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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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


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Banyan Style338 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.
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1960s & 70s from David Woolfenden, ex-Verdala228 viewsClick HERE to see all 17admin
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1960s photos from Leslie Platt, ex-Verdala251 viewsClick HERE to see all 20
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part three239 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 3 (click the blue link)admin
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part two161 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 one114 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 1 (click the blue link)admin
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Air Malta94 viewsAd no.6 from 1974
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Air Malta74 viewsAd no.5 from 1974
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Air Malta97 viewsAd no.4 from 1974admin
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Air Malta53 viewsAd no.3 from 1974admin
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Air Malta75 viewsAd no.2 from 1974admin
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Air Malta43 viewsAd no.1 from 1974admin
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Anyone we know?120 viewsDriving licence from 1957.
Offers on deciphering Phylliis' surname gratefully received.
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BEA advertising poster 1960s192 viewsArtist's impression or painted from a real photo? If a photo, who?

Looks like an Albacore (apart from the red sails, artistic licence).
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Aerial view taken 2000, photo courtesy Keith Poulton254 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)
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Farewell Sir243 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
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Notta lotta people know this .................. The Investigator224 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
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A film for April Fools154 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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Vendetta for the Saint208 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
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Inside the Pit 2005315 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 commentsmikew
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The Pit entrance tunnel 2005245 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 commentsmikew
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The entrance to the Pit 2005163 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 commentsmikew
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Something to look forward to...204 viewsMore restored buses now doing tourist trips.

Click HERE for full article from recent Times of Malta.

See also THIS ONE
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2020158 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.admin
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155 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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Washing Up in Malta217 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
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Anyone we know?225 viewsAlhambra 1970s.admin
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312 viewsMy Father and some of his mates from A Company outside the Sliema Café [1967] now the site of the Mr Todd Hotel.Military Brat
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Barrakka lift probably c.1980 before demolition201 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
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Ray Calleja inventor of Twistees passes to the great tuckshop in the sky192 viewsRead more HEREadmin
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2019175 viewsThis is a large Christmas "tree" of illuminated Mdina-glass baubles on display in Valletta.2 commentsadmin
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All the best from Farsons 196 views1960s ad. Reads "Simonds Farsons Cisk is the largest and most up to date industry on the island" !!2 commentsadmin
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