Month: October 2009

Hop tu Naa — A really Manx tradition

All over the Isle of Man today there are events taking place to celebrate the ancient tradition of Hop tu Naa.The Isle of Man Steam Railway is running a ghost train from Douglas to Castletown, followed by a ghost walk

Gnome mystery grips island

THIS gnome is a long way from home! Perched on a gatepost near the Gooseneck, he was one of several spotted by motorists driving on the Mountain Road in recent weeks. Ramsey Police said they had no idea where the

Manx Radio officially has the highest weekly audience reach of any station in the British Isles.

In the latest quarterly survey by Radio Joint Audience Research, the industry standard for compiling listener statistics, the Island’s national broadcaster recorded a figure of 54%.The RAJAR statistics show the number of listeners in that percentage figure has grown for

Runs like a Manx watch, yessir

Roger Smith, of Roger W Smith Ltd watch, clock and chronometer makers, runs a unique business in Ballaugh producing handmade timepieces. The watches produced are true works of art and continue a long tradition of English horology. Roger W Smith

Foot Report welcomed by Isle of Man The British Crown Dependencies have welcomed the findings of the UK government’s review of the dependencies, published on October 29, which recognizes their economic benefit to the United Kingdom, and efforts to achieve compliance with international standards. The report,

Changes to Douglas urban landscape planned

THE long-awaited proposed development of the former bus station site in Douglas lurched one stage closer to realisation at the end of a Tynwald evening sitting on Tuesday. MHKs (Members of the House of Keys) approved the broad terms for

TT lovers — read and weep

Brilliant review of the TT over the past few years by a REAL fan here. Hat Tip: Sebastian

Dan Karran

This young photographer is from the Isle of Man although he currently lives in London. He has some very nice photos, including this one of the Herring Tower at: and coming soon at:

Nicole talks to Island school teens from space

A lucky group of pupils from the Island’s secondary schools enjoyed a live video link to astronaut Nicole Stott on the International Space Station. It’s the first time such a feat has been achieved on the Island. Nicole, who is

Celtic Concert in California

The Antelope Valley Community Concert Association will host its community concert at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center featuring a performance by Golden Bough. Golden Bough will take the attendees on a musical tour through seven Celtic lands. Join the tour