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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Barrakka lift probably c. 1980 before demolition23 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
adminMar 18, 2020
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Dione Venables BFBS Part 276 viewsAutobiography of Dione's time at BFBS 1969-79.

Part 2

Copyright © Dione Venables 2019
adminMar 06, 2020
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Dione Venables BFBS Part 149 viewsAutobiography of Dione's time at BFBS 1969-79.

Part 1

Copyright © Dione Venables 2019
adminMar 06, 2020
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Prize Day 196654 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Prize Day batting order 196645 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Gozo hydofoil 1964 - Postcard34 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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Ray Calleja inventor of Twistees passes to the great tuckshop in the sky33 viewsRead more HEREadminJan 09, 2020
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Making a comeback43 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op1 commentsadminJan 05, 2020
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 201932 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 198382 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.115 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 54 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-60s185 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-60s138 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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Faithful50 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 1960s82 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadminNov 02, 2019
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 1967135 viewsMr Roy Tatton on left, Jill Thackray centre front, poss Eddie Eichmann on right?

Photo : Jill Thackray
adminOct 22, 2019
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Enterprises at MGSC, games afternoon 1967118 viewsNote the yacht moored to the buoy on the right - the Lucette. Read her famous story HERE and watch the film (names changed) HERE

Photo : Jill Thackray
2 commentsadminOct 22, 2019
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What happened to the proposed donkey?46 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
adminOct 12, 2019
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Invites from 1969109 viewsCourtesy of Christine Kate Spencer (now Liddy).adminSep 30, 2019
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Malta Independence 196451 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
adminSep 22, 2019
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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far90 views1st Sept 1965 RNAS Hal Far was formally handed over to the RAF.

Picture taken 31 August the last day of HMS Falcon.

By kind permission of Mark Woolley whose father Bob took it. See Woolley Family
adminSep 01, 2019
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The Pit 1967-8244 viewsKay Carberry behind the bar in the Pit, with Corinne Bevan.
Pepsi & Coke only of course.
adminAug 17, 2019
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THE PIT Friday 3rd November 1967130 viewsPoster attrib to Sally Rathmell, with thanks to Jenny Shillitto (now Banbury).adminAug 11, 2019
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Boy in grey blazer 195260 viewsNow identified as John Clark, TH 1947-1949 & 1952-1954.

(...not forgetting that there were still some junior classes at TH until 1955).

adminAug 05, 2019
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Could Malta have become a US possession?72 viewsJudge for yourself HERE

Watercolour USS Constitution in GH 1804, Edwin Galea
adminJul 25, 2019
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Looking for that elusive present...91 views...for him/her who has everything?

What about a Xarabanc ?

adminJul 19, 2019
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Suna in Marsamxett157 viewsJoe Mardel at the helm, 1958.

Suna was a "windfall" yacht. With Star & RNSA 14' as supporting cast.

See Windfall Yacht Suna
adminJul 06, 2019
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Traditional farewell to C-in-C147 viewsAdmiral Sir Alexander Bingley, Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean, being rowed to HMS Surprise by his senior Captains and Flag staff on his departure from Malta, 1961.

Photo : Matthew Ellul
adminJun 21, 2019
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Primary children visit Ark Royal in GH 1973-4188 viewsNow known to be Luqa Primary thanks to Tamara Lewis (kneeling front left with finger in her mouth).

Photo : Brian Fairbotham
adminJun 14, 2019
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More dinghy racing, circa 196591 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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Folklore at MGSC Hay Warf 1970157 viewsMartin Donnelly on foredeck, who on the helm? (Or was it vice versa?)

Apologies for camera shake and poor quality.
adminJun 02, 2019
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