Month: December 2020

New Years Resolutions 2021

Who else is ready to say a fond farewell and f*ck off to 2020? This year has been a shocker globally. However, we’re all about welcoming the #posivibes in 2021 with some New Year’s Resolutions.  Be more creative with our baking While we all missed Mr B’s (other bakeries are […]

Gef’s Tynwald Roundup

Tynwald has sat for what they promised is the last time this year, here is what you need to know. I wish we’d closed earlier Chief Minister HQ has told members he wished the gov had closed the borders a week earlier at the start of the pandemic. Mr Quayle […]

IOM GOV UPDATE 30th DEC

WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE HOPE YOU HAD A NICE CHRISTMAS  DR HENNY IS ON HAND TO CHAT ABOUT THE OXFORD VACCINE AND WE HAVE DAVE CORLETT (BREXIT BRAIN) MAKING HIS DEBUT TO HELP OUT WITH ANY TOUGH BREXIT Q’S FIRST UP – BREXIT – THE BASICS THERE WAS A REFERENDUM  […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

New Years’ Dip A dip in the freezing sea is a great way to start 2021 and in Douglas, dippers can help raise money for two Manx charities as well. With the dip being started by Health Minister Ashy, who may or may not be going in himself. This year’s […]

A ‘skinny latte’ but a good deal

The Chief Minister says the UK’s deal with the EU represents what the Isle of Man wanted when negotiations started. Speaking to Tynwald HQ outlined what it means for our island and outlined the risks we faced at the start of the process. The risks These included that if there […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Shining a light on the island’s sports stars The Isle of Man Sports Awards will be held in front of a live audience in 2021 to celebrate the achievements of the island’s leading athletes, coaches and teams. Despite the 2020 sporting calendar being limited by Covid-19 restrictions, the evening will […]

Brexit Jargon Buster

On Christmas Eve, the UK and EU formally agreed a post Brexit trade deal, but this is full of jargon, even its name the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, sounds far from simple, so we’ve created this explainer that will hopefully help outline all you need to know going into […]

Access Denied: Part 6

Throughout Christmas week, Gef has been talking to people about their experiences of being separated from their families. This woman who contacted us said that difficulties with shared parenting has left her and her daughter in a cycle of isolation. She has shared with Gef the letter she sent to […]

Access Denied: Part 5

Throughout Christmas week Gef is talking to people about their experiences of being separated from their families. Both these people spoke to us before the newly announced border restrictions. A woman who emailed Gef after reading another person’s experience told us she wanted to ‘encourage conversation on the Island about […]

Manx fishes remain on EU dishes

A limited number of European fishing boats will be allowed  to fish in Manx waters as part of the Brexit trade deal. The free trade agreement, announced today by Prime Minister Boris Johnson ensures tariff and quota-free trade with the EU will continue for Manx produce. While the Isle of […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Ponies join carol service Staff from across DHSC, Hospital and Community Services formed a united choir to sing Christmas carols at Noble’s Hospital this week. Carollers sang to a packed atrium while just outside, five Shetland ponies and their handlers – dressed as elves along with three wise men – […]

Access Denied: Part 4

Throughout Christmas week Gef is talking to people about their experiences of being separated from their families. Both of these people spoke to us before the new border restrictions were announced on Tuesday December 22. Here a woman tells us how her son’s health problems have made the year much […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

GP changes to stay GPs across the island will continue to offer a mix of in-person and telephone appointments in line with an agreed approach to keep patients, staff and the wider public healthy and safe.  Health and Social Care Minister Ashy said: ‘By making a decision about whether a […]

Access Denied: Part 3

In the days before Christmas Gef is talking to people about their experiences of being separated from their families. Today a woman who moved to the UK tells us how her family has been unable to support her sister through a difficult year with a newborn baby. She spoke to […]

Mixed response to new regulations

Liberal Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper MHK has told Gef of his mixed feelings over the new covid and border restrictions announced by the Chief Minister today. You can see Gef’s roundup of the gov update here. Mr Hooper said: ‘Whilst I applaud the government for taking quick action following reports […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

Chief Minister announced changes After wishing us all a Merry Christmas and promising to see us in the New Year, HQ, Ashy and Dr Henny were called back to explain what the worsening situation in the UK means for the island. They announced a wide range of measures which will […]

IOM GOV UPDATE 22ND DEC

HQ, ASHY & HENNY UK UPDATE THERE HAS BEEN A RAPID DETERIORATION REGARDING THE UK’S COVID SITUATION THEY’RE AT THEIR HIGHEST DAILY TOTAL OF CASES TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN UK TO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE REACHED 2M ON WEDNESDAY ON MON 14TH DEC THERE WAS A NEW, MORE CONTAGIOUS STRAIN […]

Access Denied: Part 2

In the run up to Christmas, Gef is speaking to people who have found themselves stuck off island and unable to return due to the border closure. One man who contacted us told Gef about how he and his fiance, who are both from the island but work in London, […]

Keys in Brief

Tim Baker, DOI Minister Only three GCSE and A-Level students studying Manx Figures released by Education Minister Dr Al show that just three students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 are studying Manx in the island. Castle Rushen, QE II and Ramsey Grammar schools all have one student studying […]

Gef’s Daily Roundup

What happened in the world today Border restrictions being reviewed Ministers are considering changes to the island’s border policy following the rapid spread of the new strain of Covid in the UK. A decision is due to be announced on Tuesday as to whether any changes will be made. Chief […]

Access Denied: Part 1

Since the island’s borders were effectively closed in March, the Great Manx Public has been a bit split on when they should reopen and who should be allowed to travel. This week Gef has spoken to several people who have been affected by the mental strain of being apart, particularly […]

Your Weekend In Brief

What happened this weekend V-Day Health Minister Ashy confirmed that the island’s V-Day won’t be until January 4. He said the delay was because of ‘a small number of critical issues’. There had been hope the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine rollout would have begun today. Busy weekend for the police The […]

V-Day Confirmed

The gov has confirmed January 4 2021 will be the island’s V-Day. Health Minister Ashy said: ‘We had thought it might be possible to start vaccinating from Monday, but with a small number of critical issues outstanding, the practical option is to start on the next available date, January 4 […]

Gef’s Weekly Skeet

In a week when we had the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine and a man on a jet ski got everyone talking, we’ve got the latest skeet…   Jet ski man A love sick roofer made headlines around the world as Dale McLaughlan arrived on the island by jet ski […]

Gef’s News Roundup

Seven things that happened in the world today that we thought you needed to know: Santa Claus is coming to town After Douglas held its Santa Dash on Wednesday, it’s Ramsey’s turn this weekend. Taking place at 11am on Saturday morning the town’s Santa Dash is in aid of the […]

Keys gets V-Day update

We will know V-Day date today We will know by the end of the day when the island’s vaccine roll out will begin. Health Minister Ashy told the House of Keys this morning that the paperwork provided by the UK gov is now being considered by the island’s Attorney General. […]

Together At Christmas

The festive period should be a time of joy, but with the island having closed borders this year, many people face a potentially lonely Christmas. This year, local girl Sarah Mercer is encouraging us all to make the most of Christmas by embracing the #TogetheratChristmas campaign. The campaign intends to […]

IOM GOV UPDATE 17TH DEC

HQ, ASHY & HENNY GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE JET SKI STORY IT HAS BEEN AN UNUSUAL FEW DAYS AS THE LOVESICK JET SKIER STORY WENT NATIONAL MANY REPORTED IT AS TONGUE AND CHEEK, A LOVE STORY BUT THIS INDIVIDUAL BROKE THE LAW THINGS COULD HAVE ENDED UP VERY DIFFERENTLY, ESPECIALLY THIS […]

Gef’s News Roundup

Six things that happened in the world today: The vaccine has landed This biggest news on the island today is the arrival of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Delivered early on Wednesday morning, the gov is putting the final preparations in place for the roll out to begin, starting with care homes, […]

Saved by The Boot

The Cosy Nook cafe in Port Erin has been given a stay of execution by Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot, Gef looks at the history of this quirky historic building. What is the Cosy Nook? Today the Cosy Nook is a closed cafe which evokes childhood memories of train rides to […]

The Vaccine Has Landed

tray of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine phials The first batch of the island’s share of the Covid-19 vaccine is here and we’re close to a roll out starting, so here’s a little explainer. How and when did it get here? The vaccine was delivered by a courier in the early hours of […]

Gef’s News Roundup

Five things that you need to know today: Emergency GP appointments only tomorrow afternoon Routine GP appointments will not be available between 1pm and 6pm on the afternoon of December 17 as GPs attend their latest education session.Anyone who needs to see a doctor urgently should ring their surgery for […]

Isolation could be cut to 10 days

Gef understands that the gov is working towards a major change in its testing and isolation policy. Currently all arrivals in the island are subject to a mandatory 14 day isolation. With the exception of key workers, arrivals must either be able to isolate alone or their whole household must […]

Tynwald In Brief

Up to 30 of the island’s secondary school teachers look set to be starting off the new year working from home.  Figures released in Tynwald by Education Minister Dr Al, shows that Ballakermeen High School expects a maximum of 10 teachers to be working from home. He was asked how […]

Gef’s News Roundup

Five things Gef thinks you need to know today: No new equipment from the Chinese firm Huawei can be installed in the island from the end of this year. The government, alongside Jersey and Guernsey is working to safeguard the island’s telecoms networks and address the ‘risks associated with the […]

Love In The Time Of Corona

Why can’t I find a man like Dale McLaughlan? Love has always been a fickle thing. But love in a time of swipe-for-someone-better, ghost-me-if-you-don’t-like-me, deliveroo-style dating is especially feeble. Dating apps play with our little monkey brains, reminding us that there’s always someone newer, better, fresher around the corner. It’s […]

Gef’s News Roundup

Five things Gef thought you needed to know today: Three new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the island, bringing the total number of active cases to four. The three new cases were confirmed as of 4pm on Monday. Two of the cases are returning Manx residents and the […]

IVF During a Pandemic

The Covid pandemic brought nearly all other medicine to a standstill, including fertility treatments. Gef has talked to an expecting mother about her and her partner’s experience of IVF in 2020 including masking up and why pineapples were so important. What restrictions were in place when you were undergoing treatment? […]

Gef’s Weekly Skeet

In a week when the post office released triangular stamps and tractors lit up the island, we’ve got the latest skeet…   The Post office releases first ever triangular stamps You can’t reinvent the wheel, but you can reinvent the stamp. The Isle of  Man post office has released four […]

IOM GOV UPDATE 11TH DEC

HQ, ASHY AND HENNY UPDATE IT’S BEEN A MONUMENTAL WEEK WITH THE UK BEING THE FIRST TO ROLL OUT THE VACCINE 90-YEAR-OLD MARGARET WAS THE FIRST TO GET THE JAB IN THE UK THE VACCINATION PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT SAVING LIVES AND RETURNING LIFE TO NORMAL IOM VACCINATION PROGRAM IT’S […]

All About That Manx Produce

Supporting local businesses has never been more important, especially with the year we’ve just had. One business that supports local producers and suppliers is Robinson’s Fresh Foods who work with a ton of Manx suppliers. We caught up with two local businesses that Robinson’s work with: The Fish Market ran […]

What Is OnlyFans?

From Beyoncé lyrics to BBC documentaries, it appears that this year OnlyFans is everywhere. Gef put back on his investigative journalism fedora to get all the details.  So what is OnlyFans? OnlyFans is a platform designed for users to create content for “fans”. It’s all behind a paywall, with users […]

Gef’s Weekly Skeet

In a week when a vaccine was approved and TT 2021 was cancelled, we’ve got the latest skeet… Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine gets approved The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine has been approved by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) , the body responsible for regulating medicines meaning […]

Shop Local This Christmas

Ad Feature by Robinson’s Fresh Foods Ah, the merry bells of Christmastime have begun to toll, and with them, as sure as eggs are eggnog, so too has the creaking of wicker, the rustle of shredded tissue paper, and the satisfying pop of a jar of spiced chutney being opened: it’s officially […]

IOM GOV UPDATE 3RD DEC

VACCINATION SPECIAL – ASHY, HENNY AND KATHRYN MAGSON ASHY UPDATE ‘I’M JOINED TODAY WITH HENNY AND KATHRYN WHO HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE PANDEMIC’ IOM IS COVID-FREE, SINCE YESTERDAY – NO ACTIVE CASES THANKS TO THE GREAT MANX PUBLIC FOR KEEPING US SAFE BUT WE WILL LIKELY GET […]