Here’s your weekly round up of all things GOOD

Community Efforts

  • Last Saturday, Jake Hodgson completed a 24-hour bike ride on the track around the NSC hockey pitch in memory of Ballakermeen teacher, Carol Synott, who sadly passed away on the 5th of May. The bike ride was only a training session for Jake who plans to complete a 3 country challenge by cycling across Ireland, running across the IOM and walking across England, all in aid of Hospice Isle of Man and the Alzheimer’s society. Over the 24 hours, Jake managed to cycle a total of 259 miles completing 518 laps of the track. He was supported throughout by friends and family who rode along with him. Jake’s fundraising efforts have already raised £6,000 on his JustGiving page, what a lovely tribute to his teacher. A massive well done to you, Jake and also to 15 year old, Jessie Owen, who supported Jake by running a marathon alongside him!!


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• In line with the baking love that has swept over us all during lockdown, Jemma King has been made a proud mum as her 10-year-old daughter Emilie has raised over £700 for the Friends of Nobles by selling her recipe book ‘Emilie’s Isolation Bakes’. After baking together with her mum, Emilie had the brilliant idea of writing down all their creations to raise some money. The easy-to-make recipes include mouth-watering treats like Kinder Bueno cupcakes and a Lotus Biscoff loaf, if they don't entice you to get a copy then I’m not sure what will. -
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• In line with the baking love that has swept over us all during lockdown, Jemma King has been made a proud mum as her 10-year-old daughter Emilie has raised over £700 for the Friends of Nobles by selling her recipe book ‘Emilie’s Isolation Bakes’. After baking together with her mum, Emilie had the brilliant idea of writing down all their creations to raise some money. The easy-to-make recipes include mouth-watering treats like Kinder Bueno cupcakes and a Lotus Biscoff loaf, if they don’t entice you to get a copy then I’m not sure what will.

  • Finally, as I’m sure you’ve all heard (and if you haven’t, well then you must be living under a rock and not on it) Christian Varley completed his 19 marathons challenge this week. Christian completed one marathon a day and ran all over the island throughout his challenge. The runner extraordinaire has raised, and you may want to sit down for this, over £90,000 for the Manx Solidarity Fund. Let’s just repeat that again, over ninety thousand pounds, enough pound coins to go up and down the tallest building in the world, and then over halfway up again. Christian has definitely done the whole island proud and has received attention from all over the world, including the USA’s CNN and even made the news in Hong Kong! We think this is a truly incredible effort as Christian ran about 500 miles in total, definitely worth shouting about.

Online Best Bits

  • One of the big trends over lockdown has been movie and TV ‘watchalongs’, which have been taking place over WhatsApp and messenger groups, but also in mass on Twitter from Doctor Who episodes to Man of Steel. This week saw director, Edgar Wright, get involved as he led a watch party for his film, ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs The World’. Many members of the cast also got involved including Scott Pilgrim himself, Michael Cera and Captains America and Marvel, Chris Evans and Brie Larson. If you’re a fan of the film or even if you want to give it a watch for the first time you can find Edgar’s tweets on his account @edgarwright.

  • At Gef, we love shouting out local talent and this week local musician Becci Salmon had a debut single released with her band ‘TYDL’. The song is called Hush and is a great listen for those sunny, social distanced gatherings in the garden. You can listen here.


• Finally, because you can never go wrong with a bit of self-love, here at Gef, we’ve been sharing our ‘pandemic personalities’. From ‘Bar Chart Barbara’ to ‘Eddie the Eagle-Eyed Neighbour’ we’ve been trying to reflect the newfound traits we’ve all come across during lockdown. If you have any ideas for an alliterative pandemic personality you can submit them here. We’re up to E so far. You might just see your idea pop up on Gef’s socials! -

Finally, because you can never go wrong with a bit of self-love, here at Gef, we’ve been sharing our ‘pandemic personalities’. From ‘Bar Chart Barbara’ to ‘Eddie the Eagle-Eyed Neighbour’ we’ve been trying to reflect the newfound traits we’ve all come across during lockdown. If you have any ideas for an alliterative pandemic personality you can submit them here. We’re up to E so far. You might just see your idea pop up on Gef’s socials!

Streaming Catch-Up

  • If you’ve been starving for some new romcom content then look no further than Netflix’s ‘The Lovebirds’. The murder-mystery follows a young couple, played by Kumail Nanjiani (from ‘The Big Sick’ and soon to be seen in Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’) and Issa Rae (from 2019 comedy ‘Little’), who stumble across a murder scene and are forced on the run before the crime can be placed on them. Throughout the film the couple must put their crumbling relationship aside and clear their name by finding the actual culprits. If you feel like a goofy and mysterious comedy to get you through, then ‘The Lovebirds’ is available now.

  • This week saw two big artists release concert movies online. Taylor Swift’s ‘City of Lover’ concert, filmed in Paris last year (the city of love, get it?), features performances of songs from her most recent album, as well as behind the scenes moments. The concert is now available for a short time on Disney+. Also, Ben Platt, star of Dear Evan Hansen and Benji in Pitch Perfect, has released his concert film ‘Live from Radio City Music Hall’ on Netflix. The actor and singer is perhaps best known for his Netflix show, ‘The Politician’, and musical theatre performances but in this special, he showcases his amazing vocals and some of his brilliant original songs, alongside a few covers. If you’re a fan of Ben or even if you’re reading about him for the first time, this is a show worth checking out.

  • For those of us that love a bit of drama, Amazon Prime’s new show ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ may be for you. The Reese Witherspoon led series is based on the book of the same name by Celeste Ng and also stars Kerry Washington (the one-off of ‘Scandal’ and ‘Django Unchained’). The 8 episode series explores motherhood and class and racial divides, following two mothers from drastically different worlds whose lives become entwined in 1990s suburban Ohio. The show was released in the US on Hulu a few months ago to great reviews but is only now available to watch in the Isle of Man. This one will definitely be a hit with the drama loving mums but if you liked Witherspoons’ ‘Big Little Lies’ then you should definitely check this out too.

One thought on “GEF’S GOOD NEWS”

  1. Great over view of good,positive things, and thanks for the viewing recommendations- going to check out Little Fires Every where, as a drama loving Mum! Also Lovebirds. Thanks and keep up the good work, loving the weekly round upRachel C

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