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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Battle scar46 views"Sergeant Gordon Tweedale of 185 Squadron [was] shot down and killed in his first sortie in a Spitfire. Tweedale’s Spitfire ... crashed in Lija ... . The scarred wall of a building on the corner of Saviour Street, damaged by the Spitfire in the final moments of its terminal dive, remains a poignant reminder... ."
Text from Air Battle for Malta by Anthony Rogers, published by Greenhill Books, c/o Pen & Sword Books Ltd.
Picture courtesy of Google Street View; screenshot taken November 2019.
1 commentsIvan01/21/20 at 20:37admin: Ivan - got both your messages, replied to both. Ch...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952813 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect01/13/20 at 12:29admin:
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Filming The Malta Story 1952813 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect01/13/20 at 11:09Ivan: For anyone who reads this in time, and who may be ...
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Making a comeback35 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op1 commentsadmin01/05/20 at 14:24Ivan: That is a fine photograph. What a good idea; I wis...
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201927 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin12/26/19 at 12:12admin: Thank you Ivan.
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201927 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin12/25/19 at 09:16Ivan: And Merry Christmas to you, too, Admin - and to al...
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All the best from Farsons 49 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin12/06/19 at 14:00admin: Prices varied - you clearly went to the best water...
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All the best from Farsons 49 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin12/06/19 at 12:40Ivan: Lovely stuff! If I recall correctly in the mid-60s...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952813 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/06/19 at 18:57admin: Shame no-one has made another film in all this tim...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952813 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/06/19 at 08:59Ivan: Yes, lots of weaknesses in the film, but the shots...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952813 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/05/19 at 18:49admin: Agreed Ivan. I was never happy with Muriel Pavlov ...
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Filming The Malta Story 1952813 viewsĦaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
More about it here.
6 commentsPrefect11/05/19 at 15:03Ivan: I always thought Alec Guinness was mis-cast in his...
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Triton Fountain 1960s75 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin11/03/19 at 17:27admin: Thanks Ivan, I do actually own that postcard. Pref...
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Triton Fountain 1960s75 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin11/03/19 at 09:12Ivan: Well done, admin! A very nice contrast with the tw...
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The old Vernon Club578 viewsNow the Central Bank.
Eric Hartley
1 commentsPrefect08/06/19 at 19:35Military Brat: The Old Vernon Club with the Barber Shop located d...
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RNH Mtarfa738 viewsAfter the First World War there was a re-organization of the military medical services on the Islands. The Mtarfa Hospital, commissioned in 1912, was opened on the 29th June 1920, even though it had been in use for some time earlier. During the Second World War, the Mtarfa Hospital and barracks were reorganized as the 90th General Hospital and built up to a maximum of 1200 beds. An underground hospital was excavated under the military hospital. After the war the 90th General was reformed as the David Bruce Military Hospital. This continued to serve the military, complementing Bighi Naval Hospital, until 1970. For the next eight years, the Mtarfa Hospital served the needs of British military and naval personnel until its closure in 1978.1 commentsPrefect08/04/19 at 10:33admin: The last British hospital outpost was a hospital c...
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HMS Forth 733 viewsWith Striker & Sefton alongside1 commentsPrefect03/01/19 at 02:08kenneth c proudlove: Excellent photo, after all, the 1959 Sicily trip w...
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HMS Woodbridge Haven 19594533 viewsIn Sliema Creek with the Minesweeping Squadron.
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1 commentsPrefect02/05/19 at 06:34kenneth c proudlove: Excellent photo, lived in Gazira, and looked out t...
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Trooper R Martin d. 1918157 viewsWhat does Trooper Martin have to do with Malta's part in World War One? Malta, 'Nurse of the Mediterranean' cared for casualties from the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns. Martin died like thousands of others - but only after surviving one of the world's first open heart surgeries AND being operated upon by one of the first woman surgeons. He has become famous 100 years later.

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We will remember them.
1 commentsadmin11/11/18 at 00:28admin: ...and even more HERE - click on his photo (with s...
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Captans Garage (Captain's?)603 viewsThe sign says Tower Road, but where?1 commentsPrefect09/22/18 at 19:17admin: A secret source refers to it being the corner buil...
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Tigne Court Hotel469 viewsNow closed.2 commentsPrefect08/18/18 at 18:22admin: Many an hour spent in the Anchor Bar beneath (the ...
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Tigne Court Hotel469 viewsNow closed.2 commentsPrefect08/18/18 at 18:16Mitch Hinde: It may have been a bit run down and only three sta...
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Painting by OldBat175 viewsFresh water - but can you spot the difference from the photo?

Copyright © Liz Mardel
3 commentsadmin08/11/18 at 02:19OldBat: CHEEKY!!
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Painting by OldBat175 viewsFresh water - but can you spot the difference from the photo?

Copyright © Liz Mardel
3 commentsadmin08/10/18 at 22:20admin: Nonsense Miss, there's nothing wrong with you...
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Painting by OldBat175 viewsFresh water - but can you spot the difference from the photo?

Copyright © Liz Mardel
3 commentsadmin08/10/18 at 21:43OldBat: But don't look too closely or you'll see...
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Caption competition238 viewsOutside Astra cinema Luqa.

Answers on a postcard. No prizes, just the kudos.
1 commentsadmin07/16/18 at 14:51Sailor Boy: "Patch of ice you say, Corporal?"
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Exiles Beach614 viewsPostcard. Aka Balluta Rocks c/w the Green Shed.2 commentsPrefect07/11/18 at 12:04admin: However, the theory re Russian exiles is disputed ...
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Fishers of men332 viewsLuke 5:2-11

With Gasan Wayne Sliema bus below St Luke's, as per NT.
2 commentsadmin07/02/18 at 17:42admin: No, New Testament. I forget gospel & verse but it&...
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Fishers of men332 viewsLuke 5:2-11

With Gasan Wayne Sliema bus below St Luke's, as per NT.
2 commentsadmin07/02/18 at 16:35Sailor Boy: NT? National Trust?
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HMS Euryalus 1950752 views1 commentsDavid Woolfenden06/11/18 at 18:19David Woolfenden: My father Harry Woolfenden was Sgt Major Royal Mar...
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Passing the Mail413 viewsEuryalus - Vigo 1952
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1 commentsPrefect06/11/18 at 18:15David Woolfenden: My father Harry Woolfenden served on the Euryalus ...
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HMS Bermuda435 views1 commentsPrefect06/11/18 at 18:11David Woolfenden: My father Harry Woolfenden served on the HMS Bermu...
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