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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Congrats to Gillian and Trevor Ricketts. Fifty-five years of wedded bliss.10 viewsGillian writes - Today (3rd July) we are celebrating our EMERALD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (55 years - I know!!!). Fortunately for Trev I am not a fan of expensive jewellery and I couldn't think of anything of anything green to give him so we have decided that, when Covid 19 departs (and it will), we will take a celebratory trip to the Emerald Isle!! It is strange that, having travelled a lot in our lifetimes, we have never been to Ireland. That will be something to look forward to. In the meantime we will celebrate the day with something alcoholic shared with good friends. Happy anniversary, darling Trev xxxxx Martin PowellJul 05, 2020
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Magazines35 viewsLink to the magazine collection, all scanned by David "Prefect" Gerrard....

>>> HERE
adminJun 20, 2020
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Washing Up in Malta42 viewsFrom the blurb - "Washing Up in Malta is about travel, coming of age, mothers and daughters. The lives of two women, Jessica and Grace, unfold across a century of change. Their particular journeys take them through Scotland, England, Germany, Africa, Bahamas, and Australia. Through it all, the place that punctuates their lives as a marker of home is the tiny island of Malta, at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. Grace begins her journey here, and Jessica completes the circle by returning to Malta toward the end of her life."

Buy online or read for free HERE
adminJun 10, 2020
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Anyone we know?44 viewsAlhambra 1970s.adminJun 09, 2020
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Pongo Brats53 viewsClare Gibson's book ARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH ARMY CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TIMES.

This book by The Army Children Archive’s founder, Clare Gibson, was published by Shire Publications Ltd in 2012.

Read parts online HERE

More on TACA including Malta (but sadly lacks a sorely-needed search facility).
2 commentsMartin PowellMay 10, 2020
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School Hall early 70s91 viewsWith ballroom shine to the floor done during summer hols.

(But why didn't I take one of the stage?)

Compare with THIS ONE
adminApr 26, 2020
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114 viewsMy Father and some of his mates from A Company outside the Sliema Café [1967] now the site of the Mr Todd Hotel.Military BratApr 05, 2020
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Pit 1969-70127 viewsPit committee, having a break in Barrakka gardens after prep work for the dance, 1969-70 : Joe Vincenti, Caroline "Porridge" Cary (now Brown), Debby Bradley (now Hill), Adrian Worley RIP

Photo : Dom Wujastyk
Martin PowellApr 01, 2020
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Barrakka lift probably c. 1980 before demolition63 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
adminMar 18, 2020
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Click here for TH Sports Day 196885 viewsPDF of Sports Day 1968 - from Mike Wynne.SC-UKMar 11, 2020
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Dione Venables BFBS Part 2105 viewsAutobiography of Dione's time at BFBS 1969-79.

Part 2


By kind permission of Dione Venables - Copyright © 2019
adminMar 06, 2020
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Dione Venables BFBS Part 169 viewsAutobiography of Dione's time at BFBS 1969-79.

Part 1

By kind permission of Dione Venables - Copyright © 2019
adminMar 06, 2020
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My Old School Shirt 274 viewsThis is the back of my (Mike Wynne's) old school shirt with more funny notes and wishes.
mikewFeb 16, 2020
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My School Shirt67 viewsThis is the front of my old school leaving shirt signed by many. If you were on the pill-box at Tigne on 17th July 1970 or at school around this date then you may be on it.
Some names are William, Jude, Larry, Haggis eating Janie, Bob "The pill-box is mine", Dorian Church, Caroline, Carol Williams, Ann "Same plane home as me", Irish, Alasdair, Tony, Chris Smith (Dundee 4 Chelsea 2), Julie +Gary, Ros and Rina (from Israel), Ian, Claire, George, Rosanne, Dom, Elaine Soar, Ian loves (Luvvs) June (Tich) June Dewbury
mikewFeb 16, 2020
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Mike Wynne100 viewsYour truly Mike Wynne in San Anton Gardens 1969/70.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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George Molden87 viewsMy friend George Molden outside Tuck shop.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Party Invite64 viewsMy invite to Lori Church's party. It seems so formal now but that's how we did it then.
I think it was around 1969.
mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Dainty Bar75 viewsRemember the Dainty Bar just opposite Egmont Flats? We had many happy hours in there during the late 60's.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Prize Day 196689 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Prize Day batting order 196680 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Gozo hydofoil 1964 - Postcard57 viewsIn 1964 the Malta Aliscafi Ltd started operating a hydrofoil service between Grand Harbour and Mgarr Harbour in Gozo. The hydrofoil in use was the Delfin. It was commonly known as L-Izgicc. The company went bankrupt in 1968 and Delfin was sold in Italy.adminJan 31, 2020
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Battle scar108 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 commentsIvanJan 17, 2020
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Ray Calleja inventor of Twistees passes to the great tuckshop in the sky56 viewsRead more HEREadminJan 09, 2020
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Making a comeback65 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op1 commentsadminJan 05, 2020
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201966 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadminDec 24, 2019
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On this day - Jane Arbuthnot - Harrods bomb 1983115 viewsThanks to Vic Weekes for reminding us of the tragic loss of Jane Arbuthnot with whom he also served in the Metropolitan Police. Jane was taken bravely doing her duty at a call where they knew the code-word had been given and the danger was real and imminent. Each year on the 17th December a small remembrance service is held at the spot.

Memorial HERE

Jane at TH HERE
adminDec 17, 2019
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From the archives - 50 years on.154 viewsThe name of the school was changed from RNS TH to SCS TH in 1969 (Service Children's School), though it continued to be administered by the Royal Navy. All other service schools in Malta then came under the remit of the RN, Captain HC Malkin (Headmaster 1966 - 1970) being appointed the first OiC Service Schools, Malta & Naples.

Photo : Evan Potts
2 commentsadminDec 12, 2019
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All the best from Farsons 79 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadminDec 06, 2019
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Aerial view mid-60s223 viewsCompare with the layout plan HERE

The corrugated-roofs were Romney huts (not Nissen huts).
2 commentsadminNov 22, 2019
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Aerial plan mid-60s164 viewsNorth is right

Compare view HERE

Key : 1. Block 11 - Dining Hall & Galley
2. Block 11 - 6th form
3. Old Music Room / Careers Room / sometime L6th common room
4. Block 12 Classrooms
5. Block 12 Classrooms
6. Language Lab
7. Caretaker's Store
8. Tuck Shop
9. Science Block (13)
10. Block 1 Classrooms & Biology Lab
11. Block 2 Classrooms
12. Incinerator
13. Classrooms? (Possibly toilets but wrong colour)
14. Block 3 Classrooms
15. Block 4 Classrooms
16. Block 5 Classrooms
17. Block 6 Classrooms & Metalwork / Tech Drawing
18. Block 14 Classrooms & Shorthand / Typing
19. Boys’ Toilets
20. Block 15 Classrooms
21. Library
22. Block 16 Classrooms
23. Girls’ Toilets & Showers
24. Hall
25. Boiler Room
26. New Music Room
27. Gymnasium & Showers
28. Netball / Tennis Court
29. Woodwork Block (7)
30. Groundsmen's Store
31. The "Field"
32. Art Block (8)
33. Art & Craft Block (9)
34. Block 10 Classrooms
35. Admin Block
adminNov 22, 2019
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Faithful73 viewsRosalie Hide, now Stephens, writes "HM Tug Faithful, one of the tugs my father was skipper of. It was his favourite as it was a paddle tug. This was painted by one of his ship's company".
Thank you for permission to publish, Rosalie.
adminNov 16, 2019
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Triton Fountain 1960s107 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadminNov 02, 2019
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