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WILKINS WATCH of the MONTH Bremont releases limited edition chronograph to celebrate Boeing’s 100th anniversary BREMONT IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THE BEAUTIFUL LIMITED EDITION BREMONT BOEING 100. THE BOEING 100 MECHANICAL WATCH, LIMITED TO ONLY 300 UNITS, HARKS BACK TO THE EARLY DAYS OF AVIATION WITH THE BELOVED BOEING ‘TOTEM’ LOGO PROUDLY PRESENT ON ITS DARK VINTAGE BROWN DIAL. IN RECOGNITION OF BOEING’S LEADING POSITION AS A COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER, CARBON FIBRE COMPOSITE FROM THE HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT AND TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED BOEING DREAMLINER FLYING TESTBED AIRCRAFT, ZA004, CAN BE FOUND INTEGRATED INTO THE CROWN OF EACH TIMEPIECE.

The anniversary timepiece is manufactured from Boeing aviation-grade Ti 6-4 titanium, a special metal that is significantly stronger than commercial titanium and used widely in both airframes and engine components within the aerospace industry. The distinctive brown colour of the Boeing 100 was inspired by a cockpit colour often used in the older Boeing aircraft called ‘Boeing Brown’ which was reportedly designed to make the cockpits more relaxing to be in. The hue also has that more vintage Bakelite look and feel of the older controls. On 15th July 1916, Boeing began making the impossible, possible. William E. Boeing started producing a single wooden and linen aircraft, the Boeing Model 1 float-plane, which eventually led to the revolution of how we fly over continents and oceans today. This first Boeing aircraft was assembled in a lakeside hangar located on the northeast shore of Seattle’s Lake Union, close to where Boeing is still based today. The Boeing Company is now the world’s largest aerospace company. Much of Bremont’s heritage and DNA is deeply rooted in aviation. Co-Founders Nick and Giles English, both pilots themselves, set out to make high quality watches of classic design durable enough to withstand any pressure an aviator’s timepiece may endure. Having been Boeing’s watch partner for a number of years, Bremont was very keen to celebrate the aviation company’s incredible history with a rather special and unique timepiece.

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Is your face sad? Are you missing something to give you purpose? Are you the sort of person who looks at a workplace poster of a skydiver and contemplates taking some accounts home to do at the weekend? If this is you then you might be the target audience for the positive thinking industry. It’s big on ideas, but unlike traditional religions or UFO cults it’s short on actual commitments.

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You don’t need to go on a pilgrimage or give up ham, but you do need to promise yourself you’ll consider doing yoga next week, tidy your living room or eat broccoli. Eventually. It’s the philosophical equivalent of setting up a direct debit to hedgehog rescue and then forgetting about it until you accidentally run one of them over. But will it work for me, a man with the temperament of Eeyore and a lifetime of ingrained bad habits? Can I change from the inside, and if I do will I change like a beautiful butterfly or like an unopened container of stale yoghurt? Share this if U R a strong independent woman who don’t need no man Being that I’ve blocked anybody who shares inspirational quotes on social media I am seldom exposed to positive thinking. My prevailing mood is like a bad smell in an unventilated toilet, and telling me to think positive is the equivalent of spraying some Glade in the bowl and hoping you won’t asphyxiate before you’re done. I did however venture to the bookshop recently to pick up some classic literature (the autobiography of Macho Man Randy Savage) and it was hard not to notice the incredible growth of life manuals, emotional antivirus and high-concept advice about how to become a genius. There’s stacks of smiling skeletal hippy girls asking for £15 to help banish your anxieties, maybe by leaving your office job to make vegan milkshakes in a yurt. Since I last went in there (autobiography of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin) these books have overrun the usual bestsellers such as Bravo Two Zero and devoured Jilly Cooper’s shelf space like an invasive hornet. Their popularity is dubious though - if these books were any good at improving people’s lives you’d presumably only need the one. I figured there was space in my reading list (between the biographies of each member of Legion of Doom) so I grabbed a couple of titles by Malcolm Gladwell and a book by somebody called Marie Kondo. I read the last one on the bus, and was bitterly disappointed that she when she talks about “tidying away problems” she isn’t referring to secret ninja techniques for hiding bodies.

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Malcolm Gladwell, for those of you who aren’t familiar with him, is a good example of the sort of person who makes money from positive thinking. He’s a professorish journalist who got rich giving the kind of advice that sounds really inspiring to a bunch of tipsy bosses at an expensive seminar, but just comes across as simplistic and patronising when delivered back to you second hand. He takes a vaguely provocative idea, like saying it still takes a lot of work to be successful at something you’re good at (WOW - mind blown), and spins it out through a series of anecdotes that allegedly prove his point in surprising ways. I found that all they really did was prove the point that you can’t get a meaningful lesson about humanity from a series of neat little stories, and that Malcolm Gladwell is just a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person should sound like. He talks like the president in a US political drama, where the scriptwriters are at pains to make it seem like you need to be really smart to be president. Let’s forget about GW Bush and hope that’s still true by the time this magazine is in print. Reading Gladwell didn’t make me feel positive about myself, just angry I’d paid money to be patronised as if I’m the sort of person who thinks watching QI makes them an intellectual.

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The big problem with the positive thinking industry is something that all of the participants in at are trying very hard to obscure - which is that it uses pretend scientific language to sell you ideas that are actually closer to fables, or the religious homilies that lots of these people will happily make fun of. This applies equally to the healthy food bloggers, the relaxation gurus, the tidyers, the Gladwells. 90% of TED talks are no more scientific than one of those Nigerian preachers you find on the upper channels of cable TV, except the advice has switched from telling you you’ll go to heaven if you give up lobster to silicon valley waffle about how you can hack your work-life balance by doing spreadsheets

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standing up. I’ll tell you something I can hack - it’s you, and it’s with a machete. At least religious people are honest enough to say your ultimate reward won’t be until you get to heaven. Positive thinking gurus get rich by telling you stories, usually rooted in their own fortunate or otherwise unusual lives, that are supposed to apply equally to the dull everyday lives of the rest of us. This universal advice might be true if your audience is entirely composed of anxious, moderately wealthy broadsheet readers, but I’d like to see if anything would happen if we parachuted a bunch of wellness manuals into Aleppo or Haiti. Is it possible to topple Assad with kale and tahini smoothies? Can hurricanes be turned into rainbows with an amusing story about somebody who threw out all their old paperbacks? I suspect not.

We’ve said it before; pick even the most seemingly niche interest you can imagine, any outlandish opinion or political position, and you’ll be able to find a ‘movement’ surrounding and supporting it, somewhere online. Some say this is dangerous; that it encourages divisions in society, providing moral support and validation to militant fundamentalists scattered all across the global social spectrum. For many, however, this phenomenon is a lifeline; an almost unrestricted ability to access others in the same position – from survivors of diseases to relatives of those who weren’t so lucky. From soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress, to war refugees who lost contact with their network of friends and family; joining one of new networks that exist to reunite people who find themselves in this awful predicament.

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I will concede it’s probably healthier to have a positive outlook on life, or at least more positive than mine, but you need to retain some perspective and acknowledge that there’s also plenty of real stuff to potentially worry about. Most people in the world have a hard existence, and our own lives might not always be this comfortable. We should be grateful for the immediate life circumstances that give us the time and money to consider reading a book about tidying, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the gathering clouds on the horizon. Climate change, terrorism, the rise of fascism across the globe - I maintain I have more of a right to base my paranoid worldview on this stuff than some TV presenter does to tell me I’d be happier if I ate more spinach. It’s just a shame that nobody’s going to send a ten minute video of me talking about imminent nuclear war round on their work email to inspire the staff, but I think that’s a mistake. “Morning team! Listen to this miserable old man, and just be thankful you haven’t been struck by lightning or bitten by a rabid weasel. THINGS COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE.” If that won’t get you through the day at the office, I don’t know what will.

The common denominators linking these movements are solidarity and a fringe position. So imagine you’re one side of the main division between all living humans: gender.

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The Manosphere. WORDS Rick Jones

WHEN WE SAY “MEN ARE REVOLTING”, WE ARE REFERRING TO THE VERB: TO BREAK AWAY FROM OR RISE AGAINST CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY, AS BY OPEN REBELLION; CAST OFF ALLEGIANCE OR SUBJECTION TO THOSE IN AUTHORITY; REBEL; MUTINY – NOT THAT THEY’RE DISGUSTING, AS MUCH AS YOU MAY DISAGREE... PLEASE, READ ON.

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Most of the blogs, websites and social media commentators that make up the manosphere tend to focus, at least superficially, on three things that men seem to need – or want – to do most; get laid, get paid and get fit. Proof that these things appeal over all else can be seen in the amount of scam adverts or clickbait aimed at men, which feature the same themes almost every time. Conversely, however, the

attracting the opposite sex. ‘Game’ – the skill-set ‘players’ pride themselves on can seem abhorrent to the casual observer, and in some cringe-worthy cases, it absolutely is. However, many of the ‘red pill’ sites, dedicated to increasing a man’s chances with women, start with basic, and highly commendable advice, often along the lines of what fathers would have told their sons in generations gone by: get (and keep) yourself fit, healthy and strong, improve your posture, keep yourself clean, dress well and do your best to achieve social freedom – cast off self-doubt and shame and be proud of who and what you are. Earn a decent income and be self-reliant, and lastly, don’t be ‘desperate’. Many of the fitness sites under the manosphere umbrella focus on a balanced blend of strength and fitness training, and whilst a few focus on bodily aesthetics, there’s less potential for negative comparisons to photoshopped male models – potentially creating self-image issues – than you’ll find in Men’s Health or even women’s fashion magazines. This tends to be the home of ‘everyman’, and there’s often a no-bullshit yet neutral approach to issues such as weightloss. Feelings may not be spared in the usual PC manner, but cruelty seldom rears its head. In many cases, much of the manosphere could be described as hardcore self-improvement, and not always intended solely for horny dirtbags.

AS A MAN LIVING IN THESE TIMES, IT CAN BE INCREASINGLY HARD TO FEEL ‘MANLY’. WITH TRADITIONAL, HISTORICALLY MALE ROLES OF PROVIDER, PROTECTOR AND LEADER BECOMING LESS PROMINENT IN SOCIETY – OR PERHAPS JUST MORE OFTEN SHARED WITH OUR SISTERS IN THE NAME OF EQUALITY – THERE’S INCREASINGLY AN UNDERLYING LACK OF PURPOSE IN MANY MEN’S LIVES, AND THEY OFTEN CAN’T QUITE PUT A FINGER ON WHY THAT IS.

As a man living in these times, it can be increasingly hard to feel ‘manly’. With traditional, historically male roles of provider, protector and leader becoming less prominent in society – or perhaps just more often shared with our sisters in the name of equality – there’s increasingly an underlying lack of purpose in many men’s lives, and they often can’t quite put a finger on why that is. Combine this with estrogen in the water supply, food chain and even leeching into food from ever-present plastic packaging (see pages ** and **) and less and less pride in manual work, there’s a troubling, well-documented lowering of testosterone amongst Westernised populations. Depression often follows, and an alarming set of statistics – based on data spanning back to 1981– shows that male suicide-rates in developed countries are three-to-four times higher than females, across all age-ranges. Don’t take my word for it; go to Wikipedia; /wiki/ Gender_differences_in_suicide – and make sure you read the ‘factors’ section. However, men all over the world have begun to loosely organise themselves

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into an online ‘push back’ against this phenomenon. There’s a virtual rendezvous happening, a reservoir of virile viewpoints known as ‘the manosphere’, and if you can get past the extremism (that’s a problem amongst all ‘movements’, regardless of subject) it’s helping men everywhere to take back their lives.

manosphere is defined by the communities it creates more than the content it contains. Many men find a place to vent their frustrations and discover that they aren’t alone. In a time where male role models and father-figures are conspicuously absent from many boys’ upbringings, discovering a ‘place’ where male issues are openly discussed, natural male reactions aren’t treated like criminal acts and permission to put political correctness outof-mind is granted as a matter-of-course, tends to bring some inner peace almost immediately. Of course the manosphere’s most (in) famous members – and probably the easiest to attack – are the ‘pick up artists’; men who pride themselves on their abilities in

There are many sites where users talk men’s issues such as fatherhood, the aftermath of relationship breakups and even navigating workplace politics. There are sites giving financial and lifestyle advice, and there are many that encompass all of the above and much more. To give you an introduction to the manosphere, here’s a directory featuring the good, the bad and the ugly: www. manosphere.com/full-list-of-manosphereblogs/. So if you’re curious, put your big boy pants on, man up and get ready to be told it, as it is, by the international internet brotherhood of ‘man’.

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“That wasn’t in the original plan,” says Jessy, “but gender-equality and the balance of male/female forces has always been present in our work as individuals but neither of us had ever verbalised it. In The Alchemists our women – none of whom are trained models – instinctively adopted strong personas, and the men, again, not trained models, were styled by us as the antithesis, and some appear almost childlike in their vulnerability in the finished images.”

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The Alchemists has been 18 months in the making, with Jessy’s move to London last year meaning their creative time together has been on Skype and snatched days and nights, and flights, between Sarah’s shifts at Noa and her freelance

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Sarah Hendy and Jessy Raso work their magic

Since it opened in early 2013, Noa Bakehouse has become a popular venue for the lucky people who work or live locally, anyone who needs somewhere for a meeting, a coffee or lunch, or even just a convenient work-space with free Wifi. Owner Miles Pettit has a background in the creative industries, so it’s no surprise that he wanted to support other ‘creatives’ and Noa has always provided flexible employment opportunities as well as a fluid warehouse-like exhibition and gig space for local artists and musicians. So when photographer Jessy Raso and wearable art and costume designer Sarah Hendy met whilst they were both working there and immediately realised they were on the same artistic wavelength, it was only natural that they would eventually begin collaborating. And the resulting exhibition, The Alchemists, is now on exactly where you’d expect - Noa Bakehouse. “It took about year, as we gradually got to know each other,” says Sarah, “but once we got started, there was a month of intensive brain-storming and mood-boarding when we realised that we made a really strong team, so we carried on. The title, of course, references magicians who were able to turn base metals into gold, and we really feel that it also applies to our creative process and how we’ve developed our connection and our collaboration into something that is greater than the sum of its parts.” Noa Bakehouse brought together two artists with very different creative backgrounds but complementary talents and approaches. Sarah went to school first at Ramsey Grammar, and then at Atlantic College in Wales, where she became immersed in costume design and creating off-the-scale fancy dress outfits. She then moved on to

study at Hereford School of Art, and when she returned to the Island became Artist in Residence at the Sayle Gallery. Her end-of-residency show featured spectacular dresses created from natural greenery, clingfilm, tissue paper, sequins stamped out of aluminium drinks cans and peacock plumage, as well as ‘Aditi’ an extraordinary dress with hundreds of fibre optic lights which was later a finalist in the World of Wearable Art exhibition in New Zealand. She was also asked to make a version of the ‘feather’ dress, ‘Avia’, for Manx Cancer Help patron Katie Melua, which was auctioned to raise funds for the charity. Jessy first discovered her love of photography and fashion at St Ninians where she spent much of her time hanging round the art room and learning new sewing techniques. She then moved to a Diploma

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in Art and Design at the Isle of Man College (now UCM), followed by a degree in Fashion Styling and Photography in Salford, where she defined her photographic style and became, as she says herself, more confident in her own abilities and talent. Since graduating in 2013 has worked on fashion shoots and promotional films for up and coming designers, as well as for another Island woman, Lisa Angwin of ‘Un-Nye’, who designs and styles for music and fashion icons worldwide. The Alchemists is a fascinating collaboration. Gold was the thematic and visual starting point: scattered glitter, painted ears and faces, fake piercings and henna tattoos. But gradually, as Sarah and Jessy continued working together, another theme emerged – strong warrior women alongside gentler, vulnerable men. ISLE OF MAN PREMIER ISLE OF MAN STYLEMAGAZINE MAGAZINE

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alf-a-dozen years ago, the American wine critic Antonio Galloni decided to come up with a critical guide to the world’s best wines. If he had tried to do that in the 1990s, he would have had two options: 1. create a (very heavy) encyclopedia; or 2. issue lots of (equally cumbersome) magazines. “Thirty years ago wine knowledge was books and magazines,” Galloni says. No longer. These days, Galloni’s Vinous publication offers 200,000 wine reviews, on a weightless website and app. So, if any subscriber wants to dazzle their companions with expertise, they don’t need to carry an encyclopedia around or chat with a sommelier; they can just take out their smartphone and type in a name. Better still, they can also get that wine review simply by scanning the label with their phone. “Now we can take pieces of technology and pull it all together with a seamless experience, with rigour,” Galloni enthuses. On one level, this is a trivial tale that will only excite wine enthusiasts (or terrify sommeliers). But, on another, it epitomises a pattern that should make us all ponder — teetotal or not. In our everyday existence,

costume design contracts and the busy restaurant in Marylebone where Jessy now works, alongside her part-time job in a photographic studio. But they say, there is a plus side to this mad travelling, late nights, their dependence on technology and the benefits of social media. “We’d be lost without Wifi and Instagram” says Jessy, “but being in London has added a whole new dimension, and new locations, to our work, and although most of our models are old friends, we’ve been styling, photographing and painting glitter on new ones too.” “We’ve climbed trees in the Isle of Man and battled the elements on familiar beaches, but also draping tinfoil around Jessy’s warehouse home, and her housemates, in East London,” Sarah continues. “The Alchemists has been a creative and reallife journey for both of us and it’s not over yet. We have sketchbooks full of ideas and cupboards full of costumes, and Jessy and I plan to be collaborating on projects for years to come.”

The Alchemists is at Noa Bakehouse, Douglas from 3 – 20 November PHOTO CREDITS | Models: Valerie Miller, Elly Beckford, Simona Marini, Jamie Marshall, Stuart Taylor. STYLING | Jessy Raso and Sarah Hendy. MAKE UP | Jessy and Sarah. Costumes: Sarah. SET DESIGN | Jo Symmons, Sarah Hendy. LOCATIONS | Fenella Beach, Laxey, Port Soderick, Sarah’s home, Isle of Man and Clapton, London.

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we do not usually spend much time thinking about how the computers that we carry in our pockets are upending our lives. Little wonder: in less than a decade, those powerful computers have become so ubiquitous that we barely notice them (unless the handset or WiFi suddenly breaks down). As a result, when pundits and politicians discuss our world, they rarely mention these tiny miracles; instead, they focus on lofty (and often gloomy) macro themes, such as the sluggish pace of growth, Middle East tragedies, trade protectionism and so on. But when you look at 21st-century history through the lens of modern technology — and the ability to have data on 200,000 wines in our pockets — it starts to look very different. Think, for example, about how we remember 2007. If you ask many business leaders (or FT readers) what was important in that year, they will probably recall the moment when the financial bubble started to burst, sparking the collapse of institutions such as Northern Rock. But, as New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman points out in a forthcoming book, 2007 was also the year that Apple launched the first iPhone, Facebook made a drive to expand beyond non-educational users, Google developed

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Android and so on. Nobody really remembers these momentous 2007 events because they were eclipsed by the 2008 financial crisis. Our macro gloom makes us blind to a million pinpoints of light or, more accurately, six billion points of optimism, if you count all the phones now in the world. It is worth sometimes stopping to number all the ways our lives are changing today. Never mind the apps such as Uber, Seamless, Amazon and Kayak that have changed my own domestic juggle. What’s equally striking are all the tales about how connectivity is changing the world in unexpected ways. Take a conversation I had last month with Bill Bratton, former head of the New York City Police Department. Until recently, if a police officer wanted to do a background check on a suspect, it was a time-consuming process. Now, with smartphones, it can be done on the street. Separately, United Nations officials have told me that they are experimenting with social media (and keyword usage) to track the spread of pandemics with great accuracy. And Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are now developing apps with the aim of predicting whether mentally ill people will have a psychotic episode, based on the context of their text messages. I recently watched the movie Lion, starring Dev Patel. It tells the true story of an impoverished rural Indian boy who became separated from his family at the age of five. After travelling thousands of miles to Kolkata, he was adopted in Australia — and seemed permanently lost to his birth family. But then he plugged his toddler memories into the brand new Google Earth app and now, two decades later, he is reunited with his mother. In listing these startling stories I do not want to ignore the dark side: connectivity creates huge social, economic and political challenges too. But the next time you have dinner with friends, try playing a game: collectively list all the changes unleashed by those tiny connected computers in our hands. The roll-call might leave you marvelling — especially over a nice bottle of wine. agenda

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Is your face sad? Are you missing something to give you purpose? Are you the sort of person who looks at a workplace poster of a skydiver and contemplates taking some accounts home to do at the weekend? If this is you then you might be the target audience for the positive thinking industry. It’s big on ideas, but unlike traditional religions or UFO cults it’s short on actual commitments. You don’t need to go on a pilgrimage or give up ham, but you do need to promise yourself you’ll consider doing yoga next week, tidy your living room or eat broccoli. Eventually. It’s the philosophical equivalent of setting up a direct debit to hedgehog rescue and then forgetting about it until you accidentally run one of them over. But will it work for me, a man with the temperament of Eeyore and a lifetime of ingrained bad habits? Can I change from the inside, and if I do will I change like a beautiful butterfly or like an unopened container of stale yoghurt? Share this if U R a strong independent woman who don’t need no man Being that I’ve blocked anybody who shares inspirational quotes on social media I am seldom exposed to positive thinking. My prevailing mood is like a bad smell in an unventilated toilet, and telling me to think positive is the equivalent of spraying some Glade in the bowl and hoping you won’t asphyxiate before you’re done. I did however venture to the bookshop recently to pick up some classic literature (the autobiography of Macho Man Randy Savage) and it was hard not to notice the incredible growth of life manuals, emotional antivirus and high-concept advice about how to become a genius. There’s stacks of smiling skeletal hippy girls asking for £15 to help banish your anxieties, maybe by leaving your office job to make vegan milkshakes in a yurt. Since I last went in there (autobiography of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin) these books have overrun the usual bestsellers such as Bravo Two Zero and devoured Jilly Cooper’s shelf space like an invasive hornet. Their popularity is dubious though - if these books were any good at improving people’s lives you’d presumably only need the one. I figured there was space in my reading list (between the biographies of each member of Legion of Doom) so I grabbed a couple of titles by Malcolm Gladwell and a book by somebody called Marie Kondo. I read the last one on the bus, and was bitterly disappointed that she when she talks about “tidying away problems” she isn’t referring to secret ninja techniques for hiding bodies.

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Malcolm Gladwell, for those of you who aren’t familiar with him, is a good example of the sort of person who makes money from positive thinking. He’s a professorish journalist who got rich giving the kind of advice that sounds really inspiring to a bunch of tipsy bosses at an expensive seminar, but just comes across as simplistic and patronising when delivered back to you second hand. He takes a vaguely provocative idea, like saying it still takes a lot of work to be successful at something you’re good at (WOW - mind blown), and spins it out through a series of anecdotes that allegedly prove his point in surprising ways. I found that all they really did was prove the point that you can’t get a meaningful lesson about humanity from a series of neat little stories, and that Malcolm Gladwell is just a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person should sound like. He talks like the president in a US political drama, where the scriptwriters are at pains to make it seem like you need to be really smart to be president. Let’s forget about GW Bush and hope that’s still true by the time this magazine is in print. Reading Gladwell didn’t make me feel positive about myself, just angry I’d paid money to be patronised as if I’m the sort of person who thinks watching QI makes them an intellectual.

Change comes from within, President Assad

The big problem with the positive thinking industry is something that all of the participants in at are trying very hard to obscure - which is that it uses pretend scientific language to sell you ideas that are actually closer to fables, or the religious homilies that lots of these people will happily make fun of. This applies equally to the healthy food bloggers, the relaxation gurus, the tidyers, the Gladwells. 90% of TED talks are no more scientific than one of those Nigerian preachers you find on the upper channels of cable TV, except the advice has switched from telling you you’ll go to heaven if you give up lobster to silicon valley waffle about how you can hack your work-life balance by doing spreadsheets

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I will concede it’s probably healthier to have a positive outlook on life, or at least more positive than mine, but you need to retain some perspective and acknowledge that there’s also plenty of real stuff to potentially worry about. Most people in the world have a hard existence, and our own lives might not always be this comfortable. We should be grateful for the immediate life circumstances that give us the time and money to consider reading a book about tidying, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the gathering clouds on the horizon. Climate change, terrorism, the rise of fascism across the globe - I maintain I have more of a right to base my paranoid worldview on this stuff than some TV presenter does to tell me I’d be happier if I ate more spinach. It’s just a shame that nobody’s going to send a ten minute video of me talking about imminent nuclear war round on their work email to inspire the staff, but I think that’s a mistake. “Morning team! Listen to this miserable old man, and just be thankful you haven’t been struck by lightning or bitten by a rabid weasel. THINGS COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE.” If that won’t get you through the day at the office, I don’t know what will.

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VALHALLA – LIFE AND DEATH IN VIKING BRITAIN.

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THE WATCHMAKER’S APPRENTICE //PEEL CENTENARY CENTRE//

//HOUSE OF MANANNAN, PEEL// The Vikings had strong beliefs in life after death and how their dead were commemorated and celebrated. Discover the evidence in this latest collaboration with The Jorvik Group and explore the mythological Viking worlds of the afterlife. www.manxnationalheritage.im

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FIREWORKS DISPLAYS

//ISLAND WIDE// The annual fifth of November bonfire and fireworks displays will take part around the Island, including on Douglas beach/prom, Mooragh Park, Ramsey, Port Erin beach and in Laxey. Beautiful Isle of Man documentary about two of the world’s greatest watchmakers. “A lovely, charming, insightful look at a unique relationship told with passion and style” – Mark Kemode. The Director, Dave Armstrong, will be attending for a Q&A session to discuss the

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OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT

//BATH & BOTTLE, DOUGLAS// Some fantastically diverse poetry and spoken word in the downstairs room at the Bath & Bottle. Bring some poetry to read, or just come along, listen and enjoy. If you think you might like to have a go but aren’t sure, bring some poems anyway, because you never know, the urge may take you as the evening goes on. A great range of food and drinks can be bought from the bar, but arrive in good time, there’s a cap on numbers and it fills up fast. www.facebook.com/ poetryunlimitedIOM/?fref=ts

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AN EVENING OF MAGIC

//PEEL CENTENARY CENTRE// The Magicians of Mann present an evening of magic, suitable for all the family. Price: Adults £8, Children £4.

12.11.2016

CELEBRATING MANX BIRDS

//MANX MUSEUM// A free afternoon conference celebrating the Island’s wild birds, run by the Manx Ornithological Society and Manx Bird Life, with experts from the Island and the UK revealing their latest discoveries. The event starts at 2pm and to book seats, please email Manx Bird Life at jthompson@manx.net. Sponsored by SCS and the Isle of Man Society for the Preservation of the Manx Countryside and Environment.

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PULLYMAN & FRIENDS

//GAIETY THEATRE, DOUGLAS// An evening of comedy, poetry, variety and tall tales. Some adult humour.  Enjoy an evening of comedy and variety with Pullyman and Friends. Special guests include Geoff Collier and Simon Fletcher, The Manx Concert Brass, harpist Mera, and a well-known local poet and raconteur who is currently living in the adjacent Isle, Vinty Kneale. Enjoy some old favourites, listen to the tale of Tom the cat, and attend a funeral with a difference. In aid of the Alzheimer’s Society IOM and Parkinson’s disease Society IOM. Tickets:  www.villagaiety.com Special buses costing just £5 return will run from Port Erin, Peel and Ramsey. T: 676240.

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//MANX MUSEUM, DOUGLAS// Pick up a family friendly Discovery Trail that reveals, celebrates and unlocks stories from the Manx National Heritage Archives. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Entrance free. www.manxnationalheritage.im

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCHON

//DOUGLAS// The annual ceremony of the switching of the Christmas lights in Douglas will take place this evening, in the vicinity of the Town Hall, accompanied by carol singing and some special guests. www.douglas.gov.im

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1-2 NOV, 2016 OAXACA, MEXICO

Though Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is often confused with Halloween due to the proximity in time, this holiday is not about ghouls and goblins, but instead honors the dead and welcomes their souls home as a blessing. Altars and offerings are a way to remember family members who have passed into the afterlife. In this culture, the lines between life and death are blurred and the acceptance of mortality becomes a liberation from fear. Indeed, life and death live on parallel planes in Mexico. This beautiful festival has a profound life lesson that transcends life itself. A popular location is Oaxaca, where there are graveyard tours and a ‘best altar’ competition. WWW.MEXICANSUGARSKULL.COM

PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR 8 - 14 NOV, 2016 PUSHKAR, INDIA

Each November, more than 300,000 people and 50,000 animals convene in a dusty town in Rajasthan for one of India’s most spectacular festivals.The Pushkar Camel Fair isn’t just a gathering of the dromedaries. This is a county fair of epic proportions, complete with rides like the “Cage of Death,” friendly competitions like the longest mustache contest, and an endless, Technicolor parade of dancers, snake charmers, magicians and musicians. Beware sensory overload! The nose gets an olfactory workout in India, and nowhere more strenuous than in Rajasthan’s dusty desert town of Pushkar during its famous Camel Fair. WWW.PUSHKARCAMELFAIR.COM

YI PENG AND LOY KRATHONG (LANTERN FESTIVAL) 13-15 NOV, 2016 CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

If Yi Peng isn’t already on your bucket list, scribble it on. Along with Loy Krathong, it contains vivid, life-enhancing moments you’ll never forget.The indisputable highlight of a visit is the spellbinding show that happens when thousands of people converge to release khom loi (lit lanterns) into the night sky. Prior to the big spectacle, the setting is joyful and serene as monks perform chants during an onstage ceremony. During the other key ritual of this beautiful Thai festival of lights , participants let go of krathong—small floating vessels made from banana stalks and decorated with incense, offerings, flowers and candles—into rivers and other bodies of water, creating an ethereal sight that’s rarely duplicated elsewhere in the world. WWW.THAIZER.COM

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18 NOV - 2 JAN 2017 HYDE PARK, LONDON

For six weeks, London’s famous Hyde Park is transformed into a magical wonderland of winter festivities. It’s free to enter so you can walk around at your leisure and soak up the atmosphere. The Wonderland offers a dazzling array of activities and entertainment. Enjoy skating around the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, have an arctic adventure in the Magical Ice Kingdom, see jaw-dropping circus shows, world-class ice dancing in The Nutcracker on Ice and see stunning views across London in the Giant Observation Wheel. There’s over 100 spectacular festive rides and attractions, London’s largest German-style Christmas Markets, plus a wealth of delicious food and mulled wine aplenty! WWW.HYDEPARKWINTERWONDERLAND.COM

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//The Institute, Laxey// Visit the annual Festive Fayre held over two days on both floors of the institute. The Institute have made sure they have a great variety of stalls selling quality unique gifts and hand crafted items. Entry £1 - Kids go free bookings@theinstitute.im

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CHRISTMAS LANTERN MAKING

//HOUSE OF MANANNAN, PEEL// Make a colourful Christmas lantern for the Peel Town Commissioners parade to the Christmas light switch on. This is a free event for all ages, from 2-4pm, but you should book your place (limited to 60) at the House of Manannan Shop or call 07624 648090. Entry to the museum galleries is at the standard rate. www.manxnationalheritage.im

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Ross Noble - Brain Dump

//Villa Marina// Everybody’s favourite randomist Ross Noble is back and as always, he has a lot of stuff backing up in his head and it’s time to let it all out. Come and be part of this truly unique stand-up experience, where audience and perfomer come together for a massive Brain Dump. Freewheeling and off-the-cuff, join the master surrealist as he uses and infinite imagination and plenty of tomfoolery in a night not to be missed. Entry £25.50 all seats. www.villagaiety.com

08.12.2016

Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational

//Villa Marina// Romesh Ranganathan is back with a brand new show exploring the rationality of his world view. ‘Irrational’ will see Romesh examine the issues close to his heart, and explains why everybody else is wrong about them. The last two years have been incredible for Ranganathan with his two critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival shows, ‘Rom Wasn’t Built In A Day’ and ‘Rom Com’ being nominated for the coveted Edinburgh Festival Awards for Best Show 2014 and Best Newcomer in 2013. This new show promises to be as much of a hit! Entry £19.00 all seats. www.villagaiety.com

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Manx Youth Festival Christmas Concert An evening with Ben Heason & Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE The Bolshoi Ballet: Nutcracker (recorded)

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Human Questions: Mikail Age: 5 Likes: Superheroes and ice lollipops Dislike: Any rules

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The best thing about having a pet: That he’s always there for me

Where do you go to school: Cronk-yBerry school

The worst is: It takes a lot of discipline

Any more pets: A gerbil named Ollie

Interesting fact: Understand three languages, speak just one

If animal what would you be: A dog Favorite food: Chicken and chips Where do you live: Douglas, Isle of Man

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Bruno and Fergie are ‘indoor types’ and they really need a home to feel safe and secure in. They are a mother and son pair aged approximately six and three respectively, and they were brought in to us because their owner became unwell. Although Fergie, the mother cat, is pure white she isn’t deaf. This condition is much more prevalent in white cats with blue eyes, and Fergie’s eyes are green. They find life in the cattery too boisterous and stressful, and they are shy when they meet people and so they are being overlooked by prospective adopters. Please come and spend some time with them in one of our socialisation rooms, and give their personalities a chance to shine through. ManxSPCA • Ard Jerkyll, East Foxdale • Tel: 851672

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WORDS Grace Ryan ILLUSTRATION Will Bertram

As a parent you have the hardest job in the world. In fact, it’s many jobs, all equally hard - like being a brain surgeon one day and rocket scientist the next. It is also the most rewarding, as you get to see the little miracle you’ve made, and will soon receive the enlightenment that it’s objectively cuter, smarter and more impressive than all the other little miracles out there. And that’s where the problems start, because you’ll quickly learn that other people can lack the insight to discern how truly exceptional your offspring is when compared to other, more mediocre children. They lack that understanding, that parental instinct, that flooded through your veins like RAW POWER somewhere in that golden era between the first contraction and sucker-punching another adult for the last Frozen playset in December. It’s the most powerful force in the world - allowing you to function without sleep, judge another family by the contents of a lunchbox and bestowing the

absolute certainty that your kid is the only one who has truly earned 200 Facebook likes and a Baby on Board sticker. If people don’t believe you, just show them the results of this quiz. It will sort the fail kiddies from the boss children - and I absolutely guarantee your that friends and family aren’t sick of hearing about yours.

1. When you looked into your newborn’s eyes, what did you see? A: Tiredness and hunger. I think at that age their eyes are just starting to work B: A love for Mummy, the most special person in the world, his best and only friend C: Flames, lightning. Civilisation in ruin. The ability to control my mind D: An expectation that it is time to listen to the Baby Einstein CD and start playing chess 2. How did your child first communicate with you? A: Crying, eventually a few words. A drawing of Dora The Explorer B: From the moment of birth, an intense psychic bond. He never wants me to put him down, not even when one of us poops C: Biting, punching, persuading the nanny to jump off a roof. Things were easier once he learned to speak (in tongues) D: We accidentally turned the stereo in the Volvo to Radio 1, she cried until we switched to Classic FM 3. How obvious is it that your child has special talents? A: The school gives her a lot of tests, but I’m not that bothered about the results B: It was obvious that he didn’t like the the other babies in the hospital, or the parents. He just wanted to be with Mummy and never be interrupted by doctors trying to give Mummy her meds C: I heard projectile vomiting was quite common, not sure about the levitation though D: Tests showed she had a baby IQ of 160, she’s already done brain surgery on the hamster 4. What is the most self-evident difference between your child and other children? A: She has her mother’s nose, her father’s eyes, gran’s ears B: If you even have to ask, there’s something wrong with you. I personally don’t compare him to other children in case he catches something C: The weird birthmark? The little horns? I suppose the sulphurous smell isn’t that unusual D: There are too many to list here, but I will happily email you a list I have saved on my computer

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5. As a parent, how do you see your role in nurturing a special child? A: Feeding them, wiping their bum. Being a good role model B: Keeping him away from danger - wolves, earthquakes, the health visitor, the postman C: Ideally preventing him from harming other children D: We are merely blessed with the responsibility of shepherding this rare talent through the world, although obviously the fact we made her does makes us look rather special ourselves 6. How does your child react to obstacles or failure? A: She’s still learning, I suppose we all are B: I don’t know because I make sure he never fails at anything, or tries anything. He’s very fragile C: Sorry, I can’t comment on this until the court date D: Discipline starts at an early age. Even babies can learn that failure isn’t an option 7. What are your hopes for your child’s future? A: Happiness, maybe a grandchild for us. We don’t mind B: Mummy is his future and future is Mummy - forever and ever C: That somebody invents a version of Ritalin that stops him setting fire to things D: My child is the future, everybody’s future 8. Is it possible your child will ever disappoint you? A: We’ll love her, no matter what B: Only if he tries to leave me, or thinks of leaving me. Or stops breastfeeding. C: Ha! Is this a trick question? Are you my social worker? D: Yes, every day, but I have to remind myself that she’s nowhere near as disappointing as all the other children out there

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Your child appears to be just a normal child, but don’t give up hope. They will undoubtedly bloom into a success when they reach their teenage years. Perhaps as a star of reality television, technology billionaire or famous criminal.

Your child is definitely special, but unless you let them outside to play nobody will ever find out. Better get used to sharing them before they finally escape, go on a date and you end up killing somebody in a jealous rage.

Your child is definitely special, a real one of a kind. Please don’t ever encourage them to go into politics, start their own religion, or even go to youth club unsupervised.

Your child is so amazing, you are probably only reading this magazine whilst you wait for them to walk onstage to get another award. The only thing that is missing is an award for you - for parent of the century. Give yourself a pat on the back!

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32nd year of continuous economic growth in the Isle of Man according to government figures (www. gov.im/categories/tax-vatand-your-money/nationalincome/)

5 new inshore marine conservation zones are to be established around the Island’s coastline, to protect important marine species. Commercial fishing will be banned in the zones, between the shore and three miles out to sea.

November – date of the USA Presidential election, which will see the election of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

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Only 53% of those on the electoral register used their vote in the Isle of Man’s general election which resulted in 12 new members of the House of Keys.

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big lottery winners for the ‘lucky’ Spar shop at Governors Hill – two millionaires and a scratch card four years ago which won its buyer £50,000.

£1,300 raised by a group of musicians and music lovers at a recent gig, under the banner of IOM We Shall Overcome, which is to be shared between the IOM Foodbank and Housing Matters Isle of Man.

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round burial mounds on the Isle of Man, which may date back to the Neolithic period, and are the focus of a new archaeological research project supported by Manx National Heritage and Culture Vannin. www.manxnationalheritage.im/ news/new-archaeological-research-project/

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York’s St Nicholas Fair

Leeds ‘Christkindelmarkt’ German Christmas Market

Enjoy the bright lights of the Christmas markets this festive season

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IT IS ALMOST TIME TO TRIM THE TREE AND DECK THE HALLS, AND IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GET YOURSELF INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT THERE’S NO BETTER WAY THAN ENJOYING THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF A BUSTLING CHRISTMAS MARKET.

here are seasonal markets across northern England in the build-up to Christmas, and with ferry and accommodation packages from Steam Packet Holidays it is easy to organise your trip away. There’s nothing quite as festive as wandering through the brightly decorated stalls of a Christmas market, and it’s a great way to relax ahead of the big day. To make it even more relaxing here’s a bright idea; book with Steam Packet Holidays! With access to a network of more than 1,100 hotels across the UK, Steam Packet Holidays can tailor accommodation and ferry travel packages to suit any budget. Two night packages start from just £119 per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room, with breakfast included as well as your return ferry travel. You can even take your car from just £55 extra, so you have the freedom to explore and plenty of room to bring back some festive goodies. Christmas markets offer a lively alternative shopping experience to the high street, with many boasting exquisite crafts and delicious foods from artisan stallholders. You could find the perfect presents for your loved ones, and maybe treat yourself to a few yummy snacks as you walk around the winter wonderland,

illuminated by bright, sparkling festive lights. Of course, as well as visiting the markets you’ll also have time to explore the shops, where you might be able to find a bargain or two, and enjoy the sights and sounds of some of Britain’s most wonderful cities. Historic Chester is always a delightful place to visit, but from 18th November the streets around the Town Hall and cathedral come to life with festive cheer as the Christmas market opens. There will be more than 70 wooden chalet-style stalls with an array of seasonal gifts and treats until 18th December. Manchester is a popular destination, with vibrant nightlife, great shopping and host of must-see attractions. It has also become a firm favourite in the build-up to Christmas as the famous market stalls fill the streets. Many consider Albert Square the centre of Manchester’s Christmas market offering, but in fact there are almost 350 stalls spread across 10 city centre locations from 10th November until 20th December. Across the Pennines, Yorkshire offers two contrasting Christmas experiences. From 17th November you can enjoy the bright sights and evocative sounds of the Christmas York Festival, which fills the historic city with festive cheer. As well as Christmas-themed performances at York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House, you can visit St Nicholas

Fair right up to 23rd December and enjoy roasted chestnuts and mulled wine as you explore the stalls. In the build-up to Christmas Shambles Market is also open daily, with a wide range of Yorkshire produce to add to your festive feast. Meanwhile, nearby Leeds once again plays host to Christkindelmarkt, a German Christmas market. As we head into the festive season Millennium Square will be transformed into a scenic winter village to become the centre of the celebrations. The huge selection of stalls, offering everything from handcrafted toys to speciality food and drinks, is yours to explore between 11th November and 18th December. With this year’s markets just around the corner, Steam Packet Holidays has a range of ferry and two-night accommodation packages on offer to these and more destinations: • Chester Christmas Market – open 18th November until 18th December – from £154 per person • York’s St Nicholas Fair – open 17th November until 23rd December – from £142 per person • Leeds ‘Christkindelmarkt’ German Christmas Market – 11th November until 18th December – from £142 per person • Manchester Christmas Markets – open 10th November until 20th December – from £119 per person All prices are per person and include return ferry travel as a foot passenger and two nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. Prices are also based on two people sharing twin/double room. Car supplement of £55 applies when booked with the packages shown and with a minimum of two adults travelling in the same vehicle. For full details about ferry and accommodation packages, call the Steam Packet Holidays team on 645777. Of course, you might want to arrange your own accommodation or plan to stay with friends, so don’t forget the Steam Packet Company has Five Day Short Break offers for a car and two people with prices starting from just £83 each way - find out more at www.steam-packet.com

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THE MANOSPHERE

MEN ARE REVOLTING. INTRODUCING

The Manosphere. WORDS Rick Jones

WHEN WE SAY “MEN ARE REVOLTING”, WE ARE REFERRING TO THE VERB: TO BREAK AWAY FROM OR RISE AGAINST CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY, AS BY OPEN REBELLION; CAST OFF ALLEGIANCE OR SUBJECTION TO THOSE IN AUTHORITY; REBEL; MUTINY – NOT THAT THEY’RE DISGUSTING, AS MUCH AS YOU MAY DISAGREE... PLEASE, READ ON.

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We’ve said it before; pick even the most seemingly niche interest you can imagine, any outlandish opinion or political position, and you’ll be able to find a ‘movement’ surrounding and supporting it, somewhere online. Some say this is dangerous; that it encourages divisions in society, providing moral support and validation to militant fundamentalists scattered all across the global social spectrum. For many, however, this phenomenon is a lifeline; an almost unrestricted ability to access others in the same position – from survivors of diseases to relatives of those who weren’t so lucky. From soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress, to war refugees who lost contact with their network of friends and family; joining one of new networks that exist to reunite people who find themselves in this awful predicament. The common denominators linking these movements are solidarity and a fringe position. So imagine you’re one side of the main division between all living humans: gender.

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Most of the blogs, websites and social media commentators that make up the manosphere tend to focus, at least superficially, on three things that men seem to need – or want – to do most; get laid, get paid and get fit. Proof that these things appeal over all else can be seen in the amount of scam adverts or clickbait aimed at men, which feature the same themes almost every time. Conversely, however, the

attracting the opposite sex. ‘Game’ – the skill-set ‘players’ pride themselves on can seem abhorrent to the casual observer, and in some cringe-worthy cases, it absolutely is. However, many of the ‘red pill’ sites, dedicated to increasing a man’s chances with women, start with basic, and highly commendable advice, often along the lines of what fathers would have told their sons in generations gone by: get (and keep) yourself fit, healthy and strong, improve your posture, keep yourself clean, dress well and do your best to achieve social freedom – cast off self-doubt and shame and be proud of who and what you are. Earn a decent income and be self-reliant, and lastly, don’t be ‘desperate’.

Many of the fitness sites under the manosphere umbrella focus on a balanced blend of strength and fitness training, and whilst AS A MAN LIVING IN THESE TIMES, a few focus on bodily aesthetics, IT CAN BE INCREASINGLY HARD TO there’s less potential for negative FEEL ‘MANLY’. WITH TRADITIONAL, comparisons to photoshopped male models – potentially creating HISTORICALLY MALE ROLES OF self-image issues – than you’ll find PROVIDER, PROTECTOR AND LEADER in Men’s Health or even women’s fashion magazines. This tends to BECOMING LESS PROMINENT IN be the home of ‘everyman’, and SOCIETY – OR PERHAPS JUST there’s often a no-bullshit yet neutral MORE OFTEN SHARED WITH OUR approach to issues such as weightloss. Feelings may not be spared in SISTERS IN THE NAME OF EQUALITY the usual PC manner, but cruelty – THERE’S INCREASINGLY AN seldom rears its head. In many cases, much of the manosphere UNDERLYING LACK OF PURPOSE could be described as hardcore IN MANY MEN’S LIVES, AND THEY self-improvement, and not always OFTEN CAN’T QUITE PUT A FINGER intended solely for horny dirtbags.

As a man living in these times, it can be increasingly hard to feel ‘manly’. With traditional, historically male roles of provider, protector and leader becoming less prominent in society – or perhaps just more often shared with our sisters in the name of equality – there’s increasingly an underlying lack of purpose in many men’s lives, and they often can’t quite put a finger on why that is. Combine this with estrogen in the water supply, food chain and even leeching into food from ever-present plastic packaging (see pages ** and **) and less and less pride in manual work, there’s a troubling, well-documented lowering of testosterone amongst Westernised populations. Depression often follows, and an alarming set of statistics – based on data spanning back to 1981– shows that male suicide-rates in developed countries are three-to-four times higher than females, across all age-ranges. Don’t take my word for it; go to Wikipedia; /wiki/ Gender_differences_in_suicide – and make sure you read the ‘factors’ section. However, men all over the world have begun to loosely organise themselves

into an online ‘push back’ against this phenomenon. There’s a virtual rendezvous happening, a reservoir of virile viewpoints known as ‘the manosphere’, and if you can get past the extremism (that’s a problem amongst all ‘movements’, regardless of subject) it’s helping men everywhere to take back their lives.

ON WHY THAT IS.

manosphere is defined by the communities it creates more than the content it contains. Many men find a place to vent their frustrations and discover that they aren’t alone. In a time where male role models and father-figures are conspicuously absent from many boys’ upbringings, discovering a ‘place’ where male issues are openly discussed, natural male reactions aren’t treated like criminal acts and permission to put political correctness outof-mind is granted as a matter-of-course, tends to bring some inner peace almost immediately. Of course the manosphere’s most (in) famous members – and probably the easiest to attack – are the ‘pick up artists’; men who pride themselves on their abilities in

There are many sites where users talk men’s issues such as fatherhood, the aftermath of relationship breakups and even navigating workplace politics. There are sites giving financial and lifestyle advice, and there are many that encompass all of the above and much more. To give you an introduction to the manosphere, here’s a directory featuring the good, the bad and the ugly: www. manosphere.com/full-list-of-manosphereblogs/. So if you’re curious, put your big boy pants on, man up and get ready to be told it, as it is, by the international internet brotherhood of ‘man’.

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THE FIREWORK FOUNDATION Students at St Ninian’s Lower School have raised £2,831.86 for Rebecca House in memory of Sophie Birtles who passed away at Rebecca House on 8 June after losing her battle with Juvenile Sandhoff Disease. The students, who named their group The

Firework Foundation, chose to create and sell the wristbands throughout the island as part of the Manx Telecom Enterprise Project during their Year 8 Core Skills lessons. The group were judged the eventual winners of the scheme by a panel of judges from local businesses.

The purple wristbands printed with #youreafireworksophie were inspired by a campaign where singer Katy Perry recorded a personal message after Sophie’s wish to receive a message from the American pop star went viral.

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The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is backing three former Manx Grand Prix competitors who are heading to Romania on a humanitarian mission.

Steam Packet Company is contributing by

Jim Hunter, Ian Pert and Russ Henley plan to load a van with items including children’s clothing, toys and toiletries, and then drive from the Isle of Man to Radauti and Lasi to make deliveries to charities in the towns.

The journey was inspired by TT legend

The trio, travelling under the banner Van Trip for Billy, are fundraising to cover the cost of the trip and have launched a JustGiving page; any money left after costs have been met will be donated to the Billy Redmayne Memorial Fund. The

efforts and he was appointed OBE for his

covering the cost of travel to and from the Isle of Man.

Joey Dunlop, who regularly delivered much-needed provisions to orphanages in the Balkans. Although the 26-times TT winner never courted publicity for his charity trips, people became aware of his humanitarian work in 1996. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ vantripforbilly ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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#FIRSTFIVER FOR HOSPICE ISLE OF MAN

ACCOUNTANCY FIRM ENTERS SPONSORSHIP RING TO BOOST CHARITY’S FUNDS Thriller in the Villa, sponsored by Crowe Clark Whitehill in aid of Hospice Isle of Man and Rebeca House, has already raised more than £15,000, a figure set to increase over the next few weeks as more pledges come in. The Villa Marina was the setting for the

white-collar boxing challenge that saw Team Ramsey - James Arneil, Robin Griffiths, Colette Hughes, Adam Jones, Aiden McDermott, Nathan Richards, Rebecca Robinson, Tara Scott and Dan Thomas - emerge winners and receive the trophy belt from Crowe Clark Whitehill director Phaedra Bird.

NEWFIELD GOLF DAY RAISES MORE THAN £2,500 FOR ISLE OF MAN CHARITY A golf day hosted by international eGaming company Newfield has raised more than £2,500 for the Hyperbaric Chamber. More than 50 people, including Newfield employees and guests, turned out for the event at the Castletown Golf Links earlier this month. Playing in a Texas Scramble format, participants enjoyed some tough competition but also plenty of fun as drinks and snacks were delivered by buggy to players as they made their way around the coastal course. The strong wind added to BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

Hospice is encouraging the Manx public to support their local charity by donating their lovely new shiny plastic £5 note to their charity! Across the UK lots of charities are encouraging people to give this donation to their local charities so Hospice is asking you to pop it into one of their collection boxes or into Hospice because they proudly can state 85p of every £1 is spent directly on patient care – so go on be a #FiverGiver and donate your new #FirstFiver to support Hospice Isle of Man – they also mentioned they take the old ones too. As always all donations are gratefully received and make a real difference to patients and their families – help us to help others!

CROSSROADS CARE PARTNERS WITH MANTONS HAVE LAUNCHED A POP UP SHOP

the challenge for players, as well as to the buggy drivers as they attempted to keep everyone refreshed!

Mantons Cards, Port Erin’s award winning card and gift shop has just opened a pop up shop at The Crossroads Care shop in Strand Street.

The well-supported event was in aid of the Hyperbaric Chamber and, so far, more than £2,500 has been collected with more donations still coming in.

From now until Christmas a small selection of exclusive greeting cards from Mantons will be sold at Crossroads Care’s Strand Street shop with 20% of every sale being donated directly to Crossroads.

The golf day was just one of a series of events raising money for the Chamber during the year, and follows on from a donation of more than £2,400 raised by employees who took on the Toughmann Challenge in August.

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MEN’S HEALTH

WORDS Rick Jones PHOTOGRAPH Danny Evans

TESTOSTERONE. WHAT IS IT, EXACTLY? TECHNICALLY, IT’S AN ANDROGEN – A STEROID HORMONE THAT DETERMINES MALE CHARACTERISTICS, AND THE END RESULT OF A PROCESS KNOWN AS THE HYPOTHALAMIC–PITUITARY–GONADAL AXIS. IN HEALTHY ADULT HUMANS, MALES WILL HAVE AROUND 8 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF IT THAN THEIR FEMALE COUNTERPARTS AT ANY GIVEN TIME, AND PRODUCE AROUND 20 TIMES MORE OF IT THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF A DAY. In lay-speak, it’s what makes a man a man – and as we’re celebrating all things masculine this issue, we’ll talk about the good stuff – sufficient levels of it in the bloodstream contribute to emotional resilience, confidence, mental clarity, competitive drive, muscle-mass and tone, lower body fat, a healthy sex-drive, greater bone density and – according to more recent research – reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression and a host of other illnesses.

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Testosterone production is highest during and after puberty, and tends to be naturally influenced thereafter by a variety of factors such as relationship status and fatherhood, physical activity, sleep-quality, diet and hydration levels. Without going into too much detail here, a young man with a healthy, active lifestyle and a diet that contains (not just consists of) adequate protein, fats (critically), carbohydrates, water and minerals should

be reaping all of the aforementioned benefits of optimal testosterone levels, and striking out into the world with plenty of vigour and enthusiasm! However, despite ever-increasing trends towards healthier lifestyles and diets, modern men seem to exhibit less and less masculine characteristics all the time, and shuffling, unmotivated, emotionally defeated boys sporting distinctly unmanly bodies (most notably the dreaded ‘man-boobs’)

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are ever more prevalent if you look around you. What’s worse, all of these things create a circular condition whereby a deep-seated (and often unrealised) sense of shame feed into the negative actions (bad diet, tendencies to self-isolation and crippling shyness, smoking and excessive drinking and so on) compound the problems. Men as we know them are in crisis. Testosterone levels are falling globally and the results are manifesting themselves physically and psychologically all around us. If you don’t believe the first part of that statement, check out the results of this study as published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism: http://press.endocrine.org/doi/abs/10.1210/ jc.2006-1375. In case you are reading this somewhere with no internet connection, here are the crucial parts:

Results: We observe a substantial ageindependent decline in T that does not appear to be attributable to observed changes in explanatory factors, including health and lifestyle characteristics such as smoking and obesity. The estimated population-level declines are greater in magnitude than the cross-sectional declines in T typically associated with age. Conclusions: These results indicate that

recent years have seen a substantial, and as yet unrecognized, age-independent population-level decrease in T in American and European men, potentially attributable to birth cohort differences or to health or environmental effects not captured in observed data.

So what do we think is happening? For

a start, we’re facing a massive chemical assault on testosterone from a number of sources. Many plastic containers, bags and even coatings on till receipts contain a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). This readily absorbs into food and even through skin, and acts like the main female hormone – estrogen – in the body, resulting in lower testosterone. Likewise, areas with either natural or treatment-plant recycling of water from waste water contain traces of women’s birth-control pills and implants – themselves derived from synthetic estrogen-like compounds. Next, the trend in the past two decades towards low-fat diets, and the vilification saturated fats have robbed male bodies of the critical nutritional building block of testosterone: dietary cholesterol. Without adequate amounts of saturated fats, the body cannot create optimal amounts of

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testosterone – along with many other important steroid hormones. There are undoubtedly other, more subtle factors at play; a decline in physically challenging manual jobs, lower responsibility placed on men as ‘providers and protectors‘ than found traditionally, and much greater calls for a reigning in of typically masculine behaviours – usually made in the name of political correctness.

The fix.

In the name of all things manly, here’s a quick guide to putting your balls back in action and raising your testosterone levels, naturally.

4. Rest up. You’ll need adequate sleep

to produce testosterone in appreciable quantities, so avoid those late-night gaming and Facebook sessions on a work night, they’re robbing your manhood. Additionally, here’s a man’s mantra for resting (but only once your work and workouts are done): never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can sprawl, never sprawl when you can lie down and never lie down when you can sleep.

5. Ditch the plastic. To avoid synthetic estrogens from BPA’s, don’t heat your food in plastic containers, go for whole foods that come unpackaged wherever possible and avoid drinking from plastic cups and

WE’RE FACING A MASSIVE CHEMICAL ASSAULT ON TESTOSTERONE FROM A NUMBER OF SOURCES. MANY PLASTIC CONTAINERS, BAGS AND EVEN COATINGS ON TILL RECEIPTS CONTAIN A CHEMICAL CALLED BISPHENOL A (BPA). THIS READILY ABSORBS INTO FOOD AND EVEN THROUGH SKIN, AND ACTS LIKE THE MAIN FEMALE HORMONE – ESTROGEN – IN THE BODY, RESULTING IN LOWER TESTOSTERONE. 1. Get moving. Lift weights or conduct

intense interval training at least three times weekly. Challenge yourself to do better each time, and enjoy the feeling of mastering your body – after all, it’s the one thing that you and you alone are in charge of, regardless of status or position, imagined or otherwise.

2. Open up. We’re talking posture here. A

study conducted by Harvard professor and sociologist Dr. Amy Cuddy showed that holding ‘power postures’ – arms open, hands on hips, head high increased testosterone by 20% in just a few minutes, whereas the opposite, closed, arms and legs crossed type postures resulted in a 15% drop in testosterone in the same timeframe. So spread yourself out and take up some space.

water bottles – unless they are specifically stated to be BPA free. All of the above should put you back on track to being the man you were born to be, but the choice is ultimately your own. If you’ve been feeling down, clouded by brain-fog, generally weak and listless or even feeling impotent – in any sense – with no apparent medical cause, take the above advice, from man-to-man, and let me know what happened. If you’d like to contact Rick drop us a line here at Gallery HQ and we can put you in touch with him.

3. Chow down. Specifically, get adequate amounts of your daily calories from saturated fats, as cholesterol is the main raw material your body needs to synthesize steroid hormones. Eat eggs (with their yolks), nuts, butter and stop trimming the fat off your steak!

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MISC

Just random things to amuse you.

Here comes the science bit... Have you ever wondered what the brightest visible star that can be viewed from Earth is? At night, of course, before anyone shouts aloud 'THE SUN, YOU IDIOT!' in public whilst leafing through this edition of Gallery. Well, it's Sirius A. That's it down there in the picture, next to Sirius B. I bet you thought that Sirius was just the satellite radio service that's popular in North America, didn't you? Now you know, you should take an IQ test and see how you compare to the famous names below on this page...

A Glowing Reception

Inventor tor of the glow stick, Dr Edwin Chandross, originally conceived them for military use in his lab in 1962 but had absolutely no idea how popular they were with ravers and festival-goers to the point where when questioned about their popularity replied 'Is that so? Maybe my granddaughter will think I'm cool now.' What an absolute legend. Unfortunatley, he had no idea what a potential goldmine he'd stumbled across whilst experimenting with luminol and a few other chemicals he had to hand and Bell Labs, his employer, decided to patent his creation for themselves. So pour out a little of your glowing alcopop for the good doctor next time you're in Ibiza.

The Smartest Guys (and Girl) In The Room 10. Stephen Hawking IQ 160

5. Garry Kasparov IQ 194

9. Albert Einstein IQ 160-190

4. Kim Ung-Yong IQ 210

8. Judit Polgar IQ 170

3. Christopher Hirata IQ 225

If you don't know who Stephen Hawking is then we suggest you quietly get back into your box. No sudden movements, somebody might spot you! Not to be confused with Stephen King (missing the 'Haw' part), the horror novelist. You know, the guy with the crazy hair. Apparently he never took an IQ test, but scientists (presumably with high IQ levels themselves) estimate him to be in the 160 to 190 range. And who are we to argue? Becoming a chess grand master at a mere 15 years and 4 months of age (she probably knows the exact amount of weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds and milliseconds too but was unavailable for interview at the time of writing) it's no surprise she's smart. She beat Kasparov, for god's sake!

7. Leonardo da Vinci IQ 180-190

Not particularly adept when it comes to safety using knives, but as a jack of many trades and master of all of them, to contradict the usual structure of that expression, the same bo ns that mused at Einstein's IQ took a stab at Da Vinci's to and reckon he's even smarter.

6. Marilyn Vos Savant IQ 190

Becoming famous almost purely for having a very high IQ, in fact the highest measured in the 1980s according to the Guinness Book, what else would you expect from someone whose name is savant? Quite frankly, she was born to be clever.

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Legendary chess grand master and possibly the greatest chess player of all time, he even beat IBM's Deep Blue computer in a game. I don't know about you, but my computer usually destroys me in about four moves. Capable of speech at six months of age and able to read in four different languages by age 3, this chap went on to work for NASA for ten years before deciding to return to South Korea to be a teacher. Becoming the youngest person to win a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad aged only 13, he's now teaching astrophysics in California. Of course he is. What else would you do if you were super bright? Just ask Kim Ung-Yong.

2. Terence Tao IQ 225-230

Another professor in california, Australian genius Terence is basically just a maths genius. And posesses the second highest IQ recorded. Ever.

1. William James Sidis IQ 250 – 300

Enrolling at Harvard ages only 11, I can't even begin to imagine how hacked of his course-mates must've been. Unsurprisingly, poor William struggled as a teacher as he was about the same age as his students, and nobody likes a smart-arse.

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£10,000 RAISED FOR MANX BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

£10,000 has been raised for the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group following a drinks and canapes event held earlier this month. Sheila Dean, Global CEO of Equiom and longstanding patron of the charity together with her husband Jonny played host to over 100 guests who attended a fundraising evening at her home on 1 October to mark the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The evening featured a luxury prize draw (with prizes donated by generous local businesses and individuals) and guests were bathed in pink lighting to commemorate the famous branding associated with the charity.   Sheila Dean said of the event: ‘The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group is a charity very close to my heart and I’m always humbled by the amount we’re able to raise at our events. I’d like to say a special thanks to all those who donated gifts for the raffle and a special thanks A3 Island Marquees for providing us with the perfect setting. Our next fundraising event is our annual ladies luncheon which will take place at Portofino on 19th November.’

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NFU MUTUAL INSURANCE CELEBRATES 70 YEARS IN THE ISLE OF MAN

On 30th September, NFU Mutual Insurance held a formal evening with many of it’s key business partners, customers, and loyal members to celebrate it’s 70th anniversary of being present locally in the Isle of Man. The evening commenced with champagne on arrival at the beautiful Salmon Lake Centre, Laxey. Welcome speeches were made by David Wilkinson, Local Branch Manager, and Nick Turner , Sales and Agency Director. Mr Noel Cringle then offered grace before dinner. The Young Magicians of Mann provided entertainment between courses and, following an outstanding meal, consisting of mainly Manx produce, the guests were treated to a lively and hilarious after dinner speaker, Mr Bob Mills, of BBC Radio 4 and BBC Five Live. Bob filled

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the room with laughter, telling stories and anecdotes of day to day life. Rebecca Forrest then provided a superb selection of live songs – there wasn’t a single space on the dance floor. Everyone went home with a celebratory cup cake! Natalie Mason, Office Manager, left no stone unturned in her attention to detail, ensuring this was a memorable event for all concerned.

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MANX BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP ANNUAL BALL

The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group recently held their 3rd Anniversary Ball at the Best Western Palace Hotel and Casino. Where over 160 people attended. We had an International Cabaret from Spain “The Lola Boys” and the evening raised a fantastic £20,000 for the Charity. The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group started fundraising in 2013 to raise £1.5 to build a Dedicated Breast / Screening Unit at Nobles Hospital. They have now raised almost £2m . The Manx Breast Unit became operational on 1st February

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this year and they hope to have the official opening early 2017. The Charity has continued to fundraise to equip the Unit to the highest possible standard. Having recently been able to purchase DBT or 3D Mammogram which they hope will be operational early 2017, and they now fundraise for INTRABEAM Intra-Operative Radiotherapy or One-Shot Radiotherapy which is given at the time of Surgery. Saving some patients from the trauma of having to leave their families for treatment.

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THE ISLE OF MAN PONY CLUB

Location: The Palace Hotel  Photos: Matt Mosur

The IOM Pony Club hosted a charity dinner recently at the Palace Hotel. Part of the proceeds from the evening went to support the Hannah Francis Willberry Wonder Pony appeal. Hannah’s mascot was a soft toy pony called Willberry who has been very busy assisting in the fund raising, his brother Digberry made the trip to the Island to attend the Pony Club event and many of those attending were lucky enough to grab a photo with him. Hannah was a promising young Three Day Event rider who sadly contracted a rare form of Bone cancer and died at just 18 in August this year. She spent her last year setting up the charity as her legacy to fund research into bone cancer. The equestrian community through-out Britain has rallied in support of this this great cause, and the IOM Pony Club is proud to have done its bit.

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AUTUMN WINE TASTING

Put your feet up this festive season and enjoy Boxing Day and New Year’s Day brunch on us!

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A PRIVATE BEACH WEDDING OF ANDREA AND ROBERT LENER FROM RAMSEY

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Sarah Hendy and Jessy Raso work their magic

Since it opened in early 2013, Noa Bakehouse has become a popular venue for the lucky people who work or live locally, anyone who needs somewhere for a meeting, a coffee or lunch, or even just a convenient work-space with free Wifi. Owner Miles Pettit has a background in the creative industries, so it’s no surprise that he wanted to support other ‘creatives’ and Noa has always provided flexible employment opportunities as well as a fluid warehouse-like exhibition and gig space for local artists and musicians. So when photographer Jessy Raso and wearable art and costume designer Sarah Hendy met whilst they were both working there and immediately realised they were on the same artistic wavelength, it was only natural that they would eventually begin collaborating. And the resulting exhibition, The Alchemists, is now on exactly where you’d expect - Noa Bakehouse. “It took about year, as we gradually got to know each other,” says Sarah, “but once we got started, there was a month of intensive brain-storming and mood-boarding when we realised that we made a really strong team, so we carried on. The title, of course, references magicians who were able to turn base metals into gold, and we really feel that it also applies to our creative process and how we’ve developed our connection and our collaboration into something that is greater than the sum of its parts.” Noa Bakehouse brought together two artists with very different creative backgrounds but complementary talents and approaches. Sarah went to school first at Ramsey Grammar, and then at Atlantic College in Wales, where she became immersed in costume design and creating off-the-scale fancy dress outfits. She then moved on to

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study at Hereford School of Art, and when she returned to the Island became Artist in Residence at the Sayle Gallery. Her end-of-residency show featured spectacular dresses created from natural greenery, clingfilm, tissue paper, sequins stamped out of aluminium drinks cans and peacock plumage, as well as ‘Aditi’ an extraordinary dress with hundreds of fibre optic lights which was later a finalist in the World of Wearable Art exhibition in New Zealand. She was also asked to make a version of the ‘feather’ dress, ‘Avia’, for Manx Cancer Help patron Katie Melua, which was auctioned to raise funds for the charity. Jessy first discovered her love of photography and fashion at St Ninians where she spent much of her time hanging round the art room and learning new sewing techniques. She then moved to a Diploma

WE’VE CLIMBED TREES IN THE ISLE OF MAN AND BATTLED THE ELEMENTS ON FAMILIAR BEACHES, BUT ALSO DRAPING TINFOIL AROUND JESSY’S WAREHOUSE HOME, AND HER HOUSEMATES, IN EAST LONDON

in Art and Design at the Isle of Man College (now UCM), followed by a degree in Fashion Styling and Photography in Salford, where she defined her photographic style and became, as she says herself, more confident in her own abilities and talent. Since graduating in 2013 has worked on fashion shoots and promotional films for up and coming designers, as well as for another Island woman, Lisa Angwin of ‘Un-Nye’, who designs and styles for music and fashion icons worldwide. The Alchemists is a fascinating collaboration. Gold was the thematic and visual starting point: scattered glitter, painted ears and faces, fake piercings and henna tattoos. But gradually, as Sarah and Jessy continued working together, another theme emerged – strong warrior women alongside gentler, vulnerable men. ISLE OFOF MAN PREMIER ISLE MAN PREMIERMAGAZINE MAGAZINE


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“That wasn’t in the original plan,” says Jessy, “but gender-equality and the balance of male/female forces has always been present in our work as individuals but neither of us had ever verbalised it. In The Alchemists our women – none of whom are trained models – instinctively adopted strong personas, and the men, again, not trained models, were styled by us as the antithesis, and some appear almost childlike in their vulnerability in the finished images.” The Alchemists has been 18 months in the making, with Jessy’s move to London last year meaning their creative time together has been on Skype and snatched days and nights, and flights, between Sarah’s shifts at Noa and her freelance

costume design contracts and the busy restaurant in Marylebone where Jessy now works, alongside her part-time job in a photographic studio. But they say, there is a plus side to this mad travelling, late nights, their dependence on technology and the benefits of social media. “We’d be lost without Wifi and Instagram” says Jessy, “but being in London has added a whole new dimension, and new locations, to our work, and although most of our models are old friends, we’ve been styling, photographing and painting glitter on new ones too.” “We’ve climbed trees in the Isle of Man and battled the elements on familiar beaches, but also draping tinfoil around Jessy’s warehouse home, and her housemates, in East London,” Sarah continues. “The Alchemists has been a creative and reallife journey for both of us and it’s not over yet. We have sketchbooks full of ideas and cupboards full of costumes, and Jessy and I plan to be collaborating on projects for years to come.”

The Alchemists is at Noa Bakehouse, Douglas from 3 – 20 November PHOTO CREDITS | Models: Valerie Miller, Elly Beckford, Simona Marini, Jamie Marshall, Stuart Taylor. STYLING | Jessy Raso and Sarah Hendy. MAKE UP | Jessy and Sarah. Costumes: Sarah. SET DESIGN | Jo Symmons, Sarah Hendy. LOCATIONS | Fenella Beach, Laxey, Port Soderick, Sarah’s home, Isle of Man and Clapton, London.

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A new promenade performance by Labyrinth: History in Action. Embark upon an immersive journey within the Castle as you discover more about the demise of the Kingdom of Man and the Isles. The death of the last Viking King Magnus in 1265 threw the Island into a century of turmoil, with battles, political intrigue, love trysts and deception. Choice of performance times. More information and tickets (£12) from the Manx Museum shop or online from www.manxnationalheritage.im

06.11.2016 GUIDED TOUR OF STEAM RAILWAY MUSEUM //PORT ERIN STATION//

The last opportunity this year to have a guided tour of the museum which covers over 140 years of railway history. Price: £2 (Free with certain train

tickets) 11am – 1pm.

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Now – 12.11.2016 SHEENA GRAHAM – GEORGE //STUDIO 42, PORT ST MARY// Once an island resident, Sheena now lives in the Orkney Islands, where she continues to work on her many creative projects and amazing mixed media works.  She has exhibited widely around the world, and Studio 42 has now managed to bring Sheena and many of her beautiful works back to Port St Mary for this exhibition, her first on the Island since 2002, which open in late September, and is a real treat.

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An exhibition featuring artworks by internationally renowned artist and designer Roger Dean; best known for his album covers for bands such as Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep. Roger’s fantastical imagery has become a symbol of the progressive rock genre and is much loved by fans worldwide.

Roger has been responsible for posters, books, the revolutionary publishing companies ‘Dragon’s Dream’ and ‘Paper Tiger Books’, Eco architectural, furniture and stage design, as well as typefaces, logos and iconic designs for computer games company, ‘Psygnosis’ and ‘Tetris Worlds’ as well as a redesign of the Tetris Logo. Admission free. www.manxnationalheritage.im

now – 20.11.2016 ANSWERING THE NEED TO CREATE – COLLEEN CORLETT //SAYLE GALLERY, DOUGLAS// Colleen is probably best known on the Isle of Man for the stamp designs she created whilst employed as the Designer at the Isle of Man Post Office for 15 years. The philatelic work she produced has become a part of our rich Manx heritage and is stored at the Museum for posterity. Colleen’s current creative practice goes far beyond the miniature, two dimensional format of a postage stamp. She works prolifically and does not confine herself to any one medium, dimension or inspiration. This latest solo exhibition will show Colleen’s recent explorations into calligraphy, painting, pastels, stained glass, sandblasted glass, ceramics, tapestry, quilting, crochet and embroidery. Illustrator Alice Quayle has provided more artworks for the Gallery window (until 10 November) with a mini-exhibition of illustrated maps entitled ‘We are here’. www.sayle.gallery www.facebook.com/saylegallery

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A joint exhibition of work from illustrator and gallery curator Julia Ashby-Smith, stone sculptor Neil Milsom and artist Elizabeth Cowin. The three artists chose the title ‘Elemental’ as it covers both their inspirations and subsequent creations.  There is also a sense of magic: unseen forms and the raw power of primal forces all coming together in this exciting exhibition.

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03 – 20.11.2016 THE ALCHEMISTS //NOA BAKEHOUSE, FORT STREET, DOUGLAS//

Stunning exhibition of images from fashion photographer Jessy Raso and costume and wearable art designer Sarah Hendy. Strong women and vulnerable men including some familiar faces in unfamiliar settings, www.facebook.com/Noa-Bakehouse/

06 - 27.11.2016 MYTHS AND MORPHONS //THE ISLE GALLERY, TYNWALD MILLS//

An intriguing group exhibition of ceramics, paintings and photographs from some of the Isle Gallery’s most popular artists, Anna Clucas, Colette Gambell, Julie Roberts and Simon Parks. www.facebook.com/theislegallery

12.11 – 03.12.2016 MERIEL BURDEN & ERICA KERMODE //HODGSON LOOM GALLERY, LAXEY//

An exhibition celebrating the animal form from pet portrait artist Meriel Burden and ceramicist Erica Kermode. In addition, the theme for Hodgson Loom Gallery’s annual open art competition has been announced: ‘Time’. This is open to both professional and amateur artists and entry forms are available from the gallery now and the artwork can be any medium and any size, so long as it has a link to the theme.  Handing in dates are 3-7 December and you can enter up to three pieces per person.  The final exhibition will run from 14 December until the end of January.  More details from Julia at the gallery, and on the facebook page. www.facebook/hodgsonloomgallery

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now – Christmas CREATIVE WORKSHOPS //SAYLE GALLERY and the ISLE GALLERY//

The University focuses on the rise and impact of exponential technologies upon society through the lens of the founding of Singularity University in Silicon Valley in 2009. It was screened at the festival on October 21.

Unleash your creativity this Christmas at seasonal workshops for children and adults where you can make your own cards, decorations and presents.

The film is directed by Matt Rutherford, whose grandfather lives in Ramsey, and two of its executive producers are Manx – Mike Halsall, an alumnus of Singularity University, and Chris Stott, former Faculty at Singularity University, and Chairman and CEO of Manx satellite company ManSat. A third executive producer, award-winning filmmaker Michael Potter, previously debuted his documentary, Orphans of Apollo, on the Isle of Man at the Manx Museum.

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to create after seeing Colleen Corlett’s exhibition, the Sayle Gallery has organised workshops where you can create ceramic brooches or magnets using polymer clay, wire and a range of other materials inspired by her ceramic work. There will be workshops for families and workshops for adults only on Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th November, £30 per adult/family (materials included). To book, please phone 674557. Isle Gallery:  A full range of creative workshops for adults from the Art Reach team will be running throughout November and in the run up to Christmas.  These include print and stencil Christmas cards and gift tags, painted fabric and surface pattern designs, festive screen printing, pot-thrown ceramics and Christmas decorations and coaster decoration.  There are separate weekend workshops for children.  Full details, costs and booking forms can be found at www.theislegallery. com

GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY WITH STRONG MANX LINKS TO RECEIVE WORLD PREMIERE IN WASHINGTON DC A documentary with strong Manx links received its world premiere last month at the Washington West Film Festival in Washington DC.

The University features Stephen Hawking, Shimon Peres, Buzz Aldrin, Sir Ken Robinson, Sir Marin Rees, Peter Diamandis, and Ray Kurzweil and others. The Washington West Film Festival is sponsored by Boeing and USA Today and is renowned for focusing on groundbreaking documentaries. wwfilmfest.com

Second and last Friday of every month SAYLE GALLERY ART CINEMA CLUB //SAYLE GALLERY, DOUGLAS// The Sayle Gallery Art Cinema Club is a small group of Art Film enthusiasts who get together on the second and last Friday of every month to watch strange and interesting cinema. Run originally by late artist Simon Buttimore, now continued in his honour by friends Zoë and Nadia.  Join the club on facebook to see what films are coming up and suggest your own. www.facebook.com/ groups/587317068103781/

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READY, STEADY, ‘GUILD’! The Manx Music Festival is delighted to announce the arrival of the Festival’s 2017 Syllabus, which is available now from the usual outlets.

choral singing. They also have classic Shakespearean acting alongside poetry and public speaking, plus brass bands and a wide variety of instrumental classes.

The Festival, also known as the Guild, is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017, when it will run from Friday 21st to Saturday 29th April at the Villa Marina in Douglas and other popular venues.

There are no age limits either. The Guild has competitors as young as six every year and has also enjoyed competitors aged 100!

Classes range from traditional folk song and opera through to pop songs and battle of the rock bands, as well as contemporary dance, ballet and

Entries, which close on 4th February 2017, can also be made online. www.manxmusicfestival.org

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NEW LECTURE SERIES IN HISTORY & HERITAGE The History & Heritage Public Lecture Series aims to showcase new research in history and heritage, both on the Isle of Man and further afield. The lecture on 16 November will be given by Dr Robert Fyson, who will be speaking about the founder of the Isle of Man Times, James Brown. Brown was imprisoned in Castle Rushen by order of the House of Keys in 1864, and is widely believed to have been one of the main instigators of democratic reform on the Island. On 14 December, Prof. Howard Williams from the University of Chester will be speaking about his research into ‘Watchful Warriors on Viking-Age Sculpture’. Further information about all of the lectures can be found online at www. catrionamackie.net/lectures

INAUGURAL CONFERENCE CELEBRATING MANX BIRD LIFE The Manx Ornithological Society and charity Manx Bird Life are staging a unique free afternoon conference celebrating the island’s wild birds at the Manx Museum on 12th November this year, the first event of its kind on the island. All are welcome. The inaugural Celebrating Manx Birds event will be opened by Sir Richard Gozney, Lieutenant Governor and chaired by Dr Richard Selman of the Manx Ornithological Society. The event has been

made possible through sponsorship from SCS and the Isle of Man Society for the Preservation of the Manx Countryside and Environment. The event is open to everyone and attendance is free. The programme runs from 2.00-6.00pm on Saturday 12th November – with a post-event celebration buffet at the Ballacregga Corn Mill in Laxey for which tickets are £16.50 per person.

ICONIC PANTOMIMES CAPTURED ON ISLE OF MAN POST OFFICE’S 2016 CHRISTMAS STAMPS

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a vibrant and fun filled set of stamps celebrating the world of pantomime at Christmas, highlighting some of the most iconic shows around with particular reference to those that have graced stages across the Isle of Man. The stamps have been designed and illustrated by The Fresh Group with text provided by Christopher Biggins. The stamp collection is available to pre-order from today and can be purchased at www.iompost.com/panto

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The aim of the event is to celebrate the extraordinary lives of some of the Isle of Man’s iconic wild birds. Email for more info: jthompson@manx.net

SING FOR FUN AT THE FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CHOIR Have you always wanted to sing with others but felt that joining a choir was too forbidding?

The Friday Lunchtime Choir – which meets weekly from 1.15pm for half an hour – would welcome new members as it resumes after its summer break. The choir is run by the Department Education and Children’s Music Service and conducted by head of service Maggie Richardson. Tel: 01624 686555 ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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ANSWERING THE NEED TO CREATE An exhibition by Collen Corlett at the Sayle Gallery until 20th November.

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his exhibition includes many aspects of the work, which has allowed Collen to earn a living as an artist for the past forty years. It has spread more broadly year on year and Collen welcomes the opportunity to show you some of what excites her. The work includes, stamp design, calligraphy, painting, pastels, stained glass, sandblasted glass, ceramics, tapestry, quilting, crochet and embroidery. Collen’s influences are seeing something that inspires her to have a go. Collen said: I used to envy people who could devote themselves successfully to interpreting the world in watercolour or go entirely into a world of their own and produce inviting fantasy or abstract painting. Over the years I have come to realise I am not that kind of artist. My degree was in graphic design and along the way went into teaching. This inspired a love of learning, research and problem solving . That pretty well sums me up. I love learning new things and I love making things. Collen continues: I was born in Guernsey and travelled the world with my family as my father was in the forces. This continued when I married my Manx Royal Engineer BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

husband, David. The Isle of Man then became my adopted home – my first chance to spend any length of time in one place. I can’t imagine now living anywhere else. This beautiful Island has offered me so many opportunities. Fifteen happy years were spent as the designer for the Isle of Man Post Office researching and painting many aspects of the Island on stamps. For five years I taught evening classes at the Isle of Man College and welcomed any creative project on offer. I am probably best known here for my stamp designs and producing Illuminated and illustrated scrolls for Douglas Corporation and Tynwald, and two of my scrolls have been presented to the Queen. I couldn’t have wished for a more varied and interesting career. As a freelance artist I have been liberated to learn new skills. The most challenging of projects was the commission to design and build two stained glass windows for Arbory Church. Three earlier windows can be seen in the town Hall along with sandblasted panels and carved wood framed Calligraphy listing Mayors and Freemen. Life is full of surprises and challenges and I hope that this exhibition and the diversity of this year’s work will please and interest you.

AMONG OTHER THINGS, THEY CALL ME THORNTON By Isle of Man author, William Goldie

An exciting new spy thriller that follows the path of ex-agent Thornton as he realises retirement isn’t as quiet as he expected it to be. www.austinmacauley.com/book/ among-other-things-they-call-methornton

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BANGING THE DRUM FOR HOSPICE Words: Suzy Holland Images: Andi Howland and Geoff McCann

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hen six drummers got together in the pub to discuss fundraising for Hospice Isle of Man, they thought ‘big and loud’, but the logistics of putting the idea into practice took longer, and many more trips to the pub, than originally anticipated. A year later, in October 2014, ‘Big Beat for Hospice’ was a reality, and an uninterrupted 52 hours of drumming took place at the Villa Marina. But with an added bonus: a film crew.  Nearly two years later Big Beat for Hospice – the Documentary had its premiere at an exclusive preview last month, and when you know that 350 hours of footage was edited down to just 15 minutes, you can understand why it took so long.    The original six drummers – Martyn Rigby, Andy James, Steve Leach, Ben O’Hare, Noah Egelnick and Jonny Peacock - along with guest drummer Grace Fielding and any number of people who made a donation to play the extra drum kit, were filmed night and day, drumming to carefully selected playlists ranging from heavy rock to more gentle tracks for the pre-dawn hours.  At least three drummers, and usually more, were on stage at any time with rest periods lasting from a couple of hours to minutes – Andy didn’t sleep at all – and the challenge of filming, lighting and sound recording was massive, especially when you consider that the entire crew, many of whom were working on their first film and were recruited via the Mannin Shorts scheme, gave up their time for free.   It took months for Producers/Directors Selina Hooper and Debs Gwinnell to watch every single frame before pre-edit

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‘slashing’ could take place, and then what was left was edited down to a short film of just 15 minutes. Despite its brevity, Big Beat for Hospice – the Documentary is a real snapshot of an astonishingly complex high energy event, and includes footage of key people, the work of Hospice and the sponsor, Align4Life, whose director Dr Neil Thompson and staff provided much needed on the spot massages and realignment for the drummers and the crew throughout the weekend.  Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of drumming too.   The film’s launch, which took place at the Manx Museum last month was attended by a roll-call of drummers, friends, film crew, sponsors and representatives of Hospice Isle of Man, with patron Sir Miles Walker and outgoing chief executive Margaret Simpson and head of income generation Mary Doyle being presented with a framed souvenir of the ‘Big Beat for Hospice’ weekend.   With up to six drummers all playing at once, ‘Big Beat for Hospice’ was never going to be a quiet low-key fundraiser.  The six original drummers, said Martyn Rigby at the launch, started as friends and ended up a family, but the number of other people who took part exceeded their wildest expectations.  Drummers from bands playing on the Island on Saturday night turned up after their gigs to be part of it.  The Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums came along, bongos were brought in and played, youngsters – some little more than toddlers – had a go, experienced drummers and those who’d never picked up a drum stick in their lives, everyone wanted to be part of this astonishing fundraising event for a charity that needs £3.5 million a year just to keep going.     ‘Big Beat for Hospice’ has raised £20,533.18 so far, and it’s never too late to donate via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bbfh. If you want to see the resulting film then Big Beat for Hospice – the Documentary is available on youtube www.youtube.com/ watch?v=__LWuv0VOiA&feature=youtu. be, and on the BBFH Facebook page: www. facebook.com/BBFHDoc/ ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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TheatreFest16 has drawn to a close after a weekend of journeys-themed new works for the theatre which took audiences from an inn in Bristol (Morning Star by Stephen Harper) to a war-torn land (Journeys, directed by John Young) and then on to Selfridges in London, (one of the settings for Megan and Me, directed by Stage Door Entertainment, curators of the festival. An Isle of Man Arts Council event, TheatreFest16 builds on the success of the 2015 festival and is a legacy outcome from the Arts Council’s Island of Culture 2014 year-long celebrations of the arts. Hosting the festival was Ballakermeen High School’s Studio Theatre, a venue which, in his welcome address on the opening night, Friday September 24, Arts Council chairman Geoff Corkish MBE MLC said looked set to become TheatreFest’s ‘home’.

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Ex-Isle Film Agency are looking to cast 100's of background artists for Amma Asante's next film, Where Hands Touch, set in WW2 Germany. Asante was last on the Island in 2013 shooting her the critically acclaimed and award winning, Belle. Her latest film, A United Kingdom, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and opened the BFI London Film Festival to rave reviews. Veteran producer Charlie Hanson and Oscar nominated cinematographer Remi Adefarasin will join Asante on the project which is scheduled to start shooting on the Island 1st-18th December. Casting sessions will be held around the Island from the end of October to mid November. Dates and times will be posted on the Ex-Isle website www.ex-isle.com as well as their Facebook page which can be found by searching for “Ex-Isle Casting and Film Facility Agency”.

Kristene Sutcliffe (Megan) and Lisa Kreisky (Melissa)

Ex-Isle are mainly looking for people who have a Mediterranean or Germanic look as well as extremely slim people. In addition to this, they’d also love to hear from parents with dark haired children ages 6-12. Of particular interest are people willing to have their hair cut.

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Any enquiries please register via the website or contact Bev Lawley via bev@ex-isle.com

Lisa Kreisky (Melissa) & Kristene Sutcliffe (Megan)

Tara Kneen (Young Melissa) and Rhona Wilson (Young Megan)

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Ali Waters (Teen Megan) and Alexandra Slater (Teen Melissa)

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HELPING YOU GET THAT MUCH-NEEDED DOSE OF VITAMIN D WORDS Tamarin Marriott-Wilkinson

If you’re anything like us, Monday brought with it a multitude of horrors; unfinished deadlines, the aftermath of a hangover, and (at this time of year) truly unruly weather. Eager to banish those winter blues? We’ve come up with a fail-safe solution - another holiday! Read on to discover our top picks for winter sun...

Cyprus

If you’re looking for a destination with guaranteed winter sun, Cyprus is a great option – partly because it’s the warmest island in the Med. DO: Home to plenty of scenery, golf courses galore, an abundance of must-visit boutiques and a variety of wonderful bars and restaurants – all offering a taste of the moreish local cuisine. When in Cyprus, head to the redeveloped Old Town of Limassol, which has recently witnessed an influx of serious super yachters, Athenian ALister’s and quirky bars serving frozen Zivania shots, a tipple the locals have nicknamed ‘Grappa’s feisty Cypriot cousin’.

STAY: Londa - a luxury hotel hideaway with subtle, soothing and smart surrounds. This is one of Cyprus’s first couture residences - home to oodles of class, natural materials and understated geometry, oh and everything is custom-made, including the infinity pool that overlooks the sea. WEATHER: Averaging 14°C – 16°C with long dry days. FLIGHT TIME: 4 Hours

Tenerife

The largest of the Canaries, Tenerife is home to array of elegant five-star boutique hotels, scenic mountain views, historic ports and of course, winter sun. DO: Tenerife is a golfer’s paradise, with over nine epic courses to choose from, it’s the perfect place for a boys’ getaway. Looking for something a little more intense? Hiking through one of the nearby national parks is a guaranteed to work up a sweat, as are the many water sports available here.

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Not quite ready for the efforts of a painstakingly premeditated holiday? How about a short ‘hot’ long weekend? Just four hours from the UK, Marrakesh has a little something for everyone – tan-inducing weather, turquoise-tinted pools, the snow topped Atlas Mountains and an ancient desert city – it goes without saying, there’s plenty to keep you entertained… DO: No trip to Marrakesh is complete without a visit to delightful souks. Spending an afternoon sifting through the plentiful fabrics, furniture and jewellery is something everyone should try when in this part of the world. When shopping becomes tiresome, escape the chaos and enjoy a sweet mint tea (a local delicacy) in one of the many bars overlooking the mayhem of Marrakesh’s medina quarter. Another must to add to your itinerary is a trip to the Ben Youssef Madrasa - the largest Medrasa in the whole of Morocco, and if you’re a lover of art, the Jardin Majorelle (Yves Saint Laurent’s garden).

STAY: The Royal Garden Villas play host to a wonderful oasis of tranquillity. To the right is the azure blue of the Atlantic and to the left, a lush green golf course with stunning mountain vista backdrop. Each of the 28 luxury villas boasts their very own pool and round the clock service, all on hand to help you relax from the moment you arrive. www.royalgardenvillas.com

STAY: With an array of riads and hotels to suit all budgets and tastes, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to stay. The utterly luxurious boutique hotel - La Mamounia – is high on our wish list. Home to a series of stunning walled gardens, four taste-tantalising restaurants, several bars and a handful of effortlessly-styled Moroccan rooms, it’s little wonder it’s the first choice for celebrity clientele, possibly something to do with the countless spa treatments on offer… www.mamounia.com

WEATHER: You can expect significant sunshine filled days averaging between 20°-21° in January and February.

WEATHER: 11 hours of sunshine per day, with regular highs of 20°C and an average of around 18°C.

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South Africa

If spine-tingling confrontations with wildlife, stylish lodges and cuisine fit for a king is music to your ears, a trip to South Africa is a must! This adrenaline-charged yet accessible Eden promises everything from up close and personal encounters with the Big Five to luxury accommodation. DO: Take a trip to Kruger National Park, which is about the same size as Wales. It’s here you’ll come face-to-face with elephants, lions, buffalos, rhinos and leopards. On top of this, you’ll get to explore some of South Africa’s ancient Stone and Iron Age artefacts, prehistoric cave paintings, crocodile-invested rivers and the Lebombo Mountains. Safari adventures here need not mean roughing

it however, as the majority of lodges come with silver service and swimming pools. STAY: Singita Ebony – a chic, colonial-style safari lodge just a stones’ throw away from the National Park itself. Surround yourself with magnificent wildlife and vast plains in rooms boasting neutral tones with hints of saffron and crimson. All come with an open fireplace, outdoor shower, private pool and

game-viewing deck. www.singita.com WEATHER: South African summers last from mid-October to mid-February, ranging from the low to high 20’s. FLIGHT TIME: With Gatwick now offering direct flights, it’s easier than ever to make the trip The flight time is just under 12 hours.

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Errol Flynn once said ‘Jamaica is more beautiful than any woman I’ve ever known.’ This distinctive Caribbean island certainly has an element of pizzazz, boasting an abundance of contradictions and contrasts. From rain forests to hidden waterfalls, to the Blue lagoon and the Blue Mountains, there is something for every one! DO: A favourite haunt of both Noel Coward and Ian Fleming, this idyllic spot is home to a series of seductive beaches, moreish cuisines, dance hall queens and belly-burning rum. If you’re looking to switch mundane office life for a few weeks of spice jerk chicken and swimming, this is the perfect place for you. Negril and Montego Bay are busy with tourists, whilst the parish of Portland boasts a quieter spot. STAY: The Trident Hotel - encompass yourself with luxury, switchon your out-of-office and grab a chilled rum cocktail from the bar, all whilst admiring the hotel’s idyllic beachfront perch. With its effortless glamour, white washed surrounds and secluded plunge pools, this tranquil retreat is certainly the place to be seen if you’re looking for a little down time. Spend your day’s steps away from the sand, and your evenings enjoying live jazz at the on-site speakeasyinspired supper club. www.thetridenthotel.com WEATHER: January may be the coldest month for Jamaica, but it’s still a great deal warmer than here! Expect averages of 25°C. FLIGHT TIME: Just over 9 hours.

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LOCAL TRAVEL FIRM LAUNCHES “ESCAPE THE ROCK” HOLIDAY WEBSITE

Isle of Man based travel agencies Mann Link and Richmond Travel have launched a brand new website that provides a convenient online travel shopping experience for local residents: www. escapetherock.im. The website is the first of its kind to provide an easy way for people to book off-island travel to their favourite holiday destinations, including direct flights, connecting flights, ferries, accommodation and transfers—to Europe, USA, the Far East, Australia and more.

Escape the Rock offers residents the convenience of booking online 24/7, with the reassurance of offline support from their local Mann Link and Richmond Travel stores should they require it. Brian Kelly, Chairman of Mann Link Travel Ltd comments: “Although we still have many clients who prefer to book their holiday in store, the way in which Isle of Man residents research and book their travel is evolving, whether

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it’s on mobile, tablet, PC or social media, Escape the Rock is designed to meet our changing customer needs. Clients can still enjoy booking in branch with us, however they now have the added flexibility to search for holidays and book online from the convenience of their own home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”. Escape the Rock is a ‘phygital’ business model—a combination of digital ecommerce website and physical bricksand-mortar store designed to buck the industry trend in declining high street travel sales which has emerged in the UK. The website will help to future proof the travel industry in the Isle of Man, with Escape the Rock aimed at a younger generation of 18-45 travellers. It enables customers to book online with a local travel agency they can trust, with the added reassurance that they can visit a branch for additional support. “Given the recent collapse of travel giant Low Cost Travel Group Ltd which left many

UK and Isle of Man travellers stranded and facing losses of thousands of pounds, customers are wary about cheap online operators. Booking on Escape the Rock empowers Isle of Man residents with the ease and convenience of booking online but in this case with a local and well established travel company. If there is a problem, they can simply give us a call or pop into the shop for a chat. Knowing they have someone they can physically to turn to if things go wrong, backed up with 100% financial security gives local travellers complete peace of mind” adds Brian.  “Our friendly teams in Ramsey and Douglas are only a phone call away to give customers any support or advice they need”. Whether it’s a beach holiday, a city break, winter sun, or a party destination, Escapetherock.im is set to become the first destination to a perfect holiday for Isle of Man residents.  www.EscapeTheRock.im ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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Jacksons deal to bring major brands to Island sooner than expected

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he Jacksons Motor Group have announced a major local acquisition ahead of their multi-brand dealership opening late 2017 that brings a number of major new brands to the Island a year earlier than expected. After lengthy discussions, Jacksons have formally acquired the Buchanan Group, including Buchanan BMW/Mini, Caledonian Toyota/Lexus and Eurocars from Donald Buchanan. Following manufacturer approval Jacksons have acquired the businesses, initially renting

the existing operating facilities of each company prior to relocating all brands and staff to their new state of the art showroom due for completion late 2017. All existing staff are retained and with immediate planned addition of new marques it is anticipated that new employees will need to be recruited ahead of schedule. Jacksons Chief Executive Officer Paul Collier was delighted with the opportunity to open sooner than expected. “All our plans were based on opening in late 2017, but when the opportunity arose to acquire

these three leading local companies we were delighted to enter negotiations. For existing clients of these businesses, we can assure them of a very bright and secure future under the Jacksons and Motor Mall brands we operate. Our earlier than anticipated entry into the market also means that we can start introducing some new brands which will immediately improve the range of new and used vehicle customer choice within the Island. For example, we intend to introduce a temporary third showroom later this year at the Eurocars site, which will definitely house Skoda and Hyundai on opening and hopefully some further brands in the immediate future.

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Standard Bank Offshore Group named Best International Structured Products Provider

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tandard Bank Offshore Group is proud to have won an award at this year’s International Fund and Product Awards, which were held on 12 October in London. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Group has won the Best International Structured Products Provider award. The awards, now in their 17th year, are an established part of the offshore calendar and are held to honour and recognise groups who distribute financial products and services internationally. The judges also praised Standard Bank Offshore Group’s service to clients, its innovative culture, the transparency and clarity of its charging structure and communications, and its strong emphasis on compliance and client protection.

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Equiom acquires Heritage Trust Group and expands into Singapore and BVI

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eading trust and corporate services provider Equiom has announced the acquisition of Heritage Trust Group, an independent Asian corporate services provider with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Established in 2002 and led by Chief Executive Officer Angelo Venardos, Heritage Trust Group provides trust, foundation, fiduciary, corporate and accounting services. Equiom’s Global Chief Executive Officer Sheila Dean commented: ‘The acquisition of Heritage Trust Group expands Equiom’s jurisdictional reach into the new areas of Singapore and BVI while expanding our current team in Hong Kong. Equiom’s growth strategy continues to concentrate on achieving scale and substance throughout every jurisdiction we operate in. I’m pleased to welcome Angelo and his team to Equiom – they echo Equiom’s philosophy of building longstanding relationships with clients and very much mirror our client services ethos. For Equiom clients this provides further access to international services and expertise. I thank our equity partners LDC and

our legal advisers Gowling WLG for their valued input and support throughout this acquisition project.’ A total of 60 staff, including the senior management team, will join Equiom Group with immediate effect. The Hong Kong team will move into Equiom’s established offices and Heritage will rebrand to Equiom in January 2017. The acquisition of Heritage follows the recent announcement of Equiom’s strategic partnership with Links Group in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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early 50 NatWest employees have obtained a key qualification in managing risk and compliance, following completion of a six-month programme and examinations. The International Compliance Association Advanced Certificate in Customer Due Diligence is designed for industry professionals who manage risk in the customer due diligence process. NatWest, which consistently invests in enhancing the skills of its workforce, was keen to support staff taking this course, the only professional qualification available in practical Customer Due Diligence. Employees attended a number of workshops, which included ‘mock’ exercises reflecting the practical scenarios that they will encounter in their everyday customer due diligence work. At the end of the six-month programme, the employees completed a threehour examination. More than half those on the course achieved a Distinction in the exam and there was a 100 per cent pass rate. Of those that completed the course, 21 are working for the Bank in Jersey, 24 are based in the Isle of Man and two are in Guernsey.

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Official recognition for Isle of Man at Gibraltar National Day

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he Isle of Man was officially recognised on Gibraltar National Day after the President of Tynwald, the Hon Steve Rodan MLC and his wife, were invited by the Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo, to attend the celebrations while on a private visit to the territory. Held annually on September 10 Gibraltar National Day features a programme of events that celebrate Gibraltar’s right to self-determination. Gibraltar’s Casemates Square was the setting for the celebrations that saw the Chief Minister invite Mr Rodan on to the platform to join his other guests - among whom was Andrew Rosindell MP, chairman of Westminster’s Manx All-Party Group – introduce him to the crowd and extend an official welcome to the Isle of Man.

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ANDREW NEWTON JOINS CAINS LITIGATION DEPARTMENT

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eading law firm Cains is expanding its litigation department with the appointment of Andrew Newton as an Associate. Andrew, 27, joins top ranking Douglas-based Cains after four years with Appleby where he was a lawyer in dispute resolution. “Cains is an exciting challenge and I am enthused by the opportunity presented to me,” said Andrew, who was born on the Island and went to Castle Rushen High School. This was followed by the University of Durham and a BA in Business and then in 2010 Manchester College of Law, graduating in 2012. Peter Clucas, managing director of Cains’ litigation department, said he was delighted to welcome Andrew to his team.  “Andrew has a keen intellect and, although only recently joining us, he has already demonstrated his ability to provide a high class service to our clients,” said Peter. “He will broaden the range of talent which we can offer to our clients and I look forward to seeing Andrew succeed in his new role.”

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iQuando Director Nigel Jones said the new role of ‘Creator of Opportunities’ reflected the extensive scope of the position and Tony’s appointment underlined the company’s ambitious desire to continue its meteoric growth by identifying openings for expanding the innovative online booking service. Former Royal Air Force physical training instructor Tony has an extensive career in business, including developing a successful sales team for a major national brand and establishing a regional office equipment supplier as the leading national partner for Sharp. He is also a keen sportsman, and former Great Britain Multi Event number one, who since moving to the Isle of Man in 2013 has assisted several young Manx athletes. Central to Tony’s role will be creating new opportunities for MiQuando, including attracting new businesses to sign up to the online booking service, identifying ways the miquando.com can do more for companies, helping the team develop the user experience and seeking out further growth prospects.

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MM&C creates new role for young marketer

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eading communications agency MM&C has appointed a Marketing Assistant as part of the company’s ongoing drive to offer training opportunities for young professionals who want to gain industry experience. Jessica Morris, who grew up in Cyprus, has recently returned to her birthplace of the Isle of Man and took up the opportunity with MM&C to gain experience in marketing and PR at the Douglas-based agency where for the next 12 months she will be undertaking roles involving administration, media communications, and market research. The 18-year-old recently completed a level 3 fashion and design course in the UK, during which time she gained experience attending fashion shows and understanding the role which marketing plays in the fashion industry.

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he leading offshore law firm has promoted Claire Collister, Helen Fretwell and Eleanor Dangerfield in recognition of their expertise and experience. Appleby Isle of Man Managing Partner Faye Moffett said: “These appointments are part of our ongoing strategic development of the business, as well as a direct acknowledgement of Claire, Helen and Eleanor’s significant talent and hard work. “Appleby is a firm which recognises and rewards ability and dedication as it strives to maintain its outstanding global reputation for client relations and first class legal services. All three play a significant role within the business and have shown themselves to be more than ready to take on even greater responsibilities and leading positions within Appleby. “I offer them my congratulations and look forward to watching them flourish in their new positions.” Claire, who joined Appleby in 2007, has been promoted to Senior Associate in Dispute Resolution department at Appleby’s office in Douglas, while Helen and Eleanor have been promoted to Senior Associate in the firm’s 18-strong Corporate department.

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Left to right - Eleanor Dangerfield, Helen Fretwell and Claire Collister

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laine Codona has been appointed Head of Human Resources at leading Isle of Man-based legal and business services group Cains with a key role as a member of its leadership team. “HR is an integral part of Cains development,” said Elaine, a Glaswegian, who moved to the Island four years ago. “I will be involved in MOVERS & SHAKERS

She said: “During my studies in the UK I found branding and brand positioning really interesting and wanted to gain practical experience in this field. I look forward to spending a year with MM&C, and to using all the valuable information I learn from this experience to continue my career in marketing.” Craig Wolstencroft, MM&C Managing Director and founder, said: “We take great pride in helping to support the education and training of young marketers on the Island. Our training opportunities allow young professionals starting out on their careers to gain practical business experience across the wide range of services we offer, including advertising, media relations and events management, to name but a few. We’re delighted to welcome Jessica to our team.” www.mmc.co.im

anything which is people related - this will include reviewing employment documentation and practices to ensure they are kept up to date with current employment legislation in the areas we operate .” Elaine added: “I will also be involved with the leadership team in taking forward the People Plan for Cains, making sure the culture is one that enables people to do the best they can within their roles and this will include areas such as career development and talent management.

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Classic car valuati o ns race ahead of stock market growth Words: Hugo Greenhalgh (FT)

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he classic car market globally is really motoring. Over the past three years, investors have benefited from a steep recovery in values — following a collapse in the early nineties — for vintage Ferraris, Porsches and Mercedes-Benz. According to the latest price index compiled by Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI), Mercedes-Benz has been the best-performing marque, increasing in value by just over 85 per cent over the past three years. Ferrari also did well, posting an increase of 65 per cent, pipping Porsche into third place with a rise of almost 60 per cent. By comparison, the FTSE 100 fell by just under 3 per cent over the period, while wine, a useful comparator for alternative assets, is down by almost 2 per cent, according to the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index. Auction prices have also hit new highs. A winning combination of rarity and racetrack pedigree saw a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sell at Bonham’s in 2014 for a recordbreaking $38.1m, overtaking the previous high set by a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R race car that went under the hammer in 2013 for $31m. With apologies, what is driving this market? Three main factors: rarity, provenance and sheer sex appeal. The market is obviously very illiquid: the number of classic cars that has survived is determined, quite simply, by how many were made in the first place. Race cars are at a particular premium, particularly anything driven by film star Steve McQueen. A 1967 Ferrari 275 Spider, identical to the one driven by the actor in The Thomas Crown Affair went for a speedy $27.5m in 2013. Another Ferrari — a 250 GT SWB

Classic Car of Tomorrow The Porsche 918 Spyder

California Spider, once owned by the film actor Alain Delon — was sold last year for $18.5m, doubtless helped by the fact that the French star was photographed driving it with Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine. Investors are also keen on the fact that the market moves relatively independently of the global economy. Again, the scarcity value of classic cars is by far the most important factor.

What should I look for when buying a classic car? Beyond finding the perfect Ferrari with a former film star owner, the little things are surprisingly important. Documentation, accessories and how much of the original bodywork remains will all determine your car’s value. It is worth, advises Dietrich Hatlapa at HAGI, even trying to source the original driving manual — or replacing the missing jack. These can be expensive (expect to pay up to £15,000 for a toolkit) but it is worth it. “It will definitely add more value to the car than the purchase price,” Mr Hatlapa says. Provenance is also critical. Knowing who has owned the car before will improve its value — even if it’s not Steve McQueen. Likewise, any gaps in the car’s provenance will dent its value; as will an overeager restoration job. The current craze is for character, rather than smooth-bonneted beauty. Which cars today might make the classics of tomorrow? The Porsche 918 Spyder, released in 2014, could become a future classic — just 918 were made. Aston Martin and Lamborghini are two marques namechecked by Mr Hatlapa, but for new autos, those that remain undriven with just delivery mileage on the dial are likely to be worth the most. Even if you are restrained enough to choose not to drive the classic car of the future, it will still need to be serviced. And this is why the jury is still out on electric cars. It remains to be seen whether your Tesla will be worth more in years to come, not least because of questions around just how complicated it would be to replace the battery. “The beauty of the older cars is that they are purely mechanical,” says Mr Hatlapa. “So they are much easier to service — and you can work on them yourself.”

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RL360° 10 of the most stunning golf courses in the world Golf, it’s a way of life not a hobby, or so those in the know will tell you. Deals are done and busy minds relaxed and, sometimes, it all happens in the most luxurious of surroundings. As an international company, RL360° operates in countries which boast some of the most exotic courses on offer.

So, we asked our staff for 10 of the best around the world. This is what they came up with.

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EARTH COURSE JUMEIRAH GOLF ESTATES, DUBAI

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More of a lifestyle destination than a simple golf facility, Jumeirah Golf Estates is set across 1,119 hectares of lush green landscape in Dubai. There are 16 unique communities overlooking two of the world’s finest golf courses, Earth and Fire. But it is the Greg Norman-designed Earth course that stands out as the epitome of tranquillity and luxury in the heart of one of the world’s busiest cities. 2.

RED MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE, PHUKET

Diamante is Mexico’s first true links, fashioned along the Pacific Ocean from a fantastic set of white sand dunes, huge portions of which are without vegetation and seem like enormous snow drifts. Holes hug the flowing terrain, with the second nine next to the ocean, amid the tallest dunes. The 12th and 13th are even on the beach and no other links in the world has cactus. 7.

Winding its way through a dramatic former tin mine site in Phuket, Red Mountain is one of Asia’s most exciting courses. It has been cleverly designed to take advantage of a huge variety of landforms and dizzying elevation changes. Scars left from the tin mine era have been imaginatively incorporated into the overall scheme, creating a unique character as well as establishing a link with an important era in the island’s past. 3.

WACK WACK COUNTRY CLUB, MANILA

QATAR GOLF CLUB This stunning green oasis winds harmoniously through beautifully landscaped desert and wadi terrain. Designed by golfing legend José María Olazábal to make the most of the wadi wall and riverbed terrain, this par 72 championship course is subtly varied. Not only for the experienced player, the Qatar Golf Club is also keen on helping beginners to develop a life-long interest in the game.

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LEOPARD CREEK COUNTRY CLUB, MPUMALANGA This South African favourite borders the Kruger National Park and boasts innovative architectural and landscaping techniques to ensure protection from animals. The course does, however, make the most of its proximity to the natural world with golfing hazards taking on a new dimension – much of the water is home to crocodiles and sightings of hippo, antelope, buffalo and elephant are commonplace.

DUBAI CREEK GOLF AND YACHT CLUB, DUBAI Since the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club opened on Dubai’s waterfront in January 1993, it has played host to numerous tournaments and events, including the Dubai Desert Classic. The course record of 63 is jointly held by Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke. The course’s fairways are lined with date palms and coconut trees and attractive water hazards and shrubbery lend a tropical air.

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The aptly named Wack Wack has two 18-hole championship courses, one of which is the renowned East Course where international tournaments such as the Philippine Open are held. The layout of the East Course is vast and its challenges lie in its water hazards, undulating and elevated small greens and lengthy fairways. 4.

DIAMANTE GOLF CLUB, CABO SAN LUCAS

THE ELS CLUB TELUK DATAI, LANGKAWA ISLAND Running from the Malaysian shoreline of the Andaman Sea to the edge of a tropical rain forest beneath the Mat Cincang Mountains, Els Club has no sand bunkers. Ernie Els, who was involved in the course’s design, felt the extreme amount of annual rainfall would make bunkers a maintenance nightmare. Instead, he used trees and a natural meandering stream as his primary hazards.

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KAWANA HOTEL GOLF COURSE, SHIZUOKA H. Alison’s 1936 design for Japan’s first golf resort has long been dubbed the Pebble Beach of Japan, but it’s far more mountainous. You see it on the opening hole, which drops down a tumbling fairway framed by twisted pines to a green with Sagami Bay as its backdrop. The sea also provides a backdrop on the steep downhill 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th holes.

10. YAS LINKS, ABU DHABI Located on Yas Island, a 6,000 acre area which also houses a Formula 1 Grand Prix racing track and the Ferrari World theme park, the Yas Links golf course opened in 2010. Bunkers sit amid verdant greens and fairways that roll along the coastline, allowing golfers to play amid eye-catching surroundings.

Do you agree with our choices? Email top10@rl360.com with your alternative top 10s. WEALTH & INVESTMENT

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“The difference between kid mohair and any other fibre is that it’s just so luxurious and soft”

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10,000 turkeys every Christmas. As a child I was so lucky to grow up amid all that, it was idyllic. “All that changed when my parents had to sell up because of my father’s health and decided to move to the Isle of Man; I was then a 15-year-old teenager and had to leave behind a life I enjoyed, along with all my friends so I was brought over here kicking and screaming, for a few years I was quite a rebel.” The ‘rebel’, however, grew up, married, had two children got divorced but then she and Mike met up again after a gap of some years. The rest, as they say is history, they have now been a couple for six years, farming together for five years. “Mike, who comes from a farming background in Derbyshire, wanted to get back into farming after selling cars, primarily Mercedes, for a number of years. 

In fact, he was known to his customers as Mr Mercedes.” Clara goes on: “I’m passionate about good and nutritious food and what my family eat. I have to know where it’s from and what’s gone into it. I was brought up at a time when there was very little factory farming which is why I abhor industrial scale farming. It’s not good for either the animals or consumers. It’s only the supermarkets which benefit and who drive down the prices.” The decision to expand the business by farming goats was more by accident than design as Clare’s original thinking was pigs. “I was researching rare breed pigs but Google presented me with information and pictures on Boer goats, it may be that I misspelt ‘boar’,” laughs,” Clare.  “I was, however, hooked as the Boer breed is relatively new to the UK and the more agenda

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I read about them the more convinced I became and after research and talking to breeders we decided to go ahead and import these goats. “In the first week of their arrival word soon got round with people wanting to know when they could buy goat meat and some were on a waiting list for two years before we could supply them. So in October, 2013 we started with 13 goats and peaked with 285 goats in June of last year and have imported five different sorts of goat. All the goats have a name, each one looks slightly different. Sales of meat have been absolutely fabulous and it’s interesting that worldwide 75 per cent of meat eaten is goat.” Clare adds: “Our breeding stock carry some of the world’s top blood lines and Boers are the world’s premier meat breed of goat, producing highly nutritious red meat, higher in iron than beef but lower in saturated fat than skinless chicken breast. Our goats are free range, grass fed and enjoy exceptionally high levels of care and attention. We never use chemicals on our farms and do not vaccinate the herd. We do use medications when necessary but rely on top nutrition and good, old fashioned animal husbandry (TLC) to keep the goats in good health.” Clare admits that she has always enjoyed knitting so the decision was made to go into the mohair side of the business which more recently saw the arrival of Angora goats at the farm at Ballaugh. “The origin of Angora goats dates back to Turkey 3000 years ago, and is a dual purpose animal with the meat fantastic for eating but they are also bred for their fleeces. “The difference between kid mohair and any other fibre is that it’s just so luxurious and soft” says Clare, who knits to commissions.“It is one of the world’s most luxurious fibres but the fleeces have to go off island to be spun as there isn’t a spinning mill here and the skins have to go to England to be tanned as there is no tannery on the island. We have now increased the Angora side of the business with 22 animals from a farm in South Wales.  Shearings take place in March and September so with two shearings a year there is double the yield of sheep. “Our Manx Mohair socks from the fleeces of our Angora goats are becoming

a big success, a major selling point is that the cost is minimal, they can be worn for several days before they need washing and by someone who is allergic to wool. These socks, which are also durable and strong, have amazing properties and haven’t gone through any nasty, environmental processes. “The customer is buying from a producer who cares passionately for the animal from which the fleece comes,” declares Clare, who refuses to sell an egg if it’s more than a week old but has strong views when it comes to New Zealand lamb being cheaper than Manx lamb. “It’s all down to the fact that the cost of food for animals here, including hens, is higher than in the UK and even diesel for tractors is more expensive.   We are never going to be able to compete with UK imports.  Crazy, isn’t it?”   ON THE AGENDA


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FORMER LEGAL EAGLE WINS SHOPRITE MANX STARTISAN AWARD A former law student has won the Manx ‘Startisan’ competition run by leading Manx food retailer Shoprite to find an aspiring local food and drink entrepreneur on the Isle of Man.

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wenty four year old Jamie Blair, a law graduate from the University of Central Lancashire, has made the unusual switch and is now producing his range of premium quality healthy range of drinks brewed and bottled on the Isle of Man. Jamie already has two of his variants, a fiery flavoursome ‘real’ ginger beer and his ‘proper’ lemonade and exciting plans for a ‘cold brew coffee’ are coming to fruition.  The company has recently seen some experienced professionals join its ranks, including a food technologist and two coffee specialists. One of the new additions is Ash Dougal, who has been based on the Isle of Man since 2008 after founding a commodity trading company here. Ash has an extensive career as a commodity trader with a focus on implementing ethical supply chains, notably within the coffee industry, and was looking to invest in ethical local businesses and Roots fits the profile perfectly. He said: “It’s very rare that you come across such a strong product with genuine ethical provenance and efficacy but Jamie’s Roots BevCo range not only ticks all of the brand boxes for a premium product but is also intrinsically linked to the Island in particular supporting the local community in various different ways’ Jamie says that his experience of working with progressive Douglas venues bath & bottle and 14 North, who both promote goods from local food and drink producers, has fuelled his passion for creating local artisan products. He’s also using his knowledge of the fitness industry and nutrition to ensure that everything that goes into the drinks supports a healthy lifestyle. He has set up beehives with the honey giving his drinks a natural sweetener and recently launched a crowd funding appeal on gofundme.com to raise funds for a bee farm which Jamie not only sees as integral to the production of his range but fundamental to the world’s eco system.

If you are interested in developing your own range of locally produced food, get in touch with Shoprite to discuss your idea.

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He explains: “We founded Roots Beverage Co in order to help the world’s Bee population which is at risk from Verroa Mite, Herbicides and ON THE AGENDA


WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE MANX ‘STARTISAN’ As part of Jamie’s prize for winning the ‘Manx Startisan’ award he receives a guaranteed listing in leading Manx food retailer Shoprite’s stores which will shortly be stocking his ‘proper’ lemonade and ‘real’ ginger beer. Like Jamie’s Roots BevCo, many of the established local Manx food producers that are stocked on Shoprite’s shelves started out from the grain of a good idea. They are all linked by the common factor of passion in their product and a commitment to quality that makes their product stand out. Shoprite’s team will look to help Jamie with areas such as branding, packaging, marketing and pricing that are essential

Pesticides, to name a few hazards. Just recently, the state of Hawaii placed several bee species on the endangered species list. We think this is crazy! As Albert Einstein said ‘no more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man’ We are incredibly fortunate that the Isle of Man has been granted a Verroa Mite free status by the European Union. Additionally, our farmers use very little herbicides and pesticides and we were recently recognised by UNESCO as the first Island nation to achieve an official World Biosphere Region status. Our mission is to set up a bee farm on the Isle of Man to produce honey to sweeten our healthy low sugar drinks. We will allocate 10% of our annual profits to be re-invested in all things related to the wellbeing of bees.” Jamie’s products are already prominent in a number of local stockists including well-known health food restaurant Greens, Noa Bakehouse, Riley’s Garden Centre, Freshly Squeezed, the Alpine Café and 14 North, Bath & Bottle and the Little Fish Café and his delicious range of fresh drinks will shortly be gracing leading Manx food retailer Shoprite’s shelves. MANX STARTISAN

Can you become a Manx Startisan and join the local food revolution. The Isle of Man has a large number of well established local food producers, particularly involved with meat and dairy industries, that allow large food retailers like Shoprite to operate ‘import substitution’ where they can support local producers by offering local alternatives. However, the Island can always support more niche providers which not only benefit the local economy but also provide premium quality, healthy alternatives to well known brands with provenance that can be tracked back directly to local sources. New businesses are being set up by local people who are passionate about food and drink who are creating products that reflect those premium quality values

to listings with a multiple retailer, and Roots BevCo has the chance to follow in the footsteps of many of the wellestablished companies that started out as home based operations and have now gone on to reach the stage where they can now be exported to UK and international markets. Jamie will also receive free use of a unit in Shoprite parent company Isle of Man Enterprises’ Village Walk Shopping Centre in Onchan for a six month period and Jamie has already discussed plans with Shoprite to create a branded presence and series of pop up evenings in the unit.

with delicious, home spun products that are far superior to the mass produced, well established alternatives. John Speakman, Senior Buyer, Shoprite, who was one of the judges for the Manx Startisan award said: “In my job one of the things that really stands out is the quality and potential for the local food market. Shoprite, as a local retailer, is committed to the local market. He continued: “We stock a wide range from local producers on our shelves and are always happy to discuss any ideas with local producers and are keen to help them to establish themselves in the local market. Jamie epitomises that quality and we are all really looking forward to working with him on growing his drinks business.” agenda

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As we come to the year end, a lot of us start to think about financing, whether it’s for Christmas, having a new budget for the new year, re-evaluating our savings or getting funding for something big. Agenda found out what the experts have to say about various aspects of finance from business accounting to buying a home. THE PANEL:

n Phil Butler, Manager, Harding Lewis n John Rimmer, Director, Advocate John Rimmer n Neil Taggart, Director, Chrystals

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Accounting is becoming so complex, is there a way of simplifying it so that small businesses can manage it themselves? PB: Every business owner knows all too well the trials and tribulations of financial management, predominantly the preparation of annual financial statements, but accounting can be plain sailing. To illustrate this I would liken the task to the docking of a ship. Whatever the size - be it from the smallest family owned sailing ship to the largest multinational corporate tanker - they should both be docked for servicing at least once each year. Larger vessels benefit from the resource of a trained crew to undertake this task, assisted by winches, hydraulics and specialist tools. This takes the burden away from the Captain, allowing him more time to focus on what is most important, leading

the ship and planning for its future. For many small and medium sized vessels the Captain doesn’t have access to the same resources and often struggles. The digital age now presents owners of even the smallest businesses with their very own winch, in the form of online accounting software. Platforms like QuickBooks online automate many of the bookkeeping processes associated with an ownermanaged business. Tasks like producing sales invoices and downloading bank transactions are all at the push of a button and from anywhere there is an Internet connection. In what is hopefully an improving financial climate we are finding many forward thinking business owners are scrambling to get ahead of the curve, making efficiency improvements wherever they can. Online accounting software is certainly top of the list for many.

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Financial Advice Can I Still Do Tax Planning? JR: The world of tax planning is in turmoil. Is it even legal? Lord Clyde said, “No man … is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his legal relations … as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel into his stores.” (Ayrshire Pullman Motor Services and Ritchie v. IRC (1929)), but when campaigners, charities and the austerity-hit public condemned tax practices of businesses and the wealthy, governments responded with: n Laws to reverse tax avoidance n Enhanced reporting and information-gathering n Information-sharing between countries n Prosecutions

or may not be effective, but there should be no concealment or dishonesty. The late Denis Healey said that the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion was the thickness of a prison wall. For campaigners, there might as well be no difference, and the recently carved “tax noncompliance” lumps them misleadingly together. But, to the public, tax avoidance is morally reprehensible.  If you do it: n Take advice n Keep it in the bounds of acceptability n Make sure it works! Meet reporting obligations n And if you do, say “goodbye” to public acclaim: some called for Gary Barlow to be stripped of his OBE, for tax planning!

John Rimmer

Be clear: tax evasion - lying to tax authorities or withholding information - is criminal. Tax avoidance, though, is the legal arrangement of affairs to reduce tax.  It may

Apparently Donald Trump has paid no federal taxes. He says, “That makes me smart.”  The wider public may not agree.

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hat financial advice do o have for property sellers and buyers? NT: My number #1 piece of financial advice to would-be home movers is to focus on the price differential of your move rather than purely the capital values involved Why? The market between 2009 and 2015 was generally flat, slow and uncertain; the UK had its well published busts and booms, but we bobbed around in the doldrums; much I feel to do with our finite stock levels, lack of scale to generate trends and relatively stable employment market. In 2016, with us Agents peaking our heads over the parapet to a new and improving market, it is generally considered that most house values are, at best, optimistically

par with the 2007 market peak; more realistically 10% below; or pessimistically 20% below. When considering a move I find many vendors get hung up on what they paid for their home in 2007, rather than how much % better value their larger onward move might be in 2016. If you take that view and only want to move in an upward market you may be waiting a few years. Don’t be put off by thinking “we can’t move because we will be losing money” – I encourage those persons to look at the price differential, consider their affordability, and then take advantage of the best mortgage rates in decades; The market appears to be back, albeit price corrected, but certainly improving in transactional activity; now that makes for a refreshing change!

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The lure of the lottery M Jennifer Houghton Managing Director at Annexio looks at the recent history of the lottery and explains how lottery services businesses are providing access to the biggest games around the world.

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ost people dream about winning the lottery and, working in the lottery services business, it’s easy to see why. The opportunities that come with winning a life-changing sum of money are enormous: beyond making your own every day existence more comfortable, there’s a chance to help loved ones, invest in a business or have some other positive influence on the world. It’s interesting now to reflect back on the early days of the lottery and see how much things have changed. In 1994, when the National Lottery was introduced in the UK (later rolled out in the Isle of Man in 1999), there was still a certain amount of disapproval from many quarters about encouraging the general population to “bet”, even though a significant proportion of the proceeds were to be used for good causes. At that time lottery participation was predominantly through the purchase of physical tickets at selected outlets and was geographically limited, usually to your country of residence. It was only if you were on holiday or working overseas that

you could buy tickets for lotteries in other countries, for example. While scratchcards and variants on lottery games were introduced, there was no significant change until the digital revolution of the early 2000s opened up the online marketplace for sellers and buyers alike. Advances in online sales tools meant that new business models could be explored such as the “lottery courier” where tickets could be purchased in one country on behalf of a player who lived somewhere entirely different. This immediately unlocked lotteries worldwide to a vast new audience and with games such as the US Powerball offering multi-million dollar prizes, the potential for players to win big money and businesses to grow their markets was phenomenal. The courier service model has some inherent risks, however, of tickets not being purchased as expected and subsequent winnings failing to be passed on. Over time, an alternative insurance-based lottery business model began to be developed. Rather than offering direct participation, insurance-based lottery service providers invite players to “bet” on the outcomes ON THE AGENDA


Interesting facts about lotteries n The most popular lotteries with Annexio customers are Euromillions, Powerball, Mega Millions and Euro Jackpot.

Biggest jackpots:

n The UK Lottery has raised over £35bn for good causes since its introduction in 1994, funding over 490,000 projects.

Unusual things winners have bought with their lottery millions n A pair of new hips n A firework company n Next door’s house to turn it into a pub n Creating a women’s wrestling comedy TV programme

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£66.1m

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€190m

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$656m of lotteries, with the opportunity to win a sum equal to the jackpot. This is paid out by the lottery services business itself, from insurance held against the risk. As well as eliminating the risk of tickets not being purchased, the insurance model has advantages over the courier service in that it falls under the rules of online gambling, so is a regulated business affording players a higher degree of protection and approved standards of customer service. There is also more flexibility for insurance-based operators to offer sales incentives, such as discounted play costs or combined games offers, which are particularly attractive to players when lotteries increase their price of entry! It was with this model that Annexio ventured into the market 2011, and what an exciting time it was! To us there was clearly a huge opportunity to be taken and we felt we had the skills and vision to make something big happen. That’s been borne out as our business has expanded rapidly. As well as establishing our World Lottery Club brand

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and increasing the game options we offer direct to players, our lottery services are also used by a growing number of multinational affiliate businesses who want to provide their own lotteries to their client base. Although we are only five years old, we’ve already seen some big changes in the market. The pace of technology and the rapid development of new games has seen product offerings taken to a whole new level and the advance of improved cyber security measures. With lottery services now seen as having a place in the mainstream gaming industry, regulation and reputation have become key issues for all operators to consider and are likely to be significant factors into the future. While there are more providers in the lottery services market now, there are still huge opportunities to develop exciting products that will satisfy both the regular player and those who are attracted by the big rollover prizes. As we often witness, it takes just one or two rollovers to see a major surge in traffic to World Lottery Club website – and it’s unlikely that thrill of a potential big win will ever cease!

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“We do not usually spend much time thinking about how the computers that we carry in our pockets are upending our lives”

Forget the gloom: remember what technology has done for you Words: Gillian Tett (FT)

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alf-a-dozen years ago, the American wine critic Antonio Galloni decided to come up with a critical guide to the world’s best wines. If he had tried to do that in the 1990s, he would have had two options: 1. create a (very heavy) encyclopedia; or 2. issue lots of (equally cumbersome) magazines. “Thirty years ago wine knowledge was books and magazines,” Galloni says. No longer. These days, Galloni’s Vinous publication offers 200,000 wine reviews, on a weightless website and app. So, if any subscriber wants to dazzle their companions with expertise, they don’t need to carry an encyclopedia around or chat with a sommelier; they can just take out their smartphone and type in a name. Better still, they can also get that wine review simply by scanning the label with their phone. “Now we can take pieces of technology and pull it all together with a seamless experience, with rigour,” Galloni enthuses. On one level, this is a trivial tale that will only excite wine enthusiasts (or terrify sommeliers). But, on another, it epitomises a pattern that should make us all ponder — teetotal or not. In our everyday existence, TECHNOLOGY

we do not usually spend much time thinking about how the computers that we carry in our pockets are upending our lives. Little wonder: in less than a decade, those powerful computers have become so ubiquitous that we barely notice them (unless the handset or WiFi suddenly breaks down). As a result, when pundits and politicians discuss our world, they rarely mention these tiny miracles; instead, they focus on lofty (and often gloomy) macro themes, such as the sluggish pace of growth, Middle East tragedies, trade protectionism and so on. But when you look at 21st-century history through the lens of modern technology — and the ability to have data on 200,000 wines in our pockets — it starts to look very different. Think, for example, about how we remember 2007. If you ask many business leaders (or FT readers) what was important in that year, they will probably recall the moment when the financial bubble started to burst, sparking the collapse of institutions such as Northern Rock. But, as New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman points out in a forthcoming book, 2007 was also the year that Apple launched the first iPhone, Facebook made a drive to expand beyond non-educational users, Google developed

Android and so on. Nobody really remembers these momentous 2007 events because they were eclipsed by the 2008 financial crisis. Our macro gloom makes us blind to a million pinpoints of light or, more accurately, six billion points of optimism, if you count all the phones now in the world. It is worth sometimes stopping to number all the ways our lives are changing today. Never mind the apps such as Uber, Seamless, Amazon and Kayak that have changed my own domestic juggle. What’s equally striking are all the tales about how connectivity is changing the world in unexpected ways. Take a conversation I had last month with Bill Bratton, former head of the New York City Police Department. Until recently, if a police officer wanted to do a background check on a suspect, it was a time-consuming process. Now, with smartphones, it can be done on the street. Separately, United Nations officials have told me that they are experimenting with social media (and keyword usage) to track the spread of pandemics with great accuracy. And Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are now developing apps with the aim of predicting whether mentally ill people will have a psychotic episode, based on the context of their text messages. I recently watched the movie Lion, starring Dev Patel. It tells the true story of an impoverished rural Indian boy who became separated from his family at the age of five. After travelling thousands of miles to Kolkata, he was adopted in Australia — and seemed permanently lost to his birth family. But then he plugged his toddler memories into the brand new Google Earth app and now, two decades later, he is reunited with his mother. In listing these startling stories I do not want to ignore the dark side: connectivity creates huge social, economic and political challenges too. But the next time you have dinner with friends, try playing a game: collectively list all the changes unleashed by those tiny connected computers in our hands. The roll-call might leave you marvelling — especially over a nice bottle of wine. agenda

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26, Furman Close, Onchan £370,000 Modern detached 4 bedroom house offering spacious well laid out family accommodation. The property is situated within a quiet cul-de-sac location and from the first floor there are superb distant sea views towards Douglas. There is a large South facing lawned garden with an extensive decked area.

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WHOSE BRIGHT IDEA WAS IT TO GET AN EXTENSION? The 10 stages of getting the builders in Words Clare Bowie

You are so excited! This extension/ sunroom/new bathroom idea is fantastic, it’s going to look so great, it will enhance your life in ways you never even expected and everything will be wonderful. Ahh! Your mind is already awash with colour charts and cushions. Ok, so I’ll just give the builders a quick call; SEVENTEEN times before anyone answers! Still, this must be a good sign; they are clearly busy and therefore thorough, workaholic perfectionists. Obvs. You finally get through and they arrange to come in 2 weeks. You feel a little deflated because you had hoped to have it all done and dusted by Christmas (serves you right for sniggering every time someone says that on Grand Designs).

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The day arrives when they said they’d come. The day departs and it’s a case of no-show Mo-Fo! You send them a quick text and they casually reply to say they are on holiday, whhhaatt?

They finally come and tell you it will cost 4 times your budget and take twice as long as you’d expected, but you’re broken now from all the waiting so you agree because you’re just so grateful that they came (into your house in their muddy boots – deep breaths). They now own you, your radio and your house and they test and stretch your patience in a way that only a toddler can. In fact, they display striking similarities to those of a toddler. They are noisy, make a mess, totally ignore everything you say, make false promises, eat all your biscuits, spend all your money and take their clothes off in public. Sure, they can dry-line a wall and tile a roof

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Cowley Groves are delighted to offer this substantial contemporary detached residence situated in a riverside location offering tranquillity and privacy. The property comprises of five excellent size bedrooms, an elevated lounge with bay window overlooking a private decking area, river and waterfall. There is a stunning modern kitchen with a full height ceiling and ample living space offering the property a real family hub ideal for entertaining that opens into a large conservatory which accesses a beautiful decked terrace stretching the entire length of the property and looks over the Foxdale River. In addition to the generous space on offer there is ample parking for three vehicles plus a large double garage. The position of Riverside Lodge is only truly appreciated upon viewing, the peaceful location and sound of running water to the rear is rarely found alongside a practical property with such proportions.

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MAKE DARK ROOMS BRIGHTER 5 TIPS FOR MAKING DARK ROOMS BRIGHTER 1. Any room can be made to feel brighter simply by painting the ceiling white, so it reflects light instead of absorbing it, and, of course, the walls too. Specialist emulsions can help even more. Dulux Ultra White Matt emulsion is not only a really white white (unlike most pure brilliant white emulsions, which are off-white), it’s also 20 times tougher than standard Dulux emulsion. Most importantly, Ultra White contains special light-reflective particles that reflect up to twice as much light back into the room as standard Dulux emulsion. For soft, subtle colours, try Dulux Light + Space Matt emulsions, which contain the same lightreflective particles. North-facing rooms are most challenging to decorate because the natural light is cold. For this reason, avoid cold colours and stick to warm ones, such as yellows and creamy neutrals. 2. One of the best ways to brighten up a kitchen is with pale - preferably white - highgloss unit doors, as these bounce light around the room. High-gloss kitchens never seem to go out of fashion, so glossy doors are a great way to update the room and needn’t be expensive. In any dark room, but especially kitchens and

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bathrooms, it’s important to have good artificial lighting because you may need it on when it’s light outside. 3. In other rooms, consider going for glossy or mirrored furniture, and hanging mirrors on the walls - opposite a window will maximise the light coming in and make the room feel bigger. And don’t forget the floor - white-painted floorboards, or shiny white floor tiles in kitchens and bathrooms, will help to bounce light around. 4. Replacing, enlarging or adding windows can make a big difference to how light a room is, but it’s an expensive and disruptive solution to the problem, and planning rules can restrict what you do. Changing the window treatment is usually much cheaper - swap fussy curtains for sleek roller blinds, for example, and you’ll let in more light. 5. Another radical solution is to remove a wall. Knocking two rooms into one usually gives the new room more windows and it may get sunlight for most of the day if, say, it’s now both east facing (morning sun) and west facing (evening sun).

5 TIPS FOR GOOD LIGHTING 1. Lighting should be at three levels in a room - the floor, walls and ceiling, so think about all three. Plan your scheme in advance - if you’re having electrical work done, make sure the sockets are fitted where you want your table and floor lamps, for example. 2. Lighting can be much more creative and useful than just an overhead light in each room. In bedrooms, do you want wall lights over the bed for reading, or will bedside lamps do? Don’t forget wall lights in the bathroom, perhaps for creating a relaxing atmosphere when you’re soaking in the tub, and on either side of the mirror for shaving and applying makeup. An illuminated mirror is another option. 3. Target lighting, especially in kitchens, can be both practical and attractive. Consider fitting statement pendant lights low over a kitchen island unit or dining table for a fantastic feature and, often, a softer way to light the room than with spotlights. If you enjoy cooking, lights to illuminate the kitchen worktops (fitted under the wall units) may work well, and think about having strip lights

along the wall units and/or kick boards for a dramatic effect. 4. If you’re doing major building work, such as an extension or loft conversion, you may be surprised how early you need to decide on the position of everything electrical and the number of sockets, spotlights, switches, etc. In both extensions and loft conversions, recessed spotlights are often fitted throughout and although they’re not the cheapest, it’s a good idea to request LED bulbs. LEDs are much cheaper to run than conventional bulbs and usually last much longer. 5. In rooms with lots of recessed spotlights, ask your electrician to zone them so each zone (sitting area, kitchen, dining area, etc) is on a different switch, which will give you more flexibility and control. You may also want dimmer switches so, again, the lighting’s fully controllable and you don’t have to sit and relax in bright overhead light. Another thing to consider is the colour of the LED bulbs because it will make a big difference to the overall effect - We recommend warm white bulbs for a cosy glow.

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If you can cook, you’re a step closer to wife material apparently. But what’s a good man if he’s brain dead? In honour of our theme this month, I thought I’d take a little look at what foods can boost a man’s brain power and make him a bright spark. Science tells us that due to the way they are genetically and physically built, men have the capacity to drink more alcohol, and need a higher amount of calories in a day than women. In turn, it’s believed that certain foods and the vitamins and natural ingredients they are made up of can help the male brain in greater ways than that of a female. Some of you may be rolling your eyes right now, but we’ll leave the whole ‘our diet has been assigned according to gender by society’ argument for another month.

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Looking after your body is something you can do in a number of ways. Exercise helps your mind and body stay fitter, the right products and lifestyle can keep your skin youthful, but when it comes to your brain function there’s something different. Many studies have shown that antioxidants, vitamins B and E, minerals, omega-4 fatty acids and polyphenols can help protect your brain.

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SALMON:

A food that every gym goer, personal trainer, or anyone with an Instagram account will know to be a superfood is salmon. It’s argued to be the highest quality protein you can feed your brain, as it is the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA which allow for healthy brain structure and optimal brain function. There is a slight catch to this, however. The salmon you pick up in the supermarket, unless stated otherwise, is more often than not farmed, meaning it has a higher calorie, fat and saturated fat content than wild salmon does because of how it’s reared. So if you want to treat your brain, scope out the best wild salmon. I can only assume that M&S is the best place to find such a prestige item.

AVOCADO :

You’ll all be extremely happy to know that the one food item that has totally blown up since Instagram took it hostage and posted endless pictures of it prettily sliced sitting on top of toast, is full of monounsaturated fats that promote healthy bloodflow in the brain. Yes, the humble avocado that anyone and everyone goes mad for is full of brain friendly nutrients such as potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin E and C, and copper. B vitamins are said to be stress relieving, which keeps brain cells and nerves healthy. It’s no wonder all those power suit city workers are scarfing them every chance they get.

WALNUTS:

These little guys, that actually look like little wrinkly brains if you look at them the right way, are the best kind of nut to keep you from going, well, nuts. Packed full of amino acids, minerals, they are great for maintaining brain health. Their vital ingredients, however, are vitamins B and E, which are said to help prevent cognitive decline. The polyphenols found in them, which are antiinflammatory and antioxidant plant compounds, act as a form of protective micronutrients, as the brain can be vulnerable to damaging oxidation and inflammation.

BLUEBERRIES:

These little guys get their blue hue from the anti-inflammatory plant pigments called anthocynasis, which are amazing from brain health. Studies have shown that blueberries reverse the signs of aging in the brain, help repair and protect cells, and improve memory. Full of glucose, the brains essential fuel, and antioxidants, they’re a great thing to include in your day to day diet. Pile them onto porridge, put them in a salad or cheat and load them into muffin and pancakes to justify your healthy cheat meal.

DARK CHOCOLATE:

Another sweet treat, in moderation of course, that is high in plant antioxidants called flavanols is dark chocolate. These flavanols dilate blood vessels, thus allowing more oxygen and blood to reach the key areas of your brain. Dark chocolate can help fight fatigue and the effects of aging, having been shown to boost mood, focus and alertness. Howver, before you start swapping your desk draw treats for blocks od Bourneville, remember that it’s the high cacao content stuff – about 72% or greater – that doesn’t make a massive dent in your daily sugar intake. Keep an eye on the labels of those dark chocolate bars that claim to be the healthy treat you need, but are really no better than trusty dairy milk.

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until my move to the Isle of Man five years ago, that I felt a sudden pang of guilt as I pulled it from the bottom of the drawer, still in its plastic wrapper, as good as new. I still didn’t write in it, but I packed it in my suitcase regardless, most likely out of fear that he would find out I wasn’t the super organised twelve-year-old he thought I had been for the best part of a decade. Now, at this point you’ve probably forgotten that this column is supposed to be about cocktails, bartending and related, if you hadn’t you’re almost certainly wondering how the devil I’m going to tie this up. Well, if you’re sitting comfortably, I’ll begin.   Whilst preparing for the opening of bath & bottle, I had inevitably taken to reading through blogs and cocktail books in search of ideas and inspiration. A couple of days before we were due to open, I came across the following piece of advice from seasoned pro Jeffery Morgenthaler; “And reach for a book that I’ve kept in my back pocket for the past six years: a Moleskin Address Book that contains every drink recipe I deem worthwhile.”  

In the interests of keeping things sentimental, here’s the recipe for the very first entry into my book; the ‘Bee’s Knees’. My version is a suitably potent interpretation of the prohibition classic that was originally created to mask the unpleasant odour of ‘bathtub’ gin. Ingredients: n 50ml Plymouth Navy Strength Gin n 25ml Lemon juice n 25ml Manx honey   Method: n Shake all ingredients over cubed ice n Double strain into a chilled glass Garnish with a lemon t

I have continued to fill the book with every worthwhile recipe over the course of the last five years, with a second – less sentimental – copy residing behind the bath & bottle bar to this day, for the bar staff to consult when a drink they’ve never heard of is inevitably ordered from a menu four years previous. I’m sure Mr Morgenthaler won’t happen to find himself on the Isle of Man in the month of November, nor pick up a copy of this magazine, but I would like to thank the man I have never met for solving the sixteen-year-old mystery of how to utilise that well intended gift that had lay so unloved for so long and for providing me with the most useful tool I own. ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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Workshop assists Great Taste Award entrants The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) is again encouraging local food and drink producers to enter the industry’s top accolades by holding a free workshop explaining the process. The Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food and sponsored by such leading names as Aga, Harrods and Selfridges & Co, are the Oscars of the food world. Via its Food Matters strategy, DEFA aims to grow the value of the food and drink industry by £50 million. Last year for the first time, as part of the strategy, DEFA ran a workshop explaining the entry process to producers. The Island went on to win a record 26 awards, putting it firmly ‘on the map’ for food and drink. Just 3,539 awards were made throughout the British Isles. The Department will repeat the workshop ahead of entries opening for the 2017 awards, the session taking place at DEFA’s headquarters at St John’s on Wednesday 16th November at 6.30pm.

To register, contact Audrey Fowler, Marketing Officer at DEFA, via Audrey. Fowler@gov.im or 01624 685856. To find out more about the Great Taste Awards, visit www.gff.co.uk/awards/ great-taste-awards/

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BRIGHT THE WINE IN YOUR GLASS SHOULD BE BRIGHT AND CLEAR. TO ACHIEVE THIS END RESULT, THE WINE GOES THROUGH MANY PROCESSES BEFORE BOTTLING. AFTER THE FIRST PRESSING, THE JUICE IS CLOUDY. FOLLOWING THE FERMENTATION, THE WINE IS ALLOWED TO REST AND THE SEDIMENT SINKS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE VAT. THIS SEDIMENT IS KNOWN AS THE LEES, AND SOME WINEMAKERS LIKE TO STIR THIS INTO THE WINE FROM TIME TO TIME TO ADD TEXTURE AND FRESHNESS TO THE WINE. Muscadet sur Lie Domaine Langlois-Chateau (£10.45) is a perfect example – sur lie means on the lees, and this has a wonderful fresh, crisp character. Only 12.5% abv, it is great on its own or try with a bowl of mussels. Once the sediment has settled the wine is carefully transferred from one vat to another leaving the sediment behind. The wine is now clear but not bright and may still contain substances or particles that could cause an unwanted secondary fermentation in the bottle. There are three clarification processes; fining, filtration and cold stabilisation. Filtration ensures that unwanted particles are removed. The size of the pores determines how harsh the filtration is. For mass produced wines, nothing will be allowed through to ensure there can be no product recall. Some smaller producers choose not to filter and will simply rack the wine carefully until they are happy with the clarity. During the ageing process, these wines will develop a harmless sediment. Gentle decanting is all the wine needs, or

even just careful pouring especially when you reach the last glass. An unfiltered wine would normally be labelled as such, to warn you keep it upright before drinking or to decant. The wines from Chateau Musar in Lebanon are produced using minimal intervention and are generally bottled unfiltered. The unwooded young wine, Musar Jeune is a characterful red, with mellow fruit flavours and a soft finish. Drink on its own or try with Mediterranean style dishes. £11.95 Cold stabilisation is another way to clarify wines but one that many smaller producers prefer not to use because it can affect the aromas and flavours of a wine. It involves chilling the wine to -4 degrees Celsius and holding it at that temperature for a week. Wine contains tartrates and when white wine is chilled, tartrate crystals form in the bottle. By chilling the wine in tank before bottling, the excess tartrates precipitate out and the wine can be bottled with no danger of crystals forming when

placed in a fridge. As with the sediment, these crystals are harmless and will always sink to the bottom. If anything, they are a sign of a wine made as naturally as possible and should not be regarded as a fault or a problem. Fining is the third method of clarification and this leaves the wine clear and bright. A substance is passed through the wine and attracts particles, which then fall to the bottom of the vat. Common materials used are egg white, which is used to reduce any astringent tannins as well as clarification and bentonite, which is used mainly for general clarification. Using bentonite means the wine can be labelled as suitable for vegetarians and vegans, something that is growing in demand. I Gadi Pinot Grigio £8.45 A delicious fresh, crisp and dry Italian white suitable for vegetarians and vegans. A wine for any occasion, to be enjoyed on its own or with pasta and salads. Using one or all of these clarification methods ensures your glass of wine looks bright, clear and appealing. This is the first indicator of quality so it is worth taking a look at your glass before tasting - if the wine does not appear bright, it is possible there could be a fault.

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SIMPLY CHAR-VELLOUS If you thought charcoal was only useful for starting barbecues, think again. The black stuff is the beauty industry’s hottest ingredient right now, but we’re not talking the same bricks you buy at B&Q. Activated charcoal is produced with a special heating technique that causes the substance to become porous, meaning it can be used to trap chemicals.

THIS IS BEAUTY AT THE COAL FACE... GLOBAL GLOW Formulated with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, Japanese green tea and fair trade Kenyan tea tree oil, The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face Mask, £15, sloughs off dead skin gently, the chunky 100% vegan mask soothing even the most sensitive skin (www.thebodyshop.com).

SEND POLLUTION PACKING Designed to counteract the effects of pollution, Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel, £18, uses bamboo charcoal to draw out impurities, while glycerin leaves skin feeling soothed and moisturised (www. clinique.co.uk).

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he race now in its seventh year takes on a new route each year, the course only being revealed to competitors the night before. Competitors receive a guide book and a map and have to use this to navigate their way around the unmarked course visiting a number of checkpoints along the way. This year’s race started in St John’s with a Mountain bike stage heading east to Archallagan plantation where competitors completed a short Mountain Bike Orienteering special stage before continuing on through South Barrule and Corlea plantations to Cringle Reservoir. At the reservoir a further special stage awaited in the form of crossing the reservoir by kayak to reach a checkpoint before returning to the bikes and the Eary Cushlin transition. Bikes were left behind as competitors then ran the Raad ny Foillan coastal footpath via Cronk Ny Aree Laa and Fleshwick to Bradda head and to Milner’s tower and the final special stage which involved a rope descent from the top of the tower before the sprint to the finish on the sand outside the Bay Hotel on Port Erin beach. www.facebook.com IsleOfManAdventureRace/

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Local athlete Brandon Cain is heading to Austria for six months to train and compete in European snowboarding events, with the support of Sure.

Nedbank Private Wealth-sponsored cyclist, Owen Dudley, has concluded a successful racing year by signing for a professional cycling team. After an impressive 2016 season, Owen has signed a contract with the international cycling team Zappi Racing for the 2017 season.

The 18 year old is a member of the British snowboardcross junior squad and his time in Austria will be spent training with the British team and competing in European competitions. Sure has provided Brandon with a phone to use while he is in Austria, enabling him to stay in touch with family and friends back home in the island. Brandon Cain is the 12-time Manx BMX champion and has been ninth in the UK rankings for BMX racing, so he has plenty of experience of extreme sports. He has been snowboarding for around six years and is excited about the new challenge he is about to face.

The 18-year-old Manx cyclist will move to Italy next year to train and compete with his new team mates. It is the high point of a marvellous season for Owen. “Moving to Italy will be a great opportunity for me and a life experience in itself,” said Owen. “I’m incredibly excited and hoping to gain more than just cycling experience. I want to go out there and prove to myself, my sponsors and bigger teams that I can get results in some of the most valued under-23 bike races in Europe and have what it takes to reach the next step in my career as a professional athlete.

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LOCAL GYM SHORTLISTED FOR TOP INDUSTRY AWARD Warehouse Fitness, a ladies only gymnasium and wellness centre in Douglas, has been shortlisted for a prestigious fitness industry award, beating off strong competition to make the finals. The gym has been shortlisted in the Ladies Only category at the National Fitness Awards, an annual event which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the UK. It is the first time ever that a gym from the Island has reached the finals. The awards are organised by leading fitness industry magazine Workout, with support from headline sponsor ServiceSport, and in each category up to seven finalists have been selected. Applicants go through an initial vetting and assessment process and are visited by a member of the Workout team who will take a look around the facilities and chat to members and staff before

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compiling a comprehensive report, which will then be passed on to an expert judging panel to decide the lucky winners. The range of facilities offered by Warehouse Fitness, which include a wide range of cardio and strength training equipment, the largest range of classes available on the Island, a spa, and its close association with Salon Rouge and Little Diamonds Nursery, were instrumental in helping the gym reach the finals. Trophies will be handed out at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday December 2 at The Athena in Leicester, which will be hosted by boxing world champion Ricky Hatton and award winning personal trainer and star of The Apprentice Katie Bulmer-Cooke. For more information on Warehouse Fitness call 679419 or email info@warehousefitness.co.uk ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE


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CATERHAM HAS LAUNCHED ITS FIRST CAR PERSONALISATION PROGRAMME, MARKING THE EVENT BY CREATING AN EXCLUSIVE SEVEN DESIGNED BY THE FAMOUS DEPARTMENT STORE, HARRODS. The special edition car showcases the wide variety of options that can be specified by customers through the new programme. Buyers can choose from a breadth of paint colours and designs, as well as different dashboard materials and interior styling pieces. The Harrods special edition car is priced at £55,999. Based upon Caterham’s high-

performance 420S, it is finished in Harrods green with a white and gold pinstripe combination. The changes are more than skin-deep, however, as even the chassis has been powder-coated in gold. Inside, the car’s seats are trimmed in brown leather, with the Harrods name embroidered on the head rests. There’s even the Harrods ‘H’ moniker on the gear knob.

David Ridley, Caterham’s chief commercial officer, said: “The Caterham Seven has always been one of the easiest cars on the road to personalise, because every car is hand-built and bespoke for each customer. The Harrods Seven has gone on sale in the Harrods store in Knightsbridge, while the Caterham Signature programme is now open to orders.

THE NEW LAND ROVER DISCOVERY HAS BEEN UNVEILED, FEATURING SEVEN FULL-SIZED ADULT SEATS AND AN UPDATED EXTERIOR DESIGN. The fifth generation of the 4×4 has been designed with families in mind while also keeping the all-terrain capability the model is well known for. Therefore, there are nine USB ports and in-car Wi-Fi, as well as an intelligent full-time fourwheel-drive system and off-road driving assistance technology.

Its new aluminium construction saves an impressive 480kg from the outgoing model, with 85% of the body made from the lightweight material. The exterior design has been overhauled to bring the new Discovery in line with the rest of the Land Rover range, but the overall shape is familiar. Trademark features such as the stepped roofline remain, while the narrow headlights and grille are familiar from existing cars such as Discovery Sport and Evoque.

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MATT LEBLANC WILL RETURN AS HOST FOR THE NEXT SERIES OF TOP GEAR, THE BBC HAS CONFIRMED. The former Friends actor will join motoring journalists and Extra Gear hosts Chris Harris and Rory Reid as main hosts, while Sabine Schmitz, Eddie Jordan and The Stig will make regular appearances. LeBlanc proved popular with audiences when he co-hosted the last series of the

revamped motoring show alongside former host Chris Evans, and has now signed a two-series deal with the BBC. Series 24 of Top Gear will be on UK screens on BBC Two next year. Claire Pizey will be executive director, while Alex Renton will be series editor.

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AMERICAN MEDIA COMPANY LIBERTY MEDIA IS TAKING CONTROL OF FORMULA ONE, FOLLOWING A £5.9 BILLION DEAL WITH THE SPORT’S PARENT COMPANY DELTA TOPCO.

A statement, released by Liberty Media, confirmed that it would be taking an 18.7% stake in the company, in conjunction with majority shareholders CVC. The stake is worth £559 million, with the entire process due to be completed in time for the 2017 season.

AN ALARMING NUMBER OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HAVE ADMITTED TO USING THEIR MOBILE PHONES WHILE BEHIND THE WHEEL, AS WELL AS SPEEDING AND DRINK DRIVING.

According to a survey of 2,313 young Europeans commissioned by Ford, 43% said they had sent texts while driving, while 38% used apps and 36% answered phone calls. An additional 60% said they break the speed limit, while 13% had admitted to drink driving. Comparatively, of those who left school at 18, 45% said they speed, 9% admitted to drink driving and 41% claimed to use their phone behind the wheel. These findings come in light of earlier research from the World Health Organisation and the European Road Safety Observatory that found car crashes are the leading cause of death among young people. BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

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Walkies might not be as long now the cold and dark of autumn has set in, but your pooch can still get their dose of fresh air with a light-up collar. Designed with poor weather conditions and darkness in mind, the collar sits over fur, and is charged up via a USB port and perhaps more importantly, given the amount of rain we get, is splash-proof. There's a range of light options available, from flashing to constant so your dog will remain visible.

Unless your home is flooded by natural daylight or benefits from plenty of electrical help, putting on make-up, plucking or shaving on dark mornings can easily mean nicks and clown-like rosy cheeks. This is where a light-up mirror comes into its own. Fitted with a sensor, this pack-down travel sized mirror from Simplehuman illuminates on close contact and adjusts its brightness according to the environment, meaning you have a more natural finish. If you can bear the close-up, the mirror magnifies x10 so you can really get a true reflection of your face. To charge, you just plug it in to the USB, but the long battery span means you'll only need to do this every five weeks or so.

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:: SLEEP LIKE A BABY Aloka Sleepy Light, £39.95, www.mothercare.com This gizmo will brighten up your baby's bedtime. Using 12 soft colours, the LED lights work through a cycle which can be changed using the accompanying remote control. You can adjust the brightness - there's four different settings and a dimmer - to your baby's needs, as well as scheduling multi-coloured displays to help your little one sleep. Once your child grows out of the light sequences, you can use the white light on a fixed mode as a reading lamp.

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Whether you cycle, run or just want to be seen while out and about after dark, this light pack will ensure others are aware of your presence. If you don't already have a Triviz bag or jacket to secure the pack onto, you can buy a harness (RRP £9.99) to display it, either by fastening the harness over a small to medium rucksack or just wearing it on top of your fitness clothes. Once it's on, it's comfortable, and importantly for longer workouts, weighs very little at just 74g. Charged by USB, the lights come in three colours - blue, yellow and red - and are flicked on by the button on the middle of the triangle. On a test run, the constant mode (there's also a steady flashing cycle and a fast flashing cycle) was my favourite, but all emit a good level of light.

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Winter wonders from an exceptional jeweller. A 10.41 faceted pear cut Aquamarine set in 18 white gold with 1.24 of sparkling diamonds. This unning pendant and chain can also be worn as a atement brooch.

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November 2016 | the BRIGHT issue  
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