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Isle of Man Style Magazine | Vol 02 : No 11 | August 2012 | the [ACTION] issue

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Gallery is published eleven times a year as a fresh yet discerning guide to all that happens on the Island and beyond, not too arty farty superior or too serious, written by the people of the Isle of Man for people everywhere.

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his issue is rammed full of things to do over August. We have the regular listings on page 4 & 5, and we’ve also highlighted some night out options on pages 6 & 7. We don’t stop there. If you’re more an Arts & Culture Vulture check out the events in August and September on pages 40 & 41. August is looking like a jam packed month of entertainment with plenty to do for all. The theme this month is ‘ACTION’, as in Film - Camera - Action. We start with a look at the Top Ten Action Movies of all times, and the history of Action Heroes through the ages. We keep the action theme going locally by taking a trip down to Castletown to catch up with the creator of Solce in Wicca, Nathan Russell-Raby. Witch hunts, burning stakes and medieval Mann... who wouldn’t be fascinated by the Island’s latest film offering. Zoe Gilford and MannIn Shorts have also shared information with us on a short film called ‘I DO’. We all have our big ideas. Maybe it’s the half written blockbuster gathering dust in your cupboard, the genius business plan you think really will work, or the album you’ve been tinkering away with in your bedroom for the past six months. Back in autumn 2010, Zoe Guilford decided to work on her big idea - a lifelong dream to write and make a film. Take a look at the article on page 16 & 17. We introduce a new feature this month called ‘Relative Values’. We sent Paparazzi Pete to meet with Alan and his Dalek! If you would like to feature in a future issue get in touch. Brothers and Sisters, Mothers and Daughters, Grandmothers and Grandchildren, the Relative Values pages are for you. Rachel Morris (Gallery Client Relations) was invited to a Crooked House alternative Art class at Fiesta Havana. Not knowing what to expect she ended up in a life drawing class with a Burlesque dancer called Dee Dee. Why don’t I get these invites! Even Paparazzi Pete got a look in. At least we have the photos to look at in the Culture section. The fashion shoot is bang on theme with our own short film shoot. It’s got everything from the beautiful girl, a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle car and a hairy biker. So, plenty to entertain you until our next issue. Next month will be our first birthday, a full 12 months has passed. It’s time for a party I think. Yes a party and lots of reader competitions with quality prizes to be won. Celebrate with us in September. Keep an eye on the facebook page for updates on those prizes. Happy holidays. SR

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Escape to Oxford...

Silverstone | Book a track day www.silverstone.co.uk

Throughout the summer you can book an incredibly unique driving experience, by hiring a car from the Silverstone fleet and lapping the legendary circuit that so many of history’s motor racing heroes have hurtled around. With lots of different driving packages to choose from, this would make the ideal present for the petrolhead or adrenalin-junkie in your life!

Woodstock Live Music Festival 25th - 26th August

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Manx2.com now operate daily flights to Oxford Airport opening up a gateway to the west of London, south Midlands and Thames Valley area but, best of all, it now means the beautiful city of Oxford, the dream designer outlet destination of Bicester Village, and the wonderfully diverse attractions of Oxfordshire and the surrounding area are now only a short flight away; and just begging for a visit!

ZOE’S TOP FIVE TIPS FOR ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS. e all have our big idea. Maybe it’s the half written blockbuster So had you written your script at this point?

gathering dust in your cupboard, the genius business plan you think really will work, or the album you’ve been tinkering

No, but the MannIn Shorts launch started with a screen writing competition and everybody was asked to submit a script. I did and “I Do” was short listed.

away with in your bedroom for the past six months. Back in autumn 2010, Zoe Guilford decided to work on her big idea - a lifelong dream to write and make a film. A seriously daunting ambition, no doubt. But what sets Zoe apart is that she finished it. She is, what

So how did you learn about scriptwriting?

they call in the creative world, “a finisher.” The result is a short film called

MannIn Shorts gave me the software for screenwriting. Then they took my drafts and worked with me on it until it was polished.

“I Do” which has just gone into post production. I caught up with her to find out how on earth you set about doing something so monumental. I mean, where do you even start?

So who else was involved in this mammoth task? Zoe, that’s my first question….where did you start?! I’d always fancied writing and making a film but never really had the outlet to do it. I was lucky enough to be involved in some stills photography for a few films in London before moving back to the Island, but that was it. I had no experience and no training, but it gave me a real taste for it. So, you moved back here in autumn 2010…. what happened then?

in. The film industry was starting to be phased out when I got back, but the names I was being bombarded with were Christy De Haven and Dave Armstrong. They had just started a scheme called MannIn Shorts. MannIn Shorts?... A training scheme for hopeful, island based short film makers. They had just launched at that point and I met them at the 2010 Isle of Man Film Festival.

Yes, I’d finished with London and thought right, now that I’m here, I’m going to find out if there is anything I can get involved

Well around the same time, Christy and Dave were running acting and writing workshops where I met a wonderful group of creatives including Sonya Quayle and Laura Moore who agreed to get involved on “I Do”. Did you produce it? No I wasn’t allowed as the writer. We needed someone really strong and asked Sonya’s friend, Alison Lodge, an amazing, dynamic woman who agreed to do it.

Also, we had a few naysayers who said we wouldn’t be able to do it. Their doubt drove us forward to show them we could. And from a personal point of view… putting yourself in line for criticism. I ended up being in the film at the last minute due to our leading lady pulling out - talk about ramping up the stakes! So what got you through to the end? Fear of failure was a big driver. I didn’t want to let myself and everyone else down. It’s one of the great accomplishments of my life, but initially, I thought it was totally beyond my capabilities.

Also, we had a great crew and cast who were all working for no pay…I felt responsible for them. Without doubt, a positive mental attitude because so many things can go wrong when working on a big project! What would you say to anyone with a big idea? Just do it. You do have to be realistic, but if someone you trust says you can do something, go for it. You need passion, self belief and a thick skin! So what is next for the film? The IOM Film Festival is hopefully happening at the beginning of September, where “I Do” will be premiered…then potentially we’ll distribute around short film festivals worldwide.

What challenges did you face getting it off the ground?

1) Tel l lots of people about your intentions – it’s the added incentive you need to go through with something that’s not easy (if you don’t do what you said you would, people wil l ask why). 2) Surround yourself with like-minded people: not only wil l they keep you going - because you share the same dream - but you’l have more fun on the journey. 3) Maintain a sense of humour: filmmaking (like other seemingly li fe-changing experiences) is not li fe and death, remember not to take yourself too seriously and that it’s a hobby and thus meant to be fun. 4) Never stop learning and keep an open mind: when undertaking a huge (in your eyes) project, you’l be shocked at how much you learn about yourself, others and the world. 5) Stay f lexible: nothing wil l go exact ly as you expect it to. Though the old adage “fail to prepare or prepare to fail” is true, no amount of preparation wil l mean everything wil l go right (this is real li fe you’re talking about!). Having tenacity wil l help you achieve your goals - see each difficul t y as an opportunity. But believe that everything happens for a reason..

Three reasons why Oxford is the perfect getaway destination: A world class city

Drawn by the ‘dreaming spires’, visitors find there’s more to Oxford than the stunning architecture, intimate colleges, street entertainers, modern sculptures and famous museums. It’s on the doorstep of the beautiful Cotswolds, but there are also glorious parks and gardens (including Britain’s first Botanic Garden), fantastic Sunday markets and an abundance of traditional market towns and jawdroppingly picturesque countryside to explore. Oxford has something for everyone; river trips, open top bus rides,magnificent castles, heritage and history tours, music venues and eateries of every description. The nightlife is lively pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants and theatres are buzzing into the early hours.

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MannIn Shorts was a new scheme looking for funding from corporates. What they did get went on workshops. They really wanted to make all six shortlisted films though. They fought hard for the money and in the end the Arts Council came through with 5k which funded “I Do”.

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Get up early and head to the majestic Blenheim Place, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and marvel at its stunning grounds, award-winning formal gardens and spectacular water features. Then take a stroll down the river and find a beautiful old pub to have lunch in, or maybe pack

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One of the world’s oldest and most popular music festivals, this year’s line-up features a glitteringly diverse group of acts ranging from Friday’s headliners The Cure, to fellow top-billers Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and Kaiser Chiefs.

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials | 6th - 9th September www.blenheim-horse.co.uk

The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials are now firmly established in the eventing calendar with the world’s best riders as well as thousands of spectators.

Designer Shopping

Only 20 minutes from Oxford, Bicester Village (www.bicestervillage.com) adds a new dimension to designer shopping. It’s a calm oasis of luxury with over 130 to-diefor outlet boutiques, where shoppers can browse and buy from a bevy of exemplary British brands: Anya Hindmarch, Agent Provocateur, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Pringle of Scotland - all with year-round reductions of up to 60% (yes, we know, it is literally unbelievable!). To add extra cachet, Matthew Williamson, Smythson, Temperley London and Vivienne Westwood are also here, represented by their only outlet stores worldwide. An abundance of international big players completes the fashion landscape: Alexander McQueen, Desigual, Diane von Furstenberg, Missoni and Yves Saint Laurent - to name just a few.

The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival 12th - 16th September www.woodstockliteraryfestival.com Sponsored by The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, Woodstock has become the UK’s ultimate boutique literary festival – and the first major event of Britain’s autumn literary season. The festival takes place in the most beautiful settings. Venues range from Woodstock’s ancient hotels, inns and townhouses to the majestic interiors of Blenheim Palace.

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a picnic and go punting along the secret parts of the waterway with lush over growing banks perfect for stealing a quick kiss behind. Follow this with a dinner date at the ever cool Crazy Bear in Stadhampton or perhaps you want to go all out and visit quite possibly one of the best Michelinstarred restaurants in the UK, Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. This is the recipe for, as Lou Reed would have put it, ‘a perfect day’.

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The Woodstock Live Festival, now in its 8th year, brings an eclectic mix of live music into the centre of the town….something for all tastes… and all for free! We run a bar on the square to help fund the festival and there will be some nice food on offer as well. Woodstock’s many bars, restaurants and hotels will welcome visitors. The festival is known for the diversity of musical genres we present and for the great sound and atmosphere in the historic amphitheatre of the Town Square.

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On Saturday the 18th of August the 2012 Manx Grand Prix road races will commence here in the Isle of Man. In many ways the MGP is run in a similar manner to that of the TT; all the preparation and considerable paraphernalia that needs to be in place for any practice or race during TT also needs to be in place for the MGP. It is certainly a formidable commission once again for all parties concerned in the promotion and organisation of the event.

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Conversely the MGP does however differ quite considerably in its format from that of the TT. The competitors in the MGP are essentially amateurs and they receive no payment to race nor is there any prize money. For the majority of competitors the goal is to complete their race and be awarded their well-earned Finishers Medal; the quicker riders may get a Replica Trophy and those quicker still, the real thing, along with the laurels and a visit onto the winner’s rostrum. The only real certainty, unless they

have a wealthy sponsor, is that they will all go home a lot poorer having spent a great deal of cash to follow their dream and race on the Island challenging the Mountain Course. There are some 240 competitors entered for the 2012 MGP; 55 of them are ‘Newcomers’ on modern machinery with a further 4 ‘Newcomers’ on the classic machines. There are entrants from far and wide and many are not what you would call youngsters;

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There are some 240 competitors entered for the 2012 MGP; 55 of them are ‘Newcomers’ on modern machinery with a further 4 ‘Newcomers’ on the classic machines. There are entrants from far and wide and many are not what you would call youngsters; ages ranging from 20 years to 70 years. There are competitors from all over the British Isles, from Cornwall to Scotland and most places in between. There is also the reliable contingent of contenders from many parts of Northern and Southern Ireland. Other seriously intrepid souls are travelling from as far away as The USA, France, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Prague, Helsinki, The Faroe Islands, Austria, Italy, New Zealand and Belgium. We must also not forget the many race contenders that live here on the Island; the home grown Manx Competitor and there are a good few of them; many will be challenging the Mountain Course once again this year. The type of machinery you can expect to see in a typical MGP event also varies considerably to that of the TT. There are the classic classes for older machines which feature, among others, the famous Manx Norton, G50 Matchless, 7R AJS and a few BSA Gold Stars. The tremendous nostalgic thumping sound of the big British single closely followed by the pervading aroma of Castrol R and alongside these British institutions, the buzzing of classic racing two strokes; much appreciated by the enthusiasts around the course.

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On Saturday the 18th of August the 2012 Manx Grand Prix road races will commence here in the Isle of Man. In many ways the MGP is run in a similar manner to that of the TT; all the preparation and considerable

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Conversely the MGP does however differ quite considerably in its format from that of the TT. The competitors in the MGP are essentially amateurs and they receive no payment to race nor is there any prize money. For the majority of competitors the goal is to complete their race and be awarded their well-earned Finishers Medal; the quicker riders may get a Replica Trophy and those quicker still, the real thing, along with the laurels and a visit onto the winner’s rostrum. ISLE OF MAN STYLE MAGAZINE

Classes and machinery included at the 2012 MGP are the Newcomers Race, Classic Grand Prix’s, Junior MGP, Super-twin, Lightweight MGP, Classic Superbike and Junior Post Classic. So you can expect to see machinery ranging from 125cc up to 1050cc in classic and modern classes; something for everyone who enjoys motorcycle racing.

One of the great features of the MGP is the ‘Newcomer Race’ where and the clue is in the name, all the competitors are new to the Mountain Course. These competitors are a hardy bunch and in past years some of them have surprised quite a few people with their skill and endeavour, putting in very quick lap times on what is essentially an unknown course. Many have gone on to return as TT champions. The MGP is run under ACU road racing rules and organised by the Manx Motorcycle Club; Phil Taubman is the man in charge during the meeting, acting as Clerk of the Course. He will be ably assisted by the regular team that make up the crew in Race Control, based at the top of the tower at the grandstand. It’s a tough job being in Race Control during the meeting and can get very fraught with an enormous amount of information going to and fro around the course; Race Control relies on the marshals and other volunteers around the 37.73 miles to relay what is happening on the road; with a good team spirit and a well-tried system, it generally works very well. From an organising point of view the MGP is always traditionally harder to man for racing and practice than the TT. Many of the regular supporters can only attend either the TT or MGP and as the TT is first major event in the calendar the MGP tends to suffer from fewer visitors/supporters. The all essential Marshals and Medical Personnel are a factor that is often more problematic for the MGP than the TT. With that said no practice or race will commence without the minimum required number of volunteers, manning each marshalling post; and around the 37.73 mile course you can imagine there will be quite a few people needed. Marshal figures currently require a little over 500 volunteers to man the course to a minimum and all these people need to be in all the specific locations before any practice or race can start.

If you would like to know more about marshalling visit the marshals’ office behind the Grandstand; it is generally open Monday to Friday and every day during race fortnight. The TT Marshals Association will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and show you just what marshalling the greatest road races in the world is all about. For those interested in marshalling the races please contact info@iomttma.com If you are a Doctor or Paramedic or other medically trained person and could offer your time and valuable skills, you too would be made most welcome; you should contact Dr David B Stevens MBE at Motorsport Medical Services, The Hoggary, Nobles Park, Douglas, IoM. For any medical personnel please contact Dr David B. Stevens MBE dbs@mms.org.im Photos | supplied by www.mgpfestival.com

Can you help? You can if you could sign on as a marshal, you do not need to live on the Island to be a marshal; nor do you need to be specially trained or have any first aid knowledge; this can be arranged later if you so choose. Of course if you do have these useful skills so much the better. You do not have to attend all marshalling sessions; you can do as many or as few as you like and anywhere around the course.

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CONTENTS Intro

Listings Nights Out Action Heroes Relative Values Solace in Wicca Action - I Do

Events

Laura & Michael Wedding Ballakermeen Prom Laura & Chris Wedding Axa Wealth Staff Party Squash & Racket Association Sport Erin “SHIMS DO” Help The Heroes Viking Long Boat Races The Service Players

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Community Action - Just Do It News in Numbers Pigeon Control Men & Women Me & My Pet

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Music

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Manx Music Season

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Selection of music from Manx Bands and Manx Dance during August. The 16th: Perree Bane, 23rd: Shoh Slaynt & Friends, 30th: Perree Bane & The Mollag Band.

Evita – The Andrew Lloyd Webber/ Tim Rice Musical Spectacular ‘The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical spectacular comes to the Gaiety Theatre – features memorable, iconic theatre moments including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ and ‘Buenos Aires’.

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Stock car Racing Onchan Raceway onchan Park // 19:50 // 432232 // 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August. Practicing from 7.15pm and racing from 7.30pm. Each meeting consists of races from various classes including Ministox, Formula 2, Stockcars, Bangers, Rookie Bangers and Production Rods. WWW.ONCHANRACEWAY.COM

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Royal Manx Agricultural Show Knockaloe Farm Patrick // ALL WEEKEND // The Royal Manx Agricultural Show is a great Manx institution and is held this year at Knockaloe Farm, Patrick on Friday and Saturday. A Great opportunity to see the best in Manx farming, meet up with friends and enjoy a fantastic day out. Fun for all the family with animal displays and competitions, music, Manx food, crafts, and entertainment programme. WWW.ROYALMANX.COM

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Manx Transport Heritage Museum open weekend The Brickworks, Peel

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Running from 18 August to 2 September 2012, the Manx Grand Prix Festival promises an action packed fortnight of motorsport, modern and classic racing, dirt bike action and rallies.

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Open Weekend. This weekend offers a rare chance to see the P50 car in action. Chris Machin will be demonstrating the car, by driving it around the car park outside the museum on the Sunday afternoon. Open 1pm-5pm. The Brickworks, Mill Road, Peel.

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The Palace Wedding Fair The Best western Palace Hotel & Casino // Free // 13-16:00 // 662662 // The Island’s finest wedding suppliers exhibiting at the fair in August.

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Kaiser Chiefs

VIlla Marina - Royal hall // £40.00 // 19:00 // 600555 // The long awaited return of the Kaiser Chiefs, courtesy of Triskel Promotions. Five indie pop kids from Leeds who in less than two years went from self-financing their first single to getting signed by Universal and becoming the darlings of the British music press. The infectious enthusiasm of their music and the unique viewpoint of their lyrics has seen them compared to Franz Ferdinand, Blur, The Clash, and Madness, but their passionately dedicated fans know that this band are true originals.

In 2009, the Kaiser Chiefs set the record for the fastest sellout in Villa Marina history, with all tickets sold within 45 minutes. Now the Kaiser Chiefs return with their latest material and all their classic hits for TWO nights at the Villa Marina. Bookings for the dress circle (upstairs) can be made at the Welcome Centre in the Sea Terminal building or by phone. Standing/unreserved seating (downstairs) tickets can be booked online. Tickets are not be available from the Villa Marina reception.

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Classic action from various displays Charity evening in aid of Manx Cancer Help. around the island including a classic Local bands/solo artists come together to do a tribute to the Bee Gees by singing their version, parade lap. in their style of a Bee Gees Song/s or a song/s WWW.VMCCISLEOFMAN.CO.UK written by the Bee Gees. Each act will perform 2 songs each following by a group performance for the finale. Then a disco to finish the night. WWW.VILLAGAIETY.COM

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Balmoral Cruise // 14:00 // 0845 1304647 // Traditional-style cruise around Ramsey Bay, departing Douglas at 1400 returning at 1700. You can book at Richmond Travel, Douglas.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic // 10-17:00 // 663366 //

Ride the steam trian down to Rushen Abbey for a family fun day out. Family hampers and picnics can be ordered from The Abbey Restaurant. Tel: 822393 WWW.IOMBUSANDRAIL.INFO

Ramsey MGP Sprint High-speed adrenalin packed action taking place on the 1/8th of a mile strip in the beautiful setting of Ramsey Bay. A wealth of stalls and bike action for race fans and families alike. WWW.STRAIGHTLINERS.CO.UK

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ADELE TRIBUTE NIGHT THE SETON HOTEL

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Adele Tribute Friday 9th November from 7.30pm All packages include an arrival drink and a 3-course meal in the Garden Room with cruise-style seating.

Bronze - £35 per person Dinner, seats for the show in the Atrium Water Garden

Silver - £140 per couple Dinner, overnight Atrium-room stay, balcony view of the show

Patrick Myers presents the real live QUEEN experience - the sound and the look, combined with the showmanship, pomp, style and incredible musicianship that was the hallmark of QUEEN in concert. The show features Patrick backed by his superb four piece band hand picked to emulate Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor, along with the most spectacular stage set up, stunning costumes and terrific special effects - just like Queen themselves! Killer Queen formed back in 1993 and quickly became a hit on the UK College and club circuit. TICKET HOTLINE 600555 Time Out described their lead singer’s resemblance to Freddie Mercury as “Spooky” which, combined with a powerful 3 1/2 octave tenor range and dynamic stage presence, has impressed audiences the world over.

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Formerly known as Closet Queen, the band have played for a wide variety of corporate clients including Microsoft, Formula One, Remy Martin, Honda, Rover and Phillips. Killer Queen have toured Holland, Estonia, Belgium, Dubai, Moscow, Madrid, Portugal, Prague, Sorrento and are regular favourites at Cannes. Their world-class status was recognised by the music industry when Madness presented them the title of World-wide Tribute Band Of The Year. In 2006 they had the honour of creating their very own “Live Aid” when they supported Sir Bob Geldof in a fund raising concert for the homeless in Malta.

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Gold - £160 per couple Dinner, overnight Atrium-room stay, balcony view of the show with champagne

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Lareena is The UK’s Premier Tribute Act to Adele! Covering all the hits from both albums 19 & 21 such as Make you feel my love, Chasing pavements, Someone like You and Rolling in the deep! Lareena has an Incredible likeness and most importantly the voice. She has played at many high profile functions including Sir Alex Ferguson son’s wedding and Manchester United’s Celebration parties.

All packages include an arrival drink and a 3-course dinner in the Garden Room with cruise-style seating. Bronze - £35 per person dinner, seats for the show in the Atrium Water Garden. Silver - £140 per couple dinner, overnight Atrium-room stay, balcony view of the show. Gold - £170 per couple dinner, overnight Atrium-room stay, balcony view of the show with champagne.

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A caribbean evening with ainsley harriott THE mailbox hospice isle of man £50.00//20:00// Hotline : 647432 // francesmoore@hospice.org.im Fancy a Caribbean evening with guest Ainsley Harriott. The ticket price includes reception drinks, plus a three course theme dinner. Loud shirts and cocktail dresses welcome.

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Sir Stirling Moss Mount Murray Hotel The sports & dining club sponsored by hsbc Members £65.00// Non members £80.00// Tables for up to 12 guests // Hotline : 495749 // email: john@sportsanddinningclub.com An evening to celebrate one of the greatest British Motor Racing drivers of our time. Sir Stirling Moss OBE is arguably the greatest all-round racing driver of all time and a true icon of the motor racing world. Known during his career as ‘Mr Motor Racing’ he became a professional driver in 1948, at the age of 18, racing a Cooper 500. One of the original jet-setters, he remains in huge demand around the world to this day - a true British legend, not to be missed.

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pearl ball - hospice isle of man villa marina sponsored by coutts & co £65.00//19:30// Hotline : 647432 // francesmoore@hospice.org.im

Hospice Isle of Man is delighted to announce the launch of their 30th anniversary celebrations with a magnificent Pearl Ball. The night will be a testament to all that has been over the last 29 years of Hospice Care with lots of events, fundraising and awareness of the terrific work everyone involved in our charity has achieved. It will also be a night of surprises and beautiful pearls

Sept - Oct - Nov DINNER & SHOW PACKAGES

The Sefton hotel/Gaiety Theatre in association with the sports & dinning club £21.95 per package, two course carvery in the sefton and ticket at the gaiety// Hotline: 645501 // events@seftonhotel.co.im

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Julian Lloyd Webber sponsored by barclays bank Following the success of its evening with Michael Portillo, the Isle of Man Sporting and Dining Club is staging an evening with Julian Lloyd Webber – Travels With My Cello, on September 13 at the Gaiety Theatre. Once again, the evening will be split into two halves of performance and talk with visual support. The evening is held in association with the Isle of Man Arts Council.

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sir ranulph fiennes sponsored by Isle of Man post office Explorer and Mount Everest conqueror Sir Ranulph Fiennes is one of the world’s top inspirational business motivational speakers and has thrilled audiences everywhere with his superbly illustrated and highly motivating talks and presentations. Sir Ranulph will appear at The Gaiety Theatre for one night only.

21.11.12

tony benn sponsored by appleby His only props: a flask of tea, some tobacco and his trademark pipe – with easy conversational style, Tony Benn brings his unmistakable presence to his successful stage show at the Gaiety Theatre for one night only. A mix of politics, opinion and debate on various issues, followed by questions from the audience. Participation encouraged!

The event will be attended by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood.

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contributors Writers Tanya Hanson Rick Jones Rose Hill Rebecca Lawrence Rachel Green Erin Louise Harrison Loonard Rockstein Chris Bell Mimi Bishop Theo Leworthy Ben Clarke Louise Bralsford Jodie Sheppard

Liz Corlett Anne Moorhouse Leon Flemming Kate Bertram Anne Marie Michael Deering Tom Croft Bonzo Slater Ella Pritchard Phil Taylor Bill Carden

Design Studio Emma Cooke Steve Redford Grant Corlett

Photography Peter Kwiecinski Danny Evans

Models

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THE GALLERY TOP TEN ACTION FILMS TO WATCH AGAIN!

THE DARK KNIGHT

Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

ALIENS

Sigourney Weaver is absolutely the most talented actress to ever grace the role of protagonist in an action film, and her work as Ellen Ripley deserves commendation. Aliens is also masterfully directed by James Cameron, and it features some truly pulse-pounding moments.

JURRASIC PARK

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. Just imagine!

DIE HARD

Die Hard is the quintessential action film. You have a character that was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A band of terrorists hell bent on chaos. Great supporting roles and a wonderful villain in Hans. And lets not forget the humor in John Mclane as he tries to make light of the dark situation around him. Die Hard is the movie that all other action films are judged upon. Enough said.

GOLDFINGER

Most of the James Bond movies would probably deserve a place on this list, but to narrow it down, Goldfinger sets the standard.

GLADIATOR

MAXIMUS -The hero of the day (Russell Crowe), a general in the army of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) who is adored as much by his men as he is by the Emperor. I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen this film!

300

The best War Movie of ALL TIME, It made my blood boil with excitement!favourite Action movies to watch AGAIN!!!

STAR WARS

Star Wars practically buries all other action movies because 1. It is a classic trilogy of films that really strike your action loving self. 2. The action in the trilogy is amazing, no doubt. Go Star Wars!

MODERN TIMES

We had to mention one of the old classic! Some of Charlie Chaplin’s silent film work holds up better than others, but this is his masterpiece. Filled with exhilarating set pieces such as, the giant gears and roller skating on a ledge. Thrilling by any standards.

TROY

In the tradition of Braveheart and Gladiator comes Troy, the next epic that depicts the Trojan War at its finest. In my opinion not a touch on Gladiator..

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ACTION HEREOS THROUGH THE AGES

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SUPERMAN GENDER: Male SPECIES: Kryptonian

(evolvements of humans) POWER: Superhuman strength,

BATMAN

speed, freezing breath, flight, intelligence and regeneration.

GENDER: Male

FIRST APPEARANCE:

SPECIES: Human

Action comics #1- 1 June 1938

POWER: Intimidation, peak

human conditioning & weapons master FIRST APPEARANCE:

Detective comics #27 May 1939

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THE FLASH

THROUGH THROUGH THE THE AGES!! AGES!!

GENDER: Male SPECIES: Human POWER: Superhuman speeds,

vibrate, time travel, lend and borrow speed, invisible aura around body FIRST APPEARANCE:

Flash comics #1 January 1940

1941

WONDER WOMAN GENDER: Female SPECIES: God/Eternal POWER: Flight, super powers, super speed,

regeneration, gifts from Olympian Gods. FIRST APPEARANCE:

All Star Comics #8 Dec 1941 JOB: Goddess of Truth, protector of Paradise Island.

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1941 CAPTAIN AMERICA GENDER: Male SPECIES: Human POWER: Peak physical and mental

conditioning, expert acrobat, martial arts & shield talent. FIRST APPEARANCE:

Captain America Comics #1 1941

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THOR

GENDER: Male SPECIES: AS Guardian POWER: Superhuman strength and speed, agility, healing factor, longevity, flight, manipulation powers & resistance to injury. FIRST APPEARANCE:

Journey Into the Mystery #83 1962

1955

MARTIAN MAN-HUNTER GENDER: Male SPECIES: Alien (Martian) POWER: Superhuman strength and speed,

shapeshifitng, hypnosis, invisibility, flight and telepathy. FIRST APPEARANCE:

Detective comics #225 November 1955

Since the debut of Superman in 1983, stories of superheroes have dominated comic books, tv series and movies across the globe. We all have our favourites and the superhero shows no sign of loosing popularity any time soon. This is more than evident with the recent phenomenal success of The Avengers movie released on April 11 2012, it received positive reviews from most film critics and set numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America and tied the record for the fastest film to gross $1 billion worldwide. The new Batman movie is sure to compete with this success of The Avengers and the following of die hard comic fans show no signs of tiring any time soon! Gallery decided to take a look at some of the most renowned Superheroes through the ages, enjoy!

1974 WOLVERINE GENDER: Male SPECIES: Mutant POWER: Regenerate damaged body

parts, immunity, extended lifespan, superhuman senses, bone claws. FIRST APPEARANCE:

Incredible Hulk #180 1974

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1963 IRON MAN

GENDER: Male SPECIES: Cyborg, Human POWER: Suit of metal

armour & flight

FIRST APPEARANCE:

Tales of Suspense #39 March 1963

1964

BLACK WIDOW GENDER: Female SPECIES: Human POWER: Spy, Martial artist

& Sniper

FIRST APPEARANCE:

Tales of Suspense #52 April 1964.

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RelativeValues Alan and Dalek have been together since the year 1998. Alan saved the Dalek from a warehouse in London where he was abandoned and they have been friends ever since. However - Alan has had to avoid being exterminated a few times.

Alan Macgregor

Dalek

Dalek is from the planet Skaro and has appeared on set of a 1970s film ‘Death To The Daleks. Alan is from planet earth. Besides the Dalek’s quest to destroy the Doctor or getting people to ‘obey’ his commands, he manages to spend time in Alan’s living room as a wonderful piece of TV and Film history. Want to feature? E-mail: features@gallery.co.im

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Favourite possessions? The Dalek

Toilet plunger or my whisk

Favourite place in the world? Where I was born, New York

Skaro, hometown of the Daleks

Favourite colour? Red, the colour of Liverpool FC

Black, colour of my beautiful machine shell

Favourite animal? Hard - as I like most animals but dolphins as my best experience was swimming with one

Animals are the Daleks enemy, exterminate the animals

Favourite smell? Coffee, I hate the taste of it though

The smell of victory

Favourite way to spend a weekend? As long as it involves music, playing guitar and going out with mates, that’s a good weekend

Exterminating the doctor!

Favourite food? Lucky charms, easy!

It’s impossible for me to consume such compounds

Favourite ice cream flavour? Mint choc chip, again easy!

Which imbecile wrote these questions?

Favourite restaurant? Hard rock cafe in Florida

I shall exterminate the writer of these questions immediately, since when do Daleks dine out!

Favourite pastime? Playing piano, should never of stopped

Our thousand year war with the THALS.... good times!

Favourite film? The butterfly effect or snatch, both class films

Death to the Daleks, mainly because I was in it. Should have changed the name to something more appropriate like, the rise and takeover of the Daleks.

Favourite song? John Lennon Imagine

Dr. Who theme music, very catchy

Favourite person? My mum, when I come home from uni I don’t have to do washing, ironing or cooking

Davros my creator, of course

Favourite celebrity? Either of the two most inspirational musicians in the world John Lennon or Noel Gallagher

Davros my creator, of course

Favourite things to splurge on? Sound equipment

Mainly fiberglass, without it I would be in trouble

Favourite memory? 25th of May 2005, football fans will understand. Also recently passing my Audio Engineer Diploma

Resurrection of the Daleks, brilliant idea if I may say so

Something you hate? Noel Edmunds

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itch hunts, burning stakes and medieval Mann… who wouldn’t be fascinated by the Island’s latest film offering Solace in Wicca. Rachel Green caught up with the creator to discover the grizzly details… The first thing Nathan Russell-Raby ever saved up for was a Spielberg Lego Film Making Kit and at the tender age of eight, he began his debut film with a “really bad quality webcam.” The stock motion extravaganza ‘Indiana Jones and the Colby Sword’ sadly came to a swift end when he filled his hard drive. Fast forward eleven years, via a few Young Filmmaker of Mann awards, a werewolf film with blood and guts made from peaches and food colouring and one or two “terrible” script ideas, to Solace in Wicca. The one about the woman being burned at the stake is his creation and the first film to have been shot entirely in the Manx language. Credit where it’s due – Nathan got the idea from his Mum. She had been on the Castle Rushen Ghost Walk and relayed the gruesome tale to Nathan. Intrigued by reports that you could “hear her screams from Malew” he began to research the true story of Margaret Inequane - the only woman burned at the stake on the Isle of because quality matters

Man. The scene of the gruesome murder was Castletown Square, the year 1617.

“and potentially there will be a premiere on the Island.”

His first stop for research was the Manx Museum, but the stumbling block was that all the relevant records are in a language written purely for the church at the time. So he pieced together a plot from history books, other similar tales and added a dash of artistic license.

I ask Nathan what hopes they have for the film...

Once the fifteen minute script was written, he approached Andy North – Lecturer of Film and Digital Media at the IOM College and Chester University, and asked him to direct. Andy agreed.

He believed in the project and wanted to

“Create the most cinematic film possible…with visual metaphors for spirituality…” Together they re-drafted the script until it worked. Funding was the next step, so they approached The Manx Heritage Foundation and Cinema NX who agreed to finance and produce the film. Then, Manx National Heritage very generously allowed the crew to use Castle Rushen and Cregneash for four days. “We really can’t thank them enough!”, said Nathan.

“Andy wants to make people cry… and I think we’ll be able to do it, if we get the acting just right… we have a really talented crew… people have been amazing…. working really hard to make the best short film we can. I want the film to be entertaining and to move people emotionally. And for me, it’s the start of my career - a credit that people recognise as being good.” And as I watch Nathan go to lug peasant costumes off the ferry, I can’t help but believe that this really is the start of his career. At just nineteen, he has a rare mix of humility and quiet confidence. He is definitely one to watch.

So, casting followed and incredibly, some of the leads were already fluent Manx speakers. For we lesser mortals, the film will have subtitles. So with filming now over and Nathan in the editing process, what’s next for Solace in Wicca? “It’s due to be ready around September,’ said Nathan,

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Something done or performed;

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e all have our big idea. Maybe it’s the half written blockbuster gathering dust in your cupboard, the genius business plan you think really will work, or the album you’ve been tinkering

away with in your bedroom for the past six months. Back in autumn 2010, Zoe Guilford decided to work on her big idea - a lifelong dream to write and make a film. A seriously daunting ambition, no doubt. But what sets Zoe apart is that she finished it. She is, what they call in the creative world, “a finisher.” The result is a short film called “I Do” which has just gone into post production. I caught up with her to find out how on earth you set about doing something so monumental. I mean, where do you even start?

So had you written your script at this point? No, but the MannIn Shorts launch started with a screen writing competition and everybody was asked to submit a script. I did and “I Do” was short listed. So how did you learn about scriptwriting? MannIn Shorts gave me the software for screen writing. Then they took my drafts and worked with me on it until it was polished. So who else was involved in this mammoth task?

Zoe, that’s my first question….where did you start?! I’d always fancied writing and making a film but never really had the outlet to do it. I was lucky enough to be involved in some stills photography for a few films in London before moving back to the Island, but that was it. I had no experience and no training, but it gave me a real taste for it. So, you moved back here in autumn 2010…. what happened then? Yes, I’d finished with London and thought right, now that I’m here, I’m going to find out if there is anything I can get involved

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in. The film industry was starting to be phased out when I got back, but the names I was being bombarded with were Christy De Haven and Dave Armstrong. They had just started a scheme called MannIn Shorts. MannIn Shorts?... A training scheme for hopeful, island based short film makers. They had just launched at that point and I met them at the 2010 Isle of Man Film Festival.

Well around the same time, Christy and Dave were running acting and writing workshops where I met a wonderful group of creatives including Sonya Quayle and Laura Moore who agreed to get involved on “I Do”. Did you produce it? No I wasn’t allowed as the writer. We needed someone really strong and asked Sonya’s friend, Alison Lodge, an amazing, dynamic woman who agreed to do it. What challenges did you face getting it off the ground? The initial challenge for “I Do” was that

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Zoe’s Top Five Tips for Achieving Your Goals. MannIn Shorts was a new scheme looking for funding from corporates. What they did get went on workshops. They really wanted to make all six short listed films though. They fought hard for the money and in the end the Arts Council came through with 5k which funded “I Do”. Also, we had a few naysayers who said we wouldn’t be able to do it. Their doubt drove us forward to show them we could. And from a personal point of view… putting yourself in line for criticism. I ended up being in the film at the last minute due to our leading lady pulling out - talk about ramping up the stakes! So what got you through to the end? Fear of failure was a big driver. I didn’t want to let myself and everyone else down. It’s one of the great accomplishments of my life, but initially, I thought it was totally beyond my capabilities.

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Also, we had a great crew and cast who were all working for no pay…I felt responsible for them. Without doubt, a positive mental attitude because so many things can go wrong when working on a big project! What would you say to anyone with a big idea? Just do it. You do have to be realistic, but if someone you trust says you can do something, go for it. You need passion, self belief and a thick skin! So what is next for the film? The IOM Film Festival is hopefully happening at the beginning of September, where “I Do” will be premiered…then potentially we’ll distribute around short film festivals worldwide.

1) Tel l lots of people about your intentions – it’s the added incentive you need to go through with something that’s not easy (if you don’t do what you said you would, people wil l ask why). 2) Surround yourself with like-minded people: not only wil l they keep you going - because you share the same dream - but you’l have more fun on the journey. 3) Maintain a sense of humour: filmmaking (like other seemingly li fe-changing experiences) is not li fe and death, remember not to take yourself too seriously and that it’s a hobby and thus meant to be fun. 4) Never stop learning and keep an open mind: when undertaking a huge (in your eyes) project, you’l be shocked at how much you learn about yourself, others and the world. 5) Stay f lexible: nothing wil l go exact ly as you expect it to. Though the old adage “fail to prepare or prepare to fail” is true, no amount of preparation wil l mean everything wil l go right (this is real li fe you’re talking about!). Having tenacity wil l help you achieve your goals - see each difficul t y as an opportunity. But believe that everything happens for a reason..

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Laura & michael - Special Wedding Day King Edward Bay Golf Club Onchan

Nine years and three months of waiting and finally... Laura and Michael Rimmington say I DO! Their wedding ceremony was at the magnificent St. Peter’s Church in Onchan

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with the reception being held at the King Edwards Bay Golf Club. The lovely couple (both teachers from Ramsey Grammar School) sent us some wedding photographs taken by Peter

Kwiecinski from the Dolls Factory. Best wishes to the newly married couple from all friends, family, pupils and the gallery team.

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Ballakermeen High School Prom 2012 The Courthouse Douglas

On the 9th of July Ballakermeen High School Prom was held at The Courthouse in Douglas. This being the first official event for most of 200

students. They all dressed to impress and had a ball surrounded by friends and teachers. All students were able to have their photographs

taken by photographer Matt Mosur, before hitting the dance floor.

Laura and Chris Balmer Special Wedding Day Arbory Church Ballabeg & The Abbey Restaurant Ballasalla

Months of preparation and finally Laura and Christopher’s big day comes true on 14th July. Their lovely wedding ceremony was held at

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Arbory Church in Ballabeg, followed by a reception at The Abbey Restaurant in Ballasalla. Their unique photographs were taken by Peter

Kwiecinski, from the Dolls Factory. A great day was had by all. Congratulations.

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AXA Wealth International celebrate 20 years offshore in the Isle of Man The Nunnery Douglas

Saturday 14th July was a significant date for AXA Wealth International as AXA Isle of Man Limited, one of the offshore providers operating under the AXA Wealth International banner, celebrated their 20th anniversary. To celebrate this fantastic achievement and to congratulate all the team involved in the past

20 years, the company spoilt staff with a French Bastille style summer evening party inside a stunning marquee within the Nunnery Grounds. Douglas staff were treated to a free bar all evening along with a moreish hog roast to feast on, whilst an Adele tribute act and live DJ encouraged dancers onto the dance floor.

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The evening of celebrations was rounded off suitably with a bang, when a mesmerising firework display was fired into the midnight sky in true Bastille Day style.

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Isle of Man squash rackets association awards presentation The Yacht Club Douglas

The event was attended by many of the islands leading players from their respective divisions. Many of the guests enjoyed the summers evening from the balcony overlooking Douglas Marina. Douglas Jacobsson received

his individual award for winning the aptly named Douglas Cup. Other awards won were presented to C league winners - All About Garden, B league winners - Poker Stars, A league winners - easyGym. IOMSRA Cup

winners was won by Jewel Tech Squash Academy. The event was also attended by Jan Loining & Evie from Norway who enjoyed the hospitality given by everyone during the evening.

Southern nomads rufc / SPort Erin - ‘shims do’ Mount Murray Hotel Santon

SPort Erin, the charity arm of Southern Nomads RUFC, recently held a Black Tie Event, dubbed ‘SHIMS DO’ at Mount Murray. Back in 2005 at the clubs 25th Anniversary celebrations a pledge was made by President

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Mike Shimmin to match anything raised in the following year up to £25,000. Many events were organised by the SPort Erin Committee, such as the Soap Box Derby,

and through their hard work and dedication the target was achieved. The evening was a celebration of their hard work and an opportunity to thank Mike for his generosity.

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Charity event in aid of ‘help the heroes’ The Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino Douglas

A Junior Chambers Of Commerce charity Black Tie Dinner was held on Friday 13th July in aid of Help for Heroes. The RAF presentation team 2012, Squadron Leader

Elaine Smith, Flight Lieutenant Ali Morton and Master Aircrew Gareth Attridge attended and gave an interesting and topical 45-minute presentation outlining the role of the Royal Air

Force. Following the presentation there was opportunity to put questions directly to the Speakers. Photographer | Peter Kwiecinski

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Viking Long Boat Races 2012 Peel

The 49th Viking Longboat World Championship took place in Peel with 73 teams, with a variety of characters slugging it out for a winning prize. The event attracted more than 700 rowers with thousands of pounds being raised in the process for local charities. The

weather was glorious and vibes were high. The large brown Viking style boats challenged the strength and power of each team member. Some teams race for charity and others for a day at the pub! Farghers Lift Men completed the 500m time

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trial in 2 minutes 27.48 seconds to be crowned World Champions ahead of 72 other teams. Eastern Young Farmers won the ladies title in 3 minutes 12.60 seconds and Raven Raiders won the mixed race in 2 minutes 38.55 seconds. Photographer | Larrisa Mccolgan

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The Service Players of douglas 70th anniversary The Mount Murray Hotel Stanton

The Service Players of Douglas celebrated their 7Oth Anniversary in fine style at the Mount Murray Hotel on July 21st with a Buffet and Ball. There was a drinks reception with guests including Michael Lees of the Arts Council, and Olga Grey, President of the Manx Amateur

Drama Association. All welcomed by President Jean Webb and Chairman Chris Caine. Then followed a sumptuous hot and cold buffet. Chris Caine made a short speech thanking everyone for their support and adding that our Founder Jon Pertwee of DrWho and Worzel

Gummidge would be proud of our good record in entertaining the public at the Gaiety Theatre. The night continued until midnight with dancing with music by the group Pipe Dream.

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Community CONSISTENT KELLY SCORES POINTS AGAIN IN NATIONAL JUNIOR ROAD RACE SERIES Team Microgaming-Isle of Man rider Jake Kelly, 17, continued his good form in the British National Junior Road Race Series with eighth place in round five at Lichfield. The bronze medallist in the 2012 British National Junior Road Race Championship was part of a chasing group which almost closed a gap on a seven man breakaway which were clear at the finish on the Curborough circuit. Chris Lawless (Champion Systems) won taking the sprint ahead of Ryan Mullen (Planet X) and Harry Tanfield (Team Wallis). Kelly led his group over the line and in the overall series standings is the only rider to have scored points in each of the five rounds so far and he is the top placed Team Microgaming-Isle of Man rider in equal 17th place with 40 points. Alex Peters (Mosquito Bikes) leads the series with 139 points but Kelly’s performance in the series has been impressive given that this is his first year racing as a junior. Kelly also scored points in the recent Tom Simpson Memorial junior road race finishing in the top 20.

PANACEA TEAM STEP FORWARD TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHRISTIAN AID Eight members of staff from pharmacovigilance company Panacea Pharma Projects raised £1,600 for Christian Aid by taking part in a charity walk. They raised £800 through sponsorship by walking from Douglas to Peel along the old railway line taking three and a half hours for the journey of around 11 miles. The funds raised were matched by the company and a cheque for £1,600 was presented to Phil Craine, Christian Aid’s Area Officer for the Isle of Man. The Panacea team who took part in the walk during Christian Aid Week are Joanne Gray, Lauren Hall, Lorraine Halliday, Callum Hussey, Mathew McSevney, Sam Tipper, Liezl Schonken, Sheeba Thiagarajan and Joanne Gray’s daughter Ashleigh, 12. The Upper Room, who will be arranging some of the acts for our main stage this year. However, whilst the music and activities have changed with the times, the underlying principle hasn’t: we are here to give teenagers an event to call their own, where they can have fun without the pressures of drugs or alcohol that are sadly often involved in today’s youth culture.”

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The Festival has been running annually since 1998, and gives young people between the ages of 12 and 17 the choice of a huge range of activities, including outdoor pursuits, games and live music. This year’s event runs from Wednesday 15th August to Sunday 19st August, with over 150 youths expected to be camping for four nights at Union Mills Football Club. The Club offers the ideal venue for the Festival, with a large clubhouse and a lot of camping space, plus it is a sociable distance from residential areas.

Firestarter Festival, the Island’s only festival catering exclusively for teenagers, is returning in summer 2012 for a milestone fifteenth year. Organisers are hoping to mark the occasion by making the event one of the largest in the Festival’s history.

In addition to great music, other activities and entertainment on offer will include pugel fighting, giant boxing on an inflatable ring, hikes, talent shows, themed parties, sumo suit wrestling and water fights. For many regular attendees, the highlight of the festival is a water fight involving over 5,000 water bombs and more than 100 water guns.

Graeme Brooks, the Festival Coordinator, commented: “A lot has changed in the last fifteen years. Many of the volunteers who help run the Festival now were coming as revellers five or ten years ago. We’ve also teamed up with other local youth projects, such as

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KIDS CAN HELP BUILD GIANT WATER SLIDE ON NEW SUMMER HOLIDAY SCHEME Building boats and a giant water slide are just some of the exciting activities and challenges lined up in a new activity scheme devised by The Children’s Centre. The Quest scheme for 11 to 13-year-olds will run during the summer holidays and involve a range of outdoor adventures including building a boat to race against other teams, constructing dens, and making a giant water slide.

CARNIVAL CAME TO DOUGLAS IN JULY WITH THE FESTIVAL OF YOUTH. Sponsored by Sure and organised by Douglas Development Partnership the festival saw the centre of Douglas transformed into performance spaces with circus acts, street dancers, live bands, rappers, zombies, BMX and skateboarding displays and a whole host of other youth-led activities, culminating in The After Party variety show at Tower House in the evening. Town centre manager Gill Anderson said: ‘From its modest beginnings in 2011 the Festival of Youth is becoming a major town-centre event, thanks to sponsorship from Sure this year and also the involvement of so many young people – individuals and groups. The whole idea of the festival was to give young people of all skill levels and abilities comparatively free rein to showcase their talent and that approach has proved a great success. It’s brought a real sense of the unexpected and fun to the town centre and judging by the level of commitment we’ve seen this year the festival looks set to become an annual event.’ Find photographs and video on FestivalofYouthIOM Facebook page.

The focal point for Quest will be The Community Farm based at Wallberry Farm just off the Old Castletown Road in Douglas. During the first two days two groups managed a small budget to resource and build a boat, and then raced the boats against each other. On Monday 13th August and Tuesday 14th August also at the Community Farm - children will be given the tools and resources to build dens and construct a giant water slide. The fifth and final day of the Quest scheme is on Tuesday 28th August and will be a day of activities run by The Children’s Centre’s Mobex outdoor adventure team. In order to gain the maximum benefit from the Quest scheme, participants should sign up for the 13th and 14th August as one challenge that will take the two days to complete. The Quest scheme was devised after a focus group consulted by The Children’s Centre identified a lack of summer holiday activities for the 11 to 13 age group. All of the sessions run from 9am to 5pm and each day costs £30. Children will need to bring lunch with them but organisers will provide a snack and drink on the day. Due to the physical nature of the activities participants are advised to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Spaces are limited, so to be sure of a place email chrisgregory@thechildrenscentre. org.im as soon as possible.

RAY JONNSTONE CLIMBS MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN AID OF THE MANX RADIO DREAM CATCHER APPEAL On 20th June Ray Johnstone embarked on a journey from the Isle of Man to Tanzania, via Addis Ababa. His final destination was Mount Kilimanjaro, which he was ready to climb as part a Charity Challenge. Ray was raising money for the ‘Manx Radio Dream Catcher Appeal’, as well as raising awareness of living with a mental illness, as he himself has experienced with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from his experiences in the Army. Ray served for 9 years in an infantry regiment, serving twice in Northern Ireland and during the 1st Gulf War. Ray unfortunately contracted a stomach bug on the 3rd day, which took its toll on the final climb to the summit. Unfortunately, the Doctor in the group sent him off the mountain with only 500m to go, as it was unsafe for him to continue. Despite his disappointment at not reaching he summit, Ray is delighted to announce he managed to raise £5,600 for the Dream Catcher Appeal. Not one for accepting second best, on his return to the Isle of Man, Ray has quickly decided he will return to Tanzania to take care of unfinished business. So on the 10th of October he will embark on the same adventure, but hopefully with a different outcome this time. because quality matters

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The Procrastinator’s Enemy. “One of these days I’m going to get help for my procrastination problem.” Words | Rachel Green

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love a bit of irony and on realising I’ve been procrastinating about writing an article on procrastination by reading endless quotes about procrastinating, I high- fived myself. That has to be a triple whammy and one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

It’s fair to say I have a troubled relationship with this so called “vice” because whilst I sometimes long to be swept away in its carefree embrace, if I do find myself even momentarily clutched by it, the pain makes me want to stick sharp pins in my eyes. Nothing, but nothing can stop the drip drop, drip drop of “not done…” But I’m not the putter-offer that I want to write about - I’m just a mere wannabee, flirting with sticking two fingers up at the “this needs to be done NOW” voice that booms in my ear. I’m just not brave enough. If you live with a Procrastinator put your hand up. Yes, yes! I can feel your pain. I can taste your frustration. I can hear your wincing cry of:

“when, WHEN?” Money is not the root of all evil, procrastination is. In all its swagger, pomp and glory, procrastination… ……..steals from your hard earned piggy bank (last minute plane tickets) ……...makes you look like a heartless fool (four month old gifts harboured by the Procrastinator’s collaborator - his car boot) and worst of all….. ……..tries to take the life of your dearly beloved (un-treated, infected, oozing Parish walk toes).

There are only so many times you can use the word “when” in a day without it sounding weird to your ear as though you are speaking a different language - which of course you are!

So, what to do? Here are some tips from real life situations I’ve managed to escape from relatively unscathed. When dealing with low – level urgency tasks such as fixing the garage light Limp about like a pathetic woman pretending to have banged your leg on an old table whilst fumbling in the dark getting ice for their drink. Vital artillery – ability to throw a guilt trip; willingness to use appalling gender stereotyping; The Hoff – level acting skills. When dealing with medium – level urgency tasks such as ordering boat tickets Say that you’ve heard there are tickets for 27 pence each on that particular trip, due to it being the Steam Packet’s birthday Vital artillery – ability to lie outrageously; ability to feign shock when told that they are, in fact, normal price; ability to persuade someone to stay in a seat once they’re in one. When dealing with high –level urgency tasks such as the delivery of Gran-in-law’s birthday present Do it yourself.

Other things that definitely work…. Sticker charts Treats (especially Haribos) Lead by example (a real quote - “see, look! Now that I’ve made myself a dental appointment my teeth aren’t going to fall out like yours will soon!”) Of course there must be some benefit to procrastinating, otherwise people wouldn’t do it. I for one know that nothing warms the cockles more than to hear “let’s do the dishwasher tomorrow morning” whilst snuggling down to a few more minutes of Gordon Behind Bars. But if it lies anywhere, surely it’s in the crisis point? After all, who can beat the thrilling rush of adrenalin when you’re flying through Tesco on Xmas Eve searching for the turkey, screaming “are we gonna make it?!!” in an action packed adventure scene. And then what could be sweeter than the taste of euphoria when you grab the last one and glory dance around it? And so to end this article, as a mere novice to the realm, I thought it best to consult the Oracle for any pearls of wisdom on the subject so dear to his heart. And in the manner of a wise old Sage, he slowly replied:

“It’s not procrastination, its about taking a considered, well balanced and measured approach, it’s not about delaying or ‘not taking action’, it’s about taking the correct course of action rather than rushing into an inappropriate decision...” “Of course!” I reply, shamed by my naivety. “Nothing could be more hideously inappropriate than fixing a light switch.” And so to tomorrow….

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£1600 was raised by the Manx based company Panacea Pharma Projects to help out Christian Aid to provide clean water to villages in Mali, Africa. They walked from Douglas to Peel along the old railways lines to raise the money.

The Ramsey Park Hotel is due to open in August, the 30 room new build overlooks Mooragh Park, the lake and the sea.

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36 teams entered the Soap Box Derby in Port Erin on 15th July, ‘Team Over Engineered’ took the overall victory.

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After Fridays Garden Party was cancelled on the 6th due to weather, Fridays headliner Newton Faulkner set up in Jabberwocky and played his set to a packed crowd.

A team of 10 Fire fighters beat a ladder climb record set by New Zealand fire fighters on Saturday 14th, they reached 11,417 beating the record by nearly 500 climbs.

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ENTRIES for this year’s Manx Grand Prix are slightly increased on 2011 at 250 riders.

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60 year old Chris Allix set sail in his canoe on 26th June headed for Monaco, 15 days later he has arrived in London one step closer to his goal. All in aid of raising £50,000 for children’s charities on the Island.

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Pigeon Control Guidance for Local Authorities

As many local authorities embrace the idea of town centre regeneration a continuing theme arises - Columba livia known to you and me as the pigeon. It would appear that the use of town centres by these birds as roosts and feeding sites is causing concern among local businesses and a headache for those tasked with bringing our town centres back to life. So what do we do?! Cull them - well that doesn’t work, as all you are doing is providing more food for those left, who then go into a cycle of continual breeding and you end up with a bigger problem than you started with. It is also distressing for people to think these animals are being shot, as many of them even like to feed the pigeons. However, “Feeding the birds is the root of the problem because the size of a pigeon flock is dictated by the extent of the food available” according to Martin Hall, Director of Environment at DEFA, “and the answer is for the Local Authority to develop an Action Plan in partnership with the community, including the affected businesses and importantly, those who feed the birds”.

He goes on to say...

There are a number of things the Local Authority can undertake and to assist them, we have designed a guidance document that details how to go about it. This includes targeted local education and awareness raising campaigns; installation of deterrents, including enforcing the Litter Act against those

In conclusion, whilst DEFA are able to provide guidance and offer advice where they can, it is crucial that the Local Authorities fully address this issue, as there are no short term fixes and it needs a significant commitment by them to deal with the problem. Local businesses also have a role to play in pigeon proofing their buildings and taking part in awareness campaigns such as putting up posters, handing out leaflets and ensuring their customers do not litter particularly at food outlets”. Mrs Linda McCauley the Government’s Regeneration Manager has confirmed that the Government’s Regeneration Committee will consider applications for funding from the Regeneration Fund by local authorities who wish to apply for capital funding for an alternative artificial breeding facility as part of an area wide pigeon control plan.

feeding pigeons (unless at a designated feeding site); provision of artificial breeding and nesting sites; egg removal and a general improvement of hygiene in the town centre.

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he sun is setting on the days of hard and fast dating rules. Is there any reason to mourn their passing?

Boombox. Lloyd Dobler. If you’re of a certain vintage, these words might trigger a little sigh as you recall the famous scene from Say Anything when John Cusack stands under Ione Skye’s window and tries to woo her back by blasting her with Peter Gabriel. As a teenager, John Cusack’s desperado gesture seemed to me to be the very essence of romance. Wasn’t that what we all wanted - a raven-haired kick-boxer who wore his heart on the sleeve of his trench coat, and would have done anything - anything - to be with us, even if it meant looking like a creepy stalker? As art reflects life (albeit often with a funfair mirror), so cinema has traditionally shown emotional risks and initiatives being taken by men rather than women. These days, however, the achievement of parity in many, if not all, aspects of gender relations - not to mention the increasing acceptance of samesex partnerships and marriages, and a rise in the number of people choosing not to partner up at all - means that romantic protocol is slowly but surely inching towards the exit sign. I say ‘slowly’ because, for every exception to the rule - the woman who dares to propose either side of 29th February; the man who’s never made the first move in his life; the couple whose evolution naturally parted down the middle - a good number of people still abide by the traditional format: boy meets girl; boy woos girl; boy pops question. It’s not too surprising, really: centuries of social conditioning die hard.

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Words | Liz Corlett Wwe’ve come a long way from waiting on the bleachers to be asked for a dance is most definitely something to be celebrated. However, the dissolution of the old order has in some ways left people at sea: we’re not always comfortable with exercising our freedom to its full extent.  Through recklessness or impatience, rather than confidence, I’ve never shied away from asking men out. The results have, of course, been mixed: sometimes the reward has been more than worth the risk; at other times, a full face transplant seemed like the only way to salvage some dignity. I’m unlikely to forget the time that a guy turned me down because “I’m kinda married to my band”. Hi, Brady!

which dissuade an otherwise eager man from taking the plunge. A past experience of brutal rejection, for instance, such as my friend went on to taste. But she wasn’t sorry she’d taken the initiative because, as she put it, “I had to know for sure”. Ladies who ask don’t always receive - but we do get an understanding of what men have been up against all this time.

There are, of course, plenty of men who will always prefer to do the chasing; some even find it intimidating or a turn-off to be approached by a woman (the operative word being ‘approached’, not cornered by a terrifying, amorous drunk in a club). Likewise, there are women who will never give chase, let alone go Dutch or buy a round. Sticking to the old-fashioned rules of the game might not seem very empowering but for many people, it’s the surest confirmation Romance is like donating to charity of their desirability. Just be careful, ladies, if you really believe in it, that assertiveness and just get on and do it; generosity don’t mask a latent control freak. And don’t go shouting from the rooftops. men - no matter how fine the wine, the adage remains the same: you win some, you lose Even when things have gone my way, a small some. part of me secretly wishes that I had hung fire, knawed by the foolish anxiety that my success As for those bold gestures which always win meant less for having been pressed home by over the girl in the movies, they mostly have me, rather than my . And yet at the very moment us wincing with embarrassment in real life. I’m this fear crosses my mind, my Non-Daft Lobe always suspicious of men (and it is men who reminds me that waiting to be asked is the direct have the monopoly here) who ambush their descendent of waiting to be rescued, Sleeping partner with choreographed, public marriage Beauty-style. And who’s got 100 years to spare? proposals; it always smacks of showboating. Such antics really should be consigned to Once, I advised a friend not to ask out a man history, forever to share a strong box with Tom on the grounds that “if he does like you, you’ll Cruise’s sofa-jumping. Romance is like donating know about it”. On this occasion, I happened to to charity - if you really believe in it, just get on be right, but, as I’ve since learned, I could just and do it; don’t go shouting from the rooftops. as easily have been wrong. Despite what the Unless you’re John Cusack, of course.   Church of He’s Just Not That Into You would have you believe, there sometimes are factors

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Names Human: Tracy Pet: Fyfe Species Tracy: British and proud of it! Fyfe: Manx , born in Peel Age Tracy: A lady never tells her age! Fyfe: 5.5 years old (that’s 35-40 in dog years) Likes Tracy: Walking my dogs, swimming, visiting relatives. Fyfe: Playing with my toys, hiding slippers, sleeping and most importantly being fed! If Human/Animal you would be... Tracy: Be a dog so someone could look after me! Fyfe: Be me because I love being a dog and love my life! Wants Tracy: Would like to make my homestay for dogs a successful business! And do the best for my four-legged customers. Fyfe: Having my tummy tickled every day! And being loved. Interesting Facts Tracy: Met King Hussein of Jordan, lived in Saudi Arabia, have five tattoos! Fyfe: Give my paw when wanting a treat, sit by the door when I want to go out, won a few shows.

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LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Landscape and fine Art exhibition WWW.PHOTOBYLOGAN.COM

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BRASS BANDS SUMMER SEASON VILLA MARINA ARCADE FREE // 20:00 // 694598 Brass Bands of the Isle of Man. Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings,. Also at 15:00 on Sundays. WWW.IOMARTS.COM

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Ellan Vannin Irish Dance Championships £8.00 // 20:00 // 600555 Go along and see the Isle of Man’s own Irish Dancers compete against Irish, UK and European Irish Dancers. Fantastic music, costumes and dancing for the whole family to enjoy. WWW.VILLAGIAETY.COM

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Manx Grand Prix Photo Exhibition LAXEY WOOLLEN MILLS

FREE // 9:00 - 16:00 // 450688 THE 5th Annual MGP Photo Exhibition. An exhibition chronicling over 100 years of 2, 3 and 4 wheeled sport in the Isle of Man. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Admission free. Easy parking. Gallery on first floor: restricted disabled access.

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SAYLE GALLERY

A multi-media exhibition, seven renowned local artists turning their hands to Digital Art. WWW.SAYLEGALLERY.COM

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A 1940s weekend on the steam railway... step back in time and join in on an action-packed weekend of unique 1940s wartime events. Centred around the Isle of Man Steam Railway, your wartime experience.

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Trace the streets of Old Douglas, viewing images captured by photographer JJ Frowde prior to large scale demolition of ancient housing and street layouts; hear his entertaining and informative anecdotes about characters and scenes familiar to him, such as the Butter-market on North Quay. Guided by Wendy Thirkettle, MNH Archivist. Tickets from the Manx Museum shop.

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As part of the Island at War weekend on the Isle of Man Railway, venture by vintage rail and bus to Cregneash to learn what life was like for the Island’s rural community during WWII.

DOUGLAS THROUGH THE LENS OF JJ FROWDE

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KING LEAR

Rushen Abbey Gardens

£20.00- £12.00 // 14:30 // 822393 A special open air matinee performance of King Lear. Tickets available from the House of Manannan shop and Manx Museum. www.manxnationalheritage.im

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Meet land army girls working the farm and see vintage tractors in action; learn the role internees played on the Island’s farms; take a guided tour of the military archaeology at Meayll Hill; try some wartime recipes and gather some 1940s fashion tips. WWW.MANXNATIONALHERITAGE.IM

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SPECTATORS WELCOME The dance festival includes participants that perform ballroom, Latin, Old time etc. For all grades and ages. WWW.ISLEOFMANDANCEFESTIVAL2012.COM

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Twilight at Castle Rushen MANX MUSEUM

Standard admission // 19:00 - 21:00// See the castle in a new light with an end of summer exclusive evening of tours, music and games. Bring along a picnic or enjoy a hog roast (additional charge) in the Castle grounds. WWW.MANXNATIONALHERITAGE.IM

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New Olympic Dreams Display MANX MUSEUM FREE // 10- 17:00// See the new Olympic Dreams exhibit at ‘Our Sporting Life’ exhibition exploring the Isle of Man’s Olympic history and profiles the Manx elite athletes aiming for 2012 glory. WWW.MANXNATIONALHERITAGE.IM

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EDWARD KELLY - ISLAND PAINTINGS & SEASCAPES

HOuse of manannan , peel - Manx museum, douglas An exhibition of Island Paintings & selected works by Edward Kelly and other artist at the House of Manannan, Peel and the National Art Gallery, Manx Museum, Douglas. Also showing at the Art Gallery is a film by Edward Kelly called “Making Paintings” The exhibitions Island Paintings at the House of Manannan, Peel and Seascapes at the Manx Museum, Douglas open to the public on Saturday 30th June and continues until the 28th October 2012.

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Spitfire Fly-Past at the Festival of Jurby jurby airfield

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The Fesitval of Jurby is proud to host a Spitfire fly-past from the RAFs Battle of Britain memorial flight.

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Heritage Talks – A Manx Miscellany

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Victoria is a qualified Bulgarian fashion designer who has developed into a self-taught painter. She has a unique style in portrait painting and is currently exhibiting in the Sayle Gallery. You can also find a display of her works in the Portofino Restaurant function room.

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Friends Exhibition

GARRETTS GALLERY - BRADDAN TUES/WED/SAT 10-16:00// 456854 This is the seventh exhibition held at Garretts Gallery and the standard of work just gets better and better. The next Friends Exhibition launches on Saturday 28th July 2012 (10am- 4pm) Featured artists are varied in both style as well as age and experience. Featured Artists are Jeriel Bacani, Anna Clucas, Janet Corran, Jacqueline Dawson, Katie Duncan, Michelle Fernandez, Colette Gambell.

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Featured Exhibitions MOORAGH MEMORIES

An exhibition of scenes painted by local artist Michael Starkey of summers past in Ramsey is on display in the Boathouse Café in Mooragh Park. Images of the park in the 1950s and 60s are central to the exhibition which is set run throughout the summer. Mr Starkey, a longtime Ramsey resident who worked from old photographs to create his paintings, said: ‘This series of pictures is a nostalgic journey which I hope will evoke many fond memories of the town and especially Mooragh Park in the days when Ramsey was a prime tourist destination.’ Touring the exhibition Ramsey Town Commissioners’ chairman Captain Nigel Malpass observed: ‘Michael has captured the very essence of the enduring appeal of Ramsey and Mooragh Park in these paintings which serve as a wonderful advertisement for our town and which I hope will inspire more visitors to come to Ramsey to create their own happy memories.’

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Sayle Gallery Artist wins BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year award for third year running. A painting by Jeremy Paul has won best of category in the final of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012. The work entitled ‘African Jacana’ won the World Birds section of the competition, and was selected by judges from over 1,000 entries from all over the globe. Last year Jeremy’s painting ‘Southern Ocean - Wandering Albatross’ won the Frozen Planet category of the competition and in 2010 his painting of an otter won in the British Mammals category. Dr Paul said: “To have won one award was very nice but to have won three in a row is beyond all my expectations. My aim as a wildlife artist is not merely to illustrate but to impart the atmosphere of the setting and the feel of wildlife in its natural environment. “I spend many hours in the field observing wildlife and looking for settings and lighting to inspire an idea for a painting” he continued, “ my greatest thrill so far has been following tigers in the wild.” ‘African Jacana’ will feature in an exhibition of all the winning paintings at Rookesbury Park Manor in Hampshire this September and in the August edition of BBC Wildlife magazine which is on sale now. In the meantime Jeremy will be holding an exhibition in Guernsey in September and planning a retrospective of his 25 years as a full time artist in late 2013. Photographs from his recent trip to the Arctic are on show in the Digital Media exhibition at the Sayle Gallery.

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DIGITAL ART

The next themed exhibition at the Sayle Gallery from Friday 10 August to Sunday 2 September features seven renowned local artists turning their hands to Digital Art. Digital Art is widely interpreted as a range of artistic works and practices that use digital technology as an essential part of the creative process – and includes computer and multi-media presentations. Photography is perhaps the most well known and popular form of digital art, and this new exhibition includes both photographs by artists who more usually work in traditional media and also works by traditional artists using digital photography to enhance their finished pieces. Jeremy Paul will be exhibiting photographs taken on his recent trip to the Arctic, and which represent his interest in more abstract landscape and photography rather than his better known wildlife paintings. Paul Parker, more known for his acrylic and oil paintings of landscapes and motorbikes, has experimented with whimsical digital art. Manos Kalamenios, whose work was featured in the Sayle Gallery’s 8 Degrees Show and who recently graduated with a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Arts, has reproduced his digital images on fine china and glass, emphasising the vibrancy and fragility of both memories and the materials. Myra Gilbert and Charlotte Jane Henry have both approached the theme from different angles, developing digital art from their own original works. Myra’s current work explores and interprets island landscapes in a domestic context, and she is paying respect to those who have gone before whilst celebrating their world in new, digital, images developed from her own drawings, photographs and monoprints. Charlotte an artist and filmmaker, has used this exhibition to show a digitally produced DVD of herself working on an etching. Other Sayle Gallery Artists Rosi Robinson and Eric Glithero will also be taking part and local experimental film-maker Simon Buttimore will also have a piece in the exhibition.

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This is the seventh exhibition held at Garretts Gallery and the standard of work just gets better and better. Featured artists are varied in both style as well as age and experience. The featured Artists are Jeriel Bacani, Anna Clucas, Janet Corran, Jacqueline Dawson, Katie Duncan, Michelle Fernandez and Colette Gambell. Karl Garrett from Garretts Gallery said, “I am really excited by the display of work from up and coming teenage Artists Katie Duncan (14 years old) and Jeriel Bacani (18 years old) as well as the wealth of talent presented by experienced and established Artists like Anna Clucas, Janet Corran, Jacqueline Dawson, Michelle Fernandez and Colette Gambell. This exhibition is varied, challenging and, hopefully, will attract interest from anyone who has an interest in art.”

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ERIEL BACANI is an 18 year old student from Ramsey Grammar School. She has previously exhibited her artwork at the Friends Exhibition at Garretts Gallery in January 2012. Jeriel has recently been awarded the 2012 Archibald Knox Prize for Art and her A Level artwork has been chosen by members of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society to be submitted for further selection at the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists 2013 Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

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ACQUELINE DAWSON moved to the Isle of Man 3 years ago. Jacqueline is a relative newcomer to the Island. She has quickly embraced island life and culture and her creativity is enriched by the raw elemental environment found here. Jacqueline works with oils and acrylics onto canvas, paper and aluminium metal plates. She draws on the natural rugged beauty of the island to produce deconstructed seascapes and dramatic impressionist panoramas.

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ANET CORRAN says, “In my daily work I follow the rules and boundaries of my role; I am productive and with great responsibility I am an adult. My art enables me to play without any rules....there are no boundaries and not always an end product; with freedom and creativity I am a child.” These themes influence’s Janet’s work, both as the adult and as the child, as early experiences colour our lives. She says, “You can take the girl out of Peel but you can’t take Peel out of the girl.” The work can seem playful....but often has a serious psychological slant. As a Peel girl she likes to have fun and to be entertained; she loves the colours of the sunset and the sparkles of the sea; glamour and frivolousness. As an educated adult, she is a frustrated psychoanalyst, dogged by questions about behaviour and why people choose to hurt themselves the way they do. These combinations make up an eclectic mix of ideas, art and materials that include, paint, wood, ceramics, wire and found materials. Influences tend to come from other women, including the artists: Paula Rego, Frida Khalo and Rachel Whiteread.

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NNA CLUCAS was born in the Isle of Man and graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a BA Honours degree in Ceramics and Printmaking. She was ‘Artist in residence’ at the Sayle Gallery (formerly Courtyard Gallery) from August 2005 to September 2006. After university, Anna returned to the Isle of Man but could not afford to set herself up with a ceramic studio. The need to be creative was still very powerful and she discovered the wonderful world of oils. Using vivid colours and confident brush strokes she integrates landscape and abstraction with the idea of freedom and improvisation.

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ICHELLE FERNANDEZ was born in 1982 in Chicago, Illinois, USA and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Illinois Institute of Art~Schaumburg, USA in June 2008. She is now resident in the Isle of Man. Michelle is a fine artist, graphic designer and a muralist with many years of experience. She is also a fine artist who has worked for a large variety of companies, small businesses and individuals since 2002. She has previously exhibited in London and at various locations around the World: Austin, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia in the USA; Vancouver and Toronto in Canada; and Melbourne, Australia. because quality matters

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ATIE DUNCAN is nearly 14 years old and is a pupil at St. Ninian’s High School. She has had an interest in photography from an early age and her portfolio comprises a variety of different scenes. This is Katie’s first exhibition at Garretts Gallery.

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OLETTE GAMBELL’S work concerns sensitivity, depth and emotional exploration. She is an artist not bound by material or subject but takes inspiration from her actual and metaphysical environment. Possibilities intertwined create opportunity for investigation. Colette says, “I take pleasure in a poetic perspective of existence. I benefit from the ability to transcend boundaries, fuse concepts and highlight that which others’ disregard. This forms the foundation of my creativity.” Colourful consideration of ‘that which we cannot see but feel’, has been dynamically and passionately expressed on canvas communicating an alternative form of language which embodies a responsive consciousness.

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BURLESQUE AT FIESTA HAVANA Words | Lee Brooks

Gallery was recently invited to a Crooked House alternative Art class at Fiesta Havana. Rachel and Paparazzi Pete went down to learn more and meet Dee Dee, a burlesque dancer who was the life model at the launch night. Crooked House’s alternative art classes were created to provide a relaxed environment for professional or amateur artists to try a new style of life, figure and character drawing. Following the launch night with Dee Dee Crooked House will be bringing in a variety of models with talents like dancing, gymnastics and street performance. This will also give local performers a chance to attract a brand new audience! Who is Dee Dee? ‘Dee Dee is an accomplished performer and teacher of glamorous and seductive burlesque dance. Inspired by the famous feather fan dances of Sally Rand in 1930s Chicago, and the contemporary styles of Dita Von Teese and Michelle L’Amour, Dee Dee’s show is both elegant and sophisticated. She made her name performing in London clubs (like Koko, EGG, Scala, The Whitehouse and many more) as a dancer and creative director of girl troop Klass Karnage, and now, having returned home to the island, has honed her solo show; incorporating burlesque’s sense of play and provocative fashion into her own captivating feather fan and classic chair strip tease routines. Dee Dee loves to talk about burlesque and spread the burly word, and teaches one-hour classes at Fiesta Havana in Douglas every Saturday at 3.30pm, as well as offering longer workshop sessions, and performances at concerts, hens, dolls and other parties. In Dee Dee’s own words: ‘I just want to add a sprinkle of burlesque gold where ever I perform. E-MAIL – KLASSKARNAGE@LIVE.COM

Crooked House classes are planned for the first Tuesday of each month. You can find more information on www.PartyInMyPaints.wordpress. com or book tickets at www.CrookedHouseAgency.com

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Winers and diners, Clubbers and travellers, at the end of the night, if you haven’t already been lucky enough to bag a lift or conveniently live in town, we all end up in the same place; the taxi rank. Crucial as it may seem to head home when the night is over, the sheer length of the queue, sudden realization of the pain of your high heels and bitter cold, early morning breeze doesn’t seem all too appealing. As you swerve your way across the throngs of scantily clad youngsters and brawly yobs you will meet ends with the new couple in front. Warm and snug they canoodle under the bare night’s sky for warmth. This is when you wish that A you had a partner to canoodle with in the taxi queue or B wish you hadn’t screeched at your partner in a drunken scrap minutes earlier and stormed off in a violent rage declaring you were going home alone. After deciphering over this for a few seconds a large man with a kebab stained shirt strolls up behind you, mumbling to himself or is it to you? Whatever it is, he’s absolutely wasted. You shift into the taxi shelter, slowly…..but oh so slowly. Suddenly, a very, very old friend from school comes screaming over in shrill tones. Click-clacking across the street she babbles on about how you haven’t seen each other in aaaaaages and how you must catch up sometime next week although you both know you never will.

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After what seems like the best part of an hour you have finally reached the front of the queue. You are attempting to make polite conversation with a civil crew of high socialite forty something year olds just looking for a quiet end to the night but have had a little too much Moet to drive their 4x4’s home. However, as soon as you begin to smell the sweet scent of warm bed and a cup of tea a gaggle of mouthy, underage girls queue-jump before you declaring they must urgently get home because ‘Stacey’ is paralytic and her mum would go ‘mental’ if she found out. Without wanting to cause a scene and silently infuriated inside, you let them scramble on ahead into the cosy cab that has just pulled up before your nose. Finally, at long last, a taxi pulls up as you call out for anyone heading your way to split the fees. Patiently and economically you both scramble into the taxi and attempt to make awkward conversation to fill the silence. You ask the cabby, “Have you been busy tonight?”…. the same conversation he’s had with every other customer that evening. Eventually you part ways, scuttle out of the taxi, tipping because you’re too tired to care and float into the comfort of home for a well earned night’s rest.

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The first Lancôme event held at Boots to raise funds for the charity’ Look Good… Feel better’ also coincided with the launch of their first advanced skin corrector for wrinkles, pores and evenness, Lancôme Visionnaire. The evening, hosted by Lancôme Account Manager Juliette Tavolieri, consisted of a group of like minded beauty conscious ladies who were treated to a skin consultation and demonstration of Lancôme cleansing. Everyone received goody bags with new Lancôme samples, chances to win the new products, and heard about the latest Lancôme news and products hot off the press. This included a sneak preview of the latest perfume, La Vie Belle, due for release next month.

The Look Good…Feel Good Charity holds workshops dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer and has just recently launched in the Isle of Man. Visionnaire is a new Lancôme skincare so powerful that half of women who used the serum chose to delay lasers, fillers and peels. So powerful that over half of women considering a cosmetic procedure said they would delay it!!

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Chef - Recipes Local Chefs creating masterpieces, try at home if you dare, or take the easy option and book a table! Recipe I Chef Malcom - Jar Restaurant, Loch Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man Tel: 663553 www.jar.co.im

JAR’s Lemon Meringue Pie Ingredients Lemon curd

Italian meringue 60 grms caster sugar 1 large egg whites 3 grms liquid glucose 1 tbsp water pinch salt Vanilla short bread 170 gmrs plain flour 55 grms castor sugar 110 grms unsalted butter 1 vanilla pod METHOD

Lemon curd

1. Put the sugar, zest, juice and butter in a thick based sauce pan, heat until sugar is dissolved

2. Whisk in arrowroot

3. Put hot mixture aside and let it cool 4. Put the egg yolk and whole eggs in a bowl and mix 5. Pass the cool mixture and add it to the egg mix

6. Cook over a bain marie until thick 7. Pour into a container and bake in the oven for 15 min at 111 deg C

N.B. - When you take it out of the oven it should have a wobble in the middle, it will set as it cools Italian meringue

1. Put the sugar, glucose and water in a sauce pan 2. Boil until 120 deg C

3. In the meantime whisk egg white until it reaches soft peak 4. Slowly pour the hot sugar

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4 Lemons

160 grms pasteurised egg yolk

250 grms unsalted butter

4 whole eggs

350 grms caster sugar

1 tsp arrowroot

Lime Jelly 2 Limes 25 grms suagr 50 ml water 1 leaf gelatine

Passion fruit ripple ice cream 500 ml whole milk 500 ml double cream 200 grms caster sugar 250 grms pasturised egg yolk 2 pods vanilla 1 tbsp liquid glucose 10 passion fruit

syrup onto the whisked egg whites while the mixer is still going and continue whisking for a further 6 min

5. Once cool put the meringue in a piping bag Vanilla short bread

1. Beat the butter, vanilla and the sugar together until smooth 2. Sift in the flour to get a smooth paste

3. Turn on to a work surface and roll out until the paste is 1/2 cm in thickness. 4. Cut in squares and triangles and lay onto a baking tray and put in the fridge for 2 hrs 5. Bake in a preheated oven at 120 deg C for 20 min 6. Set aside to cool on a wire rack Lime Jelly

1. Juice the 2 limes, and zest 1

2. Put the juice, zest, water and sugar in a pan and heat until sugar is dissolved 3. Soak gelatine in water

4. Add the gelatine to the lime

mixture and pass through a sieve

1. Set in the fridge for a couple of hours Passion fruit ripple ice cream

1. Put the milk, cream, sugar and split vanilla pods in a thick based sauce pan and heat gently.

N.B. – Do not boil the mixture 2. Whisk egg yolk until pale

3. Pour the warm milk mixture on the beaten egg and cook on a bain marie until the mixture reaches 79 deg C 4. Add the liquid glucose and pass through a fine chinoise 5. Cool in an iced water bath and churn 6. Freeze for about 30 min

7. In the meantime juice the passion fruit, reduce to a syrup and cool

8. Pour onto the ice cream and fold in a figure of eight

N.B. – The ripple effect will come once you scoop the ice cream

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Recipe I Chef Pepper – BEST WESTERN Palace Hotel & Casino Central Promenade, Douglas Tel: 662662 www.palacehotel.co.im

Salmon Medallion with Crab and Lemongrass Fishcake and Saffron Cream Decorated with sculptured mushroom and sliced apple shards.

Serves 1 Ingredients

Salmon Medallion

125 grams

Potatoes

1/2 lb

Crab Meat

60 grams

Lemongrass Hint Eggs 2 Breadcrumbs

Saffron pinch

Double Cream

125 grams 1/4 pint

White Wine Splash Seasoning

Decoration

Sculptured Mushroom Sliced apple shards 1

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Method

1. Combine the crab meat, the potatoes, the lemongrass and one egg yolk and season. Mould into a cake and roll in one egg and breadcrumbs. 2. Deep fry and place on a plate.

3. Gently char-grill the salmon until cooked and position on top of the crab cake.

4. Slice the apples for decoration and sculpture a white mushroom and gently place on top of the Salmon.

5. Combine the white wine, saffron and double cream and season. Heat gently and pour a little on the plate.

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Action in the Vineyard!!

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ext time you are enjoying a glass of wine, spare a thought for the team, who have worked tirelessly through the year to make it, bottle it and ship it! When we are sitting complaining about the winter weather, the vineyard workers are out in all conditions tidying the vineyards, clearing the weeds and any branches discarded after harvest. This is a time of rest for the vines but not for the workers. The vines need to be pruned in order not to allow over production. Vines are pruned back to just a few shoots which are then trained on to wires or posts. Some vines need to be pulled up if they are no longer producing and the land prepared ready for the new vines to be replanted in due course. In Spring the buds and tiny shoots begin to appear. In cool climates this is a dangerous period as late frosts are a major hazard to the tiny buds. By mid to late Spring flowers and then, after pollination, tiny berries grow. In regions such as Ribera del Duero, where the climate is continental and the night time temperature drops dramatically, late Spring frosts have been known to damage up to 40% of the crop and measures are taken if there is a frost forecast. This can be lighting fires

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and tending them through the night, placing huge fans in the vineyards to keep the air circulating or, rather bizarrely, spraying the vines with a coating of water, which freezes around the buds, and actually protects the bud from being damaged. Once the berries have set, they need sunshine to transform them from tiny, hard, acidic berries into juicy grapes. During this time the viticulturist will still be tending the vines and sometimes removing a certain amount of foliage to allow better air circulation and to protect against disease. The grapes gradually soften and gain colour, the acidity decreases and sugar increases. Towards the end of the summer, when the harvest is imminent, the winemaker and viticulturist will take sugar readings to ensure the grapes are harvested at the optimum moment. At this stage, they are also hoping for a dry autumn. Then the harvest, the time of year that they have been working towards for the previous 9 months or more. A time of year when nobody thinks about the hours they are working. The job needs to be done and needs to be done quickly. In hot climates grapes are often harvested at night, to keep as many aromatics as possible.

For Eiswein the grapes have to be harvested below -6°C and taken to the winery while still covered in a layer of ice. This means a 4am start, but nobody minds. The fact that conditions have allowed such a wine to be produced is always an incentive! It only happens once or twice a decade. For the smaller family producers, who personally make all this happen, there is no such thing as a 9 – 5 day. The work is done as and when it needs to be done. It is frustrating work when it rains, but there is also an enormous amount of job satisfaction when you can sit down and enjoy something that you have seen develop from a tiny bud into a wonderful glass of wine!

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Main Features • Over 15000 square foot of exceptional internal space • Atrium ‘Super Room’ featuring 20ft glass wall and glass roof • Formal Lounge • Cinema Room • Orangerie • Morning Room • Formal Dining Room • Large Kitchen & Utility Room • Snooker Room & Relaxation area • Gymnasium, Steam & Sauna rooms • Indoor Pool Complex surround by glass & indoor hot tub • Large Reception Hall, double glass staircase and glass balconies over gallery • Six roomed Master Suite, including lounge, bedroom, gents closet, large bathroom suite, Ladies Italian walk in closet, internal balcony • Six further Bedroom Suites, fully equipped • Large separate Children’s Playroom • Separate Children’s Cinema lounge with large seating area • Five roomed Office Suite • Outdoor entertainment areas fully furnished • Five individual large garages • 16 Camera CCTV system remotely accessible • Outdoor Jacuzzi

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ENSURING THE FAIR TAXATION OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS Justine Herridge considers the UK Government’s new consultation paper and the effect this may have on the Isle of Man. The UK Government has published a consultation paper entitled “Ensuring the fair taxation of residential property transactions” - but it is difficult to see how the new package of measures can be considered “fair”! According to news reports, the Isle of Man is the most popular place to register UK properties for tax avoidance purposes with 23,147 properties being registered here since 1999. These new measures are therefore likely to affect the continued use of Isle of Man companies in this way, in particular how non-UK resident individuals structure future UK property acquisitions and whether the retention of existing property structures is still worth it. It is clear that the UK Government’s main objective is to encourage those who own UK homes in offshore companies to remove these properties from those entities and to discourage future investors from buying homes through offshore structures. Under the proposed new rules, a non-UK individual acquiring a residence worth £2million through an Isle of Man company will now have to pay 15% stamp duty land tax, ie £300,000 (to be included in Finance Bill 2012), an annual charge of £15,000 and capital gains tax on the total gain accrued (and not only the gain accrued after the implementation of the new charge in April 2013). It is worth noting that it has been proposed that the annual charge will not apply to UK residential properties held within an Isle of Man trust but the capital gains tax charge may do.

FURNITURE SALE A Chance to Own Fixtures, Fittings and Equipment Used by Some of The Most Famous Sporting Personalities In The World ! Do you fancy your very own item of furniture from the Athlete’s Olympic Village? The organisers hope thousands of items used by world-class athletes will be sold and shipped to buyers after the Games The 11,000 single beds for the Olympic athletes village are on sale now for £39.99 but they won’t be delivered until the end of October following the Paralympic Games. The beds are cheaper than most Olympic tickets and the bed will come with a letter of authentication of it being an Olympic bed, but no athlete’s names will be identified. The mattresses are more expensive, priced at £49. While it can’t confirm whether Usain Bolt or Rebecca Adlington has slept in a particular bed or sat on a particular chair, the company said it expected the link to some of the biggest names in the sporting world to increase interest among potential buyers. The most expensive items being sold are the guest pass and ticketing centre reception furniture, at a cost of £2,500, while the cheapest are 50p coat-hangers – which will be sold in batches of 10. Elsewhere, there are 14,872 LED bedside lamps for sale, 6,326 cushions, 7,496 clothes drying racks and 17,978 folding chairs – costing £8 each. www.remainsofthegames.co.uk

Individual owners of high value residential property who wish for reasons other than tax-avoidance to continue to hold them within an offshore structure, eg privacy or asset protection, will now have to pay an annual charge for the privilege. Draft legislation will be published in the autumn and introduced in Finance Bill 2013. In the meantime, those with existing structures should start reviewing them to see whether they still achieve their original purpose or whether it would be worthwhile to dismantle them before April 2013. Justine Herridge is a Senior Manager in the Tax Department at KPMG in the Isle of Man and can be reached on 681 062 or by email at jherridge@kpmg.co.im .

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Business News THORNTON ASSOCIATES SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT’S END OF LIFE CARE FRAMEWORK Thornton Associates congratulates the Department of Health for conducting what the firm describes as a well informed and pragmatic investigation into the array of factors necessary to create its End of Life Care Framework.

MANX TELECOM HOSTS BUSINESS SMARTPHONE EVENT Some of the Island’s leading IT experts attended a Manx Telecom event earlier this month to demonstrate the benefits of smartphones for business users. Advisers at the company’s store in Strand Street showed customers the four major smartphone operating systems - Apple, Android, Windows and BlackBerry - explaining the pros and cons of each one using handsets linked to HD screens for ease of demonstration. Mervyn Harvey, mobile Product Manager at Manx Telecom, said: “We were delighted with the response to our business smartphone event. Manx Telecom’s 98% 3G coverage paired with today’s powerful handsets offer many advantages for business users. They are small and easy to carry but are basically a laptop in your pocket allowing business customers faster communication and providing a secure gateway to company networks at all times. But every business has different needs and requirements for telecoms technology. With three out of every four mobiles we sell being smartphones this was an ideal opportunity for our business customers to use a range of the latest handsets and discuss with our experts ways in which their business could benefit from using different operating systems. Unsurprisingly, we saw a broad spectrum of the Island’s business community represented including clients from Isle of Man Government, finance, manufacturing, marketing, retail, and the services sector.” With today’s smartphones offering similar mobile capability as a networked computer, guests were also able to discuss the increasing trend of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) that means employees using their own mobile for business related tasks such as email, calendars and accessing server content over a wifi connection or 3G mobile network. Whilst this may present data security concerns for some business owners or IT departments, Manx Telecom’s experts explained how it is possible to configure employee access to each exact requirement, ensuring security, accessibility and increased productivity.

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The new document, entitled ‘End of Life Care Framework and Implementation Plan for Adults 2012 – 2015’, is the first of its kind on the Island and presents the results of research into the preferences of over 1000 Island residents with the aim of developing a framework for funding care fees for those approaching the end of their lives. The Island based chartered financial planning firm commended the coordinators of the report for having obtained results from a broad cross section of Manx society and encouraging the public to more closely consider their plans for later life. Managing Director, Sharon Sutton, commented: “This is a very sensible initiative. Faced with such a wide range of factors to plan for in later life, it is quite easy to overlook some of the more complex but ultimately most enduring aspects of end of life care. Issues such as replacing your income so you can retire, or even paying off mortgages and other debt, funeral expenses, and family emergency funds form a major part of any future provisions. Only once their impact has been highlighted and appropriate measures put in place does it become a lot easier to plan for the delivery of care itself.” Mrs Sutton continued: “In the short term, however, it is worrying to see that just 47% of respondents had thought about or discussed with anyone their end of life wishes. This degree of cultural resistance to such a sensitive topic is understandable; however, it can present a significant obstacle in later life or in the event of terminal illness. The report highlights the need to plan well ahead to make sure you are prepared for end of life and the many complexities it entails and it is vital that we capitalise upon the positive momentum generated by the consultation so far. As such, I urge those who haven’t done so already to discuss their personal needs and preferences with someone who can provide the appropriate support. It is important that we take the time to communicate our wishes to those in a position to help, so that we can later thank others in turn. Talking about death isn’t the same as dying; it is simply taking responsibility for yourself and those around you.” A copy of the End of Life Framework and Implementation Plan is available at: www.gov.im/lib/news/health/dignityandchoice. xml.

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RAMSEY TOWN COMMISSIONERS’ CHAIRMAN DELIGHTED WITH REGENERATION PROGRESS Ramsey Town Commissioners’ chairman delighted with regeneration progress Chairman of Ramsey Town Commissioners Captain Nigel Malpass has said he is ‘delighted’ with the progress being made to regenerate Ramsey town centre. Captain Malpass made the comment after he, together with lead member for finance and policy Richard Radcliffe, Ramsey town clerk Peter Whiteway and chief technical officer Stephen Harrison, toured phase two of the regeneration scheme, the Courthouse gardens area in Parliament Street. The project, which is on schedule to be completed before the 2013 TT festival, includes widening of pavements, the replacement of all hard surfaces with natural stone materials, new lighting and street furniture and re-landscaping of the gardens. Captain Malpass said: ‘I have been most impressed with progress, in particular with the quality of materials and the standard of workmanship. I should like to acknowledge the forbearance being shown by the general public and traders in the town at this time, but as can already be seen, the end result will undoubtedly be worth the disruption which we, in partnership with the contractor, Island Drainage and Groundworks Ltd working for the Department of Infrastructure, are determined to keep to a minimum. ‘Improving circulating areas for pedestrians and reducing the impact of vehicles around the Courthouse area have been priorities. The Commissioners were also keen that any displaced shrubs, plants and bulbs were, wherever possible, recovered and reused elsewhere around the town, and that the Cenotaph be refreshed and retain its prominence. ‘In short this second phase sends out the clearest message yet about just how much a well considered regeneration scheme can transform a town and contribute to its future economic and social wellbeing.’

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DOUGLAS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP WELCOMES NEW CORPORATE MEMBER

SLEEPWELL HOTELS STAFF COMPLETE INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT COURSE

The Manx Hospitality Partnership is the latest organisation to become a Douglas Development Partnership corporate member.

Colleagues at Sleepwell hotels based across the Isle of Man have been celebrating recently following a series of successes in the BTEC Level 3 Management course. Heads of Department at both The Claremont and The Rutland hotels undertook the programme, in conjunction with three lecturers from the Isle of Man College, from November 2011 through to March 2012. The course provides graduates with a thorough understanding of the key concepts and practical skills required of management level staff in the contemporary hospitality industry, which represents an ever changing and increasingly complex undertaking.

Manx Hospitality Partnership chairman Theo Fleurbaay said: ‘The decision to become a corporate member was driven by the important role the hospitality industry has to play in the overall visitor experience in Douglas. We are also keen to contribute to the efforts Douglas Development Partnership is making to work with local traders and organisations to help bring a new sense of vitality to the town centre in parallel with the regeneration scheme for Douglas.’ Development manager Chris Pycroft said: ‘I am pleased to welcome the Manx Hospitality Partnership as our latest corporate member. Theo and his fellow members clearly share our belief in the importance of creating a welcoming environment and delivering high standards of service. These factors are equally as important as the physical regeneration of Douglas town centre and will help attract new business and investment, as well as greater numbers of leisure visitors.’ Mr Pycroft added that the corporate membership scheme offered a range of benefits. ‘It is a means through which organisations can demonstrate their commitment to the long-term development of Douglas and contribute to improving the town’s image. In so doing corporate members will be contributing to encouraging inward investment and helping secure the Island’s future economic prosperity.’ Corporate members receive a welcome pack and a glass membership plaque, and their company logo is featured on promotional material and the Partnership’s website. Member organisations also receive advance notice of any new town centre events and have the opportunity to become involved in team-building community projects. For more details email Chris Pycroft, cpycroft@douglas.gov.im or visit www.ddp.org.im.

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Consisting of four key units as well as a work based project, the course programme tested candidates on the key principles of management and leadership, improving your own leadership performance, managing the delivery of customer service, and appraising and developing staff. The nine colleagues enjoyed full sponsorship from Sleepwell Hotels throughout the five months as part of an ongoing initiative aimed at ensuring that both managers and their teams are furnished with the experience and expertise necessary to accommodate the transition from a 3-star to a 4-star, boutique hotel. These newly acquired skills will be implemented to push the boundaries and further improve upon Sleepwell Hotels’ already excellent reputation for service standards. The investment forms part of a larger Sleepwell initiative which, over the last 18 months, has seen a series of major financial investments in their Island based hotels and has resulted in numerous awards for both customer service and interior design.

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JUNIOR TYNWALD GENERATES LIVELY DEBATE Motions proposing investment in a sustainable transport policy and the introduction of compulsory voting prompted lively debate in this year’s Junior Tynwald. The sitting of Junior Tynwald Court brought together Year 12 students from the Island’s five state secondary schools to assume the roles of members of the House of Keys and the Legislative Council and others to act as radio and press reporters. In addition to tabling the motions, the students had submitted questions that indicated a keen interest in Manx and international current affairs and covered topics as diverse as the feasibility of a public television service for the Island and whether the development of e-gaming was morally defensible. The motion moved by the Hon Member for Rushen, Miss Mairead Merritt (Castle Rushen High School) calling for the Isle of Man Government to invest in a more sustainable transport policy and that moved by the Hon Member for Douglas North, Mr Tudor Baker (St Ninian’s High School) proposing compulsory voting be introduced failed.

MANX2.COM WELCOMES ADDITIONAL BELFAST TO LONDON HEATHROW FLIGHTS Manx2.com has welcomed today’s announcement that Irish airline Aer Lingus will start a new service from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow when it switches its operations from Belfast International Airport in the autumn. It means Isle of Man residents will have an even more frequent and convenient link to Heathrow Airport via Belfast. Manx2.com Managing Director, David Buck, said: ‘We operate up to five flights per day to Belfast City, the first leaving the Island at 0720 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, meaning business and leisure travellers can take advantage of BA’s seven flights a day from Belfast City to London Heathrow, and soon a further three per day with Aer Lingus. It means flying to Belfast is a fast, easy way to get to Heathrow following the loss of the direct flight nearly 10 years ago. Going via Belfast also means travellers can circumnavigate the world’s biggest car park, the M25!’ There’s further good news as by the end of March 2013 Aer Lingus will also add Malaga and Faro to the list of destinations to which it will fly from Belfast City Airport, giving Isle of Man residents an even greater choice of connections. Flights to Belfast City Airport with Manx2. com start at £29.95 one way, including all taxes and charges.

FAIRBAIRN PRIVATE BANK RETAINS TITLE OF BEST INTERNATIONAL WEALTH PROVIDER Fairbairn Private Bank has been voted Best International Wealth Provider for the fourth year running in the Professional Adviser International Fund and Product Awards 2012. The awards, which are in their 13th year, are judged by an independent panel of industry practitioners and experts. There were over 50 entries for this year’s awards, coming from a wide range of companies in the offshore sector. The bank also received a Highly Commended award for Best International Service Initiative, having won this category last year. These latest accolades mark a 12-year unbroken record of winning achievements at these prestigious industry awards. The bank was acknowledged by the judges for its commitment to training and development and evidence of commitment to its customers and distributors. The judges stated this highlighted a genuine interest and sensitivity towards client needs. In particular, they liked the decision to widen access to Fairbairn Private Bank’s excellent discretionary investment service to clients at a lower entry level through the introduction of UCITS IV compliant collective investment funds. The bank was also credited for its sharp eye on market direction and client needs which underpins the recently announced business growth figures, citing total assets up by over 17% year-on-year in the opening quarter of 2012.

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BOOST FOR ISLE OF MAN’S MANUFACTURING & SPACE SECTORS ADS TO OPEN REGIONAL OFFICE IN THE ISLE OF MAN The Isle of Man’s manufacturing and space sectors have received a significant boost following the Isle of Man Aerospace’s attendance at the recent Farnborough Airshow 2012. It has been announced that ADS, the premier trade organisation for all companies operating in the United Kingdom’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors, will be establishing a regional office in the Isle of Man. The office will be managed by the Department of Economic Development’s Business Development Manager for Manufacturing and Space, Adrian Moore, with support from the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster, the Department’s internal marketing team and Space Commerce consultants, Mansat.

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LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS APPLAUD SUCCESS OF ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS A series of ‘round-table’ discussions aimed at promoting dialogue between local businesses is enjoying continued success. The initiative, hosted by chartered accountancy firm Harding Lewis Ltd., aims to bring together business owners from across all sectors of the local economy and provide an open and honest environment within which representatives can discuss opportunities for growth in spite of the pressures posed by the current recessionary climate. The two-hour meeting was attended by delegates from a truly diverse cross-section of local business sectors, including Edric Cross of the Arg Beiyn Veterinary Surgery, Mark Broderick of DPN Software, Graeme Brooks of Ashgrove Marketing, Richard Corlett of the Private Jet Company and Tracy Quayle of Absolute Scaffolding Ltd. Topics for discussion concerned the merits of various advertising media and their effectiveness within the local marketplace which, in comparison to other broader marketing spheres, requires a more community focused, ‘hands-on’ form of social engagement. The growing importance of social media as a marketing tool constituted a significant portion of the lunchtime exchange, largely due to the imperative for businesses to better understand the wishes of their target market during times in which traditional research methods are proving to be an often costly extravagance. Also discussed was the establishment of inter-industry partnerships, which is quickly becoming a subject of frequent interest during the meetings. Representatives discussed the potential advantages for non-competing business sectors to consolidate their market research costs in cases where each is trying to appeal to mutually attractive demographics. The meeting was met with an enthusiastic response from all attendees, who praised its practicality in once again realising the shared values of local businesses and business owners.

DEFA HQ WINS TOP ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD THE Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture’s (DEFA) headquarters in St John’s has won the top prize at one of Europe’s most prestigious environmental awards. The 2012 Green Apple Built Environment and Architectural Heritage Awards are the leading international awards honouring excellence in sustainable construction, design and innovation of products and architectural preservation. The DEFA HQ was awarded the Gold Award under the Local Authority Section and then went onto win the Overall Winner Award. These awards are run under the auspices of the Green Organisation, a not for profit environmental group that is now in its 16th year. The Awards recognise and reward best practice in both the private and public sectors. Department of Economic Development political member for Clean Tech and Energy, Laurence Skelly MHK said: “This is a significant achievement and I congratulate all those who were involved in delivering this project for DEFA. It also represents another significant step in helping promote the Isle of Man as a centre of excellence in the development of Clean Tech and an energy efficient future. Greater than 30% of energy consumed in the Isle of Man is used to heat buildings. It is essential that we build properties to a high energy efficiency standard to reduce future energy bills for businesses and homes throughout the Island.”

PERMANENT BANK INTERNATIONAL GIVES PRESENTATION TO RETIREMENT GROUP Permanent Bank International (PBI) gave a presentation about the bank’s history and profile to the Manx Retirement Association. More than 60 association members attended the event at Glen Helen Lodge for the presentation by Permanent Bank International Managing Director Carlton Freegard, and Business Development Manager David Fulton. They gave their view of the recent years of the financial crisis from an Irish perspective. In particular, the presentation focused on how Ireland has made good progress towards meeting the requirements of the EU, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund with a major restructuring of its economy and banking sector. The Permanent Bank International executives also spoke about the recent restructuring of the Permanent TSB group, how this has strengthened PBI’s position in the Isle of Man, and the group’s commitment to the Island which involves PBI building a bank which is a meld of the private bank and the mutual building society where time is taken to get to know clients. Mr Freegard thanked the Manx Retirement Association for their interest in the presentation and added that Permanent Bank International will organise similar events for the B2B market and fiduciary sector in the autumn.

OKELLS RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION Silver medals have been awarded to two Okells products in the 2012 International Beer Challenge. Now in its 16th year the challenge, which attracts entries from more than 30 countries, saw the judges award silver to Okells’ Aile and Dr Okells IPA. Okells’ head brewer Dr Mike Cowbourne said: ‘It’s always extremely rewarding for the quality of our brews to be recognised by our industry peers. Aile is a dark complex brew that has a chocolatey malt flavour with hints of smokiness while Dr Okells IPA is distinguished by its attractive citrus aroma. Thanks to the innovative use of New World hops Okells beers are unfailingly popular with consumers and regularly achieve success in tasting challenges. The International Beer Challenge is dedicated to rewarding and celebrating excellence in brewing. It operates a rigorous independent assessment process bringing together more than 50 judges from around the world and across the industry. because quality matters

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Words | Stuart Cowan In these difficult and uncertain times investors are often plagued by inactivity, driven not unreasonably by the fear of capital loss and the lack of clarity with regard to potential returns. Is it worth the risk?… a fundamental question which should, in my view, be one of the starting points in assessing any potential investment. Defining risk can be somewhat difficult, largely due to the variables involved with different assets classes. Cash for example is often defined as risk free but that perception is not entirely accurate for a number of reasons; eg… who thought that in 2007/2008 there would be genuine concerns about the stability of the UK’s banking system. And what about inflation? With base rates at 0.5% and inflation at 3.5% the real value of your cash deposit is at risk. What we can say about cash is there are perhaps lesser risks than say fixed interest bonds and certainly equities.

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Investment risk therefore can be said to be the risk that is inherent in an investment itself. At one level that risk could be the danger of a particular asset within an investor’s portfolio failing and becoming worthless. This is clearly a worst case scenario and, thankfully doesn’t occur very often. But the point is that risk can be managed. For example, if one holds just six equity investments of equal value, the failure of one of them requires the other five to each rise by 20% to restore the value of the portfolio. If, however, one holds fifty investments of equal value, the other forty nine need only rise by 2% to restore the value to the original starting level. Although the above example is very simplistic, it does serve to illustrate what is called diversification, just one of the many ways of managing risk – too many for me to detail here!

Stuart Cowan Chartered FCSI Investment Director Ramsey Crookall & Co Ltd 38-42 Athol Street Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 1QH Tel: 01624 673171 www.ramseycrookall.com Licensed by the Isle of Man Financial Supervision Commission

My fundamental point is that there is usually something you can do, actions you can or should take with regard to your investments to make the initial decision and the ongoing management of your portfolio that may reduce but not eliminate risk entirely. Taking no action to minimise or manage risk is probably not an option.

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increasing our engagement with other trade and professional bodies.’ Welcoming Mr Denton to the board Mr Dearden said: ‘At the heart of the ACSP is its mission to serve as the CSP industry’s voice in its dealings with government and regulatory bodies. As an accomplished CSP professional Mark is ideally equipped to develop the ACSP’s constructive consultative approach, introduce innovation and lead the association in its continuing efforts to help secure the island’s future economic stability.’

Boston Group launches eCommerce and eGaming practice with appointment of industry specialist Bruce Elliott Greg Ellison, CEO of local financial services group Boston, has announced the launch of a specialist eCommerce and eGaming practice as part of the company’s targeted international growth strategy. The launch has been given significant weight by the simultaneous appointment of Bruce Elliott to the newly created role of Group Commercial Director. Bruce, a leading industry figure with a stellar background in business development, eCommerce and eGaming, will sit on the Board and lead this initiative. Boston provides a range of corporate and fiduciary services for this market sector. These include standard services such as the establishment of efficient corporate structures, streamlined licence applications and provision of professional local directors. However, it will also offer more specialised services regarding software selection, website optimisation, global banking, online payment solutions and web hosting. Greg Ellison commented: “Having set in motion our high-growth strategy last year, we have broken into new markets both geographically and by industry, whilst redefining how financial and fiduciary services are delivered. As part of this, we have now committed to providing specialist services to both eGaming and broader eCommerce clients and Bruce’s appointment is central to this new offering. The combination of his industry knowledge and global experience, our investment in market-leading technology and the high level of service delivery Boston is already renowned for, is helping us create outstanding results for our clients.” Bruce Elliott brings a wealth of global leadership experience in eCommerce with licensed eGaming operator 188BET.com, eGaming software pioneer Microgaming and online payments specialist Neteller plc.

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NEW CHAIRMAN FOR ACSP The Association of Corporate Service Providers has announced that Mark Denton, managing director at SMP Partners, has been co-opted on to the ACSP board and appointed its new chairman, confirmation of which will be sought at the association’s October AGM. As chairman Mr Denton will succeed Phillip Dearden, managing director of PFK (Isle of Man) LLC, who has held the post for more than five years. Mr Denton, who has 25 years’ industry experience said: ‘I am pleased to be joining the board of the ACSP, a distinguished body that has represented the interests of the CSP industry to great effect for the last 12 years. During that time the combined vision of the association’s chairmen and board members has done much to advance the aims of the ACSP and I am relishing the challenge to build on their achievements. I would particularly like to thank Phillip Dearden for his excellent term as chairman during which the association has gone from strength to strength. ‘At this time of uncertainty, the ACSP has a vital role to play in helping create a positive business environment and bring resilience to the island’s financial services industry as a whole. Against this background it is my intention to take a very active role as ACSP chairman, bring a fresh perspective and, with the board’s support, to strengthen our dialogue with the government and the FSC. I also hope to extend the association’s reach by

NEW MD FOR SCOTTISH WIDOWS ISLE OF MAN Nigel Rothery has been appointed managing director of Scottish Widows in the Isle of Man. Born and bred in Yorkshire, Mr Rothery has worked in various senior management positions within the organisation under the CMI, HSBOS and latterly Lloyds Banking Group brands since 1985 and assumes the post previously held by Dean Waddingham, who has relocated to the UK. Mr Rothery, who is a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, said: ‘I am proud to be building on the valuable contribution made to the group by Dean Waddingham, who developed the business and helped forge exceptionally strong links with the local community. It is therefore my intention to work closely with our 150-strong workforce to ensure Scottish Widows’ Isle of Man operation, which has some £6 billion in funds under management, continues to maintain its position as one of the Island’s pre-eminent finance sector employers, long recognised as a business with a deep commitment to fulfilling its corporate social responsibility obligations.’

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On Saturday the 18th of August the 2012 Manx Grand Prix road races will commence here in the Isle of Man. In many ways the MGP is run in a similar manner to that of the TT; all the preparation and considerable paraphernalia that needs to be in place for any practice or race during TT also needs to be in place for the MGP. It is certainly a formidable commission once again for all parties concerned in the promotion and organisation of the event.

Conversely the MGP does however differ quite considerably in its format from that of the TT. The competitors in the MGP are essentially amateurs and they receive no payment to race nor is there any prize money. For the majority of competitors the goal is to complete their race and be awarded their well-earned Finishers Medal; the quicker riders may get a Replica Trophy and those quicker still, the real thing, along with the laurels and a visit onto the winner’s rostrum. The only real certainty, unless they

On Saturday the 18th of August the 2012 Manx Grand Prix road races will commence here in the Isle of Man. In many ways the MGP is run in a similar manner to that of the TT; all the preparation and considerable paraphernalia that needs to be in place for any practice or race during TT also needs to be in place for the MGP. It is certainly a formidable commission once again for all parties concerned in the promotion and organisation of the event.

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have a wealthy sponsor, is that they will all go home a lot poorer having spent a great deal of cash to follow their dream and race on the Island challenging the Mountain Course. There are some 240 competitors entered for the 2012 MGP; 55 of them are ‘Newcomers’ on modern machinery with a further 4 ‘Newcomers’ on the classic machines. There are entrants from far and wide and many are not what you would call youngsters;

Conversely the MGP does however differ quite considerably in its format from that of the TT. The competitors in the MGP are essentially amateurs and they receive no payment to race nor is there any prize money. For the majority of competitors the goal is to complete their race and be awarded their well-earned Finishers Medal; the quicker riders may get a Replica Trophy and those quicker still, the real thing, along with the laurels and a visit onto the winner’s rostrum. Isle of Man style magazine


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The only real certainty, unless they have a wealthy sponsor, is that they will all go home a lot poorer having spent a great deal of cash to follow their dream and race on the Island challenging the Mountain Course. There are some 240 competitors entered for the 2012 MGP; 55 of them are ‘Newcomers’ on modern machinery with a further 4 ‘Newcomers’ on the classic machines. There are entrants from far and wide and many are not what you would call youngsters; ages ranging from 20 years to 70 years. There are competitors from all over the British Isles, from Cornwall to Scotland and most places in between. There is also the reliable contingent of contenders from many parts of Northern and Southern Ireland. Other seriously intrepid souls are travelling from as far away as The USA, France, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Prague, Helsinki, The Faroe Islands, Austria, Italy, New Zealand and Belgium. We must also not forget the many race contenders that live here on the Island; the home grown Manx Competitor and there are a good few of them; many will be challenging the Mountain Course once again this year. The type of machinery you can expect to see in a typical MGP event also varies considerably to that of the TT. There are the classic classes for older machines which feature, among others, the famous Manx Norton, G50 Matchless, 7R AJS and a few BSA Gold Stars. The tremendous nostalgic thumping sound of the big British single closely followed by the pervading aroma of Castrol R and alongside these British institutions, the buzzing of classic racing two strokes; much appreciated by the enthusiasts around the course.

Classes and machinery included at the 2012 MGP are the Newcomers Race, Classic Grand Prix’s, Junior MGP, Super-twin, Lightweight MGP, Classic Superbike and Junior Post Classic. So you can expect to see machinery ranging from 125cc up to 1050cc in classic and modern classes; something for everyone who enjoys motorcycle racing. because quality matters

One of the great features of the MGP is the ‘Newcomer Race’ where and the clue is in the name, all the competitors are new to the Mountain Course. These competitors are a hardy bunch and in past years some of them have surprised quite a few people with their skill and endeavour, putting in very quick lap times on what is essentially an unknown course. Many have gone on to return as TT champions. The MGP is run under ACU road racing rules and organised by the Manx Motorcycle Club; Phil Taubman is the man in charge during the meeting, acting as Clerk of the Course. He will be ably assisted by the regular team that make up the crew in Race Control, based at the top of the tower at the grandstand. It’s a tough job being in Race Control during the meeting and can get very fraught with an enormous amount of information going to and fro around the course; Race Control relies on the marshals and other volunteers around the 37.73 miles to relay what is happening on the road; with a good team spirit and a well-tried system, it generally works very well. From an organising point of view the MGP is always traditionally harder to man for racing and practice than the TT. Many of the regular supporters can only attend either the TT or MGP and as the TT is first major event in the calendar the MGP tends to suffer from fewer visitors/supporters. The all essential Marshals and Medical Personnel are a factor that is often more problematic for the MGP than the TT. With that said no practice or race will commence without the minimum required number of volunteers, manning each marshalling post; and around the 37.73 mile course you can imagine there will be quite a few people needed. Marshal figures currently require a little over 500 volunteers to man the course to a minimum and all these people need to be in all the specific locations before any practice or race can start.

If you would like to know more about marshalling visit the marshals’ office behind the Grandstand; it is generally open Monday to Friday and every day during race fortnight. The TT Marshals Association will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and show you just what marshalling the greatest road races in the world is all about. For those interested in marshalling the races please contact info@iomttma.com If you are a Doctor or Paramedic or other medically trained person and could offer your time and valuable skills, you too would be made most welcome; you should contact Dr David B Stevens MBE at Motorsport Medical Services, The Hoggary, Nobles Park, Douglas, IoM. For any medical personnel please contact Dr David B. Stevens MBE dbs@mms.org.im Photos | Supplied by www.mgpfestival.com

Can you help? You can if you could sign on as a marshal, you do not need to live on the Island to be a marshal; nor do you need to be specially trained or have any first aid knowledge; this can be arranged later if you so choose. Of course if you do have these useful skills so much the better. You do not have to attend all marshalling sessions; you can do as many or as few as you like and anywhere around the course.

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Meet the Dealer John Reynolds BESPOKE VEHICLE SALES LTD

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt at Bespoke?

Where are you based, how many employees?

Never judge a book by it’s cover and try to always do the right thing.

Our Vehicle sales operation is based on the quay in Peel, over looking the Marina. The Vehicle servicing operation is based at the IOM Business park, which jointly houses our Van and Car Hire operation. We also run an additional office in the Sea Terminal. Between all departments we currently employ seven staff.

Do you have any funny Bespoke stories?

What is your background? When I left school I really didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. I tried a couple of office jobs and various other things but ended up taking an apprenticeship with the local Nissan dealer when I was 17, and some years later….. I am still in the motor trade. What kind of cars do you sell? We only sell quality cars that fit our profile, as a rule cars under 7-8 years old and less than 50,000 miles. But that doesn’t mean we don’t take your part exchange if it’s older or has more miles. Our stock is typically German and we carry around 50 cars at any one time. Four wheel drives, MPV’s, Luxury saloon’s, Family hatchback’s and a couple of sport and performance models as well. All of our retail cars are sold include a Full service, 12 Month warranty and a professional car valet. We don’t restrict ourselves to any one car franchise and carry all makes and models.

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We have a few rare local characters that visit us frequently that keep us entertained. Enough said! Do you offer any additional services? Apart from Vehicle sales, we service and valet vehicles in Douglas and Peel. We also hire Van’s, Minibuses and Cars from the IOM Business Park in Douglas, the Quay in Peel, or from the office at the Sea Terminal. Now time to find out about you! What was your first car? Truth…1st car was a metro, but I soon moved on to minis. I still have a passion for the classic minis and have a couple in my collection. If there’s one car that you think should have never been produced, which would it be? Lada’s. Points on license? At this present moment None! (As long as this goes to press soon, only kidding!).

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What got you into selling cars? To start with the enjoyment of driving all kinds of different and exiting cars, now it’s all I know and enjoy. What’s the furthest you’ve driven in one go, to where and for what reason? I drove to Croatia once for a holiday via the Czech republic and various other counties on the way. I love driving across Europe and quite often drive to the ski resorts in the winter. What car would you most like to own and why? A tough one I have just sold a beautiful Audi R8 and would find it hard to beat that… But if my lottery numbers came up a Rolls Royce phantom would be nice.

2 wheels, 4 wheels or more wheels and why?

Speed check: are you a fast driver? What’s the fastest you’ve ever driven or ridden at?

Any future plans for Bespoke?

Both, I love cars and bikes, in fact most things with an engine can distract me. Paddle faster - Watch this space !

185 mph in an Audi RS6 in Europe. An amazing experience.

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Description: 5 Door luxury performance four wheel drive fitted with tiptronic automatic transmission, Full power and electric packs, Full black heated soft leather, climate control air conditioning, remote central locking, 20 inch alloy wheels, SAT NAV, CD music with BOSE, chrome exterior pack, suede headlining, drivers information system, multi function steering wheel, leather top dash and much more this car drives superb and complimented by a full service record 12 MONTH WARRANTY INCLUDED THANKS FOR LOOKING TO VIEW PHONE PEEL 842039 or ADRIAN 472965 or JOHN 497099 Colour: GREY METALLIC Year: 2004

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RINSPEED SPLASH THE PERFECT ACTION CAR FOR ISLANDERS? Under the ultra-light carbon-composite skin lies much more than just an agile and lively sports car. The Rinspeed “Splash” is the true incarnation of a really cool and fun sports toy. At the push of a button a cleverly thought-out hydraulic mechanism transforms the sports car into an amphibious vehicle. But that alone wasn’t enough for Frank M. Rinderknecht (48), founder and boss of Rin- speed. A highly complex integrated hydrofoil system enables the “Splash” to ‘fly’ at an altitude of about 60 cm above the water.

On land, on water, and in the air The almost magical transformation from a street vehicle into a floating and ‘flying’ all-rounder is made possible by an electronically controlled high-pressure hydraulic system with an array of sensors. The transformation starts with the nondescript rear panel, which flips up to reveal a Z-drive in horizontal rest position, borrowed from a watercraft. The Z-drive is fitted with a conventional 3-bladed propeller and can be lowered to its fully ‘standing’ position from the cockpit. The position of the drive is infinitely variable, which guarantees immediate propulsion upon entering the water. A cus- tom-designed transfer case sends power to the rear wheels, the propeller or both, depending on the input from the pilot. Starting at a water depth of about 1.1 meters the Z-drive can be lowered all the way to its fully ‘standing’ position. Steering commands are entered via the steering wheel and transferred to the Z-drive. Perfect for a quick trip to Liverpool! Rinspeed have developed a number of concept cars over the years. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a James Bond take a look on-line. www.rinspeed.eu

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2010 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 S 3Dr..................................................................................................£8,495 Sea Blue, Black Cloth, Electric Windows, Radio/CD, Central Locking, ISOFIX 7,500 miles 2008 Honda Jazz 1.4 i-VTEC EX....................................................................................................£8,495 Metallic Blue, Black Cloth, Air Con, Alloy Wheels, Panoramic Glass Roof, ISOFIX, 18,400 miles. 2009 Peugeot Expert L2 H1 HDi........................................................................................£8,995 + VAT Metallic Silver, Grey Cloth, Radio/CD, Remote Central Locking, Plylined, 24,500 miles. 2004 Honda CR-V 2.0i VTEC SE Auto...........................................................................................£7,495 Metallic Blue, Black Leather/Cloth, Air Con, Sunroof, Alloy Wheels, Radio/CD, 48,000 miles. 2007 Smart for two BRABUS.........................................................................................................£7,495 Metallic Silver, Black Leather, Air Con, Heated Seats, Panoramic Glass Roof, 9,400 miles. 2006 Fiat Doblo 1.4 Active Wheelchair Adapted........................................................................£5,995 Blue, Dark Cloth, Electric Windows, Remote Locking, Ramp, Electric Winch, 7,900 miles. 2006 Mercedes-Benz A150 Classic SE 3Dr................................................................................£5,995 Metallic Black, Black Cloth, Air Con, Electric Windows & Mirrors, Radio/CD, 47,500 miles. 2004 BMW 318ti Compact Sport...................................................................................................£4,995 Metallic Black, Black Leather, Air Con, Alloy Wheels, Rear PDC, Radio/6 CD, 56,500 miles. 2004 Ford StreetKa 1.6 Luxury.....................................................................................................£3,995 Metallic Silver, Black Leather, Air Con, Electric Windows,Radio/CD, Alloy Wheels, 29,000 miles. 2002 Renault Clio 1.5 dCi Expression 3Dr..................................................................................£2,495 White, Dark Cloth, Electric Windows & Mirrors, Power Steering, Immaculate, 72,500 miles 2002 Renault Scenic 2.0 16V Privilege Monaco Auto................................................................£2,250 Metallic Silver, Grey Leather, Air Con, Twin Electric Sunroofs, Alloy Wheels, 63,750 miles. 2005 Mercedes- Benz C180K Avantgrade Auto.........................................................................Due in Black Metallic, Black Leather/Cloth, Air Con, Radio/CD, Alloys, 35,000 miles.

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ACTION MOVIE FX LETS YOU ADD HOLLYWOOD FX TO IPHONE MOVIES YOU SHOOT! Look like an action star as you evade a massive CAR CRASH! You direct the action with this movie app and it’s free for a limited time on iTunes.. The new app called Action Movie FX lets users create Hollywood special effects on top of a video by using their iPhone’s camera. Action Movie FX is pretty simple in that you record a target and then the app will do the rest. Besides a visual effect, the app also adds realistic sound that gives a very real sense to what you are seeing. Once Action Movie FX processes the video, you can share it with your Facebook friends, send it by email, or save it to your camera. There are two special effects available for free called “missile attack” and “car smash.” Other effects can be purchased. ADDITIONAL FX EFFECTS FOR PURCHASE:

ONE CONCEPT, THREE AWARD WINNING SMARTPHONES By combining design elegance with the power and functionality of the Android operating system, HTC’s new ‘One’ range of phones have scooped a total of eight industry awards this year so far, and are short listed for the coveted T3 ‘phone of the year’ award for the One X. This range has three phones, each designed to appeal to different users:

Chopper down & tornado action bundle Airstrike & fire fight attack bundle Side-swiped & crowd control The jet & power failure Disaster movie packs: Electro-strike & meteor from outer space Ground suckers & flash flood REQUIREMENTS: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or 4s iPad 2 iPod Touch 4th Gen

HTC One X: the flagship of the range, its 4.7 inch Gorilla Glass display delivers excellent resolution and because it’s powered by a quad-core chip, the One X is virtually unrivalled for speed and responsiveness. The camera on the One X is superb, operating almost instantly and enabling rapid fire photography, and of course, with 8 megapixels, the sharpness of your photos is second to none. HTC One V: the smallest phone in the One range, its sleek grey shell embodies the same characteristic chin strap design of the legend. Designed to appeal to those who prefer a smaller handset but with a 3.7 inch display, 5 megapixel camera and excellent audio capabilities, size doesn’t affect this phone’s performance. HTC One S: where the One V is smallest, the One S is thinnest. This is HTC’s sleekest smartphone to date coming in at just 7.8mm thick and with a 4.3 inch screen. The S may sit in the middle of the One range but that doesn’t make it mediocre, the One S is a powerful smartphone that is great for people buying their first or looking to upgrade from the smartphones of a couple of years ago. All phones in the HTC One range are available for free when you sign up to a selected Smart Plans in at Sure.

FACEBOOK IS SAID TO WORK WITH HTC ON MOBILE PHONE FOR MID-2013 Bloomberg recently announced Facebook is said to be working with HTC Corp to build its own smartphone for release as soon as mid-2013. Although these plans are not public yet. The companies had intended to release the device as early as the end of this year, and pushed back the timetable to give HTC more time to work on other products. Facebook is also developing a modified operating system for the device and has assembled a team of former Apple programmers to improve its iPhone application.

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MOBILE PHONES IN THE MOVIES ONE MISSED CALL Mobile phones are featured in practically every movie that’s made today because of the simple fact that they’re a normal part of our every day lives This new release is a horror movie that makes you want to think twice about picking up your mobile phone when it rings. The plot of the movie is that the characters receive voice mail messages on their cell phones, messages from their future selves which inform them about the date, time and way that they are going to die. Since this is a horror movie, they do in fact then die in the same way that the message told them they would. Watch it late at night and then go home all alone and you’re not going to be able to avoid having some bad thoughts if you get a voice mail message during the night.

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OFCOM ANNOUNCES 4G SPECTRUM AUCTION The long awaited 4G mobile UK auctions are to get under way at the end of 2012 to ensure that Ofcom meets requirements of the EU commission. After legal battles, several consultations and dates which have drifted back, the processes which will allow the next generation of mobile broadband services to be used in the UK will get under way at the end of this year with the actual auction taking place in the first quarter of 2013, and services possibly available from mid-2013. The timeline is constrained by the European Commission who set a deadline requiring that the authorisation process to allow the use of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands should be underway by the 1st of January 2013. This is of course good news for consumers who will finally see next generation mobile services able to offer faster broadband speeds, which have been available in other countries for several years. The main use of the 4G bands will be a technology called Long Term Evolution (LTE) which allows speeds to approach 100Mbps, although real world speeds seen by consumers will be much lower than this. They should be more than suitable for watching video streams however. Another advantage of the technology, is that the lower frequency band of 800MHz which is used will allow the signal to travel further - increasing the range of potential services. Here on island both Manx Telecom and Sure Mobile are ready to supply services and are simply waiting for the new 4G mobile phones to be produced.

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HOLIDAY HINTS FOR USING YOUR MOBILE It’s the height of the holiday season and many of us will be heading for warmer climes - and taking our mobile phones with us to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Manx Telecom gives some useful advice for customers using their phones while offIsland. KEEP YOUR PHONE SAFE Losing your phone or having it stolen is traumatic at any time - but especially so if it happens while on holiday. Here are some security tips: • Treat your mobile phone as you would your wallet and guard it accordingly. •Use the keypad lock, ideally set to automatically activate after five minutes of inactivity. This will stop thieves being able to use it. • Make a note of your phone’s IMEI number which can usually be found printed behind the battery. If your mobile phone is stolen, Manx Telecom may be able to assist with blocking the phone and prevent it from being used. • Keep your mobile phone updated with the latest software version. Doing this could potentially increase your phone’s security. CHECK WHETHER THERE IS A ROAMING AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTRY YOU ARE VISITING. It’s worth checking this before you go on holiday. It’s easy to do just go to manxtelecom.com/roaming where you will find a list of destinations and networks where roaming agreements apply. You will also find a list of charges for making and receiving calls and sending texts by selecting your service type followed by ‘Roaming Charges’. Roamed charges do not form part of your inclusive monthly bundle of minutes and texts. FIND OUT BEFORE YOU GO ON HOLIDAY WHETHER YOU WILL BE CHARGED TO RECEIVE CALLS IN THE COUNTRY YOU ARE VISITING Knowing this information will help you to control the costs of call charges. Manx Telecom customers can receive calls for free in the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands, but charges will apply for other countries. For details go to manxtelecom.com/roaming which has information on roaming charges for making and receiving calls for Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly customers.

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Say hello to a fantastic smartphone with nine lives. Try to drown it, throw it, drop it, smash it or toss it into a building site – this little baby will come back fighting. Heavy handed with phones? Don’t fret; we have the perfect handset for you. The S5690 can be immersed in one metre of water, and survive for half an hour. On top of that it is also dust-proof and shock-resistant, happily withstanding a fall from half a metre onto solid ground. But the durable phone also boasts fast processing and solid connectivity, the best of both worlds. The slim handset weighs only 116g, thanks to its body being all plastic, and the 16M-colour touchscreen is multi-touch enabled with toughened Gorilla Glass up front, for maximum scratchresistance. The rubberized finish enhances the grip, and the extra-strong display also inspires confidence so you won’t need additional protection. Equipped with a camera, torch function and 150MB storage the Samsung galaxy Xcover Extreme S5690 has everything that you need, and armour to keep it all safe. If you have been looking for a handset that isn’t frightened of a bit of Action and adventure, the S5690 is your dream.

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London 2012 is being hailed as the first ever Social Media Summer Olympics.

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ocial networking has changed sport for fans and athletes worldwide. Passive armchair sports fans are diminishing as they choose to be part of the action in a new media landscape. 4.9 billion viewers can comment, interact with athletes, create and publish content from anywhere with an Internet connection. The change has happened at a breakneck speed. At the time of the 2000 games in Sydney few people had high-speed Internet connection, and in Athens, hardly anyone sported a smartphone. Now up by 456%, 106.7 million people will be tuning in via smartphone apps, relying on 3G mobile data to power them. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 90 million people were using Facebook, that figure has soared to approximately 901 million. Twitter was a newfangled social media trend in 2008, but now has more than 300 million users who send about 140 million tweets daily with sporting news that regularly breaks on the network. In the past, spectators at home could only shout at a television, but now, they can access a host of London 2012 platforms via that faithful second screen (there are now 54.8 million tablets used worldwide) as one in three viewers own and personally use three connected devices. So, if you’re planning to augment the viewing the London Olympics with your trusty smart phones for stat updates, Facebook banter and other social chatter, then thank your lucky pixels for Sure’s superfast 3G network and the explosive growth of social media Sure’s head of Mobile, Mike Fawkner – Corbett said “Our customers will be maximizing the use of our unlimited data plans over the next few weeks to keep up to date with the games. We expect to see high levels of data usage when local medal hopes Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh compete in their respective events. The recent one million pound network investment we have made will ensure all customers enjoy a great user experience when accessing social media sites via their Smartphones to enjoy the Olympics.”

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Social media is set to allow an unprecedented glimpse into Olympian life. Here’s just a few of the social media pages, apps and features you should connect to during the games; The Olympic Athletes Hub This online destination aggregates the Twitter and Facebook streams of Olympic athletes, past and present. Leading up to the London 2012 Games, a new page has been added to the Hub that takes fans “Inside the Olympic Village.” This new page includes live Athlete Q&As, allowing athletes in the Olympic Village to chat directly with fans. The Athletes’ Hub has already compiled Twitter and Facebook feeds of over 2,000 verified Olympians. The additions demonstrate the IOC’s efforts to socialise the Olympic Games and create a better, more engaging experience for fans and Olympic Athletes alike.

Face of Olympians The new collaboration between the IOC and Instagram, showcases a collection of athlete photos taken throughout the London Games, where Olympians are being photographed with their best “Olympic Face.” facesofolympians.tumblr.com

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Users are able to share information about what they are viewing with their friends, as well as discuss the action with other fans via a live-chat feature.

Panasonic Flag Facebook App Show your support for your country by using the Panasonic Flag App to tag your face with patriotic themed face paint!

Keep an eye on the eye! The mood of the British tweeting public during the Olympics and Paralympics will dictate what colour the London Eye turns every evening at 9pm, in the world’s first social media driven light show. Every evening there will be a 30 minute light show projected onto the London Eye. The colours of the lights will be dictated in real time by the mood of the people tweeting about the Olympics. If the overall sentiment is negative – the London Eye will glow purple. If it’s positive it will shine yellow and if the Twitter reaction to the Games is neutral, the wheel will emit green rays. The London 2012 viewer is connected to Olympic-sized Internet consumption this year. Enjoy these social events with Sure Cable and Wireless Communications, and take advantage of cutting-edge smartphones, super coverage and unlimited superfast mobile data.

The BBC has begun streaming live sporting events on Facebook, the biggest tie-up to date between the socialnetworking site and an international broadcaster. During the Olympic Games, the BBC will run 24 simultaneous streams in addition to the main BBC channels.

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he WASPS Legends Men’s and Ladies squads will be coming to the Island for the first time from Friday 7th September until Sunday 9th. It also sees the first all Island Veteran Select Side in action. The weekend promises to be enjoyable and a fantastic opportunity for the rugby fraternity and general public to meet and watch some of the world’s greatest names in action here on Manx soil. Among the Wasps Legends are many British Lions and International players including such household names as Andy Gomarsall, Kenny Logan and Serge Betsen.

WASPS LEGENDS WEEKEND SUMMARY Friday 7th September 2012 @ 7.30pm Black Tie Dinner @ The Palace Hotel & Casino (call to book) Saturday 8th September 2012 Rugby Fun Day @ NSC 10.30am

Coaching for Island Minis & Juniors

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On Friday 7th September in the evening there will be a Black tie Dinner at the Palace Hotel where the speakers will be Kenny Logan, Paul Rendall, Peter Scrivener and Kenny Logan. The Legends will be attending the dinner and there will be one seated on each of the tables. On the Saturday morning at the National Sports Centre there will be the chance for mini/junior rugby players to attend a training and coaching session run by the Wasps Legend players. In the afternoon again at the National Sports Centre the Wasps Legends XV will play against the Isle of Man Select XV. There will be ample chance for people to meet the Legends and have pictures taken and obtain autographs. Admission to the National Sports Centre for the day will be by purchase of a programme which will include a raffle to be drawn at the end of the match The whole day is planned to be a fun day out for all the family with all funds raised throughout the weekend going towards Wooden Spoon Isle of Man. There will be fun events and stalls, food and drink outlets running through the day Wooden Spoon is a rugby based charity which organises fundraising initiatives to raise money to improve the quality and prospect of life for children and young people who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially. All funds raised on the Isle of Man stay on the Island. Recently Wooden Spoon Isle of Man provided funding of ÂŁ23,120.00 for the purchase of a total of 12 adult and 6 junior sport specific wheelchairs to enable the establishment of The Wooden Spoon Wheelchair Sports Club.

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Meditation is becoming hugely popular in our modern world. In most big cities you can find daily classes where people come to just sit. Having been a few times myself, I know the attraction. Warm serenity envelopes you afterwards and it’s not from the free cup of tea either. The word meditation is derived from two Latin words: meditari (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). Its Sanskrit derivation ‘medha’ means wisdom.

Mia, what are the benefits of meditation? You tend to become more stable and grounded, less liable to irrational emotional highs and lows, and when they do happen you recover from them quicker. One master said that it also makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, but it won’t work if you practise it for that reason! I’ve seen first-hand how it helps with depression, anxiety, anger, stress and even writer’s block. Beyond that, people do it for spiritual growth.

Is it strange/uncomfortable sitting still for long periods of time?   In the beginning I found it very weird, because sitting and contemplating isn’t something most of us are used to. It can be a challenge to settle into it both mentally and physically. As with anything, keeping at it builds up strength and meditation eventually starts to feel like a good old comfort blanket.

How long is each sitting? One minute isn’t bad, I’d recommend the “one-moment meditation” on YouTube and doing it wherever you are. In our weekly group, you can choose to sit for either a half or a full hour.

Is there any religious teaching/dogma/ praying etc? At the monastery they sometimes practice rituals and chanting, but they don’t try to make you do or believe anything. Actually I find the average person down the pub more dogmatic about their beliefs than the monks are! The IOM Zen group is very relaxed, all we do is meditate as a group of friends, then maybe have a chat and a cuppa.

Is it tricky to actually do? Meditation is simple, it’s humans who are tricky – because we’ve convinced ourselves that we have to think and over-complicate

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So what exactly is it? According to the National Meditation Society, “it’s a three step process that leads to a state of consciousness that brings serenity, clarity, and bliss.” Doesn’t sound bad considering it’s legal, free and great for your health… To find out more, I chatted to Mia Hansson, a trainee with the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. She runs a Zen meditation group every Tuesday evening in Ramsey.

things, or get run around by emotional instinct. Meditation is to take a step back and just observe without reacting automatically, and that can be really hard. Eventually you hit a wall where you have two choices: leave and keep running from yourself, or relax into it.

How do you feel afterwards? Clearer, like I’ve put some of the load down that I was carrying before. Sometimes you might feel high and other times sad but it’s always good, because you’re getting to the heart of things and learning how you want to deal with them.

What is Zen and what is the difference between that and any other types of meditation? Buddhism travelled east from India and when it reached Japan, it was called Zen. Like medieval Japanese culture, Zen is minimalist and sober compared to, for example, Tibetan Buddhism, which is more bubbly and colourful. Zen is similar in practice to the mindfulness movement that’s becoming popular. But where mindfulness helps you deal with the emotional level of things, Zen goes deeper. There’s a lot about life, death and enlightenment in the scriptures we study at the monastery, and you can take it as far as you like. Vipassana is another type of Buddhist meditation that I’d recommend. It’s more methodical and less poetic than Zen. You start by concentrating on the breath and develop more and more minute attention to detail in order to develop focus and awareness. In Zen meditation, guidance isn’t that specific and you’re left to figure it out for yourself more, which can feel intimidating. There are probably thousands of different kinds of meditation... I chose Zen because the teachers were serious and intelligent but light-hearted at the same time. And they didn’t ask for insane amounts of cash…

So a Zen Master is visiting soon… Yes…Zen Master Leandra lived in the Isle of Man before she became a monk at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey near Newcastle. She’s returning to give an open talk about Zen practice in Ramsey on 13th September, and Douglas at lunchtime on 14th September. On 15th Sep everyone’s welcome to come and try a gentle introduction to Zen meditation. All sessions are free. For details see zen-iom. com, www.facebook.com/zenisleofman, or call 818024.

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Mia is also a writer and counsellor and uses her background in Zen training and alternative therapies in private work. Please contact her at miaszen@gmail. com or on 818024.

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The 2nd Annual PokerStars Kayak Cup On Saturday 21st July 35 Kayaks took to the water at Port Erin Bay for the 2nd Annual PokerStars Kayak Cup. The fishing competition is a species hunt and the event is 100% catch and release. All fish are photographed before the released. The person who catches the most species of fish wins the Species cup, however everyone who takes part in the comp goes into a draw to win a sea fishing kayak worth over ÂŁ800. The sun was shining and the beach was busy when the day started with the kayakers picking up their safety tags at the registration tent, they where also given a voucher for a free bacon butty and cup of tea from the Bohemian Restaurant. After the safety briefing and introduction to the safety team of 2 boats powered by Bottom Line Yamaha Marine, and the safety Kayak team from outdoor Ramsey, the 35 intrepid kayakers took to the waters at 10am. At 3pm all the kayakers were back on the beach safe and happy and when all signed back in with the shore team, the results were in and being checked. 19 different species of fish had been caught, photographed and released. An amazing result as there are 25 species plus in and around the bay. The Results: The Winner of the 2nd Annual PokerStars Kayak Fishing Cup, with a fantastic 11 species, Kevin Walmsley. Second Place, with 9 species, Cameron Sayle. Third Place, with 8 species, Chris Cale. The winner of the Manta Ray 12 Fishing Kayak was Chris Cale.

Sponsors: PokerStars, Bottom Line Yamaha marine, Outdoors Ramsey, Bohemian Restaurant and Bushy’s

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We all love music, music is the lifeblood of the Islands nightlife. Many of the Islands Festivals, The Garden Party/Mannifest/Peelstock, Festival of Youth and the Port Erin Beach Festival are awash with local talent, any given weekend young bands are performing in Douglas/ Peel and Ramsey and other music/ waterholes dotted around the Island.

Young talent needs to be encouraged and nurtured, this is where Soundcheck helps‌

What is Soundcheck? Soundcheck is a special project run by the Department of Education Youth Service. Providing equipment, rehearsal space, recording/video and organising gigs around the Island and providing a friendly atmosphere for young bands to flourish. Soundcheck is overseen by Dave Hattersley and run day to day by myself (Paul Cooper) Jenni Smith and Johnny Wade. It is now in its 15th year and thriving this is mainly due to the abundance of talent ready to step up and be counted. Our younger members are taking to the stage from around 14 years old. Our older members up to 24 years old are in bands well known round the Island and continue to strive for that `rare` break. Bands and solo artists generally start by covering popular songs and are then encouraged to write/perform and record their own material. We have strong links with Manx Radio and a number of bands/ solo artists have performed sessions on the Ashlea Traceys Saturday show.

At last years CYG closing show at the Villa, Davy Knowles was supported by `The Same` and they had the whole place jumping!. Currently we work out of Douglas/Peel and Castletown. Bi-monthly gigs at the Villa showcase new talent and some great existing bands. We have our own large stage at Mannifest and stages at The Garden Party/Festival of Youth/Port Erin Beach Party, also gigs around the Island including Northern Lights in Ramsey. Over the last year we have been setting up recording facilities and are currently updating equipment to include video’s thanks to `The Arts Council, The Garden Party and Britannia.

So, if you are aged 13-24 and would like to be involved why not call in. We are friendly, and there are some great people around to help you realise your dreams. If you are interested in music please look beyond the `Youth` tag, these bands and artists are professional and worthy of a look and listen. If anyone is interested in donating to our group we would be glad to hear from you.

Our AIM!, to get the Isle of Man music on the World Map. For more info on the SoundCheck Project: The Youth Office // 686054 /soundcheck isle of man

The Official TT Single `Limitless` was recorded using our facilities and all money generated from sales are being used to fund Soundcheck equipment. We are also building an internet presence with Manxtube/Soundcloud and are starting to use itunes.

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Owned by two sports mad friends, Lee & James. The Islands only gadget and memorabilia shop stocks a wide range of big boys toy’s, original autographed items and gifts for every occasion. Since opening in 2004, they have supported local charities and sponsored many of the Islands sports stars. There’s something for all ages. Extreme Art & Gadgets 22a Duke Street Douglas Isle of Man Tel: 01624 675520 contact@extreme-ag.com www.extreme-ag.com

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Victoria is a qualified Bulgarian fashion designer who has developed into a self-taught painter. She has a unique style in portrait painting and is currently exhibiting in the Sayle Gallery and the Art Gallery. You can also find a display of her works in Portofino’s function room.

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