Here’s your weekly roundup of all things GOOD!

Community Efforts


One of the biggest positive outcomes from the pandemic has been a refreshed appreciation of key workers.  - From those on the frontline in the NHS to those on the tills at Shoprite, these past few months have shown us how important they all are in keeping the country running. Wanting to recognise this, owner Theresa Isaac and the people at Believe Designs launched their limited edition mugs in May, with the expressed purpose of being sold as gifts for key workers. Each mug was personalised with the name of a key worker, along with a rainbow and three legs design. There were even some mugs designed to be sent to Fife in Scotland by Emma Smart and delivered for free by Island Express. After a lot of mugs sold, the company announced that they had raised £2,200 for the Friends of Noble’s charity.
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One of the biggest positive outcomes from the pandemic has been a refreshed appreciation of key workers.

From those on the frontline in the NHS to those on the tills at Shoprite, these past few months have shown us how important they all are in keeping the country running. Wanting to recognise this, owner Theresa Isaac and the people at Believe Designs launched their limited edition mugs in May, with the expressed purpose of being sold as gifts for key workers. Each mug was personalised with the name of a key worker, along with a rainbow and three legs design. There were even some mugs designed to be sent to Fife in Scotland by Emma Smart and delivered for free by Island Express. After a lot of mugs sold, the company announced that they had raised £2,200 for the Friends of Noble’s charity.


Remember summer 2019? - Ah, that seems like it was 100 years ago now, doesn’t it? Well, this week it was announced that former Castle Rushen student Zachary Elliott earned a big award for his efforts in his A-Level exams summer. Zachary was awarded the Royal Geographical Society Excellence Award for his Cambridge International A-Level Geography exam where he achieved the highest mark IN THE WORLD. Zachary, who now studies Geography at Oxford (no surprise there) was joined in his success by CRHS teacher Emma Metcalfe who received an Ordnance Survey Award from the society for excellence in Geography teaching in secondary education back in May.
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Remember summer 2019?

Ah, that seems like it was 100 years ago now, doesn’t it? Well, this week it was announced that former Castle Rushen student Zachary Elliott earned a big award for his efforts in his A-Level exams summer. Zachary was awarded the Royal Geographical Society Excellence Award for his Cambridge International A-Level Geography exam where he achieved the highest mark IN THE WORLD. Zachary, who now studies Geography at Oxford (no surprise there) was joined in his success by CRHS teacher Emma Metcalfe who received an Ordnance Survey Award from the society for excellence in Geography teaching in secondary education back in May.


Online Best Bits

  • Continuing the important work around the BLM movement, this week saw new group, People of Colour Isle of Man (POC IOM), launch their ‘Educating Mann’ initiative. The campaign is asking people to ‘Read 1, Sign 2, Nominate 3’ to further the conversations and actions about race happening here on the island and across the world. The group is asking people to read one of three books, ‘Brit(ish),’ ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’ and ‘Natives,’ sign two petitions and nominate three people to do the same. Alongside the draw of educating yourself, Gelatory are offering 10% off for those who take part and tag them on social media, as well as an entry into a raffle for a £50 voucher from Vannin Travel. You can head to their Twitter or Instagram @poc_iom for more information, including how you can gain access to the books chosen and a suggestion of petitions to sign.

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  • We’ve shared some great Manx music stories on Facebook recently and adding to that talent is DJ Tom Doyle who only went and got himself signed! His remix of ItaloBros – Truria was signed to Swerve Digital and it’ll feature on their Spotify next week!

  • If, like me, you woke up in a sweat over lockdown thinking ‘but how will the plants listen to music?’ then, thankfully, you no longer need to worry. The Barcelona Opera House reopened for the first time since March this week, with a performance from the UceLi Quartet to an audience of 2,292. An audience of houseplants that is. The captive, or should I say potted, audience enjoyed a rendition of Giacomo Puccini’s I Criantemi (or Chrysanthemums in English) and was the idea of Spanish artist, Eugenio Ampudia. The plants will now be donated to local health workers and you can catch the 9-minute performance, complete with cinematic shots through the opera house/jungle here (note, they start playing 2 mins in)


Foodie Recommendations

This week, at Gef HQ, we decided to check out the new kid on the (strand) street and sampled practically the entire menu at Teaevolution. We’re not going to lie, there were mixed reviews (I mean if you’ve never had a tapioca pearl before, the idea of a slimy ball in your mouth can be unnerving) but the overwhelming result was ‘yes, it’s worth the hype’. If you want to play it safe, we can recommend the strawberry fruit tea with tapioca pearls, the raspberry milk tea with pobbles was more of an acquired taste (and texture)


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