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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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A film for April Fools179 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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Relic of St Angelo174 viewsNow on display in the re-opened fort. Well worth a visit.admin
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2020174 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.admin
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Lija bus 3032, a tight squeeze174 viewsLija Bus no. 3032 daily trip passing Triq il-Mithna on its way to Valletta, 1960s.

Photo source unattributed
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Christmas Greetings from Gozo 2021174 viewsChristmas tree in Fontana made from 8,800 recycled plastic bottles.admin
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Malta Independence 1964173 views21st September

See Youtube

...and lots more clips there.
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173 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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TSS Oxfordshire [1957-1964] Later TSS Fairstar [1964-1997].172 viewsSS Oxfordshire was a Troopship launched on December 15th by
Mrs Dorothea Head wife of The Minister of Defence.
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Military Brats [Sliema 1967]172 viewsGary Kevin Steven and Leslie at the water's edge,
Sliema Creek.
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HMS MMS 10 (pennant J 510) 1951168 viewsHarbour minesweeper, postcard.

With Forth before moving to Msida.
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HMS Serapis bringing Edward, Prince of Wales to Malta 1876166 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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...but when very shiny164 viewsPhoto : pinterest unattributedadmin
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Sliema Creek 1967160 viewsThe gentleman in the foreground is an
Italian Naval Officer.
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Triton Fountain 1158 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. Ivan
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Anyone we know?156 viewsDriving licence from 1957.
Offers on deciphering Phylliis' surname gratefully received.
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Bathing machine150 viewsBalluta Bay c.1960

Photo : Norman Schembri
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Could Malta have become a US possession?149 viewsJudge for yourself HERE

Watercolour USS Constitution in GH 1804, Edwin Galea
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Making a comeback148 viewsNewly restored buses for hire from Malta Bus Co-op

See also THIS ONE

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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part one145 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 1 (click the blue link)admin
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Gozo hydofoil 1964 - Postcard133 viewsIn 1964 the Malta Aliscafi Ltd started operating a hydrofoil service between Grand Harbour and Mgarr Harbour in Gozo. The hydrofoil in use was the Delfin. It was commonly known as L-Izgicc. The company went bankrupt in 1968 and Delfin was sold in Italy.admin
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Looking for that elusive present...130 views...for him/her who has everything?

What about a Xarabanc ?

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Air Malta129 viewsAd no.5 from 1974
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Empire125 viewsTroopship "Empire Fowey"Military Brat
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Cunard Hovercraft in Grand Harbour, 1967122 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
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Never trust a Pongo120 viewsSome great Malta stories HERE. Thanks to Jan Meecham.

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

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Air Malta118 viewsAd no.4 from 1974admin
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RFA Empire Gull [L3513] 116 viewsRFA Empire Gull was a landing ship of The Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
She was affectionately known as the "Black Pig" and was one of
the last serving LSTs.
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HMS Ark Royal114 views..... during a Royal Navy open day in Grand Harbour, 1959

Photo : unattributed
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Tigne Point then and now110 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

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Air Malta95 viewsAd no.2 from 1974admin
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Air Malta77 viewsAd no.3 from 1974admin
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Air Malta65 viewsAd no.1 from 1974admin
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