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utumn is here, welcome to the October Natural Edition of Gallery Magazine Isle of Man. With the beautiful Manx autumn upon us, we think you’ll agree that the Island really does show off its diversity. In keeping with this we’ve got a wide selection of topics to entertain you, and perhaps getting you asking a few questions too. From a sidewise glance at renewable energy to a chilling stare down the murky streets of Hop-tu-naa; The Tram Horses Top Trumps; and a photo review of the CYG 2011...we’re here to cover it all in our own unique way. Couple all of this with our usual features like this month’s special Me & My Pet, and you’re sure to find something to your liking. We’re happy to say that we’ve added a couple of competitions for you to get stuck in to, so keep your eyes open for those as you’re reading through, and the Upfront section is choice this month with a special One Small Step For Mann feature. And did you get your photos featured in the Upload Section? Or was your picture taken by our intrepid photographer this month? Check the Paparazzi Pages to find out! Speaking of which, this month we feature an equestrian-themed fashion shoot, which – if you’re following us on twitter or facebook – I think you’ll agree looks great fun. If you feel you’d like to get involved in something like this, or perhaps want photographs to put towards a portfolio, email model@gallery.co.im to let us know! The fashion shoot is always great fun had by all. So, What can you expect in autumn? It’s a time of change, but unlike spring it is a season of endings. It is a season that those elements in the environment wither and turn to pulp or mulch, returning vital nutrients to the earth. Yes it’s also freezing and the nights are drawing in, but with everything that’s going on, it’s a great time! Something else you can expect over the coming months is a reaction in our own environment. You may see revamps of other island publications, and that’s all good too. “I wonder why”. Thanks to all who have bombarded us with creative emails and great feedback; we’re delighted that you’re enjoying Gallery. Always feel free to come back to us with your ideas for the future. Gallery is made by islanders for islanders; it’s the people of the Isle of Man who make Gallery, we just put it all together. Keep being creative. SR

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HIGHLIGHTS Nicole Stott

John

Douglas

Height: 17.2 - Speed:

3/10

Mark

Height: 16.4 - Speed: 1/10

Height: 14 - Speed: 9/10

Height: 15.2 - Speed: 5/10

PERSONALITY: Laidback

PERSONALITY: Magician and Escape Artist

PERSONALITY: Shy and Unpredictable

PERSONALITY: Relaxed

One Small Step for Mann

Kewin

This year was the 135th anniversary of the Isle of Man Horse Drawn Trams on Douglas Promenade; the only remaining attraction of its kind left in Britain. As the season comes to an end, we thought it time to take a closer look at the magnificent animals of this great Isle of Man heritage attraction. Andrew

Jubilee

Ian

Philip NIGHTLIFE

PAPARAZZI AT THE JAR BAR

Did you get shot?

SPORT

Height: 17.2 - Speed:

5/10

PERSONALITY: Inquisitive

Height: 15.2 - Speed: 4/10

Height: 16.2 - Speed: 3/10

PERSONALITY: A Little Nervous

PERSONALITY: Persistent and Grumpy

An Island of Sporting Glory CYG 2011

- Speed: 5/10 Height: 16.4 Bit of PERSONALITY:

a Dancer

Tram Top Trumps 14W Tram Top Trumps e arrived at the stables early to see the first 2 horses to go on shift being prepared with a quick wash down. It was lovely to see the excited anticipation of the horse knowing he/she was going on duty. They basically go up and down the promenade 2 times before retiring back to the stables for a relaxing wash down by the caring and attentive staff and returned to their own named stable for a bite to eat.

PLACES

The number of tram horses located at the stables initially surprised us; I always thought there was around 8-9; there were over 20. By the time you’re reading this article they will all be on holiday in the wide fields near Clypse Reservoir. During the winter a number of them take part in ploughing competitions just to keep their hooves in, so to speak, whilst the others roam the fields in holiday mode.

DANDARA PROPERTY REVIEW

20A On Small Step or Mann nd so there it was, the 4th Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man 2011; a massive logistical challenge for the organisers, and a competitive challenge for the athletes involved. From the steady arrival of the visiting competitors to our shores, the excitement was more than evident.

We started our tour by going on a walk around the stables saying hello to the horses and staff. This alone was a great experience. At this point we decided the best way of portraying these magnificent animals was to follow a top trump theme. Jon kindly walked us around and educated us on the height, speed and personalities, and here you a go…the Gallery Tram Horses Top Trumps 2011.

The Opening Ceremony was energetic, colourful and lively, carrying Manx themes throughout. And as for the games themselves? The hard work and planning really paid off, and the events were well attended by visiting supporters as well as local!

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How did we fare? Not badly at all, all things considered. True, we didn’t pull in any gold medals (and England walked away proudly with 37), but with three medals in the pool events; perhaps we’re seeing some emerging swimming talent for the years to come. Congratulations to England and Australia who were the runaway leaders of the games, with medal table tallies of 77 and 74 respectively. And once again, thanks and admiration must go to the organising committee for their achievements; and kudos to those who got out and enjoyed this (potentially) once in a lifetime privilege of hosting the Commonwealth Youth Games!

JAR BAR

We would like to say a big thank you to the stable hands/ groomers who were great sports and a credit to the heritage of the horse tram and for sure loved by the horses themselves.

Easy listening... Every Thursday at JAR BAR is Open Mic session with Rebecca Jade Forest and on keyboards Jim Wilson 9-1130/12

We would like to help the horse trams in anyway we can. At the beginning of next season we will be creating competitions with prizes of a guided tour around the stables followed by a meal at the terminus. We can’t wait for May to come back around…. Horse sound neighhhhhh.

Dr Brian Cox

86 Quay West 62 NoLap The of Luxury

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“No. 86 is the latest addition to our Premier Collection range of properties and sets new standard in luxury apartment living. From the second you walk through the front door, the penthouse is a testament to the very best in architectural and interior design.”

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Private Balcony for Guest Bedrooms

A special touch is that there is an adjoining

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La Grand Lighting & Audio System This is the height of environment control, allowing the homeowner to open the curtains or tune in the radio for any room at the touch of a button. Moreover, one can program a series of settings to one button.

Upfront features

Having a romantic meal? Dim the lights, draw the curtains and play a soft playlist from one button. Guests round for a few drinks? Raise the mood lighting, brighten the music and open the curtains onto that stunning view!

Listings 06 Community 08 News in Numbers 10 Green electricity 11 There’s Nothing To Do -Rambling 12 Trams Top Trump 2011 14 Yummy Mummy 16 The Next Big Thing 17 Me & my pet 18 Superhuman 19 One small step for Mann 20 62

Events

Manx Telecom Summer of Love Our Sporting Life Ghost Tours & ghost trains Mann Link Travel Golf day Sure celebrate 40Mb broadband

Travel

Getaways

Culture

My name is Beyond Horizons

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Family Spectacular 35 Ivor FH Moore 36 Upload 38 Angry Planet CWOM 40

Fashion & Beauty

Brand news Fashion shoot New Laxey Hair Salon Beauty news

Appetite

Food news Organic Network Green Mann & Apples Cocktail of the month

Home

Natural property profile No 86 QuayWest Douglas Energy Savings

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Business

On the sofa 66 GOLD 70 Recruitment 71 Business news 72 Movers & shakers 73

Active

Sport News CYG 2011 photos Yoga- Pose of the month

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Hardware

Phone Home 82 Gadgets 83 Blackberry Playbook 84

Paparazzi

JAR BAR 86 Artisan 87 Boardom 88

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UPFRONT

LISTINGS: WHAT TO DO IN OCTOBER

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EVENTS

OCTOBER 2011

Friday 9th

DUSTY PLANKTON LIVE THE COURTHOUSE CLUB DOUGLAS

Saturday 8th

NORTH QUAY MARKET DOUGLAS £FREE //10:00-16:00 //

£4 // 21:00-03:00 //

The Manx electronic 3-piece band return with their House, Dubstep and Punk flavour; and will be accompanied on stage by the fabulously flamboyant Dee Dee, the Island’s very own Burlesque Dancer.

Friday 21st

FASHION FOR LIFE VILLA MARINA ROYAL HALL DOUGLAS £10 // 20:00 //

TEL: 600555 // WWW.VILLAMARINA.COM

The biennial fundraising fashion extravaganza sponsored by Marks and Spencer and Shoprite returns. This original mix of fashion, music, dance and comedy is dedicated to Glynys Ward and is in support of the IOM Breast Care Cancer Support.

The last North Quay market of the season coordinated by Chris Carr and the North Quay Community Association. Featuring craft stalls, street performers, entertainment stalls and cookery & food retailers, these ambitious markets are not to be missed.

Isle of Man Breast Care are back! ...with more fun and frolics.

Friday 21st October 2011 Villa Marina Dedicated to the memory of Glenys ?????

Ticket £10 and £250 per Table of 10 (limited availability) From, the Villa Marina Box Office and online, www.villamarina.com, Sea Terminal Welcome Centre, Greens in Peel and Thompson Travel, Port Erin. To reserve corporate tables call Sharon Maddrell on 482662

With an ALL STAR CAST compered by Dot Tilbury MBE and Geoff Corkish MHK, MBE

£20:00 // 20:00 //

£FREE // 16:00 //

As part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations, Ronan O’Hora will be performing a recital to include music from Beethoven and Chopin.

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£10 // 19:30 TEL: 835867 //

A Medieval themed night including a medieval supper. Fancy Dress is encouraged!

Friday 28th

HALLOWEEN PARTY PALACE HOTEL TEL: 662662 // WWW.PALACEHOTEL.CO.IM

This Halloween Party is in aid of the Hospice Isle of Man and will include a Hot Buffet followed by various entertainment – and of course, Fancy Dress Only! 18+

Clothes provided by

Sponsored by

Saturday 29th

TEL: 832662 // WW W.ERINARTSCENTRE.COM

MEDIEVAL KNIGHT OF MERRIMENT ST MARY’S CHURCH PORT ST MARY

£20 // 20:00 //

Saturday 29th

ERIN ARTS CENTRE 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRITY PIANO RECITAL PORT ERIN

Friday 14th

HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA CURRAGHS WILDLIFE PARK BALLAUGH TEL: 897323 // WWW.GOV.IM/WILDLIFE

The Wildlife Park is hosting this spooky event with a Fancy Dress Competition, Turnip Carving, Lantern Making, Creepy Crawly Talks, Zombie Walk, Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt

and a Ghost Train! Admission free for children in fancy dress; otherwise normal park prices apply; activities cost £1 each per activity (which is a donation to Caring for Carers & Curraghs Wildlife.

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Saturday 29th

Saturday 29th

JINNY THE WITCH & FRIENDS DAY CREGNEASH

FUNDRAISER FATALITY COLUMBA CLUB CIRCULAR ROAD DOUGLAS

£4 // ADULTS // £2 CHILDREN // FMNH 1/2 PRICE ACE CARDHOLDERS FREE // 10:00 //

£12.50 // 19:00 - 00:00 //

Hop Tu Naa predates any of this Halloween nonsense, so why not pop down the Cregneash this October and delve into the depths of Witchcraft, Folk & Fairy Tales; including

TEL: 673103 //

The Peel Pantaloons present an interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Production in aid of Crossroads Caring for Carers.

a retelling the TRUE story of Jinny the Witch. Sunday 30th, Hop Tu Naa Celebrations at Cregneash, this time with cookery, crafts, demonstrations, music and dance all around

Saturday 29th

CHARITY HALLOWEEN DINNER DANCE MOUNT MURRAY HOTEL SANTON £35 // INC. 4 COURSE MEAL // 19:30-11:30 // TEL: 661111 // WWW.MOUNTMURRAY.COM

Mount Murray are hosting a Halloween Dinner Dance in support of the Manx Foundation for Disability. Guests are invited to wear fancy dress or black tie. Butlers, Bunny Girls, Ghosts

and Witches can be hired on the night to wait your table, and there will be an Elvis Tribute Act, Auction, raffle and lots of music and dancing to top off this fun-packed night!

November 3rd

ON TOUR WITH ELVIS VILLA MARINA DOUGLAS

£19:50 // CONCESSIONS £18:50 // 19:30 // TEL: 600555 // WWW.VILLAMARINA.COM

Fancy a bit of “shake, rattle and roll” at the Villa Marina. From Viva Las Vegas to Memphis Tennessee, the songs, the sounds, and the costumes. The only UK Elvis performer to have received the Las Vegas Icon award for performances with the Elvis Jordanaires.

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COMMUNITY

CELTON MANX CANCER RESEARCH UK RELAY FOR LIFE More than 430 people gathered at the National Sports Centre last weekend to take part in the Celton Manx, Cancer Research UK Relay For Life. The event kicked off at noon with a VIP reception for cancer survivors and invited guests, before the first lap of the relay was led off by Bill Mummery of Celton Manx and His Worship The Mayor of Douglas, Ritchie McNicholl. It was then up to the intrepid teams to keep one member on the track at all times for the next 24 hours! Throughout the relay the teams’ spirits were kept up by the many supporters in attendance and entertainment organised by media partners 3FM. Special fancy dress and activity laps were also included to keep the teams on their toes! Twenty-nine teams took part, including large groups from local charities Samaritans and Dot’s Dream Foundation, a new charity set-up in memory of Mrs Dot Pitts, a former Mayor of Douglas who passed away last year. So far more than £21,500 has been donated which they hope will be built upon over the coming weeks.

Deloitte volunteers pitch in at Community Farm Volunteers from Deloitte recently gave up some of their free time to help out at The Children’s Centre’s Community Farm, based at Wallberry Farm on the Carnane Estate just off the Old Castletown Road in Douglas. The farm aims to provide a therapeutic and educational resource for children, young people and families, covering areas including horticulture, animal husbandry, conservation & design, and construction. Deloitte staff spent two days at the Community Farm and helped rebuild a wall for the kitchen garden and dug holes needed to put up polytunnels, which enable the farm to grow produce all year round. The Children’s Centre is Deloitte’s charity of the year and they have committed to raise £3,000 throughout the year for the purchase of a tractor for the farm. The Community Farm will be open to all of the Island’s community and will also become an educational resource focusing on experiential learning.

MAC Financial boost funds for The Children’s Centre MAC Financial handed over a £1,155 cheque to The Children’s Centre after Steve Shimmin, who works as a consultant at the company’s office on Athol Street, took part in a Land’s End to John o’Groats bike ride. He was part of a seven man team who completed the 910 mile charity ride in May this year. The funds he raised through sponsorship were matched by his employers. Jon McGowan, Managing Director of MAC Financial, said: “The MAC Group was delighted to support Steve in his fantastic achievement. Over many years, MAC has found innovative ways to sponsor and support a number of different charities and in particular The Children’s Centre. We are very proud of Steve’s accomplishments and very happy to match the amount of money that he raised.” John Knight, Chief Executive of The Children’s Centre, was also part of the team. The five other members of the team were Jim Murphy, of The Children’s Centre’s Residential Team; Mark Humphrey, of Long & Humphrey Advocates and a Director of The Children’s Centre; Andy Parker who is a personal trainer; and Paul Warburton and Chris Palmer, who both work at Coutts.

The Apprentice’s Nick Hewer to visit the Isle of Man

Nick is Alan Sugar’s right-hand man on the BBC’s The Apprentice. His wonderfully dry humour and a lifetime’s business experience make it clear what he thinks of the contestants. On the 23rd and 24th November Nick Hewer will be visiting the Isle of Man as a guest of Junior Achievement, a Manx Registered charity that - with the help of volunteers - goes into schools to teach young people financial literacy, business and entrepreneurial skills. On the 23rd November Nick will be addressing over 250 secondary school students at the Palace Cinema, an event which is being sponsored by Manx Telecom. To help raise funds Junior Achievement will also be holding a dinner on the 23rd November and a lunch on the 24th November, both at the Palace Hotel. Nick will be the after dinner speaker at both events.

If your interested in attending the event contact Sue on: 666266 or e-mail suecook@jaiom.im SUPPORTING OUR HEROES PAST AND PRESENT Onchan-based Hidden Hearing has announced the launch of a campaign to raise funds for the Royal British Legion. They will donate £5 to the Legion for each hearing assessment carried out at the Manx Hidden Hearing Clinic from 1st September to 13th November. The hearing assessment is completely free of charge, and will involve a series of aural tests. Hidden Hearing will be collecting donations in their Onchan branch for pin badges and wrist bands. All proceeds from the sale of poppies will support the Manx Legion at a local level. Avril Harvey of Manx Hidden Hearing said: ‘We are delighted to be able to help the Royal British Legion celebrate their 90th anniversary by raising as much money as possible for the cause - our service men and women deserve all the support we can give. My son is in the army, so it’s a cause very close to my own heart.”

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UPFRONT

NEWS IN NUMBERS

in NUMBERS NEWS seabirds at least dead in oil contamination in west and south of island weddings TV series filmed in Isle of Man in late September, on the box in January riders enter end-to-end mountain bike challenge

pence per hour Pay rise for Minimum Wage workers in pipeline

people survey by HPI research indicates IOM one of the happiest places in the world

pence charge to use newly built public toilets in Douglas

local riders take top honours at Manx GP

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UPFRONT

How soon is soon enough? Electricity from Renewable Sources;

In short this means Wind Farms are efficient. The FoE’s series of arguments are more than compelling, but to enter into the full complexities of this debate here would take the whole magazine.

This is undoubtedly an emotive area of discussion, and rightly so. The fate of the planet is pretty important...it’s where we live. Locally there seems to be two prominent voices on the matter; The Green Power Manx Group (GPMG) and the Isle of Man Friends of the Earth (FoE).

Research into the implementation of renewable energy generation is important for the Island (as well as the whole planet). Recently the IOM has been heralded as being at the forefront of telecommunications technology development; and elsewhere in this edition we glance at how potentially pioneering the Island may be in the space race. Why should the Island not be a leading voice in achieving renewal energy generation? Why should we not commit ourselves to driving these innovations and powering our island from the same? Pumped Hydro Power; Wind Farms; Tidal Power? Such developments could generate jobs too, and help to increase our positive profile in the world market. It shouldn’t just be about the fiscal ‘bottom line’.

As way of background; Tynwald are committed to generate 15% of our power from renewal resources by 2015. This is an admirable aspiration, and something we should certainly work towards for a whole series of reasons, not least of all the ecological benefit of such a move. More importantly, this should only be the beginning. It can’t be the intention to achieve this target with a view to stopping there. The GPMG have argued that this 2015 target has resulted in only one viable solution in that timeframe: Wind Farms. It is fair to say that GPMG are not in favour of this plan. They suggest that commissioning Wind Farms will be an expensive and unreliable source of electricity generation, and that wind itself is simply too unreliable and inconstant. They go on to say that this proposal would anticipate a massive price hike to the electricity bills of home owners. In short they see Wind Farms as a short-sighted plan. Interestingly the GPMG website has article upon article against Wind Farm installation, and just one intriguing statement in balance: “We aim to identify and promote ways for securing sustainable and renewable energy sources appropriate to the specific circumstances of the Isle of Man.” They just don’t seem in much of a rush...

And after all, if we generate plenty of spare green electricity, perhaps we could trade with the UK via the MEA sub sea cable and pay off another sizeable debt we might still have there...

In response, representatives of the FoE have not been shy. They declare that the on-cost of a wind farm would be less than 1p/unit. A more than reasonable price to pay, we might suggest? As for an unreliable source of energy generation...is there a Manx word for ‘Gust’? Does the wind here ever stop? Well, wind may be intermittent, but it is predictably intermittent.

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There’s nothing to do...

WORDS | BRYONY HARRISON YOU KNOW ONE OF THE MOST UTTERED PHRASES I HEAR ON OUR ISLAND? “THERE’S NOTHING TO DO.” WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO WITH OUR WEEKENDS, MY BOYFRIEND AND I OFTEN STRUGGLED TO THINK OF ACTIVITIES THAT DIDN’T COST MONEY – LET’S BE HONEST THAT’S OFTEN A DECIDING FACTOR. LAST YEAR, WITHOUT REALLY KNOWING HOW, I FOUND MYSELF INVOLVED IN THE RACE THE SUN CHARITY EVENT, A RELAY RACE ALONG THE RAAD NY FOILLAN; THE PATH OF THE GULL; THE COASTAL FOOTPATH THAT RUNS THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE ISLAND. WE HIT UPON AN IDEA. I LOVE WALKING; LOVE IT. ALAS, MY BOYFRIEND LOVES SITTING. IN AN EFFORT TO DRAG HIM FROM HIS SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE, WE ASSIGNED OURSELVES A CHALLENGE: THE RAAD NY FOILLAN. THE FIRST LEG STARTED ON DOUGLAS PROMENADE AND LED US ALONG MARINE DRIVE, THROUGH PORT SODERICK (WHERE WE STOPPED FOR A BITE OF LUNCH), ALL THE WAY ALONG TO THE EDGE OF THE AIRPORT. TO BE FAIR TO HIM, MY BOYFRIEND STRUGGLED TOWARD THE END OF THAT 13 MILE SECTION, BUT AFTERWARDS HE WOULD CONFESS TO HAVING HAD A GREAT TIME. THE CARROT ON THE END OF THE STICK? WE STOPPED FOR A WELL-EARNED BEVERAGE AT THE WHITESTONE BEFORE CATCHING THE BUS BACK TO DOUGLAS. AND BOY, DID HE SLEEP WELL THAT NIGHT!

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YOU SEE, FRESH AIR, EXERCISE AND BEAUTIFUL VIEWS COST VERY LITTLE ON OUR SPECTACULAR ISLAND. WE HAVE SOME OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE AND CHALLENGING WALKS IN BRITAIN. WE EVEN PASSED A VISITOR TO THE ISLAND ON OUR FIRST WALK WHO HAD TRAVELLED FROM WALES JUST TO WALK THE COASTAL PATH. “IT’S UNSPOILED,” HE TOLD US. “SOME OF THE WALKS IN BRITAIN ARE NICE, BUT THERE’S RAILINGS AND EVEN PAVING OVER A LOT OF THE FOOTPATHS, AND THAT’S REALLY NOT THE POINT, IS IT?”

THE ISLAND’S NATURAL BEAUTY HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER – WHY DON’T YOU THROW ON A PAIR OF STURDY WALKING BOOTS, PACK A LUNCH (AND PLENTY OF WATER) AND GO FIND IT! AND IF YOU’RE EVER WANTING A CHANGE FROM WALKING; WHY NOT TRY ONE OF THE MANY PONY CLUBS AND SEE IF YOU CAN GO FOR A HACK?

I HAD TO AGREE. AND SO, NOW THAT AUTUMN IS HERE, WE’RE IN THE SEASON WHERE THE ISLAND IS ARGUABLY AT ITS MOST NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL. YES, SPRING IS EXCITING, WINTER IS OFTEN CRISP AND PICTURESQUE, AND SUMMER IS BRIGHT AND LIVELY. BUT THE ISLE OF MAN IN AUTUMN IS LIKE A WOMAN OF TRUE NATURAL BEAUTY WITH HER MAKE-UP REMOVED. THE COLOUR IN THE TREES IS VIBRANT, VIVID AND VARIED, THE WEATHER IS JUST AS CHANGEABLE AS SPRING (OR ANY MANX SEASON!) AND THE SIGHTS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE PREPARING FOR WINTER IS COMPELLING. THE ISLAND BOASTS HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS OF FOOTPATHS, AND IF YOU’RE CLEVER WITH YOUR BUS TIMETABLES AND 12-JOURNEY TICKETS, YOU CAN MAKE EVERY WALK A MINI ADVENTURE.

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Kewin

Height: 17.2 - Speed : 3/10

Height: 16.4 - Speed: 1/10

Height: 14 - Speed: 9/10

PERSONALITY: Rela xed

Height: 15.2 - Speed: 5/10

PERSONALITY: Laidback

PERSONALITY: Magician and Escape Artist

PERSONALITY: Shy and Unpredictable

This year was the 135th anniversary of the Isle of Man Horse Drawn Trams on Douglas Promenade; the only remaining attraction of its kind left in Britain. As the season comes to an end, we thought it time to take a closer look at the magnificent animals of this great Isle of Man heritage attraction. Andrew

Height: 17.2 - Speed : 5/10 PERSONALITY: Inq uisitive

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Ian

Height: 15.2 - Speed: 4/10

Height: 16.2 - Speed: 3/10

PERSONALITY: A Little Nervous

PERSONALITY: Persistent and Grumpy

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e arrived at the stables early to see the first 2 horses to go on shift being prepared with a quick wash down. It was lovely to see the excited anticipation of the horse knowing he/she was going on duty. They basically go up and down the promenade 2 times before retiring back to the stables for a relaxing wash down by the caring and attentive staff and returned to their own named stable for a bite to eat. The number of tram horses located at the stables initially surprised us; I always thought there was around 8-9; there were over 20. By the time you’re reading this article they will all be on holiday in the wide fields near Clypse Reservoir. During the winter a number of them take part in ploughing competitions just to keep their hooves in, so to speak, whilst the others roam the fields in holiday mode.

Philip

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Tram Top Trumps We started our tour by going on a walk around the stables saying hello to the horses and staff. This alone was a great experience. At this point we decided the best way of portraying these magnificent animals was to follow a top trump theme. Jon kindly walked us around and educated us on the height, speed and personalities, and here you go‌ the Gallery Tram Horses Top Trumps 2011. We would like to say a big thank you to the stable hands/groomers who were great sports and a credit to the heritage of the horse tram and for sure loved by the horses themselves.


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Teddy

Rocky

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Height: 16.3 - Speed: 9/10

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PERSONALITY: Cunning

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Steve

Height: 18 - Speed: 6.5/10

Gwynne

Height: 16.4 - Speed: 6/10

Height: 17 - Speed: 2/10

PERSONALITY: Chilled Out

PERSONALITY: Traa dy-liooar

Keith

Tommy

Height: 17.4 - Speed: 6.5/10

Robert

PERSONALITY: Wise

Albert

Height: 17.1 - Speed: 9.5/10

Height: 17.3 - Speed: 8/10

PERSONALITY: Cuddly

PERSONALITY: Willing Workaholic

PERSONALITY: Genuine

Charlie

Height: 17 - Speed: 10/10 PERSONALITY: Golden Boy (Top Trump)

Una

Height: 16.1 - Speed: 4/10 PERSONALITY: Moody

Amby

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Robin

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School days are the best days of your life, or so the saying goes.

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o you remember those gut wrenching feelings you had when at school you were the last to get picked for a team sport? Maybe you were happy being in the ‘In Crowd’ or proud to be one of the top 3 academics in your year? Were you a mingler or a loner? The bullied or the bully? Have you changed much since you have graduated to adulthood? or most people school life seems like a thousand years ago and we are happy to keep those memories in our past. If however you have children, of course you will be faced with ‘school life’ all over again. Perhaps this time from a worse position, as the observer. You will be able to see the errors your little angel will make far in advance of them making them. Remembering only too well how nasty and hurtful children can be to one another, but finding the words to reassure your child isn’t easy. f you are a naturally sociable person then something as simple as standing around outside the school yard waiting for your ‘baby’ to finish school for the day will be a breeze for you. You will be well equipped to make eye contact and engage other like minded parents in conversation. This will in turn lead to arranging play dates with their children and opening up a whole new social network for you and your child. This type of parent revels in organising birthday parties where the whole class attend, always some unique venue which will of course change each year. They will provide better gift bags to the young attendees at the end of the party, than the presents their child has received! Thus proving what a marvelous parent they are to all of their child’s peers.

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or those who are not comfortable in new social situations, or perhaps just want to get on with their lives without unnecessary interruption, they are faced with the dilemma of whether to step out of their comfort zone and get involved or to try to completely avoid the whole ‘clique’ that is formed. The problem with choosing the latter option is that at some point there will come a time when they have to get involved one way or another. When little Jenny comes home from school begging for her friend Annie to come to the house for a play date for the tenth time, you will have to bite the bullet and speak to her parent! onversing with other parents and nurturing friendships your child makes may help to keep your child happy with their school life, thus encouraging them to apply themselves at school while enjoying the whole experience. But with busy lives it is not always easy to find the time or the inclination to make the effort. etting involved in school life especially with very young children is necessary. In the main they have not learned life’s social skills and of course still need a parent’s guidance but although the whole experience is new and exciting to the child it can open a whole can of worms for the parent. s it worth it? Yes it probably is if only to see the pure joy on the face of your child as they walk hand in hand into class with their new best friend! New website to help parents and children: www.gov.im/education/adviceforparents.xml

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Junior Achievement launches talent show... Janurary 28th 2012 BUDDING young rock-stars, jugglers,

comics, magicians and singers are being invited to take part in a talent show being run by Junior Achievement Isle of Man. The Next Big Thing, which is supported by Manx businesses, is open to young people aged between 11 and 17 on January 28, 2012. There will be a £500 cash prize for the winner and the opportunity to be the opening act when The Gleek Club, the UK’s number one Glee tribute band, appears at the Gaiety Theatre on March 24 next year. The second prize is £250 and the third prize £150.

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Auditions will be held around the Island during November and December.

adults, £5 children & senior citizens, and are available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, Douglas, the ticket hotline on 600555 or online at

The entry fee is £5 per act. The closing date for applications is Friday, November 4 (For details and to download an application form, visit www.jaiom.im). To be part of an auditions audience costs £2 for adults and £1 for children under 16 years who must be accompanied by an adult.

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The semi-final will be at Douglas Youth Centre on Sunday December 11 and the grand final on Saturday January 28th 2012 at the Gaiety Theatre. Tickets £8

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Raphaels Supreme Edition Ella to my friends

Breed: Carla Kerruish: Human Ella: Pony Age: Carla: 35 yrs Ella: 4 mths. Likes: Carla: All anaimals, horses especially, and vino Ella: Polo mints and cuddles Dislikes: Carla: Being stuck in doors Ella: rotten carrotts Heroes: Carla: My late grandfather MR Carter Ella: My dad Thursden Vallye Raphael and my mum - Conrhenny Whistle Down the Wind If human/animal you would be : Carla: So many I can’t choose, for so many reasons! Ella: Beyonce Wants: Carla: To win lottery like everyone else Ella: To be centre of attention Interesting facts: Carla: Managing to juggle 4 kids (not literally), a full time job, helping run our family farm, and keeping up my hobby of looking after 7 horses, 3 cats and 1 dog...and still manage to keep sane and smilling!! Ella: I’m a welsh part-bred; my mum is a local bred at Conrhenny and my dad is famous from Gisburn in Lancashire. He is a champion in many disciplines and my wish is to follow in his footsteps.

1st Royal Manx Agricultural Show Ella is owned by Claire Shimmin but has been bred for Carla’s daughter Jessica, as it has always been Claire’s dream to breed and produce her own show pony. Ella’s mum is a Manx-bred Welsh section B called Conrhenny Whistle Down the Wind; she has done very well in all disciplines but is at her best when show-jumping. Ella’s dad is called Thursden Vallye Raphael; he is a part-bred British riding pony who is owned by Trudy Goulding at End House Stud. He is a champion in every way and came 3rd last year at the Horse of the Year Show!

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So far Ella, at only 4 months old, has come 3rd at the Southern Agricultural Show and 1st at the Royal Manx Agricultural Show in the Foal Class, and then went on to win Section Foal Champion at the Royal Manx. 3 trophies in the cabinet already...and hopefully many more to follow.

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Superhuman There is no Spoon Natural Healing

I’d love to say I’m open-minded about the myriad philosophies that attempt to explore that I’d love say I’m open-minded about the myriad philosophies which can’ttonecessarily been seen or understand in such simple terms as pharmaceuticals or that attempt to explore that which can’t necessarily been seen or physiotherapy. By this I mean treatments like Reiki, Crystal Healing, Acupuncture, Aromatherunderstand in such simple terms as pharmaceuticals or physiotherapy. apy, I could go on (although I am sure some practitioners wouldn’t thank me for the use of the By this I mean treatments like Reiki, Crystal Acupuncture, word treatments). To most these would be known asHealing, Alternative or Complimentary Therapies, Aromatherapy, I could go on (although I am sure some practitioners perhaps.

wouldn’t thank me for the use of the word treatments). To most these would be known as Alternative or Complimentary Therapies, perhaps.

Yes, I’d like to say I was open-minded... Being intrepid, I ventured out to sample a little of what was on offer, counselling myself to remain open! My first trip was to a Reiki Practitioner. The usual set up existed: calming music, treatment bench, pre-treatment consultation. Reiki itself is a Japanese Buddhist spiritual practice whereby healing energies are transferred through the palms. I was sceptical. However, I spent 45 minutes on that bench while they worked, and I can honestly say I don’t understand where the heat in those palms came from. There was a deep and penetrative warmth that was impossible to explain. Even friction wouldn’t have achieved it, I warrant. Further, I became so profoundly relaxed that I even had a little snooze. And snored. At the end I felt (I hate this phrase) Chilled Out, and recall having experienced what I can only describe as waking dreams.

Some days later, still feeling the curious after-

effects of the Reiki, I attended a Crystal Healing. This was even stranger. Having professed to the practitioner my openmindedness to all things ‘alternative’, I again assumed the position on the treatment bench. This time a reading and cleansing of my aura was in the offing. I won’t go in to the complexities of what I experienced. However, what is a fact is that during my treatment I ‘felt’ (amongst other strange things) pressure on my temples as of someone pressing there, and then a sensation like an Aliceband being pressed upon my skull. That was until a crystal was placed on my forehead, and then a peculiar, warm sensation spread from my pate to my neck, like a sunlamp in my head. I swear. And the pressure went away.

was right...at least when I started all this. However, I can’t explain the repeat of waking dreams in this treatment too, nor the fact that a crystal was thrown clear of the bench when I thought it was still beneath my palm...

Afterwards I felt that same ‘chilled out’ sensation.

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And the Practitioner called me out too, because she told me my Crown chakra and third eye were utterly blocked, suggesting I wasn’t open-minded. She

In short, these therapies are probably little understood by most, and perhaps for some the best thing they offer is absolute time out of their busy schedules and time for themselves, for once. But for me? There were things I experienced that go beyond that, which I can’t explain, and that just makes me curious.

For more information on Reiki: reiki_room@manx.net Crystal Healing:

Many other treatments and generally good people: Salon Rouge, Demesne Road.


Nicole Stott

The last lunar landing took place in 1972; and we haven’t been back since. Don’t believe the latest blockbuster for the reasons why either. There is probably a far more reasonable, mundane and all-too frequent explanation for our long-absence from the lunar surface: Money. Now, with the price of fuel these days it is reasonable to get miffed at how expensive it is to drive to The Sound for a Sunday cup of coffee; so can you imagine how “astronomical” the cost is to travel to the moon? A tidy penny, and a bill that is possibly beyond the resources available to NASA these days, desptite the new Saturn V Rocket-esque designs NASA recently released. No, it may be fair to postulate that the recent (somewhat premature) retirement of the NASA Space Shuttles is the herald of a new age of space research: that of Private Enterprise; and being forecast as 5th in the list of nations likely to next reach the moon, it could also be fair to say that the Isle of Man is near the head of that field.

“Attitudes to space travel and astronomy as a whole have changed wildly in the past few decades. “ Previously one might have expected to find at an Astronomy lecture Sir Patrick Moore (patron to the Isle of Man Astronomy Society) speaking to a room full of anorak clad ‘dorks’, clothed in such a startling amount of acrylic and polyester that they risked propelling the entire lecture hall to the moon by the power of one enormous collective static shock. Nowadays you’re more likely to find a wide variety of students and general enthusiasts from myriad walks of life listening intently to the compelling Dr Brian Cox, together with a collection of swooning groupies perhaps. Reflecting Dr Cox’s enthusiasm, we met with Howard Parkin, Chairman of the Isle of Man Astronomical Society. His knowledge and enthusiasm walk hand in hand, and I can see why interest in this field is increasing exponentially. It helps that astronomy isn’t considered ‘uncool’ anymore. Astronomy itself is the branch of science that looks at the nature, laws, origin and function of the universe, not how Mars is affecting your love life this month...that’s astrology. They’re very different, apparently. And the best way to see space if you don’t have your own rocket? An observatory; and we have one of those on the Island! Anyone in the Isle of Man wishing to know more about the wonders of the night sky, expert or beginner, are welcome to go along to a couple of meetings and see what it’s all about. Regular meetings are held in the Observatory at 7.45pm for 8pm on the first Thursday of each month.

The Isle of Man Astronomical Society itself was created in 1989 and has grown ever since. Howard has found interest in the subject, and thus demand on his time increasing in line, and he doesn’t mind one bit! Recently, with the immense technological assistance of Manx Telecom, the Manx Museum conducted a live link to the International Space Station for local school children, during which Howard got to speak at length (possibly too long, he admits, but what a once in a life time experience that must have been) with astronaut Nicole – wife of Douglas-born Chris Stott. Chris now lives in America; but remains fiercely proud of his Island. In specific, he speaks energetically about how our island has a unique make-up: being populated by hugely intelligent people and a wide diversity of industries, a complex composition only really matched by the likes of Silicon Valley USA and Singapore. An incredibly self-effacing man, Chris doesn’t like speaking too much about himself, but he’s involved in some staggering achievements that I’m shocked I’ve not read more about. The nature of science is research, and the search for improvements and advancement. He believes the Island is the perfect environment for achieving great things. He compares it to the Venetian Republic as a model, one that puts in place controls and legislation without interfering in the manner of a Nanny Culture.

“The Isle of Man is a Haven of Common Sense in a world gone mad.” Let’s begin with Manna. Manna Energy Ltd have successfully developed and registered the first Gold Standard carbon credit water treatment program; the largest Gold Standard Market on the market. The technological development and expertise of “Carbon for Water” provides Point of Use water filtration, for a sustained 10-year period and without any cost to local residents, governmental agencies or donor groups, to over four million people. Yes, clean water to over four million people. Four million. And they’re working in lots of other countries too. Let there be no mistake; this is a stunning achievement, and one that champions the Manx influence in global matters. We should be ringing bells, clanging saucepans and beating our chests with prideful jingoism. The Manna Energy Foundation are also working with Geeks Without Frontiers to collaborate

on global renewable energy, and clean water projects. Geekswf.org also seek to develop lowcost, open source, WiFi networks sponsored by Google and the Tides Foundation; a major step in the direction of affordable broadband for all. It’s technology in its finest application. Utterly compelling and impressive. Science and education walk hand in hand, and Chris believes the Island is at the forefront of this. Even Dr Brian Cox, during his recent visit, commented that the questions he faced from Manx Secondary schoolchildren were often more considered and well thought out than some of his more senior students’. Nice to know that our schools are doing something right! And that’s the crux of this entire piece, because we have only touched upon the impressive work of Manna Energy Foundation. We would encourage you to look into this work and that of Manna Energy Ltd and Geeks Without Frontiers too. And take a moment to be proud of how the Isle of Man is making a name for itself in the world that we can all be very proud of. Many thanks to Chris Stott and Howard Parkin for their time, knowledge and good humour! If you want to learn more about astronomy we encourage you to visit www.iomastronomy. org or www.mnh.gov.im and Howard or his colleagues will be more than happy to take you on that journey.

And visit: www.mannaenergy.com www.mannaenergy.org www.geekswf.org to see their worthwhile work.

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MANX TELECOM SUMMER OF LOVE

Manx Telecom’s Summer of Love promotion has given away loads of prizes since it was launched in June including a Steam Packet weekend break in Chester; Shoprite BBQ sets and a £60 food voucher; a chance to meet The Who frontman Roger Daltrey; and tickets to his Isle of Man concert. There was also a treat given away for youngsters to feed the meerkats at Curraghs Wildlife Park which included having a photo taken with the meerkats, a certificate, and a

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meerkat soft toy to take away as a memento of the day. For Mums and Dads there was a sumptuous meal at The Sefton Hotel’s Gallery Restaurant plus overnight accommodation and a relaxation day at the Palace Hotel with cinema tickets and a meal at the Paragon restaurant. Summer of Love winners were also given a Duke Karting Mini Grand Prix prize for 10 participants.

Simon and Mia Boarman won a Shoprite BBQ set and £60 of food vouchers while John McCarten won £300 of Shoprite vouchers. The winners picked up their prizes at Shoprite’s store on Victoria Road, Douglas, with John McCarten accompanied by his daughter Nicola Skillen and her children Reece and Sophie. For a full round up just go to www.summeroflove.im

Two sets of winners picked up prizes from Shoprite.

A couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary were treated to a surprise celebration thanks to the Manx Telecom

‘Summer of Love’ competition. Gordon and Barbara Corlett enjoyed an overnight stay in The Sefton’s unique and luxurious

Royal and Churchill Suites! The prize also included a three-course meal with wine at The Sefton Hotel’s Gallery Restaurant.

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OUR SPORTING LIFE The Manx Museum Douglas

For an island a mere 32 miles long and 14 miles wide we haven’t half produced some talented athletes. With the likes of Mark Cavendish taking the cycling scene by storm, sport is certainly an area we excel in. So in honour of this fact, Manx National Heritage has launched their latest and most exciting exhibition, ‘Our Sporting Life’. The exhibition is all about participation, fun and inspiration; coinciding with the launch of the Commonwealth Youth Games and running right through to the lead up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Our

Sporting Life celebrates the achievements of our present day heroes whilst re-visiting some of our island’s classic sporting stars. With curators at the museum carrying out over 100 interviews so far for the exhibition, Curator Katie King said: ‘Over the past year we have been busy interviewing athletes and sporting heroes about their commitment to their chosen sport and have gathered some inspirational stories. The exhibition will celebrate sport on the Isle of Man through focusing upon these individual stories, using personal accounts,

photographs, film and of course some amazing objects. We realised early on that there is a mind blowing amount of sport happening on our small island and we hope we have captured the spirit of this in the exhibition.’ Amongst just some of these are Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France stage winning road bike from 2008, together with his Commonwealth Gold Medal and Green Jersey. Plus David Knight’s World Championship winning motorcycle and Zoe Gillings’ Olympic snowboard outfit.

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ISLE OF MAN GHOST TOURS Castletown

Looking for something a bit creepy this autumn? The beguiling storytellers of IOM Ghost Tours are conducting a special 3-hour tour of Castle Rushen accompanied by mediums and including stories of just what happened when International Ghost Hunters visited the Island. Sometimes, as a group, we’re stuck for new ideas for nights out. On the lead up to Hop-tu-naa, we attended a Ghost Tour of Castletown. The tour started at 8 sharp outside the Glue Pot, so we booked a table at the Garrison to get a little food and wine in us before setting off. If you’re happy to set off a little earlier from Douglas, you

could even jump on the 15:50 steam train. The props and costumes of the Tour Guides really help to set the mood from the very beginning, and there are new costumes in the offing in the near future. The tour itself started apace, with plenty of banter to get the group laughing with each other. The stories were many and varied, from chilling tales of schoolroom spectres to a truly ghastly witch burning. The two hour tour takes the group through the centre of Castletown as well as through the dark and foreboding ancient streets, with an atmosphere that builds cleverly throughout. Whilst enjoying the stories we even

learned a few things about the history of the ancient Capital of Mann too, like the location of the old guard house and constabulary, and the history behind the old schoolhouse that faces the sea. In short, the cowled bards of IOM Ghost Tours have a unique delivery and engaging style of storytelling that is replete with quick wit and good humour, underpinned by a breadth of knowledge and depth of research that adds validation to their tales. They achieve a level of performance that is both comfortable and (most importantly) chillingly interesting, even if you don’t believe in ghosts...yet!

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Douglas -Castletown This Hop-Tu-Naa the Ghost Train is set to depart Douglas and Castletown is the destination. What can you expect? How about a whole bunch of harrowing and hair-raising Hop-TuNaa shenanigans in and around the Ancient Capital of Mann. Departing at 1055 and 1250 on the 30th October, IOM Railways are unleashing their Hop-TuNaa Ghost Train, and there are child-friendly escapades designed for all the family to enjoy, including Lucky Dips, Wizard Schools and (the obligatory) Spooky Storytelling. And for those of us a little longer in the tooth, why not brave the late Hop Tu Naa Express, and enter Castletown city centre to hear of the grisly

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punishments handed out to hook-nosed witches! And don’t forget, the ‘Quartet of Horror’ within the walls of Castle Rushen: The Dungeon of Death, The Bloody Battle, The Hooded Hangman and The Headless Lord (not legless, on this occasion)... These events were an absolute scream last year, and the more nocturnal adventurers who immerse themselves in the spooky goings-on, the better! The train departs Douglas 28th and 29th at 18:15 dead.

yourselves of the Special Hop Tu Naa Express Train on the Saturday or Sunday! Express tickets afford you the train fare, bus transfer from Port St Mary and entry to Cregneash. Departure times are as those usually timetabled.

For those of a kindlier disposition, if witch burnings and headless blokes aren’t to your specific liking, (or if you’re under 12...) why not take a trip to Cregneash and enjoy the more traditional Hop Tu Naa events down there. You can always avail

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MANN LINK TRAVEL GOLF DAY 2011

Peel

A great day was had by all at the Mann Link Travel golf day at peel . All teed off in sunny weather and returned soaked. I thought the summer was over!

1st Place winning free return flights with Flybe anywhere on the

network, prize given by Flybe.

2nd place winning lounge passes for the Rendezvous lounge at Ronaldsway Airport given by Rendezvous Airport Services.

Neil Harris – Maitland(c) Craig Mitchell – Brown Craine Trevor Kirk – Lloyds TSB Ian Liddle – Mann Link Travel

Brian Kelly – Mann Link Travel(c) Michael Doherty – IOM Tourism Mike Shaw – Cemex Chris Hall - Manx Telecom

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3rd Place winning passes to SpeedyPark at Ronaldsway given by SpeedyPark. Seymour Corkhill – Colas(c) Mark Denton – SMP Partners

Individual prize -Longest Drive Mark Walker “bottle of vintage Port”

Individual prize -Nearest The Pin Sam Skelton “bottle of Malt Whisky”

Paul Cowell - Manx Telecom Mark Walker - Rendezvous guest

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SURE CELEBRATES 40MB BROADBAND LAUNCH

To celebrate the launch of the first 40mb broadband service available to Island residents, Sure held a balloon popping game in the Stand Street branch on

The Sure Shop Douglas

Thursday 1st and Saturday 3rd September. Contestants were asked a question and if successful proceeded to pop a balloon to reveal their prize. Amongst the winners

was delighted Mrs Harper from Ramsey who won a G4703 Asus Netbook and the Marsden Family who won 40mb broadband for a whole year.

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lways fancied getting back to nature but not particularly enthralled by the idea of sleeping on a ditchridden, tent-canvassed floor? Then this is the perfect weekend break for you. As the first and only Eco Campsite on the island, your secret getaway is a lot closer than you think. Newly opened this May and nestled within Union Mills are a cluster of picturesque Yurts. Each one an 18ft ash wood structure, they’re nothing short of the ultimate ‘glamping experience’. Hugged by the beautiful, lush Saba Glen and trickling river you’ll be transported back to the simple life. Inside these over sized nests you’ll have everything you could ever need, from a stove, towels, crockery and even a double bed complete with fluffy duvet. When the night sky begins to creep in you’re even provided with candles, boardgames and a campfire to huddle around before you head into your Yurt to sleep amongst the stars. There’s also a picnic area and BBQ outside or head to Le Couvert, a sheltered marquee dining area with an adjoining kitchen where you can sit beneath the large flickering candle lanterns and natter away with fellow Yurters. For those who really want to be at one with nature there’s an outdoor shower, as well as a heated gas shower for the more reserved, complete with complimentary organic body wash and shampoo. However, beware the outdoor compost toilet isn’t for the faint hearted. Choose from the Butterfly Patch, Salmon’s Leap or the luxury Yurt, River Bank, which comes complete with soft carpeted floor, a felt starry effect ceiling, solar power and even its own hot tub. So who says camping means sleeping bags and wet wipes? This Eco Yurt Campsite is the perfect balance between getting back to basics and getting lost in the romance of nature.

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f embracing all things ‘natural’ doesn’t get your holiday bug biting then perhaps you need something a little less relaxing and a little more frightening, like the ‘super-natural’. As the evenings draw shorter and Halloween lurks around the next corner perhaps a trip to one of the most haunted cities in Britain is what you need? Beneath the idyllic Tudor buildings of York is buried a much more sinister side waiting for you to explore. Steeped in Roman and Viking history, at night groups of tourists gather around the city waiting to be led down the shadowy cobbled streets. Founded by the Romans in 71 AD, York has suffered Viking invasion, Civil War, The Black death and a cholera epidemic making it a feeding ground for all sorts of ghoulish spirits. With its veining backstreets twining across the city and crooked buildings looming over the paths, your mind begins to wonder what could be hiding in the dark alleyways? As one of the oldest streets in York, ‘The Shambles’, originally the Anglo Saxon ‘Fleshammel’s’ meaning ‘Street of the Butchers’ is a famous ghost hunting stop off. With the likes of a headless Sir Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland, executed for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I flaunting the area along with a forlorn Margaret Clitherow, crushed to death by the authorities for illegally harbouring Catholic priests, just make sure you’re never left at the back of the tour group. Another of the stops includes what is said to be the most haunted building in Britain, ‘The Treasurers House’. Here legless Roman soldiers, a murderous wife and sallow faced children roam the corridors. So get your night vision goggles at the ready and visit York if you dare. With a whole host of beautiful boutique style hotels and bed and breakfasts to choose from there’s no shortage of luxurious beds for you to check under before calling it a night.

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f sitting by a pool just isn’t for you and you fancy a break with a difference then why not set yourself a challenge and hike the Pennine Way As Britain’s oldest long distance footpath you’ll experience some of the most breath taking views we’re privileged to call home here in the UK. On this two-week trek you’ll experience both highs and lows, literally and mentally, pushing yourself to your bodies limits and reaching the heights of Britain’s backbone.

Beginning at the village of Edale in Derbyshire’s Peak District, you’ll meander the 267 miles north to finish in Kirk Yetholm. Along the way you’ll experience some of England’s most spectacular and uncrowded countryside whilst recovering in some of the quaintest villages along the way. Passing over the birthplace of the industrial revolution recycled stone slabs from derelict mills and factories make up the causeways as you trample over the moorland peat bogs. Wandering across the landscape our ever changing British weather will leave you basking in sunshine spilled skies to being drenched in an eerie mist as you find yourself walking straight into the pages of a Bronte novel. Soon the smooth limestone of the Yorkshire Dales and striking peaks becomes the more rugged Pennines and the last stage of the walk along the 2000-year-old Hadrian’s wall is upon you. Finally ending with a calf clenching climax over the Cheviots you can kick your mud covered boots to the side for a well deserved pint in the village of Kirk Yetholm.

Pennine Way You’re Super-natural (if you can walk it...)

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MY NAME IS.... BRYONY HARRISON

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Film Reviews Cowboys & Aliens

Currently showing at the Palace Cinema On the face of it, this might sound like one of those awesomely crap Sci-fi channel films, like Megashark vs Giant Octopus... but it’s not. With an award winning lead actor, and Daniel Craig too, this latest Comicbook Conversion is just a welloiled, fantastically original cinematic ‘romp’ that makes no apologies for being precisely that.

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Art wor k x of Mann, in as sociatio n wi th No b l e s Hospi t al & the Isle of Man Arts Counc i l , pre se n t s.. . .

Beyond Horizons.... Venue: Upstairs Exhibition Area, Nobles Hospital, Isle of Man Bryo ny Harr ison is a Manx Reside nt Co n tempo rary Artist w ith a who lly u ni qu e v isio n o f the Island’s Vistas. Th is show fo llows o n f rom her f ir st succe ssfu l ex hib itio n ea rli e r this year at the E ri n Arts Centre. Her vibrant painting style is u se d to great ef fect i n the c reatio n o f a se ri e s of L and & Seascape works cur ren tly o n show at No b les Ho spi tal.

Bryony has a way of taki ng eve ryday v iews and givi ng the m a n extra li ft, bri ngi ng ou t the be st of ou r attractive Island in vivi d colou rs to make the vi ewe r aware of the i r beau ty; a b eau ty that pe rhaps we d on’t always stop to take noti ce of the se days . Expe ri me nti ng w it h colou r and li ght t o convey the e mot ions expe ri e nce d by a fie r y su nse t or a vibra nt

au t u m n mor ning, B r yony ’s wor k is imag ina t ive, u niqu e a nd int r igu ing. T he ex hib it ion is d u e t o r u n from now u nt il 1s t Nove mb e r. I f you wou l d l ike t o v iew more p ie ce s p l ease v is it he r p rofil e pag e: www.a r t wor kxofma nn. com /b io_ 9 004 0.ht m l

Bad Teacher

Out on DVD and Blu-ray from 31st October Cameron Diaz stars in this witty and often quite crude comedy. The Arragon Moar crudity does get a little much sometimes, so don’t watch it with your mum. But Timberlake actually holds his own ok on the big screen – even if you do expect him to break out in squeaky tones every so often. Worth a glance!

X-Men – First Class

Friday Out soon to rent on DVD In a season when we are anticipating another retelling of the origin of Spiderman, and the potential for another retelling of Batman’s too, following the much anticipated finale to the Dark Knight series; First Class is actually very watchable and cleverly casts some good young actors/actresses.

3D news Cloud Metamorphosis Moonlight Cove

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The Broadway Cinema has upgraded its 3D glasses to the latest models and been given permission to stream live events such as concerts, opera and sport events in 3D. Launch date JERSEY’S STYLE MAGAZINE announced soon.


Family Spectacular Sunday November 20th 3:00pm

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ORCHESTRA

The Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra is the Island’s only permanent orchestra and presents three concert seasons, undertakes a joint grand choral concert with the Isle of Man Choral Society and gives a number of chamber concerts each year under its Musical Director, Maurice Powell. The orchestra, which includes in its 60 or so members professional and semiprofessional musicians, teachers and many of the Island’s most experienced amateur players, has a long and distinguished history. It began life in 1917 as the Douglas Amateur Orchestral Society, became the Manx Amateur Orchestral Society from the early thirties until the late fifties, the Swarthmore Players until 1980, the Manx Sinfonia until 2004 and finally the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday 20th November VILLA MARINA 3 PM

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Buddy Holly Tribute Show 6th October Villa Marina Royal Hall

Programme includes: Peer Gynt Suite Raidersʼ March The Empire Strikes Back

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Live & Unplugged 7th October The Villa Marina

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www.iomso.co.uk The Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity no: 970

There will be exciting music from ‘Star Wars’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and a symphonic selection from the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber together with popular classical pieces by Mussorgsky, Elgar, Mozart and Copland. Something for all the family and children can come in fancy dress. A truly spectacular afternoon not to be missed. Tickets are available now on the TICKET HOTLINE tel: 600555

8th October The Gaiety Theatre

Candlelit Flute Concert 8th October

Lezayre Community Hall Bathe in the magic of Native American music

Bugsy Malone 11-15th October

Showing at The Gaiety Theatre

Sounds of Glen Millararr 15th Ocotber

Orchestral concert featuring Fiona Page, bringing nostalgic sounds of Glen Millar to the Villa Marina Royal Hall

Manx Gilbert & Sullivan 19th- 22nd October

Presents The Gondoliers - Showing at The Gaiety Theatre

Howard Beaumont The King of Keys 20th October The Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra has developed something of tradition with the November ‘Spectacular’ Concerts, beginning with the ‘Tchaikovsky Spectacular’ in 2008 and most successfully with last year’s ‘French Spectacular’. For 2011, the orchestra will be presenting a ‘Family Spectacular’ at the Villa Marina on Sunday November 20th at 3.00pm. The highlights will include the always popular musical fable, Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ narrated by Charles Guard, and music from Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’ with brilliant new choreography from the young ballet dancers of the Academy of Dance.

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International recording and concert organist performs at the Villa Marina Arcade

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Isle of Man Literary Festival 27th-30th September 2012 A coming together of writing nuts and fine literary talent from around the British Isles, all happening on the ludicrously beautiful Isle of Man. Put the dates in your diary. Supported by Appleby, the Isle of Man Arts Council and Isle of Man Advertising & PR. Confirmation and how to get involved will feature in Gallery November issue.


FEATURE

Ivor F H Moore is a man who has happily given over long periods of his life to music. Having been performing in bands for the majority of his life as a drummer and (mainly) a guitarist, he was a professional for more than twenty years and has lived in a number of countries. While his sense of humour is quick and his nature such that it puts one immediately at ease, his passion for music blooms in him when pressed. When we spoke about the nature of music itself, he agreed that there was something perhaps spiritual in it. He told me that sometimes a guitar can have issues that might not be immediately obvious. By listening to and watching someone play a guitar it is possible to diagnose an issue or perhaps identify if that instrument is not living up to its potential. Indeed, for some time he has repaired or setup guitars to put them in their best condition. Recently Ivor suffered an injury that had him immobilised in order to heal, affording him time and space for introspection. As is so often the case, Ivor seems to have landed on something of an epiphany... the seeds of an idea sewn for a small guitar making business.

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Philosophy • • • •

Where possible only manual tools are utilised Only the best materials are employed No use of huge industrial machinery Every instrument has a personal history

Now, with the price of fuel these days it is reasonable to get miffed at how expensive it is to drive to The Sound for a Sunday cup of coffee; so can you imagine how “astronomical” the cost is to travel to the moon? A tidy penny, and a bill that is possibly beyond the resources available to NASA these days, desptite the new Saturn V Rocket-esque designs NASA recently released. No, it may be fair to postulate that the recent (somewhat premature) retirement of the NASA Space Shuttles is the herald of a new age of space research: that of Private Enterprise; and being forecast as 5th in the list of nations likely to next reach the moon, it could also be fair to say that the Isle of Man is near the head of that field.

“Attitudes to space travel and astronomy as a whole have changed wildly in the past few decades. “ Previously one might have expected to find at an Astronomy lecture Sir Patrick Moore (patron to the Isle of Man Astronomy Society) speaking to a room full of anorak clad ‘dorks’, clothed in such a startling amount of acrylic and polyester that they risked propelling the entire lecture hall to the moon by the power of one enormous collective static shock. Nowadays you’re more likely to find a wide variety of students and general enthusiasts from myriad walks of life listening intently to the compelling Dr Brian Cox, together with a collection of swooning groupies perhaps. Reflecting Dr Cox’s enthusiasm, we met with Howard Parkin, Chairman of the Isle of Man Astronomical Society. His knowledge and enthusiasm walk hand in hand, and I can see why interest in this field is increasing exponentially. It helps that astronomy isn’t considered ‘uncool’ anymore. Astronomy itself is the branch of science that looks at the nature, laws, origin and function of the universe, not how Mars is affecting your love life this month...that’s astrology. They’re very different, apparently. And the best way to see space if you don’t have your own rocket? An observatory; and we have one of those on the Island! Anyone in the Isle of Man wishing to know more about the wonders of the night sky, expert or beginner, are welcome to go along to a couple of meetings and see what it’s all about. Regular meetings are held in the Observatory at 7.45pm for 8pm on the first Thursday of each month.

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“The best food is usually the product of using the best ingredients and keeping it simple.” From his small workshop Ivor designs and builds guitars to order, recycling available parts and always working with American Oak and other sustainable timbers where possible, including Mahogany and Maple derivatives. It’s like cooking, he explains. The best food is usually the product of using the best ingredients and keeping it simple. Each instrument he makes comes with a fully documented realisation to accompany the guitar, from design to completion. And importantly, each piece carries its own price. Ivor doesn’t just construct guitars that rival some of the finest industry products, he also believes that anyone should have the opportunity to play an instrument, and so seeks to build instruments that are both high in quality and affordable. He’s a passionate, emotional man and any artist who can channel both of those things into their creations will only ever produce the best from that which is plainly a Labour of Love.

oakguitars@manx.net Tel: 306669

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The Monthly Upload Want to win £100? All you have to do is email your entry with the subject ‘upload’ to: upload@gallery.co.im Make the files nice and big though, about 4MB is a good size to aim for as a

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Co nt ribut ing write r of the month

Ang r y P lane t Wo rds | Ia n Macgre g or

From a very broad viewpoint, it might be fair to say that the condition of the planet is a precarious one. Many news stories and documentaries will have us believe that the Earth is fragile and weak, balancing unsteadily on the cusp of catastrophe – the burning of one more sack of coal threatening to shove it over the edge resulting in an Alderaan-esque explosion that will send each of us rattling into space clutching the decaying remnants of our precious planet. This may sound flippant, but I write it thus because I think it’s important to remember that our beautiful planet is not fragile. It’s far more stoic, enduring and powerful than mankind.

On average in the last century there were almost 13,500 recorded earthquakes over 4 magnitude per year. Compare this figure to the period 2000-2011 and you see an average that is five hundred less. If we look at the total number of reported natural disasters since 1975, it’s possible to see an upward trend that might be a little alarming. According to EM-DAT there were almost ten times as many reported natural disasters in 2002 compared to 1975, for example. However, is this indicative of an increase in disasters, or an improvement in reporting and data collection? I’m not a scientist. I failed GCSE science at the first crack, and I never studied geography beyond 14 years of age. I don’t pretend to be an expert. What I am is a human living in a world to media saturation. The South Asian Tsunami in 2004 affected seven countries and killed almost a quarter of a million people. Watching the news feeds was terrifying. Watching a force of nature wreaking havoc like that was staggering and horrific. And yet, Hollywood has happily depicted such events in more grandiose and ridiculous fashion for years, before and after 2004. There was a voice in me that asked if I was desensitised to a true disaster. Was there a morbid fascination in me that was viewing the news feeds? Is this media saturation dulling my senses and blunting my empathy? Am I looking at these pictures with eyes that have been so utterly battered by the

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storm winds of Western Media coverage that I am struggling to discern between reality and fiction? The recent media frenzy in North America preceding Hurricane Irene is a case in point. For days leading up to the event, even in Britain we were seeing images and news reports of New York preparing to receive The Perfect Storm. Some were predicting events akin to a disaster film, and there you have it. That great anticipation of Irene slamming into Manhattan dominated much of the American news channels, and yet when she hit New York Irene was little more than a tropical storm. The media frenzy died away in the vacuum of cinematic imagery. Irene had failed to perform for the cameras, and America lost interest. However, the full force of that hurricane exacted a heavy toll on the Adirondacks of New York, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Roads and bridges were destroyed, and people lost their lives. Observers in some areas recorded rainfall in a single day between seven and thirteen inches! Ausable River burst its banks and tore through settlements. But it didn’t happen to Manhattan and it didn’t happen on camera.

Next December, the world is going to end. I don’t know whether you know that. It must be true, John Cusack is in a film about it. The ancient Mayan Long Calendar comes to an end on December 21st 2012. Or is it the 12th? Or did it actually end in the mid-eighties? Who knows! Again, I’m being flippant, but if I’m proved wrong and the world does come to an end next December, I guess you can all say ‘you told me so’. Although we’ll all be dead, so hey ho. One thing I will ask though: when your ‘Pets Dressed as People’ calendar at home runs out at the end of December every year, does your kitchen implode? Do you not think the Mayans just figured the end of the calendar was so far away that they wouldn’t bother finishing it? They couldn’t have anticipated the furore they’ve created; but then, they didn’t have FOX News did they.

No, whether it’s the Mayan’s Calendar or Planet X that’s going to get us, the fact is that death is a part of life (usually the last bit) and comes to us all. Mankind is on this planet at Mother Earth’s pleasure. She endures our presence with seemingly unending grace and patience, despite our role as ungrateful tenants thus far. We hear story after story about how we’re destroying our planet, but that’s a misnomer. Earth is fine; and she’ll be here a long time after we’ve all shuffled off the coil. What we are destroying is Earth’s ability to sustain mankind; our arrogance as a species leads us to believe we could destroy a planet.

Nature will always find a way. I remember my ma telling me about World War II. Over sixty million people lost their lives in the six year conflict, the vast majority of that figure being men. This obviously left the balance of genders in humans badly out of kilter. In the decade following that war, the birth rates of males exponentially and unexplainably increased; balancing out the species. Nature. And in response to the global perceived crisis of the environment, wherein high levels of CO2 are entering the atmosphere and mankind continues to level areas of rainforest, there is now talk of a bloom of ‘super’ algae that is capable of photosynthesising CO2 at high rates, and even producing clean fuel at the same time... We need to respect nature more than perhaps many of us do. While we’re guests in her home, perhaps we should respect her rules. After all, she could evict us whenever she likes.

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BRAND NEWS

Brand News Shopping Barbour Famous for their classic country and heritage approach to apparel, Barbour have been producing luxurious garments for over 100 years. Their Heritage Collection for this year’s Autumn/Winter wardrobe is influenced by just this: their past. The garments are a nostalgic mix of oversized chunky knits, washed out fabrics together with contrasting bold colours. The collection is a slim fitting range following the natural contours of the body to produce a finish tailored to perfection. Barbour have also been creating superb quality, quilted jackets for years which are an iconic piece for this season. Available in a range of styles and colours, these fashionable yet indispensable jackets will no doubt last you a lifetime. Also for this season The Barbour Sporting Collection, with Lord James Percy at the helm, offers a wardrobe of functional and practical garments. Each garment is field tested to ensure it’s totally fit for purpose and gives you the best freedom of movement for those long autumn walks.

Hunter – Rural turns Urban There was once a time when, to don a pair of Wellingtons eligibly, your family pet had to come in the form of a cow. However, in case you haven’t noticed, the Wellington boot is becoming increasingly popular and is now an acceptable everyday footwear item, largely thanks to Hunter. Working with the likes of Jimmy Choo, they have accomplished almost every Wellington variety possible, with collections ranging from sophisticated Regent black patent boots to bold-red and flamboyant-purple boots; in a gloss or metallic finish. However, Hunter are not just aesthetically pleasing; they have successfully merged urban and country fashion with a Wellington made from a natural rubber compound, which is vulcanised to achieve greater strength that allows your boot to hold its shape better. Their lining also has hardwearing properties with a multi-layer foot-bed and cushioned sponge inner-soles to add extra comfort whilst you strut the field.

Joules Born in the British countryside, crafted with true British style and eccentricity, Joules definitely bring a sense of quirkiness to the country table. Creating upbeat, colourful clothing for families who love the outdoors; this autumn/winter they’ve harvested colour in a whole new way, mixing it with contemporary equestrian style producing classic tweed women’s jackets in striking colours like cherry. Plus this season they’ve reinvented their women’s sweatshirt taking the rollneck to the extreme by adding long trim sleeves and hidden pockets to keep all of your cold bits cosy, now that the cooler temperatures are creeping in.

All quality brands available at The Mlls Shop, Tynwald Mills

www.tynwaldmills.com

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General and Designer dentistry

At Tracey Bell we oer day-to-day dentistry of the very highest standards and at surprisingly great value. We are well established on Island and have been treating families, business people, public gures, celebrities and tourists for many years simply all types. We like to create a more personal approach where all our sta are extremely courteous and sensitive to your concerns and requirements. Whether you need a lling, have a painful tooth, discoloured uneven teeth or even missing teeth, we can help. We love children too!

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Back to Nature GALLERY FASHION OCTOBER 2011 Photography & Styling: JULIAN SIMMONDS Hair & Make Up: JULIA SIMMONDS


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Zoe: Tweed Jacket – Jackpot, £159.95 White Shirt – Barbour, £89.95, Caramel Trousers – Jackpot, £89.95 Carly: Wax Jacket – Barbour, £199 Clara: Cream Gillet Vest – Joules, £59.95 Multi-brown satchel bag – Fossil, £165 All Available at the Mill Shop - Tynwald Mills


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Zoe & tiger: Joules Beaufort Tweed Polo Shirt - £59.00

Zoe Jacket: Quilted Jacket (Blue) – Joules £99.95 Boots: Dubarry Galways £299.00

Carly Kingsland’s Doncrest Jacket (Black) £159.00 Kingsland Breeches £159.00

Clara Luella Wax Jacket (Tan) – Toggi £152.00 Ariat Windrush Boots (Copper) £215.00

Zoe’s Jacket available at The Mill Shop All other items available from Horse and Rider, Tynwald Mills

Clara & Dissey: HV Polo Avila Top (Ivory) £39.99 Ariat Olympia Breeches (Truffle) £139.00

Carly & Bobby Pikeur Competition Shirt from £39.00 Pikeur Ricarda Breeches (Black) £148.00 All Riding Gloves £28.60


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Carly HV Polo Silk Scarf £24.99 Kingsland Jessica Breeches £155.00 Konig Grandgester Boots in Brown Crocodile Print – made to order from £690.00 Wax Jacket – Barbour £199.00 All Available from Horse and Rider, Tynwald Mills


Carly Khaki Puffer Vest – Ralph Lauren £140.00 Floral Shirt – Jackpot £59.95 Green Cargo Trousers – Ralph Lauren £90.00

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Clara Blue Polo Gillet Vest – Ralph Lauren £140.00 Blue Checked Shirt – Ralph Lauren £80.00 Red Hunter Wellies & Fur Socks - £79.00 & £30.00

Zoe Blue Hoodie (Navy) – Ralph Lauren £80.00 Black Hunter Wellies & Fur Socks £125.00 & £30.00

Zoe Boots Ariat Windrush (Copper) £215.00

Carly Kingsland’s Doncrest Jacket (Black) £159.00 Kingsland Breeches £159.00

Clara Polar Quilted Jacket (Blue) – Barbour £169.00 Dubarry Galways Boots £299.00

All boots available from Horse and Rider, Tynwald Mills

Carly Dubarry Galways Boots £299.00


Katrina Louise Hair & Beauty

Uncompromising standards of hairdressing in Laxey

Just across the Laxey Bridge on New Road, snuggled in an old converted building, is Laxey’s only hair & beauty salon. Katrina Louise provides a wide range of services from incredible cuts, gorgeous colours, hair care, a full range of beauty treatments, manicure & pedicures, and superb service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. For six years, proprietor Katrina owned a hair and beauty Salon in Fuengirola Spain, until earlier this year, when an illness in the family brought her back to the Island. When travelling through Laxey she saw that her brother’s old shop, Laxey Gallery, was for sale. Experiencing one of those moments of epiphany that are all too seldom in life, she immediately saw her dream in that empty building. She saw an opportunity, and seized it with both hands. In April, the salon was opened, Katrina’s vision realised exactly as she had imagined it upon first seeing the location. With new bright quality floor tiles and shabby-chic decor, ornate mirrors and a bright open aspect; the salon is most definitely a reflective of Katrina’s time in Spain. Having trained with Andrew Collinge, Katrina and her staff aren’t resting on their laurels, they are fully intending to keep ahead with ongoing training. Katrina wants to establish the salon as a place of quality and expertise. In the future she wants to share this expertise through the training of others on the Isle of Man.

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Services start with cuts for male and female, Brazilian Blow Dry, Marrakesh Oil treatments, beauty & nail treatments, quality hair extensions and wedding or party hair. The salon also provides Bed Head hair products (for men and women), TG Make-up and a selection of jewellery to finish that look.

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Name: Katrina Speciality: Owner Tell us something interesting: “Really happy to be back on the Isle of Man”

Name: Natasha Speciality: Beauty Therapist/Nail Technician Tell us something interesting: “I’d love to free dive with sharks”

Competition A REAL makeover transformation for your hairdo worth £300! With autumn upon us already, and the Christmas party season being only round the corner, do you fancy having the best hairdo for those Parties? How about a full head hair extension; one colour, 16” of 100% real hair? Well here’s your chance! All you need to do is answer the following question, where did Katrina live in Spain? Simply send an email with the word SPAIN and your answer in the subject line to: competition@gallery.co.im Don’t forget to include your name and phone number. Alternatively you can write it down and drop it into the Salon in Laxey.

Name: Lindsey Speciality: Hairdresser Tell us something interesting: “I would like to skydive one day”

Competition closes 25th October 2011. Prize voucher valid until 30th November 2011. The competition winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries and notified directly.

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Beauty News Nature’s Glee This new collection created by Natalie Jenkins made especially for Manx National Heritage is a true celebration of the wonders of Mother Nature. Natalie, who owns the island’s all natural Nurture Nature skincare specialists, has branched out to develop product for ‘Nature’s Glee’, a new brand developed by Manx National Heritage, using natural ingredients. If the thought of pumping chemicals into your body makes you quiver, then why would what you’re willing to put on your body be any different? With Nature’s Glee their products steer well away from nasty sounding chemicals such as parabens, sodium laureth sulphate or synthetic fragrances; so it doesn’t get much purer than Nature’s Glee. Nature’s Glee first collection is a mouth-watering honey range , made from 100 per cent natural ingredient using Manx National Heritage’s very own honey from The Grove in Ramsey. Blended with essential oils, not only does this range smell divine but with a mixture of sweet almond oil, ylang ylang, may chang and lavender; it will leave your skin feeling just as divine. Choose from a shower gel, solid soap, body cream, hand wash, hand cream and lip balm; all leaving you smelling good enough to eat. You can get your hands on Nature’s Glee products from Manx National Heritage sites and www.manxheritageshop.com

Be a Natural Beauty Wearing make-up, whether you apply it by the trowel load or just the minimum amount just to hide those dark circles, can still take its toll on your skin. As one of the most delicate and sensitive parts of your body, slapping unnatural substances onto your face every single day can leave your skin feeling suffocated. However, thanks to UNE - a new organic make-up collection - you can guiltlessly apply your make-up and finally let it breathe, whilst still looking amazing. Formulated to bring out the skinís natural tones, their products are refreshingly made from 98-100% natural ingredients where possible. With everything from a Healthy Glow Mineral Powder to Breezy Cheeks blush you can have that fresh faced, outdoorsy glow from the comfort of your dressing table. UNE is available at Boots and various online stockists.

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ituated in the glorious, natural surroundings of Bradda Head with unbridled views of Port Erin and the coast of the Calf of Man you can now enjoy a whole new menu from the Bradda Glen Restaurant. Transforming from a relaxed eatery during the day to a stunning restaurant and function venue at night, thanks to the restaurant’s large sun terrace you get breath taking views thrown in with every mouthful. Their new menu focuses on delicious yet simple dishes cooked to perfection using ingredients literally on their doorstep, with the likes of their dairy products sourced from Cooil’s farm at the end of the restaurant’s drive. During the day they now offer a more relaxed menu ranging from morning choices of eggs Benedict, traditional English breakfasts, homemade granola and ham and eggs to afternoon homemade pies and hot sandwiches, the perfect toe warmers after a wind swept, cliff walk. In the evening the menu is transformed with dishes like pan seared scallops and chorizo accompanied by local new potatoes and baby plum tomatoes or Brandon Rost award winning kiln smoked salmon with a beetroot salad and horseradish créme fraiche. Plus you can also get restaurant favourites like steak, share platters and traditional Sunday roasts served all day for any late risers. So go and indulge yourself at Bradda Glen, with stunning views and stunning food it’s a feast for all your senses.

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f you’re looking for a shopping experience a little quainter then head to the Castletown markets in Callow’s Yard which now take place every weekend from 9am on a Saturday and from 11am on a Sunday. With a range of stalls offering everything from fresh locally caught fish, continental deli meats, cheeses and a selection of herbs plus homemade cakes, ice cream and fresh pancakes for those with a sweeter tooth, there’s a little something for everyone. Amongst just some of the stall holders featuring at the market are Simply Delicious offering both savoury and sweet baked goods for the indecisive palette, World of Cheese, A & J Quality Butchers and Cushlin Seafoods for some of the best Manx fish around. So go local this weekend and see what gastro delights you discover.

A Great Year For Greeba This year has seen Greeba Farm growing from strength to strength, not only is the farm celebrating its 40th anniversary in the mushroom growing industry but the farm has acclaimed huge accreditation for its produce. Winning Best Large Company in the Manx Food Heroes Awards they’ve now won two prestigious awards at the 2011 Taste Awards for their Giant mushroom and their Portabella mushroom. The Greeba Giant mushroom, a firm large white closed cup mushroom named after local legend, is grown for longer and has a wonderful full flavour and firm, crisp bite. While the rich Portabella grown in both white and chestnut has a much meatier texture. These two winning varieties are amongst a vast range grown by the farm from the delicate button to the full flavoured flat mushroom. So try them for yourself with mushrooms available across the island in all Shoprite and Robinsons stores or alternatively buy fresh from the farm.

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Admiral House Hotel awarded three star rating

Admiral House Hotel in Douglas was awarded a three star rating this summer by Quality in Tourism; an independent assessment body contracted by Isle of Man Tourism. The hotel’s rating has increased by a star for displaying a high standard of service, food and accommodation.

Admiral House Hotel was also recently awarded two rosettes by the AA for its restaurant JAR: the maximum rating attainable for a restaurant upon its first inspection.

General manager at the Admiral House Hotel, Rachel Camilleri said, “The Quality in Tourism inspectors are renowned for having incredibly high standards but we were quietly confident that the review would go well. We work very hard to make sure that all of our visitors receive the same high level of service all day, every day; and it is fantastic news that we have been recognised for this.” JAR restaurant has some exiting plans for the future starting with from the 2nd week in October the restaurant will be open 7 days a week and be taking bookings up to 10pm.

“Full details with Chef Profiles and what’s on the menu presentation in the November gallery magazine.” r

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Words | Janet Bridle | Chair of the Manx Organic Network

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rganic farming has been established on the Isle of Man for over 20 years. In fact, there is one Manx farmer - Andrew Moore of Balladoole Farm near Castletown - who has never farmed any other way.  Over the last couple of decades people have become more knowledgeable about the food we eat and been able to question certain food production practices.  Organic is widely recognised as a very high standard of food production - the gold standard.

“Organic farming is about the direct connection between the food we eat and our health. Knowing that our food has been produced in a system where pesticide use is severely restricted, artificial fertilisers are banned and free range really does mean free range gives me and my family peace of mind.”  Jenny Devereau, a member of the Manx Organic Network (MON).

So why hasn’t there been more Manx organic produce available in our shops? I asked Pheric Curphey, whose family have farmed organically in Kirk Michael since 1990. “This is due in part to the relatively low numbers of certified organic farmers and because of this it has always been tricky to get a thorough foothold in the market place. Major retailers rely a lot on continuity of supply and because of our low volumes continuity has been difficult to maintain.”      Certified organic farmer Adam Kelly of Carnane Organic Farm near Douglas adds, “For organic meat this can be particularly tricky,”  “Organic meat production is a slower process than that of conventional production.   Organic cattle have a more natural diet, which means they mature more slowly. Organic beasts spend most of their lives outside grazing. Unlike their conventional cousins, they are not brought in under cover and fed a protein rich diet, which helps speed their growth. “If there is a drought and the grass is slow growing, the organic beast will grow more slowly too.  The upside is that the meat is fantastic.  In fact, cattle matured on a more natural grass-fed diet rich in clover have higher levels of omegas than those fed a soya/grain-based diet.” Over the years a relationship has developed between Radcliffe Butchers in Castletown and our certified organic meat producers. Chris Lennon of Radcliffe Butchers explains in order to maintain the integrity of the organic status, Radcliffe have undergone the rigorous process of getting their shop and work area certified organic.  “This means that the certification process which starts in the field will follow that product right onto your fork.” Pure Manx Organic beef and lamb is available to buy either from their shop in Malew Street, Castletown or their online service at www.radcliffebutchers.com - and we recommend that you do fill your freezer because the meat will be seasonal and not available every week of the year.   If you have any questions, would like to learn more or are maybe thinking of going down the organic certification route, please feel free to contact me at: jbridle@manx.net or call 835436.

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ou might be forgiven for believing that the most complex question regarding a glass of water is whether yours is half full or half empty, but the people at Green Mann Spring would beg to differ. While many people would confess to not knowing the difference, there are actually a couple of categories of bottled water. Spring and Mineral Water have to originate from an underground water source, can only be bottled at source and must satisfy the stringent parameters for physical, chemical and microbiological limits being tested regularly to prove continuous quality. This distinguishes it from drinking water which can come from a variety of sources including municipal supplies and can be chemically treated to alter the water’s properties. The water of Green Mann Spring filters down from land where no chemicals or fertilisers are ever used. They are the only Manx spring water bottlers and suppliers on the island and do not bottle for anyone else; so if it does not say Green Mann Spring on the bottle it is not Green Mann Spring water in the bottle.

Now we’re very lucky on the Isle of Man, because our tap water is excellent compared to some municipal supplies in the UK, but there is something to be said for the clarity and freshness of a bottled Spring Water, and knowing you’re drinking fresh spring water from Our Fair Isle is something naturally cathartic too.

The Apple Orphanage Inspired by the Isle of Man’s natural resources and a hatred of seeing nature’s offerings going to waste, Will Faulds and Charlotte Traynor founded The Apple Orphanage in 2009. The name almost conjures up an image of forlorn apples being rescued from a fate of rotting on the ground with the autumn leaves and being given a happy purpose to their existence. No, of course apples don’t have feelings, but it still tugs a heart-string, doesn’t it? The Apple Orphanage is a unique yet simple idea whereby people trade their unwanted home-grown apples for apple juice, which is traditionally pressed at The Lynague Farm on the coast, north of Peel. “We call it our Cooperative Harvest,” say Will and Charlotte. “Tree owners get the benefit of free juice for apples that otherwise might go to waste and we produce 100% Manx apple juice.” They’ll give a good home to all apples, including crab apples. Some of the fruits are blended together to create ‘sweet’ or ‘crisp’ juices. Others are singled out for their unique flavours and pressed into single variety juices. All people have to do is take their spare fruit to the base at Lynague and after it’s been weighed, they can take away what they’re owed in juice. Even if you plan to make use of your own apple crop - let’s face it - there is a limit to the number of apple pies you’re likely to want to eat! Will has also been making cider and wine at the farm for a number of years now and the couple intended to launch their new commercial Manx cider venture at the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival. Like all of the Apple Orphanage products, the ingredients for the cider are sourced locally and traditional production methods are used. May be worth keeping an eye out for

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Wine The Natural way - Organic G

ood wines come only from good quality grapes, carefully tended in the vineyard and then treated gently from the moment of harvest to when they are bottled. With every process that the wine goes through a little of its character is stripped away. Smaller producers aim to handle the wine as little as possible and one technique is to use gravity in the winery rather than pumps. ‘Organic’ wine producers go a step further by not using pesticides, although they are allowed to use Bordeaux Mixture, Copper Sulphate mixed with lime, which has been widely used for over 100 years to protect vines from downy mildew. At the moment the term ‘organic’ only controls the methods used in the vineyards and the correct term on the label is ‘wine produced from organically grown grapes’.

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iodynamic producers take it to greater extremes. Biodynamic methods of agriculture are based on ideas suggested in the 1920s by philosopher, Rudolf Steiner. His methods include using certain preparations made from cow manure, quartz and horsetail, which are transformed using animal organs, and then applied to the soil at specific times of the day, depending on the lunar cycle. Time and dedication is required along with a real belief in the philosophy as the producers are sometimes required to spray these preparations on to their vines in the middle of the night! There are those who believe and those who think these dedicated producers must be slightly mad! The proof is in the wine – the only way to decide for yourself is to try them! Some biodynamically produced wines to look out for include: Michel Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Bila Haut £9.25 Colome Estate Malbec £15.45 Produced in Argentina from grapes grown at over 3000m above sea level – the highest vineyards in the world. Words | Anne Berry The Wine Cellar t

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Recipe: Tip, the fresher the ingredients, the better to Mojito! And make the drinks one by one, this isn’t best as a jug mix. And mint is a hardy herb, robust enough to grow in the Manx garden. Even our editor has managed not to kill his off.

Ingredients (per glass): Juice of ½ Lime, and a wedge for garnish Handful of mint leaves (8 or so) & a sprig for garnish 1 tablespoon of sugar 4 Fl oz White Rum A hefty splash of Sparkling/Soda Water (to top it off)

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ow Mojitos are a very popular cocktail in summer for their freshness and, but being so popular means they have many variations these days. Despite it being autumn, we’re indulging ourselves! Traditionally speaking, Mojitos are not very strong and usually made of five simple ingredients: White Rum, Cane Sugar, Lime juice, Sparkling Water and Mint Leaves. The original Cuban element comes from the use of spearmint or Yerba Buena (a variety of mint common on the island). The careful balance of sweetness and freshness from the citrus and mint are intended to take the edge of that rum kick.

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Preparation: To a tall glass, add the juice from most of the lime segments, sugar and mint leaves. Mash these together with a muddler, just enough to bruise the leaves and release those essential oils. Don’t shred ‘em. Add the rum and briefly stir to dissolve the sugar and lift the bruised leaves off the bottom of the glass. Now drop in crushed ice and the sparkling/soda water and stir to create that attractive green and clear drink! Garnish it with the last lime wedge and mint sprig, if you’re feeling fancy.

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Brookville a home in the heart of nature Who says getting in touch with nature means you have to roll around in muddy fields or camp out in tiny tents? No, how about immersing yourself in true modern comfort, surrounded by uninterrupted rural and coastal views – which we’d argue are two of the things the Isle of Man does best! Brookville in Ballabeg is a £1.4m unique country residence from around 1890, and is south facing to catch every month of sunshine you can. A large modern family dining kitchen are perfect for putting your locally sourced produce to good use, and spacious traditional and family sitting rooms are the ideal way to spend time as a family, or just to enjoy some peace.

Outside the main building you’ll also find a triple garage and sizeable garden area, all set in approximately 5 acres of land. And of course, being surrounded by nature, you’ll surely find use for the summer house, timber shed, guest cottage and pony stable! In short, this long established, beautifully appointed rural dwelling is the perfect way to enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Isle of Man in comfort, style and luxury. And with views like these, you’d never have to go anywhere else... For more details call 845252 or visit Harmony Homes Website. www.harmonyhomes.co.im

An en-suite master bedroom is accompanied by three more double bedrooms and a study-come-single bedroom...as well as more rooms in the attic, mean you’ll not struggle for sleeping berths in this dwelling.

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The Penthouse Suite No 86 Quay West Douglas We all know that to aspire is to look up, wide eyed, and if walking by Douglas harbor what you see doesn’t get much better than Heritage Homes’ Quay West Penthouse Suite. Carefully and successfully dancing the fine line between opulence and style, this £1,995m duplex penthouse strikes a happy medium between home comfort and staggering wow-factor appeal. "No. 86 is the latest addition to our Premier Collection range of properties and sets new standard in luxury apartment living. From the second you walk through the front door, the penthouse is a testament to the very best in architectural and interior design.” Lin White, Heritage Homes’ Associate Director of Sales isn’t wrong! With a sweeping hall that leads to a grand, open living space. A selection of interiors and furnishings by award-winning design practices Carter Tybergheign and J.E. Freeman Showhome Interiors accentuate the style and quality of the generously sized rooms.

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Arranged over two floors, the three-bedroom penthouse provides almost 3,000 sq.ft. of sumptuous living space, whilst the two spacious roof terraces offer unrivalled views over North Quay marina and provide additional areas for entertaining and relaxing. The views of the marina show off Douglas at its busiest best, and the integrated audio-visual unit in the living area is beautifully deployed. "This sophisticated city retreat has been designed for those who appreciate attention to detail and perhaps live busy lives in the fast lane of the 21st Century, which is why we are offering it for sale fully-furnished and ready to move straight into".

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A showcase of the very highest standards of quality, the penthouse features fully marbled bathrooms, under-floor heating, a luxurious kitchen with integrated Miele appliances and most impressive of all a state of the art whole apartment lighting and audio control system from ‘Le Grand’.

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Private Balcony for Guest Bedrooms A special touch is that there is an adjoining balcony just for the guest bedrooms, also overlooking Douglas Marina. La Grand Lighting & Audio System This is the height of environment control, allowing the homeowner to open the curtains or tune in the radio for any room at the touch of a button. Moreover, one can program a series of settings to one button. Having a romantic meal? Dim the lights, draw the curtains and play a soft playlist from one button. Guests round for a few drinks? Raise the mood lighting, brighten the music and open the curtains onto that stunning view!

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e imagine that to most of us, the recent discussions on renewable energy, wind farms and the like will almost seem abstract; the only mention of an impact to us personally being whether it will mean 1p or 8p per unit. But for some time now companies and individuals have been constantly working towards methods of reducing the dependence on mains electric or gas or oil-burning heating. A sample of the technology available at the moment (and always being developed and improved upon) include Insulated Concrete Forms, a building material constructed of 100% recycled webbing and Expanded Polystyrene which utilises concrete and steel construction resulting in energy savings in the home of up to 70%, compared to traditional wood building methods. Or perhaps Geothermal heating, which takes advantage of the fact that just 6 feet below the Earth’s surface the temperature remains constant all year round. Through clever use of a series of pipes buried outside the home, Geothermal heating and cooling transfers the heat into the home in winter and reverses the process in summer, using a system consisting of a compressor, heat exchanger and pipes filled with water and anti-freeze. This can also produce up to 95% of domestic hot water – although these systems are more suited to new builds than attempting to retro-fit.

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feet under might not mean the END

The bottom line is incentive. In the UK, entrepreneurs like Chris Hopkins (featured on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den) are able to sell the installation of solar panels to home owners on the back of the MCS Government Body. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme has established Feed-in Tariffs to encourage home owners to generate their own clean energy, up to a maximum of 3.6Kw for a domestic property. What does this mean? It means that the UK government will apparently pay you around 43.7p per unit generated by you via renewal resources Then it is up to you what you do with that. In the UK there is no monopoly on District Network Operators (DPO), and so you can choose your DPO and arrange to sell your renewably-generated energy back to them. On the IOM we have one DPO... the MEA. Is there a Manx equivalent of the MCS? No. Are we affiliated with the existing UK MCS? No. Why not...?

Now then, these schemes are never free, and it is true to say that the bill payers in the UK foot the cost of this incentivising to some extent. But is that not actually money well spent? Can we not see it as money invested in the future, instead of burned away with a bottle of gas? Gallery Magazine worry that these discussions often get bogged down in ‘the cost of implementation or upkeep’ and we may forget ‘the deadly cost of inaction’. Agreed, it is not always right to just do something, but it’s downright wrong to wilfully do nothing. For information on Integrated Building Technology: www.nudura.com For information on what is being achieved locally, and to get involved: www.manxsolarenergy.com For information on the MCS: www.microgenerationcertification.org

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Rendezvous Airport Services > Brett Turner Brett Turner Born

31/07/63 St Albans

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Beaumont School, St Albans

First job

Hotel Waiter

Car

Mitsubishi Shogun

Book

Sporting Biographies

Music

Anything by Genesis

Film

The Italian Job, the original one!

Sports

Avid cricket fan

Last holiday

Skiing in Val-d’Isère, France

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Spending time with my children, Travelling and of course thinking up new business ideas

What lead to the creation of Speedyparking, in particular? During my 18 months living in Dubai, I came to realise that almost every facility had valet parking. Thinking of the amount of business travel that goes through Ronaldsway, as well as other types of passenger, I believed that the Island needed a quality valet service for the airport. What did you do before setting up Speedyparking? I was involved in the start up of Euromanx, and continued there until the sale in 2005. After that I set up the Isle of Man Flight Support here until I left in 2008 to live in Dubai. What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned? A whole bunch of lessons from having to do it all yourself. I can’t understate the difference between working for yourself and working for someone else. It’s a steep learning curve. What would you attribute your success to? Staff, pure and simple. Having good staff who are happy and as passionate about wanting the business to succeed as you are is a huge thing. And you’ve got to have a little luck here and there too. What are your plans for the future? We’re always looking to consolidate our current business as well as expanding our consultancy. Recently we won a contract to establish a new ground handling company in Accra, Ghana on behalf of a consortium of businesses including the national Aviation and Airport Authority there...it’s very exciting.

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The Speedy Way to Park at The Isle of Man Airport

Let’s be honest, the best part of travelling is arriving at your destination. Everything that precedes that is not much more than a means to an end, and something not to be anticipated with glee by most of us driving around and around the car park trying to find a good parking spot, dragging your luggage to the check-in followed by the queues at the cafe outlet, and the hard seats or noisy departure lounge. Honestly, it’s something all of us could do without: it’s no way to start a business trip or a holiday. And when you get back! All you want to do is be home...no-one looks forward to travelling back, queuing for luggage and then trying to remember where you parked the car only to find that some kind soul has run a trolley into the bumper, and you’ve got a repair bill on your hands! Happily, it needn’t be so! Wouldn’t it be nice to just roll up to a dedicated parking space with-in 5 meters of the terminal entrance? How about being assisted with your luggage to the check-in desk, or if you’re flying with Manx2.com taking advantage of an exclusive VIP check in area? Well now you can. Thanks to the Speedypark provided by Rendezvous Airport Services you can now start to enjoy the very first leg of your journey in a relaxed fashion, happy in the knowledge that your car is being cared for in a secure parking lot, patrolled 24/7. The concierge staff will even turn the engine over and release the breaks regularly for you. And whilst you’re away – should you wish – you can have your vehicle professionally valeted.

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And it doesn’t stop there... Once through security, why not partake of the exclusive Rendezvous Executive Lounge, where you can wait for your flight in comfort and style. Sponsored by Chreechurch Capital and associated companies, the Lounge has recently been given a chic new look and boasts a wide range of complimentary wines, spirits and beers, as well as freshly ground coffee, tea, a large variety of light snacks, fresh fruit and continental breakfast. And so, once you’ve returned to our beautiful island what do you always need? Fresh food springs to mind. A pre-ordered Welcome Home Pack could come in really handy don’t you think? Consisting of enough fresh Manx produce to ensure you’re not left hungry as well as tired from your travels! Rendezvous Airport Services is the brainchild of husband and wife team Brett and Sarah Turner, of Platinum Holdings PLC. Rendezvous Airport Services also operate the first left luggage facility on the Island if you need to store your luggage for a short period or even overnight. They are also the ground-handling agents for Manx2. com here on the Isle of Man. Furthermore they provide Rendezvous Freight Services, operated on behalf of Flybe, Manx2.com and Aer Arann. Lastly, did you know…If you’ve a visiting dignitary that you would like to impress, there’s a Rendezvous Meet & Greet Service? They can be greeted and chauffeur driven in a luxury car to your home or business destination in comfort and style. No? Well now you do.

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So, how much does speedypark cost? Same day return: £10.00

WIN 1 years free VIP parking worth up to £1000!!

Up to 24 hrs: £12.00 with £4.00 per 24 hours there after up to 14 days.

A year’s free speedyparking at the Airport could be yours by answering the following question:

(Airport general parking £11.50 per day, with £3.50 per 24 hours there after)

What is the difference in price to park for up to 24 hours with speedypark as opposed to the general airport car park?

15 days – 3 months: £68.00 (Airport general parking £60.00) Difference £8.00

Open to all don’t forget to include your name, phone number and email address. To email your entry put AIRPORT and then your answer in the subject line and send it to competition@gallery.co.im or alternatively you can write it down and drop it into the concierge at speedypark.

Only a small difference for all the benefits mentioned is a very small price to pay.

Competition closes 31st October 2011. The competition winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries and notified directly.

For further information and cost for the Rendezvous Executive Lounge, Left Luggage Facility, Valet Cleaning, Welcome Home Pack and VIP Meet & Greet Chauffeur Service simply visit the website, give them a call or just turn up. As long as the airport is open they will be there. Rendezvous Executive Lounge

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GOLD Get paparazzi at your events. Words| Stuart Cowan - Investment Director at Ramsey Crookall & Co

Whilst reading last month’s issue of “Gallery” where the prominent theme was ‘Pirates’, I found myself thinking of the many iconic images associated with swashbuckling buccaneers and their cutlasses, Jamaican rum, “pieces of eight” and Spanish doubloons. The latter was a gold coin weighing about 0.21 troy ounces minted in Spain, Mexico and Peru and, as an investment manager, I was intrigued to find out what the current value of a doubloon would be at today’s record price for gold bullion. Given that gold has recently traded at $1,900 dollars per troy ounce, then one doubloon in sterling terms would be worth £240 or thereabouts and is likely to go higher as gold has been in an uptrend for several years, indeed it has been one of the best performing asset classes for the past eleven years. What is driving the price, including a spectacular rise of 26% in the year to date? Well basically gold has found itself once again to be the ultimate safe haven as it has always been at times of economic, political or military uncertainty.

those heavy and bulky bars. They are called Exchange Traded Funds and they allow you to invest in the physical metal without taking delivery of it. The funds, known as ETFs trade freely on all the major stock exchanges including London and offer investors liquidity and security. For all its obvious attractions gold does not offer an income and, in my opinion, should form just a part of a diversified investment portfolio even at a time of economic uncertainty. For further advice on investing in gold contact a registered and reputable independent investment adviser, stockbroker or investment manager who will be pleased to assist you.

Gold has been a measure of stability for at least 6,000 years and is currently proving an effective hedge against both inflation and deflation as one of its strengths is its relatively inelastic supply curve, particularly when measured against paper currencies where more notes can be issued by simply turning on the printing presses. However, it is when you examine the ‘consumers’ of gold that some interesting facts come to light. In the second quarter of 2011, 48% of the demand for gold was for jewellery, dentistry accounted for just 1% and gold bars amounted to 22.5%, a sign that Central Banks have started to buy again, presumably to diversify their reserves. Coins and medals accounted for a hefty 9% of production, perhaps there is still a demand out there for the Spanish doubloon? For investors there are ways of investing in gold which do not involve renting a safety deposit box in the middle of Europe or underpinning the floors of your house to accommodate all Get paparazzi at your events. Stuart.Cowan@ramseycrookall.com 70

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Life Assurance/ Investments Administrator Our client is looking for both temporary and permanent members of staff to join their team. Relevant experience within financial services or life assurance is essential This October we’re planning to run a 1 day course to help the long-term unemployed back to work. The course will cover interview techniques, image improvement, self-esteem, psychometric and job match testing; and will be provided free of charge. Six places are available on the initial course, and those candidates who are interested should send their CV along with a hand written covering letter to us; and an application form will be sent in response. Ambitions Recruitment 26 Finch Road Douglas IM1 2PT

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David Kneeshaw, Chief Executive of Royal London 360°

Royal London increase new business

Hamblin celebrate 25th anniversary

Business School Student of the Year

Royal London 360° has recorded an increase in new business of 37% during the first six months of 2011, compared to the same period last year. The Isle of Man-based offshore life company wrote £209m of new business between 1 January and 30 June, compared to £153m in 2010.

Hamblin Employment Group, the Isle of Man’s largest and longest established recruitment consultancy, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

An employee of the Palace Hotel & Casino has been named Student of the Year on her course at the Isle of Man’s International Business School.

The Douglas-based company, which first opened its doors in ‘87, provides a range of services and many staff members are longserving, including Finance Director Alex Thomson, who has been with the company from day one. The group recently held an event to celebrate the milestone, as well as marking the start of a new era following a management buy-out by Chief Executive Emma Allard earlier in the year.

Training and Communications Officer, Laura Bulgakova, completed the Certificate in Human Resources Practice (CHRP) in June; a course delivered by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the professional body for those involved in the management and development of people, and is the equivalent of an NVQ/SVQ Level 3.

The launch in April of Oracle, Royal London 360°’s new international single premium investment bond, has already brought in a large volume of new business. Oracle has been well received in the marketplace by both IFAs and investors, thanks to its competitive charging structure, wide ranging and flexible guided architecture fund range, and low minimum premium. David Kneeshaw, Chief Executive of Royal London 360°, commented: “The 37% increase in new business is proof that our investment in infrastructure and our recent product development work is paying off... I am confident we will continue to increase our market share and build on the incredibly hard work being done by our staff during the remainder of 2011.”

Emma said: ‘Hamblin has been trading for 25 years this year and we thought it a great opportunity to mark the occasion alongside our valued clients, associates and staff. Some things may have changed this year, but we remain dedicated to providing an unparalleled range of services for the Isle of Man. We have been experiencing organic growth, which will see us continue to move forward, while maintaining our professional stance at all times.’

Laura has worked at the Palace Hotel & Casino for five years, prior to which she studied at university in Latvia before starting work within the gaming industry. Since starting with the Sefton Group, Laura also completed OCR Level 1 in Business Communication. Her current role involves supporting the Human Resources function within the Palace Casino, including recruitment, selection, induction and training.

APPLEBY WINS “INTERNATIONAL LEGAL TEAM OF THE YEAR” AT THE STEP PRIVATE CLIENT AWARDS Appleby was named “International Legal Team of the Year 2011/12” at the prestigious Step Private Client Awards 2011/12 held in London on Thursday 15 September 2011. The Awards ceremony, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel, was attended by over 670 professionals in trusts, estates and private client work. John Rimmer, Appleby Isle of Man Private Clients and Trusts Practice Group Head accepted the award from Alistair McGowan, host for the evening, on behalf of the global team and commented: “We are thrilled to have won this prestigious international award, recognised by leading professionals as being among the very highest in legal services in private client work. The whole team is delighted to receive recognition for the exceptional service that we offer our clients as their trusted legal advisors.” This win reinforces Appleby’s position as a leading provider of private client & trusts services. The Group has achieved recognition worldwide for its services, offering clients choice, flexibility and practical solutions. The Group has also been named as one of the top 25 most admired companies 2011 by Private Client Practitioner magazine.

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Manx Telecom appoints new Finance Director Gary Lamb, a qualified accountant who has gained extensive business experience in senior roles over the past 20 years, has been appointed as Manx Telecom’s Finance Director. For 11 years Gary was the Group Finance and IT Director at Strix Ltd, a world leading innovator and manufacturer. Gary left Strix in 2007 to become a Founder Director of Bladon Jets Ltd. Bladon Jets is one of the Isle of Man’s newest, high profile innovative companies with recent worldwide publicity and acclaim for its partnership with Jaguar Land Rover and use of its jet engines in the Jaguar C-X75 supercar. Gary will remain a non-executive director of Bladon Jets. Commenting on his appointment to Manx Telecom, Gary said: “I have been fortunate enough to have worked with two successful, innovative Manx companies over the past 15 years and I now look forward to joining Manx Telecom, another leading Manx company with an enviable reputation. I am delighted to be joining the team and looking forward to making a positive contribution to their continued success.” Gary takes over the role of Finance Director from Mike Dee who is now Manx Telecom’s Managing Director. Mike Dee said: “Gary’s knowledge and expertise, combined with his experience of working in the Isle of Man, make him the ideal choice for the role of Finance Director. Gary has qualities and experience which will enable him to make a significant and valuable contribution to the development of Manx Telecom both on-Island and off-Island.”

MAC Group expands its aviation team

Steve McCafferty joins Simcocks Trust

Boston hires Ali Stennett

MAC Commercial & Professional Risks has announced a specialist appointment to its Aviation Division. Brian Kirkland who has over 30 years experience in the aviation insurance industry, has joined as an “Aviation Consultant”.

Steve is well known in the Isle of Man’s financial services community with over 30 years banking experience including 6 years in London and the last 11 years on the Island. During this time Steve held senior positions at Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Barclays Wealth with a particular focus on offshore financial markets.

Boston Limited has announced the appointment of Ali Stennett to its Board of Directors. Ali will advise new and existing clients on international structuring matters, as well as taking responsibility for business development.

Brian had spells with the captive insurance businesses of KLM, SAS and Swissair, and in addition worked extensively for Cox’s, a Lloyds syndicate, operating in the aircraft insurance industry. Jon McGowan, Managing Director of the MAC Group said, “Our appointment of Brian reflects MAC’s dedication to only working with specialist professionals who are absolute experts in their chosen field. Our clients, who already include aviation related businesses, expect nothing but the very highest levels of experience and professionalism from MAC and with Brian joining the MAC Team; we are delighted to continue this tradition”.

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“I am looking forward to working with Simcocks Trust and helping them build on their successes to date. I have been extremely impressed with the strength, breadth and depth of the Simcocks Trust offering and team’s commitment and dedication to providing outstanding levels of service. In relation to capital markets, whilst current conditions remain challenging I believe the Isle of Man and Simcocks Trust are extremely well placed to develop this aspect of their business and I will be very focused on developing new and existing relationships for the Company.”     Managing Director of Simcocks Trust, David Karran said “We are delighted to welcome Steve; his calibre, wealth of experience and knowledge of the offshore financial services industry will be a great asset to the Company.

Ali brings a wealth of experience with him to the new position. He is a chartered tax advisor and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Having graduated from St Andrews University, he then joined KPMG on their graduate scheme in 1999. Ali trained, qualified and worked with KPMG in London before moving to the Isle of Man in 2006, where he worked as a Director for SMP Accounting and Tax up until taking his new position with Boston. He currently lives in Maughold with his wife and three children.

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Our Sporting Life An interactive exhibition celebrating the history and diversity of Manx people in sport

At the Manx Museum, Douglas 3 September 2011 - 29 September 2012 Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm ADMISSION FREE www.gov.im/mnh www.facebook.com/manxnationalheritage


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ord has it that the company Hot Rocks, headed by Keith Jones, are just a few steps away from being able to start construction on the new indoor climbing facility here in Douglas. The proposed site in Middle River will have a Standard Climbing wall for Top Rope Climbing, Lead Climbing, a Bouldering Wall; and in the future are even looking into an Ice Climbing facility! It is also intended to have local artists adorn the climbing walls, refreshing the look frequently, in order to move away from the usual grey fascias. Once you’ve finished with your Ethan Hawke antics, there will be a recreational area onsite with a cafe, pool table, chairs & tables so you can rest, recuperate, watch others and enjoy the social side of the activity. Keith also foresees, three or four times a year, being able to conduct event days or weekends, with workshops and demonstrations of products.

And perhaps when you’ve climbed here with more experienced climbers, and you fancy taking the sport a little further, you may want to head out into the Manx wilds with those more experienced than yourself. And if you’re wondering what options are out there, why not try the Maughold Venture Centre, or Peel’s Adventurous Experiences for information on what’s available. Search for ‘Hot Rocks Climbing Wall Isle of Man’ on Facebook for more information. www.adventurousexperiences.com www.adventure-centre.co.uk

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ess Lunt, once of Braddan and whose family still live on the Island, has set herself an immense challenge in order to raise awareness of Domestic Violence, and the support services that are available to the men, women and children who suffer from this sadly all-too-common situation. Now working in Northumberland - the biggest county in Britain - Jess works for Cease24 as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, supporting those who are fleeing situations of domestic violence. In order to raise money for the charity, Jess has set herself three challenges:

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She ascended Ben Nevis on the 16th July 2010 The National 3 Peak Challenge May 2012 Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013

Jess’ dedicated team consists of Alan Welch, Heath Cains and his wife Sharon Cains. Her target for next year is to raise more than £7,000 – and if you want to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/jess - all monies go directly to Cease24, therefore directly helping people to move on with their lives. Cease24 are supported and managed by Victim Support.

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An Island of Sporting Glory CYG 2011 A

nd so there it was, the 4th Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man 2011; a massive logistical challenge for the organisers, and a competitive challenge for the athletes involved. From the steady arrival of the visiting competitors to our shores, the excitement was more than evident. The Opening Ceremony was energetic, colourful and lively, carrying Manx themes throughout. And as for the games themselves? The hard work and planning really paid off, and the events were well attended by visiting supporters as well as local!

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How did we fare? Not badly at all, all things considered. True, we didn’t pull in any gold medals (and England walked away proudly with 37), but with three medals in the pool events; perhaps we’re seeing some emerging swimming talent for the years to come. Congratulations to England and Australia who were the runaway leaders of the games, with medal table tallies of 77 and 74 respectively. And once again, thanks and admiration must go to the organising committee for their achievements; and kudos to those who got out and enjoyed this (potentially) once in a lifetime privilege of hosting the Commonwealth Youth Games!

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Pose of the month

Yoga

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If I were to walk into a room full of people and ask, ‘Who’d like to do some Yoga; with a bit of breathing, some asana and a little chant thrown in?’ I imagine only a few hands would be raised. If I asked, ‘Who would like to reduce back and joint pain; increase flexibility and strength; feel more youthful and supple; lose weight and enhance mental focus; and improve your performance in your current sport?’ I am sure there would be a forest of hands raised. Let’s be honest, changing your exercise habits is difficult. There could be a possibility that – despite cycling, running or using a resistant-repetitive regime – you have become stiff and inflexible in other areas of the body and mind. Yoga can help eliminate this, and can do so much more. The practice of Yoga can help to enhance all sports including martial arts. Yoga also helps to reduce the chance of injury, by increasing your inner ‘Core’ Strength.

If you were to focus on gaining length and space in your body by expansion through spine, neck and torso, this would then increase the flow of oxygen circulating through the body enhancing the internal organs, muscles and joints. Injured areas would then begin to repair and the internal organs would work more efficiently. Sitting or repetitive movement can create stagnant, disused areas of the body and brain. These areas become stiff, lethargic and sometimes pain is associated too. Moving and opening in all directions shifts energy blockages and makes us feel young, energised and supple again. Once you take up Yoga there is nothing else you will ever need. Plus, you can continue to practice it forever. Aspire to take full control and re-connect with your own body; to enhance it and make it feel good inside and out. Yoga will improve you energetically and physically. Positive changes will happen. If you are bored with pounding a treadmill, or punishing yourself to lose weight and get fit; change direction. You can still sweat in Yoga if that’s what you want, or you can choose a class to gently move you, if life is chaotic and you would rather slow down. “In sport, you don’t leave your mind and soul in the changing room.” Free your body from resistance or struggle, bring your mind to a state of balance and enhancement; and breathe the way you were born to. www.karma-iom.co.uk

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The Float Forward 1> Starting in downward facing dog, prepare to jump the feet forward to the hands. Come up on to tiptoes, bending the knees and lifting the hips up and back. 2> Feel the legs power up like a cat about to pounce! Lift the ribs away from the floor to create more space and imagine you are weightless. 3> Push the balls of the feet into the floor then as you kick the feet back bring the hips forward over the line of your hands. 4> Fold from the hips and control the legs into land using your ‘core’. Allow the feet to land in between the hands silently. Inhale before the feet leave the floor, and exhale as they land. Alternatively, you can ‘bunny hop’ the feet forward. Strive to do this with grace and lightness until you float!

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Repeating this will bring more and more strength to the wrists arms and shoulders.

Strength and awareness of the core is increased greatly.

Being inverted for a period of time also enlivens glands and internal organs in the top half of the body and therefore metabolism is motivated and hormones balanced.

This can be quite a cardiovascular work out too try it a few times without landing like a sack of spuds and you will see what I mean!

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Yoga can even help to eliminate ailments associated with the modern professional workplace.

The Aim This is part of a Sun Salutation and can also then flow directly to other poses such as an arm balance or even directly up to a handstand. The aim is that this becomes an effortless fluid movement, graceful and light. ISLE OF MAN STYLE MAGAZINE

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HARDWARE

Phonehome HARDWARE

Motorola Atrix 4G Available at Sure shops or at www.surecw.com. The term ‘smartphone’ is a huge understatement for the Motorola Atrix 4G; the dual-coreCPU-sporting device actually does the job of a laptop, set top box and desktop computer as well as every smartphone function you could possibly want - all thanks to their extravagant docking system. This dock doubles as a charger and a multimedia adapter presenting the strong argument that technology has progressed past laptops as a smartphone is capable of meeting all your requirements. The phone provides a glimpse of what the future could hold for mobile technology. Whilst we may have seen the 1.2GHz dual-core processor before, it remains one of the most capable processors available. This combined with 1GB of RAM sets it apart from many of its competitors. One feature definitely worth noting is the use of fingerprint recognition technology, a welcome addition to security conscious users. The phone responds to you, and only you, giving peace of mind for those who carry secure information without the need for messy pins or passwords. The Atrix is surprisingly slim and light for such a powerful phone. Its sleek appearance complements the high resolution screen nicely. With a resolution of 960x540, the 4 inch screen is just trailing behind the iPhone’s 960x640 but is still well ahead of all its closer competitors. Examining the phone you will notice it boast two cameras; one rear-facing and one frontfacing camera. The rear features a 5-megapixel HD-capable model with an LED-flash, offering definition that rivals top of the market digital cameras. With modes such as ‘portrait’ and ‘sports’, smartphones are truly giving digital cameras a run for their money. The front-facing camera, although not as high resolution, is just as valuable offering the option to video call on the move. Motorola are truly at the forefront of a technology revolution with the Atrix; combining cutting-edge technology with style and comfort it is the perfect accessory for any modern individual.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play In store now from Manx Telecom Handset Only / Pay As You Go price £375 FREE on Flex1200 24 month £160 on Flex300 24 month If hours of playing FIFA soccer have left your thumbs permanently embossed with imprints of PlayStation’s iconic controller buttons, then this is the phone for you. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone and has a slide-out PS control pad and a 1Ghz processor which makes for a superb experience for even the most demanding gamers. Seven top notch games come pre-loaded onto the Xperia Play - Crash Bandicoot, Asphalt 6 Adrenaline, FIFA 10, Star Battalion, SIMS 3, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior and Tetris. When you’re ready for more you can use the preloaded app to download games that have been optimised for the Xperia Play. Of course, after scoring with a 30-yard piledriver, FIFA 10 fans will want to capture those ‘shirt over the head’ goal celebrations for posterity - so the Xperia Play comes with a 5 megapixel, autofocus camera with flash. Add to that a 4-inch touchscreen, the latest version of Android (2.3), and access to thousands of apps - and you have a smartphone that really is top of its league.

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HARDWARE

EcoAppsFree

Gadgets

Are Smartphones the Tool That Will Change the Natural World? When it comes to eco-friendly solutions to our everyday problems, we’re often looking for something big, but oftentimes the best solution can be rather small. Unless you’ve been marching around the western world belligerently shunning interaction with smartphones and their users, the term ‘app’ will not be new to you. This giant leap forward in interactive technology allows the user to act as co-creator of their own individualised mobile computing device. And yes, we mean more than just Angry Birds! The current stable of mobile apps is massive, and growing every week; and in this number are those which are trying to bring us together and mobilise the power of smartphones for positive change. ‘Crazy Weather’ seeks to educated children about climate change, ‘Happy Planet’ is an environmental game that seeks to entertain and educate at the same time. ‘Green Outlet’ helps you to identify which appliances are draining your energy resources, and therefore your budget, of course! Indeed, Eco-apps are coming out all the time. Now, we at Gallery understand that the first eco-friendly portion you might want to see is the price of the app! A free app will have to be funded by ads (nothing wrong with that), compared to the ad-free apps you may have to pay for. EcoAppsFree from Fullcircle Innovations of Japan helps developers and eco-app fans to have it both ways. They allow app users like you to download one of the eco-apps available on a given day and use it free for 24 hours. After that, if you like it, pay the nominal fee and keep the app; if not then no harm, no foul! Developers are already eulogising about featuring their app on EcoAppsFree, so why not pop along and take a glance!

DID YOU KNOW...? • 80% of UK households contain at least one mobile handset • Around 1000 handsets are thrown away in the UK every day, but this figure is an even more staggering 426,000 in the US. That’s 155,490,000 per year! • Yet a mere 2.6% of UK household income is spent on ...communication

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Phonehome HARDWARE

Bridging that difficult gap I’ll admit, I’m an iPhone Monkey! I’ve had them since the 3G, right through to a 4; and I love them. But being a techno geek (like most guys my age) I’m always anticipating the next gadget, and phones have reached the pinnacle of this. Worse still, most employers will historically baulk at issuing iPhones as work devices; preferring instead the traditionally rather stoic Blackberry. You see, Blackberries have always had ‘that’ reputation of being the office desktop extension; a mobile office function, and have been saddled with a ‘not as much fun’ tag as a result. Not anymore! In an effort to bridge that difficult gap between work and play, RIM presents the Blackberry PlayBook tablet, and I’m salivating! The Tablet market is where it’s at currently, and here’s what RIM is bringing to the fight: a 425g, 10mm thick device with a 7” touchscreen display and a dual core 1GHz processor, upwards of 16GB onboard memory, document viewer, HD multimedia, seamless Wi-Fi web browsing, integrated Bluetooth and the ever-present Blackberry security features which make them Blackberries so attractive to businesses. Additionally the Blackberry Bridge feature will allow the user to seamlessly link a Blackberry device to the PlayBook. Tablet technology is the latest thing, and the PlayBook competes on every level. The soft-touch paint gives you that comfortable feel, and the built in camera’s will keep you connected as well as entertained. This Blackberry is a giant step to bridging gaps...

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Christmas Parties!

Christmas is just around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about those great festive parties we all look forward to. JAR BAR have already started to take bookings for that all-important office or private group booking.

Whats on offer‌. Private large VIP area 3 levels of buffet available Champagne/cocktail receptions Bespoke party planning, DJs, entertainers Give us a call and let us create your Christmas party 2011 at JAR BAR Admiral House, Douglas. Book early to get the best - call for details, Tel: 01624 663553 Email: jar@admiralhouse.com

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NIGHTLIFE

PAPARAZZI AT THE JAR BAR

Did you get shot?

JAR BAR

Easy listening... Every Thursday at JAR BAR is Open Mic session with Rebecca Jade Forest and on keyboards Jim Wilson 9-1130/12

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PAPARAZZI AT ARTISAN

NIGHTLIFE

Did you get shot?

John Faragher The Courthouse weekend play list..

Otis Redding – Love Man Plan B - Writings on the Wall The Temptations - My Girl Franki Valli & The Four Seasons Beggin’ (Pilooski re-edit) Warren G ft Nate Dog - Regulate

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Get paparazzi at your events. paparazzi@gallery.co.im

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IF WE W E N T B A C K TO LIVING N A T U R A L L Y WITH NO TECHNOLOGY W H A T WOULD YOU MISS?

THE PERFECT WOMAN

LISTENING TO MUSIC ON MY IPOD

ADAM / International Banking Advisor

PLANES! WE W O U L D’ NT B E ABLE TO THE PERFECT GO ON SUNNY WOMAN HOLIDAYS

TEXTING

Jenny & AJ/ Independent Consultants

Ashleigh / Project Assistant

THE PERFECT ONLINE SHOPPING WOMAN

Marie / Clinical Nurse Specialist

FACEBOOK

THE X FACTOR

Michelle/ Call Service Analyst

Martina/ Travel Agent

WATC HING THE PERFECT FOOTBALL ON TV WOMAN

Paul / Dept -Social Care Manager

MY PHONE

MY LAPTOP

Steven / Student

Samantha/ Primary School Teacher

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*Sure Pay Monthly packages start at £7.50 a month. Connection charge is £78. You need a VDSL router and to be no more than 2km away from a serving exchange. To check service availability in your area, go to www.surecw.com Broadband requires MT line rental. Terms and conditions apply, see www.surecw.com for details.


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