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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

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

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Eagle Aviation Dakota - Blackbushe to Luqa2477 views1956

"The plane took off from Blackbushe and climbed to 10,000 feet which was its cruising height, but the flight to Nice was terrible, there were storms all the way, and apart from flying upside down the aeroplane was being buffeted all the way. Flying at 10,000 feet meant that if you hit an air pocket, the aircraft would drop almost 2,000 feet. The poor flight attendant Miss Bolton went through the aircraft picking up sick bags, the only person not sick was Kelvin, the only one on the aircraft able to eat his inflight meal and drink his tea, he even sucked on a sweet for landing so that his ears would not be painful. Then the aircraft made a perfect landing at Nice and all the passengers got off. Kelvin bless his cotton socks called 'Bboobb' at the top of the landing steps, and like a good boy he covered every step in inflight meal, crisps, cup of tea and the sweet. The French ground crew were not happy and said so."

Read Mike Palmer's memoirs by instalment here - The Old Sea Dog

NB- The link will take you to the latest chapter. To start from the beginning (posted 17 Oct 2020) keep clicking on "More Posts" at the bottom of his page.

Be sure to tune in regularly to Mike's blog for the latest in nostalgia (and to leave an appreciative comment).
adminOct 20, 2020
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Videos from 2005 before demolition475 viewsA reminder to view Bruce Williams' TH website and watch videos donated by Lynn Mentiply.

The blue link should land on Bruce's video page, then scroll down the page. There are five to watch not including the one at the foot of the page which is not playing.

Be sure to check out the rest of his site via the Home button in the photo of Bruce near the top of his page.
2 commentsadminOct 01, 2020
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Never trust a Pongo133 viewsSome great Malta stories HERE. Thanks to Jan Meecham.

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

adminSep 16, 2020
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183 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 BratAug 30, 2020
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Another Verdala Memoir...149 views...by SUE ADAMS

Click on blue link (Sue Adams' name) and scroll to page ten if it doesn't land there.
adminAug 22, 2020
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Sports Days 1954 & 55 at St Andrew's Army School122 viewsStarring Bernard DerrickadminAug 15, 2020
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PDF Athletics Day 1970 - from Mike Wynne315 viewsClick here for TH Athletics 1970SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Athletics Day 1969 - from Mike Wynne124 viewsClick here for TH Athletics 1969SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Malta Youth Champs 1970 - from Mike Wynne108 viewsClick here for Malta AAA Youth Champs 1970SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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PDF Malta Youth Champs 1969 - from Mike Wynne91 viewsClick here for Malta AAA Youth Champs 1969SC-UKAug 05, 2020
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Congrats to Gillian and Trevor Ricketts. Fifty-five years of wedded bliss.231 viewsGillian writes - Today (3rd July) we are celebrating our EMERALD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (55 years - I know!!!). Fortunately for Trev I am not a fan of expensive jewellery and I couldn't think of anything of anything green to give him so we have decided that, when Covid 19 departs (and it will), we will take a celebratory trip to the Emerald Isle!! It is strange that, having travelled a lot in our lifetimes, we have never been to Ireland. That will be something to look forward to. In the meantime we will celebrate the day with something alcoholic shared with good friends. Happy anniversary, darling Trev xxxxx Martin PowellJul 05, 2020
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Magazines207 viewsLink to the magazine collection, all scanned by David "Prefect" Gerrard....

>>> HERE
adminJun 20, 2020
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Washing Up in Malta241 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
adminJun 10, 2020
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Anyone we know?258 viewsAlhambra 1970s.adminJun 09, 2020
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Army childhood224 viewsARMY CHILDHOOD: BRITISH ARMY CHILDREN’S LIVES AND TIMES. Beautifully produced with many full colour prints.

Book by The Army Children Archive’s founder, Clare Gibson. (Shire Publications Ltd, 2012). Slim but highly recommended.

Read parts online HERE

More on TACA including Malta (but lacks a search facility).
2 commentsMartin PowellMay 10, 2020
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School Hall mid-70s362 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
adminApr 26, 2020
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Pit 1969-70579 viewsPit committee, having a break in Barrakka gardens after prep work for the dance, 1969-70 : Joe Vincenti, Caroline "Porridge" Cary (now Brown), Debby Bradley (now Hill), Adrian Worley RIP

Photo : Dom Wujastyk
Martin PowellApr 01, 2020
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Barrakka lift probably c.1980 before demolition230 viewsYou can google the new one.

Photo : source unknown.
adminMar 18, 2020
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Sports Day 1968175 viewsPDF of Sports Day 1968 - from Mike Wynne.

Click here to view

SC-UKMar 11, 2020
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Dione Venables at BFBS Part 2215 viewsAutobiography of Dione's time at BFBS 1969-79.

Part 2

By kind permission of Dione Venables - Copyright © 2019
adminMar 06, 2020
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Dione Venables at BFBS Part 1143 viewsAutobiography of Dione's time at BFBS 1969-79.

Part 1

By kind permission of Dione Venables - Copyright © 2019
adminMar 06, 2020
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My Old School Shirt 2218 viewsThis is the back of my (Mike Wynne's) old school shirt with more funny notes and wishes.
mikewFeb 16, 2020
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My School Shirt195 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
mikewFeb 16, 2020
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Mike Wynne402 viewsYour truly Mike Wynne in San Anton Gardens 1969/70.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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George Molden347 viewsMy friend George Molden outside Tuck shop.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Party Invite348 viewsMy invite to Lori Church's party. It seems so formal now but that's how we did it then.
I think it was around 1969.
mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Dainty Bar328 viewsRemember the Dainty Bar just opposite Egmont Flats? We had many happy hours in there during the late 60's.mikewFeb 15, 2020
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Prize Day 1966317 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Prize Day batting order 1966283 viewsThanks to Paul GentleadminFeb 07, 2020
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Gozo hydofoil 1964 - Postcard141 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.adminJan 31, 2020
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Battle scar200 views"Sergeant Gordon Tweedale of 185 Squadron [was] shot down and killed in his first sortie in a Spitfire. Tweedale’s Spitfire ... crashed in Lija ... . The scarred wall of a building on the corner of Saviour Street, damaged by the Spitfire in the final moments of its terminal dive, remains a poignant reminder... ."
Text from Air Battle for Malta by Anthony Rogers, published by Greenhill Books, c/o Pen & Sword Books Ltd.
Picture courtesy of Google Street View; screenshot taken November 2019.
IvanJan 17, 2020
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Ray Calleja inventor of Twistees passes to the great tuckshop in the sky240 viewsRead more HEREadminJan 09, 2020
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