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 – greeted patients, friends and their families. The ponies Peppa Pig, George Pig, Frodo, Apache and Angus McSnugglebum were brought to the courtyard of the hospital by owner Lynda Christian

Tynwald isn’t done with 2020 just yet

Tynwald will be sitting at 10am next Wednesday to debate the recent Coronavirus Regulations. There will also be statements from Chief Minister HQ on Covid-19 and Brexit. 

Reminder over international post

Isle of Man Post Office has reminded customers that from January 1, there will be changes to the way they can send goods to international destinations. All customers sending items containing goods to destinations beyond the UK (including Europe) will be required to provide accurate customs documentation, either electronically or on paper. This is essentially information about the sender, the recipient and the contents of the item being sent, data which will be captured and forwarded electronically to the destination postal administration and their customs officials.

Plan for new Laxey flood wall

The DoI has submitted a planning application for the building of new flood defences on Glen Road in Laxey. The road was flooded in October 2019 which devastated homes and businesses on the road. All of the new walls are to be constructed higher than the original wall to a level recommended by MUA to reduce the likelihood of future flooding.

Covid grips London

Reports in the UK media say that it is now believed up to 2% of all Londoners currently have Covid-19. The Office of National Statistics also believes that 1/85 of people in England and 1/60 in Wales now have Covid. This comes as China has banned all flights to and from the UK, New York City has ordered all new arrivals to go into a 14 day isolation and more than 6m extra people will go into Tier 4 lockdown from Boxing Day in England.

Track Santa

If you want to follow Father Christmas as he travels the world delivering presents, NORAD is as ever tracking him https://www.noradsanta.org

Merry Christmas

It has been a difficult year for many of us but we are lucky in the Isle of Man to be in such a fortunate position where we have no social distancing, we can have one too many in the pub and we can see our friends and families this Christmas. So from Gef’s family to yours, Merry Christmas.