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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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A film for April Fools204 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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On the beach203 viewsA Royal Navy hovercraft glides onto the sand at Mellieha Bay in 1970.

Photo : Miguel Bonello
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More dinghy racing, circa 1965203 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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On this day 1965 - Hal-Far200 views1st Sept 1965 RNAS Hal Far was formally handed over to the RAF.

Picture taken 31 August the last day of HMS Falcon.

By kind permission of Mark Woolley whose father Bob took it. See Woolley Family
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My School Shirt199 viewsThis is the front of my old school leaving shirt signed by many. If you were on the pill-box at Tigne on 17th July 1970 or at school around this date then you may be on it.
Some names are William, Jude, Larry, Haggis eating Janie, Bob "The pill-box is mine", Dorian Church, Caroline, Carol Williams, Ann "Same plane home as me", Irish, Alasdair, Tony, Chris Smith (Dundee 4 Chelsea 2), Julie +Gary, Ros and Rina (from Israel), Ian, Claire, George, Rosanne, Dom, Elaine Soar, Ian loves (Luvvs) June (Tich) June Dewbury
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Christmas Greetings from Gozo 2021199 viewsChristmas tree in Fontana made from 8,800 recycled plastic bottles.admin
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What happened to the proposed donkey?198 viewsArtist's impression of the planned Paradise Bay Hotel.

Times of Malta 23 March 1961.
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Beacon House St Andrew's Barracks [Now].197 viewsThe old Beacon House was used for N.A.A.F.I breaks.Military Brat
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Restoration of the Verdala "lantern"...196 views...by the Malta Restoration Directorate, 2020...

...but not yet on their WEBSITE

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Triton Fountain 2194 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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Lija bus 3032, a tight squeeze194 viewsLija Bus no. 3032 daily trip passing Triq il-Mithna on its way to Valletta, 1960s.

Photo source unattributed
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2019193 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin
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HMS Serapis bringing Edward, Prince of Wales to Malta 1876192 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
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Letter from Tal-Handaq 1976192 viewsFound on a certain auction site.derrick calver
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Tony Wise ©191 viewsContinuing the Verdala theme, this was painted by Tony Wise, Verdala staff member 1962-5. TW is mentioned by KEITH ALLEN in THIS EXTRACTadmin
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Military Brats [Sliema 1967]191 viewsGary Kevin Steven and Leslie at the water's edge,
Sliema Creek.
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Relic of St Angelo190 viewsNow on display in the re-opened fort. Well worth a visit.admin
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Made in Malta - The Count of Monte Cristo, 2002190 viewsGood swashbuckling stuff, filmed 80% on location in Malta. Your admin has dived the treasure cave !

Full movie free HERE
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2020188 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.admin
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TSS Oxfordshire [1957-1964] Later TSS Fairstar [1964-1997].187 viewsSS Oxfordshire was a Troopship launched on December 15th by
Mrs Dorothea Head wife of The Minister of Defence.
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187 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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Egmont Close 3187 viewsTaken Sept 1971 along St Ignatius Junction1 commentsderrick calver
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Anyone we know?183 viewsDriving licence from 1957.
Offers on deciphering Phylliis' surname gratefully received.
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Tigne Point then and now183 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.
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HMS MMS 10 (pennant J 510) 1951182 viewsHarbour minesweeper, postcard.

With Forth before moving to Msida.
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Royal Marines beating retreat Verdala 1966 (1)181 viewsOn the occasion of a member of staff leaving - Jack Ousbey

Copyright © Martin Powell
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Meadowbank Hotel181 viewsHotel before 1960s makeover. We and many other families stayed here on arrival in Malta.2 commentsderrick calver
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Malta Independence 1964180 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
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Sliema Creek 1967179 viewsThe gentleman in the foreground is an
Italian Naval Officer.
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Sports Day 1968175 viewsPDF of Sports Day 1968 - from Mike Wynne.

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