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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Tigne Beach entry prices 202239 viewsStill jointly run by Marsa ad Union Clubs after lying derelict for years.

Zoom in to read.

Photo : Monica Mazure (now WardMcNally)

See also Tigne Beach Gallery
adminJun 17, 2022
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Uniform photos 193 viewsBruce Williams writes : These photos were hanging on the wall of the Language Lab and were found by former deputy head of Liceo Vassalli, Marc Spiteri.
They're from the mid-seventies, showing correct summer dress length.
Left - Pat Ransom. Centre - Debbi Helliwell [Head girl 1976-77]. Right ??
See Purple Gallery at Bruce's TH BLOGSPOT
adminJun 02, 2022
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Uniform photos 269 viewsBruce Williams writes : These photos were hanging on the wall of the Language Lab and were found by former deputy head of Liceo Vassalli, Marc Spiteri.
They're from the mid-seventies, showing correct summer uniform (no badges, shirt hanging out - but long sox ??).
Left - Chris Snow. Centre - David North [Dep Head Boy 1976-77]. Right - Jez Taylor.
See Purple Gallery at Bruce's TH BLOGSPOT
adminJun 02, 2022
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Their Royal Highnesses at the Dockyard Church 105 viewsPost-war venue. This closed when Baileys took over the yard in 1961.

See also DAVID SPEAR

Copyright © David Spear 2022
adminMay 17, 2022
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Dockyard Church Malta69 viewsThis is the pre-war venue (in a tunnel !)

Sketch by war artist Leslie Cole. Copyright © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 3243
Photo : unattributed
adminMay 14, 2022
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Tigne Point then and now163 viewsIn days of old when knights were bold,
Developers not invented;
The view serene, tower blocks unseen
And everyone contented.

Top photo : Edmund Ashman, ex-Tigne School 1950s
Bottom photo from internet search - unattributed

See also THIS ONE and comments beneath it.
adminMay 01, 2022
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HMS Ark Royal125 views..... during a Royal Navy open day in Grand Harbour, 1959

Photo : unattributed
adminApr 16, 2022
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Made in Malta - The Count of Monte Cristo, 2002155 viewsGood swashbuckling stuff, filmed 80% on location in Malta. Your admin has dived the treasure cave !

Full movie free HERE
adminApr 02, 2022
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Combined Cadet Corps - Group photo RAF section 1976189 viewsGroup photo CCF RAF section Hal-Farbmale22Mar 13, 2022
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Combined Cadet Corps - Exercise at Hal-Far 1976136 viewsCCF exercise at Hal-Far 1976. We were meant to arrive in landing craft and scale the cliffs but the weather was too bad, we trained the day before and had a fun day.bmale22Mar 13, 2022
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Stamp cover to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Malta's George Cross87 viewsTo mark the 80th anniversary of Malta's George Cross BFPS has produced, in conjunction with the George Cross Island Association (GCIA), a commemorative cover to be issued on the 15th of April 2022.

The covers can be ordered from the BFPS online shop or by post by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC’) to BFPS, The Old Post Office, Links Place, Elie, LEVEN, KY9 1AX

Details HERE
2 commentsadminMar 12, 2022
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TH Enterprise off Tigne barracks, 1968105 viewsRod Dewar at the helm, his brother Ian crewing.

Photo : Rod Dewar

See also THIS ONE

...and THIS ONE
adminMar 01, 2022
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Floriana Methodist Sunday School and RN bus, 1960130 viewsAbout six RN buses picked up from all over the island to take willing (and less willing) worshippers to Sunday School and Church every week. Parents could travel on the bus but quite a few vicariously preferred to pack the blessed lambs off by themselves. The Padre was an RN chaplain so was presumably able to persuade the transport garage to think of higher things.

Photo : unattributed - please advise admin if you know the owner.
adminFeb 14, 2022
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Cunard Hovercraft in Grand Harbour, 1967132 viewsBetween 24 February 1967 and 10 May 1967, Cunard's RMS Sylvania carried British Hovercraft Corporation's SRN-6 type hovercraft 024 on board during her cruises in the Mediterranean from Gibraltar. The BHC was trying to interest the governments of various countries bordering the Mediterranean in purchasing hovercraft, and to give government officials a practical demonstration of the hovercraft's capabilities. It was put into the water, using the ship's gear, at various ports and sent on demonstration runs. The hovercraft was not there to provide sight-seeing trips for cruise passengers, although occasional short trips for passengers were made 'around the bay' between the official runs. The venture proved unsuccessful and was not repeated.

Photo : Cunard Line
adminFeb 01, 2022
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To remind us of warmer days - anyone we know? 1964209 viewsPhoto : Imperial War Museum © IWM TR 23169-2adminJan 13, 2022
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It was fifty years ago today ...... Mintoff told the Brits "No way"282 viewsActually it was equally the other way round. See HERE

And see video clips HERE

...and HERE

adminDec 29, 2021
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Painting 1966 by Mr Dickerson (Robert / Bob) for sale202 viewsAuction date 5 January 2022 details HERE

Sold for a measly £30
adminDec 26, 2021
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Christmas Greetings from Gozo 2021184 viewsChristmas tree in Fontana made from 8,800 recycled plastic bottles.adminDec 18, 2021
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Beach life317 viewsAnyone we know? See the film (and lots more) HERE

NB - on 2nd December the clip was not playing - now been fixed but pls let admin (Martin Powell) know if it seizes again.
adminDec 01, 2021
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Banyan Style536 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 the 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, whom 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 McLeod.
adminNov 14, 2021
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Recognise anyone? Verdala 1954/5280 viewsAnne Richards writes "My mother, Mrs Margaret Cooke, was a teacher at Tal-Handaq in 1954 and transferred to Verdala in 1954/5. She must have left after my brother was born in August 1955. This photo was found amongst her papers and I believe it may be Verdala and would very much like to know whether anyone recognises themselves in the picture - probably 1954-5? My Mother is the teacher in the photo and the artwork on the walls is her work. Thank you."adminNov 02, 2021
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Schools I have known - including TH672 viewsMemoir by Albert Fenech 1950s (click blue name)

adminOct 21, 2021
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1960s & 70s from David Woolfenden, ex-Verdala417 viewsClick HERE to see all 17adminOct 10, 2021
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1960s photo from Leslie Platt, ex-Verdala318 viewsadminSep 26, 2021
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part three293 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 3 (click the blue link)adminSep 11, 2021
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part two209 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 2 (click the blue link)

adminSep 11, 2021
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part one152 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 1 (click the blue link)adminSep 11, 2021
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Air Malta199 viewsAd no.6 from 1974
adminSep 01, 2021
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Air Malta134 viewsAd no.5 from 1974
adminSep 01, 2021
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Air Malta121 viewsAd no.4 from 1974adminAug 25, 2021
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Air Malta83 viewsAd no.3 from 1974adminAug 25, 2021
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Air Malta97 viewsAd no.2 from 1974adminAug 19, 2021
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