Monday, February 28, 2011

I went to school with these guys and would love to get in touch.

Peter and John Collister from Clowne, Chesterfield (or Castletown, Isle of Man as kids) were identical twins, who married Pat and Pauline Welsh, also identical twins, in a double wedding. They have 5 children who all look like brothers and sisters, regardless of family origin. Ref:- Daily Mail, November 1st, 2000.

The Collister twins, husband Peter and wife Pauline, and Peter's twin John and Pauline's twin Pat, of Great Britain were profiled in Dr. Nancy Segal's book, Entwined Lives. Each couple has two children, with their youngest, Jennie (daughter of Peter and Pauline) and Tom (son of John and Pat), actually being born on the same day!

If anyone knows how to reach the Collister twins ~~ I'd love to know. They were in my class at school. Thanks, Kelly.

Just in from NASA

Catch First Spacewalk of STS-133 Today
Watch STS-133 Mission Specialists Alvin Drew and Steve Bowen perform the mission's first spacewalk. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 10:18 a.m. but will likely begin early, as the crew is 45 minutes ahead of schedule. Watch on NASA TV or on the web:

During their 6 1/2-hour spacewalk, Drew and Bowen will install a power extension cable between the Unity and Tranquility nodes to provide a contingency power source. They will then move a failed ammonia pump module that was replaced in August 2010 from an attachment bracket to a stowage platform adjacent to the Quest airlock. The pump will be returned to Earth at a later date. Drew and Bowen will also install hardware under a camera on the truss that will tilt the camera to provide clearance for a spare part to be installed on a future mission and replace a guide for the rail cart system used for moving cargo along the truss. The final task will be to "fill" a special bottle with space for a Japanese education payload. The bottle will be part of a museum exhibit for public viewing.

Drew and Bowen will perform their second spacewalk on Wednesday, March, 2 beginning at 9:18 a.m.

Back Door Slam wake up astronauts this morning

Oh, what a beautiful day for a walk in space.

NASA said mission specialists Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew are running about 45 minutes ahead of schedule Monday morning, and could get an early start to the first spacewalk of shuttle Discovery's final mission. The spacewalk is officially scheduled to begin at 11:18 a.m., but Bowen and Drew could step out of the International Space Station earlier than that.

The 12 people currently aboard the orbiting outpost woke up at 6:23 a.m. Monday to a rendition of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," by Davy Knowles (Manx) and Back Door Slam.

The song was dedicated especially to STS-133 Mission Specialist and Florida native Nicole Stott, a graduate from the University of Central Florida and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. And wife of Manxman Christopher Stott!
Bowen and Drew will spend Monday afternoon moving a broken ammonia pump to a better location, installing an extension cable and completing some other chores.  Bowen was assigned to the job just a month ago. The original lead spacewalker, Timothy Kopra, was injured in a bicycle accident and pulled off the flight.

Still on crutches, Kopra will help direct the spacewalk from Mission Control.


Friday, February 25, 2011


The anchor from the Mona’s Queen, one of three Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ships lost at Dunkirk in May 1940, is on its way home.
The anchor was raised last year after an initiative involving the late Captain Andrew Douglas and Captain Hamish Ross to return it to the Isle of Man to form a memorial to all Steam Packet Company staff who lost their lives during World War Two.
Now, thanks to the generous help of Manx Independent Carriers and Cammell Laird Shipyard, where the ship was built, the anchor is on its way home from Dunkirk via Cammell Laird, where it will undergo restoration. Manx Independent Carriers provided transport from Dunkirk to Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. where the anchor arrived on Friday, 28 January.
The Mona’s Queen was one of eight Steam Packet Company ships which between them rescued 24,669 troops as part of Operation Dynamo. The other ships lost at Dunkirk were Fenella and King Orry.

Following the death of Captain Douglas in January last year, Captain Ross set about ensuring that the idea became a reality. This involved working with the relevant Isle of Man, UK and French authorities who were most helpful and culminated in the raising of the anchor becoming an important element of the 70th anniversary commemoration of Operation Dynamo that took place in Dunkirk on 29 May 2010. The moving act of remembrance was attended by the Chief Minister The Hon Tony Brown MHK, Captain Ross and Steam Packet Company representatives, Captain Kane Taha and Director of Marketing and Communications David Findlay.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The raising of the anchor attracted much interest both on and off-Island and the Steam Packet Company is delighted with the response from both the public and the business sector.
‘Manx Independent Carriers was happy to work with us to transport the anchor home to the Island and the team at Cammell Laird was only too happy to get involved. It is fitting that the anchor, while in very good condition, will be restored at the shipyard where the ship was built and launched in April 1934.’
Mr Woodward explained: ‘We want to ensure that the anchor is displayed in a fitting memorial that will be readily accessible for the people of the Island and its visitors, and where they can learn about, and reflect upon, the Island’s significant and proud contribution to Operation Dynamo, which had a major impact on the outcome of World War Two. We will be reviewing suggestions for the proposed site and will be making an announcement within the next few weeks.’

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We made the Manx paper

Amazing story from the Flying Fortress saga

Another great piece of detective work from Ivor Ramsden and the WWII Aviation and Military Museum:
Following the publication of the article on the flag presentation, yesterday I was looking through our photos relating to the B-17 crash on North Barrule. One of the photos was a portrait of 1st Lieutenant Lawrence E McGhehey, one of the victims. I haven't had this photo long and had a good look at it yesterday for the first time. He is wearing a signet ring on the third finger of his right hand; a signet ring which, despite the grainy photo, looked reminiscent of a badly damaged one which was found at the crash site. This ring bears a date, 1937, and the initials E M. We've had it for a long time but seeing as the initials don't tie in with any of the victims, I've not pursued my enquiries over it. However, last night I decided that I should investigate further. I couldn't remember where I'd got the photo. I thought it was from a website. I emailed it to Kevin Wilson (Keeper of the Squadron's records) and blow me, it came from him originally. It's from his father's photo album. Today Kevin emailed me an enlarged scan of Lt McGhehey's hands.

The attached photos tell the rest. It's his ring.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Meet the new head of Manx National Heritage

Edmund Southworth is the new broom at Manx National Heritage and he kindly spent time with me when I was visiting recently to discuss possible activities for the 2014 NAMA Homecoming Convention. This photo is taken in front of the famous T.E. Brown window which features characters from the "Fo'c'sle Yarns" and which was installed in its new location thanks in large part to a generous donation by Past President and Honorary Governor of NAMA, Robert Kelly of Illinois.

Edmund was previously Director of Lancashire Museum Service (since 2000). Born in 1956 Edmund began his career as an archaeologist with Central Lancashire Development Corporation in 1977 and progressed in various Museum posts in Merseyside and Lancashire. He was in charge of 14 Museum and Heritage sites with over 240,000 visitors a year. He served on the U.K. Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for the North West and founded the Lancashire Heritage Attractions Network working with Tourism partners.And now he has come to land on the Island in charge of Manx National Heritage and its many locations and responsibilities. Look our for exciting developments from this quiet but determined man.

Friends of Manx National Heritage visit the New iMuseum

With the iMuseum closer to opening its doors to the public members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage gathered at the new facility to find out more about what is happening behind the scenes.

Housed in the former Government Analysts’ Laboratory, situated directly behind the Manx Museum on Kingswood Grove in Douglas, the building has been extensively refurbished, with a substantial monetary donation from the Friends of Manx National Heritage helping out with these improvements.

An informative lecture, given by Hannah Gerrard Assistant Curator at Manx National Heritage, explained some of the opportunities that will be on offer as the iMuseum reveals its inner secrets on a rolling basis.

The iMuseum is a digital resource geared towards the family historian and will provide a useful tool to students and researchers at all levels. Hannah’s work at Manx National Heritage involved preparing and testing the digital information and during her lecture explained how she discovered her own family history, using the iMuseum resources to illustrate the benefits of the new facility.

Viewed by Manx National Heritage as a major improvement to public service and access to information about the collections, the iMuseum will in due course make available film and sound archives from 1910, photographic portraits, photographs of Manx places from 1850, parish registers from the seventeenth century, census returns from 1841 and property deeds from 1890-1910. In addition every single page from Manx newspapers from 1792-1960 will also be available with every word searchable.

There will be a gradual programmed delivery of digitised content at the iMuseum with regular bulletins issued to inform everyone about additional information. This is a new venture for Manx National Heritage as it seeks to use digitisation to make records more accessible to the wider community, with their aim to attract people who wouldn’t normally pursue family history.

The building is scheduled to open in March 2011 and once the doors are open Manx National Heritage will be encouraging wider community interaction, offering a programme of events and activities. Staff will be on hand to offer assistance to visitors using the iMuseum, with the opportunity to provide feedback as data content on the iMuseum website as the services it provides continues to expand.

Searching the collections will be free of charge to visitors although a small payment will be applied for print outs, with Wi-Fi and email facilities also available.  Sometime in the future the iMuseum will be accessible online with a simple subscription service for their valuable collection of Manx newspapers.

Thousands of family history records will be available at the time of opening, but it is advisable to return at regular intervals as more of the records are digitised and uploaded by Manx National Heritage staff, volunteers and the public to whom Manx National Heritage is extremely grateful for their work and support.

Valerie Caine © February 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

NAMA presents US flag to Manx Aviation and Military Museum

Laurence Skelly (Past President), Kelly McCarthy (2nd Vice President) with Mike Corlett and Ivor Ramsden of the Museum.
 New American flag for North Barrule memorial

On February 7th, the North American Manx Association (NAMA) presented a special U.S. flag to Ivor Ramsden of the Manx Aviation and Military Museum at Ronaldsway.

The story behind this presentation dates back to a tragedy that occurred in 1945 and is marked each year by a pilgrimage up North Barrule.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress number 43-38856 was one of 13,000 built at the Boeing factory in Seattle, Washington. Following completion and flight-testing the aircraft was delivered to the United States Air Force on 30th September 1944. Next month the B-17G flew the 3,000 miles North Atlantic supply route from Maine via Greenland and Iceland to arrive in the United Kingdom where it was assigned to the Eighth Air Force, 381st (Heavy) Bombardment Group, 534 Squadron, based at Army Air Force Station 167, at Ridgewell, Essex.

Missions carried out by the 381st while this B-17G was with the group were varied. During the German offensive in the Ardennes (the Battle of the Bulge) in December 1944, the 381st struck at airfields and communications in the battle zone. In March, 1945, the group provided air support for the Rhine crossing and then operated in the final push through Germany.

Towards the middle of April 1945, the talk at Ridgewell was of the war coming to an end. Operations though, were still being flown and from April 9th to April 21st the 381st flew ten combat missions, all deep into Germany. From all ten missions all aircraft returned safely.

On Monday 23rd April, 1945, just two weeks before the end of the war, no operations over Germany were planned for the group and a flight was organised to take a group of servicemen from nine different units on a week’s leave to Northern Ireland. The men chosen for the leave were the support servicemen, the ground crews, armourers, mechanics and fitters. These were the people who kept the aircraft flying, combat-ready and safe. Some of these men had been at Ridgewell since the 381st arrived in June, 1943 and for most this was their first real break.

That morning their B-17 flew into the side of North Barrule killing all 31 personnel in the worst air crash the Island has ever seen. The men were buried on the 27th of April 1945 at the American Military Cemetery at Madingley, near Cambridge.

In 1995, Maughold Commissioners and the Manx Aviation Preservation Society erected a memorial plaque and flagpole at the crash site. Every year since, Mike Corlett of Laxey leads fellow members of the Manx Aviation Preservation Society up North Barrule where they fly an American flag over the spot for a week to commemorate the tragedy. Mike visited the crash site as a boy soon after it happened in 1945 and remembers the scene of devastation on the hillside with broken and burnt parts of the aircraft spread over a wide area. Mike said: “The scene where all those men died left a lasting impression on me; I hope that our flying the flag will continue for many years and become a tradition.”

Fast forward to 2010: the Society’s American flag was becoming severely weatherbeaten due to the high winds which scour the hillside and reports from the Isle of Man about its condition reached the North American Manx Association (NAMA). An immediate Board vote was held to purchase a new flag to honour the fallen airmen. Kelly McCarthy, 2nd Vice President of NAMA and one of the island’s worldwide network of Honorary Representatives, arranged with her U.S. Senator to acquire a flag that had been flown over the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. A fitting tribute to the men who lost their lives in service of the United States.

Ivor Ramsden, director of the museum at Ronaldsway, was very impressed by the Association’s efforts: “After several week-long periods of exposure to the weather on the hill over the years, our flag was looking very sorry for itself so I wrote to the American Embassy in London explaining what we do and asking if they would consider giving us a replacement. After all, we are commemorating their boys who died far from home. To my intense disappointment and not a little disgust I didn’t even get an acknowledgement. I mentioned this whilst I was giving a guided tour of the museum and somehow, within a matter of days, the word had been passed to Kelly McCarthy in the States. Kelly contacted me by email and within a couple more days the North American Manx Association had arranged to give us not just any flag, but one that had been flown over the Capitol in Washington. I was amazed at how quickly Kelly made it all happen and very moved that the Association felt so strongly about it. My faith in the USA had been dented a little by the lack of interest from its London diplomatic representatives but this action by the Association showed very strongly where the hearts of that country’s people lie. I was very moved by it and I cannot thank them enough for providing us with this new flag which will fly on North Barrule on the anniversary of the crash for many years to come. When not flying it will be on display at the museum along with artefacts from the crash.”

“Whatever one’s views might be of the part that America plays in the world today, one thing cannot be denied: the patriotism of the American people and the way in which they remember their loved ones who died fighting fascism is second to none. This has been graphically shown to me personally by the number of Americans who have come to the Island to see where their loved ones died. We have had brothers, sisters, nephews, former girlfriends and best buddies and we have had the pleasure of taking them to see the crash sites. This sounds rather ghoulish but it’s not at all so. Nature has softened the scars on the ground and visiting the site helps to bring closure to these people after almost 70 years. Their reaction to our memorial on North Barrule and to our Museum’s displays on other air crashes involving Americans is firstly one of gratitude but also one of surprise that people here on the Island care and go to the trouble of commemorating their loved ones. It really is the least we can do.”  

Kevin Wilson, Secretary and Past President of the 381st BG Memorial Association said "A sincere thank you to Ivor, to the people of the Isle of Man and their descendents in America for remembering the men of the 381st Bomb Group killed at North Barrule on 23 April 1945. It was a particularly hard loss for the group, losing many combat veterans and ground support personnel so close to the end of the war and during an R&R flight. Families of some of these men still regularly attend the 381st annual reunions.  We do not forget them and share your remembrance. "

The Manx Aviation and Military Museum is located at the edge of Ronaldsway airfield on the main Douglas to Castletown road and is open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10am to 4.30pm. Special tours can be arranged on request.

Certificate certifying the flag was flown in honor of the flight crew over the Capitol Building.

Graffiti is different in Port St. Mary

Sad accident involving Manx airline

TWO black boxes have been recovered intact from the wreckage of the Manx2 aircraft that crashed at Cork Airport and a full air accident investigation has been launched into the cause of disaster. (IOMToday)
It is expected that a preliminary report will be produced in a month’s time. Six people died and six were injured – four seriously – when the Manx2 flight NM7100 crashed in thick fog during its third attempt to land on Thursday.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud bang as the Metroliner aircraft hit the ground at the western threshold of the runway, flipping onto its roof and bursting into flames.
Debris was left scattered across the runway. Miraculously, two passengers managed to crawl from the wreckage and escaped with only minor injuries.
A full independent investigation has been launched by the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of the Irish Republic’s Department of Transport.
Two black boxes have been recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft.
‘We were successful in recovering the so-called black boxes – the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder, which will be crucial to my investigation,’ said Leo Murray of the AAIU.
‘We have also impounded all the air traffic records at the airport.’
Manx2 chairman Noel Hayes, speaking at the hospital after visiting the crash scene, said: ‘The black box from the aircraft and the voice recorder have been located intact so we hope a lot of the information will be made available very quickly to find out exactly what happened and what the cause was of the tragic accident.
‘I’ve met the lead investigator and the timescale is for a preliminary report in about one month and a full report in 12 months. Clearly they will leave no stone unturned.’
Investigators from Ireland, Britain, the US and Spain are working together to establish the cause of the crash.
Four investigators were at the scene within an hour and a half, completing a site survey at Cork and carrying out a preliminary inspection of the wreckage.
The Irish government’s minister for transport, Pat Carey, confirmed preliminary findings would be made public within weeks.
He applauded the work of all the emergency services, adding that the death toll could have been higher without their work.
The Irish Aviation Authority says it will co-operate fully with the AAIU investigation.
Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK said his department and Isle of Man Airport were offering every assistance to Manx2 and officials from the Air Accident Investigation Unit.
He said: ‘It is far too early to speculate on the cause of the incident, and at the Isle of Man Airport it is business as usual for all flights.’
Strictly speaking, Manx2 is not an airline but an air operator. In what is fairly standard practice in the aviation industry, it charters European airlines holding Air Operator’s Certificates to operate its scheduled services for which it provides the tickets.
It is those airlines that are responsbible for the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance.
Mr Hayes said that the Spanish-registered and owned Metroliner had received its full maintenance check in Barcelona only the week before and had been fully signed off.
Cork Airport has a precision instrument landing system that enables safe landing in reduced visilibility due to fog, rain or snow where the ‘runway visual range’ is not less than 300 metres.
This is a category 2 ILS whereas Ronaldsway has a catagory 1 system that enables safe landing in runway visual range of not less than 550 metres.
In each case, a suitably-equipped aircraft and appropriately qualified crew are required.
No other aircraft have been grounded as part of the air accident investigation, the Metroliner, which was based at Belfast specifically to operate the Cork service, being the only plane of its type flown under the Manx2 banner.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to take this occasion to inform you of a new exciting development in the Celtic world.

My name is Nigel Pengelly and I am a Cornish journalist, magazine editor and former dairy farmer.

However, it is the magazine side of my life I’d like to talk to you about today not the farming side.

I have teamed up with, a website dedicated to forging stronger links within the Celtic world of music and dance, to produce a new international magazine of Celtic interests. Some of you may remember me when I was editor of Cornish World, a magazine dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Celtic culture worldwide.

The Celtic Link website was created by two Cornish lads Andrew Morris and Alan Pengelly, who shared a passion for Celtic music, dance and culture. The idea came to them while returning to Cornwall from Scotland following the Speyfest in Fochabers. They decided that they would create a unique website dedicated to spreading Celtic culture across the globe. Visitors to can find information on events and festivals, Celtic musicians and listen to music from a variety of artists.

The magazine, of which I have been asked to be editor, will be an expansion from that website.

While music, arts and culture will play a large part in the publication, Celtic Link magazine will also include Celtic heritage, news from the Celtic regions, news from overseas Celtic groups, Celtic languages, issues concerning the Celtic peoples, Celtic film, reviews, Celtic events and listings, Celtic fashion and products, people, Celtic hobbies and pastimes, travel in the Celtic nations and in destinations where the Celtic diaspora have settled, and Celtic food and drink.

The Celtic Link is a private venture, with no public funding, and I intend to produce the first issue in March to coincide with the saint’s days of St David, St Piran and St Patrick (the first issue is loosely themed around the Celtic saints and their celebrations).

The magazine will be subscription-only but for the first issue I am compiling a list of people or groups who would like a complimentary issue. If you would like a complimentary copy of the launch issue of The Celtic Link, then please do contact me.

I am also seeking correspondents and writers. I need people to help write music reviews, film news and reviews, people to forward news from Celtic groups across the world as well as other assignments. We don’t have a budget for writers yet but I hope this will change as the magazine grows.

Particularly, I am seeking news items from the Manx societies around the world. If you would be so kind as to forward this email onto other Manx societies or organisations, then I would be very grateful.

Thank you for taking your time to read this email and I hope you can support The Celtic Link in some way.

Oll an gwella,

Nigel Pengelly
Editor – The Celtic Ltd.
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Lily Neill update

Hi Everyone!

It's out!!!!!!! My new CD, "The Habit of a Foreign Sky", is finally done and will be launched January 24th at the Green Note in London - doors open at 7 p.m.! Any of you who can, please join me there and, for those who can't, check where anyone from anywhere in the world can get a copy! After my tour "The Habit of a Foreign Sky" will also be available on iTunes and other online stores.

Many thanks to the amazing musicians - Timo Alakotila, Ilkka Heinonen, Kukka Lehto and Vesa Norilo - who performed with me on the album as well as to a fantastic and very patient art team - Georgi that's you! Kiitos to the Sibelius Academy and, of course, a very special thanks to Andy Bell and to Nim who used their talents to engineer, mix and master the CD, rushing to meet the deadline! I know everyone who gets a copy will see and hear what extraordinary support I received from everyone involved.

Check my tour dates and please come out and listen! You can hear music from "The Habit of a Foreign Sky" and about my absolutely incredible time travelling this past autumn in Russia, Finland, Lithuania and the U.S.A.! It's been "Life on Wheels" and you'll understand that when you hear my album! ;)


More from Lily...

Huge thanks to everyone who came to hear me in the U.K.!  I had a great tour and I’m happy to say that, halfway through it, I completely sold out of CDs!  Copies of “The Habit of a Foreign Sky” had to be shipped over for the remaining concerts but, for anyone who didn’t get one, it’s now available digitally on iTunes and other online stores! 
To buy a physical copy, visit and to buy the album digitally, visit iTunes at or find the album on Napster, Rhapsody, etc.
I’ve had a lot of interest in the album cover, which was done by the one and only Georgina Smigen-Rothkopf!  You can see more about her work at her new web-site - she’s a renaissance lady so you’ll see all kinds of her work and I am beyond thrilled that she worked with me on “The Habit of a Foreign Sky”!  She has also made a lot of my concert jewellery so you'll be able to see that on her site too!
Next up are gigs in… Finland and Russia… and the Irish CD release concert, which will be in Dublin City at the Unitarian Church near St. Stephen’s Green on March 31st.  It’s being sponsored by Poetry Ireland and I’ll perform alongside renowned poet Philip McDonagh, who is also celebrating the release of his new book, "The Song the Oriole Sang".  It’ll be a very exciting night!

More info’s coming soon – stay tuned (ya, no pun intended!!!)!


Descendant of James Kewley Ward on Nostalgic Home Visit

The ‘Ward Library’ in Peel had a surprise visit recently by the great-grandson of James Kewley Ward, a man born into poverty on the site of the library who later emigrated to Canada where he became very successful.

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Harvie of Ontario popped into the library as part of a nostalgic trip to the Island where they discovered resident librarian Carol Horton, who was able to inform them of details regarding historical aspects of the great man’s life.

Tim’s mother, Barbara Ward Harvie, visited Peel back in 1974 with her cousin, John Ward Eadie, with Tim now following in their footsteps almost forty years later.

Ann and Tim Harvie also popped across the road to the ‘Leece Museum’ where Curator, Roy Baker, showed them a number of artefacts connected with the family including the Ward family Bible. Some of these items were left to the town by the aforementioned Mr. Eadie and another cousin, Miss Betty Ward, on a previous trip to the Island in 1978.

Ann was presented with flowers before the couple headed up Castle Street to find the remains of St. Peter’s Church which includes a fine clock tower donated by James Kewley Ward to the town in 1871. Although the clock stopped working during the 1970s, John Ward Eadie and other descendants of James Kewley Ward generously paid for its repair.

Carol took the opportunity to share further information about the family with Mr. and Mrs. Harvie, including a lecture given by Arthur Bawden for Peel Heritage Trust about the life and times of James Kewley Ward.

Regrettably the ‘Ward Library’ was unable to establish contact with members of the family in time for the library’s centenary celebrations in 2007.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvie made a generous donation to the library which will be used to purchase further volumes for the facility’s growing collection of Manx books.

Valerie Caine © February 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jack Christian 1926-2011

JACK GRAHAM CHRISTIAN, 85, of Falcons Landing Retirement Center in Sterling, VA since 1997, formerly of Annandale, VA, died on Tuesday February 1st 2011 in Leesburg, VA. Dr. Christian was born January 10th 1926 in Greenville, SC to the late Paul Booth and Annie Graham Christian.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and continued his service in the reserves obtaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. Dr. Christian was a chemist who worked for the Federal Government and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality before retiring in 1995 and founding Hygeia Consultants, an indoor air quality testing company.

Dr. Christian was a member of the Washington DC Manx Society and the North American Manx Society. Dr. Christian was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life. He and his two sons were Eagle Scouts.

Dr. Christian is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years: Marjorie Ann Christian of Sterling; three children: Julie E. Christian of Reston, VA, Timothy (Lisa) Christian of Richmond, VA, Stefan Graham Christian of Pelham, MA; a grandson: Samuel Christian and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA on Friday April 1st 2011 at 2:00pm. Those that wish to attend should arrive at the administration building on the grounds of Arlington Cemetery by 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Off to the Isle of Man

I will try and report in from my trip home but I am on an iPad and too sure about it! I hope the weather is better than here!