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 an appointment with the on-call GP. Practices will remain open during the afternoon for patients to collect test results, make future appointments and order repeat prescriptions as normal.

Warning over scam emails

The police are warning residents to be wary of scam emails in the run up to Christmas. One such email doing the rounds pretends to be from Amazon saying their prime membership is about to run out and asking residents to supply their bank card details. If you receive such an email, do not provide any details, instead forward the email to the government’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service at

Santa Dash

Hundreds of Santas, a few elves, some snowmen, a couple of reindeer, The Grinch and a pony took part in this year’s Douglas Santa Dash. Heading down Prospect Hill and Victoria Street, along the prom and back up Finch Road, this year’s event was organised by Nedgroup after the Isle of Man Bank withdrew its support from the annual event.


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Megan) have signed a deal with Spotify to host podcasts. The first podcast is due out over Christmas and is described as a ‘holiday special’. Megan said of the first episode: ‘We’re talking to some amazing people, they’re going to share their memories that have really helped shape this past year which has been, as we know, a difficult one for everyone.’

Von der Leyen gives Brexit deal hope

President of the European Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen (who’s name happens to fit to Toto’s Hold the Line) has said a ‘narrow path’ has opened to allow for the UK and EU to strike a post-Brexit trade deal. However she said fishing rights are still making talks ‘very difficult’.