Month: March 2010

They got the business

Remember I told you a couple of weeks ago that Alex Downie and Tim Craine were in town? Well, their work here went very well indeed. Working with another familiar face on this blog, Chris Stott of ManSat and his

Official: Crown Depencies are democratic, self-governing communities with free media and open debate

Following on from the news that the IoM is looking at whether the BBC Licence fee is worth it, the BBC has another Manx and Crown Dependencies related article today. The relationship between the UK and crown dependencies needs to

From the lovely Breesha Madrell via Alex Downie

The sound of festivals is ringing in the air with Shennaghys Jiu Celtic Youth Festival 1-6 April ( and the International Celtic Congress 5-10 April. In fact, you’re likely to see and hear Manx musicians and dancers out and about

Getting to the IOM

FLYBE has launched a new four-times-a-week service from the Isle of Man to Bristol. This is interesting because there are direct flights to Bristol from Orlando and New York. The airline’s summer timetable, which began on Sunday, also sees the

You know, I wondered why the BBC coverage of the IoM had got better recently…

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First Manxman to become President of the Oxford Union

From Radio Vannin: An Oxford undergratuate from the Isle of Man has been elected to one of the most prestigious student positions in Britain’s universities. Twenty-one-year-old James Kingston from Port Soderick believes he is the first Manxman to become President

Bree Fiddle Workshop 2010

Local fiddle player Katie Lawrence hosted the annual Bree Fiddle Workshop in the Atholl Room at the Centenary Centre, Peel, focusing on traditional playing techniques, ornamentation, arranging and performance skills.Open to secondary school pupils, fiddle players tackled Manx tunes, waltzes

Bradda Illuminations

A headland on the Isle of Man will glow for the first time as its historic tower is lit up. Milner’s Tower on Bradda Head will be illuminated by the Manx Electricity Authority on Thursday night. The energy firm, which

Hyperbaric Chamber

Based behind the Fire Station in Douglas the hyperbaric chamber helps to improve the lives of countless people with a variety of medical conditions, but a lack of funding has prompted potential closure of this much needed facility.  The offer

That's more like it — Cav wins

MARK Cavendish’s troubled early season finally came good on Tuesday when he won stage two of the Tour of Catalonia in Spain. The HTC-Columbia was the clear winner in a slightly uphill finish at the small town of Banyoles, crossing