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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Aerial view taken 2000, photo courtesy Keith Poulton57 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.Houseman)
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Farewell Sir167 viewsHRH Prince Philip 1921-2021admin
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Notta lotta people know this .................. The Investigator159 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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A film for April Fools88 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).
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Vendetta for the Saint141 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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Inside the Pit 2005237 viewsRemove all the furniture and it looks just the same. I especially remember the opening at the end with bars in it. That was the only ventilation we had!1 commentsmikew
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The Pit entrance tunnel 2005174 viewsThe tunnel fitted with all mod cons, handrail, steps, adequate lighting. Still damp though! but presumably not with the sweat of a lot of dancing teenagers.1 commentsmikew
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The entrance to the Pit 200590 viewsI took this photo when we went back on the 2005 reunion visit. It was then the Castille Wine Vaults. It was closed at the time but I managed to get in and take some photos which will follow on from this one. Ivan, (author of a previous photo) I hope they are of interest. 1 commentsmikew
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Something to look forward to...118 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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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2020106 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.admin
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77 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 Brat
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Banyan Style139 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.
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Washing Up in Malta110 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
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Anyone we know?147 viewsAlhambra 1970s.admin
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222 viewsMy Father and some of his mates from A Company outside the Sliema Café [1967] now the site of the Mr Todd Hotel.Military Brat
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Barrakka lift probably c. 1980 before demolition142 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
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Ray Calleja inventor of Twistees passes to the great tuckshop in the sky120 viewsRead more HEREadmin
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2019123 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin
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All the best from Farsons 142 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin
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Triton Fountain 1960s185 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadmin
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Triton Fountain 2124 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.Ivan
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Triton Fountain 1106 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. Ivan
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What happened to the proposed donkey?118 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
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Malta Independence 1964115 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
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Military Brats [Sliema 1967]108 viewsGary Kevin Steven and Leslie at the water's edge,
Sliema Creek.
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Beacon House St Andrew's Barracks [Now].135 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military Brat
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Sliema 1967163 viewsOn the right a locally produced
Triumph Herald made by The Car Assembly Ltd [CAL]
at the Marsa production line.
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Sliema 1967143 viewsThe slipway at Sliema.Military Brat
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More dinghy racing, circa 1965146 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 !
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More sailing in Marsamxett187 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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Garrison club dinghies in Marsamxett. Postcard152 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.
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RN families' clinic Tower Road210 viewsWell, they were made to keep the facade - so they did.....(taken 2018).admin
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