Community Efforts

As always there have been so many amazing efforts in support of others this week. 

Every week our island manages to prove how close our community is.

  • This week Heather Maddrell offered some of her abstract paintings in exchange for nothing but a donation to the Friends of Nobles. She named the paintings after 90s R&B songs including ‘U Got It Bad’ and ‘What’s Luv?’ We have to say it’s nice to TLC such creativity, we are Ginuwine(ly) impressed. Acts like this can be appreciated by anyone from Boyz II Men. Okay I’ll stop now, but seriously good job Heather!

  • We also saw yet another incredibly impressive 24 hour bike ride this week, this time from the Wignall family. Alan and Sarah Wignall teamed up yesterday to cycle on their indoor trainer in 1 to 2 hour stints each. The continuous cycle was all in support of the Isle of Man Foodbank and Friends of Nobles and we don’t know how you all do it.

  • As we all celebrated the heroes of WWII for the 75th anniversary of VE day yesterday, the IOM Army Cadet Force challenged themselves to a full week to pledge ’75’ and support the Royal British Legion. This involved choosing a different activity each day such as completing a 7.5km walk, 75 sit ups or even 75km over the whole week. By the bank holiday they’d raised 100% of their £750 target, great work from everyone involved! Does eating 75 biscuits a day count? Asking for a friend.

Social Media Best Bits

  • In some Manx social media greatness, Jack Divers, normally seen on the Gaiety stage, uploaded a tribute to our NHS workers and frontline staff. Jack sang a fantastic cover of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ over a video of our local heroes. You can visit Jack’s Facebook page to see the video, along with three other covers Jack has uploaded!

  • Also on Facebook, Steve Babb has been brightening our days with his various hair colours. Steve has been dying his hair different colours since we were all in lockdown and sharing pictures for all to see. He’s had rainbow hair and a blue heart for NHS workers, but his current effort is a Union Jack for VE day. We can’t wait to see what else he’s got in store, perhaps the three legs next?

Streaming Catch-Up

  • For those of us that are feeling a bit down after who knows how many weeks in lockdown, Netflix has released a documentary to bring us a bit of inspiration. Focussing on Michelle Obama, ‘Becoming’ follows the former First Lady as she tours around the United States with her book of the same name. On the trip she interacts with people from all across society and shares stories of challenges, triumphs and working hard. It’s also a nice reminder of when we used to be able to speak to people we don’t know without having to shout across the aisle in Tesco.

  • One of Netflix’s specialities has long been comedy specials, it seems like a rite of passage to be given a special by Netflix and, whilst we here at Gef wait to be given our own show, their new improv special is pretty good. ‘Middleditch and Schwartz’ stars two friends, Ben Schwartz, best known as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog or Jean Ralphio in Parks and Recreation and Thomas Middleditch. In each episode the guys create a whole show, where they play every character, around an audience story they’ve only just heard including a semi-disastrous wedding with a ghost, ex-boyfriend and tense father in attendance. If you’re still not sure, the show managed to achieve that rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

  • Finally, as it was Star Wars day on Monday, May the Fourth be with you all, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+. Any fan of the series will have undoubtedly tuned in but if you’re a Star Wars fan and not sure about watching an animated series then I would advise you to give it a go as you will not be disappointed.


Baking Disasters - After putting out the call for your baking mishaps last week Mrs B sent in this image of her blueberry ‘muffins’ and whilst they probably wouldn’t get a Paul Hollywood handshake, they‘re not too bad. She assured us that they “tasted better than they looked” and now we’re hungry for cake.If you want to see your image here then send your baking disasters to us!
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Baking Disasters

After putting out the call for your baking mishaps last week Mrs B sent in this image of her blueberry ‘muffins’ and whilst they probably wouldn’t get a Paul Hollywood handshake, they‘re not too bad. She assured us that they “tasted better than they looked” and now we’re hungry for cake.

If you want to see your image here then send your baking disasters to us!

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