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mmmmm icons. The interpretation of a visual symbol and its affects on people is fascinating!

Everyone has their own beliefs, their own values and life loves. Each person’s idols are built on whatever framework they were born with. An icon represents a system in culture (or pop culture). The associated meaning can be derived and manipulated to convey a message or a standpoint. In the Isle of Man, we have places like Peel Castle, Castle Rushen and King Orry’s grave to represent our historical roots, the three legs of man and the TT, representing our prowess and our strength, the sacred Fairy Bridge to represent our mythical culture, and so much more… This month, we have iconic cars, an iconic Manxman on a Viking quest, iconic events, iconic holiday hotspots and iconic celebs; so naturally, we managed to fit Marilyn into the fold! We never neglect a just cause, so we’re covering one of the Mayor’s chosen charities, Tabitha’s Trust, and its very special mission. There’s a page to give you the low down on iconic festivals, from the Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert, Navada, to La Route du Rock in St. Malo, France, where this year’s line up features Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, the Local Natives and lots more. We’ve fallen to our knees in hope of continued good weather too with this month’s recipes; homemade pink champagne ice-lollies and praline and chocolate ice cream Mmmmm! Enjoy the rest of the summer! Until next month… SR

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WORDS | Tanya Humbles

PHOTOGRAPHER | Matt Mousur

CAPTAIN | (Manx Man) - Carl Smith

HEAD CONCIERGE | Guy Brundrett

Speaking as somebody who makes their living arranging words, there’s a lot to be said for the visual shorthand provided by the world of iconography.  Letters are great at being stuck together and then arranged to make up Moby Dick or the the instructions for a lawnmower, but sometimes we need a form of communication that is simpler and more direct, like a symbol that means ‘toilet’ or a way to do a sexy wink at somebody using your mobile phone.

Japanese has symbols for things like ‘bamboo forest full of ninjas’ and ‘horny octopus’, whereas European alphabets merely represent a series of confusing mouth-sounds.  Imagine the difficulty of rapidly explaining ‘poisonous mushroom diarrhoea’ to the Roman ambassador and you have the perfect conditions for the development for a vast auxiliary vocabulary of signs and symbols. Admittedly it took a while to get where we are today.  Even a hundred years ago people still got most of their information from gigantic broadsheet newspapers, and the most widespread use of iconography outside toilet identification probably would have been on maps, helping people locate waterfalls and also French shops that sell pipe tobacco and stamps.  This state of affairs continued more or less uninterrupted until the most significant event in the history of icons since a spate of mummy attacks prompted ancient Egyptians to simultaneously invent both danger signs and the comic strip.  This occasion was the invention of the graphical user interface for the home computer, developed by researchers at Xerox but brought to mass attention by the launch of the original Macintosh OS and its inbred latecomer cousin, Windows. In a flash, computers went from complicated boxes programmed with command line text by nerds to complicated boxes controlled via the visual desktop by nerds. After another ten or fifteen years (required to drop the price of Macs and create a version of Windows that didn’t stink) regular people got in on the act too.  The language of icons had begun a journey that would take it beyond elite technology to a world where children learn what the recycle bin does before they’re able to write their own names. Computers aren’t entirely responsible, as their evolution from ‘fancy calculators’ to ‘essential work tools’ and/or ‘self aware drone pilots’ happened at the same time as similar revolutions in globalised media and marketing, but their domination of every area of modern communication has helped stamp the universal language of the icon into our outdated alphabetical brains. Ironically, some of the examples I’ve collected here still remain confusing enough to demonstrate we’re not quite at ’horny octopus’ level just yet. SAVE ME! To people under the age of thirty, the pixellated symbol for ‘save this document before I accidentally lean on the keyboard and delete everything’ probably makes as much sense as the radiation symbol would to a mediaeval jester. Is it a microwave on a table? A pile of boxes? An abstract drawing of a robot? No, it’s a floppy disk. Ask your dad and he’ll tell you they were unreliable, noisy and you needed at least five of them to store the install files for Doom or a low-resolution scan of the latest issue of Razzle.

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE COMPUTER ICON, BY TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT JAY PEGG

THE HANDSET CUCUMBER OF SPEECH Look at your fancy iPhone - what’s that weird green thing in the bottom left supposed to mean? Is it a rogue moustache? A banana with a bite out? A sleeping pod for a tiny space soldier? Actually it’s what phones used to look like, and still do in communist countries, tourist call boxes and my office.  I suppose it matches the universal gesture of ‘Make phone handset by extending thumb and little finger. Wave near face’ - as we don’t yet have a better shorthand for ‘I can’t be bothered to speak with you right now. Call me. I won’t pick up.’   ILLUSTRATION: RUSS ATKINSON

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Larry Pimentel, President of Azamara Club Cruises, made it abundantly clear that I would be on board for this cruise! So there is method in our madness.”

IT’S LIKE TV, ONLY JERKIER If digital video were correctly rendered as a universal symbol it would most likely be as a chubby Korean man doing a funny dance, not an idealised representation of what TVs looked like when they had three channels and produced enough radiation to melt grandma if she got too close. Perhaps the icon is supposed to evoke the golden age of entertainment, when the whole family gathered round the box to collectively enjoy ‘Charlie bit my finger’ and clips of Hitler ranting about the difficulty of finding a parking space at St Aubin.

Gallery: How did all of this come about? Captain Carl: “The IoM Department of Tourism approached us with suggestions for a Manx menu and for the supply of Manx produce. Quite often, we buy local produce when we dock. We’ve gone with some Manx beef, Manx lamb, some Manx cheeses, Manx ice cream and some Manx beer, Manx queenies and Manx kippers. I was born and bred a farmer, we had a lot of spuds, roast beef, roast lamb, I love my kippers, I also spent two years working in a Manx fish yard!”

YOU’VE GOT MAIL Once upon a time, the use of a paper envelope to signify electronic mail probably provided a folksy reassurance to people who feared the cold hands of the machine around the fragile neck of human communication. Nowadays, the only things you receive in a paper envelope are ricin and unusually large phone bills, so the envelope icon is the equivalent of the symbol for ‘surgeon’ being a grinning pirate with a rusty hacksaw. 

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WEATHER OR NOT In theory, these should be one of the few symbols that transcend human language.  Surely the one thing that binds our species together is the mutual ability to look at your phone and tell whether rain is coming or not. Well, you know how they say the Eskimos have over hundred words for snow? They don’t, but British weather forecasters would certainly benefit from a hundred icons for slightly different kinds of rain. Is that ‘sun then rain then sun’ or perhaps ‘sun during rain, but still cold’ or just ‘Glastonbury festival’? I don’t know, but I’ve never understood why the symbolic wind man doesn’t just leave his umbrella in the car. 

VIKING CRUISE

RECYCLOPATH If a real bin was like recycle bin, it would have a cheery little lid, an unobtrusive presence and a capacity so bottomless that you forget to empty it, only realising too late that protruding out from beneath a layer of cold pasta and yesterday’s newspaper is a curious object that swiftly reveals itself to be the tip of a gigantic motherlode of embarrassing pornography.

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allery was invited for a tour of the bridge and an interview with the only Manxman to currently captain a cruise ship. Captain Carl Smith gave us some time to answer a couple of questions before heading onshore to revel in a few Island excursions with his passengers.

THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH When I die, my wish is that my tombstone will not be carved with a cross, star or other religious symbol but of the holy trinity of death in the information age - the crashed iPod, the frozen hourglass and the mocking rainbow beachball of doom.  To me, they perfectly symbolise the nature of mortality: sudden, unpredictable and incredibly infuriating when you’re trying to sign off on a PowerPoint presentation.  The ghost of movement in the hated hourglass mocks us, teasing with the possibility that we may escape fate and come to live again - like Lazarus or the footnotes for the annual report I spent the entire weekend writing. Damn you to hell, accursed beachball, although if by the time I die there’s the possibility of a reboot via Ctrl-Alt-Delete, feel free to ignore everything I’ve just said and depress my scroll wheel until I rise from the grave like an extra in the Thriller video.

Following our sea taxi to the ship, we were introduced to our guide, Head Concierge, Guy Brundrett, who - as it happens - had worked on the Island at Ronaldsway Airport five years ago. We asked him if he missed working at the airport and he replied: “I’ve traveled the world in the last four years, literally everywhere. I’ve met some fantastic people, both passengers and crew over that time, and plan on staying in my current job for a long time. The airport was a great introduction to a customer service role, but being at sea is where I belong.”

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Gallery: What’s it like coming back to the Isle of Man then?

ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY 13TH JULY, THE AZAMARA QUEST MOORED IN DOUGLAS BAY. A FEW BLASTS FROM THE CRUISE SHIPS HORN WOKE UP THE WHOLE OF DOUGLAS AS IT SAID HELLO TO THE MANANNAN LEAVING THE BAY TO SAIL TO LIVERPOOL. THE LUXURY CRUISE SHIP ARRIVED OVERNIGHT FOLLOWING THEIR WEATHER BEATEN TWO-DAY VOYAGE FROM ICELAND. SOME 650 FORTUNATE PASSENGERS – PREDOMINANTLY AMERICANS, CANADIANS, A FEW OZZIES - AND 410 CREW FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WERE ONBOARD.

Well, you know how they say the Eskimos have over hundred words for snow? They don’t, but British weather forecasters would certainly benefit from a hundred icons for slightly different kinds of rain

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Captain Carl: “I’ll be attending several of the excursions that are going out around the Island, saying hello and giving them my opinion of where we are. We’re going to Cregneash, on a walk along the chasms down to The Sound. I’ll be following them and coming back to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, we have hired the whole steam train for around 160 guests and some crew to head down to Castletown for the tin boat races, because we’re taking part. It’s going to be a bit of fun for everyone.”

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Captain Carl: “For me, it’s a wonderful feeling. At the moment, I live in the Czech Republic with my wife and my kids and it’s a land-locked country.” Gallery: Are you looking forward to seeing your family? Captain Carl: “Yes, very, very much so. We came across to the Island a few weeks ago and I left them over here to get aboard the ship. We lived here together for seven years and got married in Peel.”

Guy treated us to breakfast before giving us a full tour of the ship. Here’s what Captain Carl had to say: Gallery: Tell us about you. Captain Carl: “I’m from Peel. Born and bred on the Isle of Man and I’m a farm boy really! I’ve still got a place in Peel here. I came to sea at 16 - nearly 20 years ago - joined Shell oil tankers who are based down in Castletown for seven years and then went to work for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for a little bit. Then, I worked for a management company here in Douglas on banana boats, bringing them in from South America. I’ve been on cruise ships for the last 14 years. For the last six years, I’ve been with Azamara. Honestly, with this many years at sea, I really feel like I’m a square peg in a square hole. We’ve got fantastic itineraries, the best crew in the world, the ships are beautiful and we can

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THE AZAMARA QUEST LEFT MANX WATERS ON SATURDAY EVENING WHILST PASSENGERS ENJOYED A MANX MENU BUFFET STYLE MEAL. get into these tiny little ports, like the Isle of Man.”

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Gallery: Why the Isle of Man? Captain Carl: “It was put in for me. It fitted in with the general theme of this cruise: The Vikings! We’re visiting all of the Viking homelands. We started in Copenhagen in Denmark, went to Norway, Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and Iceland and then down to the Isle of Man, so it is all in keeping if you will. ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE

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WORDS | Hannah Goodby – H.G. Equestrian

Equestrian and fashion? Two words not usually heard in tandem! Intrigued? Well, with Equestrianism you tend to think horse poo, straw and unflattering footwear! Fashion you think style, trend, celebrities and other glitterati! Equestrian sport has never really been renowned for being glamorous, until now.

The Musee des Egous offers tourists an opportunity to explore the labrynthine sewer system underneath Paris. First built in 1370, the sewer was not fully developed until the late 19th century and its network of tunnels sprawls some 1,500 miles. The tour explores the history of the tunnels as well as giving tourists the opportunity to learn about water treatment methods and view some of the sewer’s working water treatment machinery. You’ll be able to see sewage running through the sewer underneath the walkways, if that sort of thing floats your boat, but it’s really the opportunity to experience a side of Paris that largely goes unseen that makes this such an interesting place to visit. Just wash your hands on the way out.

‘Hunter’ wellies burst on to the catwalk as the next big thing coming in every colour available followed closely by the ‘Barbour’ jacket.

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FORGET YOUR EIFFEL TOWERS, TIMES SQUARES AND LEANING TOWERS OF PISA, THIS MONTH GALLERY’S TAKING A LOOK AT SIX OF THE BEST ODDBALL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS FROM LAS VEGAS TO, ER, TURKMENISTAN…

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At the time, UK car manufacturing had a much more diverse production base and beside the behemoths of that decade - BMC, Ford, Rootes, Standard-Triumph and Vauxhall - a myriad of smaller operations turned over almost bespoke items with names such as Ashley, Berkeley, Elva, Peel Engineering, Rochdale, Tornado and Warwick.

TOKYO

MEGURO PARASITOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Though many failed to see out the end of the decade, the design and engineering skill in constructing these pioneering paradigms of motoring was exceptionally unforgettable.

If blood-sucking beasties are your thing, a visit to the Meguro Parasitological Museum is essential should you ever find yourself in Tokyo. The museum was founded by Satioru Kamegai in 1953 as a research facility and offers an impressive, and often disgusting, range of parasite specimens and other exhibits. The museum urges visitors to ‘think about parasites without a feeling of fear’, although that’s easier said than done when you consider that their star attraction is a 28 foot-long tapeworm recovered from a Japanese man’s insides. You can even get a preserved parasite keyring from the giftshop. The perfect gift for your nearest and dearest.

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Exports to the USA of the WSM Sprites - and well-publicised competition success in the UK and Europe through 1963/64 - gave Douglas the opportunity to construct other innovative, striking and distinct models.  

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In 1997, Douglas was nearing restoration completion of his Jodel Mascaret aircraft at Ronaldsway in the later years of his life, but decided to build one more car within his Peel premises. Hence WSM 208, the last hands-on build by the designer, made a race debut at Croft in 2009 liveried exactly as the first WSM in 1962 and driven by Douglas son, Tony.

Initially produced for his own use following a Silverstone test day with an aluminium prototype in October 1962, the interest from competitors gave grounds for further builds and another eight cars were produced to order.

It’s fair to say that absinthe has something of a legendary status; a highly alcoholic spirit whose fans throughout the centuries have included Vincent Van Gogh (who’s said to have cut off his ear as a result of being off his face on it) and Oscar Wilde, and which was banned from 1915 across the USA and most of Europe due to its perceived harmful, psychoactive effects. Having been shown to actually be no more harmful than any other spirits, however, it has undergone a revival over the past couple of decades, and Berlin’s Absinthe Depot is a shrine to the stuff, with over 100 absinthes available to taste and purchase. They also sell plenty of other items of paraphernalia, including spoons, fountains, absinthe chocolates and gift sets. Bottoms up.

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questrian attire made an impact on the catwalk in 2013 and it looks like it’s here to stay. With many designers taking inspiration from the countryside, horses really are the perfect fashion accessory. When I was young horse riding clothing was made for a purpose, not to look nice. There was little in the way of choice of colours, fabrics or design. Jodhpurs were brown or beige and wellies were green or black. The gear available for your horse or pony was much the same, no pink, no sparkles and certainly no bling!

TURKMENISTAN DOOR TO HELL

A wildcard entry, Turkmenistan’s ‘Door to Hell’ is a natural gas field in Derweze that has been burning continuously since being lit by Soviet scientists in 1971. It contains a 70 metre-wide crater from which it gets its nickname, owing to the fire, boiling mud and orange flames. It was originally set alight when the ground collapsed during drilling by petrochemical scientists, who feared that the escape of poisonous gases could pose a danger to nearby villages. The scientists expected the gas to burn out after a few days, but forty years later the fire is still going, providing an incredible spectacle that is visited by thousands of tourists each year. The country’s president in 2010 announced plans to close the hole – it remains open but may not be for much longer. So if a hell hole in the middle of the desert sounds appealing to you, you’d better hurry. BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

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Douglas’ design skills came to fruition in 1962 with the unveiling of WSM Sprite from his Delta Garage business, where an Austin, Vauxhall and Volvo dealership flourished.

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There are now several Speakers Corners around the world, but the original and most famous is the one that takes place every Sunday in the northeast corner of London’s Hyde Park. ‘Speakers Corner’ has existed as an open air forum for public speaking and debate since the Parks Regulation Act in 1872, with many notable speakers having regularly appeared there, including Karl Marx, George Orwell and William Morris, and more recently the likes of politician Tony Benn, satirist Bill Maher and musician Billy Bragg. Speakers there talk about any topic of their choosing, provided the police don’t consider their speeches to be unlawful in any way. Ricky Gervais fans may recall the Fame DVD extra segment that featured Karl Pilkington interviewing a Speakers Corner regular who claimed to have discovered the secret to eternal youth. Hey, it takes all sorts.

OF THE 15 CARS CONSTRUCTED IN THE 1960s, THE SURVIVING 10 BECAME COLLECTOR’S ITEMS THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE. THREE OF THE RACECARS ARE IN THE ISLE OF MAN, ONE OF THE ORIGINAL EXPORTS TO THE USA TOOK UP RESIDENCE IN A JAPANESE COLLECTION AND THE JAGUAR IS DOMICILED IN SWITZERLAND.

IN THE 1960s, AN ENGINEER, RACING DRIVER AND PILOT - THE LATE DOUGLAS WILSON-SPRATT OF PEEL - AND HIS BEDFORDSHIRE-BASED COMPANY, WSM, PRODUCED A VARIETY OF CARS IN LOW VOLUME. SIX OF THOSE WSM CARS CONTINUE TO RACE AT HISTORIC EVENTS IN THE UK AND MAINLAND EUROPE.

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Everyone who does Vegas visits the city’s numerous casinos, nightclubs and shows, but if you’re after an altogether different experience you could do worse than drop into the National Atomic Testing Museum. Documenting the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, the museum opened in 2005 and covers the period from the first NTS test in 1951 up to the present. As well as some 12,000 exhibits including Geiger counters, radiation testing devices and Native American artefacts from around the test area, the Atomic Testing museum also boast a ‘Ground Zero Theatre’ which simulates the experience of observing a nuclear test. They currently have an Area 51 exhibition, exploring the myths around the secretive military base, which will please UFO enthusiasts.

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How things have changed. ‘Hunter’ wellies burst on to the catwalk as the next big thing coming in every colour available followed closely by the ‘Barbour’ jacket. Equestrian apparel for your horse has also gone seriously

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provide clothing for Polo players but have expanded into the mainstream retail market.

Arguably, ‘Joules’ were the first to make ‘horsey’ clothing cool. They started out selling country clothing at Badminton and Burghley Horse Trails, then suddenly numbered polo tops, tweeds and Labradors were a must have. The look is comfortable but chic and very royal family, who are all very much into their equestrian sports. And let’s face it, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us!

For the modern rider it’s very much about looking and feeling great! It’s about designer style tailored to the contours of your body, luxurious fabrics with on trend colours and even diamond detailing. Jodhpurs, show shirts and riding jackets are now very much fit for the catwalk. After all, many riders spend the majority of their lives in their jodhpurs, so why not look fabulous at the same time.

Zara Phillips has recently brought out her own range of equestrian clothing, teaming up with ‘Musto’, ‘Zara 176’ was created. Inspired by her own eventing competitor number, Zara proudly models her own clothes and uses her own horses as models too. Then of course there are the likes of Hackett London, Ralph Lauren Polo and HV Polo, who largely

Horses can also be dressed to impress with bridles, saddles, rugs and saddlecloths (the blanket under the saddle) coming in every colour you can think of – making it easy to match your outfit to that of your horse. Why not add some extra sparkle with Swarovski crystals, they seem to be everywhere at the moment and do look particularly chic ISLE OF MAN PREMIER MAGAZINE

when out riding in the sunshine! Equestrian clothing really has galloped forward, transitioning into fashion with edgy, sophisticated and sexy Vogue style photoshoots! There also a number of smaller, less well known couture brands, offering exclusive horse & rider clothing and equipment for leisure and competition. Here are two to tickle your fancy. Gersemi (Scandinavian equestrian brand), strives to bring stylish and functional wear to their followers. Gersemi promises outstanding quality and design to achieve a sense of confidence and strength. Clothing feels super luxurious with rich natural colours that could be worn around the stable or in town. http://gersemi-uk.shptron. com/home/index/1567.9/ BECAUSE QUALITY MATTERS

Horses can also be dressed to impress with bridles, saddles, rugs and saddlecloths (the blanket under the saddle) coming in every colour you can think of – making it easy to match your outfit to that of your horse.

Also, Animio Italia, handmade in Italy. I first came across Animo at The Blue Chip Show jumping Championships earlier this year when I was blinded by a gorgeous saddle cloth. It was in my riding colours, rich green, with Swarovski crystals hand stitched into the fabric, with matching ‘ear muffs’ (covers for the horses ears to stop fly’s and muffle noise) - how could I resist - some girls buy handbags, I buy clothes for my horse! http:// www.animoitalia.com/en/equitazione/

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Most of the brands mentioned in this article are available at Horses And Riders - Tynwald Mills. www. horseandriders.co.uk

THOUGH MANY FAILED TO SEE OUT THE END OF THE DECADE, THE DESIGN AND ENGINEERING SKILL IN CONSTRUCTING THESE PIONEERING PARADIGMS OF MOTORING WAS EXCEPTIONALLY UNFORGETTABLE.

Next month I will be covering how to get started in equestrian, until then.

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WSMs were constructed between 1965 and 1967 on the Austin Healey 3000, MGB, MG1100 and Jaguar XK150S chassis. Each were greeted with eager anticipation, but the introduction of the 70mph speed limit - and Douglas swapping a motorsport career for one in aviation - meant the prospect of more WSMs was unlikely, resulting in the closure of the company in 1968.

In 2006, Douglas also agreed that his son begin his own WSM Cars business, the only proviso being that he continue to replicate his own exacting construction standards. History came full circle with the auction of the WSM 3000 in 2011, the last WSM to change hands. It was presented as a ‘barn find’ item, the hammer price was driven up by worldwide interest and the car is now at WSM Cars in Bedfordshire for restoration alongside the ‘Sanction 2’ builds.

INVITATIONS TO THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL THROUGH THE LAST DECADE FEATURED THE CARS AND THEIR DESIGNER

Tony Wilson-Spratt said: ‘My Father’s eye for design, his engineering expertise and competitive drive culminated in these appealing and fast cars, and I’ve been fortunate to drive and race WSM’s for 30 years. They’ve become sought after items and it’s a testimony to his talents that we’re building his cars today to customer order’.

The story continues at wsmcars.com

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CONTENTS Edito.....................................................................................................................................2 Wilkins Watch of the Month..................................................4 Listings...............................................................................................................................6 Icon to See You..................................................................................................8 Upfront.....................................................................................................................10 Things to Do.......................................................................................................10 Our Community...........................................................................................12 News in Numbers.......................................................................14 Me & My Pet........................................................................................15 Laura & Michael Chatel Wedding Day...........16 Current Affairs.............................................................................................18 Tabitha’s Trust ..............................................................................................20

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Travel.........................................................................................................................47 Iconic Destinations............................................................................48 Iconic Festivals............................................................................................50

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Business..............................................................................................................57 Business News.........................................................................................58 From Grass Roots to Global......................................60 Sure International is Launched.................................62 Chamber of Commerce on the Train.............64 Movers & Shakers..................................................................................65

Events...........................................................................................................................21 A Night in Hungary.........................................................................22 Henry Bloom Healthcare Trust Dinner...............23 Paul & Daria Bednarski Wedding Day............26

Active........................................................................................................................67 Equestrian Fashion - Hannah Goodby........68 Sports News.....................................................................................................69

Culture........................................................................................................................25 Upload...........................................................................................................................26 Culture Vulture...........................................................................................28 Film Review........................................................................................................29 Azamara Quest Viking Cruise................................30

Hardware........................................................................................................71 Range Rover SDV8............................................................................72 Iconic Cars, Iconic People...................................................74 Motoring News..........................................................................................76 Iconic Gadgets.............................................................................................77 Phone Home.................................................................................................78

Fashion & Beauty..........................................................................33 Iconic Fashion...............................................................................................34 Gallery Fashion..........................................................................................36 Get the Look....................................................................................................40 Beauty Products.......................................................................................42

Paparazzi.....................................................................................................79 Peelstock...........................................................................................................80 Da Vinci’s...........................................................................................................82 The British.......................................................................................82 The Courthouse..................................................................................83 The Outback...............................................................................................86

Appetite.............................................................................................................43 Recipes.......................................................................................................................44 Iconic Wines...................................................................................................46

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Speaking as somebody who makes their living arranging words, there’s a lot to be said for the visual shorthand provided by the world of iconography.  Letters are great at being stuck together and then arranged to make up Moby Dick or the the instructions for a lawnmower, but sometimes we need a form of communication that is simpler and more direct, like a symbol that means ‘toilet’ or a way to do a sexy wink at somebody using your mobile phone.

Japanese has symbols for things like ‘bamboo forest full of ninjas’ and ‘horny octopus’, whereas European alphabets merely represent a series of confusing mouth-sounds.  Imagine the difficulty of rapidly explaining ‘poisonous mushroom diarrhoea’ to the Roman ambassador and you have the perfect conditions for the development for a vast auxiliary vocabulary of signs and symbols. Admittedly it took a while to get where we are today.  Even a hundred years ago people still got most of their information from gigantic broadsheet newspapers, and the most widespread use of iconography outside toilet identification probably would have been on maps, helping people locate waterfalls and also French shops that sell pipe tobacco and stamps.  This state of affairs continued more or less uninterrupted until the most significant event in the history of icons since a spate of mummy attacks prompted ancient Egyptians to simultaneously invent both danger signs and the comic strip.  This occasion was the invention of the graphical user interface for the home computer, developed by researchers at Xerox but brought to mass attention by the launch of the original Macintosh OS and its inbred latecomer cousin, Windows. In a flash, computers went from complicated boxes programmed with command line text by nerds to complicated boxes controlled via the visual desktop by nerds. After another ten or fifteen years (required to drop the price of Macs and create a version of Windows that didn’t stink) regular people got in on the act too.  The language of icons had begun a journey that would take it beyond elite technology to a world where children learn what the recycle bin does before they’re able to write their own names. Computers aren’t entirely responsible, as their evolution from ‘fancy calculators’ to ‘essential work tools’ and/or ‘self aware drone pilots’ happened at the same time as similar revolutions in globalised media and marketing, but their domination of every area of modern communication has helped stamp the universal language of the icon into our outdated alphabetical brains. Ironically, some of the examples I’ve collected here still remain confusing enough to demonstrate we’re not quite at ’horny octopus’ level just yet. SAVE ME! To people under the age of thirty, the pixellated symbol for ‘save this document before I accidentally lean on the keyboard and delete everything’ probably makes as much sense as the radiation symbol would to a mediaeval jester. Is it a microwave on a table? A pile of boxes? An abstract drawing of a robot? No, it’s a floppy disk. Ask your dad and he’ll tell you they were unreliable, noisy and you needed at least five of them to store the install files for Doom or a low-resolution scan of the latest issue of Razzle. THE HANDSET CUCUMBER OF SPEECH Look at your fancy iPhone - what’s that weird green thing in the bottom left supposed to mean? Is it a rogue moustache? A banana with a bite out? A sleeping pod for a tiny space soldier? Actually it’s what phones used to look like, and still do in communist countries, tourist call boxes and my office.  I suppose it matches the universal gesture of ‘Make phone handset by extending thumb and little finger. Wave near face’ - as we don’t yet have a better shorthand for ‘I can’t be bothered to speak with you right now. Call me. I won’t pick up.’  

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IT’S LIKE TV, ONLY JERKIER If digital video were correctly rendered as a universal symbol it would most likely be as a chubby Korean man doing a funny dance, not an idealised representation of what TVs looked like when they had three channels and produced enough radiation to melt grandma if she got too close. Perhaps the icon is supposed to evoke the golden age of entertainment, when the whole family gathered round the box to collectively enjoy ‘Charlie bit my finger’ and clips of Hitler ranting about the difficulty of finding a parking space in Douglas. YOU’VE GOT MAIL Once upon a time, the use of a paper envelope to signify electronic mail probably provided a folksy reassurance to people who feared the cold hands of the machine around the fragile neck of human communication. Nowadays, the only things you receive in a paper envelope are ricin and unusually large phone bills, so the envelope icon is the equivalent of the symbol for ‘surgeon’ being a grinning pirate with a rusty hacksaw.  WEATHER OR NOT In theory, these should be one of the few symbols that transcend human language.  Surely the one thing that binds our species together is the mutual ability to look at your phone and tell whether rain is coming or not. Well, you know how they say the Eskimos have over hundred words for snow? They don’t, but British weather forecasters would certainly benefit from a hundred icons for slightly different kinds of rain. Is that ‘sun then rain then sun’ or perhaps ‘sun during rain, but still cold’ or just ‘Glastonbury festival’? I don’t know, but I’ve never understood why the symbolic wind man doesn’t just leave his umbrella in the car. 

Well, you know how they say the Eskimos have over hundred words for snow? They don’t, but British weather forecasters would certainly benefit from a hundred icons for slightly different kinds of rain RECYCLOPATH If a real bin was like recycle bin, it would have a cheery little lid, an unobtrusive presence and a capacity so bottomless that you forget to empty it, only realising too late that protruding out from beneath a layer of cold pasta and yesterday’s newspaper is a curious object that swiftly reveals itself to be the tip of a gigantic motherlode of embarrassing stuff that should not be seen. THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH When I die, my wish is that my tombstone will not be carved with a cross, star or other religious symbol but of the holy trinity of death in the information age - the crashed iPod, the frozen hourglass and the mocking rainbow beachball of doom.  To me, they perfectly symbolise the nature of mortality: sudden, unpredictable and incredibly infuriating when you’re trying to sign off on a PowerPoint presentation.  The ghost of movement in the hated hourglass mocks us, teasing with the possibility that we may escape fate and come to live again - like Lazarus or the footnotes for the annual report I spent the entire weekend writing. Damn you to hell, accursed beachball, although if by the time I die there’s the possibility of a reboot via Ctrl-Alt-Delete, feel free to ignore everything I’ve just said and depress my scroll wheel until I rise from the grave like an extra in the Thriller video.

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things to do 11.08.13 Marathon and Half Marathon // RAMSEY//

22 - 30.08.13 VMCC MGP Rally //Island - wide//

Classic distance road races on a course to the north of Ramsey and back. Starting and finishing in Ramsey. Starts at 9am.

22nd - Signing on and social run with lunch, then briefing. 23rd Social Run to Douglas avoiding the TT Course, forming for a parade into the rear of the Grandstand as part of the Classic TT Paddock Carnival. 24th - Classic TT Race Day 1 and VMCC closed roads parade. 25th - VMCC Festival of Jurby. 26th - Classic TT Race Day 2. 27th - VMCC Regularity Run, starting at St Johns. 28th - MGP Race Day 1. 29th - Social Road Run. Gala Dinner in Classic TT VIP Club unit at TT Grandstand.

Tel: 880483 www.isleofmanmarathon.com

16 - 17.08.13 Fawlty Towers //Villa Marina// Enjoy a 3 course meal hosted by Basil Fawlty. Spend a hilarious evening in the company of Basil, Sybil and Manuel, brought to life by a critically acclaimed cast of professional actors. A three course meal and two hour interactive comedy show. Dinner served at approximately 8pm. Tickets £45, tables only. Tel: 600555 www.villagaiety.com

16 - 18.08.13 the deep south festival // port st mary// Three days - two stages. The South of the Island is set to become the central attraction for all music and arts lovers on the Isle of Man. On Friday 16th August through to Sunday 18th August, the Stone field, in Port St. Mary, will be home to 45 musical acts ranging from Mannin Folk to the Fletcher Christian Mutiny. The festival promises to offer something for everyone. The Bushy’s beer tent will be in the festival as well as various food outlets such as, hog roast, Brazilian churros, dinky donuts, a choice of Indian and Chinese food and a burger van. Tickets are available from the Welcome Centre, Douglas Northern Lights, Ramsey - Celtic Gold, Peel - Thompson Travel, Port Erin - Quine and Cubbon, Port St Mary and Colby Glen Pub. Tickets for a day pass cost just £2 for senior citizens, £5 for an adult and £10 for a family. All the proceeds being donated to Rebecca House Children’s Hospice. facebook/ DeepSouthMusicFestival

Tel: 878242 www.vcmcisleofman.co.uk

23.08.13 An Evening with Lee Mead //Villa Marina// Winner of TV’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’ star of West End smash Joseph, London’s box office hit Wicked and Legally Blonde, Lee Mead brings his fantastic live solo show to town. Tickets £35, VIP package £60. Tel: 600555 www.villagaiety.com

25.08.13 Groudle Cliff top Concerts //groudle glen// A day full of FREE musical concerts from Manx Artists and groups at the cliff top terminus of Groudle Glen Railway. Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council. www.ggr.org.uk

29.08.13 Ocean Colour Scene //villa marina// Ocean Colour Scene at the Villa Marina celebrating the release of their new studio album, ‘Painting’. Tickets from £30.00, no under 12 year old’s. Also the aftershow party, see the paparazzi section for full details. Tel: 600555 www.villagaiety.com

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Villa Marina Douglas IN 1996, OCEAN COLOUR SCENE EXPLODED ONTO THE BRITPOP SCENE WITH THEIR ALBUM MOSELEY SHOALS, SPURNING FUTURE CLASSICS LIKE THE ‘RIVERBOAT SONG’ AND THE ‘DAY WE CAUGHT THE TRAIN.’ THE ALBUM QUICKLY SOLD 1.3 MILLION COPIES, ESTABLISHING THE BAND AS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SELLING BANDS OF THE 90S AND EARNED THEM HUGE PRAISE FROM NONE OTHER THAN THE MODFATHER PAUL WELLER AND DJ CHRIS EVANS. 2013 and several solo projects and albums later, and Ocean Colour Scene are as tremendous a band as they ever were. Ocean Colour Scene now come to the Isle of Man celebrating the release of their new studio album, ‘Painting’. Support is from Chris Helme who, with former Stone Roses guitarist, John Squire, saw platinum success with the Seahorses. The album ‘Do It Yourself’ featured the hits ‘Love Is The Law’, ‘Blinded By The Sun’, and the Oasis’ Liam Gallagher co-write ‘Love Me and Leave Me’.

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Book now - 12.10.13 AN EVENING OF FINE DINING - HOSPICE ISLE OF MAN’S BLACK PEARL BALL Hospice Isle of Man has announced an event to wrap up a year of marking 30 years of palliative care on the Island with a evening of fine dining, elegance, and dance at the spectacular Black Pearl Ball. The event will be a 30’s themed evening, visualise ostrich feathers draped in pearls, Martini cocktails, (shaken not stirred) for arrival drinks, and Large martini glasses with pearls as table centre pieces. This event takes place on Saturday 12th October at Mount Murray Hotel and Country club. Well known celebrity, Christine Hamilton, will entertain guests with her wicked sense of humour. Forget the battleaxe and meet the highly entertaining, slightly controversial, Mrs Hamilton, who claims she’s really a pussycat. Entertainment will be provided by the winner of The Next Big Thing and the beautiful soulful, extremely talented Coral Amphlett, with dancing provided by the fabulous band Retrospect. Tickets are £55 each and will include a three course meal and a shaken not stirred martini upon arrival. Wine will also be on the table included in the price. To book your tickets contact terri.cook@hospice.org.im or ring Terri on 647434.

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THE BUCHAN SCHOOL SPECTACULAR FUNDRAISING EVENING HENRY BLOOM NOBLE HEALTHCARE TRUST HELPS IMPROVE ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE A portable x-ray device funded by the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust is improving access to dental services for vulnerable members of the Isle of Man community. The Trust, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, is committed to supporting public and private healthcare organisations and initiatives in the Island. As part of its remit, the Trust has recently purchased dental radiographic equipment for the Department of Health’s Salaried Dental Service. The new portable x-ray equipment can be used in operating theatres, as well as bringing the benefits of dental radiography to people unable to travel to dental clinics, such as care home residents. Carolyn Lewis, Clinical Director of the Salaried Dental Service, said special care dentists and support staff felt this had improved the equality of access to treatment as well as bringing other benefits to patients.

THE MANX KARTING CLUB FUNDRASING WEEKEND RASES £805 FOR THE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE, REBECCA HOUSE Pictured is Garry Ellison and Dean Ayres from the Manx Kart Club. The guys presented a cheque for the amazing amount of £805 to Carole Whitfield of the fundraising team at Hospice. The karting club had organised an endurance weekend and raised this terrific donation for the children’s hospice Rebecca House. Ellan Vannin Fuels were also involved with the event. Both Hospice and the Kart club thanked everyone for their support.

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Buchan parents, staff and friends and the local business community came together on Saturday 29th June to attend a spectacular fundraising evening, the ICT Buchan Auction Dinner Dance. The black tie event, which was themed ‘Iconic Hollywood’, was held in a marquee in the grounds of The Buchan and was attended by over 180 guests. It was organised by the Friends at Buchan (FAB), which helps raise money for school projects. The focus of the evening was on raising money to update and improve The Buchan’s ICT Suite, so that pupils can benefit from learning to use the latest IT software on updated hardware. The night was supported by Manx Educational Foundation (MEF), who sponsored the live and silent auctions, while business IT specialist Skanco Business Systems was the ICT sponsor and provided the main raffle prize, an Apple iPad 128GB. Big item sponsors for the auction included Manx Telecom, who generously donated a Manx Telecom cycling shirt signed by Tour de France winner Mark Cavendish, Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh and former World Road Championship Medalist, Jonny Bellis. Local restaurant The Abbey provided one of the biggest auction items of the night, exclusive use of the restaurant for 100 guests and a hog roast meal.

RBSI AND ISLE OF MAN BANK GOING YELLOW FOR THE HOSPICE RBSI and Isle of Man Bank staff recently held their Go Yellow Day, which they have done for a number of years, raising much appreciated and needed funds for Hospice Isle of Man. This year, the charity was delighted to receive the amazing amount of £883.94.

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ROUNDERS TOURNAMENT IS A BIG HIT FOR CHARITY A rounders tournament raised just over £1,100 for The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects. Thirteen teams battled it out at the Vagabonds RUFC ground on July 11th in the fun event organised by The Children’s Centre and sponsored by Paragon Recruitment. Two teams from PWC made it to the final with the company’s ‘Hard Hitters’ team, taking the title. The emphasis at the event was based on friendly competition and raising money for a good cause. Players paid £10 to take part and were treated to a fabulous all-you-can-eat barbecue, provided by The Pavilion Café and Restaurant in Port St Mary.

ROBINSON’S FRESH FOODS TEAM WINS CITYWING CHARITY PLANE PULL Robinson’s Fresh Foods claimed victory at the recent Citywing Plane Pull event, held at their hangar at Ronaldsway on Sunday 7th July. This year teams were raising money for Citywing’s 2013 charity of the year; Crossroads Care. Entrants this year were Nobles Operating Department Practitioners, Western Viking Rugby Club, The Unfit Crabs, Robinson’s Fresh Foods, Southern Police, BS Ship Management, Barclays, Crossroads Care, HSBC, Claremont Hotel, and a children’s team. Robinson’s triumphed over the ten other local teams, watched by over 180 spectators, completing the 34 metre course in a record time of 16.52 seconds. After their exertions, competitors enjoyed bacon baps, tea and coffee, which were much appreciated and provided free of charge by Sleepwell Hotels.

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The Department of Health recently took delivery of a new Ambulance Response Vehicle, following a kind donation by the Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital Welfare Fund, which agreed to fully fund the purchase.  The vehicle – a Skoda Yeti – is to be based at Ramsey Ambulance Station and will benefit the whole community.

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Organisers of a traditional afternoon tea raised £600 for The Children’s Centre. The event was the idea of Suzanne Ali and Linda Lewis – both from Port Erin - who organised a scrumptious vintage afternoon Tea at The Pavilion Cafe and Restaurant in Port St Mary. The pair brewed up the idea after being inspired by reading ‘The Vintage Tea Cup Club’, a romantic novel by Vanessa Greene.

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There was more than one coincidence with the royal birth at Noble’s Hospital’s Jane Crookall Maternity Unit when Kate Cowley gave birth to a little girl, Aalin. Not only does mum, Kate, share a first name with the Duchess of Cambridge, baby Aalin – which is Manx for beautiful – came in at the same weight as the third in line to the throne - 8lb 6oz. In all, four Manx babies were born on 22 July – one boy and three girls – sharing their date of birth with the future King. To celebrate the special occasion, the Department of Health will be presenting each baby born on 22 July 2013 with a Manx tartan blanket, embroidered with the date of their birth.

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The Manx team at the Island Games in Bermuda won 97 medals, including 36 golds, 36 silvers and 25 bronzes finishing nine golds ahead of the host, Bermuda.

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10 years ago on the 12th July, we saw Noble’s Hospital in Braddan open its doors to patients for the first time. To mark the milestone, the public were invited to join patients and staff for a special tea party, dubbed ‘A cuppa and a cake’. The party is the first in a proposed year of events to celebrate their anniversary, as our National Health Services celebrate 65 years of assistance to the community.

This years annual Celebration of Skipping was organised by the Department of Health’s Public Health Directorate and supported by Britannia International.  Nearly 200 children attended the seventh Celebration of Skipping, held in late June at the National Sports Centre, Douglas.  This year saw 14 different “freestyle” rope skipping performances from primary schools across the Island, all of which rose to the challenge by devising their own creative skipping routine to a short piece of music.

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Neil Collister from Port Erin recently completed a 31.5-mile water ski from Ard Glass in Northern Ireland to the beach in Port Erin. The challenge was in aid of Manx Cancer help raising over £1,000.

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Abbey

Human: Portia

species abbey: Working cocker spaniel Portia: English

Tell us about yourself… Portia: I’m currently doing second-level hairdressing at college. I enjoy being with the horses and entering competitions.

Portia: They chew a lot - well near enough everything!

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Portia: 18

Portia: Chopping peoples heads off! Just kidding... I Love to cut hair and I love horse riding, I could do both every day!

Abbey: 2 Where do you live on the Island? Portia: Onchan. Where are you originally from? Portia: Chertsey, Surrey. Where do you work? Portia: I’m a student. Do you have any more pets? Portia: I have another two dogs - Fyfe & Roxy. Would you have any more pets? Portia: Yes of course. I love animals, especially horses and dogs.

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The best and worst thing about having a pet is…?

Abbey: Balls, banana skins, blankets, stealing shoes and carrying other things. If human/animal you would be... Portia: I would be a horse. Abbey: A diva. Dislikes: Portia: Spiders. They scare me a lot. Abbey: The hoover. Interesting Fact: Portia: I’ve been horse riding since I was four years old Abbey: Love cuddles and running around in the garden or glens like a mad dog.

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he wedding of Laura McCudden, daughter of Stuart & Diane McCudden, to Michael Chatel, son of Paul & Cindy Chatel, took place on Saturday 15th June 2013. The ceremony was held at Peel Cathedral, followed by a reception at the Glen Helen Inn. Laura and Michael would like to thank all of those involved, as well as family and friends who helped to perfect an amazing wedding day that they will cherish forever.

Venue: Peel Cathedral Reception: The Glen Helen Inn Photographer: Marianne McCourt Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo from the Bridal House, Ramsey Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo from the Bridal House, Ramsey Mens Suits: Burtons Venue Styling: Tracy Christian Elegance Venue Styling Flowers: Elaine’s Florist Peel Hair Styling: Hot Gossip Transport: K&B Carriages and Phil Cowin ENTERTAINMENT: Matt Fletcher Cake: Lynda Williams (Bride’s Aunty)

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current affairs BOSTON Welcome, dear reader, to Current Affairs, the latest Gallery feature which aims to bring you closer to business. Every month, we’ll give you the chance to pose any number of questions to a representative cross section of the Island’s business sector and on the issues that affect you the most. Ask anything from how to get the most from your tax status or which savings options would suit you best, where to start when setting up a business or how to get involved in contributing to the Island’s economy. This month, we’re pleased to introduce a new set of questions posed entirely by your fellow reader. Shall we begin?

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Greg Ellison,

CEO, Boston Limited

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Steven Day,

General Insurance Consultant, Edgewater Associates Limited

Your chance to pose any number of questions to a representative cross section of the Island’s business sector and on the issues that affect you the most.

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Mark Wilson,

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I remember as a child counting down the weeks, days and hours until our family summer holiday. We would often go to the South of France and I used to have all the activities I wanted to do planned out in my head. Then I’d write them down for Mum and Dad when we got there so we’d get it all done. Holidays don’t seem to happen like that now. The last couple of days at work are normally a race against the clock to get everything done and to make sure that my team know what I expect them to have achieved by my return. I first start thinking about the holiday when I get home, pour a large glass of wine and start to relax. Julie, my wife, will have everything planned and with the Blackberry switched off, it’s time to unwind. During the last few years we’ve been on Mediterranean villa holidays in Summer with a few trips to Dubai during the November or February half-term to break up a long Manx Winter. The villa holidays are my favourite. While the kids spend hour after hour jumping in and out of the pool I get a rare chance to read the Kindle and catch up on all the books I’ve downloaded over recent weeks. When I’m not reading my mind will wander all over the place covering all manner of things such as where to take the family on holiday next year, are we going in the right direction at work, where do I want to be in five or ten years, shall I focus on cardio or weights next year, how long ‘til I pour myself a glass of wine? And so on. Every now and then an idea smacks me in the face when I’m not looking for it; they tend to be the good ones!Inevitably, before long my train of thought, and my play list, will be interrupted by Lily or Ben wanting me to get in the pool, fetch them an ice cream or do anything but relax! But that’s what it’s all about and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Jenny Trimble, Senior Manager, Audit and Advisory, KPMG

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The CurrenT Affairs Panel edgewater associates limited I am considering buying my first property, what issues can I expect to face as a property owner?

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Some of us may think the life of a property owner is simple, whether the individual has one residential property or multiple commercial properties, however this could not be further from the truth. Aside from acquiring the right tenants, there are many things to consider such as whether to manage the property(ies) yourself or entrust it/them to a Property Manager. Moreover, given the many situations property owners can find themselves in, it is of the utmost importance that they also choose their insurance advisor, insurer and coverage wisely. In doing so, items to consider include whether the advisor fully understands the risk they are presenting to insurers on your behalf - to ensure that claims are not repudiated due to incorrect information at a later stage - and the choice of insurer with respect to their financial security and policy coverage. In terms of personal management, it is also important to consider your role in providing sufficiently robust information to your insurer or advisor and how this fits with your landlord/tenant relationship. Items such as drawing up a mutually agreed upon inventories, recording the condition of the property, establishing clear guidelines for deposit repayment, tenant notice periods, and rent payment methods can all have a significant effect on your daily operations and your peace of mind. Finally, you must ensure that any loss of rent is covered adequately, if at all, and whether the Property Owner’s liability limit, or Public Liability as it is more commonly known, is adequate. All of these are vitally important to protecting your investment.

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As our economy evolves to become one of global commerce and technological industry, still tempered with a rich heritage and natural beauty, it would appear that we continue to have a bright and investable future in tourism and hospitality to look forward to. And as we embark upon phase 1 of the Government’s celebrated plans to transform Douglas Promenade, it is apparent that this sentiment is shared by many. The redevelopment of our gateway to the capital represents a fantastic opportunity to revise, reinvigorate and reinstate the Island’s reputation as a premium hospitality venue and, if executed well, leaves us with plenty of options for the future. As well as street side cafes, bars and entertainment areas, one of my favourites is the potential for a Manx public bicycle scheme – a Ballabike or a Vannin Velocipede maybe. We can work out the details later. First launched in Britain in 1998 as part of Portsmouth University’s Bikeabout programme, although famously popularized in Amsterdam in 1965, the community bicycle is quickly being adopted in cities across the globe, and with remarkable success. Almost 22 million Boris Bike journeys have been made since 2010, resulting in a massive 49% additional uptake in cycling amongst members and what must be a huge decline in emissions, no doubt to the relief of mother earth and to family physicians across the country. We’re an Island of two wheels as much as we are of three legs so what better way to cement our reputation as a forward thinking, cosmopolitan and environmentally conscious business centre than by complementing our brand new promenade with reduced traffic, greater pedestrian activity, healthier residents and a nod to our two-wheeled community heritage? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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A career in accountancy, particularly in the Isle of Man, is more accessible than many students think. You don’t need to have a degree and if you do it doesn’t have to be in an accounting related subject. At KPMG, we train students to become Chartered Accountants (ACA) and members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Our trainees are a mixture of graduates and A level school leavers, although mostly graduates. We also run a summer intern programme which is a great way to get hands on experience before formally joining, although these places get booked up quickly. From starting your training to becoming a qualified chartered accountant, you are trained on the job by working on various assignments and attending courses to aid your development. Exam support is provided, so you still earn money while being given study time and structured exam tuition. If you choose to enter the workplace straight from A Level, rather than going to university, the path to chartered accountancy may take slightly longer but you may qualify at a younger age than if you had a degree, providing you are self-disciplined and motivated to study hard. No two days are the same in audit and accounting – it is an exciting and rewarding career that can lead you anywhere in the world. For more information visit www.kpmg. co.im.

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through child bereavement on the Isle of Man In April 2012, 18 week pregnant Torie and Chris Kissack were told that their expectant baby had a rare congenital disorder (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia - CDH). Tabitha arrived at 35 weeks, she lived for a precious four hours before she went into her forever sleep. They sadly lost a second daughter, Martha, in April 2013, halfway through the pregnancy. Tabitha’s Trust was launched by the family to help support families through child bereavement and much more. Gallery: You have some experience of those you are coming to the aid of. What does Tabitha’s Trust and Martha’s Rainbow mean to you? Torie: “Tabitha’s Trust and Martha’s Rainbow are both a massive part of our healing process. Knowing that we are able to provide some comfort and support to other families helps to ease the pain we feel after losing our own daughters. There was no-one to reach out to when it first happened. It was even worse a few months after Tabitha’s death. Building on our own experience and the experiences of other local bereaved families - we hope - will help prevent other families from feeling the helplessness that we felt.” Gallery: Can you tell us about Martha’s Rainbow? Torie: “Martha’s Rainbow is named after our second daughter, Martha Rainbow, who was born too soon in April 2013. Martha became the reason why we started to provide the hospital with tiny clothes and blankets for babies born after 12 weeks, who otherwise would be left naked. After our own experience, it has become one of the most important services we provide. All babies should be treated with dignity and wrapped in items made with love. Martha’s Rainbow is the name of our Sibling Support Scheme. We are developing a program of classes like therapeutic crafts sessions and social meet-ups for local families to support those children born before and after the loss of their sibling. Bailey, our wonderful nine-yearold son, will be one of the children to benefit from the scheme.” Gallery: Who, how and where have you helped so far?   Torie: “It doesn’t matter whether your loss was yesterday or 50 years ago. Families know that there’s someone standing up for them and saying, “we understand and we will stand with you!” The charity is helping so many people. Baby loss is a taboo subject, surrounded by a silence that we want to break. More precisely, a large care package has been sent to Ward 4 in Nobles Hospital for those babies born too soon, to ensure they are never left naked again. The care package contains handmade knitted and crochet items, made with love. A second package will be arriving at ‘The Jane’ this week. We are almost ready to purchase our first ‘Cuddle Cot’ for the hospital and have a volunteer counsellor who is available for

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local families to speak to; a free service provided by Tabitha’s Trust.” Gallery: Douglas Mayor, Carol Malarkey, chose Tabitha’s Trust as one of her charities for this year. How has she helped? Torie: “Being chosen as one of Madam Mayor’s charities has given our new charity a much-needed boost into the public eye as we’re not well known, although our cause statistically affects 1-in-3 women and their families. We will also benefit from regular fundraising events and use the chance given to us by Madam Mayor to help reach as many families as we can. Madam Mayor is a fantastic support; we are very honoured that Tabitha’s Trust has been chosen alongside three other well-known local charities.” Gallery: What about the lovely Manx Yarnies?   Torie: “I was put in touch with the Manx Yarnies through Lorna Trevethan, who has very kindly offered to teach our volunteer knitters the patterns needed for our care packages. We joined them on the World Wide Knit on Public Day last month and were able to meet people who may not have known about Tabitha’s Trust and explain about our aims to them. We have received lots of donations of yarn and knitted items. The donations just keep coming! They are a really friendly and talented group of individuals.” Gallery: What do you hope to achieve in 2013/2014? Torie: “Our first fundraising goal is to purchase four ‘Cuddle Cots’, which will

enable families to spend an extended length of time with their babies after they have passed away. In our case, we couldn’t spend time with Tabitha before she passed away as she was being being cared for in the neo natal unit at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. This is what we would like to achieve: We want information readily available at the hospital and all doctors’ surgeries across the Island. • We want to assist families in making the heartbreaking choices that need to be made if their child passes away. • We want to work with local care providers and healthcare professionals and assist them in delivering better services and care to bereaved families. • We want families to have someone and somewhere to turn to for help and advice so that they don’t have to feel helpless and alone.” for more information e-mail: support@tabithastrust.com /TabithasTrust

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A NIGHT IN HUNGARY FOR LAURENCE KEENAN ADVOCATES STAFF & CLIENTS Puskรกs - North Quay, Douglas

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With summer upon us a holiday in the sun or time away from work is on our minds. Of course, not everyone can get away at the same time, so with this in mind Laurence Keenan Advocates organised a summer party for staff and clients to enjoy the tastes of Continental Europe on the Island.

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The venue was the newly opened Hungarian restaurant Puskรกs at 35 North Quay, Douglas, where our delightful harbour doubled for the Blue Danube. Puskรกs is named in memory of the world acclaimed Hungarian Footballer, Puskรกs Ferenc, who reached his pinnacle in the 60s

playing for Real Madrid. A delightful evening was had by all. Traditional Hungarian food and wines were served by restaurant owner Gรกbor Domonkos and his team.

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The 125th anniversary of the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust was marked with a glittering Diamond Dinner at the Villa Marina on July 19. Many of the Island’s leading business were represented as more than 180 guests enjoyed a delicious banquet prepared by the Sefton Hotel, dancing, entertainment from singer Coral Amphlett and the Boogie Allstars and an auction which helped add to the sum raised for the Trust’s work by the Diamond Dinner.

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The Villa Marina was a fitting venue for the anniversary celebration as it is one of the fine buildings established in the Island thanks to the benefaction of Henry Bloom Noble. The Trust was established in 1888 by Noble in memory of his wife Rebecca. It was intended to help improve the quality of healthcare in the Isle of Man, and that aim remains central today as the Trust funds equipment, training, education, health promotion and research to benefit sick,

infirm, disabled and handicapped people in hospital, care settings and at home. Its work is only possible thanks to ongoing donations and bequests, and support for fundraising events like the Diamond Dinner. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Trust should contact Rob Young by calling 01624 616108 or emailing info@ hbnhealthcaretrust.org.im

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THE WEDDING DAY OF PAUL & DARIA BEDNARSKI

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CULTURE VULTURE What’s on... Now - August 28 QUEST TO THE WEST Wednesdays. Take a trip to Peel on the open top bus, enjoy a home cooked supper and then out on the sea with Manx Sea Quest. £40 per person. Leaves the Sea Terminal at 5.30pm, returning at 10pm. Tel: 483207 / 464017 www.mannsightseeingtours.com

05 - 26.08.13 Island Heritage Illustrated Talks // Promenade Methodist Church// Island Heritage illustrated talks held on Mondays during August. Promenade Methodist Church, Loch Promenade, Douglas. A different programme each week. Starting at 7.45pm Admission free, refreshments served.

09 - 10.08.13 Royal Manx Agricultural Show //Knockaloe farm// Two day agricultural show with livestock, light horses, two dog shows, fur and feather marquee, crafts, farm and garden exhibits. Lots of childrens entertainment, Manx food, theatre, free parking - A great day out. Adults: Friday £6, Saturday £8. Children £1. Tel: 801850 www.royalmanx.com

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As part of the Island at War weekend hop on the free vintage bus to Cregneash from Port Erin Station. See the Women’s Land Army undertake work on the farm. Join in a swing dance lesson in the Church Farm Barn, or just enjoy the atmosphere and have some tea and cake. 10am until 5pm.

Three days of family entertainment including: a fun fair, live music, artisan market and four marquees displaying all the arts from the Isle of Man.

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Island at War // Railways// Wartime 1940s weekend on the Steam Railway. Visit the Home Guard’s base and take notes from their informative workshops. Visit the land army at Cregneash, but watch out - there could be spies, saboteurs and more on the railway, looking for information or a way to disrupt the service. At night there will be a special hangar dance held at a top secret location. Half price travel for those in their 40’s finest.

Motorcycle practicing and racing on the mountain circuit. Practices on 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. The Classic TT Races will take place on Saturday 24th and conclude on Monday 26th August. Following the Classic TT Races each day there will be a practice period for the Manx Grand Prix. The Manx Grand Prix Races will be held on Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th August. Tel: 644649 www.manxgrandprix.org

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Falconry Weekend at the Wildlife Park // Curraghs Wildlife Park// The Hugely popular Falconry day returns to the park. One of the UK’s best falconers, Phil Gibbins, will be on hand all day to answer your questions, give information, and of course host the incredible flying demonstrations at 1/3pm. The Birds of Prey will on display all day. Tel: 897323 www.gov.im/wildlife

Peel Traditional Boat Weekend

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Record entries, a packed vibrant harbour, and a parade of sail second to none will be supplemented by a series of shoreside activities and entertainment . Boat building competition, racing competition and parade of sail.

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CATS - THE MUSICAL Cats - The award winning Andrew LloydWebber musical. A sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. Cats is a magical musical like no other. Suitable for all the family. Tickets from £22. Tel: 600555 www.villagaiety.com

An exhibition of paintings by Eileen Schaer. Eileen Schaer’s much awaited exhibition ‘Out of the Ordinary’ opens at the Sayle Gallery, Douglas on 16th August. It is three years since her last solo show and she is delighted to be showing a selection of her recent work. www.eileenschaer.com Admission: FREE Tel: 674557

Now - 25.08.13 Getting to know Printmaking // the Isle gallery - Tynwald mills// This exhibition explores the wonderful world of the printed image. Looking at etchings, mono prints, photography and many more. The exhibition will be an eye opener for those interested in learning more about the hard work that artists put into the preparation of a single print. Demonstrations every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm. Tel: 801751 isle of man premier magazine


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FILM REVIEW UP&COMING words | Jonathon Holloway

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John Huston With a career that spanned over five decades as a director, screenwriter and character actor, John Huston was a titan of Hollywood, being Oscar nominated for all of his crafts a total of ten times. Huston has directed, written, and acted in many iconic films in their own right which has left Huston to be described as “the Ernest Hemmingway of Cinema”. He even directed his father and daughter to acting Academy Award wins. Huston wrote all of the 37 films that he directed during his career, the most famous being ‘The Maltese Falcon’, ‘The African Queen’, ‘The Asphalt Jungle’ and ‘The Man Who Would Be King’. In addition to this, he has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in ‘The Cardinal’ in 1963, as well as appearing in the Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski classic ‘Chinatown’ in 1974 as the patriarchal villain Noah Cross. During his early life, Huston acted in many vaudeville and off-broadway plays, before becoming a reporter and short-story writer in the 1930s. Huston held a wide variety of jobs, including a cavalry rider in Mexico as well as a portrait painter in Paris. Huston carried over his perfectionist artistic style he picked up during his painting over to his cinematic style. He sketched each scene in detail on paper and framed his actors exactly on camera. He was also well known for cutting his films as he shot rather than relying on post-production as he felt they made his films more cerebral. All of this led to Huston becoming a pioneer of cinematic visuals during his film making career. Huston finally launched his directing career when he adapted Dashiel l Hamett’s detective thriller, ‘The Maltese Falcon’ in 1941. With two adaptations having already previously failed, the film became one of the most influential and successful film noirs. The film also started his long term director-actor partnership with fellow film icon Humphrey Bogart, whom he went on to work with on six different films. Huston’s last film was ‘The Dead’, released the same year as he died in 1987, leaving behind the legacy of a cinematic legend.

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Dir. Shawn Levy. Starring: Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star as Billy and Nick, two middle-aged unemployed watch salesmen who get internships at Google after their business folds. Struggling to compete in the digital age, the out dated pair have to compete with tech-savvy young geniuses for a shot at employment. Directed by Shawn Levy, the man behind ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’, ‘Night at The Museum’ and ‘Real Steel’, this is the second film co-starring Wilson and Vaughn after their 2005 hit ‘Wedding Crashers’.

Pacific Rim

TBC Dir. Guillermo Del Toro. Starring: Charlie Hunman, Idris Elba & Ron Perlman. In the near future, giant alien monsters have risen from a portal from a different world in a crevasse in the Pacific Ocean. Branded as “Kaiji”, the Japanese word for “strange beast”, the resulting war costs millions of lives and consumes every exhaustible resource. In a last ditch effort humanity devices gigantic robots to combat the gargantuan creatures, making a final last stand in an attempt to save humanity from the impending apocalypse. From the trailers it looks like a cross between ‘Transformer’s, ‘Real Steel’ and ‘Cloverfield’, whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you. Spanish director Guillermo Del Toro is known for his dark fantasy style, his previous films including ‘Blade II’, ‘Hellboy’, and most significantly the Oscar winning ‘Pans Labyrinth’.

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Fitting with this month’s theme of “Icons”, Psycho is an iconic film directed by one of the most iconic film directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock. A young secretary (Vera Miles) steals $40,000 from an employer’s client and hides out in a motel run by the disturbed Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). This film is credited with founding the “slasher” horror genre, and the shower scene is still one of the most famous scenes in cinematic history, inspiring and influencing a generation of film making. Norman Bates is even iconic in his own right as one of the best horror film villains of all time. It is now ranked among the greatest of Hitchcock’s work and one of the best films of all time.

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Perhaps one of the most iconic films of all time, starring arguably one of the most iconic actors of all time, Clark Gable, ‘Gone with the Wind’ is the jewel in the crown of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Running at an incredible 220 minutes long (3 and a half hours), ‘Gone with the Wind’ set precedents in the 1930’s that modern Hollywood producers would run from in terror. The film was hugely expensive at the time and a massive gamble for the studio MGM, which paid off dividends as the film is now ranked as one of the greatest and most successful films of all time. The current highest grossing film of all time in the U.S is ‘Avatar’ with $760 million, a gigantic number, but when adjusted for inflation, ‘Gone with the Wind’ stands at $1.6 billion, which I think is a true testament to the greatness of this film.

Monster’s University

U Dir. Dan Scanlon. Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi & Helen Mirren. The third Pixar film to a get a sequel, after ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Cars’, Monster’s University reunites Mike and Scully in a prequel to 2001’s ‘Monster’s Inc.’ Once again voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman respectively, Mike and Scully are in their freshman year of University, studying to become “scarers”. Pixar has declined slightly in recent years, their two most recent releases, Cars 2 and Brave, receiving mixed receptions. Monster’s University may be an attempt to go back to their earlier roots, but early signs, and less than favourable reviews, unfortunately suggest it may by continuing the trend.

The World’s End

TBC Dir. Edgar Wright Five childhood friends reunite after twenty years to repeat a legendary pub crawl from their youth, returning to their hometown to attempt to reach the fabled pub ‘The World’s End’ by the end of the night. Shortly into the night however, they become humanity’s only hope for survival after the town is invaded by alien robots. Director Edger Wright returns alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the third and final instalment of the “Blood and Ice Cream trilogy”, otherwise known as the “Three Flavours of Cornetto trilogy”. If you didn’t know already, the two previous films in this trilogy are ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’.

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Consistently duking it out with ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ as the greatest film of all time, Francis Ford Copolla’s masterpiece about a dynasty of Italian gangster’s is iconic for so many reason it would be impossible to list them all within the tiny space at the bottom of this page. Marlon Brando is legendary in his own right, but his small performance as Don Corleone, the aging patriarch of the Corleone crime family, is considered the greatest performance ever by a cinematic actor. The film also launched the career of fellow icon Al Pacino, and the sequel that of Robert DeNiro. Such is the excellence of ‘The Godfather’ however, is that regardless of the iconic level of its cast, its mastery of the cinematic arts stands it alone in itself as a masterpiece.

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Viking Cruise On the morning of Saturday 13th July, the Azamara Quest moored in Douglas Bay. A few blasts from the cruise ships horn woke Douglas as it said hello to the Manannan leaving the bay to sail to Liverpool. The luxury cruise ship arrived overnight following their weather beaten two-day voyage from Iceland. Some 650 fortunate passengers – predominantly Americans, Canadians, a few Ozzies - and 410 crew from all over the world were onboard.

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allery was invited for a tour of the bridge and an interview with the only Manxman to currently captain a cruise ship. Captain Carl Smith gave us some time to answer a couple of questions before heading onshore to revel in a few Island excursions with his passengers. Following our sea taxi to the ship, we were introduced to our guide, Head Concierge, Guy Brundrett, who - as it happens - had worked on the Island at Ronaldsway Airport five years ago. We asked him if he missed working at the airport and he replied: “I’ve traveled the world in the last four years, literally everywhere. I’ve met some fantastic people, both passengers and crew over that time, and plan on staying in my current job for a long time. The airport was a great introduction to a customer service role, but being at sea is where I belong.”

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Guy treated us to breakfast before giving us a full tour of the ship. Here’s what Captain Carl had to say: Gallery: Tell us about you. Captain Carl: “I’m from Peel. Born and bred on the Isle of Man and I’m a farm boy really! I’ve still got a place in Peel here. I came to sea at 16 - nearly 20 years ago - joined Shell oil tankers who are based down in Castletown for seven years and then went to work for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for a little bit. Then, I worked for a management company here in Douglas on banana boats, bringing them in from South America. I’ve been on cruise ships for the last 14 years. For the last six years, I’ve been with Azamara. Honestly, with this many years at sea, I really feel like I’m a square peg in a square hole. We’ve got fantastic itineraries, the best crew in the world, the ships are beautiful and we can

get into these tiny little ports, like the Isle of Man.” Gallery: Why the Isle of Man? Captain Carl: “It was put in for me. It fitted in with the general theme of this cruise: The Vikings! We’re visiting all of the Viking homelands. We started in Copenhagen in Denmark, went to Norway, Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and Iceland and then down to the Isle of Man, so it is all in keeping if you will. isle of man premier magazine


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Larry Pimentel, President of Azamara Club Cruises, made it abundantly clear that I would be on board for this cruise! So there is method in our madness.” Gallery: How did all of this come about? Captain Carl: “The IoM Department of Tourism approached us with suggestions for a Manx menu and for the supply of Manx produce. Quite often, we buy local produce when we dock. We’ve gone with some Manx beef, Manx lamb, some Manx cheeses, Manx ice cream and some Manx beer, Manx queenies and Manx kippers. I was born and bred a farmer, we had a lot of spuds, roast beef, roast lamb, I love my kippers, I also spent two years working in a Manx fish yard!” Gallery: What are you up to today? Captain Carl: “I’ll be attending several of the excursions that are going out around the Island, saying hello and giving them my opinion of where we are. We’re going to Cregneash, on a walk along the chasms down to The Sound. I’ll be following them and coming back to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, we have hired the whole steam train for around 160 guests and some crew to head down to Castletown for the tin boat races, because we’re taking part. It’s going to be a bit of fun for everyone.” Gallery: What’s it like coming back to the Isle of Man then? Captain Carl: “For me, it’s a wonderful feeling. At the moment, I live in the Czech Republic with my wife and my kids and it’s a land-locked country.” Gallery: Are you looking forward to seeing your family? Captain Carl: “Yes, very, very much so. We came across to the Island a few weeks ago and I left them over here to get aboard the ship. We lived here together for seven years and got married in Peel.” The Azamara Quest left Manx waters on Saturday evening whilst passengers enjoyed a Manx produce buffet.

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Fashion icon, Alexa Chung, is the celeb to look out for for wardrobe inspiration. From red carpet awards, to day-to-day outings, she is always bang on trend. Sheer, lacey numbers and corseted, summery frocks, to preppy button-up styles, Alexa Chung works any look. For evening attire, take hair inspiration with a sleek side fringe and low bun, whilst messing it up for daytime events.

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Ex-boyfriend of Alexa Chung, Alex Turner is the fashion guru for you gents. Rocking the laid-back look, his outfits always appear effortless.

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If you’re a festival goer, grab a khaki waterproof to channel the 60’s mod look and pair with straight leg jeans. For the sunnier days, choose a scoop or v-neck tee, with stripes being the pattern of choice. 1. River Island - £20, 2. River Island - £8, 3. Asos - £7, 4. New Look - £19.99, 5. Asos - £40, 6. Next - £22

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ALEX TURNER JAMES DEAN Similar to Alex Turner, James Dean was very simple in his dress throughout many of his big screen performances.

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One of his most iconic outfits is seen in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, where he dons a blood red bomber, white t-shirt, and washed out denim jeans. To complete the look, buff up some black shoes worn over white socks and you’re there in the 50’s.

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Gallery Fashion August 2013

MARILYN Photographer: Danny Evans Model: Emily

Fruity stripe dress: Traffic People Shoes: Kurt Keiger


Red White & Blue dress: Roberto Cavalli Shoes: Kurt Keiger


White dress: Ginger Fizz Shoes: Kurt Keiger


Red dress: French Connection Shoes: Kurt Keiger


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Charles Alexander

Pearl & Precious Stones Event Charles Alexander held an all-day event on the 17th July, showcasing an extensive range of semi-precious stones, pearls and diamonds.

get the look Mi Moneda is a fantastic range that allows you to change your Jewellery by chaining the coin. mix yellow with rose and silver add some sparkle and you are ready to go! Mi Moneda means ‘My Coin’ in Spanish and is already a big hit with celebs like Rihanna, and Halle Berry, to name a few.

The fashionable and luxurious brand is inspired by vintage coins and combines high fashion jewellery with ancient spiritual ideas. The unique interchangeable pendant makes it possible to create a personal necklace. With over 250,000 combinations, you can create any look with a “flip of a coin.”

Congratulations to Miss Mandy Quayle who was the prize winner on the day of 18ct white gold 0.40ct diamond stud earrings valued at £1,595.

Available at Charles Alexander Ltd, Strand Street, Douglas

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Charles Alexander Ltd - 24 Strand Street - Douglas - Isle of Man Tel: 01624 621527 - enquiries@charlesalexanderltd.com


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PRODUCT REVIEW

Freeze 24.7

Instant targeted wrinkle treatment £40 The dramatic results of this treatment are clearly shown in the 50-90% clinically proven reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Not only does this miracle in a jar show results, but it starts to work instantly - with visible differences with 1o minutes of application.

Sisleya

Global anti-age cream £225 With it’s rejuvenating properties, this cream will moisturise, fill and plump every wrinkle back to youthful perfection. This is our latest product to lust after.

Tom Ford

Nail lacquer in Carnel Red £25 This extra-amplified alluring red will be the final statement to any outfit with its groundbreaking, bendable coating formula providing high shine and bright, bold colour.

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This month we have rounded up some of the most iconic products from some of the most famous brands. This is a line up of th best sellers and can’t-live-without products from the last few years.

Aromatherapy associates

Deep relax bath oil £39 A sensual, relaxing mix of scents and natural ingredients, this oil does exactly what it says on the bottle! We love it!

ORIGINS

Drink up 10 min mask £14.50 Quench tight and dried up skin with this rejuvenating mask - say goodbye to flaky and dry, hello to hydrated and soft.

Creme de la Mer

Moisturizing soft cream £175 A gorgeous new supple texture and nutrient-rich formula; this weightless cream deeply moisturises and strengthens the skin giving you that bounce back glow.

Estee Lauder

Advanced night repair £58 With a formula that works with the natural synchronisation if the skin, this product not only repairs past damage to the skin, but helps to protect against further damage too.

Dermalogica

Daily Microfoliant £33 Simply add water to this powder to activate it’s Papin, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzyme formula to micro-exfoliate those dead cells away.

Clinique

Dramatically different moisturising lotion £17 Soften, smooth and improve your skin with this moisture ‘drink’, perfectly formulated for very dry skins to oily skins to create the optimum moisture balance.

Dr Ceuticals

Tummy Tone £13.33 Wanting a more toned looking tummy for summer but don’t have time to go to the gym? Then try this product to help your bikini body along its way!

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the summer holidays licked by whipping scoop it up... Have up some tasty ice creams, lollies and sorbets. First things first - no ice cream maker? Here's what to do: 1. Prepare the mix according to the recipe. 2. Chill as instructed, then pour the mixture into a plastic container, cover with a lid and place in your freezer for 50 minutes. 3. Remove from the freezer and beat with an electric whisk or stick blender to remove any ice crystals. Return to the freezer. 4. Over the next two-three hours, remove from the freezer every 30 minutes or so and whisk or beat again. Finally, leave until completely frozen. Try these funky flavours for a taste experience that goes far beyond plain vanilla...

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250ml (8fl oz) full-fat milk 125ml (4fl oz) double cream 4 egg yolks 88g (3¼oz) caster sugar Pinch of sea salt

Pour the milk and cream into a large saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to steam but not boil. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a heatproof bowl until smooth. Add the sugar and salt and whisk until pale and slightly fluffy. Gradually and slowly, pour the hot milk into the egg mixture whilst whisking continuously to prevent the eggs scrambling. Return the mixture to the saucepan and place over a low heat, stirring frequently until the custard thinly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Do not allow to boil. Pour back into the bowl and set aside for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooled to room temperature. For more rapid chilling, half-fill a sink with cold water and ice and place the bowl of mixture in it for 20 minutes. Never put the hot mixture into the fridge. Once cooled, cover the mixture and refrigerate, ideally overnight, but at least for six hours, until thoroughly chilled (at least 4C). Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions or whisk by hand. When the churning is completed, use a spoon or spatula to scrape the ice cream into a freezer-proof container with a lid. Freeze until it reaches the correct scooping texture (at least two hours).

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Pour the water into a saucepan and add the sugar. Place over a low heat and bring to the boil, whisking often, until the sugar dissolves. Add the summer fruits, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, continuing to whisk until the liquid turns into a syrup. Pour the syrup into a heatproof bowl and set aside for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooled to room temperature. For more rapid chilling, half-fill a sink with cold water and ice and place the bowl of mixture in it for 20 minutes. Add the lemon juice and shot of raspberry cordial, then sieve the mixture carefully to remove any pulp and seeds. You'll be left with a thick, rich liquid. If you'd like to spice up your sorbetto, add a dash of grenadine and aged balsamic vinegar now. Cover and refrigerate, ideally overnight, until thoroughly chilled (at least 4C). Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions or whisk by hand. When the churning is completed, use a spoon or spatula to scrape the sorbetto into a freezer-proof container with a lid. Freeze until it reaches the correct scooping texture (at least two-three hours).

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Pour the water into a saucepan and add the sugar. Place over a low heat and bring to the boil, whisking often, until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for five minutes, continuing to whisk until the liquid turns into a syrup. Set aside and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add the champagne and whisk together. Pour into lolly moulds, filling them about two-thirds full so that the mixture has room to expand as it freezes. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until almost solid, then insert a stick in each one. Freeze for another 30 minutes. If you can't find pink Champagne, use ordinary champagne and add a splash of Crème de cassis.

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Pour the milk and cream into a large saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to steam but not boil. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a heatproof bowl until smooth. Add the sugar and whisk until pale and slightly fluffy. Gradually and slowly, pour the hot milk into the egg mixture whilst whisking continuously to prevent the eggs scrambling. Return the mixture to the saucepan and place over a low heat, stirring frequently until the custard thinly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Do not allow to boil. Add 150g (5oz) of the hazelnut chocolate spread and mix with a stick blender. Pour the mixture back into the bowl and set aside for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until cooled to room temperature. For more rapid chilling, half-fill a sink with cold water and ice and place the bowl of mixture in it for 20 minutes. Never put the hot mixture into the fridge. Once cooled, cover the mixture and refrigerate, ideally overnight, but at least for six hours, until thoroughly chilled (at least 4C). Pour into an ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions or whisk by hand. When the churning is completed, put the remaining 75g (2½oz) hazelnut chocolate spread in a heatproof bowl and microwave for 20 seconds on medium, or until runny. Fold into the ice cream along with the chocolate praline balls. Use a spoon or spatula to scrape the ice cream into a freezerproof container with a lid. Freeze until it reaches the correct scooping texture (at least two hours).

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n icon wine is a wine made in limited quantities with no expense spared, and invariably becomes a wine for collectors. A prime example is Chateau Latour in Bordeaux, of which a six-litre bottle reached £135,000 in auction in 2011.

Most icon wines are produced as the flagship of a winery, where the winemaker is given the brief to make the best wine possible regardless of the production costs, and which should help to gain global recognition for the winery by the well respected wine critics. High scores in a wine competition creates demand, which in turn allows the winery to put a high price tag on the wine. Ultimately the aim of such wines is to create demand for the rest of the wines in the range, allowing consumers to enjoy similar wines but at a more affordable price. The icon wines are rarely subtle or elegant. In competitions it is usually the big, concentrated, fruity and oaky wines that gain the most marks. While it is interesting to taste them and buy the occasional bottle, it makes as much sense to look at the rest of the winery’s offerings for more everyday drinking purposes! One of South Africa’s first icon wines was Meerlust Rubicon. This is a Bordeaux blend, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It was inspired during a holiday the winery owner spent in Bordeaux, where he recognised that the terroir was similar to that of his estate in the Cape. Both benefit from cooling sea breezes and both have a granite and clay soil. On return from holiday, full of inspiration, he set about producing a wine to match those in France and in 1980 the first Bordeaux blend in South Africa was produced on the Meerlust Estate. There

has been no going back from there and now many other wineries in the Cape produce a similar style. At £23.75 this has remained a good value wine and, while the current vintage 2008 is already drinking well, it will continue to improve for another decade and is a wine to cellar if you have the patience! The more everyday Meerlust Red is a similar blend, but with more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot grape produces softer wines that are ready for drinking sooner and so the Red is a lighter version of the Rubicon, still with the rich, black fruit flavours, the hint of smoke and spice and the excellent structure. At £11.45, this is an excellent wine for barbecue drinking. In Rioja, the flagship of a winery is the Gran Reserva, made only in the best vintages and for Cune, one of the region’s longest established wineries, the Imperial Gran Reserva is no exception. This is produced in exceptional vintages and the current 2004 vintage is a wonderfully serious complex wine to be savoured. The ageing regulations in Rioja are very strict and Gran Reserva means the wine has to spend at least 2 years in oak barrels followed by 3 years in the bottle before being released for sale. This means it is ready for drinking when it is first on sale. At £27.95 it is well worth treating yourself. Vina Real Crianza 2009 - Also produced by Cune is the Vina Real Crianza £9.95. One of our favourite recent finds, this has just been awarded 91 points by Robert Parker, and represents

extremely good value for money. Crianza is another ageing term. The exact translation is ‘nursed’ and, in Rioja, it means that the wine has been aged in oak barrels for at least 12 months followed by a further 12 months ageing in the bottle before release. It has an almost crunchy texture, with spicy ripe black fruit flavours and a lingering finish. Perfectly drinkable on its own, it will also work well with lamb, barbecued meats or a plate of your favourite cheese. Many of Argentina’s ‘icon’ wines come from higher altitude vineyards, where the cooler climate and larger diurnal temperature differences give wines of greater concentration and depth of flavour. One very fine example is Bramare from Luján de Cuyo, which is known historically as the ‘premier zone’ for wine-growing in Mendoza. Its high elevation location (3,018 - 3,537 ft), in combination with a semi-desert climate and low-nutrient, stony soils provide ideal conditions for cultivation of high quality fruit. This is 100% Malbec, aged for 18 months in a combination of American and French oak, unfined and unfiltered, thus giving a true expression of the terroir of the Andes. At £25.95, it is an exceptionally good wine for the money and another that could be cellared, if you can resist temptation! From slightly lower down the Andes the winery produces the Felino Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 8 months in oak, this is also unfined and unfiltered, but does not quite have the complexity of the Bramare due the shorter time spent in oak and lower altitude vines. At £13.75, this is a great wine to drink with a fillet steak or with Sunday lunch.

The Wine Cellar • Tennis Road • Douglas • IM2 3QW Telephone: 01624 611793 • Email: anne@thewinecellar.im

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FORGET YOUR EIFFEL TOWERS, TIMES SQUARES AND LEANING TOWERS OF PISA, THIS MONTH GALLERY’S TAKING A LOOK AT SIX OF THE BEST ODDBALL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS FROM LAS VEGAS TO, ER, TURKMENISTAN…

LAS VEGAS

ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM Everyone who does Vegas visits the city’s numerous casinos, nightclubs and shows, but if you’re after an altogether different experience you could do worse than drop into the National Atomic Testing Museum. Documenting the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, the museum opened in 2005 and covers the period from the first NTS test in 1951 up to the present. As well as some 12,000 exhibits including Geiger counters, radiation testing devices and Native American artefacts from around the test area, the Atomic Testing museum also boast a ‘Ground Zero Theatre’ which simulates the experience of observing a nuclear test. They currently have an Area 51 exhibition, exploring the myths around the secretive military base, which will please UFO enthusiasts.

www.nationalatomictestingmuseum.com

LONDON

SPEAKERS CORNER There are now several Speakers Corners around the world, but the original and most famous is the one that takes place every Sunday in the northeast corner of London’s Hyde Park. ‘Speakers Corner’ has existed as an open air forum for public speaking and debate since the Parks Regulation Act in 1872, with many notable speakers having regularly appeared there, including Karl Marx, George Orwell and William Morris, and more recently the likes of politician Tony Benn, satirist Bill Maher and musician Billy Bragg. Speakers there talk about any topic of their choosing, provided the police don’t consider their speeches to be unlawful in any way. Ricky Gervais fans may recall the Fame DVD extra segment that featured Karl Pilkington interviewing a Speakers Corner regular who claimed to have discovered the secret to eternal youth. Hey, it takes all sorts.

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PARIS

SEWER TOUR The Musee des Egous offers tourists an opportunity to explore the labrynthine sewer system underneath Paris. First built in 1370, the sewer was not fully developed until the late 19th century and its network of tunnels sprawls some 1,500 miles. The tour explores the history of the tunnels as well as giving tourists the opportunity to learn about water treatment methods and view some of the sewer’s working water treatment machinery. You’ll be able to see sewage running through the sewer underneath the walkways, if that sort of thing floats your boat, but it’s really the opportunity to experience a side of Paris that largely goes unseen that makes this such an interesting place to visit. Just wash your hands on the way out.

www.parismuseumpass.com

TOKYO

MEGURO PARASITOLOGICAL MUSEUM If blood-sucking beasties are your thing, a visit to the Meguro Parasitological Museum is essential should you ever find yourself in Tokyo. The museum was founded by Satioru Kamegai in 1953 as a research facility and offers an impressive, and often disgusting, range of parasite specimens and other exhibits. The museum urges visitors to ‘think about parasites without a feeling of fear’, although that’s easier said than done when you consider that their star attraction is a 28 foot-long tapeworm recovered from a Japanese man’s insides. You can even get a preserved parasite keyring from the giftshop. The perfect gift for your nearest and dearest.

www.kiseichu.org

BERLIN

ABSINTHE DEPOT It’s fair to say that absinthe has something of a legendary status; a highly alcoholic spirit whose fans throughout the centuries have included Vincent Van Gogh (who’s said to have cut off his ear as a result of being off his face on it) and Oscar Wilde, and which was banned from 1915 across the USA and most of Europe due to its perceived harmful, psychoactive effects. Having been shown to actually be no more harmful than any other spirits, however, it has undergone a revival over the past couple of decades, and Berlin’s Absinthe Depot is a shrine to the stuff, with over 100 absinthes available to taste and purchase. They also sell plenty of other items of paraphernalia, including spoons, fountains, absinthe chocolates and gift sets. Bottoms up.

www.erstesabsinthdepot.de

TURKMENISTAN DOOR TO HELL

A wildcard entry, Turkmenistan’s ‘Door to Hell’ is a natural gas field in Derweze that has been burning continuously since being lit by Soviet scientists in 1971. It contains a 70 metre-wide crater from which it gets its nickname, owing to the fire, boiling mud and orange flames. It was originally set alight when the ground collapsed during drilling by petrochemical scientists, who feared that the escape of poisonous gases could pose a danger to nearby villages. The scientists expected the gas to burn out after a few days, but forty years later the fire is still going, providing an incredible spectacle that is visited by thousands of tourists each year. The country’s president in 2010 announced plans to close the hole – it remains open but may not be for much longer. So if a hell hole in the middle of the desert sounds appealing to you, you’d better hurry.

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GO GLOBAL FOUR OF THE BEST FETIVALS TO VISIT IN AUGUST

Burning Man BLACK ROCK DESERT, NEVADA, USA AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 2 First things first, Burning Man is not a music festival. In fact, it’s not a festival at all, rather a week-long community gathering which encourages artistic endeavours of all kinds. Moreover, it’s a commercefree exercise of ‘radical self-reliance’: all participants must provide everything they need to survive, from food and water to clothing and shelter, in a desert climate where temperatures hit as high as 100 degrees in the daytime and low as freezing at night. Your reward for braving one of the harshest climates in earth thought, is the opportunity to take part in one of the worlds biggest and most iconic celebrations of artistic expression.

burningman.com

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND AUGUST 2-26 The Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival spanning 25 days. A festival that showcases performing artscomedy, dance, opera musicals, and lots more. Over 2,695 shows from 47 countries in around 279 venues. Some 1.8 Million tickets have been sold this year. In addition to ticketed, programmed events, the Festival has a free street fair, located primarily on the Royal Mile. A great atmosphere is felt around the whole city with bag pipers playing day and night in the streets. The Fringe is an excellent choice, and little bit closer to home perhaps.

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La Route du Rock

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La Route du Rock have been laying on a mouth watering line up since 1993, consisting of leftfield indie and electronica that’s definitely more ATP than V. Previous guests have included Sonic Youth, TV on the Radio, Mercury Rev and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This year’s line up features Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Local Natives and lots more.

Going since 1988, Pukkelpop has enjoyed immense success in its near-quarter century life-span. However, the chaos of last year’s festival, during which a storm caused the collapse of several stages, the deaths of five people, injuries to many more and ultimately the cancellation of the event, were well documented. The unpredictable and tragic events may be enough to put some people off going back, but this hasn’t deterred the organisers, who have a blockbuster line up featuring Eminem The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy, Neil Oyung & Crazy Horse, Franz Ferdinand, and a long list of celeb DJs will be there this year.

With a capacity of 10,000, it’s a cosy affair, and just a stone’s throw away from pubs and restaurants of St. Malo. There’s plenty to keep festival-goers entertained.

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Isle of Man | Home & Interiors | August 2013

The best place to find a new place in the Isle of Man


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Bollindene is a superior end terraced Victorian residence, situated in a pleasant and desirable residential area. The property has been tastefully modernised and exquisitely decorated throughout, whilst retaining many original features, providing great character and period charm.

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The spacious lounge features a large and impressive double glazed sash bay window, providing plenty of natural light and has the original Victorian fire surround incorporating a real fire. The property also benefits from a second reception room and large open plan kitchen, which features an archway leading into the conservatory. The kitchen has a breakfast bar with granite work surfaces and includes a ‘Rangemaster’ electric cooker with double oven and grill. There is a good sized utility room with doors to the cloakroom and front garden. On the first floor half-landing, there is an impressive family bathroom, which has fully tiled walls and floor with a freestanding bath and step-up and through an archway to a walk-in wet room, which has thermostatic his and hers showers. From the main landing, there are doors to three double bedrooms and stairs to the second floor, where the master suite is situated.

“a stylish yet practical family home” This spacious master bedroom features attractive exposed original beams, along with an inset velux window and two windows to the front aspect, providing plenty of natural light. The en-suite bathroom has an exposed beam and fully tiled walls and floor, complementing the contemporary suite. Outside, there is a front garden which has been mainly timber decked providing a delightful seating area with a selection of perimeter trees and bushes. The side garden is accessed via an attractive timber arch and is mainly laid to lawn with a hedgerow

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border. There is block paved driveway which leads to the garage. Bollindene is a perfect example of an extremely well presented Victorian house, benefiting from an extensive range of accommodation. A stylish yet practical family home.

Viewings are highly recommended on this comprehensive and impressive family home. Call our DOUGLAS OFFICE: 01624 616200

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The best place to find a new place in the Isle of Man MAIN ROAD - FOXDALE

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Davian House is a secluded detached spacious bungalow comprising two reception rooms, a light and airy breakfast kitchen overlooking the gardens, a utility room, five bedrooms (two with en-suite bathrooms) and a family bathroom. Outside there is a double garage and parking for several cars. The property is set in a quiet location with the house bordered by mature trees, front and rear gardens and a stream to the front boundary. There is also a mature and productive vegetable patch to the rear.

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The Lodge is an extended spacious residence close to schools, airport and village amenities. The property comprises of a lounge, dining room, sun room, study, large games room, modern kitchen with appliances, two utility rooms, cloakroom, storeroom, family bathroom and six bedrooms (two of which are en-suite). Outside there is a detached two storey building which is currently being used as a store. The driveway has ample parking for a number of vehicles. The delightful private garden has natural surrounding gardens and woodland, it features a raised patio area with access to the sun room. There is also a lower orchard area with mature fruit trees and lower wild flower garden.


The French are known for their exquisite cuisine, so who understands kitchens better?

Indulge yourself in French luxury and meet your Mobapla specialist on your doorstep, here in the Isle of Man

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The best place to find a new place in the Isle of Man OATLANDS LODGE - ANDREAS

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This modern detached bungalow is situated in a sought after rural location on the outskirts of Andreas village. It is well presented throughout, downstairs comprises a lounge, fitted kitchen, utility room, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. Upstairs there is a shower room and two further double attic bedrooms, both with large velux windows having lovely views over the surrounding countryside. The front and rear gardens are mainly laid to lawn with decorative borders. There are double gates which lead to a driveway for ample parking and also a garage. The property has oil fired central heating and private drainage. No chain.

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‘Fir Trees’ is a stunning detached coastal residence situated in the countryside, with breathtaking panoramic sea and coastal views. This luxury family home is set in over four acres of land with the accommodation being carefully planned to take full advantage of this picturesque site. The property comprises of two reception rooms which both enjoy the rural countryside views of the surrounding hills and coastal views looking down over Laxey Bay. There is a conservatory, dining kitchen with triple aspect windows, utility room, family bathroom, study/ bedroom 5, a master en-suite bedroom with arched entrance to dressing area, and three further double bedrooms. Outside is a large double garage with roof storage access. There are beautiful lawned gardens to the front, side and rear and a further four acres of land adjoining.


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ICSA ANNUAL DINNER WITH GUEST SPEAKER GERMAINE GREER Germaine Greer is to be the after-dinner guest speaker at this year’s ICSA Annual Dinner, sponsored by RBS International, at Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club, Santon, on Friday 20 September 2013.

ISO QA ISLE OF MAN JOINS AEROSPACE CLUSTER

Australian writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, Germaine Greer is widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century and is listed in Prospect Magazine’s 100 Greatest Thinkers.

The company which guides businesses through complex but increasingly important ISO certification standards has been invited to join the influential Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC).

Her ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition. She is also the author of many other books including, Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991) and Shakespeare’s Wife (2007).

The invitation to ISO QA Isle of Man Ltd came from IOMAC chairman Adrian Moore and the company’s directors, Kevin Burnell and Lee McLellan, were officially welcomed during the Cluster’s latest forum at St John’s Mill, Tynwald Mills.

ICSA President David Venus and Chief Executive Simon Osborne are to attend the dinner and David will present prizes and awards to students as part of the evening. Ron Berry has again kindly taken on the role of Master of Ceremonies. The evening will also include a charity raffle in support of the new dedicated breast care unit at Noble’s Hospital. Bill Shimmins, Isle of Man Director, RBS International: “After the successes of 2011 and 2012, we are delighted to again be involved with the ICSA Isle of Man Annual Dinner, a perfect occasion to highlight and celebrate the invaluable work of Chartered Secretaries in the Isle of Man’s ongoing success as an international business centre.” Gillian Prestwich, ICSA Isle of Man Chairman, “We are delighted to welcome Germaine Greer and grateful to RBS International for their support, and to Appleby for sponsoring the pre-dinner Drinks Reception and to our MC Ron Berry for what promises to be a great event.” To book individual tickets (£50 each) and corporate tables please visit www.icsa2013. eventbrite.com For enquiries please contact Gillian Prestwich, ICSA Isle of Man Chairman at gillianprestwich@manx.net Booking deadline is Friday 30 August. www.icsaiom.org

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“We are delighted that a company of the calibre of ISO QA Isle of Man has accepted the invitation that sees the Cluster become a collaboration of 22 companies,” said Mr Moore. The forum was also attended by David Bailey, executive director of North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA), and Kelvin Davies, of BAE Systems, along with Cluster representatives. “We regard membership of IOMAC as important recognition of the work we do in guiding companies through the complex requirements of very diverse Standards they are now expected to achieve and maintain, ” said Mr Burnell. These include ISO9001 Quality, ISO14001 Environment, ISO18001 Health and Safety, ISO27001 Information Security and ISO50001 Energy. ISO QA Isle of Man Ltd also conduct commercial energy audits, looking at how companies can best use the energy and also how to save energy costs. The Cluster offers cost-effective, joinedup solutions for its global blue chip client base. As part of the North West Aerospace Alliance, one of the most active aerospace clusters in Europe, the IOMAC is part of one of the most influential ‘aerospace hotspots’ in the UK.

COUNCIL EMPLOYEES RECEIVE LONG-SERVICE AWARDS The Mayor of Douglas, Councillor Carol Malarkey, has presented long-service awards to nine Council employees. At a reception in the mayor’s parlour for the recipients the Mayor observed that the loyalty and hard work of the staff was much appreciated and she praised their effort and commitment in helping deliver quality service and keeping Douglas ‘looking good’. Presentations for 20 years’ service went to David Gaggs, chargehand and Sharron Osborne, cleaner/relief assistant; for 30 years, David Crompton, gardener/labourer, Peter Christian, chargehand – parks and Kenneth Dalton, refuse collector and for 40 years, Michael Crellin, superintendent (tramways), John Hanbidge, maintenance officer, Paul Cowin, assistant town clerk and Margaret Kewley, secretary/PA.

ENERGY EXPO 2013 TO SHOWCASE ENERGY EFFICIENCY INITIATIVES The Energy Expo 2013 is taking place on the 9th and 10th of August at Knockaloe as part of the Royal Manx Agricultural Show. Richard Ronan MHK, the Department of Economic Development’s Member with responsibility for Energy said: ‘Government’s energy policy is approved by Tynwald and commits us to securing the efficient use of affordable energy while minimising the impact of our energy use on the environment. The Energy Expo aims to raise awareness of energy efficiency initiatives and some of the excellent work that is being undertaken in the Island to help businesses and households to reduce their energy bills and so help protect our planet.’ A broad range of activities are planned for the Expo across the 2 days including an exhibition featuring ten local firms involved in energy efficiency. isle of man premier magazine


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(JA-YE) EUROPE ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE 2013 On 3 and 4 July, local student Vanessa Simpson, along with her business partners, competed against 21 teams from 14 European countries at the (JA-YE) Europe Enterprise Challenge 2013, a two-day competition, which took place in Liège, Belgium. The teabox company were awarded third place. The teabox company has been trading since December, and is primarily an online supplier of premium quality loose-leaf tea. However, the company also offer a B2B service allowing shops, bars and restaurants to stock their products. Vanessa Simpson says: “It was inspiring to see so many incredible ideas and meet such interesting people while competing in Liège. Setting up the teabox company and taking part in this competition has proved to me that with motivation and enthusiasm a lot can be achieved, despite the current levels of unemployment.”

E-GAMING: YOU CAN! The best people to write a book on a subject are those who live, work and breathe it… 26 authorities on e-Gaming – working across a broad cross-section of the Island’s e-Gaming industry – joined forces to write a book on how to form, license and run an e-Gaming company on the Isle of Man, they entitled it: ‘You Can!’ A world leader and home for the most innovative, rapidly-growing sectors of business, the Isle of Man has become a fiercely competitive place of residence for some of the most influential online operators in the industry, such as PokerStars, Microgaming, Full Tilt, SBOBET, 188bet, PaddyPower, 12bet; a list that grows year-on-year. Co-editor, R Paul Davis, LL.D., a Canadian barrister and solicitor who established Counting House, a leading consultancy for e-Gaming worldwide, said: “This book went from idea to reality in less than four months, and was ready for release at the because quality matters

FIVE YEARS SERVICE AWARD FOR SANDRA NEIL FROM PURPLE ACCOUNTS

NEDBANK PRIVATE WEALTH TAKES TRAINING TO EXTREMES

Sandra Neill, Office Manager & PA to the Directors has received her 5 year service award from Managing Director of Purple Accounts, David Parker ACMA CGMA.

As one of the Sailing for the Disabled’s platinum corporate sponsors, Nedbank Private Wealth is entitled to a number of sailing days each year. Last year, they used one of these to deliver a bespoke training programme to some of their staff and, following its success, decided to make it a regular annual event.

Purple Accounts was set up in 2007 and has become a leading provider of accountancy and related services for owner managed businesses. Sandra has been there almost from the beginning and has seen through the highs and lows of the journey so far. David commented “in today’s economic environment it is essential that you retain your most valued assets. Sandra has certainly become a very important aspect of Purple Accounts which is testament to her drive and commitment. She knows the business inside out and has formed a lovely rapport with our clients. This award is recognition of the importance of the role which Sandra plays in the business and l look forward to the next 5 years”

annual ICE Gaming Conference in London, where the first edition of 350 copies sold out in under two days. It is an extraordinary demonstration of the level of integration and co-operation in the Island’s business community, leaving competitor jurisdictions coughing in the dust.“ With a foreword written by the Minister for Economic Development, John Shimmin MHK, the book is the first comprehensive start-to-finish guide on starting and running a licensed e-Gaming enterprise. A contributing lawyer, Claire Milne, a Partner at Appleby (Isle of Man) LLC, said: “I decided to contribute because it was an excellent opportunity for a cross-section of the Manx e-Gaming sector to share its experience with those interested in the Island as a jurisdiction. This jurisdiction is a business friendly jurisdiction on many levels and I think that this publication is an excellent example of that. Appleby has been committed to the e-Gaming industry for many years and was delighted to collaborate in this venture.”

This year Lynn Kelly, the bank’s senior training executive, worked in conjunction with both Sailing for the Disabled and Corporate Personal Development, to design an intensive programme of team collaboration events. Corporate Personal Development is a social enterprise from another local charity, The Children’s Centre, and is a leader in the field of experiential learning. Lynn Kelly explained, “The objective of the course was to bring staff from our Jersey office and our Guernsey Trust Company together with their colleagues in the Isle of Man in order to explore some of the difficulties that can be associated with working in multi-locational teams. This was a great opportunity for colleagues to get to know each other better and forge stronger working links”. The compound annual growth rate of the e-Gaming industry was at 24% in 2012, growing to US$33.7 billion. New opportunities in e-Gaming are making headway as technology advancements proliferate, motivating innovative entrepreneurs to seek their fortunes by both refining discoveries and filling gaps in the market. You won’t find this book in retail stores. It is made available to prospective licensees and related professionals at e-Gaming shows all over the world. Copies may also be requested by e-mail: paul@ countinghouseltd.com.

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Sure International is launched to the Isle of Man business community Sure recently launched the rebrand of its enterprise division to the Island’s corporate and SME customers at an event at The Courthouse. Serving canapés and a Sure-inspired cocktail to their guests, the company announced the extension of its well-respected and popular consumer brand, Sure, into its enterprise division, which is now known as Sure International. This reflects both the global reach of the company since its acquisition by the Batelco Group and the vast resource base which Isle of Man businesses can access following the acquisition. The Sure team introduced their new look at the event and presented Jo Cox, their newly appointed Corporate Sales Director, who brings with her the benefit of many years of telecoms experience.

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From L to R:  Jason Spooner of Intelligence; Jo Cox, Enterprise Sales Director, Sure International; Craig Thomson of Boston

“Sure is entering a new, exciting phase as we renew our commitment to customer service excellence in the Isle of Man and take advantage of our new owners’ expertise and experience to deliver what our customers want, when they want it, at a price that’s right” stated Andy Bridson, CEO of Sure Isle of Man. Alongside the rebrand of the Enterprise division, Sure has refreshed its consumer brand, introducing a new-look logo that represents the richness of its full-service telecoms offering and a modern, From L to R: Simon Wood of KPMG; Nigel Jones of Complete Technology; Ian Comish, optimistic outlook for the future. Principal Network Consultant, Sure International Andy Bridson added, “Our new enterprise brand indicates our commitment to bring the latest in telecoms technology to Isle of Man businesses, providing them with the platform they need to compete in the global marketplace. As before, customer service and technical excellence remain at the heart of what we offer.”

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As we hit the heights of the summer holiday season, we all find ourselves overcome with wanderlust from timeto-time. Whether it’s a daydream about an idyllic beach holiday or the memory of a brilliant city break, globetrotting can inspire, refresh and relax. But, what about those who travel the world for their day job and how can this jet set group help the Island as a whole? On his own journey, Creechurch Capital CEO, John Greenwood has successfully steered the fast-growing firm through its first two-and-a-half years of business from the historic Knox House building in Douglas. Creechurch embodies his personal vision of providing clients with a truly boutique and personalised investment manager for the local community, combined with an established network of clients and partners across the globe, creating enviable reach and gravitas.

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The Isle of Man is widely renowned for its position as a leading international centre for financial services, which accounts for a large proportion of the island’s economy. The Creechurch team works hard (and clocks up the air miles!) to ensure it does its part to continue the Isle of Man’s firm foothold as a world-class financial services hub in an increasingly competitive business environment.

The team will also be speaking to the market about a new UK residential property fund, Castel, to which Creechurch Advisory Services is the master distributor.

South Africa Creechurch headed to South Africa to present in Johannesburg and Cape Town about the benefits of investing in UK real estate.

The firm is strategically placed to develop an off-island client-base and in turn attract more interest and business to the Isle of Man. This allows the business to bring the best products and services to residents of the island, which is testament to its dedication to its Manx roots.

The seminar attracted delegates from across the globe looking to hear marketleading advice from a panel of experts.

In the same way, Creechurch has just renewed its commitment to the Rendezvous Lounge at the airport in a bid to show its support and welcome business in and out of the Isle of Man. Signing a second twoyear deal, the wealth management boutique is currently revamping the lounge to inject its own personality and highlight the best the island has to offer.

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Dubai In March, the team from Creechurch took to the stage to deliver a keynote speech at a pensions event in a bid to attract business back to the island. The main sessions were on the future of pensions under its AML Evolution brand.

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This was an extremely popular topic and has seen a high number of investment enquiries continue to flood in from the delegates who attended. At the beginning of May, John Greenwood was called to speak at a conference in Hong Kong about asset allocation in a lowinterest environment. With more than 75 per cent of the professional adviser audience rating his presentation as very good or excellent, John had another very successful trip. So successful, in fact that he had to followup with another visit in June to finish off the extra meetings he had managed to schedule in.

In a strategy that has seen Creechurch compete internationally to win business, the business has continued to grow. And it doesn’t stop there. With deals signed from trips to Zambia, Switzerland, the UK and Turkey, Creechurch is flying from strength-to-strength. The majority of its initial growth has been achieved off-island, but the firm has made a conscious decision to remain loyal to the Isle of Man, making key appointments to develop the island’s talent pool and so the team can also focus on the local market. The real question is how well this translates to winning business? Well, the firm has met its three-year target with six months to spare and added £150m of private client assets in 12 months. There’s no denying Creechurch has evolved into a financial services business the island can be proud of as it continues to fly the Manx flag across the world. Working hard to meet the expectations of clients is key to the business and can only serve to enhance the island’s already outstanding reputation as an international business centre to be reckoned with.

Singapore Singapore was the next stop for the team and the focus was back onto pensions. In this area, Creechurch has built an unparalleled network of industry-leading global partners and so can continue to provide best-of-breed advice regardless of the region it is in. 

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On the 16th July, the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce held one of its regular breakfast events but in a very unusual setting - on the inaugural journey of The Dining Car. The recently refurbished train carriages have been created into a splendid dining experience which will serve the Steam Railway in both scheduled trains, as well as being available to hire for private functions. The sold out event took 44 members of the Chamber of Commerce through wonderful views of the Manx countryside to Port Soderick, whilst enjoying breakfast prepared by Chef Quirke. Chambers President Michael Crowe said: “We were very impressed by the facility and we are sure it is going to be a great asset for Manx residents and business who might want to use it for functions as well as visitors to the Island.� He went on to thank Ian Longworth, Director of Public Transport, and his team for all their efforts in making it such a memorable event.

Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce Email: enquires@iomchamber.org.im | Tel: 01624 674941 | www.iomchamber.org.im

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MANX TELECOM ANNOUNCES TWO SENIOR APPOINTMENTS Manx Telecom has announced two senior appointments in public sector and corporate accounts. Retail Manager Paul Keen has been promoted to become Public Sector Accounts Manager, and Scott Bradley has joined the company as Corporate Account Manager. Paul joined Manx Telecom in 2011 and his primary role was managing the company’s new Strand Street store which had opened a few months earlier. Prior to joining the company he worked as an Investment Manager on the Island, and through one of these investments he became a Director of Simonstone Motor Group plc, and later became the group’s Managing Director. Prior to this on completing university Paul was recruited to a graduate role at Marconi Communications in Coventry before returning to the Isle of Man in 2002. Scott Bradley joins Manx Telecom from Argon Technologies Ltd (formerly 2e2) where he was Head of Sales and Account Management. His responsibilities included managing key accounts within the company’s client portfolio and selling in a wide range of sectors such as finance, eGaming, insurance, public sector, legal, and CSPs. In eight years with 2e2 he also held the roles of Acting Operations Director and Service Delivery Manager. Prior to that he was a Recruitment Consultant at Offshore Appointments Specialists (OSA). Fergal McKenna, Manx Telecom Sales Director, congratulated them both on their new roles and welcomed them to the Manx Telecom sales team. He commented: “Scott has valuable experience of working with business customers large and small on the Island and brings with him IT solutions skills in particular. His knowledge of IT solutions combined with Manx Telecom services will help customers get great value. Paul joins as account manager to the public sector accounts. With Manx Telecom’s recent successful award of a managed services contract running the Isle of Man Post Office’s critical IT infrastructure, Paul will be busy ensuring IOMPO achieves their goals from the project and also involving other Isle of Man Government departments with similar Manx Telecom solutions.”

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FIRST NAMES GROUP APPOINTS AN ISLE OF MAN MANAGING DIRECTOR Leading trust, funds and corporate service provider, First Names Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Hepburn to Managing Director of their Isle of Man trust and corporate business. Gary has been promoted to Managing Director of First Names (Isle of Man) Limited after working as Client Service Director at First Names Group for 9 years. Gary is well known within the industry, he has a wealth of experience in financial services placing him as the natural choice to lead the Isle of Man operation. Originally from Zimbabwe he worked in the UK, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands before moving to the Isle of Man with his family. Gary is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers; he holds the Trustee Diploma as well as a Finance Degree from the University of Manchester. He is also a long-time member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Securities Institute. First Names Group now have over 400 staff operating out of eight strategic locations and is one of the world’s largest offshore trust, funds and corporate service providers. Gary’s appointment comes just weeks after the Group was named Private Client Practitioner Top 25 Trust Companies for the third year running. Speaking about his new appointment Gary said; “First Names Group has grown very strongly over the last few years. I am excited about the future and am really looking forward to helping deliver responsible growth, whilst crucially ensuring we continue to provide unrivalled client service.” Morgan Jubb, CEO of the Group commented; “First Names Group has ambitious plans for the future, a strong leadership team is imperative if we are going to achieve our objectives. I am delighted with Gary’s appointment he is a strong leader and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of client service. He is well respected by clients and colleagues alike and I have every confidence that he will continue to raise the bar and drive the business forward.”

SAYLE GALLERY APPOINTS NEW MANAGER The Sayle Gallery, the Isle of Man’s prestigious contemporary art gallery, has appointed Barbara Quilliam as its new Manager. Barbara – Babs to her friends – brings considerable expertise in both the creative arts and administration to complement the Sayle’s active Board of Directors, and its mainly volunteer staff. “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role at what is a very exciting time for the Sayle Gallery, and for the Island’s creative arts scene,” says Barbara. “My long standing interest in the rapidly growing arts life here has involved me in theatre with Peel Pantaloons and the Legion Players, film production with internationally recognised Isle of Man short film producers MannIN Shorts, and I am really looking forward to working with many of the Island’s leading visual artists here at the Sayle.” Barbara’s previous work experience also includes event management with Legends in Peel, the Isle of Man Cruise Club and on the first Peel Bay Festival in 2008. Her interest in visual arts began when she lived and worked in France in the late 1980’s where she sold street art for an artists’ collective in Lyon, in return for wine. “That was a long time ago,” laughs Barbara, “but what I learnt then is something I practice to this day: that a friendly, approachable attitude goes a long way in this world!” And it was this attitude was what appealed to the Sayle Gallery’s Directors: “Barbara’s application stood out,” says Chairman Damian Ciappelli. “Our Manager should be able to work with artists, customers, sponsors and the general public – whilst also juggling administration tasks, phone calls and emails. Barbara’s experience and approach made her the ideal person for the job, and we are all really looking forward to working with her.”

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All Things Equestrian Equestrian and fashion? Two words not usually heard in tandem. Intrigued? Well, when you think of the word ‘Equestrian’ you tend to think of horse poo, straw and unflattering foot wear! When you think of Fashion, you think style, trends, celebrities and other glitterati! Equestrian sport has never really been renowned for being glamorous, until now.

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powerful trend; with horse fashion becoming a sizeable industry. Arguably, ‘Joules’ were the first to make ‘horsey’ clothing cool. They started out selling country clothing at Badminton and Burghley Horse Trails, then suddenly numbered polo tops, tweeds and Labradors were a ‘must have’. The look is comfortable but chic and very ‘royal family’, who are all very much into their equestrian sports. And let’s face it, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us! Zara Phillips has recently brought out her own range of equestrian clothing, teaming up with ‘Musto’, ‘Zara 176’ was created. Inspired by her own event competitor number, Zara proudly models her own clothes and uses her own horses as models too. Then of course there are the likes of Hackett London,

‘Hunter’ wellies burst on to the catwalk as the next big thing coming in every colour available, followed closely by the ‘Barbour’ jacket.

Ralph Lauren Polo and HV Polo, who largely provide clothing for Polo players but have expanded into the mainstream retail market. For the modern rider, it’s very much about looking and feeling great! It’s about designer style, tailored to the contours of your body, luxurious fabrics with on trend colours and even diamond detailing. Jodhpurs, show shirts and riding jackets are now very much fit for the catwalk. After all, many riders spend the majority of their lives in their jodhpurs, so why not look fabulous at the same time. Horses can also be dressed to impress with bridles, saddles, rugs and saddlecloths (the blanket under the saddle) coming in every colour you can think of – making it easy to match your outfit to that of your horse. Why not add some extra sparkle with Swarovski crystals, they seem to be everywhere at the isle of man premier magazine


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moment and do look particularly chic when out riding in the sunshine! Equestrian clothing really has galloped forward, transitioning into fashion with edgy, sophisticated and sexy ‘Vogue style’ photo-shoots! There also a number of smaller, less well known couture brands, offering exclusive horse & rider clothing and equipment for leisure and competition. Here are two to tickle your fancy. Gersemi (Scandinavian equestrian brand), who strive to bring stylish and functional wear to their followers. Gersemi promises outstanding quality and design to achieve a sense of confidence and strength. Clothing feels super luxurious with rich natural colours that could be worn around the stable or in town: www.gersemi-uk.shptron. com/home/index/1567.9/

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Horses can also be dressed to impress with bridles, saddles, rugs and saddlecloths (the blanket under the saddle) coming in every colour you can think of – making it easy to match your outfit to that of your horse.

Also, there’s Animio Italia, handmade in Italy. I first came across Animo at The Blue Chip Show jumping Championships earlier this year, when I was blinded by a gorgeous saddle cloth. It was in my riding colours, rich green, with Swarovski crystals hand-stitched into the fabric, with matching ‘ear muffs’ (covers for the horses ears to stop flies and muffle noise) - how could I resist - some girls buy handbags, I buy clothes for my horse! www.animoitalia.com/en/equitazione/ Most of the brands mentioned in this article are available at Horses And Riders - Tynwald Mills: www. horseandriders.co.uk Next month, I will be covering how to get started in equestrian. Until then...

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MANX TELECOM TEAM WIN THE CHILDREN’S CENTRE CHARITY GOLF DAY A team from Manx Telecom won The Children’s Centre’s annual golf day which raised around £3,500 that will go towards charitable projects helping families and children across the Island. Fourteen businesses took part in the event at Peel Golf Club with the winners taking home The Children’s Centre’s Golf Day Trophy.

Manx residents are being encouraged to get behind the Island’s Commonwealth Games team by purchasing tickets for Glasgow 2014. Tickets for the event go on sale on August 19, with demand for the one million available expected to be huge following the success of last year’s London Olympics. The Isle of Man will be one of 71 nations competing, and will be hoping to replicate the success of the 2010 Delhi Games where shooter Tim Kneale and cyclist Mark Christian both won bronze medals. Manx residents can purchase their tickets and travel packages from Mann Link Travel, the Island’s official Glasgow 2014 ticket and travel provider’.

Teams enjoyed a bacon bap and coffee before heading out onto the course, and there were snacks and refreshments throughout the day followed by a two-course carvery celebration meal. If you are interested in taking part in next year’s Golf Day email susiecox@ thechildrenscentre.org.im or call 676076. DOUGLAS GOLF COURSE: ON A PAR WITH THE BEST Douglas golf course is looking at its finest and attracting praise from leading members of the golfing fraternity.

SUNSHINE SAILING WITH MOORE STEPHENS Moore Stephens Isle of Man, leading providers of multi-sector accountancy, consultancy and wealth management services, celebrated their maritime tradition with their sponsorship of the 5th Moore Stephens Douglas regatta and the support of two local children’s charities. Organised by the Douglas Bay Yacht Club, this year’s regatta saw 10 yachts competing in five races, over two days. Crew were treated to a barbeque on the Saturday evening followed by a prize presentation on the Sunday afternoon where Tango and his crew were presented with the first prize. This year Moore Stephens’ fundraising was on behalf of Wish Upon a Dream, an Isle of Man charity granting wishes for sick and terminally ill children living on the Island and The Children’s Centre, an independent Manx charity that develops, manages and pioneers community initiatives and services aimed at enabling children, young people and families to realise their full potential.

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At a reception hosted by Douglas Mayor Councillor Carol Malarkey for the greenkeeping staff, committee members and this year’s Isle of Man golf champion Kevin Moore guests heard Her Worship say the course had ‘blossomed’. It was in peak condition, she said, thanks to the committee, the hard work of head green keeper Murray Jones and his team and the continuing investment in the facility by the Council. This had led to Douglas golf course being selected to host three new events this year, the Governor’s Golf Day on July 3rd, the KHG Golf Day on July 4th and the Michael and William Dunlop Charity Golf Day on August 29th. The occasion also provided the opportunity for the Mayor to congratulate club member Kevin Moore on winning the 2013 Isle of Man amateur close golf championship. It was, she said ‘a case of like father, like son’ as he had won the championship previously, in 2004, and his father, Roy, president-elect of the Isle of Man Golf Union, in 1968. To mark Kevin Moore’s success the Mayor presented him with a plaque engraved with the first verse of the Manx national anthem. In response the Douglas-born golfer said it had been a ‘fantastic’ championship attracting a good number of spectators and that he believed Douglas golf course to be the most improved course in the Island ‘bar none’.

INAUGURAL APPLEBY YOUTH CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIPS A SUCCESS Over 50 young cyclists took to the Jurby Kart Track on Saturday 20 July to battle it out in the inaugural Youth Circuit Championships, sponsored by Appleby and the Ellan Vannin Cycling Club. In a thrilling and competitive evening male and female riders, aged 6 to 16 raced the track in a bid to achieve podium positions. Winners included Matthew Bostock (14-16), Conor Davies (12-14), Charlie Gibson (10-12), Percy Hampton (8-10) and Mairi Harrison (6-8), whilst the fastest overall lap was clocked by Nathan Draper who completed the circuit in only 1:27. 347 minutes. The fastest female lap was undertaken by Elizabeth Holden who completed the circuit in 1:32.684. MINISTER CONGRATULATES ISLAND GAMES TEAM ON VICTORY IN BERMUDA Department of Community, Culture and Leisure Minister Graham Cregeen MHK has congratulated the Isle of Man team on its victory in the NatWest Island Games held in Bermuda in July. The Island’s 85-strong team topped the medals table with 36 gold, 36 silver and 25 bronze medals ahead of hosts Bermuda who finished on 27 golds and third placed Jersey with 23 gold medals. Minister Cregeen commented: “I want to congratulate the Isle of Man team for their brilliant success in Bermuda – they did us proud. Everyone at DCCL and I am sure many people across the Island are thrilled for them.”

CHARITY THE WINNER AT THE ISLE OF MAN’S STANDARD BANK SUPER CUP 2013 Charity was definitely the winner at the Standard Bank Mixed 7-a-side Football Tournament – the Standard Bank Super Cup. The fun tournament took place on Saturday 13th July at The Bowl with 16 teams taking part in the sunshine. The final was between AXA and Nil Boyz, with AXA taking the trophy after a penalty shoot-out to win 2-1. £1,571 was raised on the day and that has been split between two charities: Manx Cancer Help and the Mifumi School project. isle of man premier magazine


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Range Rover The next Generation Every generation of Range Rover sets a new benchmark. the fourth generation is a bold evolution of the iconic design. Admit it, we all know that the arrival of a new Range Rover is guaranteed to put rivals in the shade. The question is, by how much. From a visual inspection alone, the answer is; considerably. Taut and structured, the new shape is more refined. The key lines and architectural shapes instantly tell you it’s a Range Rover. The signature clamshell bonnet, floating roof, deep imposing grille and headlamp graphics have the familiar Range Rover presence. Yet the front of the new vehicle is subtly different. The optimised proportions and sleeker lines are a modern interpretation of traditional design cues. There’s a definite, clear lineage – this is a vehicle with Land Rover DNA through and through. The all-new Range Rover builds on the marque’s three classic lines. The lower accent graphic, roofline and continuous belt line that flows around the vehicle give it a unique sense of composure and unmistakable form. Building on Range Rover’s distinctive design, the silhouette is now gently tapered and more curved, while the use of near-flush glazing and gloss black pillars accentuates the floating roof effect. The vehicle is sleeker,

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more streamlined and more aerodynamic, but consistent elements, like the side vent graphic and lower accent graphics give harmony and a reminder of the vehicle’s heritage. Range Rover’s legendary off-road performance has evolved; its capability is enhanced by the latest advances in design and engineering technology. A true Land Rover at heart, it delivers better off-road performance, while retaining the design integrity the marque is known for. The rear now has an increased departure angle enabling steeper climb whilst the raised air intake and increased wading depth mean the vehicle can drive through 900mm of water with ease. Step inside Range Rover and it feels like home. The refinement of the interior gives a sense of wellbeing: The broader, more refined centre console puts essential controls within easy reach, while the clean, elegant surfaces with fine leathers and veneers give a feeling of serenity and calm. This quiet, relaxing environment is supremely comfortable and cossets all occupants from the outside world. Travelling in the back of a Range Rover is an indulgence; there’s more knee and legroom Isle of Man premier magazine


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For an even more comfortable journey, there’s an independent rear climate control system as well.

At higher speeds the vehicle is completely assured. Dynamic Response uses the latest electronic two-channel control system to enable independent regulation of both front and rear suspension units, this dramatically reduces body lean during cornering and enhances control and stability. The system, available for the first time on Range Rover, is standard with SDV8 and 5.0L V8 Supercharged engines.

The optional Rear Executive Class seats give a new dimension to relaxing or working in the back. Seating two individual passengers, this configuration allows for even more space with the addition of a massage function as a comforting extra. For added convenience the elegant centre console sweeps through to the rear, housing seat controls with USB and power connections, climate control and an optional cool box. Range Rover’s engines include the latest technology and advanced eight-speed automatic transmission. They are designed to reduce fuel consumption and help lower CO2 emissions without compromising power. Capable of taking on tougher situations than ever before, the new four-corner air suspension system is designed to keep the Range Rover composed and stable no matter how rough the terrain. For unprecedented ride quality, it switches heights seamlessly when necessary. Terrain Response® 2 puts Range Rover’s full capabilities at the driver’s command. This optional next generation system monitors driving conditions and automatically optimises

Bigger and better yet lighter on its feet, this fourth generation Range Rover demonstrates that you can have it all: Luxury SUV attributes plus saloon-like agility and sensible running costs. The cars sleek profile positions it aesthetically above the chunky, flabby and bloated opposition. It’s also a car capable of cosseting occupants and taking the most challenging terrain in its stride. That said, it’s equally home on Tarmac, making it a peerless all rounder that rivals will struggle to emulate. From the most challenging offroad situations to the most demanding urban environments, Range Rover goes anywhere effortlessly.

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Iconic Cars, Iconic People In the 1960s, an engineer, racing driver and pilot - the late Douglas Wilson-Spratt of Peel - and his Bedfordshire-based company, WSM, produced a variety of cars in low volume. Six of those WSM cars continue to race at historic events in the UK and mainland Europe. At the time, UK car manufacturing had a much more diverse production base and beside the behemoths of that decade - BMC, Ford, Rootes, Standard-Triumph and Vauxhall - a myriad of smaller operations turned over almost bespoke items with names such as Ashley, Berkeley, Elva, Peel Engineering, Rochdale, Tornado and Warwick. Though many failed to see out the end of the decade, the design and engineering skill in constructing these pioneering paradigms of motoring was exceptionally unforgettable. Douglas’ design skills came to fruition in 1962 with the unveiling of WSM Sprite from his Delta Garage business, where an Austin, Vauxhall and Volvo dealership flourished. Initially produced for his own use following a Silverstone test day with an aluminium prototype in October 1962, the interest from competitors gave grounds for further builds and another eight cars were produced to order.

Though many failed to see out the end of the decade, the design and engineering skill in constructing these pioneering paradigms of motoring was exceptionally unforgettable.

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Of the 15 cars constructed in the 1960s, the surviving 10 became collector’s items throughout the globe. Three of the racecars are in the Isle of Man, one of the original exports to the USA took up residence in a Japanese collection and the Jaguar is domiciled in Switzerland.

The completion and sale of the first four Sanction 2 builds in 2012

In 1997, Douglas was nearing restoration completion of his Jodel Mascaret aircraft at Ronaldsway in the later years of his life, but decided to build one more car within his Peel premises. Hence WSM 208, the last hands-on build by the designer, made a race debut at Croft in 2009 liveried exactly as the first WSM in 1962 and driven by Douglas son, Tony.

Export of the third Sanction 2 builds to New York in October and 50th birthday celebration for the marque.

Exports to the USA of the WSM Sprites - and well-publicised competition success in the UK and Europe through 1963/64 - gave Douglas the opportunity to construct other innovative, striking and distinct models.  

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WSMs were constructed between 1965 and 1967 on the Austin Healey 3000, MGB, MG1100 and Jaguar XK150S chassis. Each were greeted with eager anticipation, but the introduction of the 70mph speed limit - and Douglas swapping a motorsport career for one in aviation - meant the prospect of more WSMs was unlikely, resulting in the closure of the company in 1968.

In 2006, Douglas also agreed that his son begin his own WSM Cars business, the only proviso being that he continue to replicate his own exacting construction standards. History came full circle with the auction of the WSM 3000 in 2011, the last WSM to change hands. It was presented as a ‘barn find’ item, the hammer price was driven up by worldwide interest and the car is now at WSM Cars in Bedfordshire for restoration alongside the ‘Sanction 2’ builds.

Invitations to the Goodwood Revival through the last decade featured the cars and their designer

Tony Wilson-Spratt said: ‘My Father’s eye for design, his engineering expertise and competitive drive culminated in these appealing and fast cars, and I’ve been fortunate to drive and race WSM’s for 30 years. They’ve become sought after items and it’s a testimony to his talents that we’re building his cars today to customer order’.

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Think of a sportscar, any sportscar. Or better yet, ask a child to draw a sportscar, any sportscar. No, this isn’t the beginning of a bad magic trick, and I’m sure that very few would be under the illusion that anything epitomises the term ‘sportscar’ better than Porsche’s iconic 911 family. This year is a special year for the nine-eleven as it celebrates its 50th birthday, not only an achievement in terms of how established its impressive lineage has become but also in that the 911 is consistently and absolutely recognisable in any of its myriad incarnations from 1953’s type-911 all the way up to the current type-991. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any other vehicle that could lay claim to such a mantle, although I must admit I’m firmly set in gush-overdrive as I sit here contemplating this column. You see, Ferdinand A Porsche’s (not to be confused with his father Ferdinand A E Porsche who penned both the 356 and Volkswagen’s Type-1 ‘beetle’ for the infamous Adolf Hitler) flowing design is hard to knock and has remained current through the ages, with the original formula of rear drive, rear engine largely unchanged save for the necessary advances in automotive technology required to make this combination work. Air cooled engines have been long gone since the days of the 993 ended and the older 930 Turbo models in particular are known to be somewhat unforgiving when it comes to putting the power down efficiently but the modern equivalents are nothing short of fantastic, always eliciting a smile on my face from the moment I try and calmly disguise my eager grab at the drivers’ door handle. They just feel special, and everybody knows it, yet you can still remain fairly incognito behind the wheel of a 911 as they’re not so garish that everybody glances at you, which is an advantage when fending off the more jealous of stares. Obviously, just being in the Isle of Man gives you a head start thanks to the multitude of higher price bracket vehicles on the road, but still, a 911 doesn’t bark out at people. Unless you want it to, that is.

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As the power levels continue to climb, so do the levels of drivability so it seems. Take for example the 997 GTS. Even with over 90 extra naturally-aspirated horsepower than its 1984 turbocharged cousin, it feels perfectly manageable and comfortable to use when just popping down to the shops for a pint of milk. Refined, smooth and easily manoeuvrable, the only low-speed reminder of what this vehicle is capable of being offered when you spot the rear wheel arches bulging into frame in the edges of your mirrors. When you want the oomph though, it’s there and it’s no less manageable. Could this be the perfect all-rounder? Prices of earlier models are on the rise due to both popularity and dwindling availability, the prices of 964s having almost doubled in the past 3 years pays testament to their desirability and just last week I was chatting to somebody who regrets having sold their twin-turbo 993 to replace it for a 997 GT3, such is the rarity of the 993 these days. He said he’s never letting go of the GT3, and something tells me he’ll be true to his word, especially with the introduction of the new GT3, controversially not available as a manual option but only with Porsche’s PDK gearbox, imminent. As technology progresses though, form need not follow function if the 911 is anything to go by. Let’s stay open to this progression and embrace it - it’s one of the core factors when it comes to creating a true icon that can survive in a competitive market generation after generation. Here’s to the next fifty years.

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TECHNOLOGY TIMELINE: THE ICONS

PHILLIPS RADIORECORDER BOOMBOX: 1969

The Boombox, otherwise known as the “Ghetto Blaster”, undeniably has some serious gangster connotations. I think most would agree that it is a huge shame that these monsters, weighing up to 26lb, are no longer seen on the streets of Douglas. Personally, I think it’s the perfect time for the return of the Boombox. Town is too often filled with people that are so distracted by the music blaring from their earphones that have no sense of what is happening around them. It’s time for the Brixton Briefcase to make its triumphant return, to promote conversation, happiness and, in moderation, dance crews on the corner of every road (I base this on the fact that there always seems to be a Boombox in dance music videos). Even if you’re not one for the gangster lifestyle (who isn’t?!), the uses of the Boombox are never ending, perfectly demonstrated by John Cusak in Say Anything, in one of the finest attempts to “get the girl” ever seen. Admittedly, the Boombox is a retro look, and with the originals being produced in 1969, they are difficult to get hold of. However, there are always the modern equivalents, with TDK producing the 3-speaker BoomBox, putting a modern twist on the classic designs, whilst still allowing you to demonstrate to others just how good your music taste is very, very loudly.

IBM 5100: 1975

In 1975, IBM unknowingly started something that would lead to the tech-crazed, Facebookparented age that we live in today. They created the first type of laptop. The standard flip-up form that we recognize today was first seen 10 years later, but everything stemmed from IBM’s “portable” computer. However, this goliath was portable in the sense that a caravan is technically portable. It can be moved, but it would take a large vehicle to get it anywhere. Roughly the size of a small suitcase (the actual description used), this incredible new invention had about 0.2Mb of memory. For those who don’t get that, this thing could not have held a standard song on iTunes. The display on the “laptop” was an

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area of 5” diagonally, showing 64 characters. To put that into context, this sentence is exactly 64 characters. Today, the choice of laptops grows every day. With more than a little bias, I would say that the most stylish, sophisticated and all-round best modern equivalent would be the Apple MacBook Pro. It takes the ideas of the 5100, and blasts them into a new dimension. They’re available from any good electronics store, or online, ranging in price from £1,200 to £1,800, depending on display size.

SONY WALKMAN: 1979

The iPod would be nothing had Masura Ibuka, the head of Sony in the 1970s, not decided to create a new way for people to listen to music on the move. If IBM started a revolution with the laptop, Sony truly created an unstoppable leviathan with the Walkman. Not only did this product inspire the iPod, it also led to almost every other MP3 player, and also is the reason that every phone nowadays has a built in speaker system. So yes, you can blame Sony for every child gang crowding around phones listening to what seems to be excessively offensive rap-metal. However, don’t just think of the Walkman as a tool to promote youth gang culture. Sony’s creation, recently named the most important musical invention of the last 50 years by The Guardian, helped the cassette, an invention struggling in the 60s, gain incredible popularity. The Walkman sold nearly 50,000 units in the first two months of its creation, and thus cassette tapes became the most popular way to listen to music. Today, the most obvious replacement for the Walkman is the iPod (I promise this is not a shameless plug for Apple products). The cassette, and in many ways the CD, has become obsolete, and MP3 has become the only way to listen to music on the go.

NINTENDO GAMEBOY: 1989

Before the Playstation, before the Xbox, even before the Gamecube, Gunpei Yokoi of Nintendo research labs had seemingly ridiculous idea of handheld portable gaming. His ideas were ludicrous, insane, challenging,

and yet who could question a man working for one of the largest gaming companies in the world? Out of the madness of Yokoi’s mind was born the Gameboy. Every person that had a childhood can say without doubt that they have memories of playing on a Gameboy, although it is unlikely that they played one of only 9 launch titles, only two of which being European. Despite the apparent lack of games, the Gameboy still managed to sell 118.69 million units overall, the original Gameboy selling almost 70 million in the first two years of its release. It was a revolution of gaming, allowing connection between two consoles and displaying 160 x 144 megapixels on its 2.6 inch screen. These days, Nintendo are still leading the market in handheld gaming, with the Nintendo 3DS. It allows internet access, connectivity and camera usage. The price of the 3DS is roughly £110.

NOKIA 3310: 2000

Legend has it that in the year 2000, a small Danish company under the name of Nokia released a mobile phone so indestructible that it had to be sent away to be military tested...by the North Koreans. That’s right, anyone that has been on the Internet has come across stories of how the 3310 has stopped bullets, destroyed cities and there’s even a horribly historically inaccurate theory that it was used to bring down the Berlin wall. It was perhaps this security against the dreaded screen-crack that led to Nokia’s genius invention selling roughly 126 million units worldwide. Not only was the 3310 unbreakable, but it also boasted many features that were rare in mobile phones of its time, such as longer SMS messages, stopwatch and calculator. We may think of these things as the standard now, but in the millennium year, the 3310 was revolutionary! Today, in order to see how far Nokia has come, you can get the Lumia. Whilst it may have some of the newest features you can find on a phone today, I question how well it would hold up against being dropped from bedroom windows, a special skill of Nokia’s landmark, stylish 3310.

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PHONE HOME Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

It’s fair to say that you can take the Galaxy S4 Active pretty much anywhere. The phone’s dust-proof and water protection design allows you to shoot and record wherever you go. New Aqua Mode allows you to capture adventures up to 1 metre underwater with optimised clarity. Even if diving isn’t your thing, water protection remains a fantastic feature providing peace of mind for those who use their phones in the Manx rain. You might expect a phone with such a rugged appeal to consequently fall short in terms of design. This is far from the case; Samsung have made every effort to ensure that the S4 Active remains as attractive as its brother, the S4. In fact, it’s hard to believe how versatile the phone truly is.

Key Features: • Be protected from dust and water damage • Capture photos and video underwater • Use a range of great smart services • Enjoy powerful Quad Core performance

Samsung have employed the trusty Android Jelly Bean operating system which now enables users to have two applications open at once! This handy feature means that users no longer have to flick between applications; rather, they can be used simultaneously. The S4 Active also boasts many innovative features such as smart scroll (scroll through pages by tilting the phone), Smart Pause (video will pause when you look away from the screen) and Smart Stay (screen won’t time out when you’re looking at it). All of these contribute to making the S4 Active incredibly userfriendly.

Underneath the sturdy but elegant exterior lies a quad-core Qualcomm 1.9GHz processor. It’s the same processor as the S4 which has been hailed by many as ‘lightening-fast’. Samsung have provided quality in all of the S4 Active’s features. Samsung have truly upped their game with the Galaxy S4 Active bringing smartphone durability to the next level. The phone is for people who love adventure and now capturing them has never been easier. Available on Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go from Manx Telecom now. For more information go to www.manxtelecom.com/shop or call 624 624 or pop into the store in Strand Street.

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You will not be disappointed with the ultrafast Dual Core 1.7GHz processor. Powered by the latest Android 4.2.2 software, this allows you to perform your daily tasks faster than ever at the touch of your fingers. Using the Mini’s 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, you can take panoramic shots so that your memories are captured forever. You can even use the Mini’s Sound & Shot device, where you can store a sound at the same time as a photo is taken. But the most amazing thing about the Mini S4 is that you don’t need WiFi! With Group Play, you can share music, photos or games by connecting your Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with other devices. You have the option to combine other handsets as a speaker system, create a photo collage or Don’t miss your chance to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. play a game together and much more! It’s available FREE from Sure on the Smart Ultimate (£46/month) plan or handset only for £435. isle of man premier magazine


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