Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Mark Cavendish was given the honour for "services to British cycling" at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Cavendish, 26, was included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June along with three other people from the Isle of Man.
The MBE comes in a year in which the cycling star also claimed victory in the world road race championships.
He won the coveted green jersey in the Tour de France.
He has now won 20 stages of the race in his career.
The cyclist had a disappointing Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, failing to win a medal, but could claim the first gold medal of London 2012 in the men's road race on the opening Saturday of the Games.
Outside the palace, he joked: "All the guys from Beijing got them in 2008 so I've waited quite a bit longer - it was really nice."
Speaking about his conversation with the Queen, he added: "She said I must have put in a lot of hard work to get where I am.
"We were talking about the Olympics and (my event) finishing on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace next year - I told her to give me a cheer when we come past."
Other Manx people included in the 2011 Queen's birthday honours were Enduro champion David Knight, government official Della Fletcher and charity worker Carolyn Shipstone.
Cavendish was joined at the Palace by his partner Peta Todd who is expecting their first child.
Posted by Manx Mum at 3:17 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
An unusual CD ‘The Buggane’s Cronnane’ has little to do with the mischievous creature that historically created havoc at the roofless St Trinian’s Church in the parish of Marown. His namesake, however, is a member of the Ballagroove Collective and involved in a number of other musical collaborations.
‘The Buggane’s Cronnane’ is a piece of music initially inspired by David Maddrell’s ‘Carpet Pages Exhibition’ and influenced directly by the composition of the pictures. It’s an attempt to reflect the textures and images used in David’s artwork with the intention of being ambient. A spirited patchwork of sound a number of characters depicted in the pictures are revealed during the playing of the CD; notably the horse, the baby and a vociferous rooster. Listen closely and you will also hear the Dutch National Anthem.
Cronnane is a Manx word meaning drone which was felt to be an appropriate title as the music uses repetition and recurring themes in its construction, with the use of modern synthesised sounds, loops and samples complemented by the use of traditional instruments such as strings and brass.
Valerie Caine © November 2011 (Courtesy of Manx Tails)
Posted by Manx Mum at 10:04 AM
The Isle of Man Treasury have issued a silver crown celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Tourist Trophy (TT), an annual event for motorcyclist enthusiasts which has become a premier event in the motorcycling calendar. The Snaefell Mountain Course has been part of the road racing circuit for 100 years and has been used with occasional course changes since 1911. The course is 37.7 miles in length and the start-line is situated on the Glencrutchery Road in the capital of Douglas and also ending there since the course takes a circular route.
Struck by the Pobjoy Mint, the reverse side of this new coin features two riders battling for position over an outline map of the Isle of Man. Above the primary design is the text “100 YEARS OF THE TT MOUNTAIN COURSE” and underneath, the coin’s value of 1 CROWN. The design also incorporates the famous TT Logo. The obverse bears a fine effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Man by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
The coin is issued in both cupro-nickel (UNC) and proof quality struck in sterling silver with a weight of 28 grams and a diameter of 38 mm. The silver coin has a mintage figure of 10,000 pieces. In conjunction with this exciting issue, a new 50 Pence coin is also being issued to commemorate the fact that Yamaha have taken part in the TT Races for 50 years. The design on this coin depicts a rider and motorcycle and also includes the TT Logo.
Posted by Manx Mum at 9:34 AM
‘Would the Treasury Minister agree that we should be reducing our Eurozone sovereign bond exposure to nil?’
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
With Americans in uniform serving all over the world today, the idea of them celebrating Thanksgiving abroad does not strike anyone as unusual. With Americans locked in a world war in 1942, it certainly was.
The hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops fighting the Axis powers in North Africa, the South Pacific and Europe celebrated the first global Thanksgiving as best they could, in the steel bulkheads of a warship's mess or the canvas of a jungle tent. England—teeming with American soldiers and sailors and airmen, ready to defend our ally against a possible German invasion and beginning preparations for an assault on Nazi-conquered Europe—was another matter.
In those dark days, Americans took special pleasure in displaying their homegrown holiday to the Mother Country. The English were dubious at first but slowly realized they were being invited to share in something very special.
Helping to win them over was an extraordinary act of generosity very much in keeping with the spirit of the holiday. Merchant ships had carried tons of frozen turkey across the submarine-infested Atlantic for the big day. Then the Yanks announced they would donate all of it to the thousands of British war wounded in hospitals. Instead they would dine on roast pork and eat plum pudding for desert, alas without the standard rum sauce. "The quartermaster failed to deliver the rum," a newsman reported.
Americans also took advantage of their holiday abroad to walk in the footsteps of the Pilgrims who created the first Thanksgiving in the New England wilderness in 1621. One officer sat in the pew once occupied by the legendary Miles Standish, the Pilgrim's military leader, in the small parish church at Chorley, in the county of Lancashire. The Chorley town hall flew an American flag on Thanksgiving Day—the first time in their long history that the citizens had ever honored the flag of another nation.
The Lord Mayor of Boston, in Lincolnshire, invited 100 American servicemen to be his guests for a modest wartime dinner. Afterward, a senior officer laid a wreath on a memorial to five pre-Revolutionary War royal governors who had been born in the historic city. An American private laid another wreath in the cold dark cells where some Pilgrims were confined in 1607 while trying to escape to religious freedom in Holland.
Even more thrilling to those with a sense of history was a visit to Southhampton, where a U.S. Army detachment stood at attention before the pier where the old freighter, Mayflower, was fitted out for her trans-Atlantic voyage. At Plymouth they visited the quay from which the Pilgrims boarded. Not far away, the Archbishop of Canterbury conducted a service in the ruins of St. Andrew's Church, where some of the Mayflower's passengers prayed before they began their 3,000-mile voyage. Virginia-born Lady Astor was on hand for these ceremonies, calling Americans "my compatriots" and joking with a Southerner from Georgia, Private Billy Harrison, about their superiority to "damn Yankees" from New York.
The most dramatic ceremony was in London's Westminster Abbey, where English kings and queens have been crowned for centuries. No British government had ever permitted any ritual on its altar except the prescribed devotions of the Church of England. But on Nov. 26, 1942, they made an exception for their American cousins.
No orders were issued to guarantee a large audience. There was only a brief announcement in the newspapers. But when the Abbey's doors opened, 3,000 uniformed men and women poured down the aisles. In 10 minutes there was not a single empty seat and crowds were standing in the side aisles. One reporter said there was a veritable "hedge of khaki" around the tomb of Britain's unknown soldier of World War I.
Cpl. Heinz Arnold of Patchogue, N.Y., played "Onward Christian Soldiers" on the mighty coronation organ. With stately strides, Sgt. Francis Bohannan of Philadelphia advanced up the center aisle carrying a huge American flag. Behind him came three chaplains, the dean of the Abbey, and a Who's Who of top American admirals, generals and diplomats. On the high altar, other soldiers draped an even larger American flag.
Their faces "plainly reflected what lay in their heart," one reporter noted, as the visitors sang "America the Beautiful" and "Lead On O King Eternal." The U.S. ambassador to Britain, John G. Winant, read a brief message from President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. Across the uncertain ways of space and time our hearts echo those words." The Dean of Westminster and one of the Abbey's chaplains also spoke. "God has dealt mercifully and bountifully with us," the chaplain said. "True, we have had our difficulties . . . but all of these trials have made us stronger to do the great tasks which have fallen to us."
Throughout Britain, the first global Thanksgiving gave men and women from the New World and the Old World a much-needed feeling of spiritual solidarity. Let us hope that today's overseas service men and women can have a similar impact on a troubled and divided world. Happy Thanksgiving—and our nation's sincerest thanks— to them all, wherever they may be deployed.
Mr. Fleming is a former president of the Society of American Historians. This article was adapted from his ebook, "An American Feast: Six Memorable Thanksgivings," just out from New Word City.
Posted by Manx Mum at 12:35 PM
Monday, November 21, 2011
Check out repair and restoration news on the old Castle Rushen clock on the clock blog: http://castlerushenclockconservation.blogspot.com/
- Christopher Weeks ACR:
- the Manx National Heritage Objects Conservator. I superintend the care of MNH collections including such diverse items as Viking swords, historic costumes, fine art, social history objects, boats and motor vehicles.
And here is a glossary of some of the terms Chris uses.
Arbor - an axle
Bush - a mounted bearing for an arbor
Case - here refers to the pine box enclosing the whole movement
Count wheel - controls the number of chimes
Crutch - the arbor for the pallets
Drum - the wooden drums around which the ropes are wound
Escapement - device consisting of a pendulum, escapement wheel and pallets, designed to release one tooth of the escapement wheel at a time and to impulse the pendulum.
Fly - the set of paddles that slow the speed of the striking train
Frame - in this instance, a timber structure upon which the movement is mounted
Going train - the primary timekeeping mechanism which also drives the clock face (referred to as the “watch” by E.L. Edwardes)
Great wheel - the large gear mounted on the barrel of the going train
Lantern pinion - in place of cog teeth, a set of rods set into the rims of a pair of disks, looking rather like a little lantern
Main wheel - the large gear mounted on the barrel of the striking train
Movement - the clock mechanism
Pallets - the lugs at the end of a rocking arm, controlled by the pendulum, that check the rotation of the escapement wheel
Pinion - a small driving gear
Spring - the metal strip at the neck of the pendulum
Striking train - controls and drives the chime
Striking arm - the iron rod that pulls the bell rope
Third wheel - the principal gear in the going train
Train - sets of wheels (gears). The Castle Rushen clock has two, referred to as thegoing train and the striking train
Verge & foliot - an early form of escapement employing a horizontal, weighted bar
Wheel - a gear wheel
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