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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


Most viewed - Tal Handaq 70s (1970 - 1978)
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Luqa 2 site Sgt's' Mess accommodation703 viewsTaken 9th October 2014. This block overlooked the running track and was the first block to the right from our flat towards the Gladiator Club. fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site Sgt's Mess?696 viewsI believe this was the Sgt's mess. The picture taken from roughly the NAAFI building on 9th October 20154 commentsfifla1973
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A genuine 1970s letter from the great Steve Jones659 viewsThis is a letter from a great like minded friend; Steve Jones to me while I was suffering the misery of North East England in 1974. He was a great artist; he painted drew and sculptured and I wrote Ginsberg like poetry; a great team! I guess he was right when he wrote on the side of page one: Don't get me wrong we're only dancing! Perhaps it should now read: we were only dancing! Page 2 to follow!fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site parade square and Airmen's Barrack Blocks650 viewsThis was never used while I was at Luqa. Really nice setting though. Taken 9th October 20141 commentsfifla1973
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RAF Luqa Gladiator Club639 viewsThis was the Airmen's bar. This is from where I first heard the strains of Drive in Saturday from the juke box one Saturday and walked in to find no be there at all. Very spooky! Still looks majestic. Taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Steve Jones' The Rise and Fall of David Bowie637 viewsI introduced Steve to Bowie in 1972 and recorded the first five albums onto cassette for him. I also helped him write out the lyrics for his own use to go with the recordings. He used his art and great sense of imagination to make three comic strips for me. This is page 1 of 2 of the first of those three strips. 70s pop art as never been seen before! fifla1973
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Tal Handaq Sports Day running track 1973622 viewsThis view if the running track again from the balcony of our Luqa flat. Taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa 2 site blocks of flats612 viewsOn the airport side of the diet the blocks parallel with the new runway were demolished and the blocks adjacent were partially demolished, Leaving a ragged end to each block as seen here. fifla1973
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Married Quarters Luqa 2 site.611 viewsThis particular block faced the tennis courts and was where Chris Dillion lived. We had many a battle on the courts themselves with Pete Whiting and Dave Phillips. Picture taken 9th October 2014.1 commentsfifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site Gymnasium585 viewsThe Gymnasium saw some illustrious sports people getting changed, these included Sir Stanley Mathews, Malcolm Alison, Francis Lee and the 1972 Manchester City team who played a match on the sand pitch opposite the gym. This is also where we played badminton most Fridays until we discovered girls; or did they discover us? Picture taken 9th October 2014 fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site football pitch.553 viewsThe other goal amazingly would now be situated in the middle of the airport northern taxiway. Hard to believe that Stab Mathews, Francis Lee and Colin Bell ( and of course me!) once played on this pitch. Photo taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Combined Cadet Force RAF535 viewsThe shoulder tapes for our CCF.

great memories
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RAF Luqa 2 site flats533 viewsOur flat was the first one on the ground floor. Picture taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa Youth Club529 viewsThis was the Luqa Youth Club block, on the right hand side, until summer 1973. A den of iniquity indeed! Photo taken 9th October 1973 fifla1973
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Luqa 2 Site block of flats522 viewsThis was the block at the very back of the site. I believe in my time the Beaumonts lived there. Mike was a friend at he time bad a fast running winger in the football team. Very overgrown and sad to see. Now used as Malta Airways offices. Photo taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa2Site511 viewsLooking up the road from the flats on 2 site towards the Gladiator club and the main entrance of the site with the sports fields on the left. Taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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Luqa Primary School507 viewsThis was on 2 site at Luqa. My sister attended until 1973. It looks like it is now used for offices. This pic taken 9th October 2014fifla1973
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HMS Talbot memorial plaque495 viewsThis is attached to the curtain below the Anglican Cathedral facing Manoel Island. The sailors used to come ashore below and make their way to Strait Street just up the slope.fifla1973
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Hay Wharf sailing club.494 viewsThe boats were hoisted into the water from where the grey navy boats are. We used to go there sailing for sports afternoons in 1971 from Tal Handaq. This picture was taken from my balcony in the Excelsior Hotel. I used to look up at the old hotel on the site at the time, with my girlfriend Cathy Stephenson, and wonder how people afforded to stay there!fifla1973
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Luqa 2 site as seen on 3rd October 2014482 viewsThe site of the school bus stop with the flats in the background and airport behind that. fifla1973
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Sculling about481 viewsRob Ross 1970

Taken at Robb Lido, appropriately

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Stamp club 2461 viewsbmale22
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Tal Handaq closes - 40 years ago424 viewsThe school closed on 14 July 1978. Presumably not possible to issue this on C-Day.
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Combined Cadet Force 1978390 viewsLast picture of the CCF before the school closed in 1978.

Picture copyright © Jim Russell

Names anybody....?
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Oliver 1973296 viewsThe earlier press release had a dramatic effect.

(The 1100 and the boat are probably sold by now).
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School Hall mid-70s292 viewsWith ballroom shine to the floor done during summer hols. The organ beloved of Mr Gerrard that used to be on the balcony was probably removed at the time of the "Mintoff withdrawal" in 1972, destination unknown?

(But why didn't I take one of the stage?)

Compare with THIS ONE
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Uganda 1970s279 viewsTH pupils disembarking - which port?

Photo : Josephine Xuereb
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On this day - Jane Arbuthnot - Harrods bomb 1983256 viewsThanks to Vic Weekes for reminding us of the tragic loss of Jane Arbuthnot with whom he also served in the Metropolitan Police. Jane was taken bravely doing her duty at a call where they knew the code-word had been given and the danger was real and imminent. Each year on the 17th December a small remembrance service is held at the spot.

Memorial HERE

Jane at TH HERE
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"Folklore" or "Angela" at MGSC Hay Warf 1970255 viewsMartin Donnelly on foredeck, who on the helm? (Or was it vice versa?)

Apologies for camera shake and poor quality.
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Oliver 1973220 viewsDolphin & Eagle press release.admin
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All The King's Men 1976 - listen again199 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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My Old School Shirt 2171 viewsThis is the back of my (Mike Wynne's) old school shirt with more funny notes and wishes.
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