Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Race officials and medics who came to his rescue at the time didn't give him a chance and their feelings were echoed by doctors at the hospital.
He broke both arms, both legs, some ribs, his pelvis and lost his front teeth in the smash and was in a medically induced coma for several days.
Read this article in the New Zealand Taranaki Daily News about Shaun's latest race in the Southern Hemisphere's verson of the TT. Click on the photo to go to the Manx Radio site.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
A spectacular image of a bottlenose dolphin in Manx waters captured by photographer Tim Moolman earlier this month.
Friday, December 26, 2008
It's St. Stephen's Day, or Boxing day in the English parlance, and in the Isle of Man they will be hunting the wren (this links to the Manx Radio site reporting on today's hunt the wren with a video link) This links to a photo montage at iomtoday.com
This is how it came about (please note we use fake birds now!) this information is from the redoubtable Manx Society, Volume 16:
George Waldron, who wrote his Description of the Isle of Man about a century and a half ago, ' says, " On the 24th of December, towards evening, all the servants in general have a holiday ; they go not to bed all night, but ramble about till the bells ring in all the churches, which is at twelve o'clock; prayers being over, they go to hunt the wren, and after having found one of these poor birds, they kill her, and lay her on a bier with the utmost solemnity, bringing her to the parish church, and burying her with a whimsical kind of solemnity, singing dirges over her in the Manx language, which they call her knell, after which Christmas begins.
This custom of " Hunting the Wren," has been a pastime in the Isle of Man from time immemorial, and is still kept up on St. Stephen's Day, chiefly by, boys, who at early dawn sally out armed with long sticks, beating the bushes until they find one of these birds, when they commence the chase with great shoutings following it from bush to bush, and when killed it is suspended in a garland of ribbons, flowers, and evergreens. The procession then commences, carrying that "king of all birds," as the Druids called it, from house to house, soliciting contributions, and giving a feather for luck; these are considered an effectual preservative from shipwreck, and some fishermen will not yet venture out to sea without having first provided themselves with a few of these feathers to insure their safe return. The " dreain," or wren's feathers, are considered an effectual preservative against witchcraft. It was formerly the custom in the evening to inter the naked body with great solemnity in a secluded corner of the churchyard, and conclude the evening with wrestling and all manner of sports.
The custom is not peculiar to the Isle of Man, for we find it mentioned by Sonnini in his travels, that " the inhabitants of the town of Cistat, near Marseilles, armed with sabres and pistols commence the anniversary by hunting the wren, and when captured is suspended, as though it were a heavy burden, from the middle of a long'pole borne on the shoulders of two :men, carried in procession through the streets, and weighed on a balance.
Crofton Croker, m his Researches in the South of Ireland, 1824, mentions this custom as prevailing there, and in Hall's Ireland (vol. i p. 23, 1841) it is also recorded, to which is added the air to the song as penned by Mr. Alexander D. Roche, as also a spirited woodcut of the wren-boys with their garland. The air is also given in Barrow's Mona Melodies, 1820.
Various versions of this song are to be met with, the following was taken down by me from a company of " wren-boys" in 1843:-
HUNT THE WREN.
THE HUNTING OF THE WREN
We'll away to the wood, says Robin to Bobbin;
We'll away to the wood, says Richard to Robin.
We'll away to the wood, says Jack of the Land;
We'll away to the wood, says everyone.
What shall we do there? says Robin to Bobbin;
Repeat these lines as above.
We will hunt the wren, says Robin to Bobbin.
Where is he? where is he? says Robin to Bobbin.
In yonder green bush, says Robin to Bobbin.
I see him, I see him, says Robin to Bobbin.
How shall we get him down, says Robin to Bobbin.
With sticks and stones, says Robin to Bobbin.
He is dead, he is dead, says Robin to Bobbin.,
How shall we get him home? says Robin to Bobbin.
We'll hire a cart, says Robin to Bobbin.
Whose cart shall we hire? says Robin to Bobbin.
Johnny Bill Fell's, says Robin to Bobbin.
Who will stand driver? says Robin to Bobbin.
Filley the Tweet, says Robin to Bobbin.
He's home, he's home, says Robin to Bobbin.
How shall we get him boil'd? says Robin to Bobbin.
In the brewery pan, says Robin to Bobbin.
How shall we get him in? says Robin to Bobbin.
With iron bars and a rope, says Robin to Bobbin
He is in, he is in, says Robin to Bobbin.
He is boil'd, he is boil'd, says Robin to Bobbin.
How shall we get him out? says Robin to Bobbin.
With a long pitchfork, says Robin to Bobbin.
He is out, he is out, says Robin to Bobbin.
Who's to dine at the dinner? says Robin to Bobbin.
The King and the Queen, says Robin to Bobbin.
How shall we get him eat? says Robin to Bobbin.
With knives and forks, says Robin to Bobbin.
He is eat, he is eat, says Robin to Bobbin.
The eyes for the blind, says Robin to Bobbin.
The legs for the lame, says Robin to Bobbin.
The pluck for the poor, says Robin to Bobbin.
The bones for the dogs, says Robin to Bobbin
The bones for the dogs, says Richard to Robin;
The bones for the dogs, says Jack of the land;
The bones for the dogs, says every one.
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
We have caught, St. Stephen's Day, in the furze;
Although he is little, his family's great,
I pray you, good dame, do give us a treat.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Harry Kelly was a fisherman and native Manx speaker whose family had lived in Cregneash for several generations in the now famous cottage known as Harry Kelly's Cottage. His family generously gave the cottage to the Manx Museum, which opened it to the public in 1938.
So to all of my loyal blog readers: Have a happy, safe and healthy Christmas.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The project is sponsored by H&S Davidson Trust and AXA Isle of Man in partnership with Age Concern Isle of Man and the Department of Education, with the support of Manx National Heritage, Manx Telecom, Manx Radio and the Isle of Man Newspapers. The Tell Me 2008 book costs £10 and is available from Waterstone's, The Manx Museum, The Lexicon Bookshop, Age Concern Isle of Man and the Isle of Man Children's Centre. For more information please visit www.thetellmeproject.com
I think what I find the most telling difference is that the older generation believe in Christmas as a religious festival and the younger folk see it as a social occasion. I have read that Europe is largely a post-Christian society and this record would suggest there is some truth in this. (Although I think the IoM is not quite as far along as the rest of Europe!)
Monday, December 22, 2008
The Election Bill was introduced into the Keys on 5th November 1880 and proposed to extend the vote to every man of full age who was not subject to any legal incapacity such as bankruptcy. However, the ‘Manchester National Society for Women’s Suffrage’ reasoned that by deleting the word ‘male’, women would also receive the vote. The Society organised public meetings on the Isle of Man to promote the issue and public and press support grew to the extent that at the last such meeting, a resolution proposing the extension of the vote to women was approved unopposed.
Public support proved crucial in persuading the House of Keys in favour of the Isle of Man becoming the first country in the world to legislate to give all women the vote in national elections. The Keys were widely applauded and campaigners in the United Kingdom voiced the hope that ‘the House of Commons will not be less just in dealing with the claims of women ratepayers - than its sister assembly, the House of Keys’.
However, when the Bill was sent to the Island’s second chamber, the Legislative Council, on UK Home Office instruction the Lieutenant Governor, advised that they could not endorse the Keys decision because it would never receive Royal Assent. After political posturing the Keys submitted to the Council and accepted limited franchise for women, but took the unprecedented step of approving the following resolution unanimously;
‘Resolved; that whilst accepting the proposition of the Council to confer the electoral franchise on female owners of real estate, and to exclude female occupiers, this House considers it right to record that their agreement to this proposal is solely with the object of securing the partial concession made by the Council towards female suffrage - and that the opinion already expressed by the House, that male and female occupiers are equally entitled to vote, remains unaltered’.
Thus, in the Isle of Man the right to vote was extended to unmarried women and widows who owned property.
HAT TIP: Jack Kermode
Today is Robin Gibb's 59th birthday. I'm sure it's a bittersweet day for him as he is, of course, a twin and his brother. Maurice, passed away in 2003. But we all wish him many happy returns of the day. (That's a British expression if you haven't heard it before!) Here's a before and after pair of photos to celebrate!
Friday, December 19, 2008
It will also be included on a DVD due to be launched in early 2009 to coincide with the Bee Gees' 50th anniversary, featuring Isle of Man artists performing Bee Gee hits.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"Many thanks for all your help and support with this project so far. A number of Members of Tynwald commented on how good our presentation and information was, as well as how important the project itself was, and this undoubtedly helped us to get it through. So this continues the MNH record of never having lost a capital project debate in Tynwald. It also means that we have another strong and important project to focus on over the next two years. The building work on the old Government Analyst’s building will start in January and take just over a year, but there is a large amount of work also involved in preparing the digitization of the various layers of the national archive for final electronic delivery. It would be much appreciated if you could continue your excellent efforts in giving the project publicity internationally. I am sure there is still much fun to be had with this project! I wish all involved great continued success, and look forward to the opening in 2010. This is a nice way to bring the year to a close.
Stephen was kind enough to send me a brochure of the Centre which was embargoed until after the Tynwald presentation. I will send it to Jim Kneale to put on our website. The news article is here.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Despite recent events in world financial markets Standard and Poors note that “the Isle of Man government's overall robust financial position and policy flexibility should enable the Isle to weather the ongoing challenges in the global economic environment.”
With respect to the recent decision by Tynwald to make up to £150 million available under the revised Depositors Compensation Scheme, Moody’s note that “this is clearly manageable against free reserves and projected capital spending without significantly weakening the current finances of the Government.”
The Treasury Minister, Allan Bell MHK, reacted to both announcements by stating “I welcome the fact that Moody’s and Standard and Poors have reviewed their ratings and have both concluded that the Isle of Man is well placed to ride out the recent storms and will be able to withstand any future global economic downturn. We continue to attract global investment precisely because of our stable public finances and ability to respond quickly when required.”
The Triple AAA rating provides access to cheaper borrowing, acts as an important marketing tool for inward investors, and promotes a positive national identity and reputation for the Island.
HAT TIP: IoM Government
Monday, December 15, 2008
Good range of gifts on www.iomgifts.com from Isle of Man Post Office
Hope you are well
Regards, Dot Tilbury
Short but sweet and she's right, there are lots of nice gifts on the site -- quite a lot from our Immediate Past President's company "Manx Inspirations" as well as stamps and coins, mugs, jewelry, soft toys and a gazillion other things. I guess if you're the Post Office free shipping is a cinch and it certainly makes this an attractive offer to people overseas - LIKE US!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The blue for the sea, green for the hills, gold for the gorse, purple for the heather and white for cottages.
The new "hunting tartan" claims this for its theme:
Dark Grey: The rocks, the heart of Ellan Vannin
Grey Green: Her rugged valleys, hills and moors
Clear Blue :The sky above the land of Mannin
Grey Blue: The sea around here shining shores
Bright Gold: The gleam of cushag flowers a-blowing
Pure White: The mist that lingers for a while
Friday, December 12, 2008
Hat Tip: Jim Kneale
Special gift available to buy: 'The Legs of Man' - a limited edition sculpture by Bryan Kneale, RA (b. 1930) - Manx Museum Heritage Shop, Douglas. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. For further details & an order form, please click here. Or you can call the very helpful shop, on +44 1624 648000.
Commissioned by Manx National Heritage, ‘The Legs of Man’ is a beautiful representation of the Isle of Man’s famous national symbol and provides a wonderful opportunity to own a distinctive piece of Manx art by this acclaimed sculptor. An original production of 50 sculptures were made, of which 38 have already been sold, with all profits raised going towards the enhancement of the national art collection at the Manx Museum.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This show was previewed in the “Washingtonian” magazine’s entertainment issue now come see Lily Neill and tap dance extraordinaire Cartier Williams in person! Lily just returned from debuting new material in a U.K. and Ireland tour which included dates on the Isle of Wight, in London at the Royal National Theatre and in Ireland in Dublin City and Carrig-on-Bannow. Cartier recently earned great reviews in D.C. with Savion Glover’s “Bare Soundz”. Check out their combined creativity and revel in the percussive trade-offs at the Velvet Lounge this Saturday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
The Velvet Lounge, 915 U Street NW, Washington, D.C. Phone 202.462.3213 - http://velvetloungedc.com/
11 December 2008
All pictures are available to buy at www.photostoday.co.uk
>> Arbory School
>> Auldyn School
>> Ballasalla School
>> Buchan Nursery
>> Kewaigue School
>> Manor Park School
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Apparently, the tradition of celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, starting on Dec. 25 through to the morning of Epiphany on Jan. 6, is based on a sequence of verses in the Bible and the belief that the Three Kings took 12 days to travel to Bethlehem after first seeing the Star of Bethlehem.
It was also medieval tradition to celebrate 12 days for Christmas, starting on Christmas Day with the Yule log being dragged in on Christmas Eve and kept alight for 12 days. It was thought to be bad luck if the log went out within the 12 days.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The calendar costs £10 and is available from the airport ticket desk and Douglas-based businesses Wessex Garage, Spill The Beans, the Rovers Return and Making IT Easy. Click here for the full story.
Their music is fabulous. Although it's boisterous and decidedly Celtic, the smoothness of the tone and the perfect integration of the sounds brings to mind the easy listening of chamber music - albeit with way more toe tapping! I strongly recommend it. Last night was in a church but I'm thinking a pub would be a better setting.
She is doing three more concerts around the DC area, including a New Year's Day one in Annapolis. Check out her website for more details. http://www.maggiesansone.com
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Nollick Ghennal - Happy Christmas
Nollick Ghennal as Blein Vie Noa - Happy Christmas and a Good New Year
Lesh yeearreeyn share - With best wishes
Lesh yeearreeyn share son y Nollick as y Vlein Noa - With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
Lesh yeearreeyn share ec yn imbagh casherick shoh - With best wishes at this holy Season
Shee as Boggey erriu - Peace and Joy to you
Lesh Shee as Graih - With peace and love
Hee’m oo ‘sy vlein noa - See you in the New Year
Shee erriu car ny bleeaney shoh çheet - Peace to you throughout the coming year
Some other phrases worth knowing:
Christmas Card - Kaart Nollick
Christmas Carol -Carval
Christmas Day - Laa Nollick
Christmas Drink - Jough y Nollick
Christmas Eve - Oie’ll Voirrey
Christmas Tree - Billey Nollick
Father Christmas - Jishag y Nollick
Snowman - Fer sniaghtee
For more information about the Manx Language visit: www.learnmanx.com
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Apparently, the Establishment became worried that the King was falling under the spell of the Doctor and an allegation about the matter was made in a letter from a vicar to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Cosmo Laing.
The Archbishop began an investigation into the claims and alerted the prime minister about his concerns. The Lambeth Palace documents detailing all this have been studied in detail by the programme's reporter, Sean Stowell, and Roger Sims, an archivist at the Manx Museum who has led the research into Cannon.
I heard about this in an email earlier today:
Brian Stowell's son Sean is assembling a programme for Radio 4 which is about a "mystery man" named Dr. Alexander Cannon who lived in Mannin during the war. He was a "magician." I attended one of his magic shows at the Douglas High School for Boys when I was a pupil there. We youngsters were very impressed with his hypnotism and levitation illustrations. What the masters in our school thought about his show was not revealed to us!
Lhiats, Terry Mc Caffrey (Vancouver Manx)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Whilst it is rare to see such a large pod of dolphins, it is not uncommon to spot dolphins on the Isle of Man. There were approximately 604 reported sightings of whales and dolphins during 2007 alone with 1,700 sightings of animals in total. Visitors to the Island can also expect to see basking sharks, seals and porpoises.
Further information on whale and dolphin watching can be found on the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch website www.mwdw.net
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Watch the trailer here:
Buy the DVD here:
The Christmas Special goes out next week.. watch this space.
take care out there,
It really gives you a good grounding in Manx artists, the different styles, eras, etc. Enjoy delights such as this from John Miller Nicholson.
Also, Washington Manx member, Tom Sweeting, has some great IOM photos on this site: http://tomhere.smugmug.com/Travel/646751