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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Schools I have known - including TH45 viewsMemoir by Albert Fenech 1950s (click blue name)

adminOct 21, 2021
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1960s & 70s from David Woolfenden, ex-Verdala57 viewsClick HERE to see all 17adminOct 10, 2021
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1960s photos from Leslie Platt, ex-Verdala122 viewsClick HERE to see all 20
adminSep 26, 2021
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part three172 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 two114 viewsFrom Joe Zammit Ciantar in a recent Times of Malta - part 2 (click the blue link)

adminSep 11, 2021
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Memories of Xlendi, Gozo - part one68 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
adminSep 01, 2021
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Air Malta50 viewsAd no.5 from 1974
adminSep 01, 2021
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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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Memoir - Peter Keddie248 viewsClick here to view

Screen name Pbked, Tal Handaq 1962-65
2 commentsSC-UKJul 14, 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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School Club in Valletta c.1960194 viewsPhotograph was taken at the School Club in Valletta, in about 1960. Some names are missing, but all the following were in the photo.

Far back standing centre possibly Mark Tagliaferro (left) in dark jumper, Mike Hay and Willie Willman.

Back left is Peter Searle, Ian McCaul. Girl standing on chair on left hand side is Diane Murton, Phyllis Hannan and Carole Knight (father taught at TH), Mary Bishop, Anne ? Elsie ? Janet Merriman (now Witcher) with folded arms standing behind Andy Wilkin (who is far left front row wearing glasses), Diane Rowe behind her. Pat Bryce, Marian Totman, Carole Matthews, Anne ? Pauline Gill wearing glasses, Patricia Hatton, Marie Allen wearing white jacket. Robin Bowes back right.

Front row: Andy Wilkin, Bev Pearce, (boyfriend of Bernice), Bernice White, Ann ? Girl? Paula Finch, top part of Edna Pritchard's face, and John Finch. Mr and Mrs Matthews sitting in front of Carole Matthews.

Photo : Marie Allen Curley
adminMay 29, 2021
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All The King's Men 1976 - listen again202 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).

adminMay 14, 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 squeeze153 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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Mr Bob Dickerson 1928-2020173 viewsKeith Dickerson writes..."It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Robert (Bob) Dickerson, Art Teacher and later Head of the Art Department at Tal Handaq from 1958-1968, passed away at the age of 92 on 19 December 2020.
Bob returned to the UK on 4 July 2018 after living in Malta, Cyprus, Sardinia and Rome with his 2nd wife Brenda for over 40 years. He moved into sheltered accommodation in Ipswich in August 2018 and continued painting until the end of his life. He moved into a nursing home in October 2020 where unfortunately he caught COVID-19.

I have created a dropbox folder containing over 100 photos of Bob taken during his life HERE
(https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3j68h3qed1zo2c9/AADS4TNli-_Os0GCOYfw5u_7a?dl=0)
If you have any other photos of Bob please send them to me via Admin and I will upload them.
Best wishes, Keith Dickerson"
adminJan 07, 2021
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From the archives - the 68-71 team reunions196 viewsWith thanks to Judith Chitty Blair and Bob Callaghan.

See THIS PAGE and the other headers there.

adminJan 03, 2021
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Merry Christmas from Valletta 2020149 viewsSome outstanding lights if you google them.adminDec 21, 2020
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