Saturday, February 28, 2009

Manx in London

The Isle of Man is being used as a back up center for data. This article explains why Netcetera thinks the Isle of Man is perfect for co-location and disaster recovery services. Power is supplied from three of the most modern power stations in the UK, it has natural security provided by the sea and offers resilient high capacity fiber optic cables connected to both Manchester and London.

Also in London, Costain Heritage has won a contract to work on the revamp of the Imperial War Museum.
Costain Heritage specialises in work with the heritage and museum industry. Working with the Imperial War Museum, the company will review a range of matters from staffing and buildings to what is on display and what is kept in storage. This is Fritha Costain at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

For the Washington Manx

A visitor took this from the Mandarin Oriental two nights ago. Nice, isn't it? I particularly love the Jefferson Memorial as I was married there, although not in the dark. The new Air Force monument looks great, doesn't it?

Rare egret spotted on Island

This is the first ever sighting of a cattle egret on the Island or so the paper says. This was taken in Port Erin. Apparently it's a type of heron.

From Wikipedia: Originally native to parts of Asia, Africa and Europe, it has undergone a rapid expansion in its distribution and successfully colonised much of the rest of the world. It is a stocky white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season which nests in colonies, usually near bodies of water and often with other wading birds. The nest is a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs. Unlike most other herons, it feeds in relatively dry grassy habitats, often accompanying cattle or other large mammals, since it catches insect and small vertebrate prey disturbed by these animals.

Shrove Tuesday celebrated in proper fashion

I don't know if you made and tossed pancakes yesterday but I certainly did. Complete with squeezed lemon juice and sugar and all rolled up -- yum, yum, yum!

Here's an expert from Maughold showing you how it's done. More here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

We're making the point! Check out this site. The Celtic League has written to UNESCO's Director-General, Koichiro Matsuura, to complain about this misrepresentation. The League's General Secretary (GS), Rhisiart Tal-e-bot argued in his letter that for the UN to say that Manx and Cornish languages are extinct, year in, and year out could potentially have a damaging effect on these languages. The GS went on to suggest that if the Manx and Cornish languages don't fit into the current categories in the Atlas, then a new category should be created.Copy below:


Dear Director-General Koichiro Matsuura

Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger: status of Cornish and Manx languages

I am writing to you following the publication yesterday (19/02/09) of the latest UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger. On the UNESCO website, it states that the Atlas is »UNESCO's flagship activity in safeguarding endangered languages« and so the Celtic League were once again surprised to learn that the Cornish and Manx languages have once again, as in previous years, been given the status of being 'extinct'.

In addition to the fact that this is incorrect, for the United Nations to continually state in their publications that critically endangered languages (which is what the Cornish and Manx languages are) are 'extinct', is potentially damaging to these languages and can be detrimental to their efforts at reversing language shift. The Celtic League is now beginning to wonder how accurate the Atlas is, because if UNESCO has attributed 'extinct' status to the Cornish and Manx languages, then how many other languages have been misclassified in the same way. If UNESCO believes that the Cornish and Manx languages are 'extinct', because they are being revived, then perhaps a separate category for these kinds of languages should exist in the Atlas.

On your website, you state that the Cornish language became extinct probably with the death of Dolly Pentreath in 1777, which is now widely accepted to be a popular myth. Also on the same website there are inconsistencies with regard to the Manx language. On the one hand it is stated that Ned Maddrell, who dies in 1974, was the last first speaker of Manx and on the other it is stated that »Manx is increasingly revided and studied as a second language; revived Manx cannot be regarded as endangered as the number of users seems to be constantly growing« . There is therefore some clear confusion. As you may be aware the (Irish Government funded) Irish Folklore Commission recorded Mr Maddrell for language preservation sake and he even taught some young language learners, including the still very active Brian Stowell.

The Celtic League has written to UNESCO about this matter on previous occasions in the past and we also wrote to the editor of the Atlas only last year to point out these errors. I am also aware of at least one letter that was sent from the (UK Government funded) Cornish Language Partnership language officer last year to UNESCO in an attempt to correct their information. It was felt that in the UNESCO International Year of Languages 2008, a little more effort could be made to remedy any previous misleading data. We are therefore very disappointed that UNESCO has chosen to ignore our input and have failed to undertake proper research to ensure that its facts are presented accurately.

We are aware that there is at least one organization (European Bureau for Lesser Used Languges) that has UNESCO consultative status, which, if it had been consulted on this issue, would have immediately informed you that neither the Cornish or Manx languages are extinct. These languages are rather, experiencing a rapid period of growth, quicker than at any other period over the last one hundred years. This was one of the reasons why the Celtic League applied for consultative status of UNESCO last year, so that it would be in a better position to inform the organisation of specific developments within the language communities within the Celtic countries.

For your information I have copied this mail to the respective language officers in Kernow/Cornwall and Mannin/Isle of Man and have listed their contact details below and would like to urge you to contact them, in order to ascertain the position of the Cornish and Manx languages, according to your criteria, for your records. I have also copied your email to Diarmuid O'Neill, who is the author of Rebuilding the Celtic Languages: Reversing Language Shift in the Celtic Countries, which is an interesting book and would be a good source of reference.

Jenefer Lowe Cornish Language Development Manager email: jlowe at ... website:

Adrian Cain Manx Language Officer Manx Heritage email: greinneyder at ... website: [Voir le site]

We look forward then to either a better editing of UNESCO's facts in its Atlas in the future or the creation of an additional category to take the languages of Cornish and Manx into account. We would very much like to hear your views on this matter.

Yours sincerely

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot General Secretary Celtic League »

Friday, February 20, 2009

Currently 6th in the world

ZOË Gillings finished in an impressive fourth position yesterday (Thursday) in the Canadian FIS World Cup snowboardcross final in Stoneham. Currently 6th in the world with three events in the season to go, she is looking like a contender for the medal podium in Vancouver at next year's Winter Olympics. Her heel injury seems to be improving - a good sign for the next event. Her website is

Talking nonsense at the UN

I expected better of UNESCO - as one of the UN's smarter ideas it usually manages to convince me that the tax dollars they spend are at least doing something useful but this is tosh. I'm sure there are more than a few native Manx speakers who would like to have told Stephen. A. Wurm just exactly how dead they feel. Sadly, they can't as, ironically, the professor has himself just died. However, if you feel as ticked as I do, why not write to Sophie below and point out that not only is Manx existent, it's thriving:

Sophie Boukhari,
Bureau of Public Information,
Editorial Section,

As the IOM Today site has it, the news may come as a surprise to the pupils of the Bunscoill Gaelgagh in St John's, who are taught in Manx!

New revised edition
By Stephen A. Wurm

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cavendish wins Stage 4

It's not often a Manx story comes from the LA Times but today it does.

Not much changes after Stage 4 of the Tour of California goes through the Sierra Mountains.
By Diane Pucin
February 19, 2009
Reporting from Clovis, Calif. -- Mark Cavendish calls himself "the fastest rider on earth." He's also fearless and focused on the one thing a cycling sprinter cares about most: the finish line.

With that line in his sights Wednesday, Cavendish, the 23-year-old from the Isle of Man who races for Columbia-Highroad and who won four sprint finish stages at the 2008 Tour de France, burst through the final 500 meters of Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California for his first win here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

We're more high tech than the US

Summary: US broadband penetration dropped from 17th to 19th place overall among all countries surveyed over the past two quarters. Monaco leads all nations surveyed with 40.6% of the population on broadband and 100% of households. Go here for a clearer look but you'll see the IoM at 26.33% is 16th in the world, three places ahead of the US.

Cavendish fifth on Tour of California stage three

MARK Cavendish was fifth on stage three of the Tour of California as the race came down to a bunch sprint for the first time in this year's race. The Manxman was beaten to the line by Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) who benefitted from a perfect lead out to the finish line in Modesto. More here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

IOM Budget at a glance

In the hardest budget of his career, Allan Bell announced the following in Tynwald today.
  • No change in personal income tax - standard rate stays at 10 per cent and higher rate remaining at 18 per cent.

  • No change in income tax personal allowance which remains at £9,200 for single people and £18,400 for married couples.

  • Higher rate tax threshold remains the same. Single people can have an income of £19,700 before paying tax at 18 per cent, for married couples this figure in £39,400.

  • Personal allowance credit increased to a £550 flat rate payment to all eligible people with income less than £9,200.

  • Additional personal allowance remains at £2,000 for over 65s, taking their allowance to £11,200 for single people and £22,400 for married couples.

  • Jobseekers allowance made a non-taxable benefit.

  • Tax cap on total income payable per person remains at £100,000 or £200,000 per married couple.

  • £5.6 million or 1.0 per cent increase in net department revenue spending on public services.

  • £0.2 million surplus expected in 2009-10, £14 million surplus in the current financial year.

  • Capital programme at £126.8 million.

  • £30 million to be transferred to various reserves in the current year.

  • £127 million capital spending programme plus £22 million for the local authorities housing programme.

  • £15 million transfer to public sector pensions reserve.

  • Overseas aid budget increased by £200,000 to £2.4 million.

Monday, February 16, 2009

100 Years of Naval Aviation

The 30p stamp depicts the Fairey Barracuda MkII torpedo dive-bombers of 827 Naval Air Squadron from the aircraft carrier HMS Colossus. Their roundels are those of the British Pacific Fleet. From June 1944, the operational training of air crew for these aircraft took place at Royal Naval Air Station Ronaldsway (HMS Urley), which after the war, became the main airport for the Isle of Man.

The 31p stamp features the first-long sortie carried out by a Blackburn Buccaneer that took place on June 3, 1966. At 13.20 a Royal Navy Buccaneer S2 from 801 Naval Air Squadron took off from HMS Victorious in the Irish Sea, on a non-stop, roundtrip sorties to Gibraltar. The aircraft’s pilot was Lieutenant John Cross, a Fleet Air Arm test pilot from the Empire Test pilot School and the Observer was 801’s Senior Observer Lieutenant Commander George Oxley.

The 72p value shows Fairey Flycatchers in the colours of 401 Flight from the Courageous Class aircraft carrier, HMS Furious, over the Irish Sea in 1932. These aircraft were the main carrier-borne fighters available to the Fleet Air Arm from 1924-1932 and they served with the Home, Mediterranean and China Fleets.

The 85p stamp shows a Royal Navy Merlin HM1 helicopter launching a Stingray torpedo. In the background, the ships are the Royal Navy’s latest Type 45 Daring Class Destroyers which will come into service in 2009.

The 98p value features two Sea Harriers (XZ455 and ZA176) of 899 Naval Air Squadron over San Carlos Water, Falkland Islands in May 1982. When the war started, eight extra aircraft from RNAS Yeovilton were prepared for combat to augment those that had sailed with the Task Force on 5th April (of which ZA176 was one).

The £1.36 stamp depicts a Submarine Scout Airship, SS24, which operated in the Isle of Man area during the First World War. It was initially based at Anglesey and later at Luce Bay. These airships were designed in less than five weeks and three weeks after this, they became operational. 158 of these airships were built and operated by the Royal Navy throughout the First World War. The two ships in the picture are the light cruiser, HMS Caroline and the seaplane carrier, HMS Ben-My-Chree.

To view and purchase the stamps on the IOM Post Office website please click here
To view a fully-illustrated Press Release with technical details please click here

Great news from Liz Newand in Australia about our Australian Manx

Thank you for your enquiry about our welfare. It is very difficult to keep up with the enquiries we are getting from over Australia and the world, as well as cope with getting our own safety looked after [ buckets hoses, getting the essentials together if we have to evacuate ] and feeding the evacuees from Marysville etc and through Rotary organising the distribution of the mountain of clothes, bedding, toiletries etc pouring into Alexandra.

The town is like an armed camp, with 200 firefighters, the Army, Helicopters overhead, streets and shopping centre full of evacuees. The sky is largely smoke , although it is much improved today. We are not in any real danger now unless there is a violent wind change, but certainly from Saturday night until yesterday the threat was real. Mari & Maurie

And from Harkaway Victoria just north of Melbourne metropolitan area - incident on 7 Feb 2009 when much was happening.
Hi all,
We had a very close call on Sat. 4.30 p.m. when some clown set off a fire by using an angle grinder out doors on a 46 Deg.C day ( specifically forbidden by law). We had no warning because he was only 2k away and it got here in no time, wiping out 1 1/2 houses on the way. The whole village got out as quickly as we could, leaving everything, there was a wall of flame 50 mtrs from our houses and we appeared to have no chance of saving anything but ourselves. The saving grace was a road between us and the flames and the fire-fighters obviously decided to make a stand there, even then I would not have given them much chance. We left in two cars, me a bit later than Norma, and as I stood at a roundabout and could see the flames round a house and in bushes and trees a helicopter tanker came over and I looked up and wondered where he was going and thought to myself " We could really do with you mate, here". Suddenly Whoosh down came his load and just about put that bit out. Bit by bit apparently, over the next hour they put out most of the threats but we didn't know this from our relatively safe haven 5 km away. A wind change at about 5.10 pm was also a huge factor in our escape but the same wind change probably cost others dearly.

We weren't allowed back until 11.00pm and then not with our cars, they let us walk in ' at our own risk' and it wasn't until mid-day Sunday they lifted most of the restrictions on movements.This is one of the success stories perhaps people need to hear about because the rest of the picture is one of grim tragedy laced with the odd good fortune. It's not over by a long shot, next door has just been in and it seems that 4 houses were lost as the fire headed in toward us, he also said there's more very hot weather due next week. We know we can't save our houses if it comes, the lovely unkempt bush around us comes at a price. Our task now is to consider moving some important things out or at least ready to go, documents photos etc.
This is the longest e-mail I've ever done, thanks for thinking of us, ours was nothing. The rest of Victoria doesn't bear thinking about but we are of course as we try to listen for the odd items of good news. See you in July, all being well.
Cheers ,

Friday, February 13, 2009

Grand Island -- Grand sale

Tomorrow there's an "everything must go" sale at the Grand Island Hotel in Ramsey. The hotel is to be levelled and guess what -- they're going to build apartments there. Just look at all that junk!! But there's some good stuff too, including chandeliers and old oak furniture --- even the ballroom floor is up for grabs. I'm after anything with a logo and a salt and pepper set.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Australian Manx

As members of the worldwide Manx family we share the shock and sadness of the Australian communities suffering from the loss of life and destruction of property in Victoria in the terrible bushfires. I have not yet heard whether any of our friends in Manx Societies Down Under have suffered but our prayers and best wishes are extended to them and all of their fellow Australians. If you would care to donate, you can do so here

UPDATE: Here is more news. One Manx society is still waiting to hear from two members living in Victoria. 'We have one member in Alexandra near the fires and one at Harkaway nearer Melbourne that was under fire threat last Sunday,' the Victorian Manx Society's secretary, Liz Newland, told Isle of Man Newspapers.

'To date we haven't heard how these two got on.'

Alexandra is a small scenic farming town, 86 miles outside Melbourne, which has become a popular base for holidays among Australians because of its proximity to national parks, rivers and Lake Eildon. Harkaway is a village on the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, approximately 29 miles outside Melbourne.

The blazes – the worst in the country's history – have swept across Victoria, killing at least 181 people and leaving 5,000 homeless. News and footage of the devastation has shocked the world over the last week and firefighters are still tackling blazes.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Online stuff

This is a Manx version of YouTube. There's some good stuff here!

The Isle of Man government’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a free, online social network to encourage Manx-born workers to return to the island.

The initiative, part of the government’s strategy to encourage Manx graduates and other skilled workers to return to the island once they have completed their studies, has been developed in conjunction with PDMS, and contains a database for use by both local organizations and candidates.

Apparently the island loses a lot of graduates. The government pays for them to go off island to study and they don’t come back because few companies advertise their graduate training opportunities.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another string to the IoM bow

The Manx stand at the International Gaming Expo in London is attracting a lot of interest. The expo offered a prime opportunity to promote the Island's strong proposition to the egaming sector as well as showcase the growth and diversification of the Island's economy.
The Isle of Man delegation included Trade and Industry Minister David Cretney and representatives from 12 Manx companies across the key disciplines of telecommunications, data hosting, software provision plus legal, corporate and payments services and industry consultancies.

Archibald Knox: A Tale of Two Cities

On Friday 13th February in the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre, Manx National Heritage will host a public lecture, “Archibald Knox: A Tale of Two Cities”. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and admission is free of charge. It's a shame we can't be there!!

The illustrated talk will be given by Liam O’ Neill, chairman of the Archibald Knox Society, which he founded in 2006. The society’s mission is to promote the legacy of Archibald Knox nationally and internationally. Liam has recently been appointed curator of the new Archibald Knox Gallery at Callows Yard in Castletown due to open in May 2009.

In his lecture Liam will discuss the life and work of the Manx artist, school master and Liberty designer, whose unique style made him one of the foremost artist/designers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In 1900 Archibald Knox was at the pinnacle of his career as a designer for Liberty & Co. (London and Paris), while living an almost monastic life in the isolated village of Sulby, Isle of Man. He produced over 400 metalwork and jewellery designs for the London store that was to make him their most popular and prolific designer in their new ‘Celtic’ range, ‘Cymric’ (Silver) and ‘Tudric’ (Pewter). Yet, he was to remain a ‘ghost designer’ as his work was manufactured under the Liberty & Co. brand.

Knox’s unique design style was to earn Arthur L. Liberty recognition as one of the foremost trend setters of the new age. Knox’s contemporaries throughout the cities of Europe were establishing themselves, and new art trends, in what was to be called ‘Art Nouveau’. London and Paris were to play major but different roles in this movement. The erroneous identification of Knox with this continental, ‘new art’, was to have a disastrous effect on his career, yet it is what he is internationally known for today. It was for Knox, both a time of being adored by his students and condemned by the educational authorities, a time of both international fame and obscurity.

During this time of being both at the epicentre and on the periphery of modernism, Knox was an elusive, ephemeral character travelling between two worlds: the visible and the invisible. His genius lay in his inner imagination and his individuality which were the hallmarks of his unique style making him one of the foremost artist/designers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was both a traditionalist and a venturesome modernist, known and unknown in his own homeland. His life was dedicated to the ministry of the beautiful. Liam O’Neill commented:

“In my lecture I will compare Knox’s work, especially his jewellery designs, to that of his continental contemporaries, such as the French designer Rene Lalique, by way of demonstrating his genius and his unique contribution to Art Nouveau.”

“Archibald Knox: A Tale of Two Cities” is the penultimate lecture in the 2008-09 MNH Winter Programme. The final instalment will be a Film Night presented by Isle of Man Film on Friday 20th March 2009. For more information on events and exhibitions at the Manx Museum or House of Manannan over the forthcoming months, Manx National Heritage invites you to collect a free What’s On leaflet from any Manx National Heritage site. Full details are also available on

1) Watercolour of Archibald Knox by E.C. Quayle (March 1933)
2) Tankard designed by Archibald KnoxLiberty
3) Clock designed by Archibald Knox

Monday, February 9, 2009

Isle of Man and Cronkbourne cricketer Max Stokoe

Max Stokoe IOMCA is the Isle of Man Bank's under-21 Player of the Year 2008.

He has won a place on the Elite International Cricket Council Emerging Players programme. The course will take place in Spain during March and is restricted to just 12 players. There will be lengthy batting, bowling and fielding sessions, as well as a focus on fitness, gym work and yoga.A further two Manx players have been selected by the ICC to attend the European Centre of Excellence in Spain. Daniel Hawke of St John's and Cronkbourne's Alex Stokoe are amongst the squad of 26 picked for their high standards and potential.

They will be joined on the course by the most talented players from Ireland, Scotland, Jersey, Belgium, Denmark and Italy. Running alongside this programme at the La Manga facility will be a course for adult coaches which the Isle of Man's Andy Sewell is attending.

Source: BBC

Manx boys win in Boise

The Manx team is doing well in Idaho at the Winter Special Olympics. The Manx recorded four emphatic wins in their opening floor hockey games on Sunday defeating Austria, Japan, USA (7-0) and Costa Rica. Fantastic effort!!!


The eyes of the cycling world will be on California starting next weekend. And the hearts of Manx worldwide will be with Mark Cavendish, one of the best sprinters in world cycling. Mark rides with Team Columbia – Highroad. For those of us in Northern California, the most important parts of the race are in the first few days.

Prologue – Sacramento Feb. 14 Start 1:30 PM

Stage 1 - Davis to Santa Rosa Feb. 15 12:00 to 4:00 PM*

Stage 2 Sausalito to Santa Cruz Feb. 16 8:30 to 1:00 PM*

Stage 3 San Jose to Modesto Feb. 17 12:00 to 4:00 PM*

*Arrival times are approximate, better plan on much earlier.

The web site for the Tour of California is at:

Try to come out and cheer Mark on to another Stage victory. Gow, dooiney, Gow!
HAT TIP: Jack Cormode

The snow's on the mountain

Nice photos from the snow last week on the island. The house is just above the Cronk-y-Voddy straight and the nearest hill is Sartfell (not Snaefell as I'm sure you recognised).

You know you're Manx when...

You physically cant say R*T (or type it).

You like chips cheese and gravy, anywhere else in the world people look
at you as though you have two head

Tell jokes about Peel girls instead of Essex girls.

Get slapped by your wife because shes from Peel.

Tell people off for calling England the mainland when every one knows
the IOM is.

Tell anyone that disagrees with you that there is a boat in the morning.

Every type of building project that the government funds goes wrong
completely and costs a fortune

People come here every June to die

You buy a motorbike helmet just to carry round in TT week.

You speak in a strange almost Scouse accent

You are proud of being Manx but when it comes to football you support
England (even though any other time of year you're as Manx as the hills)

You use sayings like 'as Manx as the hills'

You don't need "Friends Reunited" to find the people that you went to
school with. You just go to Douglas on Friday night.

You pack a flask and sandwiches to drive "all the way to Ramsey"

You've never been "all the way to Ramsey"

You say you're going "across" when you leave the island

It's: Down North, Out to Peel, in to Town!

We call a line of cars a traffic jam and use it as an excuse for being
late for work

You can't drive on motorways, and look forward to the possibility of
driving on a motorway

You spend more on getting to Manchester Airport than on the rest of your

You have a boat and you ask people how to get to Ramsey from Douglas
without using the bus.

Everyone you date has been out with one of you friends

You have no secrets

Everyone else knows far more about you than you do

You wish you had done all the things they say about you

The only live theatre acts are tributes
No matter where you go in the world (or perhaps universe) there is a
yessir there to annoy the hell out of you.
Whenever you meet someone who now lives "across" the first thing you say
to them is "When are you goin' back then?"
You always refer to married women by their maiden name so you don't
forget who their dad, brother etc is.
You get annoyed when people on TV say the best kippers are from Scotland
You want to be the first to know the dead person's name whenever a death
is announced on the radio because there is a very good chance you know
You think nothing of saying hello and waving to the fairies at the Fairy
You get annoyed if people don't say hello to the fairies
You blame any mechanical failures on the fact that you didn't say hello
to the fairies on the way past.
You've never doubted the that the story of the Moddhey Dhoo is true
You call your English friends and relatives come-overs even after 20
You've heard of Illiam Dhone but you're not quite sure of what it was he
You think Joey Dunlop should be made a saint, even though the only thing
he ever did for the Isle of Man was ride a motorbike very quickly over
the TT Course.
You think the fair is the best time of the year.
You remember the good old days when the fair was up at Noble's park and
it was actually good
When you say, "I'm going into town" and people instantly recognise that
you mean Douglas, despite your current geographical location and the
fact that you may already live in a town that isn't Douglas.
You can't leave the house when you call in sick to work because you know
you will bump into your boss or someone else you work with. Then
everyone will know what a big skiver you are.
You tell someone your from the Isle of Man but 10 minutes later they ask
you what there is to do on the Isle of Wight.
You can leave your car door open for three hours with money inside and
still find your money there not nicked.
No-one knows what to do any time even a little bit of snow lands, no one
goes to work, no one goes to school, no one goes anywhere. Everyone just
plays in the snow!
You can't walk through town (see earlier point about 'town') without
stopping at least 5 times to talk to some yessir you know
People refer to the hospital simply as Noble's..... is the new hospital
called Noble's too, or is it just the New Hospital, and will remain
'New' forever.
There really is a place called Ballawilleykilley, and you know where it
If one road is blocked on the way to work, your pretty much screwed and
you will be at least half a day late.
Whenever a show/film is recorded on the Isle of Man, immediately if
you're not on the rock you shout out that's where you're from and you're
so proud its on the tv.
You see the name Juan and know instantly it's pronounced jewan and not
You think a long distant relationship is when your in the south and
they're in the north.
When you start dating someone and you dont know any of their mates..
turns out you do.. all of them. Some are also related and most of them
you hate.
When the longest car trip you can take in any one direction is about 30
minutes before going straight in the irish sea, and to do a round trip
of the entire island can be done in about 2 hours.
You give directions to anywhere starting from a pub
You still say Ginnie nettles and no one foreign understands
you call The Strand a shopping centre.
You go to Langness to see where Jeremy Clarkson lives.
Anyone from outside the town you live in is more or less an alien to you
even though they all live less than 30 miles away.
You describe your home as "70,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock" and
you're damn proud of it, too.
Your name address and purchase/sale price of any property transaction
you make is listed in the local newspaper.
If you divorce the newspaper reports the grounds for divorce and if it
is adultery names the other party...... just in case you haven't heard
the local skeet
At Halloween when you're away at Uni no body else has a clue what you're
talking about when you start singin 'Hop Tu Naa'...!
all you have to do is put someones first name and street on an envelope
and the postman knows exactly who it is and where they live
Every time you go on holiday, no matter where you go you'll always meet
someone who you know or lives on the island or is wearing a TT t-shirt
You bring your Canadian friend over for TT and the first thing you do is
to take her to the Laxey Wheel cos 'it the biggest working water wheel
in the world and everyone must appreciate it'
Roundabouts are places where drivers like to stop and smile at each
other before a random drivers decides to go.
You help the government save money on road-resurfacing by bedding down
the loose chippings for them in your shiny new car.
You think monopoly money and manx money doesn't look identical.
HAT TIP: Tim Craine

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


2nd July – Depart North America

3rd July – Arrive on IOM – Check-in to Sefton Hotel

4th July – Welcome reception in the Villa Marina 400-600pm

Manx folk dancers provide entertainment and US/Manx décor.

Optional “Gathering Dinner” with World Manx Association in Douglas

5th July -President of Tynwald’s Garden Party, International Business School, 300-500pm. International Business School is the old Nunnery. Grand affair in the magnificent grounds of this former stately mansion. Honour to be included.

6th July - Tynwald Day. St Johns. All day. After ceremony coach will depart for Niarbyl to visit this natural scenic area and stop for late lunch. Optional stop back in St Johns en route back to Douglas for those wishing to enjoy the Manx National day celebrations with Manx music and fireworks. Public buses available back to Douglas.

7th July – Free day. Manx Museum with presentation on the Manx Million project and IOM Ancestry Centre. Lunch and time to visit the Museum. 1030am – 100pm. Dinner in Peel followed by Peel Ghost Walk. 600-900pm. Ghost walks are fun and all ages will enjoy. The guided walk tells chilling tales of Peel’s dark past. Folks that are unable/do not wish to walk will be hosted by the World Manx Association.

8th July- Day hiking tour around the coast from Port St Mary to Port Erin. Stunning coastal scenery taking in the Chasms, Sugar Loaf Rock and other dramatic vistas. With a stop at the Sound café and option to take the bus back to Port Erin or continue walking. Those not wishing to walk can take the train to Port Erin and visit railway museum before we meet at the Cosy Nook Cafe on the beach for a Manx BBQ dinner in Port Erin. Full walk approx 3 ½ hours or half with finish at the Sound.

9th July - Depart back to North America

Total package price GBP 570.00pp based on twin/double share. Current rate of exchange will mean the cost is USD 848.00. Extra nights at hotel GBP65.00pp

  • 6 Nights Accommodation twin/double ensuite at Sefton Hotel, Douglas
  • Manx Welcome Pack
  • Welcome reception at the Villa Marina with local entertainment
  • Manx Museum reception including food
  • President of Tynwald’s Garden party (Manx tea party)
  • Grandstand seat for Tynwald Day and lunch at Nirabyl cafe
  • Manx Roast dinner in Peel with a Ghost Walk or visit to Leece Museum
  • Manx BBQ steak dinner on Port Erin beach.
  • All transportation to above events including to/from Isle of Man airport


Corlett’s Yard, Union Mills, Isle of Man or 001-44-1624-852901

It's snowy!

The mountain road is closed, the airports across Britain are struggling with backlogs and delays and schools all over are closed. But the IoM is not too badly affected and I hope that my flight out on Thursday will go ahead. But things could be worse -- getting stranded here is a lot of people's dream! I can recommend the Swiss Chalet restaurant for Sunday lunch, the Kashmir restaurant if you like curry (I do!) and the new Harbour Bistro in Port St. Mary (Ports of Call as was).

I have requests to make of Manx Associations across the world. Can you email me your contact details and the total numbers of your members and their families? We are trying to get a picture of the world Manx population and we would welcome any help is putting these statistics together.

Back Door Slam split up

Sad news for fans. Back Door Slam has split up. The band, which featured Davy Knowles on guitar, drummer Ross Doyle and bass guitarist Adam Jones, said: 'After much thought and soul searching, we have reached the painful decision that we should part ways at this time.

'The decision was the hardest of our lives, but it's one we believe had to be made in order for each of us to move forward creatively and musically.

'We will each continue with our own musical projects and hope to fulfill our own musical ambitions; Davy will be working on a follow up to the the first Back Door Slam album Roll Away, and will be touring the US to support and promote the record, and Ross and Adam will be embarking on new projects of their own in the UK and Europe, so please keep checking for news about each member of the band, and upcoming album releases.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

From a windy Isle of Man

I am on the island and it is blowing a hooley, is very cold and promising snow. I will try and get some good information for you soon!