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

A NEW PERSPECTIVE ver the last few years I have had the good fortune to spend a lot of time working high in the Arctic Circle, working in both Northern Sweden and Norway. My time there is spent leading photographic exhibitions and enjoying all the activities that a landscape of ice and snow offers, such as husky sledding, ice climbing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and more.

Words by: Julian A Simmonds

During the winter months most of Northern Sweden is completely frozen, with all the rivers and lakes iced over and covered in deep snow. Whilst this creates a very beautiful and peaceful landscape I sometimes find myself missing the sight and sound of water. Living on the Isle of Man means that I can see and hear the sea every day, and can regularly get on the water. I love being near the sea or the ocean and miss its presence. When I’m in the Arctic region I always look forward to heading up into Norway where the slightly milder temperatures, and the Gulf Stream, prevent the sea freezing over completely. I spend my time there in the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago of around 474 square miles, which stretches out into the Norwegian Sea and is well known as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Whilst this could easily be described as the “trip of a lifetime”, we are already working on plans for future expeditions

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The landscape of the Lofoten Islands is an enthralling mix of towering mountain peaks capped with snow and ice, and deep fjords edged with a mixture of forests and beaches. The numerous islands are linked via long tunnels through the mountains and narrow bridges spanning the fjords, and it’s endless twists and turns mean that there is a stunning new vista around every corner.

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the relaxed atmosphere. And it’s that atmosphere and unhurried approach which mean that, as Ian says, “dinner at Ocean can be a night out all by itself.”

“The contacts, network and potential opportunities this film has opened up Stateside is very exciting.”

Open 6 ½ days a week – the ‘half’ is for brunch on Sunday - Ocean is capitalising on what Ian sees as a sophisticated clientele: “I’m really excited by the growing numbers of people who appreciate that the fine dining they see as the norm elsewhere is now available right here in the Isle of Man,” he says. “Being at the east end of North Quay means we’re close to Athol Street and Douglas’s main offices so weekday lunch times are busy with business lunches as well as other workers and shoppers.”  As you’d expect, weekend brunches are more casual and in the evenings it’s almost a completely different crowd who appreciate not only the inspired dishes but also ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE

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BET ON ACES MANX NATIONAL RALLY THROWS UP TOUGH CHALLENGE

Emma Cooke Russ Atikinson Alex Probst

Rallying is car-based motorsport’s nearest equivalent to the Isle of Man TT Races. Strip away the circuit race mentality of Formula 1, touring cars or even Le Mans, and take on a challenge of varying routes, road conditions, changeable weather and even daylight and darkness. That is what rallying on the Isle of Man offers, and why teams flock to the Island, as they did in May for the Bet on Aces Manx National Rally. And boy did they face all those challenges, and more!

As seen at the recent Oscars, short films have grown rapidly in popularity and recognition, with many seasoned directors producing shorts of exceptional quality, viewed as a high calibre industry promotional tool.

The event saw Bet on Aces tie-up with a motorsport event for the first time as they launch their new online casino and sportsbook brand that has launched out of the Isle of Man with the intention of making a solid mark in a very competitive betting industry.

So what does the future hold for Mark?

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Sezin Ozel, Managing Director at Bet On Aces, said: “It’s great to get our first taste of sponsorship and show our intentions early on. It’s also nice to stay close to home with our first sporting sponsorship, especially with an event as fun and exciting as the Manx Rally. This is the first mark of what will be a big stride towards establishing our Bet On Aces brand.”

Synopsis: At a hotel for the super-elite, Scott’s 30 year wait to confront the ghost of his childhood pushes his sanity to the edge, provoking a drastic course of action with profound consequences.

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Rallying is also a sport that allows talent to shine, regardless of money. At the top end of the entry were cars derived from World Championship manufacturer teams, worth £500,000 or more at one point. They were led by Builth Wells driver Jason Pritchard and co-driver Phil Clarke, bidding for a fourth victory in their Ford Focus WRC in five years, having been cruelly denied by an electrical glitch within sight of the finish in 2017.

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Against them were Kex Walker and Dannii Matthews, locals in a thirty-year-old BMW 325, self-built and maintained on a minimal budget. And Rory and Paul McCann, a teenage driver making great strides in the sport, with his dad co-driving. The pair bought an engine from a stock car the week before to allow them to start the event, after their Honda Civic developed problems.

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Mark has worked when opportunities arose over the last ten years in film production and scriptwriting to craft his trade. He recalled his first time on a film set was an invaluable experience here on the island: ‘I remember sitting on a freezing double decker bus for a month in February with the other extras from

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‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ filming in the North of the Island. When we weren’t required on set I’d be reading books on screenwriting and developing ideas. The Producer, David Parfitt, who knew I was there specifically to see behind the scenes, kindly gave me a shooting script so I could see first hand how it made its journey to the screen. Fast forward to being immersed in the full lifecycle of my own screenplay and its production in the United States is literally a dream come true’.

‘Malignant is a hard hitting psychological short and the challenge is to now develop the feature screenplay with a supernatural edge that deceives at every opportunity. Devin’s projects are wide and varied and he’s already indicated he wants to work with me again. The contacts, network and potential opportunities this film has opened up for me Stateside is very exciting’.

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“I’m lucky enough to have worked with some great people over the years,” he says, “and I’m flattered that so many of them have joined me in this new venture. At Ocean I want my customers to feel comfortable and having the right staff is key to that level of service, from the minute you arrive to when you reluctantly have to leave.  We want our customers to feel part of the Ocean family – that’s what turns a casual diner into a returning friend - and I’m delighted to say the Ocean ‘family’ grows week by week!”

If you’d like to book your table at Ocean, the number is 01624 622000 or you can book via the website www.oceanrestaurant.im where you will also find lunch, dinner and brunch menus.

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Mark said: ‘‘I was delighted to be invited out to the United States and was on set for a week. The attention to detail and level of production was at times breathtaking and it was a superb opportunity to network and meet the cast and crew, many of whom had worked and appeared on the award winning television series, Grimm. The lead actor Greg James also appeared in ‘Wild’ in which Reese Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar. To have my first film produced in a recognised hotspot of American filmmaking is just amazing.’

Mark on set in Portland

Ocean is also available for private functions for up to 35 people and particular food and drinks menus for any event, whether it’s an office Christmas party or a ‘significant’ birthday celebration can be arranged. If you’ve booked an intimate dinner with friends or arranged a larger event, Ian is particularly proud of the level of customer service provided by his small, but attentive staff.

The Ocean menus feature local produce wherever possible and the exciting dishes include meat from A&J butchers, fresh fish from Devereau’s, Manx quinoa and a well-stocked wine list, and a bar which includes craft beers and local seasonal gins from Fynoderee.

MAKING HIS MARK IN AMERICA Film director and producer, Devin Tau, whose production company, No Sunrise Wasted, operates from Oregon, approached Mark having selected his screenplay from 20 scripts sourced and shortlisted by a professional script researcher. Following an intense four-month script development period with much collaboration through FaceTime, Mark was also involved in casting decisions before flying out. The film is now in post production and due to premiere in Portland in June 2018 before being taken to several key film festivals around the United States and globally.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings brunch is served from 10.30am up to 2.30pm with individual dishes ranging from Manx kippers to a full English via the ever-popular Eggs Benedict and a homemade granola option. There’s also a set brunch which includes up to four

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cocktails from the ‘Ocean Brunch’ menu – not just the inevitable Bloody Mary and Mimosa but others to set you up for the day.

Ian has been working in the restaurant and bar industries since he was a kitchen porter in Cornwall as a teenager and there is no doubt that with Ocean he’s tapped into to what he sees as the growing ‘foodie’ vibe on the Island.   He’s a familiar face around Douglas with a background which includes managing Bar George and The British as well as other H&B establishments and for this, his first restaurant, he’s attracted the well-respected and popular chef Stephen Gerrard. 

34 Awakening Exhibition 37 Culture News 38 Great British Motorcycles 42 Making his Mark in America Mark Scrimshaw, owner of Isle of Man based creative and graphic design agency The Thought Store, recently returned from Portland Oregon where he was invited to oversee the production of a short film he scripted.

Appealing to all those different types of customer is where Ocean comes into its own. The Ocean website (www.oceanrestaurant.im) says that its goal is to provide food that ‘restores, replenishes and revives’ and the mouth-watering menus don’t disappoint.  Set lunch menus - £15 or £19 including a glass of wine – change weekly so even the most dedicated Ocean customer can ring the changes.  A la Carte menus are available at lunch and dinner and, like the set menu, include imaginative vegetarian options, and Ian is keen to stress that most dietary requirements can be accommodated with a little notice.

Ocean on North Quay in Douglas is fast becoming a favourite restaurant for diners in the know. At the eastern end of the quayside, with easy parking nearby, owner Ian Stephens has rejuvenated the space with soft furnishings, soft music, a friendly atmosphere and a small but carefully crafted menu which can’t help but delight.

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ust to be clear; although we are obviously achingly cool, ahead of the curve and edgy here at Gallery, we are not one of those magazines that like to tell you what to think, what you should/should not be saying, what you have to wear (stripes and street style florals btw), how you have to date, contour, manscape, eat, breathe or sleep etc etc. BUT we do like to keep up with what’s what and pass on our invaluable knowledge and musings to all you independent, “perfectly capable of your own opinions” type of readers and therefore it is our duty to report on what is in vogue (because vogue is our theme) this month. So what’s in vogue this June? First up, it’s Father’s Day this month and as we all know Fathers are the, erm, epitome of cool. Ok, they may not always represent the pinnacle of fashion or style, they may not be your go-to for emotional advice or any kind of empathy but they’ve always been there for you, teaching you the lessons of life, showing you what grumpy looks like and generally moaning about how expensive things are. Keep those valuable gems in mind and buy the old fellow a bottle of beer on the 17th.

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Love it or hate it, the TT is also roaring through town to help your tinnitus this June so this might be the time to escape the Isle or revel in the racing.

You can also view paparazzi photos on our facebook page.

The best news is that on the 21st June (summer solstice) you have a licence to spend the whole day getting upset or complaining, before legitimately exclaiming that, “it’s been a very long day.” Not that we are telling you what to say, you understand. *disclaimer* Finally, June is also traditionally a time to finish up exams and countdown the days until you can escape your work colleagues for your annual leave. In the meantime, have a flick through Gallery, it will do you good. As Madonna says, “Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it” (only, if and when you want to. It is, of course, entirely your own decision).

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//THE ISLE GALLERY, TYNWALD MILLS// Rosie Wood and Celia Kay are both continually drawn and inspired by nature and particularly of the landscapes of the Isle of Man. Celia’s paintings look at the small details right through to the everchanging skies and light patterns.  Rosie seeks out texture and form and often finds beauty in the most unexpected places.

//CENTENARY CENTRE, PEEL// On 13 June – as a comedy/action/thriller come-down from TT – the Films in Peel offering is ‘Baby Driver’ (cert 15) where talented getaway driver Baby relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best . After meeting the woman of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. What could possibly go wrong?

//ISLE OF MAN MOTOR MUSEUM, JURBY// The second annual Father’s Day Show & Ferrari Festival makes the Motor Museum a great place to bring your Dad for his special day. All years, makes and models of cars and bikes are welcome and there could be a record number of Ferraris on show.

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Then on 27 June, ‘Hidden Figures’ (cert PG) is based on the true life stories of 3 brilliant African-American women who challenged and defied every bias of their era working as the brains at NASA behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. ‘Strength has no gender; genius has no race; courage has no limits.’ www.facebook.com/filmsinpeel/

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//THE ISLE GALLERY, TYNWALD MILLS// An exciting exhibition of new work from one of the Isle of Man’s favourite artists, Bruno Cavellec. www.facebook.com/theislegallery www.facebook.com/BrunoCavellecArt/

Now – 18.06.2018

AWAKENING

//ALL ISLAND// An extraordinary exhibition of modern religious art from the Methodist Art Collection. Over fifty pieces of work from some of the best known artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, exhibited at the Methodist Churches in Colby, on Loch Promenade, Douglas, Waterloo Road in Ramsey, Ballagary Methodist Chapel, St Andrew’s URC on Glencrutchery Road and Peel Cathedral. www.facebook.com/awakeningIOM

10.06 – 14.06.2018

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//ISLANDWIDE// Owners of true super cars will descend on the Island from 10 – 14 June to drive their cars on our (open) roads and exhibit them at events around the Island. A rare opportunity to see these petrol-head dreammachines up close.

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//THE CENTENARY CENTRE, PEEL// The ladies of Burlesque IOM are back for a two night residency at the Centenary Centre to take you on a journey through time, featuring drag acts, audience participation, traditional burlesque dancing, fun, from-frou and all round fabulousness – a history lesson like no other!

//COMMUNITY FARM, DOUGLAS// The first major wellbeing festival on the Island is being held at the Community Farm in Douglas with an amazing programme of local wellbeing experts, meditators and yogis as well as a handful of inspirational teachers and authors from the UK.

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There will also be live music, creativity and performance, poetry, dance, and food and drink from Island favourites Flo the Coffee Van, Secret Pizza, Mother T’s Chai Sall and Happy Cows Vegan Bakery. Mindful Mann promises to be an inspiring day out, promoting positive change, a community spirit and an inclusive worldview. Tickets are £25.00 (Under 16’s go free) and can be purchased online at: www.myfreemind.org or by searching Facebook for “Mindful Mann 2018” Supported by 2018 Year of Our Island.

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Douglas promenade will benefit from not one, but two entertainment ‘villages’ - Bushey’s in the Villa Marina Gardens and Hooded Ram at the Bottleneck carpark next to the Sea Terminal.  Live music, food, drinks, stunt shows (Hooded Ram), book signings (at the Bridge Bookshop PopUp Shop at Bushey’s with Steve Parrish on 5th June and Carl Fogarty on 7th), competitions (look out for the Bushey’s prize-winning FoxGloves) and much much more for locals and visitors.  The Sayle Gallery, right next to the Bushey’s village, will have an exhibition of memorabilia (until 24 June) related to the Brewery’s 21 year association with the TT – a veritable cornucopia of merchandise and memories. Elsewhere in Douglas, the new Trackside bar/venue on Glencrutchery Road will have a live entertainment stage (comedian and bike-fanatic Ross Noble performs there on 5 June, tickets £35 from iomtt. com or 640011), large screen TVs, and games consoles where you can pit your skills against your friends on the official Isle of Man TT console game: TT Ride on the Edge. The Red Arrows RAF Display Team are back for TT 2018 to perform their spectacular fast jet display over Douglas Bay including solo and formation aerobatics.  The Fun Fair is also back in its usual spot on Loch promenade in Douglas until 10 June.

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I’ve always thought that being a high fashion designer must be the best job. You get paid millions to prank the gullible with your daft ideas - as long as you can maintain a straight face when telling celebrities they’ll look cool if they go to a fancy party with a birdcage on their head. Defenders of fashion will maintain it represents subtle art and creativity, whilst this might be true of Jean-Paul Gaultier it doesn’t account for fashion’s willingness to accommodate Kanye West, a man with great talent for music but with all the artistic subtlety of a wounded rhinoceros. The best part of the job is when they don’t even come up with new ideas, but instead dare the fashionable to repeat embarrassing trends from the past, typically these days from the 80s or 90s. In recent times this has lead to Kanye turning up at events in high-vis workman’s overalls, channeling both M4 tarmac repairman and dancer from an early Prodigy video, whilst his wife attempts to resurrect boot-cut denim that many of us associate with Chardonnay from Footballers’ Wives. Like Jesus, true believers know that Kanye is always listening. In an effort to inspire him I’ve dug deep into my archive of Face magazines and video recordings of The Word to uncover some neglected trends from the 1990s. Dear Yeezy, let your imagination run free - although not to the extent that you tweet anything really appalling after the print deadline and the magazine has to print an apology for endorsing you.

90s look:

martial arts guy

Hip-hop street style continues to influence the world of fashion, but less attention is paid to the unique flair of men called Darren from the home counties who really love Mobb Deep and the first Nas album. They formed a Mexican wave of stationary, serious-looking nodders at Cypress Hill or Gang Starr shows, but also single-handedly kept TK Maxx in business through some lean years by purchasing factory second trousers in XXL sizes. Some were rumoured to be girls, but no photographic evidence exists. Key pieces: massive tent-like trews, garish athletic hoodies, herringbone chain from Ratners, cap from a random American sports team, mediocre graffiti and breakdancing skills, male pattern baldness, a tattoo of ODB

wardrobe pieces together until you resemble an explosion in a fancy dress shop Style icon: as opposed to a J-Pop singer or virtual idol, I’m going to choose Gwen Stefani, patron saint of “borrowing” Japanese style and looking like a hen party on acid. Kanye could totally pull this off.

90s look:

hardcore will never die

Many of these fashion moments are inspired by exciting foreign places, but there’s a style that we in Britain can call our own - the specific look of young people attending giant hardcore raves in the early 90s. The style was casual and comfortable, because you needed to dance, to impress someone to dance with, and perhaps to run away from men in uniform selfishly trying to shut down a three day party in an abandoned Sainsbury’s. It’s a tabloid myth that everybody was on drugs, but at one point everybody did purchase a T-shirt with a terrible pun on a consumer brand and drug culture. Mine said “PG Trips”, my mates had “Rush Puppies” and “Vicks RavaRub”. Key pieces: big trousers, a deathly 5AM pallor, bucket hats, bandanas, purple John Lennon glasses, Helter Skelter or Fantazia bomber jackets, expensive trainers that ended up covered in beer or cowpat, gurning

“Defenders of fashion will maintain it represents subtle art and creativity, whilst this might be true of JeanPaul Gaultier it doesn’t account for fashion’s willingness to accommodate Kanye West, a man with great talent for music but with all the artistic subtlety of a wounded rhinoceros.”

The contemporary popularity of MMA with thick-necked tattoo collectors has obscured the role of the real trailblazers in martial arts style - men who based their look on watching rented VHS tapes that are 80% roundhouse kicks and 20% large-breasted ladies with poufy hair. These pioneers went to the gym, took weekly classes in man-fighting, waxed their pecs, then returned to our house parties and barbecues to stand in the corner and speculate about whether it’s easier to break an opponent’s neck with nunchuks or via dropkick from a burning building. They’re just very cool guys (they are all guys). Key pieces: cowboy boots, leather bracelets, acid-wash denim with crotch sock, ponytail, shades, double-breasted suit worn with a polo neck, sword rack in the living room, silk kimono, shoulder pads Style icon: it’s a tough choice, but for true consistency Kanye should look to all-round renaissance man and proud owner of two facial expressions, Steven Seagal. He’s an aikido master, international diplomat, accomplished musician and that’s definitely his real hair.

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90s look:

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Style icon: celebrities generally looked too tanned and healthy to model this Essex-centric style, so I’ll suggest that Kanye simply Googles “Fantazia ravers 1993” and spends a sleepless weekend listening to mixes by Tango & Ratty

90s look:

the cybergoth

Style icon: despite a nod to the modern cast of People Just Do Nothing, it’s impossible not to make a bomb noise for the Big Dog himself, the Pimp Pensioner, your boy Tim Westwood. Almost 70 and the son of a bishop, baby. Already a close friend of Mr West, although perhaps not his Mrs.

90s look:

I’ve been to Japan, and have some ideas

Japanese style is perennially cool, even if there’s something about the extroverted vibrancy of Tokyo street fashion that doesn’t fully translate to the grey streets of Birmingham or Glasgow. Every couple of years a big popstar successfully pulls/rips off the distinctive style of the Harajuku district, but this doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get a lot of weird looks if you walk into KFC wearing a neon kimono, blue pigtails and some anime cat ears. Key pieces: a riot of bold colours, a fusion of modern and traditional clothing - just pick two or three characters from random incomprehensible cartoons and mix their

Although regular goths keep to themselves, lurking in crypts, ruined abbeys and bars with cider on tap, they still get dragged into the hated sunlight every decade as a source of fashion inspiration. This is less true for that rare Pokémon of the goth world: the cyber-goth. These multiply-pierced, neonclad warriors of cyberspace always look like they’re on the way to a Matrix-themed club night, perhaps because it’s too much hassle to remove the thigh-high PVC boots and spiky gasmask to visit Iceland for your Findus crispy pancakes. Every time I see a group of cybergoths, I have to remind myself I’m not playing a 90s video game about hacking. Key pieces: purple dreadlocks, gas masks, neon contact lenses, PVC, decorative straps and buckles, big spiky boots Style icon: a futuristic street gang from an episode of Doctor Who - before the reboot gave its producers a decent budget. Kanye already dresses like a post-apocalyptic ‘Who villain, so this is just one more step on his pathway to become the world’s first rap Dalek.

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SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE, A GREAT TIME TO ENJOY YOUR NEXT FAMILY GETAWAY. With the popular Kids Go Free offer from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company back for 2018, two adults and up to three kids can pack their car and set sail from as little as £126 each way. With a choice of four ports across the UK and Ireland - Liverpool, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast - you can select the best one for navigating to your final destination, wherever that may be!

with everything you need and start your fun-filled voyage, with the added bonus of no luggage fees! Relax as soon as you step on board, with a choice of comfortable seating in a range of spacious lounges. Make memories with your loved ones, visit the outside deck and enjoy the stunning sea views, or if traveling on Manannan sit back and relax while watching a family-friendly film in one of the two cinema lounges. Don’t start your adventure on an empty stomach, refuel with the great selection of hot food, sandwiches, snacks and drinks available on board at Coast-to-Coast Café. This year, Wales is celebrating its spectacular coastline and has named 2018 ‘Year of the Sea’ – making it the perfect destination

for a summertime break. Experience its stunning shores, warm Welsh welcome and delicious delicacies - and all just a scenic, leisurely drive from Liverpool! Don’t miss out on a visit to Snowdonia National Park, North Wales’ supersized adventure playground. Home to the longest zip wire in the Northern hemisphere, this mile long adrenaline-fuelled attraction will give you and the family a birdseye view of some of the most breathtaking backdrop Wales has to offer. There are so many exciting summer adventures to be had! So, get online and book today at www.steam-packet.com

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Dom Age: 10 Likes: In Summer Cycling, kayaking and fishing. In Winter as much Xbox as I am allowed (which isn’t enough!)

DOM & IDRIS

Dislikes: Homework If animal what would you be: Bearded dragon as I would get to lie around all day Favourite food? Sweet and sour chicken Where do you live: Isle of Man

(after the dragon in Ivor the Engine)

Breed: Bearded dragon

Where are you originally from: Isle of Man

Age: 3

Do you have any more pets: Yes too many Mum always says

Likes: Staying still under my heat lamp for hours and a swim when having my baths

Would you have any more pets: I’d have to ask my parents! The best and worst thing about having a pet is: Best- cuddles Worstcleaning up poo! Interesting fact: I can floss and dab super fast (but not in school or near my parents)

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Idris

Dislikes: Loud noises and being disturbed If human what would you be: The laziest person on the planet Favourite food: Jumpy bugs delicious!

Why do you love your human: He looks after me very well and his family did a lot of research before getting me, as I am not simple to look after If you had one wish what would you wish for: More delicious bugs and yet another heat lamp Interesting fact: I lost the end of my tail as a very young lizard as my previous owners didn’t realise I need to fully moult every time I grow bigger. I would have died but Strand Vets saved me!

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•••• SO TURNS OUT NEITHER OF US CAN READ A MAP, AND NOW WE’RE IN A FIELD OF DAFFODILS.

YESSIR, WE ARE MOST DEFINITELY LOST AGAIN. ALSO I THINK YOU’LL FIND THOSE ARE CALLED GOOSEFLOWERS, YESSIR.

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Elsa is four-year-old Husky. She has clearly been a much loved and well looked after family pet, but ill health in the family means that they can no longer keep her. Her previous owner not only completed a ‘gifting in’ form but she also gave us two pages of notes describing Elsa’s personality and Husky traits.

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OIOI, DON’T YOU WORRY ABOUT NO EGGS LITTLE KITTY. THE FLOWERS MEAN THEY’VE ALREADY HATCHED, SO THERE’S NO NEED TO TEND TO THEM ANY LONGER, YESSIR.

WHAT? WHY WOULD ANYONE CALL THESE GOOSEFLOWERS? ALSO, WHAT? WHY ARE THERE GOOSE EGGS HERE? I JUST HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS...

The notes start with: ‘Elsa has distinctive face markings and haunting eyes that seem to look straight into your soul ...’

Elsa is good with people, children and other animals as long as she is introduced to them calmly. She doesn’t bark but, instead, makes a soft howl when she wants to communicate. She enjoys cuddles and she is gentle and loving, and she is as fit as a fiddle having been walked for at least two hours every day. But Elsa loses an inordinate amount of hair at shedding time, which is usually twice a year, and she needs to be brushed regularly. The second ‘but’ is that Elsa needs to kept on a lead when she is in the open. According to her previous owner she loves to run and no amount of calling or whistling will stop her. She is also capable of jumping high fences from a standing position, like a coiled spring, and so her new owner’s garden fence will have to be at least six feet high.

WHAT?! THAT’S INSANE. WHY WOULD THE TWO HAVE ANY CONNECTION. YOU TAKING THEM WITH YER? THAT’S AWFUL SWEET. SEE I KNEW YOU HAD A SENSITIVE SIDE. NOT JUST A SASSY CAT.

DON’T GET CUTE. BUT YEAH I’LL TAKE THEM WITH US. I JUST HATE HOW OLD GOOSETAILS CAN HOLD BACK THE YOUNGER GEESE.

Holly and Molly Holly and Molly are adorable, chilled-out cats in their early teens and they like nothing more than to curl up on a sofa and snooze the day away. They live in one of our socialisation rooms and so they have a sofa of their own, but what they really need is a human being to call their own and a lap to sit on. They have been with us since last September and are our longest-term residents in the cattery, but we can’t work out why. Perhaps it’s because Molly is black and, statistically, this is the least popular colour when it comes to adoptions. Holly is tortoiseshell which is a sought-after colour, and so you’d think this would even out the odds. They really are the most gentle and people-orientated cats you could wish to meet, and they are in excellent health. If you are looking for a pair of cats who will be very much a part of your life from day one, rather than wandering off and coming home when they choose, then Holly and Molly are for you. ManxSPCA • Ard Jerkyll, East Foxdale • Tel: 851672

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I think I was born to be a Disney Princess! I’m not particular fussy which Princess, as long as she gets a good song to belt out and a handsome prince by the end. But talking strictly musicals I would have to say Roxie Heart from Chicago – “The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be, ROXIE” What’s your fashion style? (eg. casual, sporty, vintage...) I love a mix of fashions to be honest and don’t have a set “go to”. With being just over 5 foot tall I do usually have a heel as an essential item! But who doesn’t love their pyjamas? Did you watch the royal wedding? I was able to watch the main ceremony of the wedding and thought it was beautiful. Meghan’s dress was so classically timeless and elegant, and I love how they encapsulated a lot of her background into the day with the gospel choir and Bishop Michael Curry.

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HANNAH TAYLOR

What do you do for a living? I am a Marketing Officer at Hospice Isle of Man, and really enjoy working with my team, along with the rest of the amazing staff at Hospice.

What’s the best thing about your job? I love that everything I do in my working day ultimately helps towards such an important charity, and all the wonderful services Hospice provides for its patients and their families. Although I am not directly related to any of the care they receive, it is really rewarding knowing that I have done my part. What do you do with your free time? Since the young age of 3, I have always had a passion for theatre. Most evenings you can find me in the dance studio, rehearsal halls, or in committee meetings planning and organising upcoming shows. Although it makes me one of the busiest people in the world, I wouldn’t give it up for the world! What were your most recent

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performances? What was your favourite or most challenging role to date? In the past year you may have seen me in “The Producers” with the Douglas Choral Union, “Sweet Charity” with The Manx Gilbert & Sullivan Society or in “Peter Pan” with The Christine Wild Theatre School and Rachel Wild Performers Studio (I did say I was busy!). My Favourite role to date would have to be playing a tap dancing granny with a Zimmer frame in The Producers. It was just so out of character and utterly hilarious to perform. This year I face a brand new challenge for me, as I jump onto the production team for Centre Stage Productions’ “Back to the 80’s” and joint choreograph the show with my best friend Gem Last. We are so excited about this role, and can’t wait to get stuck in with our newly announced cast – wish us luck!! (Break a leg!) Is there a role you would really like to play/show you’d like to be in or a role you feel was made for you?

If you could be any celebrity or a combination of celebrities who would it/they be and why? This is a non-traditional answer, but JK Rowling (Author of the Harry Potter series). I would love to be in her head! Who is the biggest real life influence in your life? (As in a family member, partner, colleague, friend, etc.) I am kind of my own person, but If there was a specific person to whom I look up to it would have to be my life-long dancing teacher Christine Wild. I am not alone when I say this and you can ask any of her students; she is so inspiring and just a wonderful lady, it has been a privilege to dance with her for over 20 years, with hopefully many more to come! Where do you see yourself in five years? I haven’t particularly set myself any life time goals, because who knows what is going to happen! I would however like to be financially comfortable, and most of all happy. What would you do with a £10 million lottery win? Everyone always wants to hear “ I would give it to charity”, but I actually would. With over 700 local charities on the Island all needing support in one way or another, it would be nice to help those in need out, with all their different causes. After I have bought a huge house, posh car and a yacht of course! ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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New ‘man overboard’ recovery ladders are being distributed to the Isle of Man’s fishing fleet under a grant from DEFA. Fishermen often die in the water because they cannot get back on board their vessels – the new ladders being fitted to Isle of Man fishing vessels are specifically designed to assist someone getting themselves out of the water – vital for single-handed vessels – as well as making it easier for crews assisting someone overboard. Commercial fishing can be a dangerous industry. Despite ongoing campaigns and education, between 2010 and 2014 there were 54 deaths in the waters around the UK and Ireland.

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Tickets are on sale for Benmy-Chree’s roundthe-Island cruise, which is scheduled for Saturday, 23rd June. Departing Douglas at 7pm for a cruise lasting around four hours which will offer passengers spectacular views of the Manx coastline. You will be able to enjoy a meal Drone users are being warned on board, including a non-alcoholic not to fly the aircraft too close to drink and ice cream, as part of the the TT races - or they could face cruise, which costs the same as last prosecution. A no-fly zone will year - just £28 for adults and £15 for cover the whole of the circuit, as children aged between five and 16 well as 1,000 metres around the (children aged four and under are Mountain Course. free). While the bar won’t be open as the vessel is not licensed to sell alcohol while it is in Manx waters, passengers are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverage to enjoy with their meal.

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Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK has announced an agreement between the Isle of Man Government and the BBC regarding the funding of television licences for people aged 75 and over. Under the terms of the new arrangement, the BBC will issue TV licences to eligible pensioners free of charge and contribute to the cost on a phased basis, with a commitment to meeting the full amount from 2020-2021.

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The 2018 Tower Insurance ‘Tower of Refuge’ walk will take place on Sunday August 12. Sponsored for the seventh successive year by Tower Insurance, the walk is in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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TECHWEAR: SCIENCE CLOTHING FOR THE SWEAT-RESISTANT LIFESTYLE WORDS Leroy Wallace ILLUSTRATION Russ Atkinson

The differences between men’s and women’s clothing say a lot about society, but one of my favourite man-vantages is the freedom that men’s clothes give us to adapt a generic “default” outfit to wide range of different situations. We can all demand clothes that look good, but men can also specify that these good looking clothes offer a degree of performance, and of practicality, that doesn’t exist in a lot of women’s clothing. Whilst I wouldn’t wear my nicest business suit to the gym, it’s entirely possible to tweak my everyday outfit in such a way that I can look smart enough for casual Friday and wear most of the same clothes to hike from Onchan to Douglas without too much trouble. My wardrobe is high quality, albeit anonymous looking, so I usually avoid using the word “fashion”, but if you shop the right brands a man could still put together a high fashion outfit that will be as water-resistant as hiking gear and as tough as a workman’s trousers. It’s thanks to a trend in men’s clothing that is often referred to as techwear, which uses experimental fabrics and advanced design to create a new kind of button-down shirt - one that can miraculously stop me stinking up business meetings, even after a few hours on my bike. Business at the front, party at the back.

you’re sweaty. The practical alternative? Something that looks like you should be giving a guided walk. The first brands I found to offer an acceptable compromise of practicality against style were North Face, Carhartt and more recently Patagonia. They draw from fields that require high performance, such as adventure sports and skateboarding, but where the participants are young and don’t necessarily want to look like a presenter from Springwatch. Carhartt in America makes clothes for men who build roads, but the European spin off uses similar fabrics to make trousers that can comfortably transition from the skate park to a nightclub. The North Face began as a brand that offered technical clothing for demanding Californian climbers, and somehow grew into the default outfit for the islander middle manager who needs a new fleece to watch the rugby. Patagonia is the hip new kid on the block, with a commitment to repair and recycle its clothes wherever possible. These brands are great, but I wouldn’t say they fall entirely into the techwear niche because they aren’t truly adaptable. I have Carhartt chinos I wear to the office, with a North Face jumper, but I wouldn’t wear them to ride a BMX, or to climb any rocks. For this flexibility, you need to go further.

“The North Face began as a brand that offered technical clothing for demanding Californian climbers, and somehow grew into the default outfit for the middle manager who needs a new fleece to watch the rugby.”

Consumers have always been able to purchase practical clothing, but it’s generally been designed for manual work or leisure. This has lead to most “performance” clothing skewing towards the utilitarian or purely sporty. Nonetheless, some of the most enduring trends in 20th century style evolved when people adopted workwear or sportswear as part of their everyday outfits like miner’s denim jeans as a casual trouser or the popularity of athletic shoes outside

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the gym. Jeans aren’t just popular because they look good, but because the fabric is strong, and a good pair will soften to the shape of your body over a lifetime of wear. Trainers are often more comfortable than formal shoes, and come adapted to different types of foot shape or posture. This seems common sense, so you’d expect this would mean that all clothing development would balance looks against more practical qualities, but fashion doesn’t follow a logical path.

I love my denim jeans, but they have a lot of shortcomings as a default men’s trouser. Denim is stiffer than other fabrics, retains a lot of moisture, stains easily and can shrink in the wash. If I wanted something more practical for a long time it seemed the best alternative was a pair of hiking trousers that made me look like a middle-aged German. The cotton shirt is the same - it’s adaptable, comfortable and stylish, but hopeless when

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The sweaty boy’s mail order catalogue The best-kept secret in men’s clothing is a small company that barely advertises, sells most of its clothing through mail order and operates out of a small location in New York City. It’s unbranded and distinctly understated, but inspires ferocious loyalty in its customers - many of whom say they’d be happy to wear nothing else. It’s name is Outlier, and the purest example of its design philosophy is the brand’s bestselling product, the Slim Dungaree. On first glance they look like a nice pair of jeans, but beneath the surface they’re made from a tough, technical fabric that stretches, repels stains and is lightly water resistant. Outlier grew from the demands of NYC’s famously hardcore bike messenger scene, so even their chinos are cut for movement and wick sweat away like something you’d wear to the gym. I bought a pair that came packaged with a t-shirt made from high-quality merino wool, often touted as nature’s finest performance fabric, and would be happy with this default outfit for almost any situation. It folds up small and I can wash it in a hotel sink to dry overnight. They also make formal shirts cut from experimental nylon, which look business casual but perform like something worn by a climber. One day last year I left work in this outfit, and did a two hour circuit - I’d mostly dried off by the time I got home and the shirt didn’t even need ironing.

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moisture. You can bundle them in a suitcase and they straighten out after ten minutes in your body heat. They’re not cheap, and some people might balk at buying clothes via mail order. If that’s you, the best alternative is to hit up Uniqlo next time you’re in London - their Heat-Tech, Airism and Blocktech lines use technical fabrics to offer a range of affordable fashion that ranges from casual to businesslike. It might not be as cutting edge as Outlier, but it significantly outperforms standard clothing and won’t break the bank. On the other hand, if money’s no object, the high fashion end of techwear is represented by the cult Japanese brand Acronym, where most pieces sell out in hours but make you resemble a futuristic ninja. I also dream of one day having enough money to buy some clothes from Stone Island’s Shadow Project, the urban techwear spinoff of the luxury Italian brand. As our lifestyles become more demanding, it’s likely that this trend will become more prominent, and it also offers an alternative to the environmental and social problems caused by disposable fashion. Most of the clothing I’ve described here is double or triple the cost of mass-market brands, but I’d prefer to support companies like Patagonia, who’ll try and repair a broken jacket rather than sell me a new one, or Outlier, who’ll sell me a T-shirt I’ll probably be wearing for ten years. I might even wash it a few times before wearing it to work.

For business techwear, and a brand that bucks the trend by catering to ladies too, there’s also Ministry of Supply - again available online. They sell business casual and formal clothing using fabrics developed by NASA - blazers and work trousers designed not to wrinkle, to machine wash, and to wick away

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GIVE CELTON MANX SPONSORSHIP SEES MIKE HENTHORN CRUSE MEMORIAL GOLF DAY RAISE £7,500 The 2018 Mike Henthorn Cruse Memorial Golf Day has raised £7,500.

Douglas RUFC junior players with goodie bags at the Old Mutual International Junior Rugby Festival.

BIG TURNOUT AT OLD MUTUAL INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR RUGBY FESTIVAL Children from across the Island took part in a junior rugby union tournament organised by Douglas RUFC at the weekend (April 28th/29th). The third annual Old Mutual International Junior Rugby Festival – which is backed by the Douglas club’s main sponsor – featured teams representing all of the rugby union clubs on the Island. All the matches were held at the Port-e-Chee ground with primary school age group games on Saturday, and secondary school age group games on Sunday. In addition to the action on the pitch, the festival featured entertainment for all the family with food and refreshments available in the clubhouse, and a barbecue. Carl Murray, Douglas RUFC player/coach, thanked everyone who had supported the festival and added: “It was great to see the enthusiasm for the sport which all of the children have shown this weekend. They certainly burnt up a lot of energy, so everyone was grateful for the Old Mutual International goodie bags

which contained water, fruit, sweets, and milk from Isle of Man Creamery to help the children refuel after each match. The festival has grown steadily since it began in 2016. It’s a great way to encourage children to get more involved with the sport, and an important part of our ongoing plans to promote rugby across the Island – plans which include Old Mutual International supporting England Rugby’s Old Mutual Wealth Kids First programme on the Island.” Peter Kenny, Old Mutual International Managing Director, attended the event to present prize winners with rugby balls provided by Old Mutual International.

Held at Peel Golf Club and sponsored for the seventh year in succession by Celton Manx, the fully subscribed event was renamed in 2017 as a tribute to the late and much respected local businessman Mike Henthorn, a former vice-chairman of Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man. 22 teams entered the event which saw Bronwen and Roger Raatgever with Maryann and Richard Dunn take first place with 52.5 points. Ahead of the prize presentations Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man chairman Sam Skelton said that the ‘tremendous support’ the event enjoyed was a fitting tribute to Mike Henthorn who had been such a driving force behind the charity and the golf day. He continued: ‘We are enormously grateful to the long-standing sponsorship from Celton Manx. 2018 is the eighth year we have been running the event and in that

time we have raised around £50,000. ‘2018 is also the 30th anniversary of Cruse in the Isle of Man. Over these past 30 years the charity has grown and recruited many more volunteers. We have now reached a new and exciting phase in our history as we are looking to swell our volunteer numbers further, expand our range of services and, hopefully, relocate to larger offices. All of which is down to the loyalty, support and generosity of the Manx community.’ Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘The memory of Mike Henthorn lives on, such was his standing in the island’s business community and his tireless commitment to Cruse Bereavement Care. ‘It is encouraging to see that in a challenging economic climate when corporate organisations are having to review their charitable giving priorities this golf day continues to garner such a loyal following.

The festival crowned an excellent season all-round for Douglas RUFC with the 1st XV achieving a solid mid-table position in their first season in North One West league of the Northern Division. The squad won the Team of the Year Award at the Isle of Man Sports Awards, and Carl Murray won the Coach of the Year Award.

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Homebuilder Dandara is continuing its support of Isle of Man junior golf and will once again sponsor the Junior Order of Merit and Isle of Man Golf Junior Championships.

Pictured, left to right: Richard and Maryann Dunn, Celton Manx head of business development Mike Stanton, Janet Henthorn, Mike Henthorn’s widow, Bronwen and Roger Raatgever, Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man’s chief operating officer Amanda Cafearo, chairman Sam Skelton and treasurer Richard Hetherington. (Photo Matt Mosur)

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The Junior Order of Merit was first launched in the Island in 2014 with assistance from England Golf, and aims to encourage youngsters to get involved in the sport, develop pathways to become better players and inspire them to play golf for life. The competition is open to all junior golfers

and consists of five separate events held between April and September. Catering to all levels and abilities, each event includes full rounds for Under 18s and Under 14s, 9-hole and 6-hole competitions for younger and less experienced players, and a flag competition for beginners.

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Douglas rugby club celebrated another successful season with 240 guests at Port-e-Chee. Peter Kenny of headline sponsors Old Mutual International reiterated their support and involvement with all aspects of the North One West league club and the continuing growth of junior rugby in the Isle of Man. Flanker Sam Games picked up the Player of the Year award and Liam Kirkpatrick the Most Improved Player, while President Gareth HoosonOwen, Chairman Peter Horsthuis and committee member Steve Bradley were honoured with Life Memberships for their outstanding contribution.

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FORGET ME NOT BALL An Incredible night in the Isle of Man raises £166,176 for Alzheimer’s Charities... What an amazing evening! The Forget Me Not Ball took place on Friday 20th April in a Marquee at the Nunnery.  The weather was perfect in the beautiful setting of The Nunnery, where the guests were entertained by the fabulous James Nesbitt OBE.  James travelled to the Island to be the special guest at the event.  James is a celebrity supporter for Alzheimer’s Research UK having had personal family experience of dementia and entertained everyone with his stories and experiences in a Q&A session on the night. The inspiration for the event originated with an idea that Natalie Radford and Fiona Kirkham had one night when reminiscing about their mum.  Their motivation came from a personal encounter with dementia as their Mum, Irene, very sadly lost her battle with this dreadful disease in 2015.   Having experienced as a family what impact dementia had on them, they decided that they wanted to do something however small, in order to try and help others in some way. 

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“There is a huge misconception that Alzheimer’s is a mental illness, however it is really just a physiological disease just like cancer, we wanted to raise awareness and help in some way”. “Whilst we are sure that our experience with this dreadful disease was not unique, to us watching Mum trying to deal with her dementia was absolutely heart breaking. We decided to arrange a charity ball to raise money for dementia care in the Isle of Man and also for dementia research”. “To us it is so important it is that as much effort as possible is focused on treating and hopefully curing all forms of this illness. In the Isle of Man there are around 1,300 people currently living with some form of dementia and a staggering 850,000 people in the UK. This is projected to rise to 1 million by 2025. In the UK alone, one person develops dementia every three minutes. These are shocking statistics”.    Right from the start, they were astounded with the response and support received, from organisational support, to sponsorship and donations and finally from everyone attending on the evening. Steve McGowan was the auctioneer for the evening and did an incredible job.  The girls approached Steve to ask him to help them with the event and both said that his help and support was invaluable and they can’t thank him enough. Continue >>> BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

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The evening was full of entertainment with the magical expertise of David Penn and the fabulous music from The Saturday Night BeeGees. Guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner catered by the Claremont and danced well in to the early hours of Saturday morning. During the course of organising the event, Natalie and Fiona were approached by some like-minded ladies Gemma Wild, Jane Holt, and Julie Amphlett, who were in the process of registering a new charity. This has resulted in them all joining forces to establish the Forget Me Not Charity in the Isle of Man. The aim of the charity is to supply specialist support locally to both dementia sufferers and their families, initially by establishing and funding an Admiral Nurse Service on the Isle of Man. Both Natalie and Fiona have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support that people of the Island gave, generating an incredible £166,176 profit from the event. These funds are going be shared with Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man, The Forget Me Not Charity and also Alzheimer’s Research UK, to help with medical research in the hopes of one day finding a cure.

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CHARITY EVENT FOR TABITHA’S TRUST AND SLEEPING ANGEL WOOD

A charity night held at Union Mills Football Club on the 28th April raised money for two local child loss charities, Tabitha’s Trust and and Sleeping Angel Wood in memory of Ruby Cowin. Martin and Christina commented: ‘We lost our daughter back in August 2016 and this was the hardest time of our lives. We have had amazing support from friends and family

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and these two charities so we wanted to hold an event to raise money for the charities as a way of saying thank you’. The charity night raised a total of £2,840.42 giving each charity a sum of £1,420.21. A massive thanks to many Island businesses for their donations that were added to the tomobola on the night.

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FREYA’S FUND RAISER

A black tie event was held on the 28th April at the Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino raising money for both Ronald McDonald House & Oskar’s Dreams - Remember Jade. A 3 course meal, live music, D&J, photo booth and tombola were enjoyed by guest. £13,000 was raised and £7,500 in sofa beds delivered to Ronald McDonald House. A big thank you to all main sponsors on the night. Microgaming, Barclays Bank, BB Furniture, Estera and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Donations raised on the evening were shared between both of these charities.

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Words by: Suzy Holland Images: Methodist Modern Art Collection, © TMCP, used with permission.

Peter Rogers The Ascension

I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that ‘Awakening’ is the best exhibition of modern religious art the Isle of Man has ever seen. Ok, it’s probably the ONLY exhibition of this type ever seen here, but if you have any interest in art you won’t regret making the effort to visit all six venues displaying work from the Methodist Art Collection before ‘Awakening’ ends on 18 June.   There’s not enough room here for even a potted art history lesson about the importance of religion in art except to say that much of it is bound up in the Renaissance and the dominance of Roman Catholicism across Europe.  What is not part of that recognised history is the non-conformist, nondecorative, pared-back Methodist Church, so it was a surprise to learn that that very same Methodist Church has been collecting, and exhibiting, modern religious art since the 1960s.  And not just any old religious art - all are works of international significance by world-renowned artists from the last 100 or so years making up what has been described as probably the best

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denominational collection of religious modern art outside the Vatican. And now it’s on display across the Island.   The fifty three works of art in ‘Awakening’ are from some very famous names indeed: Graham Sutherland’s unemotional yet somehow harrowing The Deposition, an Elisabeth Frink, works by Maggie Hambling, Edward Burra, Patrick Heron, Peter Howson and many more.  They are all religious or spiritual in their themes but not all are by Christian artists and although some are obvious retellings of familiar bible stories, many are interpretations of a more general or spiritual faith: fresh perspectives which challenge preconceptions.    Two years in the planning, ‘Awakening’ was a challenge from the start and the organisers admit that during that time there were a few wobbles – with some of team admitting now that that they didn’t really know what they

Ghislaine Howard The Washing of the Feet.

were taking on. It was, in the truest sense of the word, a leap of faith but, as is so often the case, members of the churches drew on skills and talents they didn’t know they had in their congregations.  The exhibition has been curated by three local artists with relevant curatorial experience – Petrina Kent, Mary Gulland and Henry Uniake – and their involvement means that even the plainest church buildings have been transformed into places of great beauty, without ever compromising the ‘non-conformist’ ethos of Methodist worship.   Local art lovers are always complaining about having to go away at great expense to see works of art ‘in the flesh’.  This exhibition is the best chance - the only chance - many of us will get to see the paintings in this extraordinary collection and I can honestly say it’s worth the petrol to go on an all-Island road trip.  The choice of these dispersed venues, and the timing of the exhibition to run over TT was no accident but actually a deliberate strategy to attract as many people as possible whether

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they’re locals of visitors. From an ‘art’ point of view many of those who visit will be there to see the paintings – the churches are open all day every day (with the exception of St Andrews, which is only open during TT).  But the paintings will also form part of the services held at the churches, and the organisers hope this will engage and educate those who have, until now, no interest in art, or even dismiss religious art as not for true Methodists.  That’s quite a challenge but the title ‘Awakening’ was decided on early in the process – awakening church goers to the art, and, they hope, awakening art lovers to Christianity.  Whether or not this exhibition has that effect remains to be seen, but it shouldn’t stop even the most committed agnostic from enjoying the work on show.  You don’t have to know your bible to appreciate the small almost primitive

paintings by Mark Cazalet, or have studied the long history of art featuring the crucifixion to be affected by the simplicity of Elisabeth Fink’s ‘Pieta’ or ‘The Cross over the City’ by Michael Edmonds, displayed here to great effect on the floor of the cathedral in Peel.   It’s a bit obvious to describe a visit to all the churches as a pilgrimage – but it’s one I can highly recommend.  In fact, I’d go out of my way to say that if you don’t make the effort, you’re missing out.     ‘Awakening’ venues are the Methodist Church on Douglas prom, and Methodist churches and chapels in Ramsey, Colby and Ballagarey, the United Reformed Church of St Andrew’s on Glencrutchery Road, Douglas and Peel Cathedral.   Free leaflets are available at each venue to say which pieces are on show where, but the

£5 full colour catalogue is stunning value for money. If you plan your visits during TT, watch out for road closures but remember St Andrews does its famous TT Teas right on the course.  Other non-art attractions include cakes (and bacon sandwiches on Saturdays) at Colby and special events including drama and music performances – details of all of these can be found on www. facebook.com/awakeningIOM .

Ghislaine Howard, The Washing of the Feet, from the Methodist Modern Art Collection, © TMCP, used with permission. John Reilly, The Raising of Lazarus, from the Methodist Modern Art Collection, © TMCP, used with permission. Peter Rogers, The Ascension, from the Methodist Modern Art Collection, © TMCP, used with permission.

Not to be missed Peel cathedral will host a very special evensong and concert on Sunday 17 June, at 3.30pm which will include a performance of a piece of music by young local composer Tim Price.  This piece was written specially for ‘Awakening’, and was inspired by a relatively new addition to the collection, ‘The Empty Tomb’ by Richard Bavin, which is on display in the Cathedral.

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CULTURE NEWS BANDS PLAY SMART AND LOOK SMART THANKS TO MANX LOTTERY TRUST Members of Manx Concert Brass and the Manx Youth Band proudly display their new uniforms, purchased thanks to the support of charitable bodies, the Manx Lottery Trust and the Gough Ritchie Trust, and other benefactors and supporters. Both bands have a busy summer programme of engagements ahead, including monthly concerts (on the second Wednesday of each month) at Kirk Braddan Church. Sarah Kelly, Chairman of the

Manx Lottery Trust, said: ‘The Trustees are pleased to support Manx Concert Brass and the Manx Youth Band. ‘The organisation has been providing high quality musical training and entertainment to generations of Islanders and mainly relies on income from donations. ‘It does a sterling job in the Manx community and we look forward to seeing both bands, resplendent in their new uniforms, throughout the summer season.’

Ian Mansell, band chairman, added: ‘We take pride in looking professional and are extremely grateful for the support of the Trust. ‘It was a proud moment to see

the bands assemble and walk out in the set of uniforms, looking very smart and wellfitted. www.mlt.org.im | www. facebook.com/MYB.MCB/

ISLE OF MAN POST OFFICE CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF INTERNATIONAL SCOOTERING EVENT Isle of Man Post Office is marking a special milestone with the release of a new stamp collection, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first Manx International Motor Scooter Rally.

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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Isle of Man Post Office recently announced the launch of a series of eight hi-tech stamps that celebrate half a century since the making of this iconic British film, rated one of the greatest films of all time.

The Isle of Man Post Office has worked with Warner Bros. and through them the Kubrick family and SKFA, to create a set of stamps that are respectful of the genre, the film and its makers, as well as the millions of fans in the UK and beyond. In true Kubrick style, each of the 2001 stamps contain hidden secrets, a message embedded for fans to find.

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The special First Day and Commemorative Covers are a groundbreaking homage to the film and much of the collection is in strictly limited-edition numbers, highly prized by collectors and film fans. Designed by London creative agency Glazier Design, who also designed the Stephen Hawking Gravitational Theory stamps, the series of eight stamps depict some of the most iconic imagery from the film; Kubrick himself, author Arthur C. Clarke from whose short story the film was adapted, the ‘Monolith’, Star Child, Dr. Dave Bowman and, of course, the HAL 9000, the errant AI. The stamps have received Royal Approval and are available now at: www.iompost.com/2001

The eight-stamp issue, is a fun and vibrant collection which features standout moments from the history of the gathering. They include the iconic Vespa display team pictured at Noble’s Park in Douglas in 1958; Neville Frost, who smashed the six minute barrier for the Druidale

circuit; and the 1957 Ramsey Sprint when the rally – supported by TT legend Geoff Duke – returned after a year off due to the seamen’s strike. The bi-annual event has huge sporting and cultural significance on the Island, with a history which dates back to the 1950s, and was once described by the chairman of the Isle of Man Tourist Board as ‘the most important cog in the mosaic of Manx tourism’. www.iompost.com/scooter.

left to right: Terry Moore (who is featured in the stamp that he is holding); Tony Atkinson from the Isle of Man Scooter Club; Julie Edge MHK, Chairman of Isle of Man Post Office; Willi Gale from Isle of Man Scooter Club; and Steve Jackson, author of Scooter Mania!

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GREAT BRITISH MOTORCYCLES T A Celebration of Innovation

he Isle of Man TT course has been recognised as the most demanding test for machine and rider in motorsport for more than one hundred years. Throughout this time the cream of British engineers and manufacturers have showcased their innovative work and proved its resilience. The Isle of Man Post Office’s latest stamp issue focuses on ground-breaking motorcycle engines with the paintings of Graham Crowley in combination with archive imagery from Mortons Archive…but who is Graham Crowley, and how did this partnership come about? We caught up with him and found that there was more to him than meets the eye. As he is a renowned painter, motorcycle enthusiast and stamp collector it made this more than just a ‘job’ to him and, with five years in the planning, he was pleased to see the final results of a collection which he, as a philatelist, would love to own.

How did your involvement with the IOM Post Office come about? Paul Ford of the Isle of Man Post Office contacted me about five years ago, as he was familiar with my paintings and heard about my love of TT and motorcycling in general He proposed this project, and I said ‘yes’, without hesitation! What makes the engines selected to feature in the “Great British Motorcycles” collection so extraordinary? British engineering has always been in the forefront of global innovation, and I believe this is something to celebrate. All the engines chosen for this collection are massively significant and innovative designs that moved motorcycle engine design forwards. Some (particularly the Vincent) were of an unsurpassed quality in terms of cutting edge engineering. Is this your first design work for a stamp collection? Is the process of developing these images any different from your other paintings? Yes. This is the first time I’ve been asked to design a set of stamps. It is a totally different activity from my usual painting projects. Here, I had to re-imagine the engines. What do you think makes this collection so special? I think the fact that I’m a lifelong TT fan, motorcyclist, philatelist and painter gave me a different perspective when designing these stamps, as they were developed from an enthusiast’s point of view. Why were the featured colours chosen? For formal and aesthetic reasons, which is purely to differentiate the images. The duo-tone print method is a conscious reference to the duo-tone covers of the two most popular UK motorcycle weeklies in the 1950s and 1960s: The Motorcycle, and Motorcycling. They were often referred to as The Blue ’Un and The Green ’Un, because of the colour of the covers. The idea was to emulate the style of these magazines.

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Do you have a favourite design and why? I put equal effort in all of my paintings, so I don’t have a favourite. What does the Isle of Man TT Festival mean to you? The TT means a lot to me. Not only is it the world’s road racing capital – it is an intoxicating mix of an exhilarating and shared experience. A truly wonderful sense of spectacle - something increasingly rare in contemporary life. The TT festival is an opportunity to experience riding in its purest form - particularly over the mountain from The Gooseneck to CregNy-Baa. I’ve come across people from all over the world during the TT. Some of them I have met a number of times over the years and have developed lasting friendships with them. Although we come from different cultures and backgrounds, having experienced TT together has created a special bond between us. Put simply - I love the TT, the Manx GP and the Southern 100 - and everything that they represent. They are not just about motorcycle racing, these events are about experiencing the culture of the Isle of Man and the spirit of camaraderie among those who attend these events. I can’t imagine a life without motorcycles or the Isle of Man. What is your most favourite memory of TT? I have so many. Probably my best was showing my youngest son around the TT course for the first time. He was overwhelmed – he has never experienced anything like it! The adrenalin rush when standing in the hedges as the motorcycles race past, and experiencing the spirit of TT throughout the Island. To share that sense of awe was magical. It always reminds me of my first ‘lap’ of the TT course back in 1972. Utterly memorable.

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“Although we come from different cultures and backgrounds, having experienced TT together has created a special bond between us.”

Have you tried Isle of Man’s famous ‘cheese chips and gravy’ or any other local delicacies? Yes, I have tried the Manx cheese chips and gravy and I love it! I also love Manx kippers! What bikes do you own? Do you have a favourite? I currently own three motorcycles: a 1949 Vincent HRD Rapide Series C - 1000cc (featured on one of the stamps), a 250cc JAP engined 1937 OK Supreme, which was built last year by specials builder and ace engineer Gilbert Sills. Gilbert was a Lotus F1 mechanic in the late 1970s. I also have a 1999 Ducati 748 S which I’ve had from new - it has 20,000 miles on it. I’ve been to the TT on both my Ducati and my Vincent. Have you every raced yourself before? If so where? No, I’ve never raced, but I competed in offroad Enduros for a year or two. Riding motorcycles and painting are probably two interests that are not easily done at the same time – how do you divide your time to do both? Painting is my profession. I work six days a week, but if the sun is out, I’ll go for a spin almost anytime, usually on the Vincent. I’m also learning to play the piano and read music - a big ask at 68 years old! Riding is a passion. As a keen stamp collector, what type of stamps do you collect? I specialise in collecting local posts and Cinderella stamps. The stamps in my collection include: New Zealand Pigeon Post, New York Dog Post, Bicycle Post, Camel Post, and Alaskan Sledge Post. I love collecting these stamps because they display such beautiful and various artwork, and the moments in history they represent. I also find it fascinating that these stamps give me a different perspective on the world – one can learn a lot from stamps.

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Do you have a favourite spot on the Isle of Man, which you have to visit every time you come to the Island? Yes. I would go to Creg-Ny-Baa for spectating and the Church Hall at Braddan Bridge for amazing home-cooked food by a group of ladies who sell tea, cakes and pastries there during TT. Their warmth and hospitality epitomises the spirit of the Island and demonstrates that the TT is not just about racing, but also about the community.

Included in this collection is a set of six original prints which feature your original artwork. Can you tell us more about these? These images are printed on high quality paper and presented in a portfolio. There are twenty portfolios available and each will be individually numbered and hand signed by me. Each portfolio will be issued with a certificate of authenticity. It’s been a privilege to have had the opportunity to share my passion for both motorcycles and painting with a wider audience. ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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MAKING HIS Mark Scrimshaw, owner of Isle of Man based creative and graphic design agency The Thought Store, recently returned from Portland Oregon where he was invited to oversee the production of a short film he scripted.

Film director and producer, Devin Tau, whose production company, No Sunrise Wasted, operates from Oregon, approached Mark having selected his screenplay from 20 scripts sourced and shortlisted by a professional script researcher. Following an intense four-month script development period with much collaboration through FaceTime, Mark was also involved in casting decisions before flying out. The film is now in post production and due to premiere in Portland in June 2018 before being taken to several key film festivals around the United States and globally. Mark said: ‘‘I was delighted to be invited out to the United States and was on set for a week. The attention to detail and level of production was at times breathtaking and it was a superb opportunity to network and meet the cast and crew, many of whom had worked and appeared on the award winning television series, Grimm. The lead actor Greg James also appeared in ‘Wild’ in which Reese Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar. To have my first film produced in a recognised hotspot of American filmmaking is just amazing.’

Mark on set in Portland

Mark has worked when opportunities arose over the last ten years in film production and scriptwriting to craft his trade. He recalled his first time on a film set was an invaluable experience here on the island: ‘I remember sitting on a freezing double decker bus for a month in February with the other extras from

‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ filming in the North of the Island. When we weren’t required on set I’d be reading books on screenwriting and developing ideas. The Producer, David Parfitt, who knew I was there specifically to see behind the scenes, kindly gave me a shooting script so I could see first hand how it made its journey to the screen. Fast forward to being immersed in the full lifecycle of my own screenplay and its production in the United States is literally a dream come true’. As seen at the recent Oscars, short films have grown rapidly in popularity and recognition, with many seasoned directors producing shorts of exceptional quality, viewed as a high calibre industry promotional tool.

So what does the future hold for Mark? ‘Malignant is a hard hitting psychological short and the challenge is to now develop the feature screenplay with a supernatural edge that deceives at every opportunity. Devin’s projects are wide and varied and he’s already indicated he wants to work with me again. The contacts, network and potential opportunities this film has opened up for me Stateside is very exciting’.

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Claremont leads the way on Living Wage

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New Media Hub in Castletown

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he Island’s creative sector will benefit from an exciting new shared workspace initiative in the newly established Engine House in Castletown. Located in the former Canada Life building on Alexandra Road, The Engine House is aimed primarily at those working in the media, arts and technology fields, generating new businesses and relationships through the companies who base themselves there. The Engine House is located within the Castletown regeneration zone so that tenants can apply for grant support and up to their first years’ rent free of charge. There are some larger media businesses locating there, building the media “buzz”, and making it an appealing space for smaller media businesses and sole traders to take up desk space on either a ‘My Desk’ or ‘Hot Desk’ license basis.  www.eng.im

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efton Group plc announced today that it has taken the first step in its town centre redevelopment plans for the Palace Hotel & Casino complex by signing a memorandum of understanding with the new owner of the Middlemarch site in Lower Douglas. Auldyn Properties Limited, Sefton’s largest shareholder, has recently completed

the purchase of the Middlemarch site from Government with a view to progressing a multi-use development focussed initially on the creation of a new casino complex for Palace, additional third-party leisure facilities and a multi-storey car park to serve the new development and provide greater parking capacity for shoppers and businesses in lower Douglas. ON THE AGENDA


HSBC adopts ‘Ally’ scheme to support LGBT+ diversity in the Bank

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SBC has become the first firm in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to adopt a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus (LGBT+) ‘Ally’ scheme in order to create a more open, comfortable environment for staff and customers. Employees who wish to be an LGBT+ Ally will be trained to ensure the working environment at HSBC is inclusive for all their colleagues, regardless of a person’s orientation. They will be open to listen or speak to anyone who wishes to discuss their personal experience, as well as being encouraged to stand up for any misunderstandings on the subject and educate their fellow colleagues. HSBC Pride, which started the scheme, is a volunteer-led Employee Resource Group that seeks to ensure that LGBT+ employees and their allies can perform to the best of their abilities and fulfil HSBC’s strategic goals in an open, inclusive and supportive environment. i Commenting on the scheme, Claire Slonimski, Head of Middle Office, Corporate Banking, HSBC said: “For a business to be effective, its employees need to be absolutely comfortable in their own skin and HSBC prides itself on providing an open, inclusive and supportive environment

where everyone feels they can be their true self at work. The Ally programme is an important part of this, and we hope that it will create

not just a more supportive environment for bank employees, but for its customers and the wider Channel Island and Isle of Man communities too.”

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FGL - which owns the RL360, RL360 Services and Ardan International brands - has appointed two senior staff to fill major new roles. Sue-Ann Ind has joined as Group Risk Director, while Donald McLeod takes on the role of RL360’s Chief Actuary. IFGL’s Chief Executive David Kneeshaw said: “These two senior roles have been created to reflect the recent and future growth of IFGL. Both Sue-Ann and Donald will be excellent additions to our senior team.” As Group Risk Director, Sue-Ann will take responsibility for Risk, Legal and Compliance across all of IFGL’s companies. She joins from Old Mutual Plc in the UK, where she was Risk and Compliance Director. “I am delighted to be taking up this role at such an important and exciting time at IFGL where the organisational culture is strong; and the business model clearly demonstrates delivery of products and services that are valued by customers and are profitable for its investors,” said Sue-Ann. Sue-Ann is a chartered accountant and executive director with over 25 years’ experience in global FTSE50 financial services, including a number of senior roles working with boards, executive management and regulators. She is particularly experienced in business risk management, regulatory risk management, compliance, internal audit, financial crime prevention and forensic investigations. As RL360’s Chief Actuary, Donald McLeod will report to Appointed Actuary Alistair Brogden and together they will

shape the Group’s actuarial functions as it looks to the future and the acquisition of Friends Provident International. He has joined from Scottish Friendly Assurance in the UK, where he was Head of Actuarial. “The opportunities and challenges at RL360 and IFGL made the role particularly attractive to me,” said Donald. “It is an exciting time for the Group, and the wider industry, and I look forward to helping develop the business.” Originally from Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland, Donald began his career in 1998 at Standard Life, where he remained for 12 years before moving

to Hymans Robertson. Two years later he moved into the role of Chief Actuary and Head of Investments at Scottish Friendly. Donald’s interests don’t just lie in finance, however – he’s also a record breaking comedian. “I have published three volumes of my Awful Jokebook to raise money for hospices in the Western Isles and, in 2014, I told 580 jokes to break the world record for the most jokes told in an hour (although I never applied to Guinness, and the record has subsequently reverted to Tim Vine, who sent me a very kind message).  My efforts to date have raised around £40,000 in total.”

yet. The business is driven forward by a collaborative effort from everyone working here - everyone is encouraged to develop new ideas, expand skills and knowledge, and push the boundaries of what’s possible in the industry. While colleagues may have specialist skills or qualifications, and join the company with a specific focus, anyone who shows additional skills or aptitude is given the scope to expand

their role into other areas of the business where they can add value. Everyone’s specific role is defined only by the limits of their own ambition. As someone who is driven by hardcore punk and its antiestablishment, disruptive, unconventional ethos, I find it fits perfectly with working at TransferTravel.” www.transfertravel.com

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isruptive Influence’ might be a great name for a punk band – and for Laurence Crookall it certainly sums up how he views the impact that peer-topeer travel marketplace, TransferTravel, is having on the travel industry. The Douglas-based company is leading a revolution in the industry by providing a marketplace for anyone to buy or sell unwanted travel bookings. You can pick-up a bargain, or recoup money from bookings that might otherwise be wasted. As a ‘disruptor’ in an industry dominated by multinational businesses, TransferTravel. com is growing rapidly and has big plans for expansion globally. TransferTravel Engagement Manager and punk rock fan Laurence Crookall says that the opportunity to join the company was too good to miss: “Because TransferTravel is a fast developing business, the specific role of everyone in the company is not wholly defined

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ISLE OF MAN POST OFFICE APPOINTS NEW GENERAL MANAGER FOR INTEGRATED MAILING SOLUTIONS

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ntegrated Mailing Solutions (IMS), a division within the Isle of Man Post Office, announced the appointment of Russell Cowin as its new General Manager. Mr Cowin has extensive experience working with the Isle of Man Post Office, having worked there for over 14 years, during which time he gained valuable experience in the operational teams, managing the Sales Team and latterly leading a number of strategic business projects. Mr Cowin’s new role will see him responsible for IMS, a fully integrated communication division of the Isle of Man Post Office that provides businesses on the Isle of Man and the UK, end-to-end communication solutions, all under one roof. The wide range of services that IMS provides include customer data processing, printing, fulfilment, mailing, scanning as well as document management and storage – all in a highly secured environment. On his appointment, Mr Cowin said, “I’m incredibly honoured to have been appointed this role, especially during

such an exciting time with numerous opportunities in the horizon for IMS. Our department has been ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 accredited for over eight years and with the introduction of GDPR, our management systems have never been more important to confirm to our customers the integrity of our services in handling their customer data. I am looking forward to developing our existing print and digital service offerings, building on our extremely positive customer feedback, and supporting the overall Isle of Man Post Office business strategy and agenda.” Simon Kneen, Chief Executive Office of Isle of Man Post Office said, “Russell’s experience and expertise in the printing and business communication industry is certainly an asset to IMS, as it further establishes itself as one of the most trusted partners to businesses on the Island, and as it grows to expand its client base in the UK.”

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Elaine Codona (left), Manx Telecom Interim Human Resources Director, presents the ‘Confident’ award to Jane Smith, Customer Experience Team Manager.

Jannie van Niekerk (left), Roaming Manager, is presented with the Making Business Happen (individual) award by David Smith, Manx Telecom Strategic Development Director.

Annual awards celebrate Manx Telecom staff achievements Manx Telecom’s annual awards evening celebrated employees’ achievements throughout last year.

Julie Rotheram, a Clerical Officer with the Customer Experience Team, is presented with the ‘Compliment of the Year’ award by Chris Hall, Manx Telecom Independent Non-Executive Director.

Elaine Codona, Manx Telecom Interim Human Resources Director, presents the ‘Proactive’ award to Tony Dugdale, Lead Technical Specialist.

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gala awards ceremony, organised and hosted by Manx Telecom HR Business Partner, Kelley Corlett, was held at Mount Murray Golf Club on May 9th. Four employees received awards for their outstanding work, with each category reflecting one of the company’s core values: enterprising, proactive, confident and trusted. The winners were (Enterprising) Joseph Brownless, Helpdesk manager, Key Accounts; (Proactive) Tony Dugdale, Lead Technical Specialist; (Confident) Jane Smith, Customer Experience Team Manager; and (Trusted) Andy Gambell, Power Engineer. Manx Telecom is committed to providing excellent customer service, and to reward excellence in this field there was a Compliment of the Year Award which went to Julie Rotheram who is a Clerical Officer with the Customer Experience Team. Julie won the award for going above and beyond the call of duty to help a valued customer solve an issue with their smartphone. Gaurav Kumar (Global Solutions Technical Specialist) won two awards, ON THE AGENDA


Gaurav Kumar (left), Global Solutions Technical Specialist, is congratulated by Manx Telecom CEO, Gary Lamb, for winning the ‘Values Champion’ and ‘Learner of the Year’ awards.

Gavin Smith (left), Marketing Communications Manager, is presented with the ‘Leadership’ award by David Smith, Manx Telecom Strategic Development Director.

Values Champion and Learner of the Year. Other winners included: Leadership: Gavin Smith (Marketing Communications Manager) Making Business Happen (individual): Jannie van Niekerk (Roaming Manager) Making Business Happen (team): Joint winners – Marcomms Team and Field Operations Making A Difference: Roxanne Hannay (Clerical Officer, Customer Experience Team) Four employees received long service awards: Ian Quiggin (Senior Product Coordinator), Paul Jones (Lead Technician, Field Engineering) and Bill Hogg (Date Centre Operations) for 20 years’ service, and Barry Dulson (Planning Technician, Networks, Broadband and Transport) for 30 years’ service. Eighteen staff received recognition for achieving technical, leadership, and managerial qualifications and accreditations. Manx Telecom Chief Executive Officer, Gary Lamb, congratulated all the winners and nominees and added: “Our awards evening is an opportunity to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution which award winners have made to the business, to celebrate the work of everyone within the company, and the benefits which this brings to our valued customers.” A judging panel decided the award winners following nominations which were made by staff. Each winner received a personalised trophy and a bottle of Champagne.

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Roxanne Hannay, a Clerical Officer, in the Customer Experience Team, is presented with the ‘Making A Difference’ award by David Smith, Manx Telecom Strategic Development Director.

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UCM FURTHER EDUCATION AWARDS 2018

Fifty-five exceptional University College Isle of Man (UCM) students were celebrated at the UCM Further Education Awards 2018 ceremony, held at the Villa Marina, Douglas. One of the key annual UCM events, the awards ceremony recognises students who have achieved academic excellence and also those who have made a positive impact in the community by volunteering. The highlight of the event was the UCM Apprentice of the Year Award that was presented to Greg Anderson, who is in his third year of his studies in Carpentry. The event was attended by the Chief Minister, Minister of Education, Director of Education, Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas, Employers, UCM governors and staff, as well as family and friends of students who received awards. Jo Pretty, Principal said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stars of the evening were our students, we are very proud of them; it was wonderful to be able to celebrate their achievements and we wish them all the best in their future.â&#x20AC;? UCM is committed to providing education that empowers its students to be who they want to be by offering a wide range of courses at further and higher educational levels, as well as numerous leisure and recreational courses. To find out more, please call 01624 648200 or visit www.ucm.im EDUCATION

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Education Minister backs Old Mutual International Money Skills for Schools Week The Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, Graham Cregeen MHK, has backed a scheme which helps secondary school students across the Island to develop the skills and knowledge they need to manage their personal finances.

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e visited Castle Rushen High School on May 4th to see the final event in Old Mutual International Money Skills for Schools Week which began on May 1st. The annual scheme, now in its second year, is designed to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions about a wide range of issues regarding money. The Minister commented: “Education is about equipping young people for their adult lives – that’s not simply a matter of obtaining qualifications, it is about a much broader approach of gaining all-important skills and experiences. These practical sessions covered the essentials of financial literacy.  It was clear from taking part that the students greatly enjoyed MyBnk’s programme, which brought the subject to life.  I again extend my thanks to MyBnk and to Old Mutual International whose support has made Money Skills for Schools Week possible.” MyBnk financial experts, supported by school teachers and more than 60 volunteers from Old Mutual International Queen Elizabeth II and St Ninian’s high schools, Ramsey Grammar School, and King William’s College. Using interactive games, quizzes and activities, they money matters to life so that students could learn about a wide range of money ON THE AGENDA


matters including budgeting, borrowing, saving, understanding pay slips, and other aspects of personal finances and living independently. Keith Winstanley, Headteacher at Castle Rushen High School, commented: “MyBnk’s ‘Money Twist’ programme gave Year 7 students at Castle Rushen High School the rare opportunity to rub shoulders with members of the business community and think about a key skill: their own financial literacy. This energetic and well-delivered programme was well received by our Year 7 cohort, who were able to practise the skill of budgeting and juggling the concept of whether a purchase was a need or a want.  We are extremely grateful to both MyBnk and their supporters, Old Mutual International, for providing children in the southern community of the Island with such a thought provoking and valuable opportunity.” Peter Kenny, Managing Director, Old Mutual International, thanked MyBnk, the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, staff and students at participating schools, and Old Mutual International volunteers for their support, and added: “We were delighted to support the inaugural Old Mutual International ‘Money Skills for Schools Week’ last year, and are delighted with its success again this year. As the largest life assurance company on the Island, we understand the importance of providing future generations with the skills and confidence to manage their personal finances. I’m sure that the valuable lessons learned during the week will help students to make informed spending decisions in the future.” Guy Rigden, MyBnk CEO, said: “Young people here face unique challenges but programmes like Money Skills for Schools Week can help prepare them for their future. A huge thanks to everyone who made this such an exciting and impactful week.” Sessions were delivered by MyBnk, an award winning UK financial education charity for young people. To find out more about MyBnk, go to http://mybnk.org/ which has lots of useful advice and tips about money matters.

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With GDPR, breaking up is so easy to do

‘Inboxes have been overflowing recently with appeals from companies to let them keep calling’ Words By: Robert Shrimsley (FT)

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o it looks like I’m saying goodbye to Waitrose. Not the whole supermarket, you understand, just its emails. It sent me what I suspect will not be a final email emblazoned with a large picture of some fish and the message that “as a valued customer we want to keep you in the know about all the things you love about Waitrose”. I must admit I was torn: not just a customer, but a valued customer. But then it turned out that in the schmooze stakes, the grocer was not even trying. Space NK had a far more heartfelt approach: “We don’t want to miss you. Make sure you are subscribed or lose us for ever.” Lose them for ever! This is too much heartache. What will I do for my crème brûlée honey bath? But then I remembered that I had never bought a crème brûlée honey bath, and could not in fact recall ever buying anything from the company. I suppose there may have been a stray birthday present, some Himalayan healing salts or a bottle of Gypsy Water. I wasn’t exactly sure how we found each other but now we were going to be parted for ever.

Recent weeks have seen our inboxes overflowing with plaintive appeals from companies that were previously filling them up in less supplicate ways. Before, it just took one stray visit to a web page, a fleeting inquiry or a one-off purchase to capture our digital soul. Now the imminent imposition of the EU’s general data protection regulation is forcing firms to clean up their approach to the storage and use of personal data or face huge fines. Almost every company with an online presence has had to tighten up its processes. Where once any business that got hold of our email address could blithely bombard us with unwanted marketing messages, now they need explicit permission. Hence they are working to woo, bribe or cajole us into letting them keep calling. It feels like the digital equivalent of sending mariachis to my front door. Each time I open my inbox, I expect to see a troupe of Mexicans offering an uptempo version of “If You Leave Me Now”.

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But serenading my ego is not the only technique available. There is the appeal to greed. So desperate is Space NK not to lose me for ever, it has offered a £10 voucher for continued permission to pester. It’s not a massive inducement — barely enough for half a bottle of bergamot body wash — but at least we are cutting through the shimmering skin body crème and getting to the hard currency. On and on it goes. Findmypast wants to stay in my future; Domino’s wants another “little pizza my heart”. A healthfood shop wants to make sure I know about its summer detox specials, apple vinegar and dandelion tea. Some company I had never heard of warns that I may lose its “industry-leading business insights”. It’s tough, but I’m afraid I had to let them go. I could have dealt with this festival of spam myself by unsubscribing from each individual marketing email. But it was easier just to never bother opening them. Now some are offering me money to keep ignoring them in the future. Sadly, I’ve had to part company with those not offering Space NK’s level of incentives. My data is just too valuable to me. So, yes, you can stay but you need to make my day, punks. After years of floundering under the weight of junk mail, I am now enjoying the fleeting moment of power. I am transformed into a Roman emperor

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in the gladiatorial arena of spam and, alas, there’s been a lot of thumbs-down moments. I know, of course, it cannot last. The marketers will find new ways to force me to let them keep pestering. But this is probably good for businesses too. Instead of pointlessly vomiting out millions of unwanted emails, marketers are going to need to think a little harder about how they do their job. In the meantime, we should all enjoy this moment. Our systems are being purged of at least some of the pointless and invariably over-familiar missives and we are all about to feel a little better, a little lighter and a little less irritated. It is all terribly therapeutic; a digital detox without the need for apple vinegar or dandelion tea.

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The Crescent West, Ramsey A BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED DETACHED EDWARDIAN FAMILY HOUSE WITH ANNEX AND FIVE STAR GUEST ACCOMMODATION. CONVENIENT TO RAMSEY TOWN AND ENJOYING SUPERB PANORAMIC AND SEA VIEWS.

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A NEW PERSPECTIVE Words by: Julian A Simmonds

ver the last few years I have had the good fortune to spend a lot of time working high in the Arctic Circle, working in both Northern Sweden and Norway. My time there is spent leading photographic exhibitions and enjoying all the activities that a landscape of ice and snow offers, such as husky sledding, ice climbing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and more.

During the winter months most of Northern Sweden is completely frozen, with all the rivers and lakes iced over and covered in deep snow. Whilst this creates a very beautiful and peaceful landscape I sometimes find myself missing the sight and sound of water. Living on the Isle of Man means that I can see and hear the sea every day, and can regularly get on the water. I love being near the sea or the ocean and miss its presence.

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most enjoyable paddling imaginable. We experienced a full range of conditions, from clear blue skies with blazing sunshine to whiteouts and snow blizzards. We sat in the warm sunshine with our packed lunches on some days, and huddled around a campfire sipping hot drinks and toasting marshmallows on others. There were lots of white-tailed sea eagles flying overhead, and we saw tracks in the snow from various wildlife every time we came ashore. Our group planned different locations and trips each day, which were often adjusted according to the constantly changing weather conditions. Some days we made quite long trips where we covered good distances, others we planned more fun trips, island hopping between the many small islands in the fjords and taking pictures and drone videos to capture some of the action. Every day had it’s own flavour and was enjoyable in a different way.

Having spent a lot of time travelling and photographing in this area over the last few years I was well aware of just how beautiful the amazing scenery is, and was keen to try experiencing the place from on the water. I spend quite a lot of time sea kayaking back on the Isle of Man, and have noticed how this gives an entirely different way of seeing the island and reveals its beauty from a totally different perspective. I had high hopes that sea kayaking in the Lofoten Islands would give an equally different and enjoyable way to experience this Arctic wilderness. I kayak on the island with George Shaw, of Sea Kayaking Isle of Man, and we were chatting about the Lofoten Islands at the end of a paddling session one afternoon. George told me he had always wanted to sea kayak in the area, and I mentioned that I spend a lot of time working out there and had access to vehicles and accommodation which we could use. Together we hatched the idea of putting together an organised tour from the Isle of Man for a group of sea kayakers to visit the place, which is often referred to as the “Mecca” of sea kayaking.

It turned out that exploring the Lofoten Islands by kayak to enjoy this new perspective was all that I had hoped for and more. Indeed, I would say that this is perhaps the best way to experience the islands. I’m sure we will all hold many happy memories from this trip, one of my particular favourite moments was paddling through fresh sea ice in one of the calmer fjords - the crunch, crunch as the paddles broke through the thin layer of ice was the only sound we could hear in one of the most awe inspiring and peaceful landscapes imaginable. Whilst this could easily be described as the “trip of a lifetime”, we are already working on plans for future expeditions. If you are interested in finding out more, and maybe joining us on one of our adventures please contact either George or myself via email; seakayakingim@yahoo.com julian. simmonds@icloud.com

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BOLD EYES RULED ON THE SS18 CATWALKS From Cleopatra’s epic cat-eye to Cardi B’s kohl-rimmed peepers, black eyeliner never really goes out of style, does it?

the floating squiggles daubed on models at Eudon Choi, or the dashes of black stamped on with a drinking straw at Lanvin.

But backstage at the spring catwalks, the timeless beauty staple got a whole new lease of life, as make-up artists flexed their creative muscles and had us rethinking our approach to liner altogether.

But elsewhere, the SS18 shows gave us looks that are just aching to be taken from runway to real life.

“Wearing liner is a considered choice; it really puts your eyes forward and projects feeling - strength, rebellion, glamour,” says Lyne Desnoyers, make-up artist for MAC. “There are so many moods that eyeliner can project.” In fairness, we won’t be trying some of the more conceptual creations at home - like

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First, a little prep. Since these looks put the focus squarely on your eyes - but don’t involve eyeshadow - it’s important to start with a smooth, clean base. Begin by smoothing an eye primer all over the lid and up to the brow bone, then use a heavy-duty concealer under the eyes (to banish dark circles) and on the lid (to cover any redness).

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer, £18.50, Boots

Preparation done, now you’re ready for the main event... THE DIY DESIGN At John Galliano, make-up artist Christelle Cocquet made up models to look like a “punky, rockabilly group of girls”. That meant a bare skin look (no foundation, just concealer where needed), brows brushed with clear gel and only balm on the lips. The winged eyeliner look was created with a kohl pencil and applied in a ‘spontaneous’ way, says Cocquet, to make it look like the models did it themselves. So, don’t worry about being too precise when you draw your feline flick from the middle of the lower lashes, extending out to a sharp point. MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack, £15

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THE WINEHOUSE WING “This look was inspired by the great and glorious Amy Winehouse’s iconic punky, graphic, overdrawn feline flick, as well as Kate Moss’ signature eye,” explains make-up legend Charlotte Tilbury of the elongated wing at Versus SS18. Combining both liner pencil and pen, Tilbury started by rimming the eyes (including the waterline) with kohl and drawing the wing, then going over it with liquid liner to create a dense, matte black. Finish with lots of mascara on the top lashes. Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Bedroom Black, £19

CALUM BEST ATTENDS LAUNCH PARTY FOR EXCLUSIVE NEW URBAN RETREAT A brand-new Urban retreat and Clarins Retail Express Salon opened its doors this month with Channel 4 actor - and brother of owner, Katie: Jody Latham in attendance, accompanied by Calum Best. They were there to support, Katie, as she revealed the superstylish spa on Duke Street.

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Set over two floors, No52 offers a tranquil Urban Retreat on the upper level that provides Clarins Signature anti-ageing facials, massages and fullbody spa therapies, together with Jessica and CND Shellac manicures and pedicures, lash and brow treatments. Complemented with an beauty bar and boutique on the lower level offering Clarins Express Spa 30-minute treatments. Owned by a Clarins-trained therapist who worked for the

brand for over 15 years - and staffed by a team of beauty therapists also trained by Europe’s leading French skincare and cosmetics brand; No52 offers a truly unique beauty, spa and shopping experience. When asked about her vision for the business, Katie said, “I’ve used Clarins products since my teens. And I use them because they work. They calm my sensitive skin – are a joy to use skin and smell divine. By opening No52 – the only Clarins Retail Express Salon on the island, I hope to make professional skincare advice, holistic wellbeing, and the feeling of being lavishly pampered, more accessible to women all over the Isle of Man. “ www.no52.im

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FASHION

Cool crops: Team your top with...

JEANS River Island Yellow Stripe Denim Wrap Frayed Trim Crop Top, £30; Dark Blue Alexa Cropped Wide Leg Jeans, £40

CULOTTES Miss Selfridge Ochre Twist Front Crop Top, £25; Monsoon Myra Linen Stripe Culottes, £45

HOW TO WEAR A CROP TOP AT ANY AGE

A HIGH-WAISTED SKIRT Fatface Athleisure Emma Cropped T Shirt, £35; Miss Selfridge Ivory Button Paper Bag Skirt, £30

It’s the latest in a long line of Nineties trends that have seen a renaissance lately - crop tops are well and truly back on the fashion map. TROUSERS River Island Yellow Stripe One Shoulder Shirred Crop Top, £15 (reduced from £35); V by Very Pink Wide Crop Trouser, £28

But if you think midriff-baring tops should only be worn by those below a certain age (and size), think again. Older women can wear the trend by pairing with high-waisted bottoms that rise up past the belly button. This season’s trend for paperboy waists is perfect for this as they tend to sit slightly higher on the torso which will minimise the amount of flesh on show.

A MAXI SKIRT New Look Navy Lace Crop Top, £19.99; JD Williams Tiered Pleated Maxi Skirt, £45

Wrap style crop tops are also extremely flattering as they can be adjusted according to how much skin you want to show. They also draw the eye inwards which is flattering on large or small busts. With that in mind, here are five flattering crop top combinations to wear with pride and a smile.

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If Vogue like them they must be good. They certainly make a change from a regular TT burger. This burger feels fresh and different - and it’s on the healthy side, as far as burgers go. You could make it even lighter by ditching the bun, keeping the onions raw and enjoying it as a salad - perfect in the summer straight off the barbecue. Do try to get hold of the chipotle in adobo sauce, it really takes the burger to a whole new level. If not local you can buy it online. Or try the alternative below. Ingredients: (Makes about 10) n 700g chicken (minced or not; use a mixture of breast and thigh) n 10 spring onions, finely chopped n 4tbsp finely grated Parmesan n 75g peeled and grated fresh ginger n 4 cloves garlic, crushed n Large bunch of coriander, stalks and leaves chopped n 1.5tbsp rice wine vinegar n 3tbsp toasted sesame oil n 1.5tbsp soy sauce n 2 limes, zest and juice n groundnut oil (or other flavourless oil), for frying For the pickled cucumbers: n 2tbsp rice wine vinegar n 1tsp caster sugar n 1/2 cucumber n 1tsp toasted sesame seeds n 1 red chilli, sliced For the maple-chipotle mayonnaise: n 6tbsp mayonnaise n 5 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or 1tsp smoked paprika and 1tsp harissa) n 1 lime, zest and juice n 1tsp maple syrup n Salt and pepper To serve:

Method: 1. First make the pickled cucumber. Mix the vinegar and the sugar together until it dissolves. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the cucumber lengthways, working all the way round but stopping when you get to the seeds. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumber strips and toss; set aside. When you are ready to serve, lightly toast the sesame seeds and scatter over the cucumber along with the chilli. 2. Make the mayo: put the mayonnaise in a blender with the chipotle peppers, lime zest and juice and maple syrup and season. 3. If you are using minced chicken then simply place in a bowl. If not, roughly chop up your chicken meat, removing any gristle, and pop into a food possessor. Pulse until it is just minced - you do not want to form a paste. Add the rest of the burger ingredients to the minced chicken, season with salt and pepper and combine. Using

your hands, shape into about 10 burgers and place on a plate, then flatten slightly with your hand (you don’t want them too thick as they must cook fully all the way through, unlike traditional beef burgers). 4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken burgers and cook, in batches, for four minutes each side - they should be well seared. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper (we would always check one by cutting in half to make sure they are fully cooked - do not serve pink). 5. Serve in toasted buns with lettuce, tomatoes, crispy onions, a generous dollop of the smoky mayo and the pickled cucumber on the side.

n Burger buns (we like to toast them a little) n 2 Little Gem lettuces, leaves separated n 2 plum tomatoes, cut into 1cm slices n 2 red onions, sliced into thin half-moons

Recipe from a Love Of Eating: From Tart London by Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones, photography by Laura Edwards, priced £25.

and fried until crisp

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served with lots of ice and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic, a slice of lime and a sprig of basil.

WORDS | Anne Berry | The Wine Cellar

GIN&TONIC THE POPULARITY OF GIN CONTINUES TO RISE WITH 49 NEW DISTILLERIES OPENED IN BRITAIN ALONE IN 2017. THERE ARE NOW 315 DISTILLERIES IN BRITAIN PRODUCING GIN, WHICH HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED THE NUMBER IN PRODUCTION 5 YEARS AGO. LAST YEAR 47 MILLION BOTTLES WERE SOLD WITH A VALUE OF £1.2 BILLION, ENOUGH FOR 1.32 BILLION GIN AND TONICS! There was a 167% increase in sales of artisan brands compared to just a 30% increase in the mass produced brands. Last year also saw the opening of the first Gin Spa – a Juniper foot soak! So where has this surge in popularity come from? Gin is relatively straightforward to produce. In simple terms, it is flavoured vodka, made by infusing a neutral spirit with a variety of botanicals that must include juniper berries. Gin generally has a higher proof than vodka and with its herbal, floral or citrus character, it makes an attractive cocktail base. Gin can be made from a base of any fermentable material, from grapes and grain to molasses and sugar beet and typically goes through two distillations. Initially it is distilled to make a high proof clean spirit (vodka) after which juniper berries and other botanicals are used to add flavour. Another reason for the sudden increase in sales is that it doesn’t have to age in the way that Whisky does. A good quality Whisky needs to age in an oak cask for several years, which not only costs money but doesn’t bring any in. Gin can be produced in just a few hours and so less initial capital is required and cash can be recouped almost immediately. 19 distilleries in England are planning to start Whisky production in 2018 as the Gin

sales will give the income in the interim period while the Whisky matures. Scottish Whisky producers have to use oak to age their whiskies, while English distillers have the option of walnut or cherrywood as well, to give a point of difference. With the supermarkets also taking on a wider range of Gins, we, as an Independent, are constantly on the look out for new and interesting styles. Some recent additions to our selection include two from Gin Foundry Distillery, based in the Lake District. It was set up in 2008 when Vince Wilkins realised there were no spirits with a Lake District connection. He was already in the alcohol industry and was aware that Gin was slowly becoming the base spirit of choice for cocktails. Bedrock Classic at 40% abv and great value at £27.95 has a classic taste but with the addition of local botanicals to give an extra twist. Classic botanicals in Gin are juniper, coriander seed, angelica root and citrus. Local additions in the Bedrock Classic are lime and basil which, along with orange peel, nutmeg, liquorice and cinnamon, give it a aromatic quality with a hint of sweetness too. Really delicious

Bedrock Premium at 46% (£37.95) has a similar flavour profile, but the addition of orange and mint seem to give a smoother rounded character to the Gin. This is better served with the normal Fever Tree Tonic or the Light Tonic. Grapefruit and mint would be an excellent garnish. As an introductory offer, you can have a branded Bedrock Gin balloon glass with every bottle purchased. Daffy’s Gin (£37.25) from Scotland was established by husband and wife team, Chris and Mignonne. Chris studied art at Edinburgh University and was a huge fan of Robert McGinnis, so much so that he commissioned McGinnis to help design the label for his Gin. McGinnis painted the image of Mignonne, to represent Daffy, the Goddess of Gin, giving a striking look to the bottle The main botanical in Daffy’s is Lebanese mint, the strongest in aroma and flavour of all types of mint. Once again, this is best served simply with straight Fever Tree Tonic and a sprig of mint. If pink is your colour, look no further than the Pinkster Gin (£36.45), from Cambridgeshire, which is infused with locally grown raspberries! This was the brainchild of wine drinker Stephen Marsh, who was suddenly told that he had a medical condition meaning he had to give up wine. Not really enjoying other alcoholic drinks, he decided to make his own and so Pinkster Gin was established. Pale pink in colour, this is still a dry Gin, and is at its best served with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic, a sprig of mint and a raspberry. Initially they discarded the raspberries used in the distillation process but then realised they were missing a treat! Now it is converted into Gin Jam. Treat yourself to a pot at £7.50. Breakfast will never be the same again!

THE WINE CELLAR • TENNIS ROAD • DOUGLAS • IM2 3QW TELEPHONE: 01624 611793 • EMAIL: anne@thewinecellar.im

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Ocean on North Quay in Douglas is fast becoming a favourite restaurant for diners in the know. At the eastern end of the quayside, with easy parking nearby, owner Ian Stephens has rejuvenated the space with soft furnishings, soft music, a friendly atmosphere and a small but carefully crafted menu which can’t help but delight. Ian has been working in the restaurant and bar industries since he was a kitchen porter in Cornwall as a teenager and there is no doubt that with Ocean he’s tapped into to what he sees as the growing ‘foodie’ vibe on the Island.   He’s a familiar face around Douglas with a background which includes managing Bar George and The British as well as other H&B establishments and for this, his first restaurant, he’s attracted the well-respected and popular chef Stephen Gerrard.  The Ocean menus feature local produce wherever possible and the exciting dishes include meat from A&J butchers, fresh fish from Devereau’s, Manx quinoa and a well-stocked wine list, and a bar which includes craft beers and local seasonal gins from Fynoderee.  Open 6 ½ days a week – the ‘half’ is for brunch on Sunday - Ocean is capitalising on what Ian sees as a sophisticated clientele:  “I’m really excited by the growing numbers of people who appreciate that the fine dining they see as the norm elsewhere is now available right here in the Isle of Man,” he says. “Being at the east end of North Quay means we’re close to Athol Street and Douglas’s main offices so weekday lunch times are busy with business lunches as well as other workers and shoppers.”  As you’d expect, weekend brunches are more casual and in the evenings it’s almost a completely different crowd who appreciate not only the inspired dishes but also

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the relaxed atmosphere. And it’s that atmosphere and unhurried approach which mean that, as Ian says, “dinner at Ocean can be a night out all by itself.” Appealing to all those different types of customer is where Ocean comes into its own.  The Ocean website (www.oceanrestaurant.im) says that its goal is to provide food that ‘restores, replenishes and revives’ and the mouth-watering menus don’t disappoint.  Set lunch menus - £15 or £19 including a glass of wine – change weekly so even the most dedicated Ocean customer can ring the changes.  A la Carte menus are available at lunch and dinner and, like the set menu, include imaginative vegetarian options, and Ian is keen to stress that most dietary requirements can be accommodated with a little notice. On Saturday and Sunday mornings brunch is served from 10.30am up to 2.30pm with individual dishes ranging from Manx kippers to a full English via the ever-popular Eggs Benedict and a homemade granola option.  There’s also a set brunch which includes up to four

cocktails from the ‘Ocean Brunch’ menu – not just the inevitable Bloody Mary and Mimosa but others to set you up for the day. Ocean is also available for private functions for up to 35 people and particular food and drinks menus for any event, whether it’s an office Christmas party or a ‘significant’ birthday celebration can be arranged. If you’ve booked an intimate dinner with friends or arranged a larger event, Ian is particularly proud of the level of customer service provided by his small, but attentive staff. “I’m lucky enough to have worked with some great people over the years,” he says, “and I’m flattered that so many of them have joined me in this new venture.  At Ocean I want my customers to feel comfortable and having the right staff is key to that level of service, from the minute you arrive to when you reluctantly have to leave.  We want our customers to feel part of the Ocean family – that’s what turns a casual diner into a returning friend - and I’m delighted to say the Ocean ‘family’ grows week by week!”

If you’d like to book your table at Ocean, the number is 01624 622000 or you can book via the website www.oceanrestaurant.im where you will also find lunch, dinner and brunch menus.

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SUN SHINES ON THIRD ISLE OF MAN CYCLEFEST PRESENTED BY ISLE OF MAN BANK

Over 5000 people flocked to the Milntown Estate in Lezayre for a weekend of live music, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment and all things Velo, enjoying some great Manx food in the process.

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This year’s event featured three live music stages as well as new under-cover venues including the purpose built children’s activity Ti-Pi and the gigantic Cyclefest HQ - complete with festival bar and Cyclefest’s very own coffee shop! Headliners on the PokerStars stage included Wildwood Kin who played a string of high profile singles from their debut album while Sunday’s headline artist Jake Isaac brought his own brand of roots music to Cyclefest with his high energy ‘full album experience’. Mixing acoustic sounds with elements of rock, funk, soul and more, festivalgoers were treated to big songs and big riffs to close Sunday’s entertainment. Cyclefest’s very own Festival Club bounced to the new sounds of foot stomping Trad courtesy of stunning live act Elephant Sessions who played a stunning set on Saturday night. New for this year, under the guidance of Bright Bricks, the UK’s only LEGO Certified building firm, festivalgoers of all ages created a very special Cyclefest themed build, constructed from no less than 65,000 bricks! Children also got to meet the author or illustrator of a favourite book. Multi award winning author-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and Laura Ellen Anderson guided through their wonderful and wacky imaginations while  Bridge Bookshop provided signed copies. Cyclefest also welcomed Rosie Hudson of Rosie Tells Tales for a feast of interactive stories, activities and games around the gardens that kept minds occupied for hours while Cyclefest’s big screen saw  little one’s laugh along to top animations and family favourites such as Paddington. The UK’s premier mountain bike trials athlete, Andrei Burton, performed throughout the weekend courtesy of Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.  Andrei brought his spectacular Man v Machine show to Milntown, battling with Hollywood actor and Parkour specialist Pip ‘Trix’ Andersen to find out who could amaze the audience most.  Weary Cyclists also enjoyed the new Cyclefest HQ, complete with its own bar by The Trafalgar and its coffee shop courtesy of an exciting mash-up between Noa Bakehouse and The Alpine.  The Cyclefest Championship offered up some thrilling high quality racing with Elliott Baxter retaining his overall Cyclefest BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

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Continued... championship title and yellow jersey for the best cumulative time for the Storm the Tower Hill Climb powered by Isle of Man Creamery, the Friends Provident International Batle of Sky Hill Mountain Bike Race and the 80 mile round Island Isle of Man Bank Gran Fondo. Elliot Baxter narrowly beat UAE Team Emirates rider Ben Swift by a second in the Gran Fondo. The Manx rider posted the fastest time in the event’s three year history on the 80 mile course – 3 hours fifty one minutes thirteen seconds (3:51.13). Under 21 rider Adam Kelly finished third in the Gran Fondo just over a minute behind Swift with Swift clinching the prestigious PokerStars King of the Mountain Prize for the fastest cumulative time (40.27) up the three main climbs – Druidale, Injebreck and Round Table. In the women’s Gran Fondo Rebecca Storrie (4:44.14) won from Sally Walker (4:50.20) with Olivia Neal (5:02.34) third. Walker’s 57.46 won her the PokerStars Queen of the Mountain jersey. Adam Kelly’s third place in the Gran Fondo also saw him win the U21 classification from Max Walker with Jimmy Bostock third in the Youth Gran Fondo results. Adam Kelly also took the overall U21 title and the white jersey with Max Walker second and William Draper third. At the other end of the scale, Glyn Thomas was the first veteran home. In the Women’s Championship Aimee Cringle was the overall pink jersey winner from Jess Carridge with Tara Ferguson third. Willie Moore, added the Ocean Motor Village Spirit of Cyclefest award to the Olympic Team Pursuit Bronze, World Championship Silver and Commonwealth Games Gold medals after completing the Gran Fondo at the age of 71. Adam Scarffe won the opening Cyclefest championship race – the  Storm the Tower Hill Climb powered by Isle of Man Creamery in a remarkable time of 5 minutes and 5 seconds for the 1.6 mile hill climb. Adam’s time was the fastest in the event’s three year history. Will Corkhill finished in second place in 5:19 three seconds ahead of Max Walker. In the women’s category Rebecca Storrie took the honours in a time of 6:40 from Olivia Neal (7.16) with Tara Ferguson third with 7:22. Nick Corlett, fresh from the Commonweath

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BET ON ACES MANX NATIONAL RALLY THROWS UP TOUGH CHALLENGE Words by: Chris Boyde Photos by: rallygallery.com

Rallying is car-based motorsport’s nearest equivalent to the Isle of Man TT Races. Strip away the circuit race mentality of Formula 1, touring cars or even Le Mans, and take on a challenge of varying routes, road conditions, changeable weather and even daylight and darkness. That is what rallying on the Isle of Man offers, and why teams flock to the Island, as they did in May for the Bet on Aces Manx National Rally. And boy did they face all those challenges, and more! The event saw Bet on Aces tie-up with a motorsport event for the first time as they launch their new online casino and sportsbook brand that has launched out of the Isle of Man with the intention of making a solid mark in a very competitive betting industry. Sezin Ozel, Managing Director at Bet On Aces, said: “It’s great to get our first taste of sponsorship and show our intentions early on. It’s also nice to stay close to home with our first sporting sponsorship, especially with an event as fun and exciting as the Manx Rally. This is the first mark of what will be a big stride towards establishing our Bet On Aces brand.” Rallying is also a sport that allows talent to shine, regardless of money. At the top end of the entry were cars derived from World Championship manufacturer teams, worth £500,000 or more at one point. They were led by Builth Wells driver Jason Pritchard and co-driver Phil Clarke, bidding for a fourth victory in their Ford Focus WRC in five years, having been cruelly denied by an electrical glitch within sight of the finish in 2017. Against them were Kex Walker and Dannii Matthews, locals in a thirty-year-old BMW 325, self-built and maintained on a minimal budget. And Rory and Paul McCann, a teenage driver making great strides in the sport, with his dad co-driving. The pair bought an engine from a stock car the week before to allow them to start the event, after their Honda Civic developed problems.

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They should have stood little chance. The leveller was the weather. Light rain had fallen throughout Friday afternoon at the TT Grandstand base, but just as the tea-time start came so did heavier rain, that became prolonged. Mist also came down across the hills to add to the difficulty. Teams select their car set-up, and most crucially the tyre choice, for a loop of closed roads stages, trying to predict what will happen over the next few hours. Get it right and you stay in contention, get it wrong and…

BoA Manx National Rally: 1st Overall – Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke

Chris Kelly Memorial Rally: 2nd Overall Neil Morgan & Shaun Hughes

Chris Kelly Memorial Rally: 3rd Overall – Steven Ormond-Smith & Charlotte Shimmin

Roy McCann: Star of the Rally Award

Best Manx Crew: Kex Walker & Dannii Mathews

Pritchard/Clarke, who had spent the morning with the pupils of Ballacottier School, had it right and stormed clear immediately. By the end of the night, after eight tests they described as amongst the most difficult they’d ever driven, they had a lead of one minute forty seconds over former Manx Rally Champions Daniel Harper/Chris Campbell from Lancashire, in a Mini WRC. By now however many of the leading crews had already faltered. Last year’s winners Hugh Hunter and local co-driver Rob Fagg ground to a halt with electrical problems on their Ford Fiesta WRC, Jamie Jukes crashed his Mitsubishi Mirage R5 in the first mile of Stage 2, with expected leading locals Andrew Dudgeon/Joseph Dooley also going off in the same run. Multiple former National champion Damian Cole withdrew his Ford Fiesta WRC after dropping over five minutes simply by choosing that wrong tyre tread. Amidst all the chaos, Walker/Matthews were an amazing seventh overall heading into Saturday, headed only by world rally cars and top line Mitsubishis that had a huge advantage in the conditions. Equally impressive, the McCanns were also inside the top ten, as 33 of the 112 crews failed to simply finish the night!

BoA Manx National Rally: 3rd Overall – Wayne Sisson & Max Freeman

Chris Kelly Memorial Rally: 1st Overall – Andy Bird & Plug Pulleyn

Saturday could not have been a greater contrast, glorious sunshine and dry roads throughout, as Pritchard continued his remorseless onslaught, fastest on 15 of the 16 stages overall to win by 3 minutes 06.2 seconds from Harper. Amidst the attrition, with seven of the top ten starters failing to finish, a surprise third place went to Wayne Sisson/Max Freeman in a Mitsubishi Evo X, who had a troublefree run. Sadly for the McCanns, a driveshaft broke on the first stage of the morning, but they

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had impressed enough to earn Rory the Star of the Rally award. Kex and Dannii conceded time to the more powerful machinery in now bonedry conditions with warm sunshine, but nonetheless took their finest result, ninth overall, first two-wheel drive and most satisfying of all, the Best Manx trophy that means so much to all the local crews. In the end just 65 crews completed the entire route, playing out a fantastic drama at high speed on the unique challenge that is Manx rallying. They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to come back and do it all again! BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

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PHONE HOME Millions of people all over the world rely on the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones to keep them connected 24/7 but while the Galaxy is recognised as a global brand of phones, it shouldn’t be forgotten that it’s also behind a superb range of tablet devices.

WE’RE LOVING THE SAMSUNG GALAXY IN TABLET FORM!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A sits in the middle of Samsung’s range of tablets but does so while delivering a premium punch. Powered by a 1.6GHz Octa-Core chipset and running on the enormously popular Android 6.0 operating system, the Tab A has all the power you’ll ever need to run a fabulous array of apps, play graphic-rich games and stream or download multimedia creations. The Tab A’s super-high resolution screen offers an unrivalled mobile viewing experience and its WUXGA display features twice as many pixels as other standard HD screens, so you’re sure to enjoy stunning images, whether you’re viewing photos, watching videos, reading e-books or webpages. The Galaxy Tab A’s impressive performance is supported by a very reasonable price, making it ideal as a starter device or as the workhorse computer that you’ll take with you everywhere. Just pop into one of the Sure stores for a demonstration, today!

HomePod takes your listening experience to another level. Whilst elegantly designed, it delivers the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room by analysing the acoustics and adjusting the sound based on the speaker’s location, separating the music into direct and ambient sound. Direct sound is beamed to the middle of the room, while ambient sound is diffused into left and right channels and bounced off the wall. So your music sounds amazing, wherever you are in the room. By adding another HomePod in the same room, both speakers automatically detect and balance each other to create a wider, more immersive soundstage than a traditional stereo pair. With over 45 million songs available, Apple Music unlocks virtually every song you can imagine. With the intelligence of Siri and access to virtually all the world’s songs, your HomePod learns and plays exactly what you want to hear, and what you want to hear next — including new music across a huge range of genres and moods.

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The ultimate music authority, HomePod is also an intelligent home assistant, capable of handling everyday tasks and controlling your smart home accessories — from a single light bulb to the whole house — with just your voice. The Apple HomePod is available now at Manx Telecom from £319 or £16 per month with any new or renewed mobile or broadband contract.

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THE FUTURE IS HERE

A round up of the most techy phone gadgets we could find.

It’s a problem as old as time, or if we’re being pedantic, as old as me. Since Sony launched the Walkman back in the 80s, significant hours of our collective time has been engaged in untangling earphones. No matter how carefully you wrap them up neatly and place them in a pocket, drawer or bag, it is a mystical rule of the universe that they will wind themselves into an intricate knot that any sailor would be proud of, the second you look away. Apple have tried to solve this with the wireless earbud, but they seem far too easy to lose, in my opinion. The only effective answer to this head scratching quandry, as far as I can see, are Wraps Wristbands. Perfectly serviceable earphones one minute, and a stylish beach casual braided wristband the very next, that will be right there on your arm, tangle free and ready to go the next time you need them. Perfect for travelling, offering good sound quality and available in a range of colours and styles, the only drawback that I can see is that they are not (yet) available with a lightning connector. Wraps Wristbands start at £14.99 from www.mywraps.com

Square Register

So many businesses could benefit from this system which allows credit card payment via a tiny gadget plugged into your phone. No more limiting static transaction systems. Wherever a smartphone can be, this gadget can take payment. The buyer signs on the smartphone to authorise payment and avoid potential fraud, and the information is encrypted before any processing. squareup.com

Tile

Are you one of those dur-brains who looses their keys / wallet / kids / pets all the time? This little Bluetooth tracker is paired with an intuitive app that makes it easy to find everything that matters. No more cursing your ailing memory or wandering child. 

RICHARD CAMMISH USB CUFFLINKS

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Guys; ever been at a black tie do, and realised with horror that you haven’t got a USB stick on you? No? Perhaps you fancy yourself as a low key, corporate James Bond? Richard Cammish have just the thing, hidden up their sleeves. These understated chrome plated cufflinks contain a secret; each comes apart to reveal an 8GB USB memory stick that nobody would ever know was there. Carry your presentation to the office in stealth mode, store confidential documents in safety, or just keep your cuffs closed. These bad boys are a triple threat. 16GB USB Cufflinks are £21.75 from www.richardcammish.co.uk

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Lockitron

Point one; the name is awesome. The Lockitron lets you unlock the door with a touch of your smartphone or you can set it to just unlock your door as you approach, no more fumbling for keys. Ideal if your hand are full or you’re drunk. lockitron.com

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