Year: 2019

The Ones Left Behind

It’s just over two years since Mum died. After years of burying her own trauma and internal torment, she finally collapsed under the weight of the world.Her own struggles pushed her into a cul-de-sac of anguish and, so, with no viable solution to cease hers and her family’s suffering, she […]

Gef’s Big Day Out

For one whole year, I was woken up at least once a night by people screeching ‘Hey Jude’ below my bedroom window: it was 2007, and I was a first-year student living in halls in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter. Our flat was typical of student accommodation: two wipe-clean laminated ‘sofas’, curtains […]

“Mann, I’m broke!”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]So it’s been three days since you got paid and it feels like an eternity ‘til that paycheck rolls in again… Well, we hear ya sister!! But we did also see you outside the Courthouse on Saturday night throwing pound notes at passers-by shouting that you were the ‘Wolf of […]

The Party Bus: A Manx Institution

Right, picture this: the Magic School Bus meets the Ibiza club scene. A convergence of two disparate but God-tier memories; one evoking the saccharine sweetness of childhood, the other, a decadent descent into debauchery of old. Imagine such a colossal melding of worlds could produce something magical, otherworldly, spectacular, that only makes sense whilst […]

Do your bit: Join the Woodland Trust

Climate Change.  It’s everywhere.  Not just “climate change” the all too familiar, dangerously-close-to-losing-all-meaning two word alliterated sentence at the top of this article, but the actual, real thing.  Climate Change The Destroyer™ is actually happening all over the only planet we’ve got and every single educated mind out there is […]

Après TT

“The TT races in the Isle of Man aren’t just about the bikes” declares Mark Womack, in a TT focused episode of TVs Booze Britain “and they’re not just about the drinking”. The programme was trying to lift the lid on the UK’s binge drinking ‘epidemic’, but never a truer […]

Homegrown Talent: Foxtrap

Ever wondered what happens when you mix a musical Manxie with a couple of talented Latvians? Some pretty incredible experimental music is what. Local girl Helen Morrisson of Foxtrap is doing the island proud on the adjacent Isle and her band regularly give the Isle of Man a taste of […]

Gef Presents: The Tides

After a jam-packed 2018, Ramsey’s hottest boy band ‘The Tides’ have had a cracking start to 2019 with their latest single ‘Mates’ reaching 45 in the iTunes Singer / Songwriter charts; currently sandwiched between pop-royalty James Bay and Dappy from N-Dubz. Last year, the lads played a blinding set at […]

When Gef Met… Switch

The nineties were a simpler time, weren’t they?There was no judgement if your DJ played Abba’s Dancing Queen at your wedding party, with a marriage of coloured lights to flash in time to the beat.Maybe there was a smoke machine. It was a party must. But in this digital age […]

When Gef Met… Mae Challis

At just 20 years old Mae Challis’s voice is deceptively strong, having become more raw and sultry on her latest single release, Is It Strange? than her win at The Next Big Thing competition in 2014.There’s an obvious decision to evolve the acoustic-driven sound of her early performances, and behind […]

When Gef met… Symbollix

For many on the Island, and indeed us here at Gef HQ, TT isn’t just about the racing.It’s that two-week party spirit that engulfs the Island, the forgetting (then remembering) why tequila shots are never the answer, and Karen from finance spewing her guts up on the side of the […]

When Gef met… Buncha Skankers

To say that Buncha Skankers put on an energetic show is an understatement.These two-tone anarchistic mad-heads fuse everything from surf rock guitar to throbbing saxophone riffs covering all things ska and in between, and their audiences lap it up like there’s no tomorrow.For someone who does very little exercise, just […]

TT 2019 : Schedule

TT IS SO CLOSE, WE CAN SMELL IT. We’ve listed the practice and full race schedule below, which is of course, subject to change due to Manannan, Mother Nature and well, every other weather God around!Pass us a beer…our bodies are READY! QUALIFYING PROGRAMME 2019 SATURDAY 25TH MAY 18:20 – […]

TT: How Fast Can We Go?

Just less than a month now until you can grab a crate of beer, roll up your mum’s favourite picnic blanket and hitch yourself onto a hedge in the middle of nowhere. Everyone seems to forget the feeling until the first bike of the year flies past, leaving only shocked faces, burnt […]

Homegrown Talent: Chris Flood

10 years ago, local songwriter Chris Flood released his debut album – ‘Opinion Is Not A Substitute For Reason’. The album was a rich and colourful burst of promise. There was rabble-rousing indie (Razorblade Party); sparsely catchy alt-rock (Machines); hints at expansive experimentalism (Scabs, Another Dreadful Earache)) and impassioned, Lennon-esque […]

What the ETH is Ethereum?!

In an age of virtual reality and autonomous cars, Ethereum just sounds like another shiny gadget – perhaps a helpful robot-servant? The dubstep of the next generation? As entertaining as both of those ideas sound, Ethereum on the face of it is much less glamorous, but it is the springboard […]

Historians link Manx King to famous ‘Orry Orry Orry’ lads chant

We’re sorry this isn’t true! We absolutely wish it were and are pretty sure if King Orry was still about today he’d quite happily validate it…#originalmanxLADvar bannersnack_embed = {“hash”:”bc9e1le8h”,”width”:672,”height”:280,”t”:1539344821,”userId”:38193901,”responsive”:true,”type”:”html5″};//

TT 2018: Top 10 Moments

#1 The record breaking RACING! Just a casual 135.452mph lap for Hicky in the Senior TT race… Unbelievable Gef! The boys sure put on a show last year didn’t they?! #2 The ‘Battle’ of the Beer Tents (and arguably, the best TT beer tent offerings we’ve ever had!) Photo Credit: […]

60 Things We Love About The IOM

The Isle of Man often gets all sorts of beef for being a so-called tax haven. Apparently, we’re overflowing with tax-dodging gazillioniares and money-laundering criminals. But, that’s not really true. We’re actually bigger swots than lots of countries when it comes to following the rules…Let’s take a moment to consider […]

Multiple Sclerosis & Me

Kimberley Moore was just 26 years old when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After living a normal, healthy life, being diagnosed with MS naturally came as a huge shock. Since being diagnosed, Kim has accessed services from the MS Society, a local charity for sufferers of MS on the Island, […]

OK Computer: A Manx Rendering

At times, being a Radiohead fan feels a bit like being into obscure foreign films. Although most people can appreciate their grungy guitar-laden earlier work, they’re mystified at how anyone can bear listening to the not-so-easily accessible tracks on their later albums. These same people will endeavour to watch Radiohead […]

The Original Manx Suffragette

So, how many statues of real people on the Isle of Man can you think of? Norman Wisdom, obvs.George Formby, Joey, Hizzy.TE Brown at the top of Prospect Hill that sometimes has a cone stuck on his head (so original!)If you think really hard, you might remember “the lifeboat bloke” […]

Brexit?! What about Manxit, yessir?

Poor Theresa May. Since the Brexit referendum announcement of June 2016, Aunty T has been there to lead negotiations with those big, bad, faceless Eurocrats. And now, crestfallen and brow-beaten, she bears the wearied expression of a ghost somehow haunted by its own horrors. Whether you’re a leaver, remainer or […]

Nice to See You, To See You…

Six students from University College Isle of Man are creating a night to remember with favourite game-shows from the past to help those who cannot remember… Or something like that 🤷‍♂️ As part of their Events Management and Marketing degree, students have to plan, produce and stage a charitable event. Their […]