GEF’S GOOD NEWS

School’s out for summer which means it’s time for some GOOD news.

COMMUNITY EFFORTS


 - If you drove along the mountain road yesterday morning, it’s likely that you noticed the events of Dylan’s Day. People from all over the island came out to support 8-year-old Dylan Walton as he climbed Snaefell to raise money for a new playground at Rebecca House. After messages of support from figures like the Chief Minister, Lieutenant Governor and race walker Erika Kelly, Dylan completed his ‘mountainous’ effort by walking 414m around the NSC racetrack before a police escort to the Bungalow where Dylan completed the climb up to the very top of the 620m high mountain. Dylan, who has Periventricular Leucomalacia, meaning he has conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy, has raised over £9,520 for the cause on his Just Giving page, which you can still donate to here.Dylan has definitely done the whole island proud and the money he has raised will make such a big difference for the charity which helps families like Dylan’s every day. Thank you to everyone who helped Dylan for all your hard work and of course congratulations to the amazing boy himself.
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If you drove along the mountain road yesterday morning, it’s likely that you noticed the events of Dylan’s Day. People from all over the island came out to support 8-year-old Dylan Walton as he climbed Snaefell to raise money for a new playground at Rebecca House. After messages of support from figures like the Chief Minister, Lieutenant Governor and race walker Erika Kelly, Dylan completed his ‘mountainous’ effort by walking 414m around the NSC racetrack before a police escort to the Bungalow where Dylan completed the climb up to the very top of the 620m high mountain. Dylan, who has Periventricular Leucomalacia, meaning he has conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy, has raised over £9,520 for the cause on his Just Giving page, which you can still donate to here.

Dylan has definitely done the whole island proud and the money he has raised will make such a big difference for the charity which helps families like Dylan’s every day. Thank you to everyone who helped Dylan for all your hard work and of course congratulations to the amazing boy himself.

For many year 12 students, visiting universities is one of the most exciting parts of your year as you make the big decision of what to do next after A Levels or college. Well, this year’s students have had this often important part of the process taken away by that destroyer of good, Coronavirus. Not wanting to let the opportunity of speaking to people from different universities miss this years students, the organisers of the IOM Higher Education Fayre, alongside the people of Manx Uni-Verse, arranged to have alternative fayre on Thursday. Current university students from around 50 institutions came together at Ballakermeen High School to represent their universities by speaking to current year 12 students about their experiences and passing on advice. All year 12 students from each high school had the opportunity to attend, along with any parents or UCM students who came by. A great show of Manx ingenuity and community, the event was a big success for all involved with many saying this version of the fayre should be continued in the future, alongside the usual event.

ONLINE BEST BITS

If you’re a fan of stand up comedy you may have been feeling a bit hard done to as comedy tours across the world have been cancelled and you’ve watched every comedy special there is online. As good as James Acaster’s ‘Repertoire’ is, there’s only so many times you can watch it in a row. Netflix, obviously aware of this pain, has released a new special this week from UK favourite Jack Whitehall. Jack’s ‘I’m Only Joking’ stand up show is now available on the streaming platform and will definitely be a good way to start your summer viewing list. P.s. We are still waiting for our very own Gef special if you want to get in touch Netflix.

Another of the many casualties of coronavirus has been the world famous San Diego Comic Con, where the world’s biggest shows and movies go to dish the dirt on their next big releases. As sad as this has likely been for those lucky enough to get tickets, for those of us unable to travel all the way from the Irish Sea the event has just opened up a lot more. Not wanting to let the annual event go completely uncelebrated, the organisers have moved the occasion online. On the Comic Con International YouTube channel they have been releasing an incredible amount of virtual panels on everything from Star Trek, The Walking Dead and Bill and Ted to Marvel’s ‘The New Mutants,’ which you can watch below. Outside of the big brands, there really is something for everyone with panels on topic such as ‘Hip Hop and Comics,’ drawing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and conspiracy theories in pop culture.


 - Now that we’ve done quite a few of these round ups I feel like we’re close enough for me to recommend some of the weirder stuff one can find when scouring the internet for good content. Just when you thought you’d seen every take on the world famous musical now it’s on Disney+, let me to introduce you to ‘The Muppets do Hamilton.’ The two YouTube videos, for Act One and Act Two, are the work of Rickey Downes III and might just be the groundbreaking piece of art we were all expecting from lockdown, sorry Taylor Swift but at least you tried. The videos are a parody of Hamilton with Muppets taking on the roles, including Kermit as Alexander Hamilton (duh), Animal as King George III and The Great Gonzo as Aaron Burr. If, for some reason, you don’t want to sit through the over two hours of content, the video descriptions include timestamps for each song. Amongst these is ‘Satisfied’ where the main singing role is given to Camilla the Chicken, who speaks (and sings) entirely in clucks. Judge this recommendation if you want, but just know I’m drowning out your comments with the sound of Fozzie Bear rapping.
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Now that we’ve done quite a few of these round ups I feel like we’re close enough for me to recommend some of the weirder stuff one can find when scouring the internet for good content. Just when you thought you’d seen every take on the world famous musical now it’s on Disney+, let me to introduce you to ‘The Muppets do Hamilton.’ The two YouTube videos, for Act One and Act Two, are the work of Rickey Downes III and might just be the groundbreaking piece of art we were all expecting from lockdown, sorry Taylor Swift but at least you tried. The videos are a parody of Hamilton with Muppets taking on the roles, including Kermit as Alexander Hamilton (duh), Animal as King George III and The Great Gonzo as Aaron Burr. If, for some reason, you don’t want to sit through the over two hours of content, the video descriptions include timestamps for each song. Amongst these is ‘Satisfied’ where the main singing role is given to Camilla the Chicken, who speaks (and sings) entirely in clucks. Judge this recommendation if you want, but just know I’m drowning out your comments with the sound of Fozzie Bear rapping.

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