of School Hall 1959?1301 views5 commentsjknight
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Sea Scouts visit the aircraft carrier USS Wasp in Grand Harbour807 views1 commentsjknight
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