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#3 30/01/2019 Jacqueline Yule blogimageRNIOs and Royal Naval Schools: TAL-HANDAQ, Malta blogcomment
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#2 03/08/2018 Mike Rose blogimageCreating the RNIOA website blogcomment
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[1] A really informative blog on the advantages (and pleasure) of doing things from first principles. Being lazy, I use Microsoft Expression Web 4 but it's a blessing, as editor of RNIOA, to be free to suggest anything, such as: "Mike, can you take 10 images from the gallery and make them fade in and out with a 4 second delay on the home page?" In absolutely no time at all, that's precisely what happens! John Nixon. 03/08/2018.


#1 02/08/2018 John Nixon blogimageA Gondola Ride Down Memory Lane - Malta, 2018 blogcomment
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[1] I visited Malta in the 1980s and my predominant memory is that a full English breakfast was available on every street corner! The videos of Bulwark in Grand Harbour are impressive - must be really nostalgic for those like John who were actually there during their service time. Mike Rose. 02/08/2018.

[2] Your article sent me down memory lane also. I never served in Malta but I was on board HMS Plymouth (Type 12 Rothesay Class Frigate), under the command of Commander Mike Livesay (who eventually became Admiral Sir Michael Livesay and Second Sea Lord) when she pulled in for a six week Assisted Maintenance Period (AMP) in May/June 1971. We berthed in Sliema Creek and remained there the entire time. Our main mode of transport across Grand Harbour to Valletta was the the iconic 'dghajsa' and Victor is likely to have been one of the many drivers/pilots that ferried us. These vessels were amazing value for money until the American Fleet arrived when their price quadrupled or more! During that 6 week period we worked a tropical routine and so had plenty of time to play a lot of sports, attend many cocktail parties and see the island. I was looked after royally by the staff of the Weather Centre at COMNAVSOUTH which later relocated to Naples, and even managed to see a military Polo match. Our ship also forged a relationship with Sweden's Ladies Gymnastics Team who were visiting Malta at the time but no need to elaborate on that! The videos of Bulwark were very nostalgic. Mike Channon. 05/02/2019.


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