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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Last additions - Then & Now
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BEA advertising poster 1960s24 viewsArtist's impression or painted from a real photo? If a photo, who?

Looks like an Albacore.
adminJun 13, 2021
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Aerial view taken 2000, photo courtesy Keith Poulton156 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)
adminMay 01, 2021
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Farewell Sir197 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 Investigator181 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 Fools112 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 Saint156 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 17, 2021
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Inside the Pit 2005247 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 commentsmikewJan 28, 2021
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The Pit entrance tunnel 2005184 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 commentsmikewJan 28, 2021
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The entrance to the Pit 200599 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 commentsmikewJan 28, 2021
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Something to look forward to...130 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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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2020113 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.adminDec 21, 2020
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87 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 BratAug 30, 2020
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Banyan Style153 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.
adminJul 22, 2020
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Washing Up in Malta118 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
adminJun 10, 2020
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Anyone we know?156 viewsAlhambra 1970s.adminJun 09, 2020
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235 viewsMy Father and some of his mates from A Company outside the Sliema Café [1967] now the site of the Mr Todd Hotel.Military BratApr 05, 2020
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Barrakka lift probably c.1980 before demolition150 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
adminMar 18, 2020
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Ray Calleja inventor of Twistees passes to the great tuckshop in the sky130 viewsRead more HEREadminJan 09, 2020
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2019130 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadminDec 24, 2019
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All the best from Farsons 148 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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Triton Fountain 1960s192 viewsAfter Kingsgate became Citygate (1964).2 commentsadminNov 02, 2019
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Triton Fountain 2130 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.IvanOct 27, 2019
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Triton Fountain 1112 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. IvanOct 27, 2019
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What happened to the proposed donkey?125 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
adminOct 12, 2019
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Malta Independence 1964122 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
adminSep 22, 2019
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Military Brats [Sliema 1967]117 viewsGary Kevin Steven and Leslie at the water's edge,
Sliema Creek.
Military BratAug 09, 2019
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Beacon House St Andrew's Barracks [Now].142 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military BratAug 07, 2019
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Sliema 1967168 viewsOn the right a locally produced
Triumph Herald made by The Car Assembly Ltd [CAL]
at the Marsa production line.
Military BratAug 06, 2019
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Sliema 1967151 viewsThe slipway at Sliema.Military BratAug 06, 2019
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More dinghy racing, circa 1965152 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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More sailing in Marsamxett192 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 !!
adminMay 27, 2019
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Garrison club dinghies in Marsamxett. Postcard158 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.
adminMay 26, 2019
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