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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Last additions - Then & Now
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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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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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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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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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Barrakka lift probably c. 1980 before demolition99 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
adminMar 18, 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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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201991 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadminDec 24, 2019
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All the best from Farsons 109 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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Triton Fountain 1960s145 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadminNov 02, 2019
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Triton Fountain 296 viewsFor those who are unaware of the livecam on the roof of The Phoenicia I have been trying unsuccessfully to include a link here, but if you Google "Live Cam Floriana - The Triton Fountain" you will find it. There are other views, too - Tigne, St George's Square, Grand harbour etc.IvanOct 27, 2019
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Triton Fountain 179 viewsNot quite sure which album to put this in, but Then and Now seems appropriate as we are all no doubt familiar with how the area around the fountain used to look, and here it is now. The shot is a screen grab from the livecam mounted on top of The Phoenicia. What an improvement! And with a new twist on the selfie, that's my wife and I sitting on the low wall, bottom right. IvanOct 27, 2019
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What happened to the proposed donkey?81 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
adminOct 12, 2019
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Malta Independence 196488 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
adminSep 22, 2019
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Military Brats [Sliema 1967]75 viewsGary Kevin Steven and Leslie at the water's edge,
Sliema Creek.
Military BratAug 09, 2019
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Beacon House St Andrew's Barracks [Now].104 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military BratAug 07, 2019
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Sliema 1967126 viewsOn the right a locally produced
Triumph Herald made by The Car Assembly Ltd [CAL]
at the Marsa production line.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Sliema 1967112 viewsThe slipway at Sliema.Military BratAug 06, 2019
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More dinghy racing, circa 1965121 viewsSwordfish from Garrison Club in Marsamxett. 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 !
adminJun 09, 2019
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More sailing in Marsamxett165 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 !!
adminMay 27, 2019
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Garrison club dinghies in Marsamxett. Postcard127 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 have been coloured in, they were white. Some cards show them as white but are less clear.
adminMay 26, 2019
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RN families' clinic Tower Road185 viewsWell, they were made to keep the facade - so they did.....(taken 2018).adminApr 09, 2019
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Wedgie267 viewsHe's never got stuck there before.

1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJul 28, 2018
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Gone to roost261 viewsChicken shack route - one way ticket.

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJul 28, 2018
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Coming or going?212 viewsSeeing double, 1972

Copyright © Martin Powell
adminJul 28, 2018
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Treasure in Malta352 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.
adminJul 01, 2018
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Fishers of men370 viewsLuke 5:2-11

With Gasan Wayne Sliema bus below St Luke's, as per NT.
2 commentsadminMay 22, 2018
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British get out - MLP HQ Kingsway299 viewsNow welcomes tourists in for drinks and to see its history.adminMay 22, 2018
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Imperial Hotel (matchbox cover?)266 viewsCorner Rudolph St. & Dingli St.

Demolished 2017 to make way for a nursing home. Frontage will be retained and restored.
adminMay 10, 2018
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Batman breadmobile266 viewsCirca 1980? Anyone remember this? Or is it a fake photo?adminMay 10, 2018
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Malta v England 3 June 2000224 viewsEngland 2 : Malta 1
At Ta Qali stadium

Improving

See MATCH REPORT
adminApr 29, 2018
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Malta v England 12 May 1971162 viewsEngland 5 : Malta 0

See MATCH REPORT
adminApr 29, 2018
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