Month: August 2008

Manx Fishermen's Evening Hymn

This hymn is greatly loved in the Isle of Man and is – if you get what I mean – very popular at funerals. I just came across a bizarre website that has over 7,000 hymns played on a very

Manx Fishermen’s Evening Hymn

This hymn is greatly loved in the Isle of Man and is – if you get what I mean – very popular at funerals. I just came across a bizarre website that has over 7,000 hymns played on a very

Trains – and Bikes

Thanks to the Times of India for this sweet travel report. Their reporter traveled up Snaefell to be transported back to childhood. And Mark Cavendish was having a great week until he hurt his hip in an accident. He won

Saturday Miscellany – mostly Canadian

You have to go to this Canadian woman’s blog — it is very compelling. What a great feat. I decided not to disabuse her of her understanding of the Tower of Refuge which she seems to think of as a

Green T.T. in 2009

The 2009 Isle of Man TT will host the world’s first clean emissions Grand Prix. Dubbed the Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix by its creator, Azhar Hussain, it will be an open-formula series of races around the Isle of Man

Mike Bellis is coming to Boston for surgery

You may remember an e-mail I sent out about a chap called Mike Bellis who has a rare brain tumor which is so unusual that the only place in the world that thinks it can remove it is in Boston.

Manx Culture – At Home and Abroad

Some interesting news from the IOM Newspapers site.Manx Gaelic Business GuideFor a language that was pretty much dead when I was a kid the resurgence of ‘the Manx’ is a fantastic achievement and an inspiration to other languages facing extinction.

Tin Bath — update

4,000 people turned out in the pouring rain (well, it is the Isle of Man) to see Lee Cain winning the Tin Bath World Championshipson Saturday. Click the link to IOM newspapers for more.

Need a cold one Down Under?

Prairie Hotel – Parachilna Check this place out. Prairie Hotel, Parachilna is a luxury hotel in the Outback of Australia. Parachilna has a population of seven but it’s got a hotel with a bar that’s been voted one of the

View across the Irish Sea

I found this fabulous picture on Flickr. You know how people say you can see 7 Kingdoms from the top of Snaefell? (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Man, Neptune and the Kingdom of Heaven) – well, this is the view of

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