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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Recognise anyone? Verdala 1954/5232 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."admin
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A Tremendous Swell231 viewsGraham Bence as Pooh Bahbernardhoctor
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Oliver 1973231 viewsDolphin & Eagle press release.admin
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Notta lotta people know this .................. The Investigator231 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
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HMS Albacore 1945230 viewsAlgerine ClassPrefect
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...and now...230 viewsRust in Peace

Photo: Marco Zammit Collection
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A perfect gentleman229 viewsPrince Charles gives his sister Princess Anne a helping hand as they leave the Hotel PhoeniciaSC-UK
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Anyone we know?229 viewsAlhambra 1970s.admin
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More sailing in Marsamxett228 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 !!
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226 viewsMe brother Andrew (in the middle) and friend Ralphjimjoyner1
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First bus fleet 1905, Thornycroft.226 viewsImported by family Agius, well known to admin.

20hp - half hp per person !
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Trooper R Martin d. 1918223 viewsWhat does Trooper Martin have to do with Malta's part in World War One? Malta, 'Nurse of the Mediterranean' cared for casualties from the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns. Martin died like thousands of others - but only after surviving one of the world's first open heart surgeries AND being operated upon by one of the first woman surgeons. He has become famous 100 years later.

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We will remember them.
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Fairey Fireflies over Ghar-id-Dud during the Battle of Britain flypast in September 1952223 viewsPhoto : Charles B Grech, former Times of Malta photographer. Paul Demajo Albanese Collection. (Negs lost in fire at the Times of Malta offices).admin
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All The King's Men 1976 - listen again223 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).

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Prize Day batting order 1966221 viewsThanks to Paul Gentleadmin
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Canberras 1970220 viewsEnglish Electric Canberras over Grand Harbour in 1970 during exercise Lime Jug.

Photo unattributed
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Washing Up in Malta220 viewsBy Josephine Burden, ex-Tal Handaq

From 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
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219 viewsMy Dad (James Douglas Joyner then Flt Sgt) at work as Air Traffic Controller at RAF Luqa tower in 1965/1966. jimjoyner1
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Britannia Entering Grand Harbour218 viewsCopyright © Lesley Cole

Tug Roysterer or Respond.
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"Schoolies" - hot off the press217 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 !!
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The Admirable Crichton 1955216 viewsAnn Ross-MacDonald
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Traditional farewell to C-in-C214 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
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Sliema 1967213 viewsOn the right a locally produced
Triumph Herald made by The Car Assembly Ltd [CAL]
at the Marsa production line.
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Vendetta for the Saint213 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
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210 viewsDad and younger brother Andrew at Ghajn Tuffeieha just before the huge climb up the steps to the car park after a day on the beach.jimjoyner1
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Something to look forward to...210 viewsMore restored buses now doing tourist trips.

Click HERE for full article from recent Times of Malta.

See also THIS ONE
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Ray Calleja inventor of Twistees passes to the great tuckshop in the sky207 viewsRead more HEREadmin
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