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In our round up many weeks ago we told you about the gaiety theatre’s planned first post-lockdown performance, ‘Calendar Girls.’ Well the time finally came for Manx talent to grace the gaiety stage once again. Calendar Girls opened last week with a standing ovation after their first performance. The play follows the real life story of a group of Yorkshire women that decided to raise money for cancer research in a ‘tastefully posed’ calendar that brought them to international headlines. In line with the original story, our calendar girls will be donating all the profits from their performances to a variety of cancer charities including: Hospice IoM, Breast Cancer Now, Breast Cancer Care, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and the Royal British Legion. Congratulations to all involved on such a successful run and thank you for all the money you have raised, we look forward to hearing the final total.In our round up many weeks ago we told you about the gaiety theatre’s planned first post-lockdown performance, ‘Calendar Girls.’ Well the time finally came for Manx talent to grace the gaiety stage once again. Calendar Girls opened last week with a standing ovation after their first performance. The play follows the real life story of a group of Yorkshire women that decided to raise money for cancer research in a ‘tastefully posed’ calendar that brought them to international headlines. In line with the original story, our calendar girls will be donating all the profits from their performances to a variety of cancer charities including: Hospice IoM, Breast Cancer Now, Breast Cancer Care, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and the Royal British Legion. Congratulations to all involved on such a successful run and thank you for all the money you have raised, we look forward to hearing the final total.

In our round up many weeks ago we told you about the gaiety theatre’s planned first post-lockdown performance, ‘Calendar Girls.’ Well the time finally came for Manx talent to grace the gaiety stage once again. Calendar Girls opened last week with a standing ovation after their first performance. The play follows the real life story of a group of Yorkshire women that decided to raise money for cancer research in a ‘tastefully posed’ calendar that brought them to international headlines. In line with the original story, our calendar girls will be donating all the profits from their performances to a variety of cancer charities including: Hospice IoM, Breast Cancer Now, Breast Cancer Care, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and the Royal British Legion. Congratulations to all involved on such a successful run and thank you for all the money you have raised, we look forward to hearing the final total.



 - Remember in primary school where you would have that bench to sit on and invite people over when you were feeling lonely? Don’t you think it sometimes seems that we forget that adults can have this problem just as much as children do? The people at Hospice IOM recognised this problem and decided to bring that idea to the general public with their ‘sit and chat’ benches. Launched a couple weeks ago, the benches are scattered across the island and allow people to just say ‘hello’ to one another and create community connections and encourage simple acts of kindness. Sometimes a friendly interaction with someone can be just what you need to brighten your day.
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Remember in primary school where you would have that bench to sit on and invite people over when you were feeling lonely? Don’t you think it sometimes seems that we forget that adults can have this problem just as much as children do? The people at Hospice IOM recognised this problem and decided to bring that idea to the general public with their ‘sit and chat’ benches. Launched a couple weeks ago, the benches are scattered across the island and allow people to just say ‘hello’ to one another and create community connections and encourage simple acts of kindness. Sometimes a friendly interaction with someone can be just what you need to brighten your day.


  • In extremely cute news, this week, Isle of Man Creameries introduced us all to a brand new addition to their team. A gorgeous baby calf born at Southampton Farm in Port Soderick. Brought into the world by farmers in the rain during an internet crisis, the baby is, I imagine, completely oblivious to all that.



 - The annual world Tin Bath Championships took place last weekends and, as usual, it was a day of fun, community and some very wet participants. Hosted by the Castletown Ale Drinkers, the event is in its 49th year and is showing no signs of slowing down. This year the winners of both the men’s and women’s races were seasoned vets with David Watt retaining the men’s title from last year and Erica Cowen winning her astonishing 21st title in the women’s event. A true pinnacle of the sporting year the races, which also include the team snake race won by Connect 2 Accounting, not only put a smile on attendees faces but also managed to raise over a whopping £5,800 for charity. Such a brilliant total everyone, well done and we’ll see you in Castletown harbour next year at the 50th anniversary!
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The annual world Tin Bath Championships took place last weekends and, as usual, it was a day of fun, community and some very wet participants. Hosted by the Castletown Ale Drinkers, the event is in its 49th year and is showing no signs of slowing down. This year the winners of both the men’s and women’s races were seasoned vets with David Watt retaining the men’s title from last year and Erica Cowen winning her astonishing 21st title in the women’s event. A true pinnacle of the sporting year the races, which also include the team snake race won by Connect 2 Accounting, not only put a smile on attendees faces but also managed to raise over a whopping £5,800 for charity. Such a brilliant total everyone, well done and we’ll see you in Castletown harbour next year at the 50th anniversary!

You should be listening to this…

With more and more new music coming out every week it can be hard to keep track of anything outside of the biggest releases. At Gef we’ve decided to try and help you out by recommending an artists or album every week.

This week is Australian pop singer Troye Sivan’s new EP ‘In A Dream.’ Whilst you may not have heard Troye’s name before you’ve likely heard his voice on collaborations with Charli XCX (1999), Lauv (I’m So Tired) or Martin Garrix (There For You). The singer and actor started his career on Youtube before the release of his EP ‘Trxye’ started to bring more attention in the wider music world. Since then Troye has released two full albums with 2015’s ‘Blue Neighborhood’ and ‘Bloom’ three years later in 2018. His new EP features a mix of synth pop club beats and mellow acoustic sounds. Alongside complex lyrics about Troye’s life, including a recent breakup, and catchy melodies this will likely have you pressing replay immediately after your first listen. You can find ‘In A Dream’ wherever you listen to music including Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.

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Even if you’re more of a Miss Marple mega-fan, a Luther lover, a Poirot person or even a Veronica Mars votary (ok, yeah I had to look up synonyms of fan for that one), Sherlock Holmes is undoubtedly one of the most beloved detectives in the world. Have you heard of Enola Holmes though? Created by Nancy Springer in 2006 for her Young Adult book series, Enola is the younger sister of Sherlock and takes on the family tradition as an avid detective. The character is now being brought to the big/silver screen (what screen is a Netflix movie on?) by Millie Bobby Brown, known for portraying Eleven in Stranger Things and the Godzilla movie last year, who not only stars as the titular character but is also producing the flick. The movie also stars Henry Cavill (superman himself takes on yet another iconic role as Sherlock Holmes), Sam Claflin and Helena Bonham Carter. You can watch the trailer for the movie, which comes out on September 23rd, by clicking on the video above.


Billie Eilish is perhaps the biggest rising star in music right now, at only 18 years old the singer has already become a household name, released a chart topping debut album and even taken a number one single with the latest James Bond single. You know, just your average CV for someone who’s only been able to go to the pub for a few months. With lockdown preventing the majority of live performances Billie, alongside her brother and writing partner Finneas, has become the latest to perform in the NPR tiny desk (home) concert series, an American radio station’s YouTube series. You can watch the 10 minute set, alongside many others including Harry Styles and John Legend, on YouTube at the NPR music channel.


Fans of DC Comics, home to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn etc, may have felt slightly hard done to in the movie world until recently as Marvel and their MCU dominated the box office. Not to be outdone by the Avengers, the people at DC decided to set up DC Fandome, a virtual convention, to showcase just what they have to offer in the world of movies, TV, video games and comics. Whilst the panels themselves unfortunately aren’t easily accessible now, Gef’s got you covered with a quick breakdown of the biggest news and reveals in the movie world.

  • Justice League – If you haven’t watched 2017’s Justice League movie then you’re not alone, whilst not a huge flop, the movie was not a big success and many hardcore fans attributed this to the change of directors after the original creative, Zack Snyder, left the project due to family tragedy. After years of campaigning these fans finally got the ‘Snyder Cut’ they wanted with the announcement of a limited series of four hour-long ‘episodes’ coming to HBO MAX in the USA (no announcement about specifics for the UK or IOM yet though). DC Fandome gave fans their biggest look at the pure creative vision of Snyder yet with a trailer which you can watch here.

  • The Flash – Whilst there was little to say about this movie, which has been in the works for years now, we did already know that both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck would be putting the dark eye makeup on yet again and returning to their Batman roles for this multiverse time-travelling adventure. The biggest reveal of the panel was the artwork for a new suit for the titular speedy character, still played by Ezra Miller, which you can see here.

  • Wonder Woman 1984 – In an ideal world this Wonder Woman sequel would already be out to the public but, as with pretty much everything, the worldwide pandemic had other ideas. With the movie gearing up to it’s release just as cinemas shut down there was little to reveal at the Fandome panel but we did get a new trailer with the first look at the villainous ‘Cheetah,’ played by Bridesmaids actress Kristen Wiig. You can watch the trailer for the film, also starring Gal Gadot, Pedro Pascal and Chris Pine, by clicking here.

  • The Suicide Squad – The original Suicide Squad movie, despite being an Oscar winner for Hair and Makeup, has fallen into movie lore as a failure and emblematic of the early DC movies mistakes. Deciding to try again with the concept, DC and Warner Bros poached from Marvel and hired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. With a cast list the size of and including a variety of actors from Idris Elba to Pete Davidson to Storm Reid to Peter Capaldi, this was always sure to be a chaotic movie. At Fandome we were treated to a ‘roll call’ of all the characters involved with deep cuts for even some of the biggest comic fans, including ‘Ratcatcher2,’ ‘Polka Dot Man’ and ‘King Shark.’You can test your comic knowledge by watching the roll call here and there was also a behind the scenes featurette which you can watch here.

  • The Batman – Finally, perhaps the most anticipated panel of the event was the one for the latest take on the Dark Knight. The Batman sees Robert Pattinson, from Twilight and 2019’s The Lighthouse, take the cowl from Ben Affleck. Cloverfield and Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves helms the flick, meaning we’re sure to see a darker tone for this incarnation of the billionaire vigilante. The panel gave fans exactly what they wanted with a trailer that teased the many villains of the movie including The Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin. You can watch the trailer here.

You should be watching this…

ATTENTION MOVIE FANS, there is a new movie in the cinema, yep, there is an actual, honest-to-god, brand new movie that you can go and watch in the cinema right now. The new Christopher Nolan movie, Tenet, has finally made its way exactly where the cinephile director wanted it on the big screen.

If you’ve ever seen a Christopher Nolan film (think Inception, Interstellar, Memento) then you should have an idea of what to expect from Tenet. The spy thriller is a time-bending Rubik’s cube of a plot with every character a different square that needs to be in the right place at the right time, or times. Whilst it may be slightly difficult to keep track of if you’re not paying attention, when you do realise what’s happened, at just the right moments, you can’t help but shake your head and smile at what you should have seen coming. There are some brilliant performances from rising star John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, who, by now, we should know is much more than just Edward Cullen from Twilight, alongside Elizabeth Debicki, who is the only character with which we are allowed a truly emotional understanding of and carries the role well. The film, whilst filled with plenty of Nolan’s signature expositional dialogue, is firmly pushed along by a thumping soundtrack that will snugly fit alongside the Hans Zimmer soundtrack for Inception but actually comes from Black Panther Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson. You would be forgiven for feeling like you need a second watch to truly understand Tenet but you’ll definitely be glad you went in the first place. A fitting film to kick off cinema releases again and definitely one that really should be experienced on the big screen.

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