Saturday, July 28, 2012

Manx church bells to mark start of London Olympics

CHURCH bells around the Isle of Man welcomed the 
beginning of the London 2012 Olympics.
The Diocese of Sodor and Man Joined Big Ben, many other churches and countless individuals across the British Isles by ringing for a full three minutes at 8.12am.
Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist Martin Creed devised the idea, which has been named Work No. 1197: All The Bells In A Country Rung As Quickly And As Loudly As Possible For Three Minutes and commissioned by the official London 2012 Festival - and it appears to have captured the public mood.
The Isle of Man bell ringers, meanwhile, will ring the bells of St George’s in Upper Church Street, Douglas, between midday and 12.30pm to mark the opening, at the time suggested by its govening body, The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
Bishop of Sodor and Man Robert Paterson said: ‘We all know that Martin Creed’s project is a very late-planned event and that it should have been thought of much sooner but there’s no point being silly: life’s too short!
‘Big Ben will be ringing from 08.12 to 08.15 tomorrow, and bells of this diocese will be too.’
Find out more about Martin Creed’s project at www.allthebells.com

Isle of Man 80-year-old nurse 'has no plans to retire'



A nurse from the Isle of Man said she has "no plans to retire" despite recently celebrating her 80th birthday.
Nurse Celia Mcllvenny
Celia Mcllvenny has been nursing for 64 years
Celia Mcllvenny, a health care assistant from Douglas, is the oldest member of staff at Noble's Hospital.
Welsh-born Celia began a career in the healthcare profession on her 16th birthday after moving to the island.
She said: "It has never even crossed my mind to give up nursing - I love the work and that is what keeps me going."
Many changes
"I love looking after patients - caring for them and doing everything I can for them. I wanted to become a nurse when I was a little girl and I started work on the very day I became 16," she said.
"I never thought of doing anything else, even when I had a family I continued to work evenings so I could fit it in around the children."
With a career spanning 64 years, Mrs Mcllvenny has seen many changes within her profession.
"When I first started the mattresses were virtually on the floor and there were no pumps to bring the beds up and help your back," she said.
"Physically it was incredibly demanding. There are different challenges now, there's a lot more paperwork involved - in my day the sister would do all that at the end of the shift but now the nurses need to do it throughout the day."
TT races
"I would say it is the most satisfying job you can do. You are working with people who need you, you are not sitting in an office or a shop, you are watching people get better and that gives me the greatest satisfaction you can imagine," she added.
Three years ago Mrs Mcllvenny's son was killed during a TT race. She said her work and the people she met through it helped her enormously.
"I lost my son in the TT races three years ago and when I found out, I called work to let them know. The next thing I remember, my kitchen was full of people," she said.
"Working with patients helps me get some perspective on my tragedy, there are people out there who are dealing with very difficult situations and it helps me to help them - I hope to continue as long as the good Lord lets me."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Forest developments


An appeal has been sent out for businesses to come forward with ideas to enhance leisure facilities in the forests of the Isle of Man.
It is part of a government plan to meet increasing demand for outdoor pursuits.
A spokesman said all ideas should "give careful consideration to safeguarding the environment as a whole".
He added: "The Department hopes to deliver improved recreational health benefits without adding any financial burden to the taxpayer."
Ideas should be submitted to the environment department before 24 August.


Monday, July 23, 2012

2012 NAMA Convention - Plattesville, WI


Below is a first draft of the agenda for the August 9, 2012 NAMA Board Meeting.  Please send me any additions you would like to be discussed. 

*    Report on the 2012 Convention.
*    Report on the 2014 Convention.
*    New Officers of NAMA.
*    Donation Contract with UWP.
*    Financial and Membership Reports.
*    Replacement of the President's Sword.

Thanks,

Jim Corlett
President, NAMA

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Well done Cav!


Mark Cavendish reminded everyone why his nickname is "The Manx Missile" with his impressive sprint finish win on today’s Stage 19 of the 2012 Tour de France.
A breakaway group nearly held off the peloton. It seemed until the very last kilometer they might make it to the finish for the win, but the sprinters wanted to have their fun. Sky Racing, Liquigas-Cannondale, and Lotto-Belisol worked hard to give Cavendish, Peter Sagan, and Andre Greipel a fighting chance.
The rare sight of the yellow jersey GC leader Bradley Wiggins at the front of the Sky leadout train made a real statement to the rest of the cyclists that Wiggins isn’t coasting into the Tour finish. He put on a little show proving that his track racing skills aren’t completely rusty. He peeled off to let Sky rider Edvald Boassen-Hagen do his part, and then it was up to Cavendish. He was farther back than he generally likes when he launched his sprint, but the burst of speed made the other riders literally look as if they were standing still. They had no chance. Cavendish’s excitement with his win showed in his energetic classic salute. It was an impressive victory.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Come and Celebrate the Celtic Spirit of the Isle of Man with Music, Song & Dance



In true Celtic spirit musicians and dancers will gather on the Isle of Man in July to celebrate the Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival with an explosion of colour and sound across the Island.

This will be a special year for Yn Chruinnaght as 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of the festival’s founder Mona Douglas, a dynamic life-force behind the modern development of Manx culture and staunch believer in its cultural identity. Although other events have been organised to celebrate her life later in the year Manx language guru Bob Carswell will set the ball rolling with the annual Ian O’Leary Lecture which will highlight the extensive achievements of Mona’s life.

But it’s the music which will take centre stage in the festival with an opportunity to celebrate the Island’s individuality with ceilis (dances) and music events such as the outdoor displays at the Mooragh Park in Ramsey or the ‘food and folk’ sessions which this year will take Celtic music to The Highwayman in Peel.

A new concept for 2012 will be the introduction of a festival pass which at £30 (£20 concessions) is great value for money securing entry for all paid events (except for Blazin’ Fiddles concert at The Gaiety) and only available online or from the festival office.

Yn Chruinnaght will be offering a colourful palette of professional entertainment from each Celtic nation, brightening each corner of the Island with music and dance from Scotland, Cornwall, Brittany, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man. There’ll be some dazzling renditions from Blazin’ Fiddles with their regional fiddle variations, Pentorr a progressive Cornish folk band and Scotland’s Rua Macmillan Trio featuring Rua Macmillan, one of the rising stars of the folk world. But with just one opportunity to hear Welsh BAFTA award-winning vocalists Caryl Parry Jones and Christian Phillips it’s a good excuse to sit down at a free concert in St German’s Cathedral as events move to the west of the Island. A variety of Manx musicians will be supporting our talented visitors, which includes a free bands’ night at a new venue The Institute in Laxey.

The climax of the festival, however, is likely to be the sensational Forzh Penaos who have been at the forefront of the Breton music scene for twenty years, inspiring the formation of local band King Chiaullee.

Supported by the Manx Heritage Foundation, the Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx Telecom and the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Charitable Trust, tickets may be purchased from Peter Norris Music, Mostly Manx, Celtic Gold, Shakti Man and Thompson Travel.

Further details available online, or by texting your name to 425957 to activate a free festival SMS service.


Valerie Caine
© July 2012

(Courtesy of Manx Tails)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Letter from Alan Holmes





Hello Manx Mum,



From the horse’s mouth so to speak, here is a unique opportunity for any of your members to acquire some genuine autographed MANX MEMORABILIA.   In 1973, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of The Manx Grand Prix races, the Isle of Man Post Office authority  issued a stamp featuring the 1957 MGP Double victory of Manxman Alan Holmes, (yours truly), the first Manxman to do the “Double”.  Born and bred in Castletown and now living in Spain.  An illustration of the stamp and a bit more about me can be found on various browsing sites under iom alan holmes 1957  or akin.   I have a limited number of these stamps available, in absolutely mint condition, which I am prepared to offer, autographed, together with two autographed racing photos and personalised letter.  For further details please email me direct at   alan.holmes.1@hotmail.com    


The package I am offering includes (1) One autographed stamp with a copy of the official Post Office synopsis.    (2)  One A5 size autographed action photograph.   (3)  One A5 size autographed studio photograph in leathers with an array of trophies.  (4)  A personalised covering letter.
N.B. I guarantee that all signatures are original and not just printed, photocopied or rubber stamped.
The complete package is available at a modest cost of £45  including airmail p&p.   The three items (2)  (3)  (4)  only, are available for £20 including airmail p&p.
To help both NAMA members and The MGP/TT charity, I have decided to reduce the prices to GBP 30 and GBP 15 respectively, which includes the static p&p content and is as low as I dare go. 
Payable by bank draft or money order made out to W A Holmes or alternatively to save time, by direct bank/bank transfer.   I shall of course provide my UK bank details to anyone wishing to pay by that means.   
Please note I have  made a commitment to donate at least 50% of the proceeds to the TT/MGP Riders Benevolent Fund to help injured riders and their families.  Thank you.
With best regards to all you Manxies living in North America
Cheers  

Alan

I remember John Nicholson painting the stamps for the IOM Post Office. He would paint them on large canvases and when they were reduced for stamps they looked pin-sharp. Manx Mum.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

World Record


Ten firefighters in the Isle of Man have succeeded in their world record attempt for climbing the greatest distance up a ladder in 24-hours.
They toppled the current record held by firefighters in New Zealand who managed to climb a 15m ladder 10,959 times in Auckland in 2005.
The Manx firefighters passed the New Zealanders' total just after 14:10 BST, finishing at 15:00 with 11,417 climbs.
The record is pending official approval from the Guinness Book of Records.
The Isle of Man team last held the record in 1998.
Their record bid meant that they had to climb the 15m ladder 46 times a minute.
The distance covered to break the record was 109.59km (68.1 miles).

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Government responds to Laurence's question


The IOM Gov's Head of Communications sent me the following this morning:

"Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK has made it clear in Tynwald today that the Isle of Man Government has no plans or policy to change the Island’s constitutional status as a British Crown Dependency. Answering a question from Rushen MHK Laurence Skelly, Mr Bell said: ‘Now is not the time to raise a major question mark over the Island’s future that might weaken business confidence in our political and economic stability.’


Full question and answer as follows:


 FOR ORAL ANSWER 1

The Hon Member for Rushen (Mr Skelly) to ask the Chief Minister –

If he will make a statement on the Deputy Chief Minister of Jersey’s call to be ready for independence; and what if any action the Government has already taken to identify the potential benefits of independence?



MADAM PRESIDENT
I DO NOT FEEL IT APPROPRIATE TO MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT INDEPENDENCE FOR JERSEY.  THIS IS A MATTER FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF JERSEY TO DETERMINE. 
IN RESPECT OF THE ISLE OF MAN, I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF I WERE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE ISLE OF MAN GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLANS OR POLICY TO CHANGE THE ISLAND’S CONSTITUTIONAL STATUS AS A BRITISH CROWN DEPENDENCY.
THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE POLICY RECOMMENDED IN THE REPORT OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTER ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE, WHICH WAS APPROVED BY TYNWALD IN NOVEMBER 2000, THAT THE ISLE OF MAN SHOULD CONTINUE AS A CROWN DEPENDENCY BUT PURSUE THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE ISLAND.
THIS REPORT WAS VERY COMPREHENSIVE AND IDENTIFIED THAT WHILST THERE MAY BE SOME POTENTIAL, ALBEIT INTANGIBLE ADVANTAGES OF INDEPENDENCE, THESE COULD BE HEAVILY OUTWEIGHED BY THE POTENTIAL DISADVANTAGES, WHICH I BELIEVE REMAIN AT THIS POINT.
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ISLE OF MAN WILL CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN AWARENESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH MAY MERIT REVISITING, IN DETAIL, SCOPE FOR INDEPENDENCE ON THE PART OF THE ISLAND.  I WOULD ASK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER, AND TYNWALD AS A WHOLE, TO RECOGNISE THAT ANALYSING THE CASE FOR INDEPENDENCE IS A MATTER THAT WOULD NEED TO BE ADDRESSED WITH THE UTMOST CARE AND THOROUGHNESS, AND THAT IN THESE TIMES OF ECONOMIC TURBULENCE AND UNCERTAINTY, PERHAPS NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO RAISE A MAJOR QUESTION MARK OVER THE ISLAND’S FUTURE THAT MIGHT WEAKEN BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IN OUR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STABILITY. 

Their capitals not mine!

Monday, July 9, 2012

NAMA Past President calls for review into split from UK


A Manx politician is to call for a "comprehensive and independent" review into the potential benefits of breaking ties with the UK. Rushen MHK Laurence Skelly will table the question before Chief Minister Allan Bell at Tuesday's sitting of Tynwald. Mr Skelly said: "A fresh look at the pros and cons is long overdue." Last month Jersey's Assistant Chief Minister Senator Sir Philip Bailhache said the Channel Island should be ready to become independent from the UK.  Sir Philip's comments came after the UK government said it was cracking down on tax avoidance. Mr Skelly said: "It is very topical at the moment following the deputy chief minister of Jersey's comments and it is appropriate to ask the same questions here in the Isle of Man.  "We obviously have a very similar backgrounds and are both Crown dependencies.
'Meaningful debate'"We also have our neighbours in Scotland talking about independence, so I think it is an appropriate time to ask the question.
"I think we need to review our constitution status and have a look at what the options are.
"I don't want to go into this with a pre-determined view that one option is better than the other.
"I just want the facts so we can have a meaningful debate and see what is in the best interest of the Isle of Man."

Jim Kneale's culinary and artistic talents!


The Washington D.C. Manx enjoyed a Tynwald Day cooish on Saturday 7th, sheltering from the heat in the air conditioning of Jim and Faith Kneale's lovely home in Clarksville, Md. Here are Jim's centerpieces, Tynwald Hill made from blueberry bonnag and his hand-carved Three Legs watermelon. Yndyssagh! Gura mie eu, Jim and Faith.

Manx Cheese available in US! thank you BJs


The Isle of Man Creamery is a cooperative of 44 family-owned dairy farmers.  With a view like that, how could these cows not be happy. 
IOM Creamery products are now being imported to the US by DCI Cheese Company
Vintage Cheddar is available at BJ's Wholesale Club for $2.99 for a 7oz block.  Vintage Cheddar is a close textured, subtly sweet and nutty cheese, with a very long finish that lingers in the mouth. Matured for up to 18 months.  BJs has over 180 locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. 
Mature Cheddar is available at Publix.  Mature Cheddar is a firm bodied, creamy and full-flavored cheese with a smooth close texture. Matured for at least 12 months.  Publix has 1400 stores in Florida Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina.
And we enjoyed it at the Washington Manx Society's Tynwald Day event held at Jim Kneale's home in Maryland. 

Bob Kelly Update


It’s been a while since we’ve updated everyone on how Uncle Bob is doing.  John and I visited him yesterday at the Rockford Memorial Hospital.  We are pleased that he is scheduled to return to the Wesley Willows Rehab unit tomorrow, after spending 3 weeks at Centegra in McHenry, 1 week at Wesley Willows Rehab, and then 3 more weeks at RMH.  Yesterday was the best we’ve have seen him over the last 7 weeks.  For a week now he has been on a thickened liquid diet and his swallowing and speech is improving.  He is no longer receiving any tube feedings.  This has boosted his strength and is he is hoping he can do his full reps of Physical Therapy after returning to the Rehab unit.

He still has the occasional cough and some lung congestion.  An infection has kept him in isolation while in the hospital and will continue in Rehab.  This means that anyone going in to see him has to wear a gown and gloves.  We hope this isolation is over soon, those gowns get hot!

Thank you all for your continuing prayers.  He still has a lot of therapy to do before being discharged from Rehab.  It is so good to see how far he has come over the last 7 weeks. John & Carol Pilgrim.

If you would like to call Bob - please email me kelly@mustgoto.com and I'll send you the room phone number. I don't want to put it up here. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Yndyssach ~ We're going back! Tynwald 2014


The NAMA Homecoming Convention of 2014 is delighted to announce that arrangements have been made with the Sefton Hotel on Harris Promenade, Douglas to host our Convention. As the 5th is on a Saturday we are assuming that the Tynwald Day ceremonies will be held on the 7th as has happened in the past. We understand that the final decision has not yet been announced. We will follow the Clerk of Tynwald’s announcements closely and will amend our plans as required by circumstances.

We have held the following accommodations for NAMA members attending the Convention:

-         13 x atrium double at £115.00 per room per night, including breakfast
-          12 x seaview double at £120.00 per room per night, including breakfast

Arrival Friday 04th July 2014 -- Departure Tuesday 08th July 2014

Group ref number: NOR4040714. The Sefton Hotel will honor these rates for contiguous days before and after the Convention if you plan to stay longer. The ultimate deadline for a making a booking is 1 April 2014.

Please check the Sefton’s webpage

Other room options: 
-          atrium double at £115.00 B&B per room per night
-          atrium twin at £115.00 B&B   per room per night
-          atrium single at £100.00 B&B   per room per night
-          seaview double at £120.00 B&B  per room per night
-          seaview twin at £120.00 B&B  per room per night

Please contact: Sefton Reception
Tel. 011-441 -624-645-500
Fax 011-441 -624-676-004
E-Mail: info@seftonhotel.co.im


Alternative lodgings within a short distance of the Sefton are available for Conventioneers on a budget. We will research them over the next few months and share the details nearer to the event.

Laa Tynvaal sonney dhyt!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!


Have a great 4th of July Americans and a Laa Tynvaal sonney dhyt - Happy Tynwald Day (5th) to all you Manx!

Come back tomorrow for information on the 2014 NAMA Homecoming Convention.

Yndyssach! We're going back! 2014 Tynwald weekend

And a note from the Wisconsin Manx who are organizing the 2012 Convention in Platteville ~~ please make your reservations and send off your artwork for the souvenir booklet NOW!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

'African Jacana’ wins ‘World Birds’ category of BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012

A painting by an artist from the Isle of Man has won best of category in the final of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012.

The work entitled African Jacana by Dr Jeremy Paul, from Colby, won the World Birds section of the competition.
The painting was selected by judges from more than 1,000 entries from all over the world.
Dr Paul said: "To have won one award was very nice but to have won three in a row is beyond all my expectations."
Last year Dr Paul's painting Southern Ocean - Wandering Albatross won the Frozen Planet category of the competition and in 2010 his painting of an otter won in the British Mammals category.

Dr Paul, who has lived all over the world, was a marine biologist before becoming a wildlife artist.
Next year he will celebrate having been a full-time artist for 25 years with a special exhibition in the Isle of Man.
Visit his site for more wonderful pictures!

http://www.jeremypaulwildlifeartist.co.uk/



Manx museum to debut on campus



From the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will soon unveil the first North American Manx Museum, which will be dedicated to showcasing the immigrants from the Isle of Man and their descendants in North America.
The debut of the museum will be held during the 51st Biennial North American Manx Convention Aug. 9-12 at UW-Platteville.
The Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland in the British Isles.
Some of the museum’s features will include an area for visitors to watch videos about the Isle of Man and read an electronic version of the “Chronicles of Mann;” an entrance based on the Peel Castle on the Isle of Man, a clay sculpture of the Manx Laxey Church in Linden Township in Iowa County, Wis. and smaller relief clay sculptures that highlight various Manx themes and more.
“The museum will have its own special place within our archives and will enable people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore the history of the interesting and unique Manx culture for their learning and enjoyment as well as provide a heightened understanding and appreciation of the Manx heritage,” said UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields.
Mary F. Kelly of Platteville, a Manx descendent and a 1974 UW-Platteville graduate, first proposed the idea of incorporating items about Manx immigrants and their history connected to Southwest Wisconsin.
The first meeting was held Nov. 1, 2004 to form a museum committee. The topics discussed included the proposed museum to be located in the Luce Center in Ullsvik Hall, fund raising and the mission/content of the museum.
At a later meeting, topics considered for inclusion in the museum were the early settlement of people from the Isle of Man as evidenced by the location of the nearby Laxey Cemetery. The group discussed the proximity of the first settlement of Manx pioneers in Wisconsin to Platteville, which was 25 miles. “We compared the skills those early immigrants brought in the 1840s from their tiny homeland: mining, engineering, farming, etc. to the mission of the university,” said Kelly.
“Education has been a priority in Platteville for almost 175 years,” said Chancellor Shields. “Given the emphasis the Manx placed on education and that the first Manx settlement in Southwest Wisconsin was near Mineral Point, Wis. some of the first students who attended the Platteville Academy and its successor, the Platteville State Normal School, were surely Manx immigrants and their descendants. This historical connection between the Manx and UW-Platteville led to the creation of the North American Manx Museum in Ullsvik Hall.”
Kelly has visited the Isle of Man several times, the first time as a tourist in 1973. She was the chair of the 1996 convention and has met several Isle of Man dignitaries over the years.
According to Kelly, the donations of $100,000 and valuable artifacts from Robert Kelly, honorary president of the North American Manx Association, has secured a university commitment for a permanent 400-square-foot Manx display area in the museum and it has helped to anchor an important archival Manx collection. Other substantial contributions have come from the Isle of Man government, Manx National Heritage, Wisconsin Manx Society, Greater Washington Area Manx Society, Minnesota Manx Society, the T.R. and LaJean Anderson Library and numerous individuals.
The Southwest Wisconsin Room in Ullsvik Hall will contain Manx related books and genealogy resources.
“We now have the most important collection of books and documents about the Isle of Man on this continent,” said Kelly.
Kelly is expecting approximately 100 people to attend the convention. The president of Tynwald, Hon. Clare Christian, of the Isle of Man will be in attendance at the dedication of the new Manx museum and announcements will go out to Manx societies in nine countries on four continents.
The convention is held every two years. The 2014 convention will be held on the Isle of Man, with the 2016 convention in Washington, D.C. Joanne Morey of Mount Horeb is serving as chairperson of this year’s convention. Morey, a 1992 UW-Platteville graduate, is currently the vice president of the North American Manx Society. She will become president of the organization in August.
Contact: James Hibbard, Archivist, UW-Platteville Southwest Wisconsin Room, (608) 342-1719, hibbardj@uwplatt.edu
Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu