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I love a bit of onomatopoeia. There, I’ve said it, don’t judge me. The best words like “splash” or “bang” announce themselves boldly and unapologetically. Phrases like; “Splashing out” “splashing the cash” or “making a splash” always sounds positive and vivacious; no-one ever says “well, he went out with a big noise” or “he really trickled out the cash”. Everything about them oozes (another brilliant one) confidence and every phrase they fill sounds energetic and full of life.

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In true stereotypical British style, we’ve all started swapping our winter clothes and shows for summer ones. Now the freak snow day start to March has passed, and it’s stopped getting dark at 4.30pm, we’re ready and raring for sun, fun and making a splash. But this obsession with the sun leads us to obsessing about what we’ll look like whilst in it. The sudden leap from jumpers, jeans and boats to shorts, crop tops and dresses can cause heart palpitations for many. I am definitely one of those people. The realisation that my skin will soon be on show causes an alarming amount of stress for me. And it isn’t helped by the stupid amount of articles online, in magazines, on Snapchat and even Instagram telling me how to get my ‘summer body’. This is code for how to make yourself look aesthetically pleasing according to society’s standards of beauty.

It’s easy to get sucked into the idea that summer fun and frolics are reserved for those who’s thighs don’t jiggle when they run, have the perfect tan and a washboard stomach. It’s even easier to hate the people who DO have that. Many of us have a habit to project our envy towards the men and women we see on magazine covers, supplement advertisements and on social media with what is deemed to be a ‘perfect’ physique is hard to budge. But that’s only because that’s what we have been sold.

It’s honestly a damaging mind-set to be put in. Young girls and boys will half heartedly make jokes on social media about having to start dieting and exercising obsessively to get their bodies ‘summer ready’. This idea that your body isn’t ‘ready’ for others to see and that it needs to be worked on in order to be accepted can cause a lot of issues for your mental health. Do you expect other people to look like a model in a magazine when you’re down at the beach? Do you judge people for not being muscly, being too skinny, having stretch marks or cellulite? Hopefully your answer is no. So, if we don’t expect it from others, why do we expect it from ourselves?

Instead of obsessing over the inches you need to lose off your waist, or counting calories and depriving yourself of food, take some time to learn to love what you have. The way your body is built is how it’s meant to be, and there are some things that no amount of gym or diet can change. For example, if you have wide hips, or short legs, there’s nothing you can do to change it. You can’t make your bones a different shape, so don’t focus on it.

SIAM PARK - TENERIFE

Nothing says Summer Holidays quite like a day spent splashing about at a water park. For this month’s Splash issue I’ve been investigating the world’s best water parks, as voted for by the well-travelled and discerning users of Tripadvisor.

WE ARE OUR OWN HARSHEST CRITICS, BUT BEING NICER TO OURSELVES IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF LEARNING TO LOVE WHAT WE HAVE.

First of all, overly strict diets and excessive exercise isn’t healthy and won’t make you happy. Your body needs to be nurtured by good, healthy food and a good amount of moderate exercise, but pushing it to the extreme by starving it and over working will do damage.

WORDS Ria Wolstenholme ILLUSTRATION Russ Atkinson

I am by no means saying that looking after your body and wanting to work on it is a bad thing. It’s great if that’s what YOU want to do. But nobody should feel pressured to follow suit if it’s not what they want to do. Your health isn’t measured by how defined your abs are, or how perky your bum is. It’s measured by the quality of the life you’re living, and only you can set that standard.

Words By: Becky Evans

If you’d asked me a couple of years ago where the best Water Park in the world was, I’d probably have taken a guess at the over the top, no expense spared aquatic attractions of Orlando or Dubai. Imagine my surprise then to discover that the #1 rated park on earth, for 4 years in a row no less, is in humble Tenerife. I paid a visit, purely in the name of research, to see what all the fuss is about.

Celebrating its 10th Birthday this year, Siam Park is relatively new on the scene, yet attracts over 1.2 million visitors per year to sample its watery wonders. Adrenaline junkies make straight for the Tower of Terror Power, dominating feature of the park, and the only one I swerved. Those braver than I queue up to plunge 28 metres before whizzing through a shark tank at up to 80 kilometres per hour.

Siam Park is a Thai themed water kingdom stretched across a hillside just outside the popular resorts of Adeje and Playa de las Americas. Cleverly designed to make use of the steeply sloped terrain, most of the slides are low level and nestled amongst the landscaped grounds, and the resulting scarcity of high-rise structures visible from outside the gates serves to add to the intrigue for firsttime visitors.

For those who prefer a (very slightly) less heart-stopping experience, the dark and disorientating Volcano, scream-enducing Dragon or roller-coaster style Singha are just some of the options, whilst the less

adventurous can float lazily along the Mai Thai river, or relax on the impressive white sand Siam Beach, lapped by artificial waves. Can’t decide whether you belong in the shallows or the deep end? Naga Racer and Jungle Snake each offer a taste of excitement without the need for a change of swimwear. Smaller members of the family don’t miss out, with two dedicated areas designed to provide maximum fun for little ones. The Lost City boasts 15 slides, rope bridges and cascades, whilst Sawasdee offers scaled down versions of some of the park’s star attractions that I was sadly a shade too tall to try out.

“IMAGINE MY SURPRISE THEN TO DISCOVER THAT THE #1 RATED PARK ON EARTH, FOR 4 YEARS IN A ROW NO LESS, IS IN HUMBLE TENERIFE. I PAID A VISIT, PURELY IN THE NAME OF RESEARCH, TO SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT.”

The best way to make a start on accepting yourself is by looking at what you do like about your body. Your eyes, your arms, your back; there will be something that you’re happy with, so don’t ignore it. Start with focusing on that when you look at yourself. Then start looking at yourself in the mirror with the mentality of ‘look how good that looks’ instead of ‘how could that look better?’. We are our own harshest critics, but being nicer to ourselves is the most important part of learning to love what we have.

If all this wasn’t enough already, Siam Park also boasts what is reportedly the largest Dragon Statue in the world. If that’s not worth a visit I really don’t know what is.

Your body doesn’t have to be molded and shaped into something new in order for it to be ready for a summer of fun. It doesn’t have to conform to what others feel is beautiful, because it already is in its own way. Embrace yourself, flaws and all, because you’re already perfect whatever the season.

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Charlotte Howell & David Gales-Hasleham’s Wedding Day..24 Parent2Parent Ladies Only Cocktail Party............................................26 IOMBN Wine Tasting Event..........................................................................26

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Indian Ocean Islands.......................................................................................40 Water World........................................................................................................42

AGENDA Business News....................................................................................................46 Movers & Shakers..............................................................................................46 Mumpreneurs......................................................................................................50 Brand Voice - MiltonOptimal........................................................................54 Brand Voice - Task UK.....................................................................................56 The Tech Industry Attracting More Women.........................................58

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The annual campaign presented by Breast Cancer Now, returns with brand new, on-trend and exclusive collections launching online and instores on Thursday12th April 2018. Since 1996, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has joined forces with some of the biggest names in fashion to speak up against breast cancer, and so far has raised more than £15 million to make life-saving research happen, and help put a stop to this devastating disease. For 2018, the high-street will once again reunite to make a statement against breast cancer, with M&S, Debenhams, River Island and Simply Be, all launching exclusive statement piece collections. Each piece in the collection will carry a minimum 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now during the six week campaign.

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1.     M&S UNISEX BRETON STRIPED T-SHIRT, £15 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at www.marksandspencer.com 2.     RIVER ISLAND TOGETHER SEQUIN T-SHIRT, £20 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available instore and at: www.riverisland.com 3.    SIMPLY BE ASYMMETRIC STRIPE BARDOT BLOUSE, £35 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.simplybe.co.uk 4.    DEBENHAMS RED HERRING BLUE CROSS BODY BAG, £26 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.debenhams.com  5.    M&S UNISEX GREY T-SHIRT, £15 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.marksandspencer.com 6.    SIMPLY BE JACKET WITH GOLD BUTTONS, £49 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available instore and at www.simplybe.co.uk 7.    RIVER ISLAND WHITE RIPPED SKINNY DENIM JEANS, £42 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.riverisland.com 8.    DEBENHAMS RED HERRING PINK CROSS BODY BAG, £26 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.debenhams.com 9.    RIVER ISLAND FASHION IS OUR STRENGTH T-SHIRT, £18 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.riverisland.com 10.  RIVER ISLAND BLACK BRACELET, £3 suggested donation – all profits will be donated to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store only 11.  SIMPLY BE SUPER FEMALE T-SHIRT, £14 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at www.simplybe.co.uk 12.  SIMPLY BE STRIPE ASYMMETRIC JUMPSUIT, £39 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.simplybe.co.uk 13.  M&S UNISEX NAVY T-SHIRT (BACK VIEW), £15 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at www.marksandspencer.com 14.  M&S UNISEX WHITE T-SHIRT, £15 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.marksandspencer.com 15.  RIVER ISLAND PINK BRACELET, £3 suggested donation – all profits will be donated to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store only.

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ISLE OF MAN CYCLEFEST RETURNS FOR A THIRD YEAR WITH EXPANDED LINE UP OF MUSIC, CYCLING AND FAMILY FUN Wildwood Kin and Jake Isaac headline the line up of award winning music acts, LEGO brick challenge and ‘Sundown Cinema’ just two highlights in new raft of family entertainments

For many visitors to Milntown, Cyclefest is all about the music, and once again the ‘Roots ‘n’ Rhythms line up will be providing a stunning soundtrack for the weekend’s activities. Heading the bill on the PokerStars stage will be two brilliant breakthrough acts.

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sle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank returns to the glorious grounds of Milntown Estate for its third edition in 2018 with a new Spring date and its busiest programme of awardwinning music, mouth watering produce and family entertainment – not to mention some of the best cycling in the British Isles. Taking place across the weekend of the 21st and 22nd April, Isle of Man Cyclefest kicks off the Island’s festival season in style. Bigger and better than ever, the 2018 edition will boast three live music stages as well as new under-cover venues including the purpose built children’s activity Ti-Pi and the gigantic Cyclefest HQ - complete with festival bar and Cyclefest’s very own coffee shop!

Saturday’s headliners, Wildwood Kin, shot to prominence last year after being championed by Bob Harris, Jamie Cullum and Jo Willey amongst others. Boasting a hit debut album and a string of high profile singles, the group enjoyed feature appearances at Glastonbury 2017 and BBC Radio 2’s Festival in a Day, whilst also making a live appearance last month on the iconic TV show Old Grey Whistle Test. Sunday’s headliner is one of the most exciting and intriguing singer songwriters to emerge in recent years - Jake Isaac. He will be bringing his own brand of roots music to Cyclefest with his high energy ‘full album experience’. Mixing acoustic sounds with elements of rock, funk, soul and more, festivalgoers can expect big songs and big riffs to close the main stage. Complementing the larger groups and

bigger sounds on the PokerStars stage is Cyclefest’s ‘Little Lights’ stage set to feature more award-winning music with some the UK’s most talented young singer songwriters. And there’s even more for music lovers in 2018, with Cyclefest’s very own Festival Club. Each evening, the Cyclefest HQ will bounce to the new sounds of foot stomping Trad courtesy of stunning live act Elephant Sessions and BBC Folk Award winners Ross and Ali. As well as fantastic music, Isle of Man Cyclefest will also deliver a weekend’s worth of entertainment catering for young families. Making a first appearance at Milntown is everyone’s favourite toy - the world famous LEGO bricks! Under the guidance of Bright Bricks, the UK’s only LEGO Certified building firm, festivalgoers of all ages can contribute to a very special Cyclefest themed build, constructed from no less than 65,000 bricks! There’s nothing quite like meeting the author or illustrator of a favourite book and Cyclefest will be welcoming some very special guests to its kids activity TiPi. Ready to inspire and entertain young readers and budding artists alike, multi award winning author-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and Laura Ellen Anderson will guide visitors through their wonderful and wacky imaginations! Packed full of humour and invention, these events are perfect for booklovers of all ages – and there’s ample chance to grab some signed copies too, thanks to Bridge Bookshop! Fresh from working with top clients such as Waterstones, Cyclefest will also be welcoming Rosie Hudson of Rosie Tells Tales for a feast of interactive stories, activities and games around the gardens that will keep little minds occupied for hours. There’s more storytelling for the whole family too, as visitors to Milntown will also be able to learn more about the Island’s most haunted house with Cyclefest’s free Ghost Tours!

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Also new for 2018, is the Cyclefest Sundown Cinema. Nestled under-covers in the children’s activity Ti-Pi, Cyclefest’s big screen will present a dazzling double bill of fantastic films running from teatime to sundown each day. Parents can even enjoy the day’s music headliners just a stone’s throw away while the little one’s laugh along to top animations and family favourites such as Paddington.

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Motoring News........................................................................................88 First Drive - Jaguar F-Type...........................................................................90 Phone home.............................................................................................92

FASHION & BEAUTY Fashion Targets Breast cancer...........................................................76 Holmes & Davidson Opticians............................................................78 Beauty Products......................................................................................80

PAPARAZZI Are you in?.........................................................................................93/98

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LEGO ON THE LOOSE

//MANX MUSEUM AND HOUSE OF MANANNAN// A treat for Lego® lovers everywhere! A tribe of troublesome Lego® Minifigures have broken out of the Playful Pasts exhibition at the House of Manannan in Peel and you can help track them down – and be in a chance of winning all 32 of them in a special lego case. Some have even escaped to the Manx Museum in Douglas. A great opportunity to take your children to the national museums and the Manx Museum in Douglas is now open seven days a week so there’s no excuse to put your visit off. www.manxnationalheritage.im  

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//MANX MUSEUM, DOUGLAS// Art and creativity shouldn’t be a luxury or an optional extra to life. David Gilbert – who lived and worked in the Isle of Man for many years until the late 1980s passionately believed everyone could be creative, and helped and inspired many to discover their own creativity. His work ranged from the small and delicate to the large and monumental but always explored the same immense themes of birth, love, death and the rhythms of the land. Monday – Sunday (10am-5pm). Free Admission. www.manxnationalheritage.im  

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EASTER BUNNY TRAIN

//GROUDLE GLEN, ONCHAN// A steam train trip through the glen out to see the Easter Bunny on the cliff tops who has Easter Eggs for all. Tickets include return steam train trip, a chocolate egg for the children from the Easter Bunny and free refreshments for all.

Join the hunt to win your own Easter Bunny and a return ticket for a car and 4 people on the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. www.ggr.org.uk

05.04 – 08.04.2018

PETER PAN

//VILLA MARINA, DOUGLAS// Christine Wild Theatre School & Rachel Wild Performers Studio present - Peter Pan. A magical, musical adventure with everything you’d expect from this traditional story with dancing, singing, flying sequences and sword fights. With 250 performers and 600 costumes this entertaining extravaganza is perfect for all the family. Tickets from www.villagaiety.com and the ticket hotline, 01624 600555.

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ISLE OF MAN CYCLEFEST

//MILNTOWN ESTATE, LEZAYRE// The Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank returns to the grounds of the Milntown Estate just outside Ramsey with its biggest programme of award-winning music, mouth-watering produce and family entertainment to date; not to mention some of the best cycling anywhere in the British Isles.

12.04 - 14.04.2018

CAMRA BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

//VILLA MARINA, DOUGLAS// The popular 3 day Festival organised annually by the Isle of Man Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. 160 beers, 50 ciders & perries plus fruit wines will be available in the Royal Hall at the Villa Marina. Food will also be available at all sessions along with refundable souvenir glasses and drinks tokens. Strictly for over 18s only.

14.04.2018

ROAD TO RECOVERY – READING AND OPEN MIC NIGHT

//NOA BAKEHOUSE, DOUGLAS// ‘We are all in recovery from something’ This evening of poetry and prose will open with readings on addiction, grief, love and family from poets Christina Thatcher and Janet Lees, followed by an open mic for anyone who’d like to read work related to the topic. Go along to read or to just relax and listen. The evening will be compered by Ariane Barua. Supported by Isle of Man Arts Council and Manx Litfest.

15.04.2018

SHAKEN NOT STIRRED!

//ST NINIAN’S CHURCH, DOUGLAS// A ‘James Bond’ themed evening of music and singing from Douglas Town Band. The evening will feature performances from Alexandra Salter, Jack Divers, the Roc Vannin Choir. Tickets £10/£5 concessions and proceeds to Hospice Isle of Man and the Douglas Town Youth Band. Tickets from www.douglastownband.org.im    BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

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CHESS – THE MUSICAL

//GAIETY THEATRE, DOUGLAS// The Manx Operatic Society brings the highly acclaimed musical Chess back to the Gaiety Theatre. With lyrics from Tim Rice and music from ABBA’s Benny and Bjorn, and directed by visiting director Anthony Williams, this is a romantic triangle featuring two chess players and the manager of one, falling in love with the other. 

For 2018 there are three live music stages, new under-cover venues including a purpose built children’s activity Ti-Pi. and the gigantic Cyclefest HQ complete with rider helpdesk, festival bar and even a bakery.  And there’s cycling too:  Saturday’s Storm the Tower Hill Climb and Battle of Sky Hill Mountain Bike Race and Sunday’s gruelling 82mile Gran Fondo.  www.iomcyclefest.com  

Featuring some classic 80s show tunes, you’re bound to be singing along and humming away long after you leave the theatre. Tickets from www.villagaiety.com and the ticket hotline, 01624 600555

20.4 – 28.04.2018

MANX NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, SPEECH & DANCE (‘THE GUILD’)

//VILLA MARINA, DOUGLAS// The biggest mass participation event in the Island’s calendar: the nine day competitive festival with over 200 classes from rock music to bible reading and everything in between. Taking place in the Villa Marina and St Thomas’ Church ‘the Guild’ brings around 4,000 participants of all ages together to compete, perform and enjoy the arts, and giving entertainment both to the Island’s population and its visitors. Most events are free to attend, but for the popular Songs from the Musicals, Cleveland Medal finals and the ‘Best of the Festival’ evening see www.villagaiety.com for tickets.

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A full programme is available now, around the Island, or from: www.manxmusicfestival.org Sponsored by Dandara

Tickets (£10) are available from the Manx National Heritage website or from the Manx Museum shop.

SIMON KING – TALK TO THE ANIMALS

//MANX MUSEUM, DOUGLAS// Learn how to talk to the animals at this talk with naturalist and broadcaster Simon King (Big Cat Diary, Springwatch, Planet Earth), who will show you how to bridge the gap between the wild world and your own.  Simon will be sharing first- hand knowledge on animal tracks and signs, mimicry and observation skills, and pepper his talk with stories of wild encounters from the UK and beyond.  There will be a Q&A session at the end of his talk.

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In true stereotypical British style, we’ve all started swapping our winter clothes and shows for summer ones. Now the freak snow day start to March has passed, and it’s stopped getting dark at 4.30pm, we’re ready and raring for sun, fun and making a splash. But this obsession with the sun leads us to obsessing about what we’ll look like whilst in it. The sudden leap from jumpers, jeans and boats to shorts, crop tops and dresses can cause heart palpitations for many. I am definitely one of those people. The realisation that my skin will soon be on show causes an alarming amount of stress for me. And it isn’t helped by the stupid amount of articles online, in magazines, on Snapchat and even Instagram telling me how to get my ‘summer body’. This is code for how to make yourself look aesthetically pleasing according to society’s standards of beauty.

It’s easy to get sucked into the idea that summer fun and frolics are reserved for those who’s thighs don’t jiggle when they run, have the perfect tan and a washboard stomach. It’s even easier to hate the people who DO have that. Many of us have a habit to project our envy towards the men and women we see on magazine covers, supplement advertisements and on social media with what is deemed to be a ‘perfect’ physique is hard to budge. But that’s only because that’s what we have been sold.

It’s honestly a damaging mind-set to be put in. Young girls and boys will half heartedly make jokes on social media about having to start dieting and exercising obsessively to get their bodies ‘summer ready’. This idea that your body isn’t ‘ready’ for others to see and that it needs to be worked on in order to be accepted can cause a lot of issues for your mental health. Do you expect other people to look like a model in a magazine when you’re down at the beach? Do you judge people for not being muscly, being too skinny, having stretch marks or cellulite? Hopefully your answer is no. So, if we don’t expect it from others, why do we expect it from ourselves?

Instead of obsessing over the inches you need to lose off your waist, or counting calories and depriving yourself of food, take some time to learn to love what you have. The way your body is built is how it’s meant to be, and there are some things that no amount of gym or diet can change. For example, if you have wide hips, or short legs, there’s nothing you can do to change it. You can’t make your bones a different shape, so don’t focus on it.

WE ARE OUR OWN HARSHEST CRITICS, BUT BEING NICER TO OURSELVES IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF LEARNING TO LOVE WHAT WE HAVE.

First of all, overly strict diets and excessive exercise isn’t healthy and won’t make you happy. Your body needs to be nurtured by good, healthy food and a good amount of moderate exercise, but pushing it to the extreme by starving it and over working will do damage. I am by no means saying that looking after your body and wanting to work on it is a bad thing. It’s great if that’s what YOU want to do. But nobody should feel pressured to follow suit if it’s not what they want to do. Your health isn’t measured by how defined your abs are, or how perky your bum is. It’s measured by the quality of the life you’re living, and only you can set that standard.

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The best way to make a start on accepting yourself is by looking at what you do like about your body. Your eyes, your arms, your back; there will be something that you’re happy with, so don’t ignore it. Start with focusing on that when you look at yourself. Then start looking at yourself in the mirror with the mentality of ‘look how good that looks’ instead of ‘how could that look better?’. We are our own harshest critics, but being nicer to ourselves is the most important part of learning to love what we have. Your body doesn’t have to be molded and shaped into something new in order for it to be ready for a summer of fun. It doesn’t have to conform to what others feel is beautiful, because it already is in its own way. Embrace yourself, flaws and all, because you’re already perfect whatever the season.

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Help a hedgehog The ManxSPCA rescues, rehabilitates and releases several hundred wild animals and birds every year, including a fair few hedgehogs. Last year’s mild autumn resulted in some female hogs having second litters, meaning that their babies had very little time to put on sufficient body weight to be able to hibernate. This youngster survived and has spent the winter with us, and soon he will be ready for release.

ALSO, WHY ST TRINIANS? THE BUGGANE WEIRDLY REMOVES THE ROOF EVERY SO OFTEN.. SO.. A BIT COLD.

YEAH SORRY, MY BAD. I’M JUST NOT A FAN OF CEILING SPACE. ALTOCELAROPHOBIA YOU SEE. IT’S A HEREDITARY CONDITION.

March and April are the months when hedgehogs come out of hibernation. You can help them survive by providing them with a small bowl of dog or cat food (not fish flavoured, though) and a shallow bowl of water (not milk). Urban hogs need to be able to move freely from garden to garden, and so please make sure you have a few holes or gaps in your fence. For a fantastic summary of what we can all do to help these wonderful creatures go to www.diygarden. co.uk/wildlife/ultimate-guide-to-hedgehogs/

Tinker and Buttons Our rescue cats are not confined all day in their pens – some of them spend time in one of the three socialisation rooms in the cattery, with access to outdoor space; some roam freely around the cattery when it’s closed to the public; and some ‘help out’ in the reception area office. This suits cats with big personalities – cats like Tinker. He decided that he would man the reception desk and take up position on a chair to meet and greet passers-by. He is very talkative and eager to please and is a real ‘people person’. His keyboard skills, however, leave a lot to be desired and so he really needs a new job, one that involves being someone’s companion and loyal friend. As much as he loves human company, he is very bonded to another young male called Buttons who is a little bit more reserved and shy. It is obvious that both Tinker and Buttons were very cherished and well cared for by their previous owner, whose increasing ill health has meant that she needed to part with them. We would love to be able to report back to her that her boys have found a wonderful new home together, and give her peace of mind – can you help? ManxSPCA • Ard Jerkyll, East Foxdale • Tel: 851672

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INTO SUMMER! FAST CRAFT MANANNAN IS BACK IN SERVICE AND WITH SO MANY EXCITING DESTINATIONS ACROSS THE UK AND IRELAND JUST WAITING TO BE EXPLORED, THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO BOOK YOUR NEXT GETAWAY!

Traveling by ferry is the perfect way to kick start your journey. You can relax as soon as you step on board with a choice of seating available in a range of spacious lounges. There’s also a selection of hot and cold meals and snacks at Coast to Coast Café, or you can visit Ocean Avenue for magazines, books, gifts, perfumes and more. Sail on Manannan and arrive in the heart of the vibrant city of Liverpool – and with so much going on it will be hard to stay away!

The Kids Go Free Summer Special is back for 2018, meaning when you book a car and two adults to travel midweek, up to three kids can travel for free. Prices start from as little as £126 each way. Just pack up the car with everything you need for a family-getaway and you can be well on your way for some summer fun. Sail to Heysham and you can be off the ferry and in the heart of the seaside town of Blackpool in less than an hour. With sandy beaches, traditional-style markets, world-famous dazzling lights and an abundance of things to do, it is the perfect destination for all the family. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a must for any thrill-seeker when in town. With the UK’s tallest rollercoaster and the only suspended looping coaster over water, spectacular shows on ice and Nickelodeon Land all in the same spot, you are bound to find something for everyone to enjoy at this popular resort.

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Join the hundreds of adrenaline-seekers that will be making a splash on Liverpool’s historic waterfront this summer. The Adventure Dock Co is Liverpool’s newest and bounciest family attraction. The aqua park is a giant inflatable obstacle course on the water in Duke’s Dock, which is next door to the iconic Albert Dock from May to October. You’ll bounce, splash and slide whilst racing your family and friends around this fun-filled course. Anyone from the age of 8 years old will have an amazing time on this unique course – let the fun begin. For more information visit www.adventuredock.co.uk If you want to venture further afield, why not bring your car and take advantage of one of the great offers available with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company? Head to the UK’s number one tropical indoor and outdoor aqua park – Water World! Situated in the heart of the midlands, and just over an hour’s drive from Liverpool, it is an epic adventure awaiting your arrival. Bob around the pools, race down the super flumes or simply relax in the lazy river. However you decide to make a splash this summer, there is no better way to get there than by ferry. So what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present to book your next getaway. Visit www.steam-packet.com to book today!

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When I first meet Rowan she is everything I expected a Marine Scientist to be: an animal-loving, planet-preservation-advocating, vegetarian, but as I get the opportunity to interrogate her further, I quickly realise that I was selling her extremely short with my initial stereotypical preconception and that there is so much more to this free-spirited, independent and inspirational natural beauty. Manx born and bred, Rowan travelled off-island to complete her degree and masters in marine science at Plymouth University before journeying farther afield to Sri Lanka, Australia and Indonesia. During these travels she completed her dive master qualification, enabling her to immerse herself, both metaphorically and literally, in the ocean and all things within it. It is at an exciting junction in her career that I meet Rowan as in just two months time she will embark on an adventure that will take her to some of the most beautiful and vulnerable parts of the world. On 23rd June she will join an all-female crew, as a marine scientist on board “Sea Dragon”, a 72-foot sailing boat. She will join ‘Exxpedition’, a fourteen-strong female crew that will include filmmakers, journalists and scientists, tasked with crossing the great pacific gyre, to take samples and draw attention to the devastating impact of plastic pollution. What lead you to where you are today? Well, I guess my love for the ocean really; it’s been something that’s been pretty consistent in my life. Even when I was really little, I loved watching the shrimps dart about in the rock pools at Langness, and then when I got a bit bigger my dad started taking me snorkelling with the seals and that just totally blew my mind! I was never really sure exactly what I wanted to do, but I saw a degree in Ocean Science down at Plymouth and thought I would go for it. From the moment I got there, I was like “yea..this is exactly what I want to do with my life”!, and it’s all gone from there really.

really got behind the expedition which is just so cool. We are going to have two events: the first before the expedition on the 11th May. It’s going to be Hawaiian themed and I’ll be talking a little bit about what are doing on the trip and why we are doing it. The guys down at the Foraging Vintners have had some crazy and outrageous ideas for the event and I’m so excited! Come on down to it! Then after the expedition there will be a Canadian themed event at Noa Bakehouse, with live music and a bit of a celebration; it’s all gonna be a lot of fun! What are you currently doing on the Isle of Man to promote environmental responsibility? I’ve just started working with the Isle of Man Government, trying to figure out the most effective way the government, and potentially the island, can reduce its single-use plastic usage. It’s exciting to be part of the project and I’m really happy they asked me to get involved. I also have a small environmental group called Sustain our Seas - Isle of Man (https://www.facebook.com/sustain.our. seas/), the group aims to raise awareness of the ocean and its conservation through creative projects. A few years ago we put on an exhibition called ‘The Ocean Art Show’ which was really successful and we’re planning to put another one on later this year so watch this space! 

Imagine if all 7 billion of us decided to make that individual decision to reduce our plastic usage... it would be amazing!

What are you doing this summer? This summer I’ll be sailing across the Pacific Ocean, from Hawaii to Vancouver for 3 ½ weeks with an organisation called Exxpedition. I’ll be part of an all-female crew investigating the devastating impact of plastic pollution in the North Pacific Central Gyre, otherwise known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Why this route? Well ocean gyres are large circulating currents in which plastic debris collects. We are going to go straight through the middle to take samples and try to raise some awareness so we can figure out a solution to this devastating problem. What do you plan to take with you? My cabin allowance is really small, a 50cm by 20cm box, so…not much!  I’ll make sure I take my Ballan Cross though, it will keep me safe while I’m at sea...and remind me of our beautiful island while I’m crossing the ocean. How are you funding your trip? I’ve been saving as much as possible, and also doing a bit of fundraising. I’ve had so much amazing support and I’ve been so touched by it. I’ve been organising some really exciting fundraising events with the Foraging Vintners and Noa Bakehouse; they have

When you’re not being a pioneer for the protection of the planet, what do you like to do in your down-time? I like to do what most 20 somethings like to do, I love going out with my friends and have a laugh. I really love to get in the water whenever I can, whether that’s surfing, diving or freediving; it just resets me, I can’t really explain it but if I haven’t been in the water for a while I don’t feel right.

Who are your idols? I guess I’ve got a few different idols, I really look up to woman in science, particularly Sylvia Earle… she is an amazing speaker and has really paved the way for female marine scientists. But then most of my other idols are people I know, family and friends, my mum is really the most incredible woman. I have some really amazing friends that are absolutely killing it, so passionate about their own projects, they inspire me, and we boost each other up, the way it should be...they are my idols. What can local Manx people do on a small scale to assist with plastic use reduction? I would say start with the basics, carry a reusable water, say ‘no’ to plastic straws, bring a reusable bag to the supermarket. People always say “What difference will one person’s actions make?”, but imagine if all 7 billion of us decided to make that individual decision to reduce our plastic usage...it would be amazing! We are in a position now that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish…we need to act now!  What can people do to help you on your way? Come down to one of the events at Foraging Vintners and Noa Bakehouse; tickets for foraging Vintners are £10 and include some tasty pizza and a glass of fizz. Details for the Noa Bakehouse event will be confirmed later on but we’ve got some great plans. Also, if you are a business owner, there is availability for corporate sponsors…please get in touch!

If you would like any more details about the exxpedition see: www.exxpedition.com/northpacific/ If you would like to follow Rowan on her exciting adventure follow her on instagram @ocean_roro and if you have been super inspired by this and would like to support the expedition see: www.gofundme.com/exxpedition-north-pacific-2018.

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THE ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY IS TO BE THE EXCLUSIVE SPONSOR OF DOUGLAS CARNIVAL FOR THE THIRD SUCCESSIVE YEAR The event will take place on Sunday July 15 and will see the company sponsoring all the prize categories in the carnival parade. These are:

The 2018 Douglas Carnival is on Sunday July 15. The parade will start at 3pm from the northern end of the promenade near the Summerland site and terminate at Harris Promenade, which will take centre stage for all the action and entertainment, while the floats will form a static display in front of the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre.

• Best Float £250 • Best Walking Group or Band £250 • People’s Choice £250 • Best Overall Entry £250 • Best Youth Group £50 • Best Charity Entry £50 • Best Corporate Entry £50 • Best Vehicle £50 • Best National Group £50 • Best Dancing Group £50 • Best Agricultural Entry £50

To register to take part in the Carnival parade visit douglascarnival.im. For more information contact Douglas town centre manager Oliver Cheshire, ocheshire@ douglas.gov.im or call 696304.

JA GREAT WALL TREKKERS RECEIVE SPRING IN THEIR STEP THANKS TO UTMOST WEALTH Twenty-three intrepid trekkers from the Isle of Man will embark on a five-day hike of the Great Wall of China on April 8 to raise funds for Manx charity Junior Achievement, including CEO Sue Cook and senior programme manager Joy Spence.

BRADDAN SWIMMER HEADING FOR EUROPEAN DEAF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Talented Braddan swimmer Letisha Ellis, 13, is pictured receiving a cheque for £250 from Angela Gregory, RL360 Communications Executive. RL360’s donation will help fund Letisha’s trip to Poland in July, where she will be representing Great Britain in the European Deaf Swimming Championships.

The charity recently placed an appeal on Facebook for a company to sponsor Compeed blister plasters for the group and Utmost Wealth came forward offering to help. Shaun Lewis, chairman of Utmost’s community team said: ‘We recognise the great work that Junior Achievement carries out with young people on the Island and the support they require. Sue and her team are taking on an amazing feat, so we were only too happy to help their feet last the

challenge!’ The trek will cover five different sections: the Jinshanling, Gubeikou, Mutianyu, Huanghuacheng and Badaling Great Walls. Most of these are outside of the main tourist area and are known for their steep steps, challenging descents and rugged terrain. For more information contact Sue by emailing sue.cook@jaiom.im or calling 666266. www.jaiom.im

CELTON MANX RECOGNITION AWARDS TO BENEFIT 25 LOCAL GOOD CAUSES

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery, centre (to left of pull-up banner), with representatives from organisations in receipt of Recognition 2018 awards

The annual awards scheme aims to recognise and support the island’s lower-profile charities and not-for-profit organisations with only limited resources in order to fund, develop and promote their services. Around 100 applications were received for Recognition awards, some of which will be monetary, others in the form of practical or technical support. Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘This year we have witnessed a noticeable change in the profile of applicants; a shift towards organisations that are somewhat more “under the radar”, yet working hard to support and transform people’s lives,

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in particular support for the vulnerable, marginalised and those with life-changing conditions. All of which is vital within a caring society. ‘I believe this reflects today’s very different service delivery landscape as central government has to continuously review its spending priorities. ‘Increasingly the work of well structured, knowledgeable and committed third

sector organisations is both recognised and encouraged. Furthermore, they are an important asset in meeting social needs. ‘I sincerely hope that the awards will serve provide both short and longer- term support and act as a real fillip to these worthy causes, enabling them to emerge from under the radar, gain greater visibility, and deliver even better outcomes for their clients.’ celton.manx.com ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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SHAN FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP Beginners DSLR Camera Setting & Photography Workshop Do you enjoy photography? Do you have a DSLR camera, but always find yourself using it only on auto mode? Or perhaps you briefly tried out the different settings, but ended up feeling confused and overwhelmed? Would you like to take your photography to a new level that enables you to take beautiful photos in any environment and lighting? What am I going to get out of this workshop? n You will be confident with your camera’s manual settings and lenses. n You will become confident with your camera settings for beautiful photos indoors and outdoors, as well as in different lighting situations. n You will know how to adjust your camera settings to make the background blurred for lovely portraits. n You will know how to photograph individual, couple and group photos.

Beginners Creative Photography Workshop

Do you have a passion for photography and being creative? Would you like to learn some insider skills to make your photography come alive with fantastic light, composition, creativity and posing techniques? This photography workshop is perfect for you if you want to improve the creative aspects of your photographs. What am I going to get from this workshop? n Understanding most important elements in photography - lighting. n Know where to find the best light for your photography - indoor or outdoor. n Utilise five composition techniques that radically improve your photography. n Learn five creative fundamentals in photography that make your photography standout. n Tips for capturing genuine expression. n Key photography skills in photographing people, kids and posing individuals, couples and groups.

Class Fee: £250 non-refundable / 15 spaces only £50 deposits paid will secure your place at the event and you are required to make final payment 4 weeks before the workshop. First booked, first served basis. Includes a light break, lunch and coffee, tea and cakes. Date: Saturday, 29th June, 30th September & 13st October 2018 Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm Location: Isle of Man International Business School, Nunnery, Douglas More information and booking at: www.shansphoto.com/education/

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If you aren’t familiar with the book, Ready Player One takes the inclusion of pop culture reference points in media to a new extreme. Barely a paragraph slides by without multiple nods, winks and outright steals from other works of fiction, and it’s clear that Spielberg took this idea and ran as far as the copyright lawyers would let him. However, whilst nostalgia and parody might work well on TV or in small doses, cinema tickets aren’t cheap. The studio has taken a gamble that audiences are willing to shell out to see a movie that mainly works by reminding them of a slew of things they’ve paid to see before. Although I predict it will prove to be a safe bet, and the film will make massive piles of cash, I’d like to understand how we got to a point where something like this is considered a safe investment. Have we run out of new ideas? Is pop culture eating itself?

able to pick up on allusions to Pokémon or Batman. Maybe it’s because so many nerds ended up producing entertainment themselves, but we live in a culture shaped by The Simpsons and its many imitators, by ironic internet memes, by Marvel movies and video games. Ready Player One is the purest example of a phenomenon that sees new entertainments endlessly recycling bits from the past, like samples in rap music or the deathless reanimation of 80s fashion every ten years. It’s as if we’ve come to accept that all the good stories have already been told.A key example is the pop culture juggernaut of the Star Wars franchise. After a weird detour via the critically-panned (albeit highly profitable) prequels, we are now at a stage where every second Star Wars film either makes reference to the destruction of the original Death Star, or just rehashes it in a new form. The cash returns from even rubbish films in the series would suggest that Disney could afford to take some risks, but aside from marginally more

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without generating anything new. Will we reach the point where new generations have experienced so much nostalgia for 80s and 90s culture that it stunts their ability to tell stories without referring to the things they’ve already seen? We might be trapped forever like Pac-Man, in an endless maze of Death Star explosions and Spiderman reboots, as the profit numbers multiply upwards for the Disney corporation and the cinema chains.

A never ending story?

In all likelihood we’ve been here before. If there is hope it lies with the teens. Although we’re currently dominated by the influence of 80s and 90s geek culture, this isn’t unexpected and it can’t last forever. Much like the influence of the 1960s generation over rock music and literature, the nostalgic influence of 80s and 90s culture is so strong because it’s inseparable from a series of seismic changes to the media landscape, Outside the realm of comedy and kids’ and from the tastes of the influential people movies this is the first time that a megawho helped create those changes. The budget has underwritten a cultural references driving our film that is openly constructed current world are embedded from bits from other, arguably MUCH LIKE THE INFLUENCE in a period when video games better, films - not to mention became a global phenomenon, OF THE 1960S GENERATION countless books, comics and when countless entertainment OVER ROCK MUSIC AND video games. The trailers alone franchises established have crammed in a dizzying themselves, and when the LITERATURE, THE NOSTALGIC number of references, even to internet first began to reshape INFLUENCE OF 80S AND Spielberg’s own films, which fits human culture. When todays’ the central premise of the novel: creators were young and cool, 90S CULTURE IS SO STRONG unimaginable riches are hidden the technology for reproducing BECAUSE IT’S INSEPARABLE in a virtual world, a treasure only media first became affordable, accessible to the person who FROM A SERIES OF SEISMIC and they were able to share their can decode every last cultural culture with new communities CHANGES TO THE MEDIA reference included by the world’s around the world. Geeks in the LANDSCAPE, AND FROM THE programmer. The plot is more 80s and 90s were at the forefront than a love letter to pop culture, of a revolution, so it’s no surprise TASTES OF THE INFLUENTIAL it’s a way of imagining a world that this party is still dancing PEOPLE WHO HELPED CREATE where it’s a matter of life and to their record collections. death if you can name all of The THOSE CHANGES. However, I would argue that Goonies and the damsel from we’ll soon reach saturation point, Donkey Kong. The central idea and the trend-setting geeks will of a hero who is the only one to understand diverse casting it seems that audiences will become tomorrow’s embarrassing dads. the rules of a secret parallel world is far from only get to enjoy periodic updates of the There will come a time when young people original - but to say it’s unoriginal misses original stories with shinier robots. Last feel the same about the references spilling the point. The film’s multimillion dollar pop year director Luc Besson released Valerian, out of Ready Player One as I started to feel quiz of cultural references is more than just a bonkers, hammy sci-fi spectacular that about people in my parents’ generation something to divert adults watching Shrek, was consistently silly but also overflowing who never stopped banging on about Bob it’s a legitimate story in itself, because with great ideas. It should have been a Dylan and The Beatles. I hope we can rely for many people it’s a strong part of their natural fit for the same audiences that love on these young people to come up with the personal identity. We, the audience, are that Star Wars, but it bombed at the box office weird ideas, with art that ignores the older hero. We get the references; we could save when cinemagoers decided they were less generation, and to challenge us to develop the world by knowing that Han shoots first interested in Rihanna as a pole dancing interests in new things. Their ideas will upset space squid than the opportunity to view the the equilibrium, and will tell new stories that and that Mogwai must never get wet. Death Star explode from a slightly different will shape the entertainment world for the angle. The popularity of reboots and next generations. Of course, within twenty The geeks will inherit the earth The idea of intense pop culture literacy as a rehashes does make me think it’s become or thirty years they’ll be as commonplace as desirable personality trait is often associated easier to generate a pleasurable reaction in exploding Death Stars are today. The next with so-called geek or nerd culture, but your audience by bringing up memories of generation can reload, reboot - and the cycle if you look around you it’s obvious that things they’ve experienced before, which will begin again. nerd culture has conquered mainstream seems to be a very limiting way to entertain entertainment, with the possible exception ourselves. Whilst all art refers to things of sports. Where once classical education that came before it, there’s a difference relied on a knowledge of latin and Greek between a subtle tribute to another work mythology, the modern equivalent is being and shameless pandering to our memories

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Welsh water enthusiasts were (trick or) treated to a supposedly festive surprise last December when staff at the Tredegar Sports Centre in Blaenau Gwent added a temporary dye (or should that be 'die'?) to their swimming pool's water in the name of family fun.

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Likely a fairly common photograph stunt within synchronised swimming and possibly even freediving circles, we still thought this'd be worth sharing for the benefit of, well, everyone else. Plus it's bang on theme this month and also pretty nifty. Using a fairy straightforward image flipping technique to complete the illusion, synchronised swimmer Lenka Tanner, who featured in a Kuoni ad that used this stunt, explains the slightly less straightforward technique employed on the swimming side of things in a YouTube video but we'll summarise it here for you. The first notable point is holding your breath (a very important basic underwater survival technique) with lungs full of air, and then performing either a forward or backward roll to your taste. The choice is yours. Then, in an inverted standing position, exhale slightly until your feet are just skimming the surface and use your hands to maintain balance, then, well, pretend you're walking. It sounds so simple, right? So why not shake off your swimmers from last summer and practise this for yourself? After all, it's probably warmer in the sea at the moment than it is outside. Just don't forget a survival blanket and a Thermos for afterwards. Also, try not to forget to have somebody take your photograph whilst you're at it. This kind of thing probably doesn't translate well to selfie form.

Following the success of a Halloween themed orange dye in their popular pool, staff decided that adding a red dye would be the perfect addition to get people in the mood for Christmas. Unsurprisingly, you have to admit, what actually happened was that the floodgates were opened up for a raft of comments on Facebook* including; 'looks like someone has had a swim with Jaws', 'I love swimming in pools full of blood', 'it's like when they open the lifts in The Shining', and the concise but valid question; 'who died?'. The spokesperson from Aneurin Leisure, who run the leisure centre, didn't pass comment on the last question but I suspect that the answer was 'Noel'. Noel died. Poor Noel. *Other social networking sites are available, although primarily used solely by Google employees.

*At least two other video streaming websites are available, but they mostly cater for leaked USAF drone footage, Russian dashcam video montages and arty student films respectively.

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THE WEDDING OF CHARLOTTE HOWELL AND DAVID GALES-HASLEHAM

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CULTURE VULTURE What’s on Now – 06.04.2018 MADF EASTER FESTIVAL OF FULL LENGTH PLAYS //GAIETY THEATRE, DOUGLAS//

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11.04.2018 and 25.04.2018 FILMS IN PEEL //CENTENARY CENTRE, PEEL//

The week’s entertainment will be adjudicated by the highly experienced Jennifer Scott-Reid GoDA, who will analyse the performances and share her thoughts each evening as she looks for the prizewinners at the end of the week.

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For more information about the films and others in the 2018 season, and to buy tickets go to www.facebook.com/ filmsinpeel/

Seven plays over seven nights from 4 UK and 3 European teams, putting on plays from a variety of authors, and one original play written for this prestigious festival.

As an added bonus, the Young Actor of Mann competition reaches its final on Wednesday 4 April at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre. This starts at 2pm and the free tickets are available on the door – the pieces performed will showcase the high quality of young acting talent there is on the Island: their performances will be judged by Jennifer Scott-Reid GODA for a prize of a £500 acting bursary. More information about the Easter Festival of Plays, the teams and the plays to be performed is available from www.madf.im and nightly (or season) tickets are available from www. villagaiety.com

Now – 15.04.2018 CLAY MASTERS //THE ISLE GALLERY, TYNWALD MILLS//

If you enjoyed the Great Pottery Throw Down on TV, then a visit to this exhibition of ceramic work from the Island’s own ‘clay masters’ Anna Clucas, Faye Christian, Erica Kermode, Colleen Corlett, Natalie Norton, Colette Gambell, Marta Ludwig - Looney, Vici Blackburn and Jackie Van Toor should be on your ‘to do list’ for this Spring. And if you’re really inspired by the exhibition Anna and Faye are staging their own ‘Great Manx Build Up and Throw Down’ project this summer, with classes aimed at adult beginners and improvers to experiment in using clay in a number of different ways. Full details of the classes, including dates and prices can be found on the Isle Gallery’s Facebook page Later this month, from 22 April, the Isle Gallery will be featuring an exhibition from local artists Rosie Wood and Celia Kay. www.facebook.com/theislegallery

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A fascinating exhibiton featuring new and original work by Carola Colley, Beatrice Lacey, Usha Kishore and Paul Quayle exploring physical and spiritual landscapes and boundaries, imagined or real.

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Following last month’s solo exhibition of David Gilbert’s art, ‘3 Contemporaries’ puts his work in context alongside two of his contemporaries, Norman Sayle and David Fletcher in an exciting exhibition which offers a rare opportunity to see works from the artists’ private collections. ‘3 Contemporaries’ honours the legacy and influence of these three men: friends, colleagues and exponents of contemporary art on the Isle of Man. As well as being strong artists who produced astounding bodies of their own work, all three men contributed enormously to art and cultural development on the Isle of Man. All three were teachers in the art department at the IOM College and have left a huge legacy through their inspiration and education of younger Manx artists. Many of the artists working on the Island today were by one or all of the three men or indeed their successors such as Ian Coulson, who was himself taught by Norman Sayle. David Fletcher and Norman Sayle also served on the Isle of Man Arts Council and were both staunch proponents for the development of the visual arts on the Island so it is fitting that ‘3 Contemporaries’ is supported by the current Arts Council. Most of the works on show in this exhibition are kindly loaned by surviving widows or in David Gilbert’s case, trustees who look after the work following David’s death. Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.  www.sayle.gallery |   www.facebook.com/saylegallery

Films you’re unlikely to see anywhere else on the Island, Films in Peel has two intriguing offerings for April - Japanese animation ‘Your Name’ (11th April) and documentary, ‘Life Animated’ on 25th.

Now - 05.05.2018 CROSSING OPEN GROUND //MANX MUSEUM, DOUGLAS//

This major retrospective of David Gilbert’s work is worth seeing in conjunction with the new exhibition at the Sayle Gallery. David, who died in 2016, lived and worked on the Island for many years, amassing a huge body of work and inspiring and mentoring many young people both artistically and emotionally.  Now open seven days a week, 10am – 5pm www.manxnationalheritage.im

20.04.2018 ALAW //CENTENARY CENTRE, PEEL//

NEW DATE: Alaw’s gig in March was cancelled when the band was snowed in across so this is a rearranged date (all March tickets will be honoured, contact the Centenary Centre to confirm).  Described as “a joyous sizzler” by Folk Wales, Alaw is a three piece featuring Oliver Wilson-Dickson on violin, Dylan Fowler on guitar and Jamie Smith on accordion and this is part of the tour of their new album Dead Man’s Dance for which they have received broad critical acclaim, including being nominated for a Best Traditional Track in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Oliver is known to Manx audiences though Mabon and the Devil’s Violin and Peelresident Jamie has been an essential part of Barrule but this is the first time Alaw have played together on the Island.  It promises to be an exciting gig for them and for the audience. Tickets (£14 adults, £8 under 18s and students) are available from Celtic Gold – Peel, Shakti Man – Ramsey, Thompson Travel - Port Erin or Noa Bakehouse – Douglas.

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21.04.2018 CADDY COOPER //PEEL CENTENARY CENTRE// Internationally celebrated acoustic country and blues singer-songwriter, Caddy Cooper returns to the Peel Centenary Centre on Saturday, April 21st to perform with her band (a hugely talented collective: Ben Woollacott, Tom Jaworski and Georgi Georgiev) in an indulgent musical frenzy of storytelling. An unmissable performance from the ‘big voice and small guitar’ Tickets from usual outlets.

Now – end of 2018 ARTREACH WORKSHOPS // ISLE GALLERY, ST JOHNS//

ArtReach at the Isle Gallery has expanded its range of art courses for children and adults in 2018, to include, amongst others, ‘absolute beginners’ and ‘improvers’ courses in oils, acrylics, ceramics and mixed media, including day time and some evening sessions. There are separate workshops for teenagers and children, including during the school holidays. The classes are supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council and sponsored by Typhoon House. Full details, costs and booking forms can be found at www.theislegallery.com

 

05.05 – 07.05.2018 ISLE OF MAN ART FESTIVAL //ISLAND WIDE//

Date for your diary: The annual Isle of Man Art Festival. Running over the May Bank Holiday weekend, this Festival is a three day celebration of visual art with new venues across the Island and an exciting new Land Art Trail in Castletown. www.creativenetwork.com

THE ROYAL AIR FORCE FLIES INTO THE ISLE OF MAN TO CELEBRATE ITS 100 YEARS ANNIVERSARY In conjunction with the 100th year anniversary of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Isle of Man Post Office organised a meet and greet session attended by representatives of the Isle of Man RAF Air Cadets and Isle of Man RAF Association, as well as pilots from RAF Valley who have flown into Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man, in two RAF aircraft, Hawk T2, specifically for the event. During the meet and greet, guests were given the unique opportunity to get up close to the RAF aircraft as well as a Q&A session with the RAF pilots. His Excellency, Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney graced the event with his presence and presented the RAF Valley pilots with a souvenir framed 100 Years of the RAF stamp collection. The Air Cadets were also given with a souvenir framed stamp set, presented by Ms. Edge. The 100 Years of the RAF stamp collection issued on 15th January 2018, is a commemorative set that has

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an incredible depth of information in relation to the RAF history. The stamps feature images of iconic RAF aircraft, key airfields, personnel, medal ribbons, flags, the RAF Ensign, and a secret message in morse code which is visible under UV light. Once deciphered, the message reveals the well-known poem ‘High Flight’, by John Gillespie Magee, a Canadian Air Force pilot who trained at the RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. The RAF was formed towards the end of World War 1, on the 1st April 1918. Twenty years later RAF bases started to open on the Isle of Man, beginning with RAF Jurby in September 1939. RAF Andreas was opened two years later as a fighter airfield, while the civilian aerodrome at Ronaldsway was taken over by the RAF in 1940 and became RAF Ronaldsway. RAF Air-Sea Rescue marine craft were based at Ramsey, Peel, Douglas and Castletown during the war years. www.iompost.com/raf

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STUNNING PHOTOS OF THE ISLE OF MAN WANTED!

Manx Blind Welfare Society is inviting budding photographers to submit pictures for its 2019 fundraising calendar. The charity, which provides vital support and services to almost 600 blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man, will produce the calendars later this year to raise funds for the work that it does. The theme of the calendar Is ‘Seeing the Island Differently’ – encouraging photographers to send in photographs of the Isle of Man, showcasing views that aren’t normally seen or from a different angle/viewpoint. Photographs for the calendar must be submitted to DThomson@mbws.org.im by 30th April and must be landscape in orientation. www.mbws.org.im

THE ROYAL ENGAGEMENT CELEBRATED IN STAMPS

To celebrate the royal engagement of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle, the Isle of Man Post Office has commissioned a set of two stamps featuring the happy couple on the day they officially announced their engagement.

Fifth in line to the throne, Prince Harry has been dating Ms. Markle, known widely for her leading role in the US television drama Suits, since July 2016. Prince Harry asked Ms. Markle’s father’s permission to marry in the summer of 2017, and proposed in November 2017 at his Nottingham Cottage, Kensington Palace.

The royal wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, just as the Earl of Wessex did in 1999. The Chapel is one of the most hallowed shrines of the British monarchy; within its walls great kings are buried, including Prince Harry’s great-great grandfather George V, his great grandparents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Her Majesty’s beloved parents. The stamp collection includes stamp sheet sets, First Day Cover, Presentation Pack and a Special Sheetlet, which are all available online at www.iompost.com/acelebration

MANNKIND FESTIVAL 2018

Announcing a fun-filled, one-day festival taking place on Sunday 15th July 2018 at Silly Moos campsite in Ramsey on the Isle of Man. The festival, hosted and organised by Georgie Revill of the Cook Shack IOM, is exclusive for all those with physical disabilities, learning differences, their families and carers. Georgie has been inundated with offers of help and support for the festival, following a post in the IoM Time Bank Facebook page. Plans for the festival are well underway, with involvement so far from Peggy & Mills, Flo the Coffee Van, lewislewis, Greystone LLC, The Community Farm and a host of others. Any offers of assistance

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and/or fundraising would be gratefully received, and will ensure this event is an incredible day to remember for so many.

bill. There will also be numerous activities, therapies and information available on the day.

The festival will include music, with over 15 bands confirmed to play on the day, and a number of different food outlets are on the

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SALTMOTHER Words By: Suzy Holland Images: Carola Colley, Beatrice Lacey, Usha Kishore, Paul Quayle

One of the real pleasures of writing about culture for Gallery is the opportunity to delve further into the work being exhibited around the Island. Saltmother (now on at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey) is one of those exhibitions – a collaboration between two artists (Carola Colley and Beatrice Lacey) and two poets (Usha Kishore and Paul Quayle) which is so different, so unusual, that it warrants that attention.   Usha Kishore’s poem ‘Saltmother’ begins ‘I am she – cosmic soul, dark warrior, fecud earth, making love to the sky’ and it is this which not only gives the exhibition its title, but informs the whole body of work.  Poems, haikus, drawings, photographs and paintings are all inspired by the myths and marks made on a landscape, both spiritual and physical, and it is impossible to talk about one artist’s work in this exhibition without referring to the others:  they been working collaboratively and separately for many years and their actual and metaphorical journeys are all interwoven.    Usha describes her recent collaborations with Carola as ‘ekphrastic’ which, for the

non-classics scholars reading this, comes from the Greek for ‘description’. A more detailed definition is ‘a description of a work of art, possibly imaginary, produced as a rhetorical exercise’.  A perfect overview of the connections between the art, and artists, in Saltmother:  poets Usha and Paul are artists in their use of words,  Carola and Beatrice’s visual art is poetry.    Carola and Usha’s work for Saltmother is a continuation of their 2016 UK exhibition ‘Threads across Waters’, and for this new exhibition Carola was inspired by Usha’s second poetry collection ‘Night Sky Between the Stars’, and her translation of

‘Translating the Divine Woman: Syamala Dandaka’ from the original Sanskrit: there is a shared fascination for myth in their poems and paintings. The collaboration between Carola and Beatrice was inspired by a road trip from Olhao to Bilbao following ancient roads, megalithic sites and the earliest known rock carvings in the Coa Valley.  At its most literal, this work shows the connections between the human making the mark, the landscape and the subject, but it also weaves together the actual and the metaphorical -  the spiritual essence of those connections – and Beatrice’s works offer a contrast between body and spirit and a reminder that all states of ‘being’ are transient.   This same ‘weaving’ is apparent in Paul Quayle’s haikus. He too is influenced by historic sites and landscapes, and particularly by the work of wandering haiku masters who often incorporated pilgrimages into their poems.  In his work for Saltmother Paul captures the juxtaposition of two images in what he describes as ‘a timeless moment of the universe’.  If you are expecting to find a slavish devotion to numbers of syllables, or the strong seasonal element more usual in haikus you’ll be surprised but, I hope, not disappointed by Paul’s work: the haikus in Saltmother are not simple poetry but a representation of the Buddhist teaching of dharma – a cosmic law and order which informs everything.   Two poets, two artists – and an infinite number of reasons why you should make your own pilgrimage to Laxey.  Saltmother is a fascinating peek into the imaginations of four very intriguing people.

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WRITING FOR KIDS: ANYTHING BUT CHILD’S PLAY! Words: Suzy Holland Images: Tony Rea Photo of Illiam Jones (age 5) by Suzy Holland

With the Easter school holidays now upon us, I’ve been talking to local children’s author Tony Rea about his work and the dinosaur-like Mr Flubbergump, ‘star’ of three books aimed at 0-5s – or, more to the point, the people who read to, and with, their children.   The first, I Call Him Mr Flubbergump, was published in 2013 and had what retailers like to call shelf-appeal – the bright cover image stood out even in the crowded picture book market and its success was such that Tony was encouraged to write two more adventures and, at Christmas 2017, introduced a soft toy.    “The reaction to the first book was amazing,” says Tony, “and I realised then, I’d have to invent more stories for my hero.  My background is as an artist and animator, so once I’ve had a ‘plot’ idea I start to illustrate the characters and the backgrounds, which are really a character in themselves.  The words come later.”   Writing for children is notoriously challenging and just because there are fewer pages in the finished book, many aspiring authors come to grief because they think it might be easy.   “Children are very discerning, they can’t be tricked into liking something, they could be quite cruel,” laughs Tony, “and not only do the characters have to appeal visually, but the story, the words, have to flow.  I spend a lot of time reading the final drafts aloud to myself to make sure there are no hiccups which destroy the rhythm.  If an adult can’t read it, the child won’t follow it.  That’s a recipe for instant boredom and the book will soon be abandoned.”   But what makes Tony’s books succeed where many fail, and what makes Mr Flubbergump so special?  What, or who, is he?  Well, in short he’s a sort-of dinosaur, a fun character who gets into scrapes and has adventures.  So far, so ordinary (in

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children’s book terms). But Tony has made his character jump off the page leaving just enough to the imagination for the child to go off into their own flights of fancy.  His background as an animator has informed the simplicity of the illustrations and Tony acknowledges the influence of his nieces and nephew who have been with Mr Flubbergump from the beginning.   “Reading to and with your own family is one thing, but I was apprehensive when it came to the first book reading,” says Tony, who has accompanied each new book with visits to schools and nurseries. “All these small people who didn’t know why I was there, or what to expect, but now I really enjoy it.   All the children have such great ideas and everyone always wants to know what else Mr Flubbergump is up to,” he continues, “and the book readings actually influenced the second and third of his adventures, when Mr Flubbergump went to space and under the sea.”    He’s now working on more, but Tony was deliberately vague about the new book, or books.  “I don’t want to box myself – or Mr

Flubbergump – into any corners by giving too much away,” he laughs. “I can say that there will be another adventure and there might be a new character introduced.  I’m working on new drawings for that, and also developing a longer story for older children.”    Tony’s love of story-telling and his enthusiasm for reading is at the root of all his work.    “I grew up with Roald Dahl, and George’s Marvellous Medicine is still on my list of all-time favourite books,” says Tony, “and if my stories help to encourage a life-long love of books in today’s children, then I’ll be more than happy!”   If you’d like your children, grandchildren, or your friends’ children to discover the magical world of Mr Flubbergump you can buy all three of Tony’s books – and a Mr Flubbergump plush toy – via the website (www.mrflubbergump.com), or you can avoid postage costs by popping into Bridge Bookshops in Ramsey and Port Erin, Waterstones in Douglas, Indulgence (Ramsey) and Timberland in Onchan (cash only).  ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


WANDERLUST TRAVEL

Nothing says Summer Holidays quite like a day spent splashing about at a water park. For this month’s Splash issue I’ve been investigating the world’s best water parks, as voted for by the well-travelled and discerning users of Tripadvisor. Words By: Becky Evans

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SIAM PARK - TENERIFE If you’d asked me a couple of years ago where the best Water Park in the world was, I’d probably have taken a guess at the over the top, no expense spared aquatic attractions of Orlando or Dubai. Imagine my surprise then to discover that the #1 rated park on earth, for 4 years in a row no less, is in humble Tenerife. I paid a visit, purely in the name of research, to see what all the fuss is about.

Celebrating its 10th Birthday this year, Siam Park is relatively new on the scene, yet attracts over 1.2 million visitors per year to sample its watery wonders. Adrenaline junkies make straight for the Tower of Terror Power, dominating feature of the park, and the only one I swerved. Those braver than I queue up to plunge 28 metres before whizzing through a shark tank at up to 80 kilometres per hour.

Siam Park is a Thai themed water kingdom stretched across a hillside just outside the popular resorts of Adeje and Playa de las Americas. Cleverly designed to make use of the steeply sloped terrain, most of the slides are low level and nestled amongst the landscaped grounds, and the resulting scarcity of high-rise structures visible from outside the gates serves to add to the intrigue for firsttime visitors.

For those who prefer a (very slightly) less heart-stopping experience, the dark and disorientating Volcano, scream-enducing Dragon or roller-coaster style Singha are just some of the options, whilst the less

adventurous can float lazily along the Mai Thai river, or relax on the impressive white sand Siam Beach, lapped by artificial waves. Can’t decide whether you belong in the shallows or the deep end? Naga Racer and Jungle Snake each offer a taste of excitement without the need for a change of swimwear. Smaller members of the family don’t miss out, with two dedicated areas designed to provide maximum fun for little ones. The Lost City boasts 15 slides, rope bridges and cascades, whilst Sawasdee offers scaled down versions of some of the park’s star attractions that I was sadly a shade too tall to try out.

“IMAGINE MY SURPRISE THEN TO DISCOVER THAT THE #1 RATED PARK ON EARTH, FOR 4 YEARS IN A ROW NO LESS, IS IN HUMBLE TENERIFE. I PAID A VISIT, PURELY IN THE NAME OF RESEARCH, TO SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT.”

If all this wasn’t enough already, Siam Park also boasts what is reportedly the largest Dragon Statue in the world. If that’s not worth a visit I really don’t know what is.

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2nd in the world, but top in Latin America, is Beach Park Brazil. Sitting right by the beach of Puerto das Dunas in the region of Fortaleza, almost a million visitors per year flock to the resort that this water wonderland is part of. 18 attractions over 35,000 square metres are designed to appeal primarily to families. Well designed, safe, and colourful areas such as Noah’s Ark, Aqua Circus and Treasure Island provide shallow pools, slides, waterfalls, jets and bucket dumps of up to 1800 litres at a time. Aquabismo and Tchibum slides offer low-key exhilaration for slightly bigger kids. Despite the family feel of this fun-packed park, thrill seekers are not completely forgotten. The monstrous Insano slide makes the Tower of Power look like a toddler slide, with a staggering 41 metre drop that at one time held the Guinness World Record for highest water slide. Riders accelerate to 105 kilometres per hour before plateauing towards the landing pool, where it’s advisable to check that the major internal organs are still in place.

WATERBOM - BALI Coming Third Worldwide and ranking #1 in Asia, Waterbom Bali is in the South Kuta area of the Island, and of the Top 3 parks offers the most appeal to daredevils, with the majority of rides falling into the ‘extreme’ category. In line with the more mature allure of this park, a number of the attractions seem to have been named in homage to low budget adult movies, with the rest giving a nod to the snakes which could (but probably don’t) lurk in the tropical surrounds. Climax, Double Twist and Smashdown 2.0 each feature a jaw-dropping, or indeed floor-dropping, trapdoor system that whips out from under the feet of those brave/foolhardy to have a go, pitching them into freefall at up to 2.5 G force, whilst the Constrictor is the world’s longest water slide, winding through the tree canopy for 250m. That’s about the same length as the tunnel, but is presumably an infinitely more pleasant experience to slither through. Fast & Fierce, Twin Racers and Green Vipers all allow riders to show off their competitive spirit, and each features two adjacent slides, with the latter twisting and tumbling around each other over a 20 metre descent. Meanwhile Boomerang (what goes up must come down) launches riders through a neon rainbow lit tunnel to build up speed for the near vertical quarter pipe. It’s not ALL white knuckle thrills at Waterbom however; more gentle exhilaration can be found on the Lazy River which meanders slowly through lush green Indonesian forest, or in the (ahem) Pleasure Pool where the swim-up bar offers cool cocktails, and bronzed sun lovers bask on the surrounding loungers.

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Pension Freedom – What is it and what does it mean for you?

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ension freedom first raised its head in the UK two years ago and was designed to allow pension holders the ability to access as much or as little of their accumulated pension fund as they wished, at any time. What has Changed? The Manx Budget introduced the Pension Freedom Scheme (“PFS”). This is a new pension scheme that permits the member some of the same freedoms as exists in the UK. The PFS has a more generous Tax-Free Cash allowance than existing IOM schemes, raising the level from 30% to 40% of value. The drawdown of the remainder of the pension fund is taxable at the member’s marginal rate. The PFS can be accessed from age 55 onwards and there is no requirement for a minimum income to be taken at age 75. The PFS also has no charge payable on death. So, what’s the Catch? There is a transfer charge of 10% of the fund prior to transfer to a PFS. It is only also possible to transfer into a PFS from a scheme that is approved under the current Isle of Man pensions legislation. Transfers from occupational defined benefit schemes are not permitted.

What does this Mean in Practice? It means a variety of things and as no two individuals are the same. We have run various scenarios and models and concluded that effective charging rates (ie combining the tax and the transfer charge) can range from 12% to nearly 21%.

Fund Remnant Rules have been raised to £100k. This is a very brief snapshot and summary of the changes and more detailed information can be found at: www.mitonoptimal.com/ iom/2018/03/08/pension-freedom/

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Chamber’s second sector forum focuses on energy and environment

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nergy and the environment were the subjects for discussion at an Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce ‘sector forum’ on March 20th. It was held at Douglas Water Treatment Plant, and was the second event in a series of monthly forums looking at different sectors of the Island’s economy. The series, which is being run in conjunction with Wirral Chamber of Commerce, allows businesses to share ideas and benefit from networking opportunities. The morning session of the energy and environment forum featured presentations by Isle of Man Chamber’s FUEL Committee, and energy and environment experts from Isle of Man Government. After lunch and a tour around the Water Treatment Plant, the afternoon began with

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a forum led by Dr Richard Bujko from the Manx Utilities Authority which focused on future energy scenarios to the year 2050. This was followed by presentations and discussions with Tom Kelly, Director, Inteb Managed Services and Chair of Wirral Energy and Environment Sector Forum; and Jonathan Quinn, CEO Owner Founder (Blockwalls, Bullion Tech, Hygienic Innovations and EncapsUwaste Ltd) and Vice Chair of Wirral Energy and Environment Sector Forum.

Construction: June 20th (venue TBC). Digital: July 17th (venue TBC). www.iomchamber.org.im and www. wirralchamber.co.uk

Future Events: (all run from 10am to 2.30pm) Finance and professional services: April 17th (venue TBC). Visitor economy: May 22nd (venue TBC). ON THE AGENDA


WHIreland International Wealth enters the New Year in a new location

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HIreland International Wealth has begun the year in its new contemporary offices in the striking St George’s Tower, on the corner of Hope Street and St George’s Street in Douglas, Isle of Man. The move to the spacious, modern new premises is part of WHIreland International Wealth’s strategic growth plans on the Island and the location was chosen with clients and employees in mind. Carefully designed to support the business requirements in the coming years, the offices provide large bright open plan working and break out areas enabling members of the team to easily work together as well as participate in meetings with UK-based colleagues. Great emphasis was also placed on creating more extensive client meeting facilities off the stylish reception foyer. The fit out and furnishing of the new offices took just six weeks and WHIreland were delighted to use Isle of Man-based BUSINESS NEWS

contractors for the works, including Tom Waterworth of Apex and David Cain from HS3. The fascinating fit out process was captured in a time-lapse video that can be found on the WHIreland International website – www.whirelandinternational.com. Will Corrin, WHIreland International Wealth Managing Director, explained the move to larger modern premises is part of the firm’s long-term strategic growth plan: “As we enter just our fifth year of operation

on the Isle of Man, I am incredibly proud that as a result of our continued success we have moved into fantastic new premises. St George’s Tower gives us a lot more organisational flexibility as well as room for future growth. More importantly, we have also gained a prominent street presence and spacious, contemporary, client meeting facilities making it much easier for clients who wish to come and see us in person to stroll in off the street. agenda

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Manx Telecom reveals first IOM areas for future-proof broadband

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anx Telecom has announced the first two areas that can take advantage of the ultimate future-proof broadband service, provided via a fibre optic cable directly supplying each home or business. The new Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) service will provide a number of download speed options all the way up to 1 Gigabit per second, and the current plan is for it to be rolled-out to many more selected homes and businesses across the Island during this year. FTTP services will be delivered over Manx Telecom’s Wholesale network, and services are available from any of the Island’s internet service providers (ISPs). From March 12th, ISPs have been taking orders for FTTP broadband from customers in the Island’s main business district – Athol Street, Douglas, – and the residential area Reeyt Ny Sheear ( just off Johnny Watterson’s Lane, Douglas). By the end of this year Manx Telecom are aiming to have made direct fibre broadband available to approximately 4,600 residential and business premises on the Island. Approximately 13% of premises will have access to speeds up to 1Gbps.

Sure wins Isle of Man Government’s mobile business

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ure has been chosen by the Isle of Man Government to provide its mobile services following a competitive tender process. The local telecoms company has migrated more than 6,000 government mobile services to the Sure network as part of the contract as well as delivering an online billing portal, full service management reporting suite and a Mobile Telecommunication Privileged Access Scheme (MTPAS) which offers priority access to the mobile network for key government personnel such as the emergency services. The news follows the recent announcement that independent telecommunication network experts Systemics have found Sure’s network to be the best overall and fastest in the Isle of Man. Sure’s 4G network was found to be the fastest for data downloads, its 4G+ coverage far more extensive – covering 75% of the island, and its network also delivered superior call quality and clarity. Mike Phillips, CEO of Sure in the Isle of Man, said that the award of the contract is a positive endorsement of the company’s network and is a result of its ongoing investment and expansion on the island. “The Isle of Man Government is the largest employer in the island and it is a great show of confidence in Sure, our mobile network and the expertise of our local team that we have won this significant piece of business,” said Mr Phillips.

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“We’ve made substantial investments in our infrastructure over the last decade and as a result the quality and reliability of our mobile network are of a very high standard. This has been evidenced by our network recently being named the best overall and fastest mobile network in the Isle of Man by leading independent benchmarking solutions provider Systemics-PAB. This is a great achievement for our business and we are pleased that the Isle of Man Government has recognised the strengths of our mobile network and has chosen Sure to provide its mobile services. “It is vital for government professionals working in areas such as health, education and the emergency services to have access to a strong, consistent and fast mobile network which they can rely on so we’re proud that this responsibility has been entrusted to us. We will be working closely with the government to back its mobility plans and ensure its mobile communications are fully futureproof.” Richard Wild, Executive Director of Government Technology Services (GTS), commented: “Following on from this rigorous and detailed selection process, I’m looking forward to working with Sure, maintaining and developing the kind of mobile, interconnected service that we are all proud to support.” ON THE AGENDA


Insurance Institute of the Isle of Man annual dinner celebrates professional excellence

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his year’s Insurance Institute of the Isle of Man annual dinner provided an opportunity to celebrate professional excellence and reflect on the current and future challenges faced by the industry. The event, for which the Mac Group was lead sponsor, was held at the Palace Hotel where guests included His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, the Mayor of Douglas Debbie Pitts, vicechairman of the Chartered Insurance Institute Grant Scott, Isle of Man Financial Services Authority chief executive Karen Badgerow and president of the Personal Finance Society Sharon Sutton. Guest speaker was writer and stand-up comedian Gary Delaney. In his address the president of the Insurance Institute of the Isle of Man Matthew Hills offered a review of the past

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year in the life of the Institute and spoke of how the organisation was ‘excellently placed’ to adapt to advances in technology and new economic realities. The event also served as an occasion to celebrate excellence in the financial services industry with four professionals presented with awards for their achievements. The Glyn Gilbert award for outstanding achievement in examinations

went to Samantha Hall; the Aon award for outstanding academic achievement in insurance examinations to Brian O’Connor; the Isle of Man Financial Planners and Insurance Brokers Association (FPIBA) award to John Walker and the Mike Henthorn Young Achievers award to Tom Wilson.

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HSBC bolsters Isle of Man team and cites future growth with senior appointment

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SBC has bolstered its senior team in the Isle of Man with the appointment of Jaime Amoedo as Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking. As well as heading up the Bank’s business for corporate and commercial customers, in his new role Jaime will also take on responsibility for HSBC’s overall presence in the Isle of Man. He will oversee HSBC’s business activities and growth ambitions in the jurisdiction, represent the Bank in various corporate and regulatory forums, and take a lead on the Bank’s numerous initiatives with local community partners. Jaime, who will be based in Douglas, has an extensive 25 years of experience in the international banking industry, half of that within HSBC in three different major European markets – Spain, Turkey and Italy. Most recently, he comes from a position in Milan, where he has been for two years, as both Head of Multinationals & International Subsidiary Banking and Head of the Global Banking Client

Management Group. Prior to HSBC, Jaime held a number of senior banking roles at BNL, Ferrovial Agroman, and Chase. He has also been a Member of the Board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey and a Professor of Finance at the EOI Business School in Madrid. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and Master’s degrees in Finance, International Trade and Environmental Management. Commenting on his appointment, Jaime said: “Having worked in a number of key markets for HSBC, it is exciting to take on this position in the Isle of Man which is a hugely important strategic jurisdiction for the Bank and where it has clear growth ambitions right across its corporate and personal banking businesses. I’m really looking forward to working with such a fantastic team in the island and in continuing to build relationships within the local community.”

Equiom Solutions Limited announces the appointment of a new director

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nternational professional services provider, Equiom, has announced the appointment of Monica Dixie to its Equiom Solutions Limited Board of Directors. Monica was previously a Senior Tax Consultant prior to her promotion and has been with the business for two years. As a Tax Director of Equiom Solutions, Monica’s main focus will be on tax risk management for Equiom and its clients. She will continue to monitor and deliver appropriate support in relation to international developments including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS). She will also have responsibility for supporting clients with HMRC requirements including Criminal Corporate Offence, Requirement To Correct (RTC) and the beneficial ownership of trusts register. Monica has a range of qualifications and over 14 years’ experience in the industry. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. She

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is also a committee member of the Isle of Man CIOT and the Isle of Man Wealth and Funds Services Association. Monica commented on her promotion: ‘I am pleased to continue working with the excellent team in Equiom Solutions and the wider Equiom business, providing and identifying areas of tax risk and assisting on mitigating those risks. As the challenging world of tax transparency continues to shift, I look forward to keeping abreast of changes and assisting our clients along the way.’ Helen Woods, Managing Director of Equiom Solutions said of the news: ‘Monica is a very well informed individual with vast experience in her field and a genuine passion and enthusiasm for providing the standard of service Equiom Solutions prides itself on. This appointment highlights her continual hard work and the commitment she gives to the team. We are fortunate to have someone of Monica’s calibre join the Equiom Solutions Board of Directors and I would like to congratulate her and wish her the best of luck in her new role.’ ON THE AGENDA


NEDBANK PRIVATE WEALTH APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE HEAD

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fter an extensive search, the Nedbank Private Wealth Board and shareholders announce the appointment of Stuart Cummins to replace retiring Managing Director and Executive Head, Greg Horton. The appointment became effective in March 2018.  Stuart’s background incorporates senior roles with Cazenove Capital, C. Hoare & Co. and Barclays Wealth. Most recently, he was responsible for the portfolio management and wealth planning business at C. Hoare & Co., and was a member of the Executive Group and Investment Committee. He was also instrumental in the integration of C. Hoare & Co. into Cazenove Capital last year. Stuart is a Chartered Wealth Manager, Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Stuart said: ‘“I’m really looking forward to taking on this role at such an exciting time for the company. During Greg’s tenure as Executive Head, the business achieved impressive growth, combined with an award-winning focus on client service and advice. There are exciting times ahead as it progresses its 2020 vision programme, which will include the launch of an impressive array of technological improvements throughout 2018. “Greg and I will work together with the Board and the management team to ensure a smooth transition and I look forward to spending time meeting with clients, staff and our professional intermediaries over the coming months.” Greg said: “It has been a great privilege to lead Nedbank Private Wealth for almost a quarter of a century, but this is a perfect opportunity to hand over the reins. Stuart is an excellent fit for our business, both technically and culturally, and his role

will be to carry forward this amazing international business across its chosen geographical and business sectors. He joins a loyal team of professional, client-

focused individuals who provide stability, commitment and expertise to a strongly growing and equally loyal client base. I wish him every success.”

MitonOptimal Announce the Appointment of Donald Beggs

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itonOptimal is delighted to announce the appointment of Donald Beggs as a Portfolio Manager to its busy and growing team. Prior to joining MitonOptimal Donald worked in the Securities and Investment arena for a variety of investment and asset managers, latterly for over 11 years at local stockbroker, where he was Senior Dealer. Donald’s new role will involve him in managing a portfolio of clients and their investments and contributing to the investment strategies formulated by MitonOptimal Group. Donald will also form part of the local management team and be responsible for the growth and development of the business. Commenting on his appointment, Donald said, “I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked for some solid financial establishments during my career and MOVERS & SHAKERS

am delighted to be furthering my career in a new role for me with MitonOptimal. Aside from the opportunity to expand my horizons, the key characteristics that persuaded me to make the move were the obvious passion with which MitonOptimal places on putting the client first coupled the utmost integrity and quality of management.” Alan Blythe, MitonOptimal’s Isle of Man Managing Director, commented, “I am very, very pleased that Donald agreed to join us.  He brings a wealth of experience that we will find useful in the coming months and years as we look to build our profile both locally and internationally.  Don has a refreshing attitude to looking after clients and clearly demonstrates a commitment to the values of integrity and client service that we hold dear.  I am looking forward to working with him very much.”

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Mumpreneurs the Multitasking Mavericks

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ecessity is the mother of invention, they say. Most mothers want to be able to balance childcare and a career. Many stumble and fall in their attempts at having it all. They are not trying to be superwomen, but human beings who balance career aspirations and personal ambitions with the responsibilities of raising a family and setting a good example for their kids. However, with the rising cost of childcare in this part of the world some can’t afford to go back to work. Even for those who can afford childcare, mothers in part-time jobs are being hit by a pay penalty. A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that by the time a couple’s first child is aged 20, many mothers earn nearly a third less than the fathers. On top, they lose out on benefits, pensions and progression. And let’s face it, the part-time jobs don’t grow on trees either. Flexible workhours to allow for school runs often mean fitting a full time job into part time hours. Add to that an average dose of mummy guilt and you have a bitter woman cocktail waiting to explode. But how to juggle a fulfilling career with being there for your little ones? Enter the mumpreneurs! From creators of baby food, clothing and cupcakes to artists and economists; a wave of female entrepreneurs is on the rise, producing innovative products and businesses every month.

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MEET FOUR LOCAL MUMPRENEURS AND READ THEIR INSPIRING STORIES!

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Veronika Mikan, Veronika Mikan Limited

he idea started with a discussion whilst on holiday in Croatia with friends, we all struggled to find beautifully crafted, holiday-inspired sleepwear made from natural, breathable fabrics which are perfect for sleeping and lounging in. Thus the idea for Veronika Mikan sleepwear began. What have been your greatest obstacles on the way? How did you overcome them? Definitely communicating with foreign manufacturers as things quite literally get lost in translation. This is an ongoing issue, however it does get easier the more familiar I become with the processes, rules and regulations. Keeping informed with an open channel of communication is key.  

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Kat Mills, Transformational Health Coaching

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am a Transformational Health Coach. I work with entrepreneurial women who are exhausted or feel stuck in life with no time for themselves. By coaching using Laser Coaching Methods, I transform their energy and awaken them to powerful possibilities ahead without it being a challenge. I started training to become a coach as I felt stuck in my life. I had been a passionate children’s nurse for 21 years, but knew my natural passion lay in helping people believe in their true potential. I had a mission in my heart that was screaming to come out: to help women show up for themselves like they never had before. When I started showing up for myself I was able to move forward in life without fear or holding on to social conditioning. What have been your greatest obstacles on the way? Believing in myself – it meant challenging my own limiting beliefs and values. Believing that I am capable of setting up my own business. Believing I am able to balance my family, relationship and work, and have fun in the process.  

What have been your greatest successes? I’m launching my first collection this summer, so thus far it would have to be a successful first photo shoot. I was thrilled with the results! What do you love the most about being a mumpreneur? The best thing is being flexible with my schedule. It makes life much easier being able to dictate my own working hours which enables me to still be a hands-on mum.   Your best advice to other women? If your work is creative, involve your children in the process. It’s great for them to feel involved and children’s ideas are often original and unadulterated.   www.veronikamikan.co.uk

What have been your greatest successes? Taking the leap from a job that was intuitive and moulded in my life to opening up the opportunity I have now. Having children and keeping my children alive so far! Travelling around the world. Never stopping on my journey of self-growth. Being able to continually reflect on my relationships by checking myself first before projecting my feelings. What do you love the most about being a mumpreneur? I can show my two beautiful little girls that being true to you is okay and never to be scared. Simply to be able to pick them up from school, cook together and sit and have meals is awesome. I can set up my coaching schedule around my life. To not miss out on family time and to be in control of my time and business is great.   Your best advice to other women? Listen to your heart. Sometimes we have spent so much time doing things for others, we forget what it was we wanted. To find our purpose is sometimes hard. I suggest getting a Life/Health Coach to start you on your way. A great coach will help you uncover what is stopping you and how to move forward on your life’s journey.   https://katherinemills333.wixsite.com/ website  

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Susanne Ekdahl, SEE Design Jewellery

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hen I moved abroad with my husband and two small kids, I had to give up my business in Sweden where I helped small businesses with accounting. With no social or family network, I became a stay-at-home mum.

I went to a bead jewellery making class and fell in love with it. I got very obsessed and went to bed thinking of my next project. 10 years ago we moved to the Isle of Man where I signed up for a 10-week silver jewellery course and I have returned every year since. With a big variety of jewellery and more and more people asking for my pieces, I decided to start my own business of designing, making and selling my creations. What have been your greatest obstacles on the way? Time. I work from home and have all the house chores around me. I have to go to all the school meetings, trips and stay home when the kids are ill. It’s like having two jobs. There was also a lot of paperwork and tasks to start up the business. To get a bank account on the island for a small start-up business was almost impossible. And without a bank account there were a lot of other things that couldn’t go ahead. At some points, I almost gave up as I felt everything came to a halt. After nine months, I finally got my bank account and I have learnt that so many in my situation have had the same problem. Having your own business doesn’t only come with the things you want to do – in my case designing and making jewellery. I also have to source my own materials, take photos of my pieces, do the marketing, pricing, accounting, selling, packaging and posting. I often have to dig deep to find the confidence to promote my work. I joined The Creative Network – a group of artists and creative people on the island who support and promote each other. They have meant a lot to me.

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Michelle P. Tonnesen, MiMO – Consulting, Communication & Creative Writing

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ours truly wanted a way to be able to find time for writing, as well as implementing my management consulting skills, plus juggle it all with school holidays and being there for the kids. Thus, I ventured into self-employment in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. By contracting for major companies on the island, it allowed me to manage my schedule independently, freeing up time to write articles for this wonderful magazine and two novels to boot. What have been your greatest obstacles on the way? With no family on the island and a husband who travels for work a lot, I am the one who has to be there for the kids if they’re sick or have events at school. If you have a conflicting client meeting scheduled, it’s frustrating to have to compromise your professional pride. I have been fortunate to have understanding clients and good friends who step up to lend a helping hand.

What have been your greatest successes? What puts a smile on my face is knowing that my jewellery is sold and worn all around the world: Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Canada, Israel, South Africa, Australia, and the Caribbean! What do you love the most about being a mumpreneur? I get to be home with my kids. Even if I’m not doing things with them all the time, I’m still there if they need me. I think they feel and will remember me being around. I can also work when it suits me and the family. I can always pop in to my studio in the evening or at weekends if I need to. But that is also the downside; I can never really let go.   Your best advice to other women? If you think of starting your own business, be prepared to work hard. Try to get some people around you that can help out with the kids and maybe help you clean your house. Otherwise you might get overworked. If you work from home, it’s important that people respect and understand that you are running a business and can’t take part in everything. Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you don’t work. It’s never too late to start your own thing. If you believe in and love doing something, go for it. Just be prepared that it’s not always easy to get a balance between being a mum and running your own business.   www.see-design.net

What have been your greatest successes? Being part of every step in my children’s development to becoming happy, thriving human beings, whilst writing and publishing two novels which bring joy to readers around the world, and helping my clients manage their organisations successfully. What do you love the most about being a mumpreneur? Definitely the flexibility of being able to balance my professional ambitions with my personal responsibilities.   Your best advice to other women? Go for it! Don’t go into your grave wishing you had written that book or built that business. But be prepared to walk the tightrope of managing the expectations of yourself, your clients and your family, and face the inevitable compromises you have to make along the way.   www.mptonnesen.com, http://mimo.co.im ON THE AGENDA


IT TAKES A CERTAIN KIND OF PERSON…

When you’re part of a team handling over 6,000 calls a month and as many emails, a job in our Contact Centre is not for those who like a quiet life. With customers in 170 different countries, you never know where the next caller is coming from or what their circumstances are. Whether they need a listening ear or help when a loved one has passed away. It’s not for those who like the same old same old. It takes people like Hayley, who’s been part of the Contact Centre for 20 years. Find out more at www.rl360.com/quality/hayley

HAYLEY REYNOLDS-HILL ISLE OF MAN OFFICE

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Warning!

Is your portfolio a ticking time bomb? As an independent Discretionary Fund Manager (DFM), MitonOptimal has been caring for private client portfolios for the best part of two decades. It is evident to us that the old ways of doing business are changing, both globally and locally, and without exception. In fact, traditional institutions that have relied upon clients having blind faith in their abilities and have been given carte blanche to operate ‘behind closed doors’ are no longer acceptable in an increasingly regulated, fee sensitive and transparent environment. We understand that busy and successful clients do not have time or the inclination to monitor markets or corporate activity on a daily basis, however, these events can and do have a direct impact on the security, liquidity and performance of your portfolio. Many clients may have lingering doubts at the back of their minds, however, they tend to categorise the management of their capital as important but non-urgent.

When was the last time you sat down and reviewed your portfolio properly? At MitonOptimal we offer an investment review service that provides a ‘health-check’ of your assets giving a clear and precise report on the condition of your portfolio.

Past decisions and inertia may have an adverse impact on portfolios For private clients, ensuring that assets and strategies stay aligned with your investment objectives should be a straightforward process. However, a client’s personal preferences, a good sales pitch from a product provider, or the search for growth or income can lead to decisions that potentially shift the dynamics of a client portfolio away from your risk profile and original objectives. From our own experience, when conducting initial portfolio reviews for clients (a major part of our DFM service offering), we are seeing an increasing number of portfolios that either no longer matches the original investment mandate or have had the same asset allocation since inception, sometimes going back over ten years. There can be a number of possible reasons for this, especially when there is a lack of continuity in the personnel managing a client portfolio, in some instances, you may find you have no appointed manager (in the industry you would be classified as an ‘orphan client’) or that your account has been inherited by a junior relationship officer with little or no knowledge of your personal circumstances and limited investment decision making ability.

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However, these substantial challenges also offer an opportunity for clients to reassess their investments and to seek a better, faster and smarter portfolio management solution. Deciding to have a portfolio review gives you the knowledge and ability to re-establish a suitable risk profile and asset allocation strategy that’s suitable and appropriate for your current circumstance and future plans. Our clients benefit from the full range of research and analysis tools, skills and investment knowledge of the MitonOptimal Group. As portfolio managers, we will take on the day-to-day responsibility for the investment decision-making process, enabling clients to de-risk their portfolios and alleviate those nagging uncertainties (tick, tick, tick....Boom).

As your investment manager, their primary focus should be on asset allocation and portfolio management. Importantly they should also be willing and able to divulge details of the underlying investments that comprise your portfolio and their associated costs. Over the last few years, we have seen a ground swell of clients seeking to engage an independent owner managed business to look after their portfolios, as a private client, you should know who is looking after your capital and how they are managing it. At MitonOptimal we are committed to providing sensible long-term solutions that are easily understood, fairly priced and transparent. As a first step, deciding to get a health-check on your portfolio is, in our view, a simple and important way in which to avoid that ticking time bomb.

Your investment manager must understand your circumstances and build a meaningful relationship Your manager must have experience in tailoring portfolio solutions to suit a broad range of client-specific circumstances and investment objectives. They should understand that wealth preservation and generating risk-adjusted returns above inflation are key to securing the financial future of their clients and that income generation and careful stewardship of capital enables a client to maintain the quality of life to which they have become accustomed.

Alan Blythe Managing Director MitonOptimal Isle of Man alan@mitonoptimaliom.com +44 (0) 1624 619180

A new name for a familiar face The MitonOptimal group is an independent, owner managed, multi-asset investment manager. Initially established in 2002, MitonOptimal now employs over 70 staff in offices in Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, South Africa, United Kingdom and Singapore, and has combined assets under management of approximately USD 1.2bn. MitonOptimal offers a broad range of investment management solutions, catering for a diverse spectrum of private clients, fiduciaries, trustees, family offices and institutional clients around the globe. The Isle of Man office was established in January 2017, following the merger of MitonOptimal and Blythe Financial, the well-known local Chartered Financial Planner business. Whilst the MitonOptimal name was new to the island, the business found shared values in the established relationships, hard-won reputation and commitment to service built by the Blythe Financial team over many years. MitonOptimal Isle of Man is a closely-knit team of professionals that recognise the importance of focus, not only in their approach to investment management services; but also in offering clients face to face, personalised relationships. MitonOptimal Portfolio Management (IOM) Limited | 11 Myrtle Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1ED, British Isles t: +44 (0)1624 619180 | e: enquiries@mitonoptimaliom.com | www.mitonoptimal.com/iom Follow us on LinkedIn: www.mitonoptimal.com/iom/linkedin MitonOptimal Portfolio Management (IOM) Limited is registered in the Isle of Man (Company Registration Number: 103941C) agenda and is regulated by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority.

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POWER YOUR BUSINESS TO GROW

Task UK provide a unique hybrid outsourcing solution which gives our clients full control over the way they run their operations while leveraging the assets, resources and expertise of a strong local partner. We manage experienced support experts to help maintain the clients focus on scaling & expanding its business. No matter the channel, our expert team will supply you with the flying carpet to avoid the daunting & stressful back office tasks.

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THIS IS HOW WE WORK Administrative roles tend to be performed by entry/lower level employees, and there are typically challenges in hiring, training & managing staff to perform these functions. What makes this worse is that, once you do get your staff together, turnover tends to be higher thus you have to repeat this process. With Task UK you can push much more of that pain onto us allowing your management to focus more time, resources and productivity into your business. Task UK maintains staff levels so you don’t have to! Enabling you to ramp up as demand increases and decreases the amount of outsourced work when demand lessens. Partnering with us allows you to avoid the expense of having excess staff on board, adding to cost savings, while at the same time giving you the ability to quickly flex your capacity.

SOME OF THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE CUSTOMER SERVICE At Task UK, customer service is at the heart of what we strive to perfect. We want to ensure that you have the best experience with us that is entirely built around you & your requirements. We aim to be professional, accommodating and can adapt ourselves to any and every business.

ADMIN SUPPORT Not only do Task UK look after the front line of your business, but also at the background jobs such as Admin. These might not be considered as crucial as the front-facing customer service we provide, but are necessary for the successful running of your company.

Task UK maintains staff levels so you don’t have to! Enabling you to ramp up as demand increases and decreases the amount of outsourced work when demand lessens

TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE We understand how busy a business can be and the volume of important calls and texts you can receive. That’s why any messages you miss will be captured and sent through to you via email or text message; their name, their company and how or when to contact them.

MOBILE ANSERING SERVICE Task UK are on hand to answer any missed calls to your business. You can assign any contacts as a VIP who will be contacted by a Task UK PA in the event you miss a call from one of them, whilst friends and family calls will go straight to voicemail.

Get in contact and see what Task Uk can do for you. 0330 0885411

info@taskuk.com

VIRTUAL PERSONAL ASSISTANT You will be supplied with a dedicated personal assistant that you can trust to look after your business calls as if they were based in your office. They are professional, friendly and are trained to expertly communicate according to your business.

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How the tech industry is attracting more women Removing macho jargon from job ads is one of the strategies that is producing results

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eeking outstanding individuals with a passion for missioncritical technology to help on our aggressive journey to improve our premier network and create synergy.” Until recently, this male-orientated wording was how Vodafone would advertise for a cloud service operations engineer. Now, the telecoms company scans every job posting to check for and correct gender bias in order to encourage women to apply for the job. The same ad would currently read more like: “Seeking extraordinary individuals with a real passion for critical technology to help on our bold journey to improve our top-tier network and help create alignment.” Rephrasing job ads increased the number of women Vodafone recruited by 7 per cent during a three-month trial last year. It is one of several strategies tech companies are adopting to boost their appeal to women. In the US, females comprised only a quarter of the tech workforce in 2015, while in the UK the proportion was just 17 per cent. Some tech companies are attempting to correct the imbalance with measures such as training staff in unconscious bias awareness, deleting gender from CVs, insisting that shortlists include women, improving referral incentives, introducing retraining programmes for returners, enhancing maternity rights and showcasing female role models on social media. Changing job adverts is a small but effective part of the push to change the industry’s gender balance. Vodafone job descriptions had a lot of jargon, abbreviations and macho language, says Catalina Schveninger, the company’s global head of resourcing and employer brand. In the pilot, words such as “win”, “kick”, “aggressive”, “premier” and “outstanding” were replaced with “bold”, “improve”, “top-tier” and “extraordinary”.

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April marks the anniversary of Jennifer Wood launching her own graphic design business. Now in its second year, Grose Design celebrates all things creative with a brand refurbish to show you can have fun with your business and use it as an extension of your personality!

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shortlists to include at least two women, especially for senior roles. “In the past, we specified one woman per shortlist, but research shows this actually puts the woman in a tougher position and she tends to get edged out by the men,” says Ms Schveninger. “With two women, the chances that one of them gets the job improve by 50 per cent.” Vodafone’s goal is to increase the global representation of women in management and leadership roles worldwide to 30 per cent by 2020 — up from 28 per cent in March 2017. The group has also doubled its rewards for staff who introduce female employees. HP’s board, at 40 per cent female, is the most diverse among US tech companies, while women represent 37 per cent of the company’s global workforce. In the UK more than half of HP’s interns are women — a ratio it says it will maintain. HP has also told its lawyers, advertising and public relations agencies to meet staff diversity requirements or face penalties. SAS, an analytics company, encourages female staff to visit local schools, communities and businesses to urge girls to choose careers in science and technology. Some 600 of the company’s 14,000 staff globally have signed up. ON THE AGENDA


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A superior, individually designed, beautifully presented bungalow on Jurby Road, Ramsey. The accommodation Comprises: A Reception Hall, Lounge, Sitting Room, Formal Dining Room, Family Dining Kitchen, Study/ Bedroom 5, Utility Room, 2 Cloakrooms, 4 Double bedrooms, 3 of which are En-Suite and a family Bathroom. Integral Double Garage, Rear Entrance Lobby with access to Garage and Garden. Large Gardens, Driveway with parking for several cars. Set in a Private Development, with Accommodation of approx 4,000 sq.ft. It has delightful views across the wooded Parkland style Grounds and Lake.

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Ingredients: (Serves 4) n 2-3tbsp olive oil n 2 onions, sliced n 3 medium tomatoes, cut into 8 n 3-6 garlic cloves, finely chopped n 300g basmati rice n Pinch of saffron threads n 1 heaped tsp smoked paprika (optional) n 150ml dry sherry or white wine n 400ml hot fish stock (from a cube is fine) n 400g pack of frozen seafood mix n 100g frozen peas n Lemon wedges, to serve n Handful of chopped parsley leaves, to serve Method: 1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for two to three minutes, stirring, until softened. Add the tomatoes and stir. 2. Add the rice, saffron and paprika (if using), and stir for one minute. 3. Pour in the sherry or wine. Increase the heat to bring up to the bubble for one minute, stirring to burn off the alcohol, then reduce the heat to medium. 4. Add the stock and seafood mix, cover, and simmer very gently for 15 minutes over a low heat, or until the rice and fish are cooked. Add the peas three minutes before the end. Don’t stir. 5. When the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, you’re ready to go, with a good squeeze from the lemon wedges, and a flourish of chopped parsley. Tip: Feel free to add chunks of fried chorizo, if you eat meat.

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HOW TO MAKE NADIA SAWALHA AND KAYE ADAMS’ PEA AND BACON SOUP SERVE THIS ZINGY SOUP WITH CRUSTY BREAD.

Ingredients: (Serves 4) n 30g unsalted butter n 4 spring onions, chopped n 500g frozen petits pois n 500ml vegetable stock, plus extra if needed n 1tbsp lemon juice, or to taste n Pinch of sugar, or to taste n Salt and freshly ground white pepper n 6 rashers of smoked streaky bacon (optional) Method: 1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the spring onions and cook until softened but not coloured. 2. Tip in the petits pois and stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about five minutes, or until the peas are tender.

3. Using a blender or a hand-held blender, whizz until smooth (only half-fill the blender and be careful, as hot soup scalds). Add more stock if you’d like a thinner soup. 4. Stir in the lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper, then taste and adjust all these seasonings to taste. 5. Grill the bacon (if using) until nice and crisp. You can do this ahead of time and keep it on a piece of kitchen paper, so it stays crisp. 6. Ladle the soup into four warmed bowls and crumble over the crispy bacon. Nadia And Kaye Disaster Chef by Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams, photography by Mark Adderley, is published by DK, priced £20. Available now.

Nadia And Kaye Disaster Chef by Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams, photography by Mark Adderley, is published by DK, priced £20.

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HOW TO MAKE ANNE SHOOTER’S MIDDLE EASTERN MESS THIS SIMPLE PUDDING CAN BE WHIPPED UP IN MINUTES.

Ingredients: (Serves 6) n 300g mascarpone n 150g Greek yoghurt n 75g icing sugar, sifted n 1tbsp rose water n 3 meringue nests, roughly smashed into pieces n 6 plump figs, quartered n 450g raspberries n 2tbsp date syrup (silan) n Around 8 pieces of baklava, smashed with a rolling pin (optional) n 100g pomegranate seeds n A small bunch of mint leaves, shredded Method: 1. Stir together the mascarpone, Greek yoghurt, icing sugar and rose water in a bowl, until well combined and creamy. 2. Fold in the smashed meringue nests, figs and raspberries. 3. Drizzle over the date syrup and broken baklava pieces, if using, and fold again. 4. Cover and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Serve chilled sprinkled with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. Cherish: Food To Make For The People You Love by Anne Shooter, photography by Emma Lee, is published by Headline priced £28.

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WHEN A WINE IS LABELLED BY THE GRAPE VARIETY, YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO CONTAIN 100% OF THAT GRAPE. EUROPEAN WINE LAW ALLOWS WINEMAKERS TO LABEL WINE BY GRAPE VARIETY IF IT CONTAINS A MINIMUM OF 85% OF THAT VARIETY. THIS GIVES THEM THE FREEDOM TO ADD A SPLASH OF ANYTHING ELSE THEY WISH INTO THE BOTTLE. 2017 was a particularly difficult vintage in Europe with frost, hail and heat damaging vines. The drop in worldwide production is equivalent to 2.9 billion bottles of wine less than in an average year. One effect of this is to push up the price per kg of grapes. In some regions, the fruit that survived was very healthy and the potential is for excellent quality wine, albeit in small quantities. The 15% regulation works in two ways: It can help a supermarket achieve a certain price point. The price of inexpensive Pinot Grigio is likely to increase by up to 30% during 2018 but by adding 15% of cheaper grapes into the wine, it can still be labelled as Pinot Grigio and the price increase will be less marked. It may not taste quite the same but it helps keep the wine at the right price on the shelf. On the other hand, a splash of something else can add complexity to a wine and a good winemaker loves the challenge of using the grapes available to make a more interesting wine.

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From Spain, the Borsao Seleccion Tinto is labelled as and contains 85% Garnacha, which gives its full bodied character, acidity and structure. This vintage includes 10% Syrah and 5% Tempranillo. The Syrah adds depth of colour and richness of fruit character on the palate while the Tempranillo adds tannin and savoury flavours. A wine to enjoy either on its own or pair it with chorizo, cheese or roasted vegetable platters. Great value at £9.25. Caliterra Carmenere Reserva (£10.95) from Chile is 85% Carmenere with 15% Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot makes a bold wine and adds body, tannin and structure as well as some floral aromas to the red berry character of the Carmenere. Petit Verdot is rarely produced as a single varietal wine, but is perfect for increasing complexity. Wines from Carmenere are well suited to food, especially lamb and spicy foods. Caliterra Carmenere is suitable for vegans and definitely worth trying with a curry.

Cartlidge and Brown Chardonnay (£15.25) from California contains 96% Chardonnay. Chardonnay has relatively low acidity and the remaining 4% is Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, which provide aromatic qualities and a zip of acidity to give a freshness on the palate. A versatile wine, it works well with fish with a lemon butter sauce, roast chicken or try it with a creamy pasta dish. The Spanish Godello from Capricho Val de Paxariñas in the fashionable north west region of Bierzo (£15.45) is blended with 15% old vine Dona Blanca. Two indigenous varieties aged on the lees, giving a wonderfully complex dry white wine that is perfect with seafood, chicken and vegan dishes.

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1.     M&S UNISEX BRETON STRIPED T-SHIRT, £15 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at www.marksandspencer.com 2.     RIVER ISLAND TOGETHER SEQUIN T-SHIRT, £20 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available instore and at: www.riverisland.com 3.    SIMPLY BE ASYMMETRIC STRIPE BARDOT BLOUSE, £35 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.simplybe.co.uk 4.    DEBENHAMS RED HERRING BLUE CROSS BODY BAG, £26 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.debenhams.com  5.    M&S UNISEX GREY T-SHIRT, £15 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.marksandspencer.com 6.    SIMPLY BE JACKET WITH GOLD BUTTONS, £49 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available instore and at www.simplybe.co.uk 7.    RIVER ISLAND WHITE RIPPED SKINNY DENIM JEANS, £42 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.riverisland.com 8.    DEBENHAMS RED HERRING PINK CROSS BODY BAG, £26 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.debenhams.com 9.    RIVER ISLAND FASHION IS OUR STRENGTH T-SHIRT, £18 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.riverisland.com 10.  RIVER ISLAND BLACK BRACELET, £3 suggested donation – all profits will be donated to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store only 11.  SIMPLY BE SUPER FEMALE T-SHIRT, £14 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at www.simplybe.co.uk 12.  SIMPLY BE STRIPE ASYMMETRIC JUMPSUIT, £39 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.simplybe.co.uk 13.  M&S UNISEX NAVY T-SHIRT (BACK VIEW), £15 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at www.marksandspencer.com 14.  M&S UNISEX WHITE T-SHIRT, £15 30% donation to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store and at: www.marksandspencer.com 15.  RIVER ISLAND PINK BRACELET, £3 suggested donation – all profits will be donated to Breast Cancer Now. Available in-store only.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE STYLISH EYEWEAR Why settle for nothing less than the clearest, sharpest, most accurate vision. Oakley Frames and lenses are ideal and robust for any sportsman or woman as sunglasses or everyday prescription eyeglasses. The full Oakley range is available at Holmes & Davidson on Strand Street. Check online or call into the store for the latest offers.

CROSSRANGE™ XL - Made with interchangeable temples and nose pads that let you adapt style and performance for a life that never slows down, Crossrange™ XL bridges the gap between your lifestyle look and your active interests by giving you the ultimate in versatility.

JAWBREAKER™- is the ultimate sport design - answering the demands of world-class athletes with a 40 year heritage of uncompromising excellence. Oakley innovation has reached the pinnacle of performance by offering everything from surge ports for cooling airflow to Unobtainium® components for a comfortably secure fit, and with the hassle-free lens changing of Switchlock™ technology for vision optimization in any setting.

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CROSSLINK® - is a new category of ophthalmic frames with a true crossover design that lets you go from work to play without missing a beat. This sleek and modern look matches Oakley performance innovation with a comfortable fit, worthy of your favorite everyday prescription glasses. Crosslink® takes you anywhere with originality and style, and it has the performance you need if sports and fitness are part of your week.

FROGSKINS™ CRYSTAL COLLECTION - In pop culture, it was a time like no other. Ronald Reagan was in the White House, The Terminator was in the box office and Run DMC was in certified gold. It was also the time when Oakley created one-of-a-kind sunglasses called Frogskins(r). Oakley resurrected the original tooling from the '80s giving you a chance to own a piece of history.

SLIVER™ URANIUM - A timeless sleek design made even more lightweight with sculptural reliefs on the earstems, Sliver™ takes advantage of our durable yet gravity-defying O Matter™ frame material while letting innovative technologies like XYZ Optics® throw their weight around.

TIN CUP™ - An ultra-thin frame of stainless steel inspired by our best-selling Metal Plate™ eyewear, Tin Cup™ goes upscale with sophistication that blends hints of iconic sculpture with the innovation and art of Hollowpoint™ hinges inspired by hubless motorcycle wheels.

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THESE ARE THE 6 BIGGEST BEAUTY TRENDS FOR SPRING Ready to hit refresh on your beauty look now that spring has (very nearly) sprung? Then you’ve come to the right place. The SS18 catwalks gave us a glut of gorgeous hair and make-up ideas, and there’s something to suit every taste. Bored of matte lips? Get ready for gloss, 2018-style. Eyeliner addict? You’ll adore the graphic black liner looks. Love a bit of sparkle? Rhinestones are back with a vengeance. Suffice it to say, there’s a lot to get excited about - and we’ve got the inside scoop on how to recreate these runway looks at home.

1. Punky glitter

Eyes, lips, lashes, nails - there was barely a body part that wasn’t dusted with sparkling particle at the spring shows, from stickon rhinestones at Jeremy Scott, to glitterencrusted eyelashes at Ryan Lo. But these looks all shared a rebellious edge - it’s about punk not precision - so load up on black kohl liner and top with a fingertip full of loose glitter to get the requisite toocool-to-care vibe. MAC 3D LAVENDER GLITTER, £16.50

2. Exaggerated eyeliner

Winged liner has been popular on the catwalks for a few seasons (and with good reason), but now the delicate cat-eye flick takes a backseat in favour of super-bold styles. The most conceptual example was at Lanvin, where a drinking straw was used to stamp dashes of liner out from the corner of the eye - which, honestly, seems like a lot of effort - but the mega-wings at Versus Versace and Marc Jacobs just require a steady had and a bit of practice. CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE FELINE FLICK LIQUID EYE PEN IN PANTHER, £22

shows like Chanel and Tom Ford. Blood red and fuchsia were particularly popular, but this is a trend that’s easily adaptable - a slick of clear gloss over your favourite lippie, and you’ve got it. GIVENCHY GLOSS INTERDIT VINYL ROUGE THRILLER, £23.50, ESCENTUAL

4. Aqua eyes

From inky blue at Givenchy Couture to bright azure at House of Holland, and chalky turquoise at Missoni, aqua eyeshadows popped up at plenty of shows. There wasn’t a lot of subtlety to many of these catwalk designs, but if you choose a shade of blue or green that complements your eye colour, and smoke it out at the edges, this can be a really flattering look. BARRY M KINGFISHER BLUE KOHL PENCIL, £2.99

5. Tea-stained eyes

If it’s subtlety you’re after, then take your cue from the shows where the make-up was as delicate at the clothes, namely Preen and Alexis Mabille. Here, a wash of creamy tea-brown across the eyelids complemented perfect skin and nude lips. It’s important to note that this is a cool brown rather than a warm terracotta - a foundation stick that’s a few shades darker than your skin will give the ideal texture and tone. HOURGLASS VANISH SEAMLESS FINISH FOUNDATION STICK, £42, SPACE NK

6. Hair accessories

Hair adornments have been creeping onto the catwalks in recent seasons, but for SS18 they’ve gone global, with the likes of Gucci, Miu Miu, and Versace getting involved, while at Dries van Noten, crystals were used to line models’ partings. Designer hair clips will set you back upwards of £100 a pop, but there are lots of inexpensive dupes on the high street, so you can experiment with the hair jewellery trend risk-free. ACCESSORIZE PEARL CLUSTER

3. Lip gloss

Fashion is nothing if not fickle, so it was only a matter of time before matte lips were usurped on the catwalks. And, sure enough, wet-look lips ruled at trendsetting SS18

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ACTIVE NEWS CHIP ‘N’ BIB SYSTEM MAKES TIMING EASIER AT MANX TELECOM PARISH WALK A new timing system will make everyone that little bit faster at this year’s Manx Telecom Parish Walk. In recent years competitors have carried an electronic ‘dongle’ which they ‘dibbed’ at timing system sensors located at each checkpoint – and sometimes this caused delays if lots of walkers turned up at checkpoints at the same time. This year, thanks to event sponsors Manx Telecom, that system is being replaced and walkers will now have a timing chip incorporated into their race number bib. Their time will

be automatically registered when they walk over timing mats at each checkpoint – which will save all the walkers vital seconds, and possibly allow them to achieve a new personal best time, or even break Parish Walk records! As always, on race day friends and relatives of walkers will be able to monitor their progress online with times being posted as soon as each competitor reaches a checkpoint.

There’s still time for teams and individuals to enter this year’s Parish Walk – the final deadline for entries is May 6th. www.parishwalk.com

EVERYONE CAN TAKE PART IN THE DANDARASPONSORED HARBOUR2HARBOUR WALK! The Dandara-sponsored Harbour2Harbour walk which takes place in May really is an event for everyone in the community – just ask veteran walker Charlie Quirk. Charlie, from Port St Mary, has participated in every Harbour2Harbour walk since it started five years ago. The 74-year-

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old is keen to keep fit and exercises regularly, despite having had a heart operation 9 years ago.

that I am helping to raise money for charities that will have a positive impact on people in my community.’

Charlie said: ‘I would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved with the 2018 Harbour2Harbour walk, it is something I look forward to every year and is a fantastic event suitable for all. It is also good to know

‘In spite of my condition, I like to try and make the most out of life and experience new things as much as possible. I like to think that if I can complete a 9-mile walk, anyone can!

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MS SOCIETY ISLE OF MAN – 2ND WHEEL AND WALK FUNDRAISER AT THE NSC ON 28 APRIL The NSC Cycle Track is once again the venue for a Wheel & Walk fundraiser for the MS Society and organisers hope it will be bigger and better than ever.

believes was “the first ever fully accessible fundraising event ever held in the IOM”. The 2017 event raised over £8,000 for the local branch.

the organisation on the day.

The inaugural event last year attracted over 70 people, many in wheelchairs, mobility scooters and with other walking aids for what Derek Patience, Chair of the MS Society IOM describes as what he

The Wheel & Walk on 28th April is open to anyone who’d like to help raise funds for the MS Society, and on top of encouraging more entrants, Derek is again hoping for a response from anyone who can help with

e: derekpatience@hotmail.com, t: 480755

If you’d like to take part, registration is £10 and sponsor forms are available from: or you can donate online at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ iomwheelandwalk2018

last chance to take part in a gentle stroll! still unsure? get a move on! entries for this years manx telecom parish walk close on Sunday 6th May - head to parishwalk.com and submit your entry before it’s too late!

85 miles. 17 churches. 24 hours. 23rd & 24th June 2018

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ISLE OF MAN CYCLEFEST RETURNS FOR A THIRD YEAR WITH EXPANDED LINE UP OF MUSIC, CYCLING AND FAMILY FUN Wildwood Kin and Jake Isaac headline the line up of award winning music acts, LEGO brick challenge and ‘Sundown Cinema’ just two highlights in new raft of family entertainments.

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sle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank returns to the glorious grounds of Milntown Estate for its third edition in 2018 with a new Spring date and its busiest programme of awardwinning music, mouth watering produce and family entertainment – not to mention some of the best cycling in the British Isles. Taking place across the weekend of the 21st and 22nd April, Isle of Man Cyclefest kicks off the Island’s festival season in style. Bigger and better than ever, the 2018 edition will boast three live music stages as well as new under-cover venues including the purpose built children’s activity Ti-Pi and the gigantic Cyclefest HQ - complete with festival bar and Cyclefest’s very own coffee shop!

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For many visitors to Milntown, Cyclefest is all about the music, and once again the ‘Roots ‘n’ Rhythms line up will be providing a stunning soundtrack for the weekend’s activities. Heading the bill on the PokerStars stage will be two brilliant breakthrough acts. Saturday’s headliners, Wildwood Kin, shot to prominence last year after being championed by Bob Harris, Jamie Cullum and Jo Willey amongst others. Boasting a hit debut album and a string of high profile singles, the group enjoyed feature appearances at Glastonbury 2017 and BBC Radio 2’s Festival in a Day, whilst also making a live appearance last month on the iconic TV show Old Grey Whistle Test. Sunday’s headliner is one of the most exciting and intriguing singer songwriters to emerge in recent years - Jake Isaac. He will be bringing his own brand of roots music to Cyclefest with his high energy ‘full album experience’. Mixing acoustic sounds with elements of rock, funk, soul and more, festivalgoers can expect big songs and big riffs to close the main stage. Complementing the larger groups and

bigger sounds on the PokerStars stage is Cyclefest’s ‘Little Lights’ stage set to feature more award-winning music with some the UK’s most talented young singer songwriters. And there’s even more for music lovers in 2018, with Cyclefest’s very own Festival Club. Each evening, the Cyclefest HQ will bounce to the new sounds of foot stomping Trad courtesy of stunning live act Elephant Sessions and BBC Folk Award winners Ross and Ali.   As well as fantastic music, Isle of Man Cyclefest will also deliver a weekend’s worth of entertainment catering for young families. Making a first appearance at Milntown is everyone’s favourite toy - the world famous LEGO bricks! Under the guidance of Bright Bricks, the UK’s only LEGO Certified building firm, festivalgoers of all ages can contribute to a very special Cyclefest themed build, constructed from no less than 65,000 bricks! There’s nothing quite like meeting the author or illustrator of a favourite book and Cyclefest will be welcoming some very special guests to its kids activity TiPi. Ready to inspire and entertain young readers and budding artists alike, multi award winning author-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and Laura Ellen Anderson will guide visitors through their wonderful and wacky imaginations! Packed full of humour and invention, these events are perfect for booklovers of all ages – and there’s ample chance to grab some signed copies too, thanks to Bridge Bookshop!   Fresh from working with top clients such as Waterstones, Cyclefest will also be welcoming Rosie Hudson of Rosie Tells Tales for a feast of interactive stories, activities and games around the gardens that will keep little minds occupied for hours. There’s more storytelling for the whole family too, as visitors to Milntown will also be able to learn more about the Island’s most haunted house with Cyclefest’s free Ghost Tours!   Also new for 2018, is the Cyclefest Sundown Cinema. Nestled under-covers in the children’s activity Ti-Pi, Cyclefest’s big screen will present a dazzling double bill of fantastic films running from teatime to sundown each day. Parents can even enjoy the day’s music headliners just a stone’s throw away while the little one’s laugh along to top animations and family favourites such as Paddington.

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CONTINUED... Back by popular demand, meanwhile, is the UK’s premier mountain bike trials athlete, Andrei Burton, who will be performing throughout the weekend courtesy of Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Andrei will be bringing his spectacular Man v Machine show to Milntown, battling with Hollywood actor and Parkour specialist Pip ‘Trix’ Andersen to find out who can amaze the audience most. Pip comes to the Isle of Man having shot to fame as the cult character ‘Lead Stormtrooper’ in the blockbuster Star Wars series! Cyclefest will have its fair share of hungry cyclists wisely refueling for the challenges ahead, but it also provides an unbeatable choice of treats and eats for everyone else - whether seeking out delicious healthy options or something altogether more naughty! Visitors can even sit down for afternoon tea are urged not to miss the new Cyclefest HQ, complete with its own bar by The Trafalgar and its coffee shop courtesy of an exciting mash-up between Noa Bakehouse and The Alpine.   All festival events are absolutely FREE upon entry to Milntown Estate and wristbands tickets are available to purchase on the gate on the day. Adult tickets for either day are just £15, whilst kids (under 16s) are half price, and babies and toddlers (4 and under) go FREE! Weekend tickets are also available with a 20% discount. For more information visit the website at: iomcyclefest.com

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MOTORING NEWS VAUXHALL CONFIRMS CORSA EV WILL LAUNCH IN 2020 Vauxhall has confirmed it will launch an electric version of its Corsa hatchback in 2020. Set to be Vauxhall’s first all-electric car, it’ll be based on the next generation 2019 model. PSA Group, made up of Peugeot, Citroen and DS, bought Vauxhall and Opel last year. The new Corsa will be the British marque’s first new car under French ownership and will be built on PSA’s CMP platform. At present, the Corsa is Vauxhall’s bestselling car. Last month, 2,587 new examples of the hatchback were registered in the UK, placing it as the eighth

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best performing model overall for January 2018. The Vauxhall Corsa was also the fifth bestselling new car in the UK in 2017 with 52,772 sales, but that achievement pales in comparison to 2016, when it won second place with 77,110 examples sold. The Corsa was first introduced to the UK market in 1993 and is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. To celebrate, Vauxhall is offering one year’s free insurance and five year’s zero per cent flexible finance with not minimum deposit to new buyers of Energy and Limited Edition models aged 21-75.

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BENTLEY HAS REVEALED A PLUG-IN HYBRID VERSION OF THE BENTAYGA SUV

The luxurious Bentley Bentayga SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, making it the least-polluting vehicle the brand has ever made. Marketed by the British brand as its “first step towards full electrification”, the upmarket SUV is being offered with a 3.0-litre petrol V6 engine and electric motor that result in CO2 emissions of just 75g/km. Hybrid-specific changes include a revised infotainment system that can relay important information on performance, consumption and battery levels to the driver, while the traditional instrument panel has been replaced with a dial that shows when the Bentayga is in pure-electric mode, displays charge being regenerated when slowing down, or engine revs when the V6 is engaged. Bentley says the vehicle uses information from the satellite navigation system to decide when to use EV mode or the engine. For example, it will deliberately hold back use of the electric motors to keep the battery full ahead of entering a city, and will deploy more battery at the end of a journey rather than hold charge unnecessarily. The charge point can be plugged into a domestic power supply or public charging point and is estimated to take 7.5 hours and 2.5 hours respectively to fully charge a depleted battery. The electric-only range is claimed to be 31 miles. Bentley is remaining vague on pricing and availability, but says the Bentayga Hybrid “will become available to order in selected markets from the second half of 2018”.

ALPINA REVEALS HIGH-PERFORMANCE XD3 SUV Based on BMW’s X3, Alpina has added its trademark mechanical and visual upgrades to bring a fresh offering in the performance SUV market. Powering it is a reworked version of BMW’s 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine, here delivering 328bhp and 700Nm of torque. It’s paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and is capable of taking the XD3 from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 158mph. The engine isn’t the only part to receive mechanical fettling, though. Power is sent to all four wheels through an Alpina-developed torque distribution system, which the manufacturer says “guarantees maximum traction, neutral driving dynamics and high levels of safety”, while the addition of a rear limited-slip differential and sports suspension aids cornering stability.

As for the look of the XD3, Alpina has added a distinctive body kit and 20-inch alloy wheels to the SUV to further distinguish it as one of its creations. Full details of equipment on the Alpina XD3, along with pricing and delivery dates, will be revealed later this year.

HYDROGEN-POWERED HYUNDAI NEXO Hyundai has announced that its Nexo hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) will have a range of 500 miles.

This means its next hydrogen vehicle will be capable of driving from Birmingham to Dusseldorf in one charge. The Nexo will have an efficiency rating of 60%, making it 30% more efficient than an average internal combustion engine. In addition, Hyundai claims the battery technology in the car will be so advanced that the SUV will be capable of enduring 100,000 miles of motoring at 30 degrees below freezing. The Nexo will go on sale at the end of 2018.

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TEST DRIVE: THE NEW JAGUAR F-TYPE

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Model as tested: Jaguar F-Type Convertible Four-Cylinder Price: £67,320 Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol Power: 296bhp Torque: 400Nm Max speed: 155moh 0-60mph: 5.7 seconds MPG: 39.2 (combined) Emissions: 163g/km CO2

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Much to the annoyance of sports car purists, Jaguar’s fitted a four-cylinder engine to its F-Type. Jack Evans finds out whether it’s worthy of a place in the line-up. Words By: Jack Evans

What is it? Here’s a Jaguar F-Type - but not quite as you’d know it. Rather than a raucous V8 or V6 under the long, sculpted bonnet, there’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. While that may not sound like enough engine for a red-blooded convertible, Jaguar claims that it’s got what it takes to instil the F-Type with proper performance. This is the convertible version too, meaning drop-top thrills and wind-in-your-hair experiences with slightly better economy figures than you’d find with the more highpowered F-Type models. There’s still a lot of kit fitted as standard, though this model has a range of options - but we’ll delve into these a little later. What’s new? The biggest change is the engine - however, this latest-generation F-Type does benefit from a variety of tweaks and updates. LED headlights now feature all round, while the infotainment system uses the latest Jaguar set-up. The bumpers have been redesigned for a more dynamic look, while standard lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels are said to help ‘reduce unsprung mass’ - though our test car came with larger, optional 19-inch five-spoke versions. Inside, a range of aluminium finishers have been used to help lift the cabin - and this is needed, as it can sometimes feel like a particularly dark cockpit. What’s under the bonnet? The F-Type’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ petrol engine is surprisingly powerful and, according to Jaguar, offers the ‘highest specific power output of any engine in the F-Type range’ with 148bhpper-litre. Overall, it produces 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, sending this power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Acceleration takes a claimed 5.4 seconds, while the F-Type’s top speed sits at a respectable 155mph. Of course, one of the main premises behind fitting a smaller capacity engine is better economy, and in that sense the four-cylinder delivers. Jaguar claims it’ll return 39.2mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting just 163g/km CO2. For context, a Golf GTI produces 139g/km CO2 - despite being far lighter than the Jaguar.

engine in the place of a much larger V6 or V8 is a substantial reduction in weight. Jaguar says the F-Type four-cylinder has shed 52kg compared to the base V6, and this makes the driving experience substantially different. In addition, Jaguar engineers have uniquely calibrated the steering and chassis to better exploit that lower overall weight. But what does this mean? Well, the F-Type four-cylinder turns just a little sharper than the regular car, while the front end feels noticeably lighter. This makes it more agile overall, and feels just a little less unwieldly than the largerengined cars. Performance is more than adequate for a sports car of this nature, while the note the engine produces may not be conventional, but to our ears it sounds interesting enough. How does it look? The F-Type has always been an impressively pretty design, with styling cues harking back to past Jaguar models. Though somewhat updated for 2018, the four-cylinder is just as good to look at, with cuts and grooves in all the right places. Though the design has been in the public eye since 2011, it’s still fresh and turns heads wherever you go. The fourcylinder car is fitted with a single central outlet exhaust, rather than the V6’s dual central outlet or the V8’s quad tail pipes. It actually suits the design of the car well, and doesn’t spoil the rear of the F-Type whatsoever. What’s it like inside? The Jaguar F-Type’s interior has always been a mix of the high and low-end materials, and the four-cylinder’s just the same. There are some harsher plastics

in some areas, though the overall effect is good. The new aluminium trim pieces do help lift the overall look of the cabin, as the black leather of our test car, when combined with the dark folding roof, do work to create quite a dark cabin. The driver’s seat has plenty of adjustment, and the same can be said for the steering wheel - meaning it’s not hard to get into a spot-on driving position. Those seats are hugely comfortable too, and provide plenty of lateral support. Our test car’s seats were also heated - a welcome feature. What’s the spec like? Our test car was dressed in R-Dynamic spec, and these cars start at £59,085. However, it is accompanied by a lot of standard equipment, including full LED headlights, six-way electrically adjustable seats and a switchable active sports exhaust - the latter transforming the character of the engine. You also get automatic rain sensing wipers, and an eight-inch colour touchscreen. The infotainment system operates well enough, though the icons look a little outdated and could benefit from an update - the touchscreen is accurate and responsive, however. Our test car came in at a hefty £67,320, with that price is the result of the inclusion of 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers and larger front and rear brakes - a £2,290 option. Verdict The F-Type four-cylinder makes a lot of sense on many levels. It’s cheaper to run, and therefore eliminates a certain amount of worry about fuel costs. It’s also sharp to drive and - to us at least - sounds special enough. Yes, the engine may not have the level of drama that comes with the largercapacity units in the range, but it’s still a very impressive package - and one that most enthusiastic drivers would be pleased to get behind the wheel of. It’s a real showcase of how downsizing doesn’t have to mean diminished levels of fun.

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PHONE HOME SMART AND SQUEEZABLE – THE PIXEL 2

Built by Google and powered by Android 8.0, the Pixel 2 truly puts the smart in smartphone.

Squeeze the sides to activate Google Assistant, ask your question and a world of information is at your disposal. If you want the date of someone’s birthday, directions to an event in time to be there for the start or you just need to know the weather in Kuala Lumpur next week, it’s all there, waiting for your voice to ask the question. There’s no doubt that squeezy sides are a neat way to control a phone but that’s not all the water resistant Pixel 2 has to

offer. It comes complete with the world’s best rated camera (DxOMark Mobile) packing 8MP on the front for superb selfies and 12.2 MP on the rear lens for capturing amazing images and video.

What’s more, Pixel 2 owners need never worry about clogging the memory because Google Photos gives you unlimited, original quality photo and video storage. Crafted in a stylish aluminium body and available in two sizes, you can experience the Pixel 2 for yourself today, at a Sure store in Douglas, Ramsey or Port Erin.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S9: REVOLUTIONISING THE CAMERA

Easily one of the most powerful phones on the market.

With a category-defining Dual Aperture lens, the camera on the S9 adapts like the human eye, automatically switching between various lighting conditions with ease—making your photos look great whether it’s bright or dark, day or night. Another popular talking point is its capability to turn you into an emoji with its new feature- AR Emoji. Create an Augmented Reality version of yourself simply by taking a selfie, then liven up your chats by sharing your real-life feelings as emoji stickers and videos. Intelligent scan allows you to access your phone easily with convenient technology that combines face recognition and

iris scan. When face recognition needs help, iris scan kicks in to verify you—and vice versa. So even in the dark your phone can identify you. Fumbling with charging cables should no longer pose a problem with Samsung’s new wireless charger (sold separately), allowing you to power up with ease. With its elevated structure, it props up your phone at a comfortable angle, allowing you to keep streaming and texting. For businesses, in-built Samsung Knox is Samsung’s guarantee of security, giving you the freedom to work how, where, and when you want on the go. The Knox platform consists of overlapping defence and security mechanisms

that protect against intrusion, malware, and more malicious threats, making the S9 secure to the core. To see the Samsung S9’s full specification go to www. samsung.com The Samsung S9 will be available from Manx Telecom in early April 2018 from £0 upfront for £65 per month on a Smartroam Unlimited tariff which includes unlimited texts, Unlimited on-Island minutes, Unlimited data, 500 roaming minutes, 500 roaming texts and 5GB roaming data available to use in Zones 1 and 2. For full details about Manx Telecom’s Smartroam tariffs go to www. manxtelecom.com or call in to the Strand Street store in Douglas.   

SUPERSIZE YOUR STORAGE IN SECONDS The last thing any smartphone user wants is to run out of storage while they are on the go. Whether they need to download Drake’s latest album, the most recent chart-topping app or an award-winning feature film, running out of space on your phone is a pain! But the SanDisk ULTRA micro SDXC UHS I can supersize your storage in seconds. With

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also speed up your apps, delivering faster app launch and performance, improving your smartphone experience. In order to keep your files managed in the best possible way, the SanDisk Memory Zone app available from the Google Play store lets you view, access, and back up your files onto your memory card.

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