It’s time for your weekly dose of all things GOOD!

Community Efforts


 - When Richard Lloyd of the Isle of Man Southern Judo club passed recently, one of his students, Nathan Kennaugh, wanted to do something important in his memory. Deciding to do a 24 hour cycle, Nathan began training alongside school work and Judo practice and completed his effort on the 25th/26th July. Supported by family, friends and his team-mates, Nathan cycled around the NSC track for the whole time period. Completing 427 laps Nathan cycled around 213 miles in total!The effort has raised over £1800 from online and in person donations which will be split between the IOM Judo Team, which Richard coached, and the Police Benevolent Fund, as Richard was a member of the force for many years. A truly incredible effort from Nathan which is perfect to remember someone who had such an impact on so many. Thank you Nathan!
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When Richard Lloyd of the Isle of Man Southern Judo club passed recently, one of his students, Nathan Kennaugh, wanted to do something important in his memory. Deciding to do a 24 hour cycle, Nathan began training alongside school work and Judo practice and completed his effort on the 25th/26th July. Supported by family, friends and his team-mates, Nathan cycled around the NSC track for the whole time period. Completing 427 laps Nathan cycled around 213 miles in total!

The effort has raised over £1800 from online and in person donations which will be split between the IOM Judo Team, which Richard coached, and the Police Benevolent Fund, as Richard was a member of the force for many years. A truly incredible effort from Nathan which is perfect to remember someone who had such an impact on so many. Thank you Nathan!


 - One of the biggest shows of Manx community in the last week was the Peel carnival. Taking place last weekend, the carnival saw people from all over the place come together with stalls, singers, bands and floats representing many aspects of our island. The carnival even drew the attention of Moonlight the dolphin who was swimming in the harbour with her calf during the festivities. There was plenty of really amazing floats around but we have to say our favourite was this one which featured some familiar artwork, not that we’re biased or anything but this van is totally Gef approved.
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One of the biggest shows of Manx community in the last week was the Peel carnival. Taking place last weekend, the carnival saw people from all over the place come together with stalls, singers, bands and floats representing many aspects of our island. The carnival even drew the attention of Moonlight the dolphin who was swimming in the harbour with her calf during the festivities. There was plenty of really amazing floats around but we have to say our favourite was this one which featured some familiar artwork, not that we’re biased or anything but this van is totally Gef approved.

Online Best Bits


What the heck is ‘Reels’ and why is everyone on Instagram talking about it? - In Gef’s very first round up we found ourselves explaining ‘the TikTok’ after it was mentioned in the government briefings. Well, just when we’d all got our heads around that, now Instagram has started bombarding us with ‘Reels’. Basically their version of TikTok, Reels has just launched on the photo sharing app and allows users to post 15 second videos with music and other sounds underneath. Despite the deluge of posts about the feature from celebrities (on my feed anyway), it doesn’t appear that Reels is fully available on the IOM. You may still see these videos in your feed but they are nowhere to be found if you go onto the poster’s actual profile page. For now it seems Reels will be just out of reach for us Manxies, just like IG music which has been silencing our feeds as ‘unavailable’ since it was launched.
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What the heck is ‘Reels’ and why is everyone on Instagram talking about it?

In Gef’s very first round up we found ourselves explaining ‘the TikTok’ after it was mentioned in the government briefings. Well, just when we’d all got our heads around that, now Instagram has started bombarding us with ‘Reels’. Basically their version of TikTok, Reels has just launched on the photo sharing app and allows users to post 15 second videos with music and other sounds underneath. Despite the deluge of posts about the feature from celebrities (on my feed anyway), it doesn’t appear that Reels is fully available on the IOM. You may still see these videos in your feed but they are nowhere to be found if you go onto the poster’s actual profile page. For now it seems Reels will be just out of reach for us Manxies, just like IG music which has been silencing our feeds as ‘unavailable’ since it was launched.

We’ve heard a lot about our ‘Manx famous’ Howard in the last few months but let me introduce you to another. Even if you haven’t already heard of Howard Ashman you’ve definitely heard his music. Ashman was the man, alongside his writing partner Alan Menken, behind such Disney greats as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, aswell as their hit musical adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors. Disney’s new documentary ‘Howard’ takes a look at the songwriter’s life, before his untimely death at the age of 40 after contracting AIDs, through found footage and audio interviews with the people who knew him best. If you want to learn more about the brain behind your favourite Disney songs then Howard is a fascinating watch and is out now on Disney+.


 - This suggestion may not be something new from this week but it still definitely belongs on our weekly round up. ‘Off Menu’ is the podcast from comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster, who you’ll probably recognise from their appearances on the many British panel shows. The podcast invites a different guest each week to lay out their dream meal with a starter, main course, dessert, a drink and POPPADOMS OR BREAD (shouted in our best James Acaster voice). As well as often being quite an interesting insight into the lives of those featured the podcast is also a highly entertaining hour of listening. Some of the best episodes include Daisy Cooper, from BBC Three’s ‘This Country,’ who has a very controversial dessert choice and Tom Allen , from Bake Off: Extra slice and Bake Off: the professionals. This weeks episode, recorded over the phone, obviously, features stylist Gok Wan and you can find it and any of the past 67 episodes on Spotify, Apple podcasts or just wherever you listen to podcasts really.
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This suggestion may not be something new from this week but it still definitely belongs on our weekly round up. ‘Off Menu’ is the podcast from comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster, who you’ll probably recognise from their appearances on the many British panel shows. The podcast invites a different guest each week to lay out their dream meal with a starter, main course, dessert, a drink and POPPADOMS OR BREAD (shouted in our best James Acaster voice). As well as often being quite an interesting insight into the lives of those featured the podcast is also a highly entertaining hour of listening. Some of the best episodes include Daisy Cooper, from BBC Three’s ‘This Country,’ who has a very controversial dessert choice and Tom Allen , from Bake Off: Extra slice and Bake Off: the professionals. This weeks episode, recorded over the phone, obviously, features stylist Gok Wan and you can find it and any of the past 67 episodes on Spotify, Apple podcasts or just wherever you listen to podcasts really.

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