Facebook Memories is at it again. It’s now charmingly informed me that seven years have passed since I took this photo. Apart from any sort of long-distance travel being a memory now, this has also reminded me that the day I visited the Eiffel Tower, was also the day that I saw somebody use aContinue reading “Stick in the Memory”
I’ve been writing for the lovely Gef website again. This time I’m looking at (or rather, not looking at) something currently noticeably absent from the Isle of Man, and finding homemade ways to fill the gap. https://gef.im/2021/06/02/keeping-those-tt-vibes-alive/
A short time ago, I wrote a piece for the fine Manx website Gef about Ghost Signs. If you’re not familiar with the phrase, here’s a link to the article, which will elucidate further. https://gef.im/2021/05/09/ghost-signs/ Although I don’t have the same zealous thirst for discovering remnants of the past on buildings that some do, IContinue reading “Little Stone Face”
To paraphrase the best line ever uttered in a 007 movie, the Memories feature on Facebook appears with the tedious inevitability of an unloved season. Mercifully, they’ve tweaked the algorithm to stop people being jauntily reminded of the post they made that got a personal best of 248 reactions – when it was announcing theContinue reading “Moonrise Memory”
Here’s a link to my latest article for the excellent Manx website Gef. Gef is named after a phantom talking mongoose, who was reputed to have haunted a farmhouse in the Island in the 1930s. As you do. And in this piece I’m discussing ghosts of a different kind. Darth Vader also gets a mention.Continue reading “Ghost Signs”
Some time ago, a few friends and I were out for a hike in the north of the Isle of Man. We met in the grand sturdy village of Kirk Michael and set off on an upward ascent, towards the Northern Hills of the Island. It was a fine clear day, with sunshine powerful enoughContinue reading “This Is Not Bliss”
On the evidence of the above photo, life in the Museum Quarter of Douglas at least is returning to normal. Barely had the latest lockdown lifted, than this familiar sight appeared. Clothes fly-tipped on the door of a charity shop, which is making it quite clear that it is not open to receive donations. (AndContinue reading “Sour Charity”
As we emerged, blinking like bush babies from the latest lockdown, a friend suggested using our rediscovered freedom to go for a walk in the Manx countryside. As I live in the middle of Douglas, and therefore hadn’t left the town boundaries for eight weeks or so, this seemed an excellent idea. A bit ofContinue reading “Seasons of the Tholtan”
It was only very recently that I wrote this article for Gef about the relationship between the Isle of Man and tellybox programmes. https://gef.im/2021/04/10/give-me-more-manx-tv/ Then I discovered this blast of steam from the past, available on the BBC iPlayer. It’s the Manx episode of a series called The Train Now Departing about vintage railways aroundContinue reading “The Train Now Departing is Arriving”
At the time of writing (19 April 2021) it’s the tenth anniversary of the death of the actor Elisabeth Sladen. She had a good solid career combining theatre, including a spell working for Alan Ayckbourn at his Scarborough theatre, and TV, where she appeared in such well-regarded shows as Z Cars, Coronation Street, and SomeContinue reading “Elisabeth Sladen: 10 Years On”
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