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!)

http://britainbyrail.blogspot.com/2008/08/isle-of-man-with-steam-packet.html


… if you have any left!

http://www.tribune.ie/article/2008/aug/24/irish-isle-of-man-rates-among-lowest-in-world/



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:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/World-Tin-Bath-Championships-on.4415826.jp



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!)



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!)


Check out the latest from the Ronaldsway Airport excavations. The airport is extending its runway but before they put down the blacktop, archaeologists are uncovering all sorts of interesting things about our Manx past. Ronaldsway has already thrown up Viking artifacts (well its name is Norse) and now we’re getting information about the Bronze Age. Check out this great article at the IOM Newspapers site.

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/Isle-of-Man-unearths-a.4404225.jp


http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/towns/castltwn/witch.htm

I found this fabulous link to a description — and refutation — of the Castletown Witches Mill story. Beware: there is shocking news about the Fairy Bridge, too.

The Isle of Man is still medal-less at the the Olympics. Four-time Tour de France winner Cavendish and his partner, two gold medal winner, Bradley Wiggins finished eighth with the Gold going to Argentina.

Silver went to Spain and Russia took bronze. Nice try, Cav. Better luck next time.