Month: October 2010

First–ever Isle of Man Festival of Choirs – a Triumph!

There must be American choirs that could give the British ones a run for their money!   Keighley Vocal Union from West Yorkshire became the first holders of the title ‘Choir of the Festival’ when they won the inaugural event

Apple Day at Milntown

The magnificent house at Milntown (The Christian family’s house for many years) bathed in the warmth of late autumn sunshine as a steady flow of people headed towards the orchard garden for a special event in celebration of the humble

Arrane Ashoonagh dy Vannin

This entire entry has been lifted from Wikipedia to which goes much thanks.The National Anthem (Manx: Arrane Ashoonagh) of the Isle of Man, known in Manx as Arrane Ashoonagh dy Vannin, was written and composed by William Henry Gill (1839-1923),

Let them eat Bonnag

From the inestimable Manx Notebook series, selflessly scanned by Francis Coakley, comes a great page on Bonnag. Whenever a recipe for some ‘Manx’ foodstuff is required, Bonnag is usually offered. Originally I think this was just a large flat unleavened

The Brownies & the Mystery of the Missing Castle Rushen Ruby

So, I’m a diehard Girl Guide (Queen’s Guide) and Girl Scout (Troop Leader) and totally adore Brownies so this story made my day. Kudos to Girlguiding, the Manx Constabulary and Manx National Heritage who have a knack for doing the

Manx National Heritage

A  Facebook note here from the Manx National Heritage Director, Edmund Southworth, at Manx National Heritage is utterly brilliant. It calls itself the “award-winning presentation of the Isle of Man’s history portrayed through national heritage attractions, the Manx countryside,

That’s a Manx £20 note.

BUSINESSMAN Tom Winnifrith has generated massive coverage for Isle of Man Bank notes on a live TV appearance. Tom appeared on the international CNBC network to express his views about gold and the US dollar. As part of his commentary

Lowender Peran Festival 2010

It is often suggested that Cornwall and the Isle of Man have much in common when comparing dramatic and beautiful scenery, with some of the Cornish fishing ports used to good affect when filming Manx based stories. But this is

Shoeboxes of love

Twenty years ago Dave Cooke, a Wrexham businessman, watched with horror the heart rendering television footage of children abandoned in Romania’s grim and loveless orphanages. What he saw affected him profoundly. Within the space of seven weeks he roused the

Sir Norman Wisdom and the Isle of Man