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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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1960s & 70s from David Woolfenden, ex-Verdala49 viewsClick HERE to see all 17adminOct 10, 2021
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1960s photos from Leslie Platt, ex-Verdala113 viewsClick HERE to see all 20.
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part three170 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 two113 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 2 (click the blue link)

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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part one67 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 1 (click the blue link)adminSep 11, 2021
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Air Malta56 viewsAd no.6 from 1974
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Air Malta50 viewsAd no.5 from 1974
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Air Malta75 viewsAd no.4 from 1974adminAug 25, 2021
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Air Malta39 viewsAd no.3 from 1974adminAug 25, 2021
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Air Malta61 viewsAd no.2 from 1974adminAug 19, 2021
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Air Malta34 viewsAd no.1 from 1974adminAug 19, 2021
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Anyone we know?100 viewsDriving licence from 1957.
Offers on deciphering Phylliis' surname gratefully received.
adminAug 05, 2021
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Red Arrows over Marsamxett 1978172 viewsProbably photoshopped.

Watch the REAL THING 1969 (not colour sadly).

adminJun 27, 2021
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BEA advertising poster 1960s179 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 Poulton235 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 Sir231 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 Investigator216 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 Fools144 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 Saint198 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 squeeze152 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 1876141 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 2005306 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 2005234 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 2005152 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...191 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 2020149 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.adminDec 21, 2020
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Whaler in Marsamxett...630 views...like we sailed at St Angelo.

See 1955 RN sail training film made in Malta :-

part one
part two
part three
PrefectNov 04, 2020
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Never trust a Pongo107 viewsSome great Malta stories HERE. Thanks to Jan Meecham.

Type Malta into his search box when you've read this one.

adminSep 16, 2020
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143 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 Style203 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 Malta208 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
adminJun 10, 2020
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Anyone we know?212 viewsAlhambra 1970s.adminJun 09, 2020
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