Community Efforts

  • If you thought you saw a dog walking around the TT course this morning then you might have spotted the Search and Rescue Dog IOM’s very own Manxie dog (powered by Jim Macgregor). Manxie dog set off at 6am this morning and is walking around the TT course in reverse, all in aid of Hospice IOM. Manxie Dog is an experienced walker having previously completed the London Marathon, Snowdon Marathon and the Parish Walk to Peel. Jim and Manxie have raised over £600 on their JustGiving page, both very good boys, well done.

  • To mark Mental Health Awareness week last week, Alyssa Isaac decided to hold a community pub quiz for anyone to join last Saturday. The quiz had a range of questions from TV themes to general knowledge with a Manx twist and there was even a £25 voucher up for grabs to someone with the highest score. The quiz was in aid of the Ballamona Association for Mental Health who work to support people with mental health difficulties here on the island, including the purchase of specialist equipment and the installation of relaxation rooms for patients. Alyssa managed to raise over £700 with her quiz, both massively helping the charity and raising awareness for an important cause!

  • Today saw the start of Kevin Shannon’s two day boxathon which is being live streamed on his Facebook page. Kevin is planning to go 100 rounds with his boxing punch bag over the weekend with a target of £2000 to raise for Alder Hey children’s hospital and Mannin Cancers support group. Kevin has already raised £800 from his event, both a great way to raise money and to get some COVID anger out! We’ll leave you with the wise words of one Rocky Balboa: “Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.”

Online Best Bits

  • For musical theatre fans it has been tough not being able to go see the latest shows at the Gaiety. However, the WhatsOnStage Youtube channel has been working to try and make up for all those missed shows. They have been bringing together actors from across the musical theatre world for videos such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Dorothy’s singing ‘Over The Rainbow’ and the witches of Wicked singing ‘For Good.’ The videos are a great reminder of why people love musical theatre and a good excuse for a singalong.

  • Not to be upstaged by the West End, our very own musical theatre community here on the island has put out their own video. The ‘Howard’s Heroes’ song, to the tune of Laxey Wheel, was uploaded by the Big Manx Community charity to their Facebook page and features many local actors who are often seen on the Gaiety stage. The original song, brought together by Jo Dickinson, Lisa Kreisky and Kristene Sutcliffe, celebrates all that has been good on the Isle of Man during the pandemic and is a good reminder of all the talent we have here on our little rock. The group are also asking for donations to the charity which supports people from across the Manx community.

Streaming Catch-Up

  • There are so many places to catch movies now that it’s often easy to keep up. If you feel like that then you may have missed ‘The Farewell’ which came out last year. The movie, directed by upcoming director Lulu Wang and starring Awkwafina (from Jumanji 3 and Crazy Rich Asians) is based on the true story of the directors own life and follows a family who discovers that their grandmother ‘Nai-Nai’ has only a short time to live but decides to avoid telling her. The bilingual comedy-drama was highly praised on its release, including a Golden Globes win for Awkwafina and a Best Feature win at the Independent Spirit awards, and you can watch it now on Amazon Prime video. 

  • Remember that time when everything on the news wasn’t related to a global pandemic? If so you may recall back in December when President Donald Trump (still a bit weird to type that out) announced the creation of ‘Space Force’ a new branch of the US Army. Well the guys at Netflix hopped on this and have already created a whole show about the making of such a force. The show is created by Greg Daniels of ‘The Office US’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ and stars Steve Carrell amongst an ensemble of all star actors such as John Malkovich and Lisa Kudrow.

  • For anyone who loves a coming of age story, and who doesn’t, Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’, created by (and partly based on the life of) Mindy Kaling from ‘Late Night’ and ‘Inside Out’, is an easy recommendation. The show follows 15 year-old Devi who lives with her mother and cousin, who moved in after the untimely death of Devi’s father. After the worst year of her life, Devi begins her high school year with a desire to finally become cool along with her friends Eleanor and Fabiola. The show follows the usual markers with Devi’s crush on school heartthrob Paxton and her rivalry with arch-nemesis Ben, however it’s all done in a refreshingly modern way. The show feels like it understands what teenagers are actually like in 2020, despite many of the actors being in their 20s (what is it with teen shows casting 28 year-olds), and has a modern look on things like grief, sexuality and Devi’s relationship with her Indian heritage.

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