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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Beach life26 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 Style347 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 McLeod.
adminNov 14, 2021
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Recognise anyone? Verdala 1954/5149 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 TH291 viewsMemoir by Albert Fenech 1950s (click blue name)

adminOct 21, 2021
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1960s & 70s from David Woolfenden, ex-Verdala228 viewsClick HERE to see all 17adminOct 10, 2021
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1960s photos from Leslie Platt, ex-Verdala251 viewsClick HERE to see all 20
adminSep 26, 2021
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part three239 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 two162 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 one114 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 1 (click the blue link)adminSep 11, 2021
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Air Malta94 viewsAd no.6 from 1974
adminSep 01, 2021
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Air Malta74 viewsAd no.5 from 1974
adminSep 01, 2021
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Air Malta97 viewsAd no.4 from 1974adminAug 25, 2021
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Air Malta53 viewsAd no.3 from 1974adminAug 25, 2021
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Air Malta75 viewsAd no.2 from 1974adminAug 19, 2021
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Air Malta43 viewsAd no.1 from 1974adminAug 19, 2021
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Anyone we know?120 viewsDriving licence from 1957.
Offers on deciphering Phylliis' surname gratefully received.
adminAug 05, 2021
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Red Arrows over Marsamxett 1978174 viewsProbably photoshopped.

Watch the REAL THING 1969 (not colour sadly).

adminJun 28, 2021
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BEA advertising poster 1960s192 viewsArtist's impression or painted from a real photo? If a photo, who?

Looks like an Albacore (apart from the red sails, artistic licence).
adminJun 13, 2021
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School Club in Valletta c.1960219 viewsPhotograph was taken at the School Club in Valletta, in about 1960. Some names are missing, but all the following were in the photo.

Far back standing centre possibly Mark Tagliaferro (left) in dark jumper, Mike Hay and Willie Willman.

Back left is Peter Searle, Ian McCaul. Girl standing on chair on left hand side is Diane Murton, Phyllis Hannan and Carole Knight (father taught at TH), Mary Bishop, Anne ? Elsie ? Janet Merriman (now Witcher) with folded arms standing behind Andy Wilkin (who is far left front row wearing glasses), Diane Rowe behind her. Pat Bryce, Marian Totman, Carole Matthews, Anne ? Pauline Gill wearing glasses, Patricia Hatton, Marie Allen wearing white jacket. Robin Bowes back right.

Front row: Andy Wilkin, Bev Pearce, (boyfriend of Bernice), Bernice White, Ann ? Girl? Paula Finch, top part of Edna Pritchard's face, and John Finch. Mr and Mrs Matthews sitting in front of Carole Matthews.

Photo : Marie Allen Curley
adminMay 29, 2021
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All The King's Men 1976 - listen again212 viewsThanks to David Corcoran for this recording of the 1976 Christmas show.

Should start to play when you click HERE

(....if not, scroll down that page to find the play button at ATKM. Cast names there too).

adminMay 15, 2021
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Aerial view taken 2000, photo courtesy Keith Poulton255 viewsInto my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those tin remembered roofs?
What bell, what kids are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain.
Hot dusty classrooms where I went
And cannot come again.

(With apologies to A.E.Housman)
1 commentsadminMay 01, 2021
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Farewell Sir243 viewsHRH Prince Philip 1921-2021

Times of Malta article on new Malta stamps to be issued on 10 June 2021 which would have been HRH's 100th birthday (but omits to mention his command of HMS Magpie in Malta!) see HERE
adminApr 10, 2021
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Notta lotta people know this .................. The Investigator224 viewsThriller puppet show by Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame, filmed in Malta in 1973 . This particular pilot never took off.

Watch clips HERE

Read about it HERE
adminApr 05, 2021
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A film for April Fools155 viewsBlack Eagle - possibly the lamest film made in Malta (or anywhere), despite Van Damme's and Kosugi's best (or worst) efforts. Not made as a comedy but laughable in every way, redeemed only by the scenery (but of course no extras available from TH to save the day), 1988.

Film HERE

More stills HERE

What the REVIEWS SAID (scroll down).
adminApr 01, 2021
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Vendetta for the Saint208 viewsMalta posing as Sicily & Capri. Watch for the Kinnie advert during the fight (Naxxar church), and of course the 'Palermo' bus (M'xlokk, Mdina). Good classic episode (1969).

More shots HERE

Film - part one HERE
part two HERE
adminMar 18, 2021
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Lija bus 3032, a tight squeeze155 viewsLija Bus no. 3032 daily trip passing Triq il-Mithna on its way to Valletta, 1960s.

Photo source unattributed
adminMar 08, 2021
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HMS Serapis bringing Edward, Prince of Wales to Malta 1876148 viewsSerapis was one of five Euphrates class, originally built as troopers.

HMS Hercules behind (just ahead).

Read about the partying Prince in the TIMES OF MALTA
adminFeb 24, 2021
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Something to look forward to...205 viewsMore restored buses now doing tourist trips.

Click HERE for full article from recent Times of Malta.

See also THIS ONE
adminJan 22, 2021
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Mr Bob Dickerson 1928-2020187 viewsKeith Dickerson writes..."It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Robert (Bob) Dickerson, Art Teacher and later Head of the Art Department at Tal Handaq from 1958-1968, passed away at the age of 92 on 19 December 2020.
Bob returned to the UK on 4 July 2018 after living in Malta, Cyprus, Sardinia and Rome with his 2nd wife Brenda for over 40 years. He moved into sheltered accommodation in Ipswich in August 2018 and continued painting until the end of his life. He moved into a nursing home in October 2020 where unfortunately he caught COVID-19.

I have created a dropbox folder containing over 100 photos of Bob taken during his life HERE
(https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3j68h3qed1zo2c9/AADS4TNli-_Os0GCOYfw5u_7a?dl=0)
If you have any other photos of Bob please send them to me via Admin and I will upload them.
Best wishes, Keith Dickerson"
adminJan 07, 2021
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From the archives - the 68-71 team reunions217 viewsWith thanks to Judith Chitty Blair and Bob Callaghan.

See THIS PAGE and the other headers there.

adminJan 03, 2021
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2020158 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.adminDec 21, 2020
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"Schoolies" - hot off the press209 viewsSelected Stories of the Royal Navy Instructor Officers' Association (RNIOA).

Also contains some jottings by Miss Yule (viewable here on THN too).

Buy your copy HERE

Tell them we sent you !!
adminDec 06, 2020
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