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 Mountain Course with only one rule: no harmful emissions.

In possibly the only time I’ll give a link to Hell for Leather Magazine I hope you find the article interesting!

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. Mike is from Peel and due to an amazing response by the Manx public (and maybe some of us) he is coming to the States.

Mike, a 28-year-old plumber, from Douglas, had a consultation with world-leading neurosurgeon Dr Peter Black in Boston last month.

Dr Black is prepared to operate as soon as possible to remove the tumour and begin radiotherapy to tackle the astrocytoma – a cancer affecting the nervous system – Mike was diagnosed with in the spring.

If you check out the article you will see that the fund raising is being conducted by Geoff Gelling, the IOM Bank’s Head of Retail Banking and the son of NAMA’s friends, Joan and former Chief Minister, Donald Gelling.

Donations can still be made by contacting Mike via email on or by sending cheques, made payable to Mr M. T. Bellis, 3 Robert Cubbon Close, Douglas, IM2 6PT, British Islands.

Some interesting news from the IOM Newspapers site.
Manx Gaelic Business Guide
For 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. There is a great effort on the IOM Online website with a video* or two to help you learn some Manx over the internet. Did you know that we now have mother-tongue Manx children? And here comes a guide to the business community.

Back Door Slam
The boys have extended their US Tour. The full article is online and details the venues. Their website is full of other information and tells you more about them. They also have a Facebook page if you’re hip to all that.

*HAT TIP: Marshall

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 Championships
on Saturday. Click the link to IOM newspapers for more.

Prairie HotelParachilna

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 best in the world. And it’s run by guys called Ross and Ian Fargher – check out the beer label!

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 the Island from the Whin Rhigg in Cumbria. Great shot, isn’t it?

It’s from a collection by “Hdentist” and on this roll of film he has some splendid shots of the hills, lakes and moors of northern England.

Check out Kevin’s experience of getting to the IOM on the Ben-My-Chree (and going back First Class!)

… if you have any left!

The annual battle for the World Tin Bath Championships organized by the Castletown Ale Drinkers Society (CADS) will be wetly contested in Castletown harbor tomorrow afternoon. Now in its 37th year, the contest attracts competitors from all over the world. Americans may want to cheer for Gary Duchars, the Yank in a tank. Also featured will be Man-powered flight – the record is still 6ft 3 inches before the tape sank.

Follow it on the Isle of Man Newspapers site:

If you’ve been to the Isle of Man you’ve probably been to Cregneash; if you’ve watched “Waking Ned Devine” you’ve definitely seen it. Well, this year is its 70th year of being open to the public. It’s one of the Island’s most famous tourist attractions and a great tribute to the authorities who decided to protect it and the rest of the village. (People still lived there when I was a kid!)