Friday, October 31, 2008
What with Hop tu Naa and all, I have been writing a lot recently about flames so I thought you might all appreciate a little reminder of how dangerous an oil fire in your kitchen can be. This is a British Fire Brigade's video of a classic chip-pan fire (fries to you) and how the correct way to extinguish it is by turning off the heat source, soaking a tea cloth and wringing out the excess moisture and covering the fire. Never water.
Why not water? Well, the water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out.
Also, do not throw sugar or flour on an oil fire. Apparently, one cup creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite. Watch the video and don't forget what you see. It's probably not good for small children to see this.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
In the land of a thousands TV channels this might not seem such a big deal but there is a debate raging in the IOM: Border or Granada.? The UK's independent (i.e. advertising funded) stations have consolidated and the Border channel that carried Manx news has been absorbed into the North East region's Tyne Tees station. Granada is a powerful North-West station which always used to have much better programming. But the big deal is the News. Will the East-Coasters give a hoot about an island hundreds of miles away in the middle of the Irish Sea? Will big, busy Granada (HELL’S KITCHEN, NANNY 911 and RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES ) care about our footling announcements from Tynwald? In my experience the difference between them is that on Border you got sheep prices and announcements about coffee mornings in church halls in Dumfries (yawn), and on Granada you got the latest Manchester drugland death toll (eek). Manxies have until November 21 to make the call to the IOM's Communications Commission.
"This new designation means I will be able to spend more time developing and assisting the cultural heritage dimensions of links all around the world, and especially of course, in America. Could you please let all your contacts know that I am willing to act as an enabling conduit for all international cultural heritage matters and will help with the development and delivery of projects whenever possible."
I know the new NAMA Museum will be all over this like white on rice. Leave any other suggestions here and I'll forward them to Stephen.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Then I looked at the website and I thought you might be interested to see how education is typically conducted on the IOM. Click here.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
THE MANX "DERBY." The original Derby was Manx. Oh yes, it was.
(From Mona Miscellany - the Manx Society)
"The hardy race of Manx small horses has been mentioned by various writers on the Isle of Man from an early date. This breed is still to be met with in some of the upland farms, and are renowned for their fleetness, as well as being sure footed, and capable of enduring any amount of hard work.* Their mettle was often tried in the race from the church on a bridal morning, in the contest who should arrive first at the bridegroom’s abode, and have the honour of breaking the bridecake over the head of the bride as she entered the house. (Sounds fun!)
James, the 7th Earl of Derby, "The Great Earl," succeeded to the royalty of Man in 1627, instituted races on the island on a piece of land extending rather more than a mile across the peninsula of Langness, and a record in the Rolls’ Office states that he gave a cup to be run for at these races, thus establishing the "Manx Derby," the precursor of that now celebrated race "The Derby," or the " Blue Ribbon" of the turf. These races were continued by the 8th Earl by command as follows:
It is my good will and pleasure yt ye 2 prizes formerly granted (by me) for hors runing and shouting, shall continue as they did, to be run, or shot for, and so to continue dureing my good will and pleasure.—Given under my hand att Lathom ye 12 of July 1669.
DERBY (8th Earl).
To my governor’s deputy governor, & ye rest of my officers in my Isle of Man.
Check out the link, it's fascinating. The winner in 1687 was called "Loggerhead".
* There are no indigenous horses any more. This from Wikipedia:
Manx horses also went extinct c. 1820-1830. Of them Thomas Quayle said,
"THE island had formerly its peculiar breed also of ponies, fine boned, sure footed ; blacks, greys, and bays: from neglect this breed also has become nearly extinct. Still less care than with regard to horned cattle and sheep, has been taken to replace the indigenous breed by the introduction of good draft-horses. In the uplands a small breed is yet to be found, kept at slender expense, rarely housed in winter. When wanted, they are fetched home in the morning, and after a feed of sheaf-oats or hay, worked all day, and in the evening, after another feed, dismissed again to the pasture. The animal thus treated must be unequal to the spring-ploughing ; but from the cessation of work in summer, gradually recovers."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Do you know what a mhelliah (mell-yah) is? It's a celebration of the harvest and usually it's nowadays tied in with a fund-raiser. Here they're auctioning off the homegrown foods for local charities. I love a mhelliah - usually the most successful ones are in a pub but that's not really in keeping with the Methodist tradition (now largely eroded) of teetotalism and lots of mhelliahs were in rural church halls where Methodism was strong. This was in a church hall in Dalby.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I got an email from Steve at Isle of Man Wildlife Tours. They look great. The pictures are some of the critters you can see on his tours. There's a tern, a chough, a hen harrier and a dolphin - cool, eh? It takes a long time to get this level of knowledge about habitat so why not go with an expert local. (Although having the .co.uk domain when a perfectly good Manx .im is available beats me.)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The Isle of Man operation of Swagelok Company is their largest manufacturing operation outside the U.S. It is an industry leader in fluid system technology and services. From the Isle of Man facility, Swagelok supports its piping and regulator product offering for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. They employ 190 people making it one of the largest of the 52 manufacturing companies on the Island. Manhattan Aviation is a recruitment agency supplying contract labor to the aerospace maintenance industry as well as training courses for people in the industry.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Victor Maynard (Nighy) is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, Louisa (Eileen Atkins). His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose (Emily Blunt). This leads to a whole host of chaos, and mayhem ensues. The production has started its London shoot and is headed to the Isle of Man three weeks. Wild Target will be the fourth film made on the Island this year, joining ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’, ‘Me and Orson Welles’ and ‘Heartless’.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
And you'd think that these people at the Belfast Star would know the IOM's not in the UK, but maybe they were distracted by the story. What were the art organizers thinking?
You know I never like to miss a Royal National Lifeboat Institute story well they just released their figures for the first six months of this year and the IOM lifeboats rescued 56 people. The Lifeboat is entirely funded by public donations and is not funded by the government and the crews are all made up of volunteers. Three cheers for the lifeboatmen!!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Treasury Minister Meets Financial Leaders in Washington – Announces Plan to Help Developing Small States
On Saturday, the Minister was the keynote speaker at the Small States Forum hosted by the World Bank where he met its President, Robert Zoellick. “The president had just come from a tense G-7 finance ministers meeting and discussed the more coordinated international response to the global financial crisis that has emerged over the past few days. He stressed that now is the time for governments across the world to start putting in place improved regulatory and other policies rather than waiting until the crisis has run its course.”
This is the first time that a delegation from the Isle of Man has attended the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank and follows the election of the Island as the first Associate Member of the Small States Network for Economic Development. In his statement to the Small States Forum, the Minister announced a major new initiative that will leverage the Isle of Man’s financial sector expertise to benefit of other small states, many of which are amongst the poorest countries in the world.
An innovative executive education programme run by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School will enable some 25 officials a year from the central banks, finance ministries and regulatory bodies of small states to improve their ability to manage their financial sectors and engage more effectively with the global financial system.
The initiative will bring together leading professors from Oxford, Harvard, and other universities, along with practitioners from throughout the world, including several from the Isle of Man, to engage with 25 small state officials each year for a two week highly participatory programme using the facilities of the Isle of Man International Business School, starting in September 2009.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The film, a comedy drama, was shot in the Island in February and stars Burt Reynolds, Imelda Staunton, Sir Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond. DTI Minister David Cretney says he's absolutely delighted 'A Bunch of Amateurs' has been chosen for such a prestigious occasion. The film goes on general release on December 19.
"We've been working full tilt for the last 12 months, improving our legislation and improving the quality of our regulations to get a clean bill of health from the IMF. "The visit would appear to have gone quite well although it will still be a few months before we get the full report back.
"But it is galling when we are constantly criticised by politicians in the United States about the lack of transparency, the lack of cooperation, and the poor regulations that the Isle of Man has, when the United States itself has refused to have a similar assessment done by the IMF of its own regulations."
Phil said: 'It was a wreck when we got it. The cab drifted around in a very light breeze and when I climbed on the back to take some rubbish off the rubbish stayed where it was and my feet went through the floor. 'We had to do quite a lot of work on it, including getting a new boiler made.'
Other work included a new engine and bodywork and painting it in its original owner's colors. Chris said: 'The wagon was made in 1934 and was originally owned by a brick company in Accrington, so it was made for carrying brick products and possibly terracotta piping. 'In its latter days it worked on the docks in Liverpool shunting around the dock area taking the goods off the boats into the warehouses, until the 1950s when it was scrapped.'
Friday, October 10, 2008
Andrew Duncan one of the IOM's young athletes arrives in Pune, India to compete in the Commonwealth Games. This is their Games site where you will discover that the honour of hosting the 2011 Youth Games has gone to the Isle of Man.
Glummer news follows on the heels of the collapse of the Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander bank. This Icelandic bank had been assured of its soundness right up until it failed and there were very worried depositors at the meeting held in the Gaiety theatre. The IOM Government has convened an emergency session of Tynwald to pass legislation to protect depositors. The Treasury Minister, Allan Bell, MLC, believes the Isle of Man is well placed to weather the effects of the current global financial storm. He spoke after an emergency sitting of Tynwald - the first for over 40 years - that passed a package for depositors which increased the guaranteed compensation for individuals from £15,000 to £50,000. He also said that the Isle of Man's economy is currently far stronger and more diverse than it was during previous downturns: "Regulation and the tax changes and everything we've brought in over the last few years, I believe leaves the Isle of Man now in a far stronger position to fight off any potential recession in the future.
"There will undoubtedly be a downturn later on this year and into next year, we can't escape it, we are not immune from the international situation.
"But I do believe the Isle of Man will still remain strong, we will not go into recession, and I do believe we will be well placed when the storm clouds finally clear and we can get back to normal business again."
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Since the new millennium, MNH has welcomed over three and a half million visitors to the Story of Mann Heritage sites around the Island, with visitor figures rising from 360,000 in 2001 to 489,000 in 2007 – a rise of over 35%. The new publications detail MNH’s work during this period of significant visitor growth including the organisation’s engagement in a wide range of community projects and programmes supporting both residents and visitors increasing desire to further understand the importance of the Island’s unique heritage legacy.
The publications acknowledge the invaluable practical and financial support of Government, Tynwald and of the Manx people including over 6,000 members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage who between them make much of this work possible.”
Specific highlights include:
1. Manx National Heritage welcomed over three and a half million visitors to the Story of Mann Heritage sites around the Island between 2000 and 2007.
2. Visitor figures rose from 360,000 in 2001 to 489,000 in 2007 – a rise of over 35% (despite falls in tourist numbers to the Island, MNH has seen a significant increase in visitor numbers each year in the new millennium)
3. Four historic national heritage sites were saved for the nation, including key historic properties and two of the most scenic parts of the Island:
• Rushen Abbey (opened 2000) – the Island’s most important religious site.
• The Old House of Keys (opened 2002) – a major national heritage site
• The Sound (opened 2002)
• Niarbyl (opened 2005)The latter two developments have created thriving new businesses for the local community and provided two additional all-year-round facilities for the Island. Check it out.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Even Aussies are Manx when they live in Peel. Andrew Pitt just won the Supersport World Championship in France. Well done!
Allan Bell, Treasury Minister today announced that he would extent the individual banking protection to £50K per IOM depositor. This is in response to the world collapse of the financial machine. The IOM remains optimistic about its situation.
Live from Dubai! Gotta love the internet.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Early risers on the Island saw the Cunard liner pass by Douglas harbour in the wee hours on her farewell trip of the British Isles. Passengers on board heard a prerecorded message from Chief Minister Tony Brown, welcoming them. You can hear it on Manx Radio's website.
Friday, October 3, 2008
The Isle of Man has just launched its latest aid for tourists, the revamped www.visitisleofman.com
You'll love it. It's in loads of languages, has great photos and videos where you are introduced to Manx residents, new ideas for vacations, themed trips, booking assistance -- everything.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
30p – Second Lieutenant Roy Corlett lived at 21 Burnside Terrace, Douglas. Upon the outbreak of the war he was studying for entry to the Civil Service. After serving with the Inns of Court OTC in 1916, he was commissioned into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and posted to the 2nd Battalion in France. He was badly wounded in an attack in November 1916 and taken prisoner by the Germans. He spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp at Bad Colberg.
31p – Second Lieutenant John W Lewis was a native of Devon but attended King William’s College on the Isle of Man. As war broke out Lewis was commissioned into the 8th Battalion Devonshire Regiment, but kept in touch with his Alma Mater via letters to the ‘Barrovian’, the magazine of King William’s College old boys. He went to France in 1915 and took part in the Battle of the Somme and died of his wounds on July 15, 1916.
44p – Pte Joseph Killey was born in Ramsey, the son of a carpenter. In 1915 he enlisted in the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion and was soon serving with them in Belgium. He was killed in action on July 8, 1915 during the Battle of Boesinghe where British troops had taken over a stretch of front line from the French.
56p – Lieutenant Colonel W.A.W Crellin was born in Ramsey and attended King William’s College. He was commissioned before the First World War into the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) and travelled with them to France in 1914. He was wounded but soon returned to action. He was killed in action in October 1918.
81p – Lance Corporal Thomas Quilliam of 2 Laureston Terrace, Douglas was born in 1890. In September 1913 he enlisted in the 3rd (Prince of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards. He left British shores in March 1915 serving mainly in France until February 1918 when he was wounded. In the resulting operation to remove shrapnel it was necessary to remove his left ear drum. Although he was expected to live only three weeks he lived with his wife in Douglas until his death in 1973.
94p – Pte Robert Oates was born in Douglas. He enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment in 1901 and saw service in South Africa during the closing stages of the Boer War. At the beginning of the First World War he had left the army but was still a member of the Army Reserve. He was recalled and sent to France in late 1914 and was wounded near La Bassee.
Winners of the NAMA Youth Award in 2006, all these young people are members of the Washington Area Manx Society.
If you go:
WHAT: Chesapeake Celtic Festival
WHERE: Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum in Snow Hill
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Clan of Man will perform "When Pigs Fly" at 3 p.m. and an informal folk presentation at 4:30 p.m. on both days.
COST: Adults $12 per day, Children (ages 2 to 18) $3 per day
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Creation of the IISC project has been a joint initiative between the International Space University (ISU) based in Strasbourg, France, and the Manx Government. The ISU wanted to become more global and wanted to establish a number of associated international institutes around the world. The first of those institutes to start up is the Isle of Man's IISC. It will offer a 'global masters programme' for students in space commerce.It will have its official opening on Saturday.