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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Never trust a Pongo16 viewsSome great Malta stories HERE. Thanks to Jan Meecham.

Type Malta into his search box when you've read this one.

adminSep 16, 2020
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26 viewsOur late father being presented with the Marksman's Trophy by Sir Maurice Dorman Governor-General of Malta at the Sgts' Mess Annual Darts Awards Dinner held at Simonds Farsons Cisk Brewery, 1967.Military BratAug 30, 2020
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Another Verdala Memoir...41 views...by SUE ADAMS

Click on blue link (Sue Adams' name) and scroll to page ten if it doesn't land there.
adminAug 22, 2020
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Sports Days 1954 & 55 at St Andrew's Army School34 viewsStarring Bernard DerrickadminAug 15, 2020
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PDF Athletics Day 1970 - from Mike Wynne39 viewsClick here for TH Athletics 1970SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Athletics Day 1969 - from Mike Wynne24 viewsClick here for TH Athletics 1969SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Malta Youth Champs 1970 - from Mike Wynne16 viewsClick here for Malta AAA Youth Champs 1970SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Malta Youth Champs 1969 - from Mike Wynne16 viewsClick here for Malta AAA Youth Champs 1969SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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A boy's eye view, 1950s - by Andrew McLeod72 views"The sand was so beautiful on Ramla beach that it was golden shading into red. There was no habitation there. You walked down a farm track through groves of bamboo to the beach. On the beach there is a statue of the Madonna on a pedestal. It carried a light or lantern on the top. There were few if any visitors. On some days the only person to visit the beach was a lamplighter who faithfully lit the Madonna’s light. As the evening light faded bats would swoop low over our campground. The trip was a success, except that our pet tortoise who we had taken with us, marched off into the bamboo groves, and may even be living there now after an interval of sixty something years."

Wallow in more nostalgia
HERE by Andrew.
adminJul 22, 2020
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Congrats to Gillian and Trevor Ricketts. Fifty-five years of wedded bliss.56 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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Magazines66 viewsLink to the magazine collection, all scanned by David "Prefect" Gerrard....

>>> HERE
adminJun 20, 2020
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Washing Up in Malta71 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?92 viewsAlhambra 1970s.adminJun 09, 2020
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Army childhood93 viewsARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH ARMY CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TIMES. Beautifully produced with many full colour prints.

Book by The Army Children Archive’s founder, Clare Gibson. (Shire Publications Ltd, 2012). Slim but highly recommended.

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 mid-70s127 viewsWith ballroom shine to the floor done during summer hols. The organ beloved of Mr Gerrard that used to be on the balcony was probably removed at the time of the "Mintoff withdrawal" in 1972, destination unknown?

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

Compare with THIS ONE
adminApr 26, 2020
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168 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 1969-70184 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 demolition99 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
adminMar 18, 2020
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Click here for TH Sports Day 1968101 viewsPDF of Sports Day 1968 - from Mike Wynne.SC-UKMar 11, 2020
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Dione Venables BFBS Part 2125 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 180 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 296 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 Shirt79 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 Wynne139 viewsYour truly Mike Wynne in San Anton Gardens 1969/70.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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George Molden118 viewsMy friend George Molden outside Tuck shop.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Party Invite85 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 Bar105 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 1966104 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Prize Day batting order 196696 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Gozo hydofoil 1964 - Postcard69 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 scar125 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 sky88 viewsRead more HEREadminJan 09, 2020
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