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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Tigne Beach entry prices 202239 viewsStill jointly run by Marsa ad Union Clubs after lying derelict for years.

Zoom in to read.

Photo : Monica Mazure (now WardMcNally)

See also Tigne Beach Gallery
adminJun 17, 2022
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Their Royal Highnesses at the Dockyard Church 105 viewsPost-war venue. This closed when Baileys took over the yard in 1961.

See also DAVID SPEAR

Copyright © David Spear 2022
adminMay 17, 2022
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Dockyard Church Malta69 viewsThis is the pre-war venue (in a tunnel !)

Sketch by war artist Leslie Cole. Copyright © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 3243
Photo : unattributed
adminMay 14, 2022
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Tigne Point then and now163 viewsIn days of old when knights were bold,
Developers not invented;
The view serene, tower blocks unseen
And everyone contented.

Top photo : Edmund Ashman, ex-Tigne School 1950s
Bottom photo from internet search - unattributed

See also THIS ONE and comments beneath it.
adminMay 01, 2022
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HMS Ark Royal125 views..... during a Royal Navy open day in Grand Harbour, 1959

Photo : unattributed
adminApr 16, 2022
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Cunard Hovercraft in Grand Harbour, 1967132 viewsBetween 24 February 1967 and 10 May 1967, Cunard's RMS Sylvania carried British Hovercraft Corporation's SRN-6 type hovercraft 024 on board during her cruises in the Mediterranean from Gibraltar. The BHC was trying to interest the governments of various countries bordering the Mediterranean in purchasing hovercraft, and to give government officials a practical demonstration of the hovercraft's capabilities. It was put into the water, using the ship's gear, at various ports and sent on demonstration runs. The hovercraft was not there to provide sight-seeing trips for cruise passengers, although occasional short trips for passengers were made 'around the bay' between the official runs. The venture proved unsuccessful and was not repeated.

Photo : Cunard Line
adminFeb 01, 2022
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To remind us of warmer days - anyone we know? 1964209 viewsPhoto : Imperial War Museum © IWM TR 23169-2adminJan 13, 2022
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Christmas Greetings from Gozo 2021184 viewsChristmas tree in Fontana made from 8,800 recycled plastic bottles.adminDec 18, 2021
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Banyan Style536 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 the 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, whom 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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1960s & 70s from David Woolfenden, ex-Verdala417 viewsClick HERE to see all 17adminOct 10, 2021
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1960s photo from Leslie Platt, ex-Verdala318 viewsadminSep 26, 2021
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part three293 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 two209 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 one152 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 1 (click the blue link)adminSep 11, 2021
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Air Malta199 viewsAd no.6 from 1974
adminSep 01, 2021
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Air Malta134 viewsAd no.5 from 1974
adminSep 01, 2021
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Air Malta121 viewsAd no.4 from 1974adminAug 25, 2021
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Air Malta83 viewsAd no.3 from 1974adminAug 25, 2021
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Air Malta97 viewsAd no.2 from 1974adminAug 19, 2021
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Air Malta68 viewsAd no.1 from 1974adminAug 19, 2021
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Anyone we know?162 viewsDriving licence from 1957.
Offers on deciphering Phylliis' surname gratefully received.
adminAug 05, 2021
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Red Arrows over Marsamxett 1978214 viewsProbably photoshopped.

Watch the REAL THING 1969 (not colour sadly).

adminJun 27, 2021
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BEA advertising poster 1960s217 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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Aerial view taken 2000, photo courtesy Keith Poulton337 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 Sir279 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 Investigator258 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 Fools186 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 Saint234 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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Lija bus 3032, a tight squeeze183 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 1876176 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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Inside the Pit 2005346 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 2005273 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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